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Paul M. Cooke, MD

Physiatry, Spine
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About Dr. Cooke


Dr. Paul M. Cooke is a board certified physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York specializing in the non-operative care of spine, sports, and musculoskeletal injuries.

He has served as an Assistant Attending Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery since completing his fellowship training at HSS in 2000. He is also Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. His clinical interests include non-surgical nonsurgical spine care, sports medicine, regenerative medicine and image-guided injection procedures. 

Dr. Cooke completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University where he was a pitcher on the baseball team, followed by graduation from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed residency training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation also at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School where he served as academic chief resident. He then pursued advanced training with a fellowship in Physiatry Spine and Sports Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Specialized Centers

HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Electrodiagnosis (EMG/NCS)
Precision spinal injection procedures for lumbar disc herniation

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Assistant Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Physician, The Medical Center of Princeton
Quality Director, Department of Physiatry, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-chair, Special Procedures Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery
Department of Physiatry Clinical Competency Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery


Foundation for Orthopedic and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Hospital, Physician Volunteer (2014-present)
HSS Physician Heath Organization (PHO), Board Member
Teaching musculoskeletal physical examination skills to medical students at Weill Cornell Medical College
Medical coverage of local high school and college football teams
Board of Advisors, Momentum Fitness Gym, Princeton, NJ


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Academic Chief Resident, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UMDNJ
New Jersey Medical School Resident Award for Outstanding Patient Service at UMDNJ- University Hospital


MD, UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School, New Jersey


UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School / Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Jersey


Weill Cornell Medical College, Spine and Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

State Licensure



Publications by Dr. Cooke

Selected Journal Articles


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. Cooke as of April 10, 2023.


  • FOCOS - Board or Committee Member
  • Orthobond Corporation - Ownership Interest 


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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