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Elizabeth T. Nguyen, MD

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Elizabeth T. Nguyen, MD


Dr. Elizabeth T. Nguyen is a physiatrist board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is fellowship-trained in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine and specializes in the nonoperative care of spine conditions, sports injuries, and general musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr. Nguyen grew up in Houston, TX and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After obtaining her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also known as PM&R or Physiatry, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. While in residency, she served as Chief Resident and was awarded several honors for excellence in patient care. She subsequently pursued a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery.

During her fellowship, she gained further expertise in utilizing fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided procedures to address a wide spectrum of spinal conditions and sports injuries. She also developed an interest in regenerative treatments, including platelet-rich plasma therapy. Dr. Nguyen provided team physician coverage for athletes at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ and St. John's University in Queens, NY. After fellowship, she joined NY Orthopedics, a premier orthopedics and sports medicine practice located in New York. After several years in private practice, she returned to the Department of Physiatry at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Nguyen has authored numerous scientific research articles and book chapters in the field of musculoskeletal and rehabilitation medicine, and has presented her research at both regional and national academic conferences. She has held committee leadership roles within the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and is an active member of many local and national medical academic societies. Dr. Nguyen was selected for inclusion on the 2015-2017 New York Super Doctors list of Rising Stars. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, scuba diving, photography, and spending time with her family.

Patient Stories


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


Special Expertise

Injury prevention
Joint pain
Musculoskeletal medicine
Nerve pain
Repetitive overuse injuries
Spine (neck and back pain)
Sports medicine


Platelet-rich plasma injections
Trigger point injections
Ultrasound guided joint, bursa, tendon, and soft tissue injections


New York Super Doctors List of Rising Stars, 2015-2017


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


English, Vietnamese

Insurance Information

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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.

As of January 04, 2021, Dr. Nguyen reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

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.


Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, 2009


St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, 2010


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, 2013


Hospital for Special Surgery, 2014


Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

State Licensure

Selected Books by Dr. Nguyen

Nguyen E, Nguyen R, Rao S (2013). Other ankle conditions (High ankle sprains, medial gastrocnemius injuries and peroneal tendon disorders). In Wyss J. & Patel A. (Eds.), Comprehensive therapeutic programs for musculoskeletal disorders (253-261). New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing.

Selected Publications

Lee JJ, Nguyen ET, Harrison JR, Gribbin CK, Hurwitz NR, Cheng J, Boachie-Adjei K, Bogner EA, Moley PJ, Wyss JF, Lutz GE. Fluoroscopically guided caudal epidural steroid injections for axial low back pain associated with central disc protrusions: a prospective outcome study. Int Orthop. 2019 Aug; 43(8):1883-1889.

Feinberg JH, Nguyen ET, Boachie-Adjei K, Gribbin C, Lee SK, Daluiski A, Wolfe SW. The electrodiagnostic natural history of Parsonage-Turner syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2017 Oct; 56(4):737-743.

Nguyen E, Stein J. Functional outcomes of adults with left ventricular assist devices receiving inpatient rehabilitation. PM&R. 2013 Feb; 5(2):99-103.

Gurley KA, Chen H, Guenther C, Nguyen ET, Rountree RB, Schoor M, Kingsley DM. Mineral formation in joints caused by complete or joint-specific loss of ANK function. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 2006 Aug; 21(8):1238-47.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.