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Dena Barsoum, MD

Physiatry, Spine
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About Dr. Barsoum


Dr. Barsoum is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). She completed residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, where she served as academic chief resident and was awarded the Resident Teacher of the Year Award and the Areti Award (awarded to the resident who demonstrates a consistent willingness to go above and beyond for the good of their co-residents). She completed subspecialty fellowship training in Spine and Sports Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Barsoum's goal is to help her patients return to and optimally perform at their chosen activities while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. She treats patients with spine (neck, mid back, low back, and buttock) pain as well as musculoskeletal issues (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle/foot). She utilizes conservative measures as well as ultrasound- and fluoroscopically guided interventions. Her overall goals for her patients are to maximize function while minimizing pain.

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Specialized Centers

HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Musculoskeletal medicine
Nonsurgical sports medicine
Nonsurgical spine care
Ultrasound guided injections
Interventional spine procedures
Platelet Rich Plasma procedures


Fluoroscopic Spinal Injections (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Lumbosacral)
Ultrasound guided joint, bursa, tendon, and soft tissue injections
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
Trigger Point Injections


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If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Assistant Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Association of Academic Physiatrists
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
New Jersey Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)


Castle Connolly Rising Star, 2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2022
Resident Teacher of the Year Award, 2017
Areti Award, 2017
Resident as Teacher Award, 2016
PM&R Outstanding Medical Student Award, 2013


Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ), 2013


Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ), 2014


Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 2017


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2018

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Barsoum

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Abdelshahed, D., Dutta, A., Im, C., Wyss, J. "Motor Neuron Disease," McLean Guide to Electrodiagnostic Medicine, 2nd Edition.

Selected Presentations

Abdelshahed, D., Wyss, J., Dutta, A., Cheng, J., Kirschner, J., Moley, P., Zoland, M.: Cadaveric Study Investigating Ultrasound-Guided Injections for Athletic Pubaglia (Sports Hernia). AMSSM Annual Meeting 2018. Orlando, FL. Poster presentation.

Abdelshahed, D., Oh-Park, M., Llull-Vera, M: Confidence and Competence in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound among PM&R Residents: a Longitudinal Analysis. AAP Annual Meeting 2018. Atlanta, GA. Poster presentation.

Abdelshahed, D., Oh-Park, M., Neuman, S: Dynamic Change in Thickness and Vascularity in Iliotibial Band Syndrome: A Case Report. AAP Annual Meeting 2017. Las Vegas, NV. Poster Presentation.

Abdelshahed, D., Jasey, N.: Brush your teeth! Herpes Encephalitis after a dental procedure: a case report. AAP Annual Meeting 2016. Sacramento, CA. Poster presentation.

Abdelshahed, D., Farag, A., Gibson-Gill, C., Claffey, K.: The old becomes new: leech therapy to save a flap reconstruction in a patient with incomplete tetraplegia and a sacral pressure ulcer: a case report. AAP Annual Meeting 2016. Sacramento, CA. Poster presentation.

Abdelshahed, D., Patibanda, V., Hwang, G., Stitik, T.: Effective use of musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI to diagnose and treat a patient with a symptomatic proximal tibiofibular joint cyst: a case report. AAP Annual Meeting 2015. San Antonio, TX. Poster presentation.

Foye, P., Abdelshahed, D.: Sacral chordoma presenting as coccyx pain: the importance of MRI: a case report. AAPM&R Annual Assembly 2013. Washington DC. Poster presentation.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of April 10, 2023, Dr. Abdelshahed reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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