An examinationJohn C. L'Insalata, MD, FAAOS

Dr. John C. L'Insalata graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1986, receiving the General Excellence Award. He received his medical degree in 1990 from Cornell University Medical College, where he received several academic honors, including the General Excellence Award and the Internal Medicine and Rheumatology Awards. He completed his internship in General Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Continuing his training, Dr. L'Insalata completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Dr. L'Insalata is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has separate subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA where he served as team physician for the University of Pittsburgh athletic teams and the Robert Morris College football team and worked professionally with the Pittsburgh Ballet. Dr. L'Insalata is the author of numerous orthopaedic articles and book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally on the treatment of athletic injuries, arthroscopic surgery, and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee. He is a Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery at Weil Medical College of Cornell University and Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Brooklyn Orthopaedic Society
  • Bay Ridge Medical Society
  • Richmond County Medical Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha - Medical Honor Society
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association


Awards and Accolades

  • Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Research - Hospital for Special Surgery, 1995
  • Nominee: Charles S. Neer Award, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, 1994
  • The John Metcalf Polk Prize for General Excellence, 1990 - Cornell University Medical College
  • The Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Medicine, 1990 - Cornell University Medical College
  • The Robert M. Lintz Prize for Efficiency in Rheumatic Diseases, 1990 - Cornell University Medical College
  • The Lemmon Company Outstanding Student Award, 1990 - Cornell University Medical College
  • The Lange Medical Publications Award for Outstanding Achievement, 1990 - Cornell University Medical College
  • Draddy Medal for General Excellence in Engineering, Manhattan College, 1986
  • Finn Medal for Excellence in Electrical Engineering, Manhattan College, 1986


Special Interests


Selected Publications

  • L'Insalata JC, et al: Multiple Ligament Reconstruction. In: "Techniques in Knee Surgery," CD Harner, et al (eds.); Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2001
  • Cole BJ; L'Insalata JC; et al; Comparison of Arthroscopic and Open Anterior Shoulder Stabilization. J Bone Joint Surg, 2000
  • L'Insalata JC; et al; Posterolateral Instability of the Knee: Operative Treatment. In: Clinical Orthopaedics, EV Craig (ed.); Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 1999
  • L'Insalata JC;et al; ACL Reconstruction: Allografts. In: Controversies in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, KM Chan; et al (eds.); Churchill-Livingstone, 1998
  • L'Insalata JC; et al; A Self-Administered Questionnaire for Assessment of Symptoms and Function of the Shoulder. J Bone Joint Surg, 1997
  • L'Insalata JC; Fu FH: The Salvaged Knee. Sports Med Arthroscopy Rev, 1997
  • L'Insalata JC; Warren RF: Meniscus Tears: Classification and Treatment. Orthopedic Special Edition, 1997
  • L'Insalata JC; Harner CD: The Treatment of Acute and Chronic Posterior Cruciate Ligament Deficiency: New Approaches. Am J Knee Surg, 1996
  • L'Insalata JC; Harner CD: The Dislocated Knee: Approach to Treatment. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal, 1996
  • L'Insalata JC; et al: Humeral Head Osteonecrosis: Clinical Course and Radiographic Predictors of Outcome. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 1996
  • L'Insalata JC;et al; Total Knee Arthroplasty in Elderly Patients: Comparison of Tibial Component Designs. J. Arthroplasty, 1992