Todd C. Battaglia, MD

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Sports Medicine

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Dr. Battaglia is Director of the Cartilage Center, and is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of sports injuries of all types, with a particular focus on arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder. This includes treatment of ligament, cartilage and meniscal injuries of the knee, as well as treatment of rotator cuff and instability problems of the shoulder. Dr. Battaglia is Board-Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has received additional Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is a member of the International Cartilage Repair Society, and serves as an instructor at national cartilage surgery courses.

A native of central New York, he grew up in Marcellus where he lettered in lacrosse, soccer, and basketball. He then attended Amherst College in western Massachusetts, earning his degree in psychology and captaining the lacrosse and rugby teams. After graduating magna cum laude from medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he completed orthopaedic residency at the University of Virginia, where he assisted in the care of both the UVa and James Madison University athletic teams. While in Virginia, he also earned a Master's Degree studying the effects of growth factors on tendon and bone healing. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and advanced arthroscopic surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital, one of the top orthopaedic hospitals in the country, where he was a team physician for Harvard University and the Boston Celtics.

Dr. Battaglia is a partner with Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, PC, and serves as team physician for numerous area high school and collegiate teams, including Syracuse University. He is an active member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and has authored or co-authored more than 30 scientific articles and book chapters. He sits on the editorial board of Arthroscopy, the premier journal of his specialty and is an Associate Master Instructor for AANA, teaching advanced arthroscopic methods to other physicians across the country.


Amherst College, Amherst MA, BA, Psychology, 1995
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo NY, MD, Magna cum laude, 1999
University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, MS, Orthopaedic and Surgical Research, 2004-05


University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville VA
Department of General Surgery, 1999-2000
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 2001-2005


University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, Orthopedic and Surgical Research, 2005
New England Baptist Hospital, Boston MA, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, 2005-06
Arthroscopy Association of North America Traveling Fellowship, 2011


Specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy / reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder, and fracture care. He has received a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopedic Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.


State of New York, 2008
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2008

Honor and Awards

Patient's Choice Award
Arthroscopy Association of North America Traveling Fellowship
Guide to America's Top Orthopedists
Compassionate Doctor Recognition
New England Baptist Clinical Research Award
Finalist, Smith & Nephew Research Competition
Albert Trillat Young Investigator's Research Award (co-author)
Dr. B. Obletz Award in Orthopaedic Surgery
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Association of Pathology Chairs Award
James A. Gibson Anatomical Society
Amherst College Lacrosse (captain)
Amherst College Rugby (captain)
Reverend James C. Coburn Lacrosse Trophy
New England East-West Lacrosse Game
USILA North-South Lacrosse Game

Professional Society Memberships

AAOS National Sports Medicine Evaluation Committee
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
New York State Medical Society
New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Onondaga County Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society

Professional Activities

Editorial board, Journal of Arthroscopy
Associate Master Instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America
Founder, Central New York Society For Sports Medicine
Principal Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine


Publications and Book Chapters
Battaglia TC. Single- vs. double-row rotator cuff repair: The jury is still out. Arthroscopy 2011; 27: 883.

Steiner ME, Battaglia TC, Heming JF, Rand JD, Festa A. Independent drilling outperforms conventional transtibial drilling in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. American Journal of Sports Medicine  2009; 37:1912-9.

Katz LM, Battaglia TC, Patino P, Reichmann W, Hunter DJ, Richmond JC. A retrospective comparison of the incidence of bacterial infection following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with autograft versus allograft  Arthroscopy 2008; 24:1330-35.

Battaglia TC. Ochrobactrum anthropi septic arthritis of the acromioclavicular joint in an immunocompetent 17-year-old. Orthopedics 2008; 31:606.

Mikic B, Ferreira MP, Battaglia TC, Hunziker E. Accelerated hypertrophic chondrocyte kinetics in GDF-7 deficient murine tibial growth plates. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2008; 26:986-90.

Battaglia TC, Freilich AM, Diduch DR. An intra-articular knee cyst in a 2-year-old associated with an aberrant ACL. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy. 2007; 15:36-8.

Maloul A, Rossmeier K, Mikic B, Pogue V, Battaglia T. Geometric and material contributions to whole bone structural behavior in GDF-7-deficient mice. Connective Tissue Research 2006;47: 157-62.

Battaglia TC, Mulhall KJ, Brown TE, Saleh KJ. Increased surgical volume is associated with lower THA dislocation rates. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2006; 447:28-33.

Battaglia TC, Chandler JT. Ossific tendonitis of the Achilles with tendon fracture: A case report and literature review. Orthopedics 2006; 29:453-455.

