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Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK

Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine

About Dr. Kirschner


Dr. Kirschner is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), Sports Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is also a registered musculoskeletal sonographer and uses ultrasound to both diagnose and treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions. He completed a subspecialty fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Interventional Pain Management and received the Earl C. Elkins award for achieving the highest score in the nation on the PMR board examination. 

Dr. Kirschner’s goal is to restore function, reduce pain, and promote an active, healthy lifestyle using conservative measures whenever possible. He has won awards for his teaching skills while as a resident and attending physician. He lectures extensively locally and nationally, has edited the Atlas of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections and has written numerous peer reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters on the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disease.

His current research is in the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat tendinopathy. Other research interests include glenohumeral osteoarthritis and the role of PRP and hyaluronans, the efficacy of ultrasound guided procedures, novel uses for ultrasound in musculoskeletal medicine, evidenced based spine care, among others.

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Specialized Centers

HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Electrodiagnostic medicine
Exercise and injury prevention
Hip and shoulder pain
Musculoskeletal ultrasound
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Spinal conditions
Sports medicine


Fluoroscopic spinal injections (cervical, thoracic, lumbosacral)
Joint, bursa and soft tissue injections
Musculoskeletal ultrasound
Platelet-rich plasma injections
Trigger point injections

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Associate Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of  Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Fellowship Director, Spine and Sports Medicine




Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010, Sports Medicine 2010, Electrodiagnostic Medicine 2011, Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer (RMSK) 2013


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2017-2022
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2017-2020
New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2019-2022
North American Spine Society “Top 40 under 40” 2019
ERF Materson Grant, Foundation for PMR, 2012, 2014
Super Doctors Rising Stars 2013, 2014, 2016
Jerry Weissman Teacher of the Year Award, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2013
Earl C Elkins Award, ABPMR, 2010
James P. McLean Resident as Teacher Award, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dep’t of PM&R, 2009


MD, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY 2005


SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY 2006


UMDNJ-NJMS/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Newark, NJ 2009


Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, York, PA 2010

State Licensure



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Directions to The Pavilion

My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st Street. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.

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Publications by Dr. Kirschner

Editorial Appointments

Editor, Musculoskeletal Medicine, AAPMR Knowledge NOW, 2011-Present

Selected Books/Chapters

Spinner DA, Kirschner JS, Herrera JH, eds. Atlas of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections. New York: Springer, 2013

Kirschner JS, Ben-Meir RS, Diamond J. Piriformis Syndrome. In Wyss J, Patel A ed. Comprehensive Therapeutic Programs for Musculoskeletal Disorders. New York, NY: Demos, 2013

Kirschner JS, Furman MB. Berkwits, L. Introduction. In Furman MB, ed. Atlas of Image Guided Spinal Procedures. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2012.

Kirschner JS, Furman MB. Needle Techniques. In Furman MB, ed. Atlas of Image Guided Spinal Procedures. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2012.

Kim R, Kirschner JS, Furman MB. Essential fluoroscopic techniques and “tricks“. In Furman MB, ed. Atlas of Image Guided Spinal Procedures. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2012.

Foye PM, Kirschner JS. Ganglion Impar Block.  In Furman MB, ed. Atlas of Image Guided  Spinal Procedures. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.

Kirschner, JS. Radial neuropathy. In Visco CJ, Chimes GP, eds. McLean Course in Electrodiagnostic Medicine. New York, NY: Demos, 2010.

Selected Journal Articles

Sahler CS, Spinner DA, Kirschner JS. Ultrasound-Guided First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Injections: Description of an In-plane, Gel Standoff Technique in a Cadaveric Study. Foot Ankle Spec. 2013 Jun 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Spinner D, Kirschner JS.  Accuracy of Ultrasound-Guided Superficial Trigeminal Nerve Blocks Using Methylene Blue in Cadavers. Pain medicine. 2012;13(11): 1469-1473.

Kirschner JS, Cole JL, Foye PM. Piriformis syndrome, diagnosis and treatment. Muscle and Nerve 2009;40(1):10-18.

Elwood DM, Kirschner JS, Moroz A, Berliner J.  Exploring systems-based practice in a sample of physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs. PMR 2009;1(3):223-228.

Elwood DM, Kirschner JS. Rehabilitation Policy: Bracing for the future. The PM&R Resident 2008:17(2).

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Kirschner as of March 01, 2023.

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Editor
  • Centers for Disease Control - Advisory Board
  • Elsevier, Inc. - Editor
  • Select Medical Corporation - Honoraria
  • Springer - Author
  • United States Bone and Joint Initiative - Board or Committee Member

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.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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