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William Macaulay, M.D.
William Macaulay, M.D. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

During medical school, I watched surgeons help patients who were experiencing painful and life-altering conditions, and I realized how immediate and positive the impact of orthopedic surgery could be. Most patients were feeling better within days of their procedure and reached full recovery within weeks or months. Two and half decades ago I decided to specialize in orthopedic surgery and have never second-guessed that decision.

As an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone, I specialize in primary and revision total hip and knee replacement, as well as partial knee replacement, hip resurfacing surgery, hip fracture repair, and knee arthroscopy.

We first evaluate people’s conditions and consider nonsurgical options. If there’s a less invasive way to effectively treat my patients, I choose that route. But if surgery is the best treatment available at a given point in time, I do not hesitate to recommend it. For people who may have more complex conditions, I use some of the most advanced technology available to find a minimally invasive and innovative solution to their problem.

I am excited to bring my expertise to one of the top ranked orthopedic teams in the country, providing compassionate, minimally invasive care and advancing the field with the use of innovative technology. I am a member of The Hip Society, The Knee Society, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, at whose 2007 meeting I was awarded the Lawrence D. Dorr Surgical Techniques and Technologies Award.



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery, 2001

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery, Reconstructive Surg, 1999
  • Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery, 1997
  • MD from Columbia University, 1992


Insurance Plans Accepted

This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
    • Aetna Meritain Health
    • Aetna Open Access EPO
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Student Plan
    • Allied
    • Chesterfield Resources Inc
    • Christian Brothers Services
    • CoreSource
    • Healthscope
    • Nippon Life of America-Aetna
    • Nippon Life-Aetna
    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Local 1199
    • Local 1199 - NYU Hospital Member Choice
    • Local 1199 PPO
  • Oxford
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Large Group
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Small Group
    • BCBS Blue Access GEPO Large Group
    • BCBS Blue Access GEPO Small Group
    • BCBS Blue Access HMO Small Group
    • BCBS Blue Access PPO Large Group
    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (BlackRock Employees)
    • BCBS EPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Federal Program
    • BCBS HMO
    • BCBS Indemnity
    • BCBS Local 32BJ Employees
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare HMO
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS POS
    • BCBS PPO
    • BCBS PPO (BlackRock Employees)
    • BCBS PPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS PPO - Empire PPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS PPO/EPO Small Group
    • New York Hotel Trades
  • MVP Select Care Inc
    • MVP Child Health Plus
    • MVP Medicaid
    • MVP Medicare Advantage
    • MVP Premier Bronze Exchange
    • MVP Premier Gold Exchange
    • MVP Premier Plus Bronze Exchange
    • MVP Premier Plus Gold Exchange
    • MVP Premier Plus Hdhp Bronze Exchange
    • MVP Premier Plus Hdhp Silver Exchange
    • MVP Premier Plus Platinum Exchange
    • MVP Premier Plus Silver Exchange
    • MVP Premier Silver Exchange
  • Cigna
    • Apwu Health Plan
    • Cigna Great West PPO
    • Cigna HMO
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna Managed Care/POS
    • Cigna NALC
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access PPO
    • Cigna PPO
    • Cigna Premier Plus
    • Consolidated Health Plans-NYU Student
    • Great West HMO
    • MVP-Cigna Network
  • Magnacare
    • Magnacare PPO
  • Qualcare Inc.
    • Qualcare Direct
  • Connecticare
    • Connecticare Commercial
  • Railroad Medicare
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • Emblem
    • Emblem Select Care Basic Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Bronze Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Gold Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Platinum Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Silver Exchange
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part B
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Blackrock employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Viacom Employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice NSLIJ
    • United Healthcare EPO
    • United Healthcare EPO (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Value, Advantage and HDHP (New York University employees)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice (JP Morgan Employees)
  • GHI
    • American Plan Administrators
    • GHI CBP (City of New York Employees)
    • GHI Emblem Health EPO
    • GHI Emblem Health PPO
    • GHI HMO
    • GHI HMO Medicare
    • GHI Medicare PPO
    • GHI Medicare Supplement
    • GHI Network Access - Benefit Services of PA
    • GHI Network Access - Total Plan Concepts
    • IUOE Local 14-14B
    • Wlny-TV Inc.
  • Multiplan
    • AXA Assistance USA
    • Administrative Concepts
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Diversified Administration Corporation
    • Fiserv Health
    • GEHA
    • Global Excel
    • Global Health
    • Guardian Life Insurance Co Of America
    • Health Net Of California
    • Health Republic Of NJ
    • Humana Health Plan
    • Insurance Design Administrators
    • Kaiser Foundation
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Meritain Health
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Multiplan-Capital Dist Phys Health
    • Mutual Of Omaha
    • Nippon Life Ins Co
    • PHCS
    • Professional Benefit Admin
    • Qualcare Inc
    • Screen Actors Guild
    • Teamsters Allied Benefits
    • US Life Insurance Company
  • HIP
    • HIP Access I
    • HIP Access II
    • HIP Bridge
    • HIP Child Health Plus
    • HIP EPO
    • HIP HMO
    • HIP Medicare VIP
    • HIP POS
    • HIP Prime Bronze
    • HIP Prime Gold
    • HIP Prime Platinum
    • HIP Prime Silver
    • HIP VIP Medicare - VIP Go
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare Managed Care
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan

This list of insurances changes regularly, and insurance plans listed may not be accepted at all office locations for this provider. Before your appointment, please confirm with your insurance company that this provider accepts your insurance.


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William Macaulay, M.D.


My Research


Augmented Reality in Hip & Knee Surgery

Research Summary

For the last 20 years my research has focused on important advances in hip and knee reconstructive surgery: surgical recovery enhancement and outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgery, including partial knee replacement and hip resurfacing.

I am proud to have served as site investigator, principal investigator, and steering committee member of several prominent randomized clinical trials. The most notable of these was the FOCUS trial—the Transfusion Trigger Trial for Functional Outcomes in Cardiovascular Patients Undergoing Surgical Hip Fracture Repair—the results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. More recently, my research team was the first to demonstrate that virtual reality facilitates training in the performance of total hip replacement surgery.

Academic Contact

  • Academic office

    301 East 17th Street
    14th Floor, Suite 1402
    New York, NY 10003

  • Phone

Research Interests Timeline

These focus areas and their associated publications are derived from PubMed and the MeSH term library. *



Utilization of a Novel Opioid-Sparing Protocol in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty Results in Reduced Opiate Consumption and Improved Functional Status

Feng, James E; Mahure, Siddharth A; Waren, Daniel P; Lajam, Claudette M; Slover, James D; Long, William J; Schwarzkopf, Ran M; Macaulay, William B; Davidovitch, Roy I

Journal of arthroplasty. 2020 Feb 12;

Comparison of Payment Margins Between the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative and the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Shows a Marked Reduction for a Successful Program

Padilla, Jorge A; Gabor, Jonathan A; Kalkut, Gary E; Pazand, Lily; Zuckerman, Joseph D; Macaulay, William; Bosco, Joseph A; Slover, James D

Journal of bone & joint surgery (American volume). 2019 Nov 06; 101(21):1948-1954

Virtual Reality Simulation Facilitates Resident Training in Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Hooper, Jessica; Tsiridis, Eleftherios; Feng, James E; Schwarzkopf, Ran; Waren, Daniel; Long, William J; Poultsides, Lazaros; Macaulay, William

Journal of arthroplasty. 2019 Oct ; 34(10):2278-2283

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