Battaglia TC, Pannunzio ME, Chhabra AB. A carpometacarpal joint ganglion cyst causing median neuropathy. American Journal of Orthopaedics 2006; 4: 186-188.

Battaglia TC, Tannoury T, Crowl AC, Chan DPK, Anderson DG. A cadaveric study comparing standard fluoroscopy and fluoroscopy-based computer navigation for screw fixation of the odontoid. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 2005; 14:175-180.

Battaglia TC. GDF-5 deficiency alters stress-relaxation properties in mouse skin. Journal of Dermatological Science 2005; 39:192-195.

Battaglia TC, Miller MD. Strength and regrowth of hamstring tendons after hamstring autograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Techniques in Orthopaedics 2005; 20:334-339.

Schoderbeck R, Battaglia TC, Dorf E, Kahler DM. Traumatic hemipelvectomy: case report and literature review. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery 2005; 125:358-62.

Battaglia TC, Miller MD. Management of bony deficiency in revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using allograft bone dowels: Surgical technique. Arthroscopy 2005; 21:767.e1-767.e5.

Tannoury T, Crowl AC, Battaglia TC, Chan DPK, Anderson DG. An anatomic study comparing C1-2 transarticular screws placed with standard fluoroscopy vs. virtual fluoroscopy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2005; 2:584-588.

Battaglia TC, Pannunzio ME, Chhabra AB, Degnan GG. Interposition arthroplasty with Achilles tendon allograft for treatment of the unstable sternoclavicular joint. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2005; 19:124-129.

Gill SS, Turner MA, Battaglia TC, Balian G, Miller MD. Semitendinous regrowth: Biochemical, ultrastructural and physiological characterization of the regenerate tendon. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2004; 32:1173-1181.

Mikic B, Clark RT, Battaglia TC, Gaschen V, Hunziker EB. Altered hypertrophic chondrocyte kinetics in GDF-5 deficient murine tibial growth plates. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 2004; 22:552-556.

Battaglia TC, Clark RT, Chhabra A, Gaschen V, Hunziker EB, Mikic, B. Ultrastructural determinants of murine Achilles tendon strength during healing. Connective Tissue Research 2003; 44:218-224.

Battaglia TC, Tsou AC, Taylor EA, Mikic B. Ash content modulation of torsionally derived effective material properties in cortical mouse bone. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 2003; 125:615-619.

Battaglia TC, Barr MA, Diduch DR. Rotator cuff tear in a 13-year-old baseball player: A case report. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2003; 31:779-782.

Mikic B, Battaglia TC, Taylor EA, Clark RT. The effect of Growth/Differentiation Factor-5 deficiency on femoral composition and mechanical behavior in mice. Bone 2002; 30:733-737.

Blessey P, Miller MD, Battaglia TC. Anterior cruciate ligament tear: one incision endoscopic bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft. AAOS Orthopaedic Knowledge Online: The Knee 2002. Available at:

Battaglia TC, Armstrong DG, Schwend RM. Factors affecting variation of forearm compartment pressures in patients with supracondylar fractures of the humerus. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2002; 22:431-439.

Battaglia TC. ACL Reconstruction: Where We Are In 2012. Central New York Society for Sports Medicine2012.

Battaglia TC. Shoulder injuries in active women. Syracuse Woman Magazine 2012.

Battaglia TC. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries: What You Need To Know. In Good Health Magazine, 2012.

Battaglia TC. Controversies in rotator cuff surgery. Central New York Society for Sports Medicine 2011.

Battaglia TC. Body Shop: The thrower’s shoulder. Central New York Sports Magazine 2011.

Battaglia TC. Shoulder pain? A rotator cuff injury could be to blame. In Good Health 2011

Battaglia TC. Shoulder and knee arthroscopy: New techniques and technology. RMH Medical Staff Times.2006.

Battaglia TC, Mulhall KJ, Miller MD. Knee: Posterior Cruciate Ligament. In Clinical Sports Medicine. Johnson, Mair (eds); Mosby-Year, Philadelphia, PA. 2007.

Mulhall KJ, Battaglia TC, Brown TE, Saleh KJ. Scoring systems and their validation for the arthritic knee. InInsall & Scott Surgery of the Knee, 4th Edition. Scott (ed); Churchill, Livingstone, Philadelphia, PA. 2005.

Battaglia TC, Diduch DR. Soft tissue injuries of the hand in athletes. In Sports medicine: Just the Facts.O’Connor, Salis, Wilder, St. Pierre (eds); McGraw-Hill, New York. 2004.

Battaglia TC, Diduch DR. Soft tissue injuries of the hand in athletes. In Sports medicine: Examination and Board Review. O’Connor, Salis, Wilder, St. Pierre (eds); McGraw-Hill, New York. 2004.

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