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About the Department of Physiatry

The Department of Physiatry at Hospital for Special Surgery specializes in non-operative treatment procedures for patients who have spinal and sports-related injuries as well as other musculoskeletal problems.

Patient care: The Department provides over 30,000 ambulatory care visits a year, including approximately 3,900 minimally invasive procedures and 1,100 EMG/NCV studies, attending over 17,500 returning patients and 7,500 new patients each year.

Education: The Department provides a one-year Spine and Sports Medicine Fellowship, with two fellows accepted each year. This fellowship program focuses on the improvement of skills in the areas of diagnosis and treatment using a comprehensive approach, including training in interventional procedures and immersion in clinical and basic scientific research. The Department also takes part in the training of Columbia University and Cornell University's residents from NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program, and is involved in the education of medical students from the Weill Cornell Medicine.

Research: We are fully involved in the training of our fellows in basic and clinical research methodology, and all of our attending physicians are actively involved in research endeavors at HSS.

Community Service: Our staff members include team physicians for colleges as well as on-site physicians for professional soccer, tennis, golf, and track events. Several of our physicians have authored popular reference books and articles on the field of physiatry, and one of our physicians, Joseph H. Feinberg, MD, travels to Ghana to treat underserved patients with orthopedic and neurological disorders.