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Jennifer O'Connell, MD

Physiatry, Spine
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About Dr. O'Connell

Dr. Jennifer O'Connell is a board certified, fellowship-trained physiatrist at HSS specializing in the nonoperative treatment of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. She utilizes minimally invasive interventional techniques including fluoroscopically-guided spinal injections and peripheral joint injections alongside exercise and physical therapy. She comes to HSS following a 15 year career at Cleveland Clinic Florida where she was instrumental in building the Spine Center.

With over 20 years of experience in her field, Dr. O'Connell's goal is to guide her patients to an active lifestyle by helping them make the most of their mobility. She starts her relationship with her patients by listening to their history and performing a thorough physical examination complemented by appropriate imaging.

Dr. O'Connell received her medical degree from Rutgers (Formerly UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and did an internship with the US Air Force, afterwards serving as an Emergency Physician at USAF Hospital Misawa in Japan. She completed her residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia where she was Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship in interventional spine procedures under Dr. Frank Falco at Mid-Atlantic Spine in Delaware.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. O'Connell has lived in Pennsylvania, Japan, Florida and currently resides in Manhattan. She is an avid runner and has finished ten full marathons so far.


Special Expertise

Interventional spinal procedures of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
Facet arthritis
Herniated disc
Low back pain
Musculoskeletal conditions
Neck Pain
Radiofrequency ablation
Sacroiliac pain


Fluoroscopic spinal injections, including epidural steroid injections, facet joint blocks and ablations, sacroiliac injections
Occipital nerve blocks
Peripheral joint and bursa ultrasound guided injections
​​​​​​​Radiofrequency ablations
Trigger point injections
Viscosupplementation injections.



This provider is currently in the process of joining the networks of many commercial insurance plans and should show as a participating provider soon.

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.



Board Certification, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Gold Coast Magazine (Fort Lauderdale) Boca Life Magazine (Boca Raton)Top Doctor 2010-2019
US Air Force Commendation Medal 1998


Medical: UNDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Currently Rutgers) MD, 1994
Internship: Internal Medicine USAF Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS, 1995
Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
Fellowship: Interventional Spine, Mid Atlantic Spine, Newark, DE, 2002

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. O'Connell


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.

As of May 11, 2024, Dr. O'Connell reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

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.

Dr. O'Connell in the News