Westchester Magazine’s 2018 Healthcare Heroes Includes Dr. James McWilliam

Healthcare Heroes of Westchester 2018

On May 17th, Westchester Magazine celebrated the 2018 Healthcare Heroes at a lavish sit-down luncheon at Mulino's at Lake Isle. The event brought together men and women who have dedicated their lives to their patients by going above and beyond the call of duty. This year's 10 incredible, hardworking healthcare professionals includes Speciality Orthopaedic's very own Dr. James McWilliam. These heroes may not wear capes, but they are heroes nonetheless.

Dr. James R. McWilliam foot and ankle specialist

James McWilliam, MD
Chief, Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery,
Montefiore New Rochelle Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery,
New York Medical College

As an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist, Dr. James McWilliam routinely performs complex limb salvage procedures that are traditionally available only at major medical centers. Since his arrival to the community in 2004, he has greatly expanded the availability of life-changing therapies in the area.

Dr. McWilliam has pioneered minimally invasive techniques, which include enhanced repair methods of the Achilles tendon and ankle ligaments. They have been adopted on a national and international level, enabling elite athletes to return to their sport faster. He continues to develop minimal incision bunion repair techniques and is a lead designer on a total ankle prosthesis that will require less bone resection, resulting in patients returning to activity in much less time.

A lifelong educator, Dr. McWilliam is often a featured speaker at national and international meetings. He travels to participate in hands-on tutorials in clinical and laboratory settings, so he can train other surgeons. He also trains residents at New York Medical College and Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital.

Since 2004, he has run a clinic for uninsured patients. Through partnerships with local hospitals, patients now have access to routine care, complex reconstruction, and groundbreaking surgical techniques, including limb salvage surgeries for diabetics — a condition overrepresented in the economically challenged.

Since the tragic earthquake of 2010, Dr. McWilliam has regularly led a volunteer medical team to Haiti to provide critical care. “It’s really gratifying,” he says. “There are doctors all over the U.S. who can do what I do, but there may not be anybody in Haiti the week that I’m there who can do what I do. When I leave, I know, 100 percent, that I helped someone.”

For more information on Westchester Magazine's Healthcare Heroes CLICK HERE.

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