Meet Dr. Andrew D. Pearle
Dr. Andrew D. Pearle is the Chief of the Sports Medicine Institute at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, specializing in Sports Medicine. Dr. Pearle's clinical interests include knee and shoulder surgery. He is an Associate Team Physician for the New York Mets and former Editor-in- Chief of the Orthopedic Journal Techniques in Knee Surgery. Dr. Pearle is internationally known for his pioneering work in robotic knee surgery.
A graduate of Amherst College and Stanford Medical School, Dr. Andrew Pearle completed training in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery. After 9/11, he traveled to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem during the height of the intifada to assist in the care of terror victims. While participating in this care, Dr. Pearle was inspired by the pioneering use of computer assisted surgery at Hadassah. "Hadassah surgeons modified Computer Assisted Surgery tools designed for the spine, and applied the technology to remove shrapnel," he recalls.
Dr. Pearle was recruited as an attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and was selected to develop one of the first Computer Assisted Surgery programs in the United States. Computer Assisted Surgery uses navigation, which is like a "GPS for orthopedic surgery," says Dr. Pearle, who is conducting research to bring these techniques from bench to bedside. Robotic surgery, which uses computer techniques to plan surgery and robotic tools to assist surgeons in the operating room, is an outgrowth of these techniques.
In 2007, Dr. Pearle performed the first robotic partial knee replacement in the New York region. He has now performed thousands of these procedures and is the leading world expert in the use of robotic technology for partial and total knee replacement.
In addition to his responsibilities at HSS, Dr. Pearle is a team physician for the New York Mets and coordinates care for the minor league affiliates including the Brooklyn Cyclones. Dr. Pearle has published more than 150 original manuscripts, and is a prominent national and international speaker on emerging techniques to improve knee surgery.
Dr. Pearle is actively involved in community outreach. He helped reestablish a free orthopedic clinic in the HSS tradition that serves the needs of underserved athletes from the NYC Public School Athletic League. After moving to Westchester, he was instrumental in the development of the HSS Westchester Center. He is committed to helping foster comprehensive, convenient, high quality care to his local community and was recently named the named the Medical Director for this site.
Dr. Pearle lives in Rye, NY, with his wife and four children.