Christopher J. Visco, MD

Sports Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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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.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • ACL Injury Tear
  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Pain
  • Cervical Neck Pain
  • 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
  • Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Overuse Injuries (Athletes)
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Physiatry Consult
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • 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 Rehabilitation
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture of Femur
  • Stress Fracture of Tibia
  • Tear of Meniscus of Knee
  • Tennis Elbow

Academic Appointments

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

Administrative Titles

  • 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


  • Male

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


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


  • 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

  • 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

Board Certifications

  • Sports Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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
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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.