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Lisa R. Callahan, MD

Primary Sports Medicine

About Dr. Callahan

Lisa R. Callahan, MD, joined Hospital for Special Surgery's Sports Medicine Department in 1994. She is board certified in primary care/sports medicine and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Currently, she serves as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Player Care at Madison Square Garden Sports, where she oversees the care of the Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL), Westchester Knicks (NBA D-League) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).  She was recently elected to a second term as President of the  NBA Team Physicians Association, after previously serving as Secretary/Treasurer (2013-2015) and  Vice President (2015-2017).  In spring of 2014, she was awarded the honor of NBA Team Physician of the Year. She was also named a team physician for the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team and was with both the men's and women's gold-medal winning teams in  the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  Dr. Callahan has served as a Team Physician for USA Basketball since 2014.

Dr. Callahan’s extensive experience has also included serving as a team physician for the WUSA New York Power, NFL New York Giants, Stanford and San Jose State Universities, and as medical coordinator and event physician for triathlons, biathlons, 1994 and 1999 World Cup Soccer, 1999 Avon Running Global Championships, 1995 World Rowing Championships, 1993 Olympic Gymnastics Exhibition, 1993 International Sumo Tournament and the NCAA Golf Championships.


Specialized Centers

Women's Sports Medicine Center

Special Expertise

Care of active and athletic women
Stress fractures
Basketball injuries

Patient Stories


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Associate Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Family), Weill Cornell Medical College


Past two-term Member of the Board of Directors, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Player Care, Madison Square Garden Sports
Vice President and past Secretary/Treasurer NBA Team Physicians Association
Advisory Board Member, American Ballet
Editorial Advisor, Journal of Women's Health
Advisory Board Member, Women's Health Advisor and Food and Fitness Advisor, Weill Cornell Medical College Center for Women's Healthcare


Diplomat, American Board of Family Practice
Certificate of Added Qualification, Sports Medicine


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2022
National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association Physician of the Year, 2014
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2011, 2019-2022


MD, East Carolina University , Greenville, North Carolina, US


Stanford University School of Medicine, US


Stanford University School of Medicine, US

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Callahan

Blog Posts

Selected Journal Articles

De Souza MJ, Williams NI, Nattiv A, Callahan LR, et al. Misunderstanding the Female Athlete Triad: Refuting the IOC Consensus Statement on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). Br J Sports Med. 2014 Oct;48(20):1461-5. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-093958.

Callahan LR. Overview of running injuries of the lower extremity. Up To Date. April 2013

McCarthy MM, Voos JE, Nguyen JT, Callahan L, Hannafin JA. Injury Profile in elite Female Basketball Athletes at the WNBA Combine. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Mar;41(3):645-51. doi: 10.1177/0363546512474223. Epub 2013 Feb 1.

DeFilippis EM, Callahan L. Atypical presentation of appendicitis in an adolescent cheerleader. Clin J Sport Med. 2013 Nov;23(6):494-5. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e318295e445.

Drakos MC, Domb B, Starkey C, Callahan L, Allen A. Injury in the National Basketball Association: A 17 Year Overview. Sports Health, 2010 Jul;2(4):284-90.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Industry Relationships

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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Callahan as of March 03, 2022.

  • Up-to-Date, Inc. (Wolters Kluwer Health) - Author

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.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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