Sabrina Strickland, MD

Orthopedics Sports Surgeon, Hospital For Special Surgery 


I am a sports medicine surgeon specializing in knee and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Although many patients come to see me after a knee injury playing sports such as soccer, basketball, or skiing, others come due to pain in everyday activities such as walking down stairs. Common injuries are ACL ligament tears, patellar dislocations, or meniscal tears related to sports; however, a lot of patients also come to see me who have never played sports. 

I find it very rewarding to help patients return to their favorite activities – especially those who have been told by doctors that there is no further treatment available (and in many cases, have had a number of unsuccessful surgeries and continue to suffer). In these instances, I find misdiagnosis is common or that the previous surgical treatment was incorrect and I have great success helping patients who have otherwise given up hope.

I live in New York City and am the mother of three girls, currently ages 14, 14, and 17. Because I live in New York City it is difficult (for me) to exercise outside, so I go to rowing classes, spin classes, barre classes, and lift weights, but my favorite sport is skiing. Our family spent every winter weekend at Windham Mountain in the Catskills where my girls ski raced for 8 years. They went to Mt. Hood (the glacier in Oregon) to ski and then to ski camp in November in Colorado.

As of this fall, all my girls will be at boarding school at Berkshire and Hotchkiss. One ski races at Berkshire and is the coxswain for the Boys Varsity Crew team in the spring and fall. The second hopes to play volleyball at Hotchkiss as a sophomore. My eldest daughter will be a senior at Hotchkiss where she has been on the swim team for the past 2 years.

I went to college at Cornell University majoring in Psychology while doing my Pre-med requirements and worked at Stratton Mountain over the holiday breaks as a Ski Instructor. Subsequently, I spent a year skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado, and then went on to Medical School at Rush in Chicago, did my internship at Cornell/New York Hospital and Residency and Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. I find that I have an incredibly interesting job during the week and then find my weekends filled with many kid’s sporting events where it seems to come in handy quite often that I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Education & Training

Cornell University
Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s, MD
The Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship
The Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital, General Surgery Internship


“Patellofemoral arthroplasty conversion to total knee arthroplasty: retrieval analysis and clinical correlation.” 2016 May 4-7; Barcelona, Spain.
“Patellar Chondral Defects Treated with Particulated Juvenile Articular Allograft Cartilage: An MRI Analysis.” 2016 September 24-27; Naples, Italy.

Insurance Accepted

Dr. Strickland is currently in-network with the following insurance plans: :

  • Aetna
  • Affinity Access
  • Blue Cross HMO POS
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Cross Pathway
  • Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • HIP
  • Oxford
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Compass
Deanna R.Great care and staff!

Great care and staff! Dr. Strickland was great!

Kim TEasy to talk to

Professional, easy to talk to and knowledgeable. Went to her for a second opinion for shoulder surgery. Was so impressed with Dr. Strickland and the staff that I will be using her for the procedure.

Paulette GWonderful experience

I just wanted to take a moment and share my story and wonderful experience with The Womans Sports Medicine Clinic and Doctor Sabrina Strickland at the Hospital for Special Surgery. As you can see, I am not “local” to NYC. It is an effort to come to Manhattan, but the effort it well worth it.
The entire experience at HSS has been positive and singularly focused on getting me back to sports. I cannot thank you or Sr. Strickland enough for giving me my life back…

Cathleen CThoroughly positive experience

I had such a thoroughly positive experience undergoing my recent knee arthroscopy that I must share my thoughts with you in writing. Most of my career has been in 24 hour intense B2B service businesses and I have a high standard for what delivering good client service looks like. Clearly, so does HSS.

Rachel Svery accommodating

I can not thank Dr. Strickland enough or recommend her more. I live in Philadelphia, and it was hard working with insurance but everyone was very accommodating.

Jerrell AForever grateful

I’m sending this message to truly thank Dr. Strickland and all of the staff at HSS. Before this surgery I had no idea what the future held for me. I’m 9 Months Post Op and have been able to pick up right where I left off. None of this would have been possible without every member of the HSS staff who had a hand in my recovery. I’m forever grateful for all that you have done for me. Here are a few pictures of myself from our last game. Hope all is well and God bless.

Kenny GI would recommend the whole world to her if I could

My experience with working with Doctor Strickland has been amazing. She has stuck with me through two injuries. I tore my right meniscus my junior year in high school and she made my experience and adventure to recover easier to cope with. When I tore my left meniscus last October in my first year of college, I went to see her and she treated me with the same respect and wanted to help me recover as much as I did. It was not just Doctor Strickland that made the experience fun though. She has a great staff behind her and they all make one feel welcomed. I listened to everything she said and now today I stand stronger and run faster and am able to play my favorite sport again, which is basketball. I thank Doctor Strickland for everything she has done for me and I would recommend the whole world to her if I could. All I want to say is thank you for sticking with me through these tough times and I know if anything ever happens again, I am going to come right to you.