Donald J. Rose, M.D., FACS, FAAOS

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 Langone Health since 1988. Dr. Rose has served as the Company Orthopaedic Consultant for several dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham, STREB, Complexions, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cedar Lake, numerous Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and the Joyce Theater Foundation.

Dr. Rose has served as an Orthopaedic Consultant to the National Football League, as well as for Cirque du Soleil, Joffrey School, 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. Dr. Rose has been honored by Martha Graham Dance School, Peridance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, NYU Langone Medical Center. 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 Langone Orthopedic Hospital. At NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, served as 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 served on the Lincoln Center Business Council, as well as the Actors Fund Dancers Resource Advisory Council, and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Board.

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 Langone Health, Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon

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