Department of Pastoral Care and Education

Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. Top ranked in the Northeast in its specialties by U.S. News and World Report, HSS was awarded Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. A member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All HSS medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Its Research Institute is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases.

Main Number (212) 606-1000
Physician Referral (212) 606-1555
Education (212) 606-1057
Public Relations (212) 606-1197

Sister Margaret Oettinger, O.P. (Roman Catholic)

Director of Pastoral Care Phone: (212) 606-1757 Fax: (212) 717-5731 E-mail:

Elaine Chan (Roman Catholic)

Elaine Chan (Roman Catholic) Staff Chaplain Phone: (646) 714-6632 Fax: 212 717 5731 Pager: 212 606-1644 + 80291

Chaplain Margo Heda (Jewish, Orthodox)

Staff Chaplain Phone: (212) 606-1757 Fax: (212) 717-5731 (pager) # 1188

The Reverend Margaret Tuttle (Episcopal)

Staff Chaplain Phone: (212) 606-1757 Fax: (212) 717-5731(pager) # 21341