Scott Rodeo

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Scott Rodeo, M.D.

Scott Rodeo, M.D. is the Co-Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is also the Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Hospital for Special Surgery and Associate Team Physician, New York Giants Football. He serves as the Team Physician for the USA Olympic Swim Team, both pool and open water swimming, at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.

He specializes in sports medicine injuries of the knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow. He also performs arthritis surgery of the knee and shoulder, including joint replacement surgery. He has specific expertise in complex knee reconstruction (including meniscus transplantation, cartilage resurfacing, osteotomy, and ligament reconstruction), treatment of shoulder instability, and rotator cuff tendon repair. His research focuses on the basic biology of tendon and ligament healing, meniscal allograft transplantation, and rotator cuff repair.

Sports Medicine Career

Dr. Rodeo cares for elite, professional, and everyday athletes alike. He has been associate team physician of the New York Giants Football Team since 2000. Dr. Rodeo also holds a Board position at Asphalt Green, a community based athletic organization in New York City where he helps to promote injury prevention and healthy living through exercise and health education information to its members. Dr. Rodeo is a former competitive swimmer.

Dr. Rodeo was the Medical Consultant of the USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force.

He is also the co-editor of Science of Swimming Faster.

USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force

USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force was a five-person investigative Open Water Review Commission to review the findings of the independent investigation into the tragic death of Fran Crippen on 23 October 2010 at a FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and to submit safety protocol recommendations.


The Task Force had three functions: (1) to review the findings of the independent USA Swimming investigation, (2) to solicit and consider other pertinent information from appropriate individuals and organizations, and (3) develop recommendations for the improvement of safety protocols, procedures and precautions arising from the death of Crippen. These recommendations were presented to USA Swimming and FINA in March 2011.


Erica Rose - Athlete Representative
Sid Cassidy - Coach and Technical Expert
Richard Pound - Chairman
Harold Cliff - Events Expert
Dr. Scott Rodeo - Medical Consultant


The recommendations were ultimately accepted by the FINA Bureau on 27 July 2012 as concrete means to improve safety in its open water swimming competitions.

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