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Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
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About Dr. Griffin


Dr. Robert Griffin specializes in evaluating and treating low back pain, sciatica, disc herniation, neck pain, cervical radicular pain, as well as other musculoskeletal, sports injury, and spine-related conditions with non-surgical management approaches.   He sees patients at Hudson Yards as well as at the HSS-75th Street campus.

Dr. Griffin earned his MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School. He received the prestigious Medical Scientist Training Program award from the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School. He conducted his doctoral research in neuroscience at Harvard on the genetic mechanisms of pain sensitization. Dr. Griffin has published the results of his research on pain in leading scientific and biomedical journals, including Nature Medicine, Cell, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Brain.

Dr. Griffin completed his postgraduate medical training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, including an internship in internal medicine, residency in anesthesiology, and fellowship in pain medicine. He is board certified in anesthesiology and in pain medicine.  He was recognized as a Research Resident Scholar by the Foundation for Anesthesia Research and received the Partners in Excellence Award for his excellent care of patients.


Special Expertise

Degenerative disc disease and disc herniation
Lumbar and cervical radiculopathy
Spinal stenosis
Other types of low back pain and neck pain
Chronic pain after surgery
Nerve injury related pain


Diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections
Epidural steroid injections
Facet injections
Radiofrequency ablation
Percutaneous spinal cord stimulator placement


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


American Society of Anesthesiologists


Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


Superdoctors New York Rising Stars 2013, 2014, 2016
Hospital for Special Surgery Teacher of the Year, Weill Cornell/Memorial Sloan Kettering/HSS Tri-Institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Phi Beta Kappa
Sigma Xi
Medical Scientist Training Program grant by Harvard Medical School/ NIH
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Resident Scholar    


Education: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2007
Internship: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2008
Residency: Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2011
Fellowship: Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2012

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Griffin

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Griffin RS, Brenner GJ (2012) Chronic Postsurgical Pain.  In Mashour and Avidan, Eds., Neurologic Complications of Surgery. New York: Oxford University Press. Manuscript in press.

Griffin RS, Fink E, Brenner GJ (2009) Functional Anatomy of the Nociceptive System. In Fishman SM, Ballantyne JC, Rathmell JP, Eds., Bonica’s Management of Pain, 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott.

Griffin RS, Woolf CJ (2007) Chapter 15: Pharmacology of Analgesia.  In Golan DE et al., Eds, Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott.

Costigan M, Griffin RS, Woolf CJ (2004) Microarray analysis of the pain pathway. In Mogil J, Ed., The Genetics of Pain. Seattle: IASP Press.

Selected Presentations

Phantom Limb Pain, Massachusetts General Hospital Interventional Spine Lecture Series, 2012.

Griffin RS, Costigan M, Allchorne AJ, D'Urso D, Woolf CJ, (2003) A bioinformatic analysis of temporal expression profiles in partial nerve injury models of neuropathic pain. Society for Neuroscience Poster Presentation.


Research Interests

Pain mechanisms

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 March 01, 2023, Dr. Griffin 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.

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