Learn about Dr. Sabrina Strickland

Orthopedic Sports Surgeon
NY Magazine Top Doctor

“I look forward to taking care of you.”

– Sabrina Strickland, MD

Orthopedic Sports Surgeon Co-founder of the HSS Patellofemoral Center


Patellofemoral surgery (kneecap)

  • Instability
  • Arthritis and pain/partial knee replacement
  • Cartilage injury

ACL and meniscus surgery

  • Repair and reconstruction

Meniscus surgery

Rotator cuff and labral repair surgery

Non-operative treatment

  • Stem cell injection – knee arthritis
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) – knee arthritis, and tendonitis
  • Hyaluronic acid injection – knee pain and arthritis


  • State licensure in New York and Connecticut
  • Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at The Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency at The Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital, General Surgery Internship at Cornell – NY
  • Medical School at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s, 1996
  • College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, 1991


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus – Individual Network Only (not Medicaid)
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare (not through Access Health CT)
  • EmblemHealth GHI
  • EmblemHealth HIP
  • Oxford
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Compass

If your insurance plan is not listed, we will strive to work with you and your out of network benefits to accommodate you. Please contact our office at 212-606-1725 for personal assistance.

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About Dr. Sabrina Strickland

I am an orthopedic sports surgeon specializing in knee and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Although many patients come to see me after a knee injury playing sports such as soccer, basketball or skiing, others come due to pain in everyday activities, such as walking down stairs. Common injuries I see and help with are related to sports and include:


Many patients also come to see me who have never played sports. I find it very rewarding to help patients return to their favorite activities – especially those who have been told by other doctors that there is no further treatment available (and in many cases, have had a number of unsuccessful surgeries and continue to suffer). In these instances, I find misdiagnosis is common or that the previous surgical treatment was incorrect. In these cases I have had great success helping patients who had given up hope of returning to an active lifestyle.

I live in New York City and am the mother of three girls; my twins are currently 19. My 21 year old, Alexandra, started college at Cornell University in Fall 2020. She has now started at Cornell Law. In Fall 2022, my daughter Natasha joined her sister at Cornell; in 2023 she joined the Business School. Victoria is back at Boston College this year and is majoring in neuroscience. She is a resident assistant in the lab. I could not be prouder of my daughters in everything they pursue.

Because I live in New York City, it can be difficult to exercise outside year round, so I go to rowing classes, spin classes, barre classes, and lift weights. My kids are all focused on different sports. Two of them trained for and ran a half-marathon this year.

I went to college at Cornell University, majoring in Psychology while completing my pre-med requirements. Over the holiday breaks I worked at Stratton Mountain as a ski instructor. I subsequently spent a year working and skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado, and then went on to Rush Medical College at Rush University in Chicago. I completed my internship at Cornell/New York Hospital and then completed my Residency and Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. I find that I have an incredibly interesting job during the week and then spend my weekends at college sporting events, where it seems to be quite convenient that I am an orthopedic sports surgeon.

Please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. We have a great team, including two athletic trainers and a nurse practitioner who played college soccer. I think my team is very empathetic to the plight of our patients, whether it is an athletic injury or pain that is limiting activities of daily living such as walking up and down the subway steps.

I’d be honored to discuss your situation and see how my skills and experience as an orthopedic sports surgeon might be helpful to your needs.

About the Hospital for Special Surgery


To provide the highest quality patient care, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all.


Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the world’s largest academic centers devoted to orthopedics.


HSS is nationally ranked #1 in orthopedics, #3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report. HSS has been top-ranked in the Northeast for both orthopedics and rheumatology for many years. In addition, Consumer Reports ranked Hospital for Special Surgery one of the best hospital in New York City according to their patient satisfaction study.

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery is the nation’s oldest orthopedic hospital. More than 25,000 surgical procedures are performed annually. HSS performs more hip surgeries and more knee replacements than any other hospital in the nation. Every HSS surgeon who specializes in joint replacement performs more than 320 operations every year. Comparatively, 5 out of 6 hip replacements are done by surgeons who perform fewer than 50 per year.

Visit the HSS website


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus – Individual Network ONLY (Not Medicaid)
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare (not through Access Health CT)
  • EmblemHealth GHI
  • EmblemHealth HIP
  • Oxford
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Compass


Please call our office at 212-606-1725 if you have questions regarding
your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your
insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will
work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs.
Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

About Dr. Sabrina Strickland's Awards

Castle Connolly, Best Doctors

Castle Connolly Top Doctors

New York Magazine, 2019
Best Doctors

Patellofemoral Research Excellence Award, 2015-2016
Arthroscopy Association of America/Patellofemoral Foundation.
Awarded to an outstanding research project leading to improved understanding, prevention and treatment of patellofemoral pain or instability.

