ASES Foundation

Russell F. Warren, MD

Past President of ASES: 1993-1994

Sports medicine and shoulder specialist, Dr. Russell Warren, was born in 1939 in Burlington, Vermont, and received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. After receiving his medical degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse in 1966, he completed a 1-year surgical residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York and went on to serve as a Lt. Commander for the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. For his service, Dr. Warren received the U.S. Navy Medal of Commendation in 1969.

Following his work in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Warren returned to New York and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He completed a fellowship in shoulder surgery with Dr. Neer at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 1977. At this same time, he began his teaching career in orthopaedics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he is also currently a professor of surgery. Subsequently he became chairman of orthopaedics and Surgeon-in-chief at HSS from 1993-2003. In addition, he has served as the team physician for the NY Giants since 1981.

From 1990 to 2003, Dr. Warren directed the soft tissue research laboratory at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Discoveries from the laboratory have advanced progress toward better treatments that reduce pain and restore mobility for patients with soft tissue injuries of the shoulder and knee. The Hospital for Special Surgery established the Russell F. Warren Research Chair in soft tissue research in 2005, to ensure this area of study continues in perpetuity. He has published more than 300 papers on a variety of orthopaedic topics related to disease and injury of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Warren has received the Neer Award with ASES in 1989, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2010 as well as the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award for Outstanding NFL Team Physician in 2004. He also served as AOSSM Board President in 1995 and has received AOSSM’s O’Donoghue Award for Sports Medicine Research three times since 1982 along with the Humana Award for Clinical Research in 1992 and Mr. Sports Medicine in 2003.

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