New York Liberty and Hospital for Special Surgery announce five-year partnership extension

Liberty players to receive continued in-house care from world’s leading medical center in musculoskeletal health.

NEW YOEK (May 13, 2024) - The New York Liberty and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) announced a five-year partnership extension with HSS, remaining the official hospital of the New York Liberty. Extending their 19 seasons of partnership, HSS-based physicians will continue to provide in-house orthopedic and primary player care for Liberty players and beginning the 2024 season, will increase team physician headcount to more than ever before.

“At the core of the partnership renewal is the New York Liberty’s commitment to providing our athletes with access to world class medical care,” said Jonathan Kolb, general manager, New York Liberty. “Continuing to have HSS’ talented physicians in-house is an invaluable resource for our organization. It speaks volumes that top athletes from across the world choose HSS for their various orthopedic needs and we are thrilled our athletes will have that access for years to come.”

“Our collaboration with the Liberty underscores our unwavering dedication to the wellbeing and success of the players, both on and off the court," said Benedict Nwachukwu, MD, MBA, sports medicine surgeon and head team physician of the New York Liberty. “We will continue to provide high level injury prevention and care to support recovery, to ensure players remain healthy and perform at their best throughout the season.”

As the longest-standing corporate partner of the New York Liberty, HSS has an intentional focus of providing equitable player care to all of their professional sports teams.

The New York Liberty’s 2024 season tips off on May 14 at the Washington Mystics, with the team’s home opener on May 18 against the Indiana Fever at Barclays Center. For more information, visit


The New York Liberty were founded on Oct. 30, 1996 and are one of three original franchises remaining in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Liberty have made five WNBA Finals appearances in its 27-year history and won the 2023 WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Championship. Owned by Joe and Clara Tsai, owners of the Brooklyn Nets, the Liberty play its home games at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. For more information, please visit


HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 14th consecutive year), No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2023-24) and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2023-24). In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics for a fourth consecutive year (2023). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection and complication rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. In addition, more than 200 HSS clinical investigators are working to improve patient outcomes through better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat orthopedic, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The HSS Innovation Institute works to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees and consumers in more than 165 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.