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Vijay B. Vad, MD

Physiatry, Sports Medicine
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Dr. Vijay Vad headshot

Vijay B. Vad, MD

Physiatry, Sports Medicine
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River Terrace
Ste 203
519 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1306
Fax: 212.774.2934
River Terrace
Ste 203
519 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1306
Fax: 212.774.2934

Dr. Vijay Vad treats patients as a double board certified physician with a specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) and a subspecialty of sports medicine. He focuses on minimally-invasive integrative treatments for sports injuries, knee arthritis and back pain.

Dr. Vad has published a 15-minute simple outpatient procedure called capsular distention for restoring motion and eliminating pain in frozen shoulder. In addition to treating patients at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Vad has previously served as the physician for the professional men’s tennis circuit (Association of Tennis Professionals, ATP) as well as the physician for the Westchester Classic of the PGA Tour, and MSG Tennis Showdown. Dr. Vad has written and published Back Rx, Arthritis Rx, Golf Rx and The New Rules of Running published by Penguin Random House.

In 2005, Dr. Vad's bestseller Back Rx, was named the Wall Street Journal's favorite health book of the year. He also authored two PBS national televisions specials entitled, "Stop Back Pain" which premiered in June of 2011, and "Active with Arthritis" which premiered in June of 2013.

Dr. Vad’s current research focuses on developing simple solutions to stay active. His integrative approach is designed to empower patients to heal themselves. He has developed the exercise app called Back Rx based on clinical trials done in conjunction with Cornell Tech. This app has not only shown to reduce back pain, but more importantly dependence on narcotics and medical procedures.

As a researcher who constantly champions better treatments, Dr. Vad utilizes carboplasty (stem-cell therapies) which he has developed in conjunction with his colleagues in India, Ghana, and Germany. Through his use of tibial bone marrow-derived stem cells to treat knee arthritis he has minimized dependence on joint replacements, exhibiting promising results presented at the Orthopedic Research Society meeting, 2018.

Along with his scientific team in Boston Dr. Vad has developed medical food capsules for dietary management of big diseases and to reduce dependence on anti-inflammatory medications and narcotics. His team has produced a highly absorbable curcumin called microactive plus curcumin, for managing arthritis and back pain.

Dr. Vad is the founder of the Vad Foundation, dedicated to educating disadvantaged girls globally and to medical research in the area of back pain and arthritis.

Patient Stories


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


Special Expertise

Minimally- invasive treatments including biologics such as stem cells and PRP for treating back pain, knee arthritis, frozen shoulder and tendinitis.


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2003-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2008-2021
New York Magazine Top Minimally Invasive Doctors, 2002


Dr. Vad on The View

Dr. Vad on the View

Dr. Vad discusses chronic pain on The View.



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.

Patient ratings for Dr. Vad

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. Vad as of November 12, 2019.

  • CyMedica Orthopedics, Inc. - Ownership interest
  • H&M Ventures - Ownership interest
  • Jox Athletic Shorts - Inventor; Founder
  • Mo BiTech - Inventor; Founder
  • Optimal Laboratories - Inventor; Founder
  • Tarachon - Inventor; Founder
  • Vad Scientific, LLC - Inventor; 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. Vad in the News


MD, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma


Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, Sports Medicine


Sports Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

State Licensure

Blog Posts by Dr. Vad

Selected Publications


For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.