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Vijay B. Vad, MD

Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
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About Dr. Vad


Dr. Vijay Vad is double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) and sports medicine. He focuses on minimally-invasive integrative treatments for sports injuries, knee arthritis and back pain. He 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 HSS, 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.


Special Expertise

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


Dr. Vad on The View

Dr. Vad on the View

Dr. Vad discusses chronic pain on The View.

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


Sports Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 20 Years
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2003-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2008, 2014-2022
New York Magazine Top Minimally Invasive Doctors, 2002


Medical: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, Sports Medicine

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Vad

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. Vad as of May 11, 2024.

  • Back RX App - Ownership Interest
  • CyMedica Orthopedics, Inc. - Ownership Interest
  • HM 220 Ventures LLC d/b/a Miralon Enterprises - Ownership Interest
  • International Stem Cell Medical Center (Antigua) - Received Honoraria
  • Jox Athletic Shorts - Ownership Interest; Anticipated Royalties
  • Mo BiTech - Ownership Interest; Received Royalties
  • Optimal Laboratories - Ownership Interest; Received Royalties
  • Vad Scientific, LLC - Ownership Interest; Anticipated Royalties
  • Vychon LLC - 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. Vad in the News