Meet Dr. Rose

Donald J. Rose, M.D.

Dr. Rose is a nationally and internationally recognized specialist in the field of sports and dance injuries, extensively publishing and lecturing both in the United States and abroad.

He has served as the founding Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases since 1988. Dr. Rose has served as the Company Orthopaedic Consultant for several dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Cedar Lake.

Dr. Rose is an Orthopaedic Consultant to the National Football League, as well as for Cirque du Soleil, Joyce Theatre, S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and the United Nations Medical Services. Dr. Rose has served as the New York Medical Director for the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association Tour. He is the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Dance Library of Israel Documents of Dance Award. Dr. Rose was honored as the 2002 recipient of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Distinguished Alumnus Award, as well as the 2012 UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has been listed as a “Top Doctor” by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly.

Dr. Rose holds a Clinical Associate Professorship of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. He serves on the Sports Medicine Service at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Department. At NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, he is Director of Ambulatory Surgery, has served as a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Ambulatory Surgery Standardization Committee, and is past President of the Alumni Association. Dr. Rose is a member of the Lincoln Center Business Council, as well as the Actors Fund Dancers Resource Advisory Council.

Dr. Rose is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and is an active member of several professional societies. He is on the Editorial or Advisory Board of several professional journals, and has served on the Instructional Course Faculty of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Rose’s personal athletic achievements include several Gold Medals (rowing) in U.S. National Championships, Royal Canadian Henley Championships, and the World Maccabiah Games.


  • Cornell University, B.A.
  • UMDNJ – Rutgers Medical School, M.D.


  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Temple University Hospital
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Internship in General Surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Appointments

  • New York University School of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Appointments

  • NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • New York University Medical Center, Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Lenox Hill Hospital, Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon