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Sanford I. Weill Named to Hospital for Special Surgery Board of Trustees

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hospital for Special Surgery announced today that prominent business leader and philanthropist Sanford I. Weill, has been named a member of the Hospital’s Board of Trustees.

“We are delighted to welcome Sandy to the Board,” said Aldo Papone, Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Hospital for Special Surgery. “His extraordinary experience and leadership will contribute greatly to the Hospital as it continues to grow and build upon its reputation as a world leader in musculoskeletal medicine.”

“Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen perspective to our institution,” said Board Co-Chair Dean R. O’Hare. “As a business leader who has a long-history of supporting advances in healthcare, his insights will be invaluable.”

Mr. Weill has had a notable business career. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Citigroup, having retired as CEO in 2003 and served as non-executive Chairman until 2006. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Weill was Chairman and CEO of Travelers, Chairman of Commercial Credit Company, President of American Express Company, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the American Express Company’s Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company subsidiary, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Carter, Berlind, Potoma & Weill. In 1998, Mr. Weill was the recipient of Financial World Magazine’s CEO of the Year Award and received the same honor from Chief Executive Magazine in 2002. Today, Mr. Weill sits on the board of Koç Holding, headquartered in Turkey.

“We are thrilled that such an outstanding leader as Sandy Weill is joining our already dynamic Board,” said Lou Shapiro, President and CEO of HSS, “and we look forward to working with him as we continue to build upon our success.”

Mr. Weill is Chairman of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (since 1995); Chairman of Carnegie Hall (since 1991); Founder and Chairman of the National Academy Foundation (since 1980); Chairman of the Green Music Center Board of Advisors at Sonoma State University; a member of the Executive Council of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center; a member of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony; Director of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation; serves on the Board of Governors of Sidra specialty teaching hospital in Qatar; and is a member of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Education Reform Commission. Mr. Weill was recently elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Weill is a graduate of Cornell University. He and his wife, Joan, have been married for 57 years and were the recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology, No. 10 in neurology, and No. 5 in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report (2012-13), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at

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Source: Hospital for Special Surgery