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Stephanie Cheng, MD


About Dr. Cheng

Stephanie Cheng, MD, DABMA, FAAMA completed her Anesthesiology Residency at Yale and her Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management fellowship at HSS. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology (board certified anesthesiologist) as well as a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (board certified medical acupuncturist). In addition to her regional anesthesiology practice, she serves as the Director of the Perioperative Integrative Medicine program at HSS where she has been successful in integrating medical acupuncture as part of a multimodal approach to post-operative pain control and overall recovery.

Dr. Cheng’s primary research and clinical interest is the perioperative optimization of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery and the integration of non-pharmacologic/novel modalities to improve perioperative outcomes. She has published and won national competitions for her work in acupuncture research. In 2021 she received 1st place award for the Academy of Medical Acupuncture National Meeting’s Research competition. She speaks nationally on her work of utilizing acupuncture in the perioperative period to enhance patient recovery and pain control and she routinely holds workshops to train the next generation of medical acupuncturists.

She was named Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture in 2022 and has been profiled by Health.com where her work in utilization of perioperative acupuncture won HSS the Innovative Hospital Award for 2023. She also won the 2023 Rosalind Franklin Society/Mary Ann Liebert Award in Science for the best paper by a woman in science or under-represented minority in each of the publisher’s 100 peer-reviewed science, medicine, and biotechnology journals.

In addition to her research, she was awarded Teacher of the Year by the residents for 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and serves as the Residency Program Site Director at HSS where she works closely with residents and fellows from institutions throughout the country to teach regional anesthesia and acupuncture skills


Special Expertise

Medical Acupuncture

Patient Stories



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Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Board of Anesthesiology
American Board of Medical Acupuncture
​​​​​​​American Academy of Medical Acupuncture


Point-of-Care Ultrasound
FATE Certification
Structural Acupuncture for Physicians
Medical acupuncture for physicians


Rosalind Franklin Society/Mary Ann Liebert Award in Science 2023
HSS Teacher of the Year, Cornell/New York-Presbyterian Anesthesiology Residents, 2019, 2020, 2021
The Marjorie Tompkins Weill Cornell Teacher of the Year, 2017


Medical: New York University, School of Medicine, 2009
Internship: United Health Services, Transitional Year, 2010
Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital, 2013
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, 2014

State Licensure


English, Chinese (Mandarin)

Publications by Dr. Cheng


Research Interests

Multi-modal analgesia
Opioid-sparing analgesia

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.

As of February 21, 2023, Dr. Cheng reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

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.

Dr. Cheng in the News