Dr. Riley J. Williams III is a specialist in the field of shoulder, knee and elbow surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Williams holds a dual appointment in both the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, as a full-time member of the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service, and as a Clinician-Scientist in the Research Division. He is also an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Williams attended college at Yale University and medical school at Stanford University. Dr. Williams did both his Orthopedic Surgery training and Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the Hospital for Special Surgery. His clinical and research interests include: cartilage regeneration, cartilage transplantation, arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction, arthroscopic rotator repair, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization & labrum repair, posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction, elbow ligament reconstruction, and partial knee-replacement. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Dr. Williams currently serves as the Medical Director for Brooklyn Nets Basketball (NBA), and the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. He is also the Head Team Physician for the Iona College Department of Athletics. Dr. Williams is an avid cyclist, runner, triathlete, and golfer.
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After the incident, I really didn’t know when I’d be able to play basketball again. At first, I was told I may miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season, but with the help of Dr. Williams and my rehab team I was able to return to the court in April 2015 for the final few games of the season.
Between physical therapy and working out at my local gym, I was cleared to go back on the playing field in April of 2016 and happily rejoined my team as lead goalie
After the incident, I really didn’t know when I’d be able to play basketball again... I am so grateful to Dr. Williams and the Team USA staff for helping me at that scary moment and for their support as I worked to get back onto the court.