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


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 22 year old, Alexandra, started college at Cornell University in Fall 2020. She is now 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 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 in 2023 and Alexandra is running again 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

Shah AK, Uppstrom TJ, Rizy ME, Gomoll AH, Strickland SM. “Incidence of Complications After Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy and Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy With Distalization.” American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2024 Mar 22.

Oeding JF, Varady NH, Fearington FW, Pareek A, Strickland SM, Nwachukwu BU, Camp CL, Krych AJ. “Platelet-Rich Plasma Versus Alternative Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Systematic Review and Statistical Fragility Index-Based Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.”
American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2024 Feb 29.

Tyler J Uppstrom, Connor F Fletcher, Daniel W Green, Andreas H Gomoll, Sabrina M Strickland “Decreased Effective Patellar Tendon Length following Distalization Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy without Patellar Tendon Tenodesis.” Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2024 Feb 15.

Retzky JS, Thacher RR, Palhares GH, Gomoll AH, Strickland SM. “Impact
of Wiberg Patellar Type on Outcomes and Survival Following Cell-Based
Cartilage Repair for Patellar Chondral Lesions at Midterm Follow-up.
” The Journal of Sports Medicine. 2024 Jan 20.

Palhares GM, Vaswani R, Fletcher C, Hinkley P, Rizy M, Strickland SM, Gomoll A. “Diffuse Host Bone Marrow Edema on Six-Month MRI is a Risk Factor for Osteochondral Allograft Failure.” Arthroscopy. 2024 Jan 17.

Brusalis CM, Chastain KL, Uppstrom TJ, Steineman BD, Gomoll AH, Maher SA, Strickland SM. “Medial Meniscus Posterior Root Tears Lead to Changes in Joint Contact Mechanics at Low Flexion Angles During Simulated Gait.” The Journal of Sports Medicine. 2024 Jan 2.

Hurley ET, Hughes AJ, Savage-Elliott I, Dejour D, Campbell KA, Mulcahey
MK, Wittstein JR, Jazrawi LM; Patellar Instability International
Consensus Group; Alaia MJ, Arendt EA, Ayeni OR, Bassett AJ, Bonner KF,
Camp CL, Carter CW, Chahla J, Ciccotti MG, Cosgarea AJ, Edgar CM,
Erickson BJ, Espregueira-Mendes J, Farr J, Farrow LD, Frank RM, Freedman
KB, Fulkerson JP, Getgood A, Gomoll AH, Grant
JA, Gursoy S, Gwathmey FW, Haddad FS, Hiemstra LA, Hinckel BB, Koh JL,
Krych AJ, LaPrade RF, Li ZI, Logan CA, Gonzalez-Lomas G, Mannino BJ,
Lind M, Matache BA, Matzkin E, McCarthy TF, Mandelbaum B, Musahl V,
Neyret P, Nuelle CW, Oussedik S, Pace JL, Verdonk P, Rodeo SA, Rowan FE,
Salzler MJ, Schottel PC, Shannon FJ, Sheean AJ, Sherman SL, Strickland
SM, Tanaka MJ, Waterman BR, Zacchilli M, Zaffagnini S. “A modified Delphi consensus statement on patellar instability: part I and II” The Bone & Joint Journal. 2023 Dec 1.

Loyst RA, Palhares G, Hinkley P, Rizy M, Burge AJ, Gomoll AH, Strickland SM. “Predilection of Patellofemoral Cartilage Lesions in Patients with Posterior Medial Meniscal Root Lesions.” CARTILAGE. 2023 Jul 26.

Retzky JS, Palhares GM, Rizy M, Hinkley P, Gomoll AH, Strickland SM. “Multi-Surface Cartilage Defects about the Knee Treated with Cartilage Restoration Procedures Show Good Outcomes and Survivorship at Minimum 2-Year Follow-Up.” 2023 Oct. 18.

Brusalis CM, Huddleston HP, Lavalva SM, Gottlieb D, Fletcher C, Hinkley P, Gomoll AH, Strickland SM. “Short-Term Outcomes of Concomitant Patellofemoral Arthroplasty and Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction to Treat Concurrent Patellofemoral Arthritis and Patellar Instability.” J Knee Surg. 2023 Jun 20. 

Uppstrom TJ, Cash BM, Jahandar A, Fletcher C, Nguyen JT, Maher SA, Strickland SM, Gomoll AH. “Proximal bone block with distal screw trajectory improves mechanical stability during distalization tibial tubercle osteotomy.” Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2023 Jun 10.

More research & publications.