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Christopher Lutz, MD

Physiatry, Spine
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About Dr. Lutz

Dr. Christopher Lutz is a fellowship trained, board certified physiatrist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, specializing in spine, sports, and regenerative medicine. His practice focuses on fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided interventional orthopedic procedures. He has been serving patients at Hospital for Special Surgery since 2001.

Dr. Lutz graduated in 1991 from Princeton University, where he was an All-American football player on the 1989 Ivy League Champion Princeton Tigers. In 1996, he went on to earn his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he was awarded the Dr. Margaret M. Kenrick Award for Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Lutz pursued his specialty training through a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UMDNJ—Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, followed by a Spine & Sports Medicine fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery. In 2001, Dr. Christopher Lutz joined his brother, Dr. Gregory Lutz, at Hospital for Special Surgery, where he has been in practice ever since.

In addition to his role at HSS, Dr. Lutz is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also a founding board member of The Playsmart Foundation and a Consulting Physician to the Princeton University Athletics Department.

In 2014, Dr. Lutz was awarded the Healthnetwork Award for Excellence in Service. For the past five years in a row, Dr. Lutz has been awarded Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” and “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area” awards.

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Special Expertise

Nonsurgical management of low back, joint, tendon, and sports-related injuries
Regenerative medicine
Interventional orthopedic procedures
Management of acute low back pain


Stem cell injections
Platelet-rich plasma (prp) injections
Intradiscal biologic injections
Ultrasound-guided joint and tendon injections
Fluoroscopically-guided spine injections

Patient Stories


If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Assistant Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Medical Association
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
North American Spine Society


American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001


Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 10 Years
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2013-2020
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2012-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2013-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2016-2017, 2021-2022
On-Time Doctor Award, Vitals.com, 2014, 2016
Compassionate Doctor Recognition, Vitals.com, 2014, 2016
Healthnetwork Award for Excellence in Service, 2014
Dr. Margaret M. Kenrick Achievement Award, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1996


MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC, 1996
BA, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1991


UMDNJ-Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, PM&R, New Jersey, 2000
Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, 1997


Hospital for Special Surgery, Spine/Sports Medicine, New York, 2001

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For My Patients

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HSS Spine at Hospital for Special Surgery


Publications by Dr. Lutz

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. Lutz as of March 23, 2023.

  • Globus Medical - Consultant
  • Orthobond Corporation - Ownership Interest
  • Quikaid - 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.

Dr. Lutz in the News