History

For nearly two decades, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) has provided total orthopedic care near Syrcause, NY and the surrounding regions. With a team of some of the best orthopedic doctors and the latest advancements in medical technology, our patients get the care they need for a healthier, happier life.

The true creation of SOS as we know it today started in 1999 with the merging of two high quality Orthopedic groups. This merger and ensuing mergers allowed the surgeons to make investments in technology, facilities and quality staff to enhance Orthopedic Care.

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1999

9 More Doctors Join SOS, 3 Medical Offices Open

In 1999, 9 doctors and 3 medical offices from CNY orthopedics merged to become a part of Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, PC.

By 1999, Dr. Fatti, Dr. Lasda, Dr. DeRosa and Dr. Izant had joined Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists as part of the CNY Orthopedics merger. At this point, Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons had grown to 17 Orthopedic Surgeons and 4 medical offices in different locations across the CNY region.

2002

SOS Grows to 24 Orthopedic Surgeons, 11 Mid-Level Providers, 220 Support Staff

April 2002: Specialists One-Day Surgery Center Opens

May 2002: Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists continued to grow, as University Orthopedics and Sports Medicine merged with SOS.

The merger with University Orthopedics and Sports Medicine brought Dr. Brett Greenky and Dr. Seth Greenky.

SOS One-Day Surgery Center opens

2008

SOS Expands to 350+ Employees Across 7 Offices

In 2008, Dr. Battaglia joined SOS as a Sports Medicine and General Orthopedics specialist.

Dr Battaglia joins Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists

2010

SOS Opens Hand Center Specialists One Day Surgery Grows to 6 Operating Rooms

In January 2010, SOS opened a Hand Center on the second floor of 5719 Widewaters Parkway in DeWitt.

In addition to the Hand Center opening, 2010 marked the addition of 2 Operating Room Suites.

Dr. Ryan Smart, a Sports Medicine Surgeon, is added to the SOS team.

SOS Hand Center opensDr Ryan Smart Joins SOS

2011

SOS Plus Opens

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists opened SOS Plus, providing walk-in medical care for acute orthopedic injuries.

In addition to the founding of SOS PLUS, a new office in Baldwinsville, NY opened its doors.

SOS Team Continues to Grow in 2011:

Dewitt and Onondaga Hill SOS Plus Locations

2013

New Places, New Faces & The SOS SHOP

In April 2013, SOS opened an office on East Taft Road in Heritage Commons. The SOS office in Heritage Commons includes Neck & Back as well as Foot & Ankle physicians.

Additionally, the Heritage Commons office opened with the SOS SHOP on location.

In August 2013, a second SOS PLUS office was opened on Onondaga Hill.

The same month that the SOS PLUS Onondaga Hill location was opened, Dr. Naven Duggal, a Foot & Ankle physician, joined the SOS team.

SOS also transitioned to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and a patient portal in 2013.

SOS Shop opens on east taft road in syracuse ny

2014

The SOS team continues to grow in 2014.

In June of 2014, 3 local Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy groups (with 8 locations across Syracuse, NY) joined forces with SOS. Over 50 therapists joined the company with the acquisition of Fitness Forum Physical Therapy PC (Michael Linkiewicz II PT CSCS, President), Salt City Physical Therapy (Todd Cardi PT, Owner/Founder), Rehabilitation Associates (Dave Bierwagen PT Owner/Retired) to form the SOS' Orthopedic and Sports Therapy (O & ST department)

Physical Therapy joins SOS

Physicians Joining SOS in 2014:

Dr Nathan Everding joins SOS
Irv Raphael Joins SOS
Dr Brad Raphael joins SOS

2016

SOS Listed Among The Best Places to Work As New Talent Joins

In 2016, SOS was listed among the Top 25 of Central New York's Best Places to Work. In the same year, 3 new orthopedic care providers join SOS.

Physicians Joining SOS in 2016:

Michael Fitzgerald joins SOS
Dr Justin Iorio Joins SOS
Dr Stephanie Hook joins SOS

2017

A New Joint Replacement Surgeon & A New Office

In August 2017, Dr. Kevin Kopko joined the SOS joint replacement team.

SOS opens the Oswego Road Clinic at 8324 Oswego Road office.

Dr Kopko joins SOS

2018

A New Member joins SOS

Dr. Cassandra Riggs joins the Hand and Wrist Team

Cassandra Riggs joins SOS

2019

New Locations and New Member

The Specialists’ One Day Surgery Center opened in April on East Taft Road, along with our SOS Airport Road location.

Dr. Anthony Orio joins the Joint Replacement Team

Anthony Orio joins SOS

Total Orthopedic Care for Today & The Future

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) continues to grow, providing total orthopedic care for even more patients.

While our organization has changed for the better since its founding in the late 1990s, we're still committed to providing the best, individualized care that meets the unique needs of each patient.