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David L. Helfet, MD, Receives the 2018 Recipient of the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons of the City of New York Inaugural Award

The Society of Honorary Police Surgeons of the City of New York presented the inaugural award to David L. Helfet, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on May 3.

This award recognizes the continued and untiring efforts, skill and support of Dr. Helfet to the members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and their families. Dr. Helfet was profoundly honored to receive this award in recognition of his work which represents a central focus to him as an orthopedic trauma surgeon, clinician and member of the community.

Members of the NYPD, New York Fire Department (NYFD) and New York State Police (NYSP) have always been a major priority to Dr. Helfet, as he truly appreciates the difficult and challenging work they do along with their personal, daily sacrifices. Dr. Helfet has been an honorary surgeon for the NYPD from 1999 to present; assistant division physician for the NYSP from 1999 to present; and Honorary Medical Officer and Honorary Fire Officer from 2009 to present.

Dr. Helfet has had the opportunity to provide treatment to many members of the NYPD, NYFD and NYSP throughout his career. Patients have presented him with injuries ranging from isolated orthopedic trauma to complex poly-trauma requiring complex surgical procedures. The goal is always to provide optimal treatment to enable maximum recovery. Additionally, at HSS  and NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Helfet seeks to provide the best patient care possible by using the most effective treatment strategies. Meeting family members of the police and fire departments and being part of their recovery is a great source of pride for Dr. Helfet.