Julia Louisa Iafrate, DO

Julia Louisa Iafrate, DO

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at CUMC

Current Administrative Positions

  • Director of Dance Medicine

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-3535

Dr. Julia L. Iafrate ("Dr. J") is a native of Fonthill, Ontario, Canada. She attended college in Canada at McMaster University, graduating with an honors bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology. She later moved