Dr. Austin Fragomen attended medical school at the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. He excelled through a very hands-on surgical internship at Montefiore and Jacobi medical centers in the Bronx. He launched into his orthopaedic residency training program, under John R. Denton, MD, at the Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center. As chief resident he took a strong interest in fracture care, limb reconstruction, and joint preservation surgery. He then relocated to San Francisco, California to dedicate himself to learning advanced techniques in surgery of the shoulder and knee with pioneer and innovator Eugene M. Wolf, MD.
He returned to New York's Hospital for Special Surgery to help start the fellowship in Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Surgery. Dedicated to skeletal reconstruction, Dr. Fragomen and Dr. Rozbruch created the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLRCS) at HSS. He serves as Fellowship Director, Director of Education, and Director of the LLRCS Clinic. He is dedicated to clinical and biomechanical research and enjoys his busy clinical pratice.
Dr. Fragomen has presented his clinical and biomechanical research at medical meetings and has authored articles for various Orthopaedic journals and textbooks. He has lectured extensively on related topics to residency training programs and in the community setting. He maintains a position as a reviewer on the editorial staff for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. He also serves as Treasurer for the AAOS Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society.
Skilled in the art of less invasive surgery, Dr. Fragomen performs a sophisticated and comprehensive analysis of each patient to determine an optimal treatment plan. Whether performing an all-arthroscopic rotator cuff repair or re-aligning a deformed limb through mini-incisions, the goal remains the same: to minimize the trauma of surgery and maximize a rapid and functional recovery.
Assistant Attending of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship Director, Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director, Limb Lengthening Clinic, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Skeletal Reconstruction: Adult & Pediatric
Limb Deformity Correction & Bone Lengthening Surgery
Ilizarov External Fixation
Fracture care & Problem Fractures: Nonunions & Malunions
Bone infection (Osteomyelitis)
Limb Salvage, Bone Loss
Ankle, Knee, & Hip Distraction
Shoulder & Knee Arthroscopy & Replacement Surgery
Joint Preservation, Limb Realignment & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Cosmetic Limb Surgery
AOA Alumni Membership, 2012
Best Poster, AAOS 2012, Foot and Ankle Session
"Regional Top Doctor," Castle Connolly, 2011
Featured in New York magazine, "Best Doctors in New York," 2009
Meritorious Service Award and Bronze Medallion, Marine Society of New York, 2008
Wounded Warriors Project Commendation 2007
Castle Connolly "Best Doctors in New York", 2012
Treasurer, Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Society-ASAMI North America, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy Orthopaedic Surgery
Arthroscopy Association of North America
New York State Medical Society
Eastern Orthopaedic Society
Volunteer Surgeon, Wounded Warriors Project
Asociación Argentina de Ortopedia y Traumatología (Miembro Correspondiente Extranjero)
Member NYC Medical Reserve Corps
MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, 1997
Montefiore Medical Center, General Surgery, Bronx, New York, 1998
St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Orthopedic Surgery, Jamaica, New York, 2003
Hospital for Special Surgery, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, New York, 2005
Eugene M. Wolf, MD, California Pacific Medical Center, Fellowship in Surgery of the Shoulder & Knee, San Francisco, California, 2004
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 2007
Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR) & the Journal of Orthopaedic Research (JOR)
Seah KT, Shafi R, Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR. Distal Femoral Osteotomy: Is Internal Fixation Better than External? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print]
Khakharia S, Bigman D, Fragomen AT, Pavlov H, Rozbruch SR. Comparison of PACS and hard-copy 51-inch radiographs for measuring leg length and deformity. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Jan;469(1):244-50. Epub 2010 Jul 13.
Gantsoudes GD, Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR. Intraoperative measurement of mounting parameters for the Taylor Spatial Frame. J Orthop Trauma. 2010 Apr;24(4):258-62.
Rozbruch SR, Segal K, Ilizarov S, Fragomen AT, Ilizarov G. Does the Taylor Spatial Frame accurately correct tibial deformities? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 May;468(5):1352-61. Epub 2009 Nov 13.
Babatunde OM, Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR. Noninvasive Quantitative Assessment of Bone Healing After Distraction Osteogenesis. HSS J. 2009 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]
Khakharia S, Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR. Limited quadricepsplasty for contracture during femoral lengthening. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Nov;467(11):2911-7. Epub 2009 Jun 25.
Tellisi N, Fragomen A, Kleinman D, O’Malley MJ, Rozbruch SR. "Joint Preservation of the Osteoarthritic Ankle using Distraction Arthroplasty." Foot Ankle Int 2009; 30(4):318-25.
Kendoff DO, Fragomen A, Pearle AD, Citak M, Rozbruch SR. "Computer Navigation and Fixator-Assisted Femoral Osteotomy for Correction of Malunion After Periprosthetic Femur Fracture." J Arthroplasty 2009 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 19150213 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher].
Rozbruch SR, Kleinman D, Fragomen A, Ilizarov S. "Limb Lengthening and Then Insertion of an Intramedullary Nail: A Case Matched Comparison." Clin Orthop Sept 2008.
Fragomen A, Meyers K, Davis N, Shu H, Wright T, Rozbruch SR. “A Biomechanical Analysis of Two Methods of Ankle Arthrodesis, Ilizarov Fixation and Intramedullary Nailing.” Foot & Ankle International 2008, 29(3):334-341.
Rozbruch SR, Pugsley J, Fragomen A, Ilizarov S. “Repair of Tibial Nonunions and Bone Defects with the Taylor Spatial Frame.” J Orthop Trauma 2008, 22(2):88-95.
Tellisi N, Fragomen A, Ilizarov S, Rozbruch SR. “Limb Salvage Reconstruction of the Ankle with Fusion and Simultaneous Tibial Lengthening using the Ilizarov/Taylor Spatial Frame.” Hospital for Special Surgery Journal 2008, 4:32-42.
Fragomen A, Rozbruch SR. “Mechanics of External Fixation.” Hospital for Special Surgery Journal 2007;3:13-29.
Rozbruch SR, Fragomen A, Ilizarov S. “Tibial Deformity Correction with the Ilizarov/ Taylor Spatial Frame.” JBJS-Am 88-A 2006, Suppl. 4:156-174.
O’Connor D, Schwarze D, Fragomen A. “Painless Reduction of Acute Anterior Shoulder Dislocations without Anesthesia.” Orthopedics 2006;29:528.
Fragomen A, Ilizarov S, Blyakher A, Rozbruch SR. “Proximal Tibial Osteotomy for Medial Compartment Osteoarthritis of the Knee using the Ilizarov Taylor Spatial Frame.” Techniques in Knee Surgery 2005, 4(3):173-185.
Wolf EM, Fragomen A. “Arthroscopic Reconstruction of the Acromioclavicular Joint.” Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine 2004;12(2):149-155.
Biomechanics of External Fixation, Computer Navigation Surgery
Cartilage Repair & Regeneration
Bone Healing Mechanisms