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Dr. Williams

About Dr. Williams

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.

Dr. Riley J. Williams III
Orthopedic Surgeon

Press Awards and Recognitions

He is also a 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.

Patient Stories

Read some of our Patient Stories

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.

Paul George Broken Leg, Compound Fracture

I not only felt cared for in the medical sense, but I felt like Dr. Williams, Melissa and the entire team made a conscious effort to make my success their mission. They were helpful and supportive, beyond the confines of the hospital itself.

Shirel Guez ACL Injury

Meet Our Team

Our dedicated staff prides itself providing the best care. Check out below to get to know about our staff.

Physician Assistant (PA-C)

Ms. Lefkowitz has been working in Private Practice in Sports Medicine alongside Dr. Riley Williams since 2007. She is involved in all aspects of patient care with in the practice. In her spare time, Melissa loves working out, exploring new restaurants and traveling.

Liliana began working for Dr. Williams in the beginning of 2018 and provides comprehensive care to their patients. Liliana provides wound care, pre and post-operative instruction/education, triage and post-operative follow up visit.