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.
Associate Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Care of active and athletic women
Female athlete triad
Interventional spine procedures
Ultrasound guided procedures
Ultrasound guided joint, muscle and tendon injections
Fluoroscopically guided lumbar spine injections
Hyaluronic acid or joint lubricant injections
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
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021
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
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As of December 22, 2020, Dr. Casey reported no relationships with healthcare industry.
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine
Casey E, Rho M and Press J. Sex Differences in Sports Medicine Textbook. Demos Medical Publishing, 2016
Casey E, Lento P, Ihm J, Rodriguez H. "Vascular Injuries in the Lower Limb of Athletes". Nerve and Vascular Injuries in Sports Medicine. Venu Akuthota and Stan Herring (eds.). Springer International Publishing, 2009.
Casey E. Natural History of Radiculopathy. In: Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am 22(1): 1-5, 2011.
Sleeper MD, Kenyon LK, Casey E. Measuring fitness in female gymnasts: the gymnastics functional measurement tool. Int J Sports Phys Ther 7(2): 124-38, Apr 2012.
Casey E, Hameed F, Dhaher YY. The muscle stretch reflex throughout the menstrual cycle. Med Sci Sports Exerc 46(3): 600-9, Mar 2014.
Cohler MH, Casey E. A Survey of Runners' Attitudes Toward and Experiences with Minimally Shod Running. PM&R 7(8):831-5, Aug 2015.
Plastaras C, McCormick Z, Nguyen C, Rho M, Nack SH, Roth D, Casey E, Carneiro K, Cucchiara A, Press J, McLean J, Caldera F. Is Hip Abductor Strength Asymmetry Present in Female Runners in the Early Stages of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Am J Sports Med. 2016;44(1):105-112
Casey E, Reese M, Okafor E, Chun D, Nigl F, Gagnon C, Dhaher Y. Influence of Menstrual and Contraceptive Phase on Spinal Excitability. PM&R 2016;8(9):860-8.
Goldring AE, Ashok AP, Casey EK, Mulcahey MK. Key components and potential benefits of a comprehensive approach to women's musculoskeletal health. Phys Sportsmed. 2016: Nov;44(4):417-424. Epub 2016 Aug 22.
Casey E and Becker N. How to Score a Perfect 10 in Caring for Gymnasts with Low Back Pain. SpineLine. Jan/Feb 2017.
Casey EK and Temme K. Pelvic Floor Muscle Function and Urinary Incontinence in the Female Athlete. Phys Sportsmed. 2017 Aug 28 [Epub ahead of print]
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.