Meet the leadership team of Hospital for Special Surgery


Hospital for Special Surgery, an academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health, was first incorporated in 1863 in New York City. The system's hospital has been named the No. 1 orthopedic hospital for 14 years in a row by U.S. News and World Report.

Here are four leaders at the helm of the organization:

Bryan Kelly, MD: President and CEO

In addition to his role as president and CEO, Dr. Kelly also serves as surgeon-in-chief emeritus and chief emeritus of the Sports Medicine Institute for HSS. He also holds a faculty appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and medical staff appointments at HSS and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

A specialist in sports medicine, Dr. Kelly serves as head team physician for the NHL team the New York Rangers and as an orthopedic consultant for UFC. He began his role as president of CEO in September 2023, according to LinkedIn.

Douglas Padgett, MD: Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director

Dr. Padgett joined HSS in 1993 as an attending surgeon on the hip and knee service before being appointed chief of the hip service in 2006 and chief of the adult reconstruction and joint replacement service in 2008.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Padgett served as a battalion surgeon multiple times throughout his career, including from 1983-1984 and in 1991. He also serves as a consulting physician for the Bronx VA Medical Center.

Stacey Malakoff: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Ms. Malakoff oversees accounting and reporting, revenue cycle, capital and debt strategy, and supply chain for HSS and has been with the organization since 1990, according to LinkedIn. In addition, she manages physician contracting, payer strategy and contracting, insurance, and real estate.

Irene Koch: Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Secretary 

Ms. Koch has overseen the legal needs of HSS since 2015, according to LinkedIn. Prior to joining the organization, she served as executive vice president and general counsel for Healthix from 2013 to 2015 and as executive director of the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange for seven years.

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