Austin T. Fragomen, M.D.
A founding member of the remarkable Limb Lengthening & Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS), Dr. Fragomen has recently celebrated his 15th year of service at HSS. In that time, he has treated hundreds of patients with unique limb deformity problems offering sophisticated solutions that get people back in the game. He attributes his success to a combination of emphasizing problem solving, which takes the entire person into consideration, and forming a partnership with his patients, making them co-owners of the pre-surgical and recovery processes.
An Associate Professor of Orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical School and HSS, Dr. Fragomen has excelled as an educator. He is the director of the LLCRS fellowship program which includes recruitment and year-long training of exception young surgeons interested in pursuing a career in the subspecialty of Limb Deformity. In addition, surgeons from various regions in the United States and from around the globe come to New York to rotate with Dr. Fragomen for month-long visiting-professor observer-ships to broaden how they approach complex orthopedic challenges. Feedback from these observers includes amazement with the volume of Limb Deformity patients treated in Dr. Fragomen’s clinic and his ability to spend time with each person to ensure that the patient remains the focus of the practice.
Research has been central to ensuring the highest quality patient care including surgical decision making and has given Dr. Fragomen a voice nationally and worldwide. Authoring textbook chapters requires not only a profound knowledge of the field of Limb Deformity but also demands meticulous scouring of publications, new and old, relevant to the topic, providing further information and perspective to the author. Dr. Fragomen maintains a prospective database of all the surgeries he has performed for use in later analysis to finds trends in patient care. This data then drives future decision-making to optimize surgery and post operative protocols ensuring the best possible outcomes and patient satisfaction.
With over 100 publications, Dr. Fragomen is invited to speak regularly at orthopedic programs around the United States, Canada, and abroad to share his research and personal experiences for the advancement of successful outcomes in these other centers. As the president of the national Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction Society (LLRS) from 2019-20, Dr. Fragomen launched several initiatives that have inspired current members, drawn in new members, and gained traction at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) where he also serves on the Board of Subspecialty Societies.
Author of the LLCRS Mission statement, Dr. Fragomen takes pride in resolving the previously “unsolvable” problems from which his patients suffer, and he welcomes collaboration with other HSS surgeons who have complimentary skill sets in an effort to guarantee that all of his patients have been treated by the best of the best. Dr. Fragomen can be readily contacted through email, FragomenA@HSS.edu, to which he responds personally.