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Christopher J. Visco, MD

Board Certifications: 
Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
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Board Certifications

  • Sports Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clinical Expertise

  • ACL Injury Tear
  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Pain
  • Cervical Pain (Neck)
  • Consultations and Second Opinions
  • Elbow Joint Pain
  • Executive Health
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Hamstring Tear
  • Hamstring Tendonitis/Injury
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Injection, Steroid, Spine
  • Injury of Muscle
  • Kinetic Chain Approach
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Injury
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Muscle/Ligament Disorder
  • Muscle Injury
  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Overuse Injuries (Athletes)
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Physiatry Consult
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Second Opinions
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Joint Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Spine Trauma
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture of Femur
  • Stress Fracture of Tibia
  • Tear of Meniscus of Knee
  • Tennis Elbow

Education & Training

  • UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
  • Internship: Atlantic Health System - Overlook Hospital
  • Residency: Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine -UMDNJ
  • Fellowship: Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Honors & Awards

  • Alumnus of the Year Award Rutgers/Kessler PM&R Residency Program
  • Pioneer Certificate for registered musculoskeletal ultrasound credentialing
  • Teacher of the Year Award NYP – Columbia/Cornell PM&R Residency
  • Baskin Award for Fellow Researcher
  • James P. McLean Teaching Award
  • Super Doctors New York Rising Starts 2016, 2014, 2013
  • New York, Super Doctors 2018, 2017
  • New York Magazine Top Doctors 2018, 2017
  • Tops Doctors New York Metro Area 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

About Christopher Visco

Care for every level of activity, to help you live your best possible life.


Christopher J. Visco, MD, FAAPMR, RMSK is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, an Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Sports Medicine Fellowship Director, and Associate Residency Program Director. He specializes in treating patients with sports and spine injuries.

He completed his residency in PM&R at Kessler/UMDNJ and his Spine and Sports Fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University. His main areas of interest are in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, applications of diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, preventative and regenerative musculoskeletal care, and medical education. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, and is a registered musculoskeletal sonographer.

He is an award-winning teacher, has been an invited lecturer internationally, edited a textbook, is a peer-reviewer for multiple journals and has been a regional, national and international course director multiple times.

Dr. Visco sees patients at both CUMC's main campus at 180 Ft. Washington Ave., Suite 199, and at CUMC's midtown campus at 51 W. 51st Street. Call 212-305-3535 for an appointment.

Academic Titles

  • Ursula Corning Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Research (in Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine) at the Columbia University Medical Center

Administrative Positions

  • Sports Medicine Fellowship Director
  • Residency Program Director
  • Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center


  • Male

Insurance Accepted


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


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)

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

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

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

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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

Contact & Locations

180 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 1-199
New York, New York 10032
51 West 51st Street
Suite 3-375
New York, New York 10019


Selected Publications

• Visco CJ, Plastaras C. A Programmatic Design for Teaching the Fundamentals of Spinal Procedures in a Two-Day Course. A Prospective Multi-year Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012
• Cheng D, Visco CJ. Pharmaceutical Therapy for Osteoarthritis. PM& R supplement. 2012.
• Visco CJ, Cheng D, Kennedy DJ. Pharmaceutical Therapy for Radiculopathy. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 2011;22(1):127-139.
• Kennedy DJ, Shokat M, Visco CJ. Sacroiliac joint and lumbar zygapophysial joint corticosteroid injections. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 2010;21(4):835-842.
• Kennedy DJ, Visco CJ, Press J. Current concepts for shoulder training in the overhead athlete. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2009;8(3):154-160.