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Daniel H. Blatz, MD


Physiatry
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Daniel H. Blatz, MD

Physiatry
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Dr. Daniel Blatz is a board certified physician in physiatry and sports medicine. He specializes in the field of orthopedics and treats all musculoskeletal conditions, which include muscle, tendon, ligament, joint, and spine issues. 

Dr. Blatz completed his residency at Northwestern in Chicago, IL and fellowship in Sports Medicine at Georgetown in Washington, DC. His goal is to keep his patients as active as possible, and to partner in their care throughout their life, working through the inevitable injuries that come with an active and fulfilling lifestyle. He strives to utilize all conservative and noninvasive methods to help his patients heal. 

Dr. Blatz is Head Team Physician coordinating care for the United States Soccer Federation's Extended National Teams, which includes the US Soccer's National Beach, National Futsal, and National Paralympic Soccer Teams. He works with athletes on a daily basis, including those in the typical sports realms, such as soccer, lacrosse, running and swimming, as well as athletes in the realm of the performing arts, such as ballet dancers, musicians, acrobats, among others.

He worked for three years as company physician for the world renowned Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL, as well as providing regular medical coverage for the Shakespeare Theater and Lookingglass Theater in Chicago, IL. 

He has returned to the New York, Connecticut, New Jersey Metropolitan area, where he grew up, to continue to practice and work amongst an incredible group of doctors at HSS.

Patient Stories

Appointments

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

Departments

Special Expertise

Sports medicine 
Performing arts medicine
Sports injuries
Spine care
Regenerative medicine 

Procedures

Spine injections
Peripheral joint injections 
Tendon injections
Platelet-rich plasma injections 
Regenerative medicine

Affiliations

United States Soccer Federation Team Physician 

Languages

English

Insurance Information


Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of October 01, 2020, Dr. Blatz reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Dr. Blatz in the News

Education

State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, MD, 2009
State University of New York Downstate School of Public Health, MPH, 2009

Internship

State University of New York Health Sciences Center, 2010 

Residency

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2013 

Fellowship

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2014 

Certification

Board Certification Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry)
Sports Medicine 

State Licensure

Selected Books by Dr. Blatz

Blatz D, Ross B, Dadabo J. Cervical Spine Trauma Evaluation. Handbook of Clinical Neurology: Sports Neurology. Edited by Brian Hainline & Robert A. Stern. Volume 158, Pages 2-490 (2018).

McClary K, Blatz D. Wrist Injuries in Youth Athletes. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, Sports Medicine Rehabilitation. Editors Krabak BJ, Liem B. Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 83-90, June 2017.

Blatz D, Ziegler C. Wheelchair Softball. Adaptive Sports Medicine: A Clinical Guide, 1st edition. Editor: De Luigi AJ. 2018 by Springer International Publishing, AG, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-319-56566-8.

Blatz D, De Luigi AJ. Human Growth and Development. Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine for the Primary Care Practitioner, 4th edition. Editors: Birrer RB, O'Connor FG, Kane SF. December 14, 2015 by CRC Press.

Selected Publications

Ramey L, Hayano T, Blatz D, Gedman M, Blauwet C. A Comparison of Self-Reported Unmet Healthcare Needs Among Adaptive and Able-Bodied Athletes. PMR. Jun 14, 2019.

De Luigi AJ, Blatz D, Karam C, Gustinz Z, Gordon AH. Use of Platelet Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Acetabular Labral Tear of the Hip: A Pilot Study. Am J of Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Nov;98(11):1010-1017.

Elwood D, Heckman J, Bonder J, Pantel A, Blatz D, et al. Assessing Patient Expectations and Concerns in a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit: A Real-Time Snapshot. PM&R. 2010;2(6):521-527.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual Conference Houston, TX. April 2019. Participation in Sports with Underlying Neurologic Conditions.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) Next Step Ultrasound Course Chicago, IL. 2019. Knee Anatomy.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) Next Step Ultrasound Course Chicago, IL. 2017, 2018. Ultrasound Guided Shoulder Injections.

Golf and Health Symposium: An International Perspective: May 17-18, 2018. Chicago, IL. Platform presentation: Golf and the Adaptive Athlete.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Academy Webinar Series. Feb 13, 2018, 4:00-5:00 PM. Regenerative Medicine: What is the Role in Rehabilitation?

Blatz D, Ross B. Golf and Health Symposium: An International Perspective: May 17-18, 2018. Poster presentation Prevalence of Phantom Limb Pain in Adaptive Sports Participants Affected by Limb Loss.

Blatz D, Rho M. Resolution of Lower Limb Weakness Following Aspiration of a Baker's Cyst; An Atypical Cause of Weakness Mimicking Radiculopathy: A Case Report. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Atlanta, GA. November 2012.

Blatz D, Stibb S, Press J. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Induced Thermal Burn: A Case Report. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Atlanta, GA. November 2012.

Faculty for American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Next Step Ultrasound Course: US Guided Injections, Chicago, IL; 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

Faculty for American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Next Step Ultrasound Course: Anatomy, Chicago, IL; 2019, 2020.

Attending Physician for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Residents and Fellows, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL; 2014 - Present.

Faculty for From FAI to OA: Updates on the Changing Landscape of the Conservative Management of Hip Pain; April 28-29,2017, Ultrasound Assessment of the Hip: Lab Leader.

Attending Physician Lead Lecture and Proctor, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Sports and Spine Lecture Series, Chicago, IL; 2014 - Present.

Faculty for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Foot and Ankle, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, San Diego, CA; 2014.

Faculty for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Knee, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Washington, DC; 2013.

Faculty for Physical Exam Skills and Physical Diagnosis, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; 2012-Present.

Research Description

Dr. Blatz's research interests lie in medical education, specifically the effect of Live Simulation training to optimize residency and fellows medical coverage of sports and performing arts events. His other focus is in the realm of adaptive sports.