Giving to HSS

Honoring a Mentor

Dr. DinesInspired by fond memories of Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD, benefactors David and Judy Dines have joined The Wilson Society by naming Hospital for Special Surgery in their wills. "Dr. Wilson was my mentor for many years and played a significant role in the course of my career," says Dr. Dines, an Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at HSS. "My relationship with him is ultimately what moved me and my wife to honor him in this way."

After graduating from New Jersey Medical School in 1974, Dr. Dines completed a residency program at Special Surgery in 1979. Since then, he has had a string of remarkable successes, including the development of the first modular prosthetic shoulder implant in 1989, an accomplishment he shared with HSS's former Surgeon-In-Chief Russell F. Warren, MD.

"At HSS, you're not just another physician," he says, "you're part of a very special family." Dr. Dines, a world-renowned shoulder specialist at HSS, credits Dr. Wilson with shaping his successful career.

"Dr. Wilson truly believes in leading by example," he said. Recalling his days as a resident at HSS, he smiled and said, "I can still picture Dr. Wilson waiting for me and the other residents at the crack of dawn to begin our rounds-not because he had to be there, but because he wanted to be. He was dedicated to us and to his role as our director, and that was quite inspiring."

A former team physician for the New York Mets, Dr. Dines is current team physician for the U.S. Open and Davis Cup Team and Medical Director of the Association of Tennis Professionals. He serves as Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and Program Director for Medical Residents at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and as a Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Of his commitment to HSS, he said, "I want to know that there will continue to be improvements in musculoskeletal medicine-through research and education-because most people, at some point in their lifetime, will suffer from an illness or condition related to their muscles or bones. If there is a greater understanding of these conditions today, there will be even greater treatments and methods of prevention tomorrow. And these advances may only occur if there is support for-and belief in-the Hospital's cause. My wife and I believe in the cause at Special Surgery."

By naming HSS in their wills, Dr. and Mrs. Dines have honored Dr. Wilson and are helping to secure the future of musculoskeletal research, patient care, and education at Hospital for Special Surgery.


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