Fellow Research Award – Clinical Science, 2016
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Awarded to the best papers in clinical science and basic science submitted by a sports medicine fellow.

Philip D. Wilson, MD Award, 2015
Hospital for Special Surgery
Awarded to a fellow for excellence in orthopaedic surgery research.

Leadership Fellow, 2012-2013
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chosen as one of ten orthopaedic surgeons under the age of 45 to participate in a year long leadership training program.

Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD Teaching Award for outstanding commitment to resident education, 2011
Hospital for Special Surgery
Awarded to the outstanding faculty teacher by the graduating residency class.

Resident Research Award, 2001
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Best research project.

Distinguished Housestaff Award, 2000
New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council
For “exemplary all-around service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.”

Nathan M. Freer Prize, 1996
Rush Medical College
Voted the outstanding senior medical student by the Rush Medical College faculty.

The American Medical Women’s Association Award, 1996
Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, elected 1995

About Dr. Strickland's Recent Research & Publications

Research and Publications

Lee H, Fletcher C, Hartwell M, Strickland SM. “Effect of Patellofemoral Arthroplasty on
Patellar Height in Patients with Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis.”
J Knee Surg. 2022 Sep 1.

Fabricant, P, Mintz, D, Emery, K, Veerkamp, M, Gruber, S, Green, D, Strickland, S, Wall, W,
Shubin Stein, B. “Many Radiographic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Assessments for
Surgical Decision Making in Pediatric Patellofemoral Instability Patients Demonstrate
Poor Interrater Reliability.”
Arthroscopy. 2022 Sep;38(9):2702-2713.

Redler LH, Dennis ER, Mayer GM, Kalbian IL, Nguyen JT, Shubin Stein BE, Strickland SM.
“Does Ligamentous Laxity Protect Against Chondral and Osteochondral Injuries in
Patients With Patellofemoral Instability?”
Orthop J Sports Med. 2022 Jul

Kunze KN, Eliasberg CD, Strickland SM, Lane JM. “Nonunion of the Coracoid Base Secondary
to Cutibacterium acnes Infection in a Surgically Naive Patient.”
JBJS Case Connector:
2022; 12(2).

Fletcher C, Strickland S. “Hybrid Treatment of Osteochondral Fracture of the Patella With
Particulated Juvenile Cartilage and Fragment Fixation.”
Arthrosc Tech. 2022 Jun

Dawkins BJ, Shubin Stein BE, Mintz DN, Fabricant PD, Gomoll AH, Strickland SM, Aitchison
AH, Hidalgo Perea S, Green DW. “Patellofemoral joint cartilage restoration with
particulated juvenile allograft in patients under 21 years old.”
Knee. 2022 Jun;36:120-

Tishelman JC, Pyne A, Kahlenberg CA, Gruskay JA, Strickland SM. “Obesity Does Not Affect
Patient-Reported Outcomes following Patellofemoral Arthroplasty.”
J Knee Surg. 2022

Langhans MT, Strickland SM, Gomoll AH. “Management of Chondral Defects Associated with
Patella Instability.”
Clin Sports Med. 2022 Jan;41(1):137-155.

Spang RC, Jahandar A, Meyers KN, Nguyen JT, Maher SA, Strickland SM. “Dysplastic
Patellofemoral Joints Lead to a Shift in Contact Forces: A 3D-Printed Cadaveric Model.”

Am J Sports Med. 2021 Oct;49(12):3344-3349.

Cheng SI, Norman RM, DeMeo D, Zhong H, Turteltaub LH, McCarthy MM, Marx RG,
Strickland SM, Kelly AM. “The Feasibility of Blinding Intraoperative Electro-Auricular
Acupuncture Under Neuraxial Anesthesia.”
Med Acupunct. 2021 Aug 1;33(4):286-294

Gomoll AH, Farr J, Cole BJ, Flanigan DC, Lattermann C, Mandelbaum BR, Strickland SM,
Zaslav KR, Kimmerling KA, Mowry KC. “Safety and Efficacy of an Amniotic
Suspension Allograft Injection Over 12 Months in a Single-Blinded, Randomized
Controlled Trial for Symptomatic Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”
Arthroscopy. 2021

More research & publications.