Alexander S. McLawhorn, MD, MBA

Dr. McLawhorn standing next to x-ray of hip bone, orthopedic doctor serving NYC and Stamford, CT

About Dr. McLawhorn

Dr. Alexander McLawhorn provides individualized care to active adults who require joint replacement. He performs over 600 of these procedures every year.  He uses the latest techniques, technologies, and implants to help his patients achieve their goals for recovery.

Dr. McLawhorn has particular expertise in direct anterior total hip replacement (THR), including the "bikini incision", robot and computer-assisted hip replacement, hip resurfacing, and rapid-recovery joint replacement. He is among the nation’s most experienced surgeons for robot-assisted direct anterior approach THR, performing more than 400 of these surgeries annually. In 2022, Dr. McLawhorn was recognized as the top surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery by volume and experience for joint replacement in New York State, and he was previously named the “best value” for joint replacement in New York City.

Dr. McLawhorn and his dedicated staff are proud to offer access to this world-class care in Manhattan and Stamford, CT. Whether patients are local, national, or international, Dr. McLawhorn’s team provides a seamless and holistic surgical experience. His patients benefit from the latest technological advancements in soft tissue-sparing joint replacement surgery, including robotics, minimally invasive surgical approaches, cutting edge implants, partial replacements, novel bearing surfaces, and bone-conserving procedures.

After attending college at Yale University, Dr. McLawhorn attended medical school at Columbia University. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency and joint replacement fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery, where he earned multiple awards for excellence in orthopedic surgery and research.

Dr. McLawhorn is the Director of Research and Innovation for the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at HSS. He believes that research, education, and leadership are central to the delivery of the highest quality, patient-centered, orthopedic care. He has authored numerous publications and presented his research nationally and internationally. He has earned multiple grants and research awards, including the prestigious Frank Stinchfield Award from the Hip Society. His current research is focused on helping other surgeons enhance the value of arthritis care that they provide to their patients.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement
Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)

Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College (New York, NY)

Education & Training

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College (New York, NY)
Internship: General Surgery

Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons (New York, NY)
Doctor of Medicine

Columbia University, Graduate School of Business (New York, NY)
Masters of Business Administration

Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Licensures & Certifications

  • Physician License, State of Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Physician License, New York State Education Department
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Part 1 Exam
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association
  • Basic Life Support, American Heart Association

Professional Societies

  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • AOA Emerging Leaders Program
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • AOTrauma
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • American Medical Association

To learn more about Dr. McLawhorn, call 203-705-2113 (CT) / 212-606-1065 (NYC) today or schedule an appointment by using the form on this page.

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HSS Main Hospital Building, 3rd Floor
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021


Office Hours

MON: 9:00am – 4:30pm
TUE: 9:00am – 4:30pm
WED: 9:00am – 4:30pm
THU: 9:00am – 4:30pm
FRI: 9:00am – 4:30pm

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