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Gregory E. Lutz, MD

Physiatry, Spine
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Dr. Lutz headshot

Gregory E. Lutz, MD

Physiatry, Spine
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62 East 88th Street
New York, NY 10128

Tel: 646.870.7997
Fax: 646.870.7990

62 East 88th Street
New York, NY 10128

Tel: 646.870.7997
Fax: 646.870.7990

Dr. Gregory E. Lutz is Physiatrist-In-Chief Emeritus at HSS and a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition, he is the Founder and Medical Director of Regenerative SportsCare Institute (RSI) in Manhattan.

With over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Lutz is one of the world's leading experts in the field of regenerative sports medicine, specializing in intradiscal biologic injections and the non-surgical management of spine and joint injuries. He has pioneered novel approaches to the treatment of degenerative disc disease and other musculoskeletal disorders, using regenerative procedures (platelet-rich plasma, stem cell, and fibrin injections) to successfully treat many injuries previously considered incurable. Dr. Lutz has been named to New York Magazine’s and Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” lists for the past 15 years running.
Dr. Lutz matriculated to Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1984, having graduated from Drew University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his medical degree from Georgetown in 1988 and was awarded the Margaret M. Kenrick Achievement Award in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. From 1989 to 1992, Dr. Lutz pursued his specialty training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, before coming to HSS in 1992 to complete his training through an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. He has been in practice at HSS since 1993.

In 1997, Dr. Lutz founded the Physiatry Department atHSS, becoming its first Physiatrist-in-Chief. Under Dr. Lutz’ 15-year leadership, with the support of his colleagues and the Hospital's administration, the department grew to become one of the largest outpatient musculoskeletal practices in the world. During his tenure, Dr. Lutz established the Spine & Sports Medicine Fellowship and has since mentored more than 60 fellows in practice throughout the USA.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lutz has written numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and research grants. In 2004, Dr. Lutz received the PASSOR (Physiatric Association for Spine Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation) Research Award, given to one physiatrist annually who has demonstrated excellence in musculoskeletal research. Currently, Dr. Lutz’ research is focused on determining the clinical efficacy of advanced biologic treatments for degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the hip and knee joints. He is regularly invited to lecture around the world to educate other physicians about novel techniques and research in the field of regenerative medicine.

As a former Assistant Team Physician for the NY Mets and a Consulting Physician to the NHL’s Players Association, Dr. Lutz has successfully treated professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and ATP, in addition to business leaders, entertainers, and top-performers of all kinds. He has been featured in NBC's The Today Show, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Epoch Times, Orthopedics Today, and WNBC New York.

Patient Stories


Physiatrist-in-Chief Emeritus, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Founder and Medical Director, Regenerative SportsCare Institute
Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital


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


America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2002-2017
Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine: 2002—2016, 2021
Top Doctors: New York Metropolitan Area, Castle Connolly, 2001—2017, 2021
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School—Kessler Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department Keynote Graduation Speaker, 2014
The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, American Academy of Physical, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2004
PASSOR Physiatric Association for Spine Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation Research Award, 2004
Margaret M. Kenrick Achievement Award in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1988


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



Insurance Information

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

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. Lutz as of December 04, 2019.

  • Orthobond Corporation - Founder

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.

Dr. Lutz in the News


MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC, 1988


Maryland General Hospital, 1989


Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, US, 1992


Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, New York, 1992
Mayo Clinic, Biochemical Laboratory, Rochester, Minnesota


American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

State Licensure

Blog Posts by Dr. Lutz

Selected Publications

Gregory E. Lutz, MD, Vijay B. Vad, MD, Ronald J. Wisneski, MD. Fluoroscopic Transforaminal Lumber Epidural Steroids: An Outcome Study

Christopher Lutz, MD, Gregory E. Lutz,MD, Paul M. Cooke, MD. Treatment of Chronic Lumbar Diskogenic Pain with Intradiscal Electothermal Therapy: A Prospective Outcome Study

Michael S. Lee, MD, Grant Cooper, MD, Gregory E. Lutz, MD, Christopher Lutz, MD, Hoyman M. Hong, MD. Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) for Treatment of Chronic Lumber Discogenic Pain: A Minimum 2-Year Clinical Outcome Study

Rinoo V. Shah, MD, Gregory E. Lutz, MD, Joe Lee, MD, Stephen B. Doty, MD, Scott Rodeo, MD. Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy: A Preliminary Histologic Study

Joe Lee, MD, Gregory E. Lutz, MD, Deidre Campbell, ME, Scott A. Rodeo, MD, Timothy Wright, PhD. Stability of the Lumbar Spine After Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.