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New Canaan doctor named top surgeon

Updated 10:24 am, Monday, December 30, 2013
  • Edward V. Craig, of New Canaan, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, has been named one of the top 28 shoulder surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed

    Edward V. Craig, of New Canaan, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, has been named one of the top 28 shoulder surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week.

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Edward V. Craig, of New Canaan, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Greenwich and at the main hospital in New York City, has been named one of the top 28 shoulder surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week.

The journal developed the list based on a survey of shoulder surgeons and others.

Craig, who practices in the sports medicine and shoulder service at Special Surgery, is considered an expert in shoulder replacement surgery. He and colleagues at the hospital designed two widely used shoulder replacement systems. People generally have shoulder replacement surgery to relieve severe arthritis pain. Craig also specializes in rotator cuff shoulder injuries and has designed a rotator cuff repair system. His other specialties include arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Craig lectures throughout the United States and abroad.

In 2012, Craig received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter. In 2009, he was named the Wholeness of Life honoree by the Hospital for Special Surgery pastoral care committee and the HealthCare Chaplaincy. The award is given annually to a member of the hospital staff who has made a significant contribution to the quality of patient care by understanding and responding to the needs of the whole person in body, mind and spirit.

Educated at Princeton University for his undergraduate studies, Craig went on to receive a medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery and fellowships in shoulder and elbow surgery and in hand surgery at Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Craig spent his early professional career at the University of Minnesota before joining Hospital for Special Surgery. He is a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

The author of more than 100 publications, Craig has written or edited eight textbooks, including "The Shoulder," "Clinical Orthopedics," "Shoulder Instability," "Shoulder Arthroplasty" and "An Atlas of Orthopaedic Surgery."

In addition to his practice of orthopedic surgery, Craig completed a master's degree in public health at Columbia University, has written and lectured on many aspects of health care and has served as a health care columnist for MSNBC.com.