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SNF Awards $925,000 to Hospital for Special Surgery to Support Training of Greek Orthopedic Surgeons

Mar 08, 2016
The SNF announced a grant of $925,000 over three years to Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), in New York City, to support professional development programs for Greece’s orthopedic surgeons.

The grant extends a decade-long collaboration between the Foundation and the Hospital, during which more than 75 surgeons from Greece have come to New York to attend educational programs that help advance their medical expertise. Hospital for Special Surgery, is the first Orthopedic Hospital in US, and is world-renowned for its outstanding care. Advancing the science of orthopedic surgery is at the core of its mission, and HSS educational programming reached over 28,000 physicians, surgeons and allied health professionals from 123 different countries in 2015. 

“With SNF’s support, Greek orthopedic surgeons have access to one of the world’s top orthopedic hospitals and its best practices in surgery and clinical care, research, and academic medicine,” said Panagiotis Koulouvaris, MD PhD, International Ambassador of the HSS and the key liaison between Hospital for Special Surgery and the orthopedic community in Greece. “This partnership has facilitated connections between HSS experts and surgeons in Greece, positively influencing orthopedic surgical practice across the country.”

The new grant builds on the last decade of programming to better meet the evolving professional education needs of orthopedic surgeons in Greece.  It will fund seminar and academic visitor programs, through which surgeons at various points in their careers will be fully immersed in the HSS environment, taking part in activities such as courses and lectures, research, live surgery observation and hands-on cadaveric training. About 60 surgeons will benefit directly from this support.

 “HSS greatly values its relationship with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and is thrilled to continue this partnership over the next three years,” said Thomas P. Sculco, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Program at HSS.  “HSS Faculty are honored to share best practices and exchange knowledge with Greek orthopedic surgeons, as well as establish an ongoing, mutually beneficial dialogue.” 

“The Stavros Niarchos Foundation remains committed to help improving healthcare in Greece,” said Roula Siklas, Program Coordinator for Health & Sports at the Foundation. “Professional development programs such as this one with Hospital for Special Surgery deliver high and long-term impact for physicians and surgeons, and ultimately the people they care for.” 


About Hospital for Special Surgery

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 7 in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report (2015-2016), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at