Louis Urban Bigliani

Dr. Louis U. Bigliani was the Frank E. Stinchfield Professor and Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University and was the Director of the Orthopedic Surgery Service Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Bigliani was also the Chief of the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine at Columbia University and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in shoulder surgery. Dr. Bigliani was appointed President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 1998 and in 2008 became the 121st President of the American Orthopedic Association (AOA), the oldest orthopedic organization in the world. 

In 1972, Dr. Louis Bigliani graduated with his M.D. from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at The New York Orthopedic Hospital Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1977 followed by the position of Chief Resident as well as a Fellowship in Shoulder and Implant Surgery. Dr. Bigliani also completed his mentorship under the direction of Dr. Frank Stinchfield and Dr. Charles S. Neer II, who has been called the “father of modern shoulder surgery.”

During his sixteen years as Chairman (1998–2014), Dr. Bigliani served as President of the Medical Board of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2008. Furthermore from 2011 to 2014 he was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Columbia Doctors, the Faculty Practice Plan of Columbia University Medical Center.

A prolific author with more than 200 published journal articles, 80 book chapters, and 175 published abstracts, he lectures extensively on topics in Shoulder Surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Bigliani continued the tradition of innovation through the development of new and streamlined surgical techniques. He has made major advances in the treatment of rotator cuff tears, nerve injuries, and reconstructive arthroplasty of the shoulder. Dr. Bigliani is married to Dr. Anne Krementz; they have two daughters, Anne-Louise and Suzanne.

Last updated November 15, 2022