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Stephanie Cheng, MD


About Dr. Cheng

Dr. Stephanie Cheng is an anesthesiologist focusing on regional anesthesiology for orthopedic patients. She received specialized training in regional anesthesia as a 2013-2014 Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellow at HSS. Dr. Cheng is a physician researcher within the Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management where she investigates opioid-sparing analgesia techniques for orthopedic patients, including acupuncture, and oversees the department's resident education program.


Special Expertise

Medical Acupuncture

Patient Stories


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


American Board of Anesthesiology
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture


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


HSS Teacher of the Year, Cornell/NewYork-Presbyterian Anesthesiology Residents, 2019, 2020, 2021


New York University, School of Medicine, 2009


United Health Services, Transitional Year, 2010


Yale New Haven Hospital, 2013


Hospital for Special Surgery, 2014

State Licensure


English, Chinese (Mandarin)

Publications by Dr. Cheng

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Cheng SI, Kelleher DC, DeMeo D, Zhong, H, Birch G, Ast MP. “Intraoperative Acupuncture as Part of a Multimodal Analgesic Regimen to Reduce Opioid Usage After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective Cohort Trial.” Medical Acupuncture. 2022;34(1):49-57. doi:10.1089/acu.2021/0072 

Cheng SI, Norman RM, DeMeo D, Zhong H, Turteltaub LH, McCarthy MM, Marx RG, Strickland SM, Kelly AM. “The Feasibiliy of Blinding Intraoperative Electro-Auricular Acupuncture Under Neuraxial Anesthesia.” Medical Acupuncture. 2021;33(4):286-294. doi:10.1089/acu.2021.0003

Stephen C. Haskins, Audrey Tseng, Haoyan Zhong, Marko Mamic, Stephanie I. Cheng, Jemiel A. Nejim, Douglas S. Wetmore, Struan H. Coleman, Anil S. Ranawat, Danyal H. Nawabi, Bryan T. Kelly, Stavros G. Memtsoudis; Anterior Quadratus Lumborum Block Does Not Provide Superior Pain Control after Hip Arthroscopy: A Double-blinded Randomized Controlled Trial. Anesthesiology 2021; 135:433–441 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003853

Cheng SI. “Medical Acupuncture as a Novel Treatment for Novel COVID-19 related Respiratory Distress: Personal Experience from a Front Line Anesthesiologist” Medical Acupuncture, 33(1), 83-85. DOI: 10.1089/acu.2020.1467

Cheng SI, Lee, B, Liu J. “Is there a best analgesic technique for hip surgery?” In: Evidence-Based Practice of Anesthesiology. 4th ed. New York, NY: Elsevier Health Sciences; Pending 4th Ed Publication.

Kelleher DC, Kirksey MA, Wu CL, Cheng SI. “Integrating complementary medicine in the perioperative period: a simple, opioid-sparing addition to your multimodal analgesia strategy?” Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine Published Online First: 18 March 2020. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2019-100947

Haskins SC, Desai NA, Fields KG, Nejim JA, Cheng S, Coleman SH, Nawabi DH, Kelly BT. “Diagnosis of Intraabdominal Fluid Extravasation After Hip Arthroscopy with Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Can Identify Patients at an Increased Risk for Postoperative Pain.’ Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2017 Mar;124(3):791-799

Cheng, S. “Acupuncture for Orthopedic and Rheumatic Conditions” HSS Conditions and Treatments Website. https://www.hss.edu/conditions_acupuncture-orthopedic-rheumatic-conditions.asp


 Multi-modal analgesia
Opioid-sparing analgesia

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.

As of December 22, 2020, Dr. Cheng reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

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.