Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK

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.


Assistant Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Physiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Spinal conditions, Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Platelet rich plasma (PRP), Tendinopathy, Osteoarthritis


2010 Earl C Elkins Award, ABPMR
2012, 2014 ERF Materson Grant, Foundation for PMR
2013 Jerry Weissman Teacher of the Year Award, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai




Fluoroscopic Spinal Injections (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbosacral), Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, Electrodiagnostics, Joint, Bursa and Soft Tissue Injections, Trigger point injections

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Emblem Selectcare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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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


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

State Licensure

New York

Editorial Appointments

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

Selected Publications

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.

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.

Dr. James F. Wyss, Assistant Attending Physiatrist

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
75th Street Campus
429 E. 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 646.714.6327
Fax: 646.714.6379

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

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