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Ellen Casey, MD

Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
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About Dr. Casey


Dr. Ellen Casey is an Associate Attending Physiatrist in the Department of Physiatry and the Women's Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

After earning her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine, she completed residency in physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R) and fellowship in sports medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) where she also served as chief resident. She was the Co-Director of the Women's Sports Program at RIC from 2010-2014 and the Co-Director for the Penn Center for the Female Athlete from 2016-2017.

Dr. Casey's clinical practice focuses on the conservative treatment of acute sports medicine injuries and spine disorders. She has particular expertise in the female athlete, including the female athlete triad, stress fractures and physical activity during and after pregnancy. She is skilled in fluoroscopically-guided spine injections and ultrasound-guided peripheral joint and soft tissue injections. Her goal is to work with patients to optimize function, return to an active lifestyle and help prevent future injury. As a former collegiate gymnast, she is passionate about caring for all athletes, particularly gymnasts and dancers, and is a USA Gymnastics Women's National Team physician.

Dr. Casey is actively involved in sports medicine research. She is interested in the underpinnings of sex and gender disparity in musculoskeletal injury, including the role of sex hormones in knee injuries (particularly anterior cruciate ligament tears). Dr. Casey has been awarded numerous grants to support her research, including K12 and RO1 grants from the National Institutes of Health and foundation awards from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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Specialized Centers

Performing Arts Medicine Collaborative
Women's Sports Medicine Center
HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Sports medicine
Care of active and athletic women
Female athlete triad
Stress fractures
Running injuries
Dance injuries
Gymnastics injuries
Interventional spine procedures
Ultrasound guided procedures


Ultrasound guided joint, muscle and tendon injections
Fluoroscopically guided lumbar spine injections
Hyaluronic acid or joint lubricant injections

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Associate Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College


Female Athlete Triad Coalition
USA Gymnastics Women's Team Physician
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Association of Academic Physiatrists
American College of Sports Medicine
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine


Academic All-American, The Pennsylvania State University, 1996-1999
Five-time NCAA All-American, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997-1999
Big Ten All-Around Champion, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
NCAA Female Athlete of the Year, Runner-Up, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999
Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999
Harris Award for Academic Excellence, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2008
Walter E. Heller Chief Resident Award, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2009
Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Resident Research, First Prize, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2009
Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Fellow Research, First Prize, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2010
ERF Materson New Investigator Research Grant, Foundation for PMR, 2015
Nadler Musculoskeletal Research Grant, Foundation for PMR 2017
Early-Career Academician Award, Association of Academic Physiatrists, 2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2021, 2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021, 2022


University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia


Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern Memorial Hospital


The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern Memorial Hospital

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Casey

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Casey E, Rho M and Press J. Sex Differences in Sports Medicine Textbook. Demos Medical Publishing, 2016


Research Interests

Sex & Gender Differences in Sports Injury
Effect of Sex Hormones on the Musculoskeletal System
Sports Injury Prevention
Female Athlete Triad & Stress Fractures
Musculoskeletal Problems in Pregnancy & Postpartum

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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Casey as of January 22, 2024.

  • Gotham Gymnastics, LLC - Serve on the Advisory Board

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.

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

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