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Scott J. Ellis, MD

Dr. Scott J. Ellis is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery. He runs a busy clinical practice, but also teaches and does research. He is currently appointed as an Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Ellis has vast experience with a variety of foot and ankle problems and injuries. He specializes in all types of Achilles disorders including acute tears and more chronic degeneration (or tendinosis). He also treats a vast array of patients with ankle fractures and has performed hundreds of total ankle replacements for severe ankle arthritis. He surgically corrects bunions, both in women and men, as well as flatfoot deformity and has written numerous papers on the topic. Another interest and specialty of Dr. Ellis is arthritis of the big toe, which can be treated both operatively and non-operatively.

Dr. Ellis began his academic study at Davidson College in North Carolina, where he attained numerous academic honors. He later began his medical training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. After residency, Dr. Ellis remained at HSS as a fellow in foot and ankle surgery. Following his fellowship, he traveled to Duke University (with Dr. James DeOrio); Lyon, France (with Dr. Michel Bonnin); and Basel, Switzerland (with Dr. Beat Hintermann) in order to expand his knowledge in foot and ankle surgery; total ankle replacement in particular.

Education
College
  • BA, Davidson College, North Carolina, 1996
    MD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2002
Internship
  • General Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, 2003
Residency
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2007
Fellowship
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2008
Certification
  • Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2010
State Licensure
  • New York, Connecticut, New Jersey
Special Expertise
Procedures
Appointments
  • Associate Attending, Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Associate Attending, Orthopedic Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Chair, Foot and Ankle Service Registry Steering Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Director of Research, Foot and Ankle Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Professional Education Council, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Global Education Council, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Past President, Foundation of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)
Departments
Specialized Centers
Awards
Awards
  • New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2017-2020
  • HSS Foot and Ankle Fellowship Teaching Award, 2016-2020
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2015-2020
  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2014-2020
  • Elected as Member to the American Orthopaedic Association, 2016
  • HSS Foot and Ankle Fellowship Teaching Award, 2016
  • AOFAS Goldner Award (best basic science paper) Summer Meeting, 2014
  • Winner, AOFAS Mann Award (best clinical paper) AOFAS Summer Meeting, 2014
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Traveling Fellowship, 2009
  • NIH Research Fellow, Intramural Research Training Award, 2000
Affiliations
  • President, Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, 2018-2020
  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), 2016-present
  • American Medical Association (AMA), 2012-present
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), 2011-present
  • Member-at-large, AOFAS Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 2011-present
  • New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSOS), 2005-present
Research
Research Description
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Grant (Outreach and Education Fund, OEF), 2014-2015
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Medical Student Research Fellowship Program Award. Academic Summer, 2014
  • The British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Grant, 2013-2014
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Medical Student Research Fellowship Program Award. Academic Summer, 2013
  • Joseph Lane Research Grant (Hospital for Special Surgery Internal Grant), 2011-2012
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Grant (Outreach and Education Fund, OEF), 2010-2011
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Medical Student Research Fellowship Program Award. Academic Summer, 2010
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Grant (Outreach and Education Fund, OEF), 2009-2010
  • Eduardo Salvati Research Grant (Hospital for Special Surgery Internal Grant), 2005-2007
Research Interests
  • Adult Acquired Flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency)
  • Plantar Pressure Measurement
  • Total Ankle Arthroplasty
  • Patient Expectations and Outcomes
Publications
Selected Publications
  1. W. Probasco, A. Haleem, J. Yu, B.J. Sangeorzan, J.T. Deland, S.J. Ellis. Assessment of Coronal Plane Subtalar Joint Alignment in Patients with Peritalar Subluxation via Weight-Bearing Multiplanar Imaging. Foot and Ankle International. 36(3). March 2015. 302-309.
  2. B.U. Nwachukwu, A.S. McLawhorn, M.S. Simon, K.S. Hamid, C. Demetracopoulos, J.T. Deland, S.J. Ellis. Management of End-Stage Ankle Arthritis: a Cost-Utility Analysis Using Direct and Indirect Costs. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American. 97A (14). July 15, 2015. 1159-1172.
  3. J. Chan, S. Greenfield, D. Soukup, H. Do, J.T. Deland, S.J. Ellis. Contribution of Lateral Column Lengthening to the Correction of Forefoot Abduction in Stage IIb Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity Reconstruction. Foot and Ankle International. 36(12). December, 2015. 1400-1411.
  4. A. MacMachon, J. Karbassi, J. Burket, A. Elliott, D. Levine, M. Roberts, J. T. Deland, M. O’Malley, J. Yu, C. Mancuso, S.J. Ellis. Return to Sports and Physical Activities After the Modified Lapidus Procedure for Hallux Valgus in Young Patients. Foot and Ankle International. April, 2016. 378-385.
  5. A. MacMahon, P. Kim. D.S. Levine, J. Burket, M.M. Roberts, M.C. Drakos, J.T. Deland, A.J. Elliott, S.J. Ellis. Return to Sports and Physical Activities After Primary Partial Arthrodesis for Lisfranc Injuries in Young Patients. Foot and Ankle International. April, 2016. 355-362.
  6. E.A. Cody, H.H. Greditzer, A. MacMahon, J. Burket, C. Sofka, S.J. Ellis. Effects on the Tarsal Tunnel Following Malerba Z-type Osteotomy Compared to Standard Lateralizing Calcaneal Osteotomy. Foot and Ankle International. 37(9). September, 2016. 1017-1022.
  7. E.A. Cody, C.A. Mancuso, A.MacMahon, A. Marinescu, J.C. Burket, M.C. Drakos, M.M. Roberts, S.J. Ellis. Development and Testing of an Expectations Survey for Patients Undergoing Foot and Ankle Surgery. Foot and Ankle International. 37(12). December, 2016. 1277-1284.
  8. E.A. Cody, C. Mancuso, J. Burket, A. Marinescu, A. MacMahon, S.J. Ellis. Patient Factors Associated with Higher Expectations from Foot and Ankle Surgery. Foot and Ankle International. Elected as Lead Article, Selected for Podcast. 38(5). May, 2017. 472-478.
  9. J. Burket, S. Greenfield, D. Soukup, H. Do., S.J. Ellis. Validation of PROMIS Computerized Adaptive Tests Against the FAOS for Six Common Foot and Ankle Pathologies. Foot and Ankle International. 38(8). August, 2017. 870-878.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Patient Education by Dr. Ellis on HSS.edu
  • Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Editorial Appointments
  • Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2007-2015
  • Reviewer, The HSS Journal, 2008-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2010-present
  • Reviewer, Foot and Ankle International, 2013-present
  • Member Editorial Board, HSS Journal, 2013-2015
  • Editor, Total Ankle Arthroplasty Today. Eds. M. Bonnin and S.J. Ellis. CIC Edizioni Internazionali, Rome, 2012.
Selected Books by Dr. Ellis
  1. S.J. Ellis, M. Roberts. Surgical Management of Failed Great Toe Arthroplasty. Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Foot and Ankle. eds. JC Coetzee and SR Hurwitz. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2010. 341-350.
  2. B.R. Williams, S.J. Ellis, J.Yu, J.T. Deland. Stage IV Adult-Acquired Flatfoot Deformity Deltoid Ligament Reconstruction. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. ed. V Prisk. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 20(3) September 2010. 183-189.
  3. S.J. Ellis, B.R. Williams, J.Yu, J.T. Deland. Spring Ligament Reconstruction for Advanced Flatfoot Deformity with the use of an Achilles Allograft. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. ed. V Prisk. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 20(3) September 2010. 175-182.
  4. S.J. Ellis, J.K. DeOrio. The INBONE Total Ankle Replacement. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. ed. V Prisk. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 20(3) September 2010. 201-210.
  5. S.J. Ellis, L. Moril, J.T. Deland. The Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) System. Seminars in Arthroplasty. Ed. SM Raikin. Elsevier. Philadelphia, 21(4) December 2010. 275-281.
  6. S.J. Ellis, M. Drakos, A. Daluiski. The Hand. The Hospital for Special Surgery Guide to Orthopaedic Surgery. eds. TP Sculco, M Lim, AS Ranawat, A Pearle. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2012.
  7. C. Demetracopoulos, S.J. Ellis. Evolution of Concepts in Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Total Ankle Arthroplasty Today. Ed. M. Bonnin. CIC Edizioni Internazionali. Rome, 2012
  8. S.J. Ellis. The Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity. Case Files: Orthopaedics. Eds. E. Toy, A. Rosenbaum, J. Dines, T. Roberts. McGraw-Hill, New York, March, 2013. 313-321.
  9. E. Vulcano, C. Demetracopoulos, S.J. Ellis. Surgical Management of Insufficiency Fractures: Foot. Insufficiency Fractures. The AAOS Monograph Series. Eds. A. Saleh. Rosemont, IL, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. March, 2014. Pages 57-70.
Industry Relationships

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Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Ellis as of November 21, 2019.

  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society - President
  • Paragon 28 - Consultant
  • Wright Medical - Consultant

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Languages
  • English, Spanish, Bilingual
  • AOA
  • AMA
  • AOFAS
  • AAOS