Farah Hameed, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Interventional Spine Care, Sports Medicine
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Dr. Farah Hameed


Dr. Farah Hameed was raised in Houston, TX for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in the Plan II Honors Program and graduated with University Honors. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she was awarded her Medical Degree. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, and she completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She completed her fellowship in Spine and Sports Medicine at Northwestern University through the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she won the Baskin Award for excellence in research. She serves as the Medical Director of women’s health rehabilitation.  She is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Hameed is also an Associate Professor at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. She serves as the Department Chair of Quality and Patient Safety and is the Associate Chair of Faculty Development. She has been nominated and inducted into the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE). She has also been named as one of NY’s Super Doctors.

Dr. Hameed sees patients of all ages, from adolescents to adults. Additionally, she specializes in pregnancy related back and pelvic girdle pain as well as caring for female athletes. Her goal is to plan comprehensive and structured rehabilitation programs for patients by treating their injuries quickly and creating a personalized regimen of care for each patient. She also focuses on education and awareness of injury prevention through proper training and technique. Her areas of clinical interest are low back disorders, overuse injuries, sports prevention, women’s/adolescent female health, and pregnancy and post-partum related pain. Her current clinical research is on understanding and developing ways to prevent and treat pregnancy related lumbopelvic pain.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Ankle Disorder
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of Spine
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Neck Pain
  • Cervical Spinal Disorders
  • Concussion
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Disorder of Ligament
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Problem
  • Epidural and Facet Injections
  • Executive Health
  • Exercise Medicine
  • Foot Pain
  • Functional Exercise
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Hamstring Tear
  • Hamstring Tendonitis/Injury
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Problem
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Joint Ache
  • Kinetic Chain Approach
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Disorders
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse Injury
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Problem
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Care
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture of Femur
  • Stress Fracture of Tibia
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Chair, Quality and Patient Safety
  • Medical Director, Women's Health Rehabilitation
  • Associate Chair of Faculty Development
  • Associate Chair Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine


  • Female

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51 West 51st Street
Suite 375
New York, NY 10019

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Special Needs


  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford HMO
  • Oxford Liberty
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
  • BA, University of Texas, Austin
  • 2007 The University Of Texas Medical Branch
  • Residency: Harvard University - Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Fellowship: Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Honors & Awards


2022 Inducted into the Academy of Clinical Excellence - Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

2018 CUIMC Leadership & Management Course for Women Faculty

Baskin Award for Fellow Researcher

Super Doctors - New York Rising Stars 2013

Super Doctors - New York Rising Stars 2014

Super Doctors - New York Rising Stars 2016

Super Doctors - New York Rising Stars 2018


Selected Publications

Guan J, Hamnett C, Jakucionis S, Chiarello C, Hameed F. “Can an Outpatient Exercise Program for Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain Improve Pain and Function Versus Education? A Feasibility Study” Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. April 2021

2021                                          Hameed F, Palatulan E, Jaywant A, Said R, Lau C, Sood V, Layton A, Gellhorn, A. Outcomes of a COVID-19 Recovery Program for Patients Hospitalized with SARS-CoV-2 Infection in New York City: A Prospective Cohort Study. PM&R journal. Feb 2021 


2020                                          Steere HK, Polich G, Silver JK, Hameed F, Gellhorn A, Borg-Steine J, Schneider, J. Ambulatory Rehabilitation of Patients Hospitalized with SARS COV 2 Infections: Early Pandemic Experience in New York City and Boston. PM&R. October 2020 


2020                                          D’Onfrio G, Chen, H, Hameed, F. “ Role of exercise treatment of low back pain in pregnancy.” Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports volume 8, pages322–328(2020)         


2014                                          Rho M, Chu S, Yang A, Hameed F, Lin C, Hurh P. “Resident Accuracy of Joint Line Palpation using Ultrasound Verification” PMR 18 February 2014 (10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.02.006).  


2014                                          Casey E, Hameed F, Dhaher YY. The Muscle Stretch Reflex throughout the Menstrual Cycle.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Mar;46(3):600-9.

2012                                          Hameed F, Ihm J. “Injectable medications for osteoarthritis”.PM R. 2012 May;4(5 Suppl):S75-81. 


2012                                          Hameed F, Hunter DJ, Rainville J, Li L, Suri P. “Prevalence of Anatomic Impediments to Interlaminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Feb;93(2):339-43 



 Reviews, Chapters, Monographs, Editorials  


  2021                                          Hameed F, Townsend C, Said R. “The Medial Knee.” In A Clinical Guide to Musculoskeletal Medicine – A Multidisciplinary Approach. 


 2021                                          Lalani S, Hameed F, Wheeler, L. “The case of physical symptoms and other medical referrals.” Asian Communities of Pakistani Origins. Cultural Diversity in Neuropsychological Assessment: Developing Understanding through Global Case Studies; 2021.                  


2016                                          Sarno D, Hameed F. “Pelvic Pain and Floor Dysfunction” in The Spine Handbook; 2016 


2015                                          Rand E, Yao K, Hameed F. “The Pelvis” in Sex Differences in Sports Medicine; 2015


2014                                          Sarno D, Hameed F. “Treatment, Bracing and Modalities in Pelvic Girdle Pain” in                                                                        Musculoskeletal Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum 2014 


2013                                          Hameed F, Roye B, Vitale M. “Non-surgical management of Spondylolisthesis in Children and Adolescents” in Spondylolisthesis: Diagnosis, Non-Surgical Management, and Surgical Techniques 


2013                                          Hameed F, Isaac Z.  “Cervical Spine Disorders”. 

                                       Primary care?: a collaborative practice. St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier/Mosby; 2013 


2013                                          Hameed F, Isaac Z.  “Low Back Pain”. Primary care?: a collaborative practice.