Get to know Dr. Sabrina Strickland

Orthopaedic Sports Surgeon
NY Magazine Top Doctor

“I look forward to taking care of you.”

– Sabrina Strickland, MD

Orthopaedic Sports Surgeon & Sports Surgery
Co-founder of the HSS Patellofemoral Center

Expertise

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

education

  • 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

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Affinity Access
  • Blue Cross HMO POS
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Cross Pathway
  • Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • GHI
  • HIP
  • Oxford
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare 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.

Get to know Dr. Strickland

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About Dr. Strickland

I am an orthopaedic 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:

  • ACL ligament tears
  • Patellar dislocations
  • Meniscal tears

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 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 16 and my 19 year old started college at Cornell University in Fall 2020. Because I live in New York City, it’s difficult (for me) to exercise outside, so I go to rowing classes, spin classes, barre classes and lift weights. My kids are all focused on different sports.  One participates in travel volleyball. One is the coxswain on a rowing team and my third daughter swims competitively.

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 find my weekends filled with many kid’s sporting events where it seems to come in handy quite often that I am an Orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic sports surgeon might be helpful to your needs.

About the Hospital for Special Surgery

Mission

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

Establishment

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

About

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

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Affinity Access
  • Blue Cross HMO POS
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Cross Pathway
  • Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • GHI
  • HIP
  • Oxford
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare 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.

Awards

Castle Connolly, 2020 Best Doctors

CC 2020 Top Doctor Logo (1)

New York Magazine, 2019
Best Doctors

Patellofemoral Research Excellence Award, 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.

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

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

Leadership Fellow Position, 2011
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD Teaching Award for outstanding commitment to resident education, 2011
Hospital for Special Surgery

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

Current Research

Papers and Presentations

Christ A, Baral E, Koch C, Shubin Stein B, Della Valle A, Strickland S. “Patellofemoral arthroplasty conversion to total knee arthroplasty: retrieval analysis and clinical correlation.” Poster presentation at: 2016 European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy Annual Meeting. 2016 May 4-7; Barcelona, Spain.

Grawe B, Rodeo S, Burge A, Strickland S, Warren R, Nguyen J, Shubin Stein B. “Patellar Chondral Defects Treated with Particulated Juvenile Articular Allograft Cartilage: An MRI Analysis.” Podium presentation at: 2016 International Cartilage Repair Society. 2016 September 24-27; Naples, Italy.

Liu J, Mintz D, Nguyen J, Munch J, Strickland S, Shubin Stein B. “MRI Validation of Tibial Tubercle Transfer Distance: A Clinical and Cadaveric Study.” Poster presentation at: 2016 Arthroscopic Association of North America Annual Meeting. 2016 April 14-16; Boston, MA.

Munch J, Sullivan J, Nguyen J, Mintz D, Green D, Shubin Stein B, Strickland S. “Patellar Articular Overlap is a Simple Alternative to Conventional Measurements of Patellar Height.” Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. July 2016.

Munch J, Sullivan J, Nguyen J, Mintz D, Green D, Strickland S, Shubin Stein B. “MRI Measurements Associated with Patellofemoral Instability.” Podium Presentation at: 2016 European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy Annual Meeting. 2016 May 4-7; Barcelona, Spain.

Redler L, Mayer G, Kalbian I, Nguyen J, Shubin Stein B, Strickland S. “Does Ligamentous Laxity Protect Against Chondral Injury in Patients with Patellofemoral Instability?” Poster presentation at: 2016 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. 2016 July 7-10; Colorado Springs, CO.

Redler L, Meyers K, Munch J, Dennis E, Nguyen J, Shubin Stein B. “Anisometry of Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction in the Setting of Patella Alta and Increased Tibial Tubercle-Trochlear Groove (TT-TG) Distance.” Podium presentation at: 2016 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. 2016 July 7-10; Colorado Springs, CO.