SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST SHOULDER, ELBOW & KNEE SURGEON
College: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, MD / MBA in Health Management
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center / New York Orthopaedic Hospital, New York, NY
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital / Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine & Athletic Trauma, New York, NY Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
Dr. Kowalsky is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with expertise in surgical and nonsurgical management of sports injury of the shoulder, elbow and knee, as well as complex shoulder and elbow conditions including degenerative disease, trauma, and revision surgery. He has a particular interest in the management of shoulder and elbow arthritis, instability, ligament and tendon injuries, as well as knee ligament injury and cartilage disorders. He has authored original research manuscripts, review articles, and textbook chapters focusing on AC joint reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement. He currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Kowalsky has cared for college and professional athletes at every level of competition. He has provided sports medicine coverage for the Tournament of Champions Squash Tournament and the United States Open Tennis Championship. As a sports medicine fellow, he was an assistant team physician for the New York Jets and the New York Islanders. Dr. Kowalsky previously served as orthopedic surgery consultant for New York City Public School Athletic League Rugby and Play Rugby USA, and as the Medical Director of the New York Rugby Club Annual New York 7s Tournament. He currently serves as team physician for the White Plains Rugby Football Club, Iona College Rugby Football Club, and the Greenwich High School Rugby Team. He is a team physician for the USA Rugby National Team, and the medical director for the Northeast Academy national development rugby program.
Dr. Kowalsky earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, where he also received an MBA in Health Management. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. He then completed two subspecialty fellowships, the first in sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital / Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, and the second in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kowalsky has subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and has been inducted as a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.
I saw Dr. Kowalsky for an ACL reconstruction – he was patient and kind and took the time to answer any/all of my questions. Surgery went extremely well and I have full range of motion back in my knee. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from a patient in CT)
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Professional Affiliations Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Associate Member, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons Arthroscopy Association of North America American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Sports Team Affiliations Team Physician, Iona College Rugby Football Club: 2015-Present Team Physician, White Plains Rugby Football Club: 2010-Present Team Physician, USA Rugby National Team: 2013-Present Medical Director, Northeast Academy: 2018-Present
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Board Certified American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Subspecialty Certificate in Sports Medicine
New York Super Doctors, 2015 New York Super Doctors Rising Stars SM, 2013 – 2014 Vitals.com Patient Choice Award, 2012 – 2013 Best Fellow Research Presentation Award, Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Alexander Garcia, MD Senior Resident Award, New York Orthopaedic Hospital Rosamond Kane, MD Pediatric Resident Award, New York Orthopaedic Hospital
Conroy C, Sethi P, Macken C, Wei D, Kowalsky MS, Mirzayan R, Pauzenberger L, Dyrna F, Obopilwe E, Mazzocca AD. “Augmentation of a Distal Biceps Repair with an Acellular Dermal Graft Restores Native Biomechanical Properties in a Tendon Deficient Model”. AJSM. (accepted for publication).
Brameier DT, Hirscht A, Kowalsky MS, Sethi PM. “Rehabilitation Strategies After Shoulder Arthroplasty in Young and Active Patients”. Clin Sports Med. 37(4): 569-583. 2018 Oct.
Davis DE, Maltenfort M, Abboud JA, Getz C, Rothman Institute Shoulder Consortium Group, Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons. “Classifying glenohumeral synovitis: a novel intraoperative scoring system”. JSES. 26(11): 2047-2053, 2017 Nov.
Conroy C, Sethi P, Macken C, Wei D, Kowalsky MS, Mirzayan R, Pauzenberger L, Dyrna F, Obopilwe E, Mazzocca AD. “Augmentation of a Distal Biceps Repair with an Acellular Dermal Graft Restores Native Biomechanical Properties in a Tendon Deficient Model”. AJSM. 45(9): 2028-2033, 2017 Jul.
Porter DA, Birns M, Hobart SJ, Kowalsky MS, Galano GJ. “Arthroscopic Treatment of Osseous Instability of the Shoulder”. HSS Journal. 13: 292-301, 2017 May.
Kowalsky, MS. “Minimally Invasive Treatment of Elbow Articular Cartilage Injury”. In Minimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics, 2nd Ed. Scuderi GR, Tria AJ, ed. Springer, New York. 2016.
Minimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics, 2nd Ed. Scuderi GR, Tria AJ, editors. Kowalsky, MS, Elbow Section editor. Springer, New York. 2016
Ponzio DY, VanBeek C, Wong JC, Padegimas EM, Anakwenze OA, Getz CL, Abboud JA, ACESS Group. “Profile of Current Opinion on Arthroscopic Acromioplasty: A Video Survey Study”. Arthroscopy. 32(7): 1253-62, 2016 Jul.
Kowalsky MS, Zuckerman JD. “Chronic Glenohumeral Dislocation: Anterior and Posterior”. In Clinical Decision Support: Shoulder and Elbow. Zuckerman JD, Oh L, Strauss E, ed. Decision Support in Medicine, LLC, Wilmington, DE. 2015.
Kowalsky, MS. “Minimally Invasive Treatment of Elbow Articular Cartilage Injury”. In: Minimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics, 2nd Ed. Scuderi GR, Tria AJ, editors. New York: Springer, New York; 2016: 1-16.
Kowalsky, MS. “SLAP Tears and Lesions of the Biceps Tendon”. In AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review, 2nd Ed. Boyer, MI, ed. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL. 2014
Kowalsky MS, Galatz LM, Shia DS, Steger-May K, Keener JD. “The relationship between scapular notching and reverse shoulder arthroplasty prosthesis design”. JSES. 21(10): 1430-41, 2012 Oct.
Kowalsky MS, Galatz LM. “Arthroscopic Repair of Massive Rotator Cuff Tears”. In Operative Techniques: Shoulder & Elbow, Neviaser RJ et al., ed. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2011.