Original Article: PDF OnlyLessons Learned for Orthopaedic Care Within the NYC COVID Epicenter Utilizing the USNS ComfortHeld, Michael B. MD, MBA1; Tedesco, Liana J. MD1; Anderson, Forrest L. MD1; Baranek, Eric S. MD1; Boddapati, Venkat MD1; Jobin, Charles M. MD1Author Information 1Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, NY, USA Corresponding Author: Michael B. Held, MD, MBA, Columbia University Medical Center, 630 West 168th Street, PH-11, New York, NY, USA, 10032, Phone: 1 630 399 4122, Email: email@example.com The authors report no conflicts of interest related to this work. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma: June 10, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001861 Buy PAP Metrics Abstract Although elective surgeries and in-person office visits were greatly reduced during the COVID-19 crisis, orthopaedic surgeons continue to play a critical role in caring for both orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic problems during this pandemic. Orthopaedic departments provide the ability to off-load emergency departments of orthopaedic issues, redeploy staff to areas of need across the hospital system, and provide direct care to COVID-19 patients. The following will discuss the experience of a large academic orthopaedic surgery department within the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to redeployment of human capital, unique resources such as the USNS Comfort, as well as our recommended strategy for handling future disaster situations. Level of Evidence: Prognostic Level V. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.