Farah Hameed, MD

Farah Hameed, MD

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at CUMC

Current Administrative Positions

  • Chair, Quality and Patient Safety
  • Medical Director, Women's Health Rehabilitation

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-3535

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. She 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 the Boston University Medical Center, and she completed her residency 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 is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Hameed is also an Assistant Professor at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. 

Dr. Hameed sees patients of all ages, from pediatrics 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, pregnancy related pain, female athlete triad and adolescent concussion management. Her current clinical research is on understanding and developing ways to prevent and treatment pregnancy related lumbopelvic pain.

The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life; the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.
--William J. Mayo

Board Certifications

  • Sports Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Areas of Expertise

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

Education and Training

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


  • Harkness Pavilion

    180 Fort Washington Avenue
    Suite: 1-199
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3535
    (212) 342-1470
  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    Suite: 375
    New York, NY 10019
    (212) 326-8539
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3535
    (212) 342-1470

Practices and Centers

  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

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

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • AgeWell [Medicare Managed Care, Special Needs Plan]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Capital District Physician Health Plan [Capital District Physician Health Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Elderplan [Medicare Managed Care]
  • Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [EPO, 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, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth, Special Needs Plan]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Honors and Awards

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


Resident Accuracy of Joint Line Palpation Using Ultrasound Verification.
Rho ME, Chu SK, Yang A, Hameed F, Lin CY, Hurh PJ.
PM R. 2014 Feb 14. pii: S1934-1482(14)00074-4.

The muscle stretch reflex throughout the menstrual cycle.
Casey E, Hameed F, Dhaher YY.
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Mar;46(3):600-9.

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

Prevalence of anatomic impediments to interlaminar lumbar epidural steroid injection.
Hameed F, Hunter DJ, Rainville J, Li L, Suri P.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Feb;93(2):339-43.

Sacral stress fracture causing radiculopathy in a female runner: a case report.
Hameed F, McInnis KC.
PM R. 2011 May;3(5):489-91.

Osteochondritis Dessicans. PM&R Knowledge Now. 12/2013. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=229