New York Red Bulls Expand Medical Staff with Additional Team Physicians from Hospital for Special Surgery
The New York Red Bulls announced today the expansion of their Medical Staff with additional Team Physicians from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Three orthopedic surgeons have joined the club’s Medical team led by Dr. Riley J. Williams III, Medical Director, and head orthopedic surgeon. HSS has served as the official hospital of the major league soccer team since 2006.
“We are dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to elite athletes, and our designation as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence by the Feder the Fédération Internationale de Football Association recognizes our expertise and enthusiasm in treating professional soccer players,” said Dr. Williams. “With the new members of the medical team, we will continue to provide the high level of care Red Bull players depend on to be their best on the field and to get back in the game if they sustain an injury.”
A nationally recognized leader in cartilage repair and restoration, Dr. Williams specializes in knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery at the HSS Sports Medicine Institute. Along with the Red Bulls, Dr. Williams serves as medical director and head team physician for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA), Long Island Nets (G-League), and New York Liberty (WNBA), and as a team physician for USA Basketball.
The new members of the medical team are highly specialized in treating a wide range of orthopedic injuries.
Danyal H. Nawabi, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in the HSS Sports Medicine Institute, specializes in knee, shoulder, and hip surgery, including arthroscopic procedures and joint replacement.
Orthopedic surgeon Andrew J. Elliot, MD, treats conditions of the foot and ankle, including athletic injuries, bunions, tendon tears and ruptures, hammertoes, osteochondritis dissecans, fractures and arthritis.
Benedict Nwachukwu, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and specialist in hip, knee and shoulder surgery at HSS. Along with the Red Bulls, Dr. Nwachukwu serves as a team physician for the New York Liberty and medical consultant for the National Basketball Players Association.
About the New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls are one of 27 teams in Major League Soccer (MLS). RBNY, one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, have competed in the league since its founding in 1996. The Red Bulls play home matches at Red Bull Arena (RBA) in Harrison, New Jersey.The three-time MLS Supporters' Shield Winners are owned by the Austrian beverage company Red Bull for which the team is named. The New York Red Bulls offer one of the nation's premier youth soccer development programs, from local soccer partnerships across New York and New Jersey to Regional Development Schools and the Red Bulls Academy teams.
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 14th consecutive year), No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2023-2024), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2023-2024). In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics for a fourth consecutive year (2023). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection and complication rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. In addition, more than 200 HSS clinical investigators are working to improve patient outcomes through better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat orthopedic, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The HSS Innovation Institute works to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 165 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally. www.hss.edu.