Dr. Riley Williams, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 55

Dr. Williams
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Riley J. Williams III MD PC

525 E 71st St New York, NY 10021

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Dr. Riley Williams, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in New York, NY. He is affiliated with medical facilities Hospital For Special Surgery and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Williams to book an appointment.

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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Williams

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Based on 37 ratings

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I really do not like to write negative reviews but I don't want anyone to make the same mistake I did. I had knee surgery (ACL reconstruction) and it failed. All my follow up visits were about 5 minutes long and he'd start walking toward the door at every follow up appt so that I wouldnt be able to ask him all my questions. He is completely dismissive of your concerns, questions, etc. I called so many times and the response was "stop worrying". I am so depressed about my failed surgery and so angry at myself that I picked him to do my surgery. I feel like I've lost time from my injury..the surgery...to recovery. I know he is well known but please, I dont want anyone to go through what I just did and I am a pretty level headed person. This experience was SO awful. You do NOT want to go to him. Please save yourself that money and agony. I guarantee you that you will not be happy.
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  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Jun 02, 2021
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Riley Williams-placing my trust in you was the biggest regret of my entire life. You grossly minimized the risk and complexity of your recommended procedure, selling a minimally invasive procedure for a small partial thickness defect of my knee. What I received was a graft three times the size discussed. In addition you removed medial meniscus that I I begged you prior to surgery not to touch. You acted with full discretion, which you DID NOT HAVE! As a result of your overly aggressive procedure, and unauthorized removal of meniscus, my knee is exceedingly worse. Now I am a prime candidate for a total knee replacement, which I was nowhere near prior to meeting you. The treatment that I received and the way you sold the procedure was reckless and immoral. Clearly you've demonstrated you were more interested in a larger payday than in my outcome. A Disalvo
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May 04, 2020
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I almost NEVER leave reviews. Ever. However, I feel compelled to express how happy we are with Dr. Williams and his staff. Dr. Williams recently performed surgery on my 17-year-old son's left shoulder. From first eval to post-op follow-up, the entire process has been terrific. Dr. Williams is a real professional, an expert in his field. He is super knowledgeable, kind, and to-the-point. His medical and office staff, too, are professional, responsive and well organized. Really--You're in excellent hands at HSS. Great surgeon. Great staff.
What went well
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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No results
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Sarachman Family – Apr 01, 2020
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The front desk was efficient and friendly. Dr. Williams was patient and thorough. He addressed all of my concerns and didn’t mind me asking questions about my injury. He had performed shoulder surgery on two of my friends with successful results. When I was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff, they suggested that I see Dr. Williams to have him evaluate my injury. I found him to be pleasant but direct. I have a follow up appointment in six weeks. I’m very happy I went to see him.
What went well
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Jeff Z – Jan 31, 2020
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Dr Williams did my third shoulder surgery. Light years better than my first two
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Feb 11, 2019
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Good Dr with bad bedside manner. Staff is very rude especially his office manager, Karen. Before your surgery they may be very accommodating but if after your surgery you encounter a problem things will change for the worst. Would never recommend this Dr. So many other Drs that are just as good and even better.
What went well
  • Office environment
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Feb 06, 2019
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I had nothing but positive experiences with Dr. Williams and his staff. I was fit in for an appointment within a week and surgery scheduled for not even a week later for ACL Reconstruction. Dr. Williams was extremely professional, answered all of my questions, and his staff did the same. Exactly what I would want out of a surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sam in New York, NY – Nov 16, 2018
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I called to get an appt for my husband who needed knee replacement surgery. Dr. Williams was rec'd to me by Dr. Bryan Kelly's office.Dr. Williams required that I send test results before we could get an appt. I sent MRI and x-ray reports. My husband saw him last week. He required another set of x-rays. When they finally sat down, Dr. Williams said,"I don't do knee surgery anymore. (a lie) Here are the cards of 3 doctors I recommend." Hundreds of $'s charged to insurance! Liar, scammer and fraud!
What went well
No results
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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none – Oct 13, 2018
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Part 1: I don’t even know where to start. I rue the day that I met Dr. Williams. He ruined my life. When I came to him, I had already had 3 knee surgeries and told him that I wanted a knee replacement. He denied it immediately saying I was too young. Instead he wanted to the bio uni oats procedure which is what he’s most popular for. He made the surgery seem like no big deal and told me I would be back doing things within 3 weeks… how misled I was. He was so unbelievably cocky and arrogant.
What went well
No results
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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New York – Feb 19, 2018
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Staff are ignorrant and rude cant even get to see doctor hug up on 10 x
What went well
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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rca – Feb 14, 2018
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I have had 2 procedures by Dr. Williams. Both times I recovered quickly and was back to training within weeks. I'm writing this review because I want to also acknowledge his staff. It is Sunday night and I just received a call back within minutes of leaving a message. Karen from Dr. William's office called, alleviated my stress, and scheduled an appointment immediately. This is nothing less than exceptional service. and care. Great team!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jacqueline Wolfson in New York, NY – Nov 27, 2017
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The office staff is horrible! Before even making the appointment the billing manager was extremely rude to my wife. We were told that she will decide if I’m even worth his time to see! I don not know how someone could even employ such a person with such bad manners on the phone and who lacks in the ability to speak to a human being! The last time I was I have canceled my surgery with Williams simply because of his staff and will be inquiring about my options with another surgeon within HSS.
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Basking Ridge , NJ – Oct 17, 2017
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I had a surgery with Dr. Williams. My experience with him and his staff was very bad. He was not professional with his communication or care. His staff was also so disorganized and unprofessional that I'm surprised they are working in medicine. Although my surgery failed, I would say the same thing if it had been successful. If you want a good experience I would steer clear of this doctor and staff.....likely outcome is not good.
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No results
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New York – Sep 29, 2017
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Incredibly arrogant Dr. Office team of receptionists are RUDE as can be. I Called 6x over a month to schedule cortisone shot, secretary was nasty and hung up on me after I expressed my displeasure with this process. AWFUL staff. RUDE as can be. Scheduled my shot and 3 days after the injection received certified letter that Dr. Williams dropped me as a patient. With so many great doctors in NYC you be crazy to deal with this level of service. His office staff worst ever encountered!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
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New York, NY – Jul 07, 2017
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This guy is so unprofessional it is not funny. He literally spent no time with me, and after I came back because the operation did absolutely nothing to relieve my pain, not only did he not care, but he literally spent 1 minute with me, told me he would be right back and never came back. He had his assistant come back in and tell me to get another MRI. I cannot express enough how unprofessional this guy is. I would love to report him because it was such a horrible experience.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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New York, NY – Jul 01, 2017
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Dr. Williams performed a surgery on me about 9 weeks ago. Per his instruction, I scheduled a follow up visit for week 7. The night before that appt, his staff called me to inform that he wouldn't be able to see me and rescheduled the appt for a week later. Getting there on time and still in pain, I was put to wait for over 1 hour. When i asked his nurse to see him quickly since i had to go back to work and didn't want to leave without telling the procedure had not yet produced the desired result
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Fabii in New York, NY – Dec 31, 2016
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He is a lying awful Doctor. He operated on my son and then disappeared. Impossible to reach him after hours with an emergency. My son was in agony and dr. Williams was not on call as he said he would be and then the on call doctor wouldn't call back either. This happened two nights in a row. It happened 6 years earlier with my husband as well. We should have never gone back. He is DANGEROUS
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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New York, NY – Aug 25, 2016
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Dr. Williams attended to my right knee. He was diligent as was his assistant. Once, it was deemed that I needed a total knee replacement, everything happened like a well-oiled machine. Dr. Williams was articulate, communicative and not condescending as so many health professionals seem to be lately. He exuded confidence, which was reassuring but I still felt apprehensive until after the surgery. Now, 2 years later, I am living proof that he is amazing. He gave me back my active lifestyle.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Frank Caropreso in Sunnyside, NY, 11104 – Aug 04, 2016
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My daughter's ACL reconstruction failed a few days after Dr. Williams cleared her to return to sports. He then talked use into rehab rather than another surgery which led to a torn meniscus. He does not answer his phone calls when we notified him that she reinjured her knee.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Peter Calcavecchio in Annandale, NJ – May 02, 2016
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My daughter has seen Dr. Williams and I have referred friends to Dr. Williams. Dr. Williams is a bright, personable Doctor who is excited about the work he does. Dr. Williams has always spent time with us explaining the procedure and answering any questions. Dr. Williams is working with clinical studies and seems to be on the forefront of new technology and not set on just standard procedures. I would highly recommend Dr. Williams to everyone.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Brian Snedeker in Caldwell, NJ – Jan 26, 2016
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Williams' overall focus is a return to an active lifestyle or sport following joint injuries. As such, in addition to surgery, Dr. Williams puts a...Read more

Biography

Dr. Williams is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in the treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow conditions. He is an Attending Surgeon and Professor of...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Education

1998
Hospital For Spl Surgery
Fellowship Hospital
1997
Hospital For Spl Surgery
Residency Hospital
1993
Huntington Memorial Hospital
Internship Hospital
Yale Univ
Undergraduate School
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Awards

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What are Dr. Riley Williams, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Williams frequently treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear), Knee Arthroscopy, and Knee Sprain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Williams treats.

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Dr. Williams' Top Procedures and Conditions

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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Williams treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear) more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Williams treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Knee Arthroscopy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Williams performs Knee Arthroscopy more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Williams performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

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  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
Knee Sprain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Williams treats Knee Sprain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Williams treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Williams' conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Sprain
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Meniscus Transplantation
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Tommy John Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Sprain or Strain

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