Lisa R. Callahan, MD

Lisa R. Callahan, MD, joined Hospital for Special Surgery's Sports Medicine Department in 1994. She is a Co-director of the Women's Sports Medicine Center, specializing in the care of active and athletic women.

Dr. Callahan 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), Liberty (WNBA), Westchester Knicks (NBA D-League) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). In 2013 she was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the NBA Team Physicians Association and became Vice President in 2015. 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 will be with both the men's and women's teams in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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.

In addition to her current responsibilities with Madison Square Garden Sports, she has completed two terms on the board of directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is a member of the multidisciplinary Strategic Advisory Board of the NBA & GE Sports Medicine Collaboration.

Dr. Callahan, who is a North Carolina native, was an Alumni Honors Scholar at East Carolina University where she earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in 1983 and a medical degree in 1987. She was also named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at East Carolina in 2006.

Dr. Callahan has been named one of the city’s Best Doctors in New York Magazine’s annual Best Doctors issue and has appeared on Castle Connelly’s list of the Best Sports Doctors in the metropolitan area and Who’s Who in American Medicine.

She has extensive media experience, having been a medical contributor to ABC News/Good Morning America and Lifetime’s “Speaking of Women’s Health”, as well as host of the cable television Food Network’s lifestyle show “Recipe for Health” from 1996-98. She has authored the book, The Fitness Factor: Every Woman’s Key to a Lifetime of Health and Well-Being, (April 2002, Lyons Press),served for 15 years as a contributing editor and columnist for Self magazine, and is an editorial advisor to the Journal of Women’s Health, the Women’s Health Advisor, and Food & Fitness Advisor.


Associate Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Medical Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Family), Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Care of active and athletic women
Stress fractures
Basketball injuries


"2014 Physician of the Year," National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA)
"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2011


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

Insurances Accepted

Medicare (Status: Non-Par using Medicare Limited Fee Schedule)
United Healthcare

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


Stanford University School of Medicine, US


Stanford University School of Medicine, US


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

State Licensure

New York

Lisa R. Callahan, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Selected Publications

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.

Dr. Lisa Callahan, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Women's Sports Medicine Specialist

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1532
Fax: 212.327.1417

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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