Women's Sports Medicine Center

The Women's Sports Medicine Center, the first of its kind in Suffolk County, is a division of the award-winning Department of Orthopaedics at Stony Brook University Hospital. The center focusing on treating and preventing sports- performance- and exercise-related injuries among girls and women. Our experts offer trusted and reliable care through a multidisciplinary approach, utilizing the expertise of our mostly female staff of physicians, many of whom were athletes themselves.  

The Women’s Sports Medicine Center, directed by Kristin Hopkins, MD, focuses on conditions and injuries more common to girls and women, such as stress fractures, knee ligament tears (ACL and PCL), rotator cuff tears and hammertoe complications. The expert team of orthopaedists performs a variety of procedures to address these ailments, including repair and reconstructive surgery for ligament, meniscus, bunions and ACL injuries, as well as hammertoe correction, among others, while also integrating the care of Stony Brook Medicine specialists in the fields of nutrition, psychology, and obstetrics and gynecology, to name a few, to help solve your orthopaedic issue.

Conditions Treated:

  • Fractures
  • Stress fractures
  • Shoulder instability/labrum tears
  • Knee instability
  • ACL and PCL tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Patellofemoral disorders
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe

Procedures Performed:

  • Fracture care
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Ligament repair
  • Meniscus repair
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • ACL repair and reconstruction
  • Bunion repair
  • Reconstruction surgery
  • Hammertoe correction

First ever Women in Sports Medicine
Mentorship Program

Our female Attending Physicians and PAs working in Sports Medicine along with Stony Brook ATs and PTs have been mentoring High School girls interested in a career in Sports Medicine. The program culminated with an in-person workshop teaching about the many things this career entails! Here you can see the mentors teaching their mentees how to suture, read X-rays and MRIs, cast/splint and discuss sideline management of sports injuries.
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Team Members

Kristin Hopkins, MD


Shoulder & Knee Surgery
Sports Medicine
Women's Sports Medicine

Stuart Cherney, MD

Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Sports Medicine
Women's Sports Medicine

Brian Cruickshank, MD

Sports Medicine
Women's Sports Medicine

Anne Meo, DO

Hand and Microsurgery
Women's Sports Medicine

Samantha Muhlrad, MD

Hand and Microsurgery
Women's Sports Medicine

Diana Patterson, MD,

Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Sports Medicine
Women's Sports Medicine

Megan Paulus, MD

Foot and Ankle Surgery
Women's Sports Medicine

James Penna, MD

Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Sports Medicine
Women's Sports Medicine

Physician Extenders:

Jennifer Castelli, PA

Robin Conversano, PA


Jane Herfel, PA

Photo of Ryan Kottmeier
Ryan Kottmeier, PA

Michelle Regan, PA

Maria Rosas, PA

Photo of Hillary Scheier
Hillary Scheier, PA

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