My Principles

  • Patient as a care partner.  I believe that patients should play a central role in the management of their sports medicine injuries. I am here to help you reach your goals and get back in the game. As such, I anticipate you will play an important role in your orthopedic care and treatment decision making. Not all injuries behave the same way in different individuals.  Your treatment plan will be catered to meet your needs and your goals. From helping you to define your goals, to coordinating your rehabilitation, I look forward to the patient as a partner

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    Howard Luks, MD
  • I treat patients, not MRIs. MRIs do not have goals. MRIs do not have fears. MRIs don’t do rehab. While we look at MRI images, we never forget the big picture—people are the reason we do what we do. Deciding a treatment plan in sports medicine is much more than just an image. We want people to know that because we never forget.
  • A tear may not equal a surgery. Sometimes the most important decision we make is not to operate on a patient. Often times, people think that any tear in a meniscus or ligament means surgery. The reality is that decision is much more complicated and incorporates patient specifics, goals, expectations, and a host of other factors. In short, we only recommend surgery when we feel the potential benefits exceed the potential risks and your goals are achievable.

My Practice: Howard Luks, MD

My Hospital Affiliations

  • Westchester Medical Center (Level I Trauma Center) – a major referral center for complex trauma, multi-ligament knee reconstructions, complex shoulder fractures, revision knee and shoulder surgery, and other procedures.

My Procedural Focus (Orthopedic Disorders)

  • Shoulder:  advanced arthroscopic reconstructions and revision surgery.
  • Knee:  advanced arthroscopic reconstruction + computer navigated, minimally invasive replacements. I have a strong interest and a lot of experience in handling patella dislocations – which are far more complex than most people think.
  • Meniscus Repairs
  • Elbow
  • Ankle
  • Cartilage regeneration or replacement

My Personal Interests

    • Howard Luks, MDI am a trail endurance runner, and an amateur cyclist.  Find me on Strava and join me in my pursuit to always be a little better.
    • I live in Northern Westchester and I am a father to three wonderful children. We enjoy being outside as often as possible, which has led to a few fractures in the Luks’ household
    • I’m a #365Warrior. I’m part of a growing tribe of athletes (35 years and older) redefining sport and wellness to meet the needs of our busy lifestyle

Social Media

I believe that humans are innately social… and as an extension, that health is social.

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In the News
Howard Luks MD Top !0 Arthritis Doctor

Dr. Luks has been named as one of the top Sports Medicine Physicians in the United States, by US News and World Report.  He has also been named as one of the Top 10 “Social Health Makers” for Osteoarthritis.  Dr. Luks has been named one of the top Sports Medicine Physicians in New York for nearly 10 years in a row and Dr. Luks was named one of Twitter’s Top Ten Doctors and served as an Advisory Board Member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media for 3 years.


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