The Hospital for Special Surgery, the nation’s top orthopedic hospital, is set to open its first Florida clinic in West Palm Beach this month. Dr. Peter Asnis, chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been tapped to be HSS Florida’s medical director.
A top doctor for Boston’s professional athletes will serve as medical director of the Hospital for Special Surgery Florida, the West Palm Beach facility set to open later this month.
Dr. Peter Asnis is an orthopedic surgeon from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is chief of the Sports Medicine Service.
Asnis is the head team physician and medical director for the Boston Bruins hockey team; head team orthopedic surgeon for the Boston Red Sox baseball team; and a team physician for the New England Patriots football team.
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Asnis specializes in knee and shoulder sports injuries for patients of all ages.
The high-profile doctor with a specialty in sports medicine studied at Harvard University and Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College, then competed his orthopedic residency at HSS in New York.
For the past 10 years, HSS has been named the No. 1 hospital for orthopedics in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery also is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States.
By leaving the frigid climes of Boston for sunny West Palm Beach, Asnis will anchor HSS’s ambitious plans for its Florida facility.
Asnis, plus the eight other doctors who will start at the facility, will ensure that “HSS care everywhere is the same high standard as HSS care anywhere,” HSS President Louis Shapiro said in a statement.
Shapiro added that he expects the Florida clinic to attract both U.S. and international patients.
In January 2018, HSS announced its expansion to Florida in partnership with Tenet Healthcare, parent of Good Samaritan Medical Center, which is across the street from the HSS facility.
Through a Tenet subsidiary, United Surgical Partnership International, plans are to offer clinical care and other elements of orthopedic care, including diagnostic services such as imaging, rehabilitation and sports medicine.
HSS is eager to bring its storied medical services to the growing, aging and affluent Florida community.
HSS officials note that today’s retirees are not yesterday’s retirees. Older patients today expect to be able to continue their active lifestyle, including playing golf or tennis, providing an opportunity for HSS doctors to keep them moving and out of pain.
HSS has other goals for its Florida clinic in West Palm Beach, too.
HSS hopes to be a destination center for all sports medicine needs in the Southeast U.S., including professional athletes as well as teenage athletes, according to Justin Oppenheimer, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at HSS.
In the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, HSS treats more professional athletes than anywhere else in the world, Oppenheimer said.
In addition, HSS Florida is seeking to attract professional dancers needing musculoskeletal care. A recent top hire is Dr. Kathleen Davenport, an HSS-trained physiatrist who specializes in treating professional dancers in South Florida.
When HSS opens later this month in West Palm Beach, the facility will have five full time and three part-time physicians. More doctors are expected to be added as services grow over time.
At the West Palm Beach facility, outpatient surgery will be available. This includes hip and knee replacements for patients, if they are deemed suitable for the procedure on an out-patient basis, Oppenheimer said.
Spinal surgeries won’t be handled at the facility but non-surgical treatment, such as physical therapy, will be available.
In addition, consultations with HSS doctors in New York, through shared technology from the West Palm Beach imaging equipment, will be offered.
Complex orthopedic surgeries requiring inpatient hospitalization will be referred to New York.
However, trauma orthopedic care will be offered in Palm Beach County through a new affiliation with Wellington orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Sama, who completed his orthopedic trauma and reconstruction fellowship at HSS in New York.
Oppenheimer said Sama will perform surgeries at Wellington Regional Medical Center and Good Sam.