Dr. James Wyss is a sports physiatrist, also known as a doctor of physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R), who specializes in nonsurgical musculoskeletal and sports medicine care. His initial area of study was physical therapy (PT) and he completed his graduate degree in PT at the University of Scranton. He returned to New York and practiced PT in a sports and orthopedic setting for three years before pursuing a degree in medicine. Dr. Wyss attended New York Medical College and graduated with medical school honors (AOA). He completed his residency in PM&R at Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation and a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is board certified in both PM&R and Sports Medicine.
He currently maintains a busy clinical practice in NYC and Long Island. Academics are very important to him and he spends time on a daily basis teaching and conducting research. He is very passionate about sports medicine and has served as a team physician for St. John’s University athletics from 2010 – 2016 and currently serves as the head team physician for the Brooklyn Nets G-League team, the Long Island Nets.
Dr. Wyss evaluates and treats sports injuries (knees, shoulders, ankles), musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis and tendiopathy, and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of lumbar spine and hip conditions that impact athletes. He does not specialize in pain management; his approach as a physiatrist focuses on restoring function and improving quality of life. The first step is to establish an accurate and specific diagnosis that will guide the treatment plan.
The foundation of Dr. Wyss' treatment includes counseling and patient education along with a personalized physical therapy and/or exercise plan. The treatment program may be complemented by image-guided injections (e.g. ultrasound, fluoroscopy) that target the spine, peripheral joints or soft tissues (muscles and tendons) of the body. For certain patients, specialized treatments such as hyaluronic acid (AKA joint lubricants) or PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections will be considered.
Associate Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director of Education for Physiatry Dept, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Director, HSS Athletes Spine Program, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Interventional spine procedures
Ultrasound guided procedures
Ultrasound guided joint, muscle and tendon injections
Fluoroscopic guided lumbar spine epidural and facet injections
Hyaluronic acid or joint lubricant injections
PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2017-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2017-2021
New York Magazine: Top Doctors, 2020-2021
Super Doctors - Super Doctor 2017, Rising Star 2016, Rising Star 2015
James P. McLean Resident Teaching Resident Award, 2010
Most Outstanding Preliminary Intern, Winthrop University Hospital, 2007
Alpha Omega Alpha, NYMC, 2005
North American Spine Society (NASS)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
Past Chair Residents/Fellows Council
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. Wyss as of December 16, 2019.
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.
New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, New York
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Sports Medicine
Wyss, J; Patel, A. Therapeutic Programs for Musculoskeletal Disorders. demosMEDICALm 12/2912
Back, J; Wyss, J; Lutz G. Bertolotti's Syndrome as a Potential Cause of Low Back Pain in Golfers. PM&R. Accepted for Publication.
Wyss J, Foye P, Stitik T. An Infected, Extruded Lateral Meniscal Cyst as the cause of Knee Symptoms. 2010 March; 89 (3): 175-176.
AAPMR Online Case Study Program: EMG Case #104 A Normal Reflex (Wyss J, Altschuler E - August 2010) and EMG Case # 105 Anatomy Teaches Physiology (Marrinan R, Wyss J, Altschuler E - September 2010)
Wyss J, Yoon S, Tran J. PM&R Medical Student Interest Group Guidebook. Online publication @ AAP website (2009)
Wyss J, Motor Neuron Disease. In Chimes GP, Visco CJ (Ed) McLean Course in Electrodiagnostics, (1st edition)
Stitik T, Foye P, Stiskal D, Nadler R, Wyss J, et al. Osteoarthritis. In Delisa JA (Ed) Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice, (5th edition)
Rehab in Review. Contributing editor. (2/09 – 6/09).
Torgovnick J, Sethi N, Wyss J. Spinal epidural abscess: Clinical presentation, management and outcome (letter to the editor). Surgical Neurology. 2005 April; 63(4): 364-371; Discussion 371.
Wyss J, Wettig J, Cardello M. Education for Patient’s with Chronic Low Back Pain - One Clinic’s Perspective. Advance for Physical Therapists. 2001 June 4; 12(11): 6-11.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Common Sports Medicine Injuries of the Knee, Shoulder and Lumbar Spine. Update Your Medicine. NYC- Weill Cornell Medical College. 6/13/11.
Spine injuries in Sports and Pre-Participation Examination. Resident’s & Fellows Workshop at Association for Academic Physiatrists annual meeting. Phoenix, AZ. 4/13/11
“Intra-articular applications of Platelet Rich Plasma,” HSS Sports Core (3/2011)
“Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine – workshop,” Cornell Medical School (3/2011)
“Platelet Rich Plasma Update,” HSS Physiatry Grand Rounds (2/2011)
“Adolescent Disc Herniations: Update,” HSS Physiatry Grand Rounds (11/16/10)
“Lumbar Spondylolysis in the athlete,” Stony Brook Neurosurgery Grand Rounds (9/17/10)
“Shoulder Anatomy and Physical Examination,” NS-LIJ Physiatry Dept. (12/29/10)
Resident/fellows program, Fellowship Panel, and Medical Student Roundtable Session at AAP annual meeting (4/2010)
“Physical Therapy Prescription Writing,” Kessler Conference Center (2/2010)
“Teaching Gross Anatomy to Medical Students via the use of Injured Athletes” New Jersey Medical School (9/3/09)
“Home Exercise Program: Clinical Applications for Physiatrists,” Kessler Conference Center (4/15/09)
“Clinically Relevant Shoulder Anatomy and Biomechanics,” Kessler Conference Center (3/18/09) and North Shore–LIJ (12/29/10)
Resident Electrodiagnostics Course: Co-coordinator/Instructor, UMDNJ PM&R Residency Program. (8/2008 – 12/2008)
“Posture Training for Medical Students,” New York Medical College (10/2002)
Thank you for choosing Dr. James Wyss as your physician! Below you will find important information that should be read prior to your appointment.
Physiatrists are Medical Doctors who specialize in non-surgical physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). They diagnose, treat injuries and conditions, and direct your expanded treatment team using non-surgical methods. The most common methods are physical therapy, minimally invasive injections and certain medications.
Dr. Wyss’ practice is not a private practice - it is an academic practice. This means that he trains and teaches Residents (post-med school graduates), Fellows and Physical Therapists. Your care will be provided by his team and in his opinion this improves the quality of your care. Integrating teaching and research into a practice takes extra time. This may increase the time need at each visit, and for new patients will increase the time you should expect to be here for your initial visit (approximately 2 hours). Please let us know if you have any questions about Resident/Fellow/Physical Therapist’s role in your exam. If you would prefer a different type of practice or physician please let us know and we will do our best to direct you to another provider.
Dr. Wyss treats common sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions and specializes in lumbar spine and hip care in active individuals. He does not specialize in pain management. Services provided include: a detailed history and physical that helps to establish a specific diagnosis, counseling and patient education, physical therapy and/or exercise prescriptions, ultrasound guided joint, muscle and tendon injections, fluoroscopic guided lumbar spine epidural and facet injections, hyaluronic acid or joint lubricant injections, and PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections. Dr. Wyss also does his best to connect you with other specialists or primary care physicians when you are in need.