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. Dr. Kowalsky 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. Further, 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. He 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. Dr. Kowalsky is a team physician for the USA Rugby National Team, and the medical director for the Northeast Academy national development rugby program.
This is a follow-up to my 5-star review of Dr. Kowalsky (dated 12/13/18), shortly after I completed P/T and had my last visit with the doctor. I had suffered a very serious shoulder injury while bicycling late May 2018. Dr. Kowalsky performed a complex surgery mid-June to repair my shoulder, which had several tears of the rotator cuff and biceps. I am now back on my bicycle, and doing the somewhat challenging rides that I had been doing prior to my accident, although perhaps a bit more carefully. My shoulder feels great, is working great, and I can’t speak highly enough of Dr. Kowalsky’s surgical skills and wonderful bedside manner. I would highly recommend him to anyone with a shoulder injury. (5 Star Review on Healthgrades from B.Z.)
Sports Team Affiliations Team Physician, Iona College Rugby Football Club: 2015-Present Physician, White Plains Rugby Football Club: 2010-Present Team Physician, USA Rugby National Team: 2013-Present Medical Director, Northeast Academy: 2018-Present
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