NYU Langone Provider

Michael J. Alaia, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Sports Orthopedic Surgery
  • Treats: Adults
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 646-501-7223
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As a former competitive athlete committed to staying active as I age, I know that an orthopedic injury can cause significant physical and psychological pain. I was drawn to orthopedic surgery, and specifically to sports medicine surgery, because I enjoy helping people get back to their old performance levels after being sidelined. As an associate professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and co-director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship, I have extensive experience in the management of the entire range of activity-related injuries, including innovative joint preservation procedures and revision reconstructions.

At the Sports Medicine Center, I specialize in sports medicine care and arthroscopic and open reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, as well as tendon ruptures and fracture care. I am one of the few sports medicine specialists in New York City with significant experience in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair, reconstruction, and revision surgery, joint-preserving cartilage transplants and osteotomies (knee realignment surgery), complex patellar instability, and multi-ligament knee injuries. Additionally, a significant amount of my practice is dedicated to the treatment of shoulder dislocations and rotator cuff tears.

In my practice, I give top priority to the physician–patient relationship and, by extension, patient education. My goal is to build trust with my patients so they feel comfortable with me as their surgeon. I want to ensure people understand their diagnosis and all necessary steps for the road to recovery.

I believe in collaborative care, and I encourage my patients to work with me to develop an overall treatment plan. I take the time to explain potential treatment approaches, possible outcomes, and how things will look and feel at all stages—from surgery to recovery.

I routinely take part in invited lectureships at national and international conferences and teach surgical techniques at the Chicago-area OLC Education and Conference Center. In 2017, I was honored to receive a traveling fellowship from the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and in 2018 I was a host for the fellowship. I also hosted the 2022 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine/European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroplasty European Traveling Fellowship, collaborating with world leaders in sports medicine.

I previously served on the medical teams of the New York Jets and New York Islanders, and I am currently a team physician for U.S. Ski & Snowboard. In addition, I have been recognized for the past several years in Super Doctors’ database for orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in New York and Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” series for the New York metro area.

I am actively involved in research and have authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers, as well as numerous scientific podium presentations. I have authored several textbooks and textbook chapters. My current research focuses on complex knee reconstruction, including knee dislocations, multiple-ligament knee injuries, ACL reconstruction, knee osteotomy, and revision ACL reconstruction.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • achilles injury
  • achilles tendon rupture
  • achilles tendonitis
  • ankle injuries
  • ankle instability
  • ankle pain
  • ankle strain
  • anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • cartilage injury
  • clavicle fracture
  • distal biceps tendon rupture
  • elbow tendinitis
  • epicondylitis
  • foot & ankle sprains
  • frozen shoulder
  • golfer's elbow
  • hamstring tendon rupture
  • iliotibial band syndrome
  • knee arthritis
  • knee cartilage injuries
  • knee dislocation
  • knee injury
  • knee ligament tear
  • knee pain
  • knee tendinitis
  • little league elbow
  • little league shoulder
  • loose body
  • meniscus tear
  • osgood-schlatter disease
  • osteoarthritis of the knee
  • osteochondritis dissecans
  • patella fractures
  • patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
  • rotator cuff syndrome
  • shoulder & elbow fractures
  • shoulder bursitis
  • shoulder dislocation
  • shoulder impingement syndrome
  • shoulder labral tear
  • shoulder sprains & strains
  • shoulder tendinitis
  • tendon injury
  • tendon rupture
  • tennis elbow
  • torn rotator cuff
  • triceps tendon rupture
  • ulnar collateral ligament tear
Treatments
  • acl repair
  • ankle arthroscopy
  • ankle surgery
  • arthrocentesis
  • arthroscopic surgery
  • arthroscopy
  • cartilage transplant
  • knee arthroscopy
  • knee injection
  • knee meniscus repair
  • knee surgery
  • ligament reconstruction
  • meniscus operation
  • osteotomy
  • platelet rich plasma
  • platelet rich plasma injection
  • posterior cruciate ligament repair
  • rotator cuff repair
  • shoulder arthroscopy
  • shoulder reconstruction
  • shoulder replacement
  • shoulder surgery
  • tenodesis
  • total knee replacement
  • viscosupplementation

Positions
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (Orthopedic Sports Medicine), 2020
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery, 2015
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Northwell Health - Lenox Hill Hospital, Sports Medicine, 2013
  • Residency, Hospital for Joint Diseases, 2012
  • MD from New York University, 2007

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NYU Langone Orthopedic Center

333 East 38th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016

NYU Langone Orthopedic Associates-Lake Success

1999 Marcus Avenue, Suite 202, New Hyde Park, NY 11042

134-20 Jamaica Avenue, 1st Floor, Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Interests

multi-ligamentous knee injuries , anterior cruciate ligament , ACL, medial collateral ligament , MCL, rotator cuff, shoulder labrum, biceps tendon

Research Summary

There still exist many clinically significant questions regarding knee instability, including the optimum method of treatment of ACL tears and management of multi-ligamentous injuries of the knee. My research focus in this area includes work designed to 1) Optimize stability in the ACL-deficient knee, 2) Optimize stability in the multiple-ligament injured knee, and 3) Assess clinical outcomes in terms of post-operative ligament surgery functionality, return to work/sport, and overall clinical outcome.  Although ACL surgery remains one of the most widely-performed surgeries in the country, pure traumatic knee dislocations with ruptures of multiple stabilizing ligaments are rare and there is a relative paucity of information regarding the optimal treatment of those with more pronounced knee instability.  

My research interests lie in the the management and treatment of complex, multi-ligamentous knee injuries as well as single-ligament injuries such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear, as well as studies designed to improve treatment of rotator cuff, shoulder labrum, and biceps tendon. 

Academic Contact

Academic office

333 East 38th Street

4th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Phone

646-501-8543

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  • A Phase 3 Prospective Multicenter Double-Blind Randomized Placebo Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Amniotic Suspension Allograft (ASA) in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

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