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Dr. Weiss will be out of the office, on vacation, beginning Tuesday, July 2. 
Dr. Weiss will resume office hours on Monday, July 22.

The office will be open for administrative matters, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM (except for Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5).
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Covid Update:  
The use of face masks in our office and medical office building is optional.  However, let us know if you want me and my staff to wear a face mask.
Covid is still circulating in NYC.  The good news is that there has been a steady drop in hospitalizations, and wastewater levels of the virus are at their lowest point since the summer of 2023.  There are new variants, and NYC is seeing more cases of KP.2, one of the “FLiRT” group of variants.  The thought (the hope) is that these variants, with new mutations on the spike protein, will only lead to a small rise in the number of infections (called a “wavelet”) rather than a large wave.

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I believe that orthopedic care should be personal, with time available to discuss your problem and the treatment options.  I realize that almost every physician says this – I mean it.

A comprehensive consultation in my private office includes a thorough discussion of your symptoms, an examination, and ordering or review of diagnostic tests (including x-rays and, if medically warranted, advanced imaging, such as MRI or ultrasound scans).  After reviewing your diagnosis, I will suggest a treatment plan.  I will often recommend initiating treatment with specific exercises, with a referral for physical therapy, and sometimes with a prescription for medication and/or shoe modifications.  Many patients will find that their problems resolve with this type of treatment.  Injections may be recommended for some conditions.  I will recommend surgery for patients with certain specific injuries and in situations where the problem does not improve and operative intervention has been shown to be effective.  Although I no longer perform surgery, after operating for 30 years I know when surgery is necessary – and when it is not.

In my practice I embrace advanced imaging – when it will enhance care.  However, I remind all patients that research indicates that even young, completely asymptomatic people often have numerous abnormalities on their MRI scans (labral tears, meniscal tears, disc bulges and herniations, joint degenerative changes, etc.).  And, although I admire the latest medical computer technology, I am also wary of the steady "corporatization" of medicine.  We must remember that compassion is key to the healing arts and we must strive to "rehumanize" medical care.

My approach to orthopedic care is based upon my training in sports medicine.  My special interest is the care of orthopedic injuries to performing artists.  At present, I am Orthopedist to Mark Morris Dance Group, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Hispanico, and The Roundabout Theatre Company.  I served as the Orthopedic Consultant to The Juilliard School, working with musicians, dancers, actors, and singers, from 1988 to 2020.  I served as Orthopedist for Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1999 to 2011, when the company disbanded.

I have served as Orthopedist for over 100 Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions, including The Will Rogers Follies, Guys & Dolls, Miss Saigon, Cats, The Who’s Tommy (1993-1995), Grease, Monty Python's Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Riverdance on Broadway, Evita, War Horse, Motown, Les Misérable, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, AladdinMatilda, Groundhog Day, Anastasia, Beetlejuice, and Dancin'.  At present I serve as Orthopedist to Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre, Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre, The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre, Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theatre, & Juliet at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Back To The Future at the Winter Garden Theatre, Water For Elephants at the Imperial Theatre, The Who's Tommy at the Nederlander Theatre, and Cabaret at the August Wilson Theatre.

I am on the faculty of New York University School of Medicine (Clinical Associate Professor) and a member of NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital's Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, where I served as Associate Director from 2002 to 2023.

In all of these capacities, I work closely with physical therapists, athletic trainers, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and other health care practitioners who specialize in performing arts medicine.