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Michael J. Alaia, MD

  • Specialties: Sports Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 646-501-7223
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About Me

As a former athlete, I realize 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 my patients get back to their old performance levels after being sidelined.

At the Sports Medicine Center at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, I specialize in sports medicine care as well as arthroscopic and open reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder, and elbow. Before joining NYU Langone Health, I served on the medical teams of the New York Jets and New York Islanders.

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, as well as the 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.

Another of my top priorities is teaching students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. I am co-director of the sports medicine fellowship at NYU School of Medicine, and I sit on the educational committees of multiple national organizations devoted to sports medicine surgery.

I routinely lecture at national and international conferences and teach surgical techniques at the Chicago-based Orthopaedic Learning Center. I received a traveling fellowship from the Arthroscopy Association of North America in 2017 and in 2018 I was a host for the fellowship.

I am actively involved in research and have authored or coauthored many peer-reviewed scientific papers, presentations, and textbook chapters. My research focuses on complex knee reconstruction, including knee dislocations, multiple-ligament knee injuries, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, and revision ACL reconstruction.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • torn knee cartilage
  • knee dislocation
  • dislocated shoulder
  • rotator cuff syndrome
  • osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • knee injury
  • achilles tendon rupture
  • osteochondritis dissecans
  • biceps tendon rupture
  • shoulder tendinitis
  • frozen shoulder
  • knee ligament tear
  • shoulder bursitis
  • cartilage injury
  • stress fracture
  • golfer's elbow
  • torn medial meniscus
  • loose body
  • ankle injuries
  • ankle sprain
  • shoulder fracture
  • elbow fracture
  • tendon rupture
  • hamstring tendon rupture
  • triceps tendon rupture
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • shoulder labral tear
  • elbow tendinitis
  • tennis elbow
  • broken ankle
  • osteoarthritis of the knee
Treatments
  • ligament reconstruction
  • cartilage repair
  • knee arthroscopy
  • elbow surgery
  • ankle surgery
  • total knee replacement
  • knee surgery
  • cartilage transplant
  • shoulder surgery
  • little league shoulder
  • ankle arthroscopy
  • orthopedic procedure
  • osteotomy

Credentials

Positions
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery, 2015
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Lenox Hill Hospital, Sports Medicine, 2013
  • Residency, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopedic Surgery, 2012
  • MD from New York University, 2007
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This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
    • Aetna Meritain Health
    • Aetna Open Access EPO
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Student Plan
    • Allied
    • Chesterfield Resources Inc
    • Christian Brothers Services
    • CoreSource
    • Healthscope
    • Nippon Life of America-Aetna
    • Nippon Life-Aetna
    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Agewell
    • Agewell Managed Medicaid
    • Agewell Medicare
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    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (BlackRock Employees)
    • BCBS EPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
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    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Winthrop Employees)
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    • BCBS Federal Program
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    • BCBS Local 32BJ Employees
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    • BCBS POS
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    • New York Hotel Trades
    • Unicare
  • Centerlight Healthcare
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  • Centers Plan For Healthy Living
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    • Cigna Premier Plus
    • Consolidated Health Plans-NYU Student
    • Great West HMO
    • MVP-Cigna Network
  • Connecticare
    • Connecticare Commercial
  • Elderplan
    • Elderplan
    • Elderplan FIDA
  • Emblem
    • Emblem Select Care Basic Exchange
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  • Empire BCBS Health Plus
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    • BCBS Healthplus Gatekeeper exchange
    • BCBS Healthplus NY Child Health Plus NY
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  • GHI
    • American Plan Administrators
    • GHI CBP (City of New York Employees)
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    • GHI HMO
    • GHI HMO Medicare
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    • GHI Medicare Supplement
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    • IUOE Local 14-14B
    • Wlny-TV Inc.
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    • Emblem Essential Plan 1
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    • HIP VIP Medicare - VIP Go
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare Managed Care
  • Health Smart
    • WTC Health Program-HHC
  • Humana
    • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Local 1199
    • Local 1199 - NYU Hospital Member Choice
    • Local 1199 PPO
  • Magnacare
    • Magnacare PPO
  • Medicaid of New York
    • NYS Medicaid
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part B
  • Multiplan
    • AXA Assistance USA
    • Administrative Concepts
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Diversified Administration Corporation
    • Fiserv Health
    • GEHA
    • Global Excel
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    • Guardian Life Insurance Co Of America
    • Health Net Of California
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    • PHCS
    • Professional Benefit Admin
    • Qualcare Inc
    • Screen Actors Guild
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    • US Life Insurance Company
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan
  • Oxford
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
    • Oxford Metro
  • POMCO Insurance Company
    • POMCO Insurance Company
  • Partners Health Plan Inc
    • Partners Health Plan FIDA
    • Partners Health Plan Medicaid
    • Partners Health Plan Medicare
  • Qualcare Inc.
    • Qualcare Direct
  • Railroad Medicare
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare
    • TRICARE
    • TriWest
    • US Family Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Health Care Charter
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare CareCore
    • United Healthcare Choice
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    • United Healthcare Choice (NY University)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Viacom Employees)
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    • United Healthcare Navigate
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    • VNS Medicaid Advantage
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    • VNS NY Choice Select Health
  • Veterans Choice
    • Veterans Choice Program-VACAA
  • Village Care
    • VillageCare
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Locations and Appointments

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NYU Langone Orthopedic Center

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

Phone

646-501-7223

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NYU Orthopedic Surgery Associates

133-03 Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418

Phone

718-206-6923

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

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516-467-8600

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111-20 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11433

Research My Research

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

Research Interests Timeline

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Clinical Trials and Research Studies

  • Reducing Hemarthrosis in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with BTB Autograft by the Administration of Intravenous Tranexamic Acid: A Double-Blind Randomized Control Study

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Publications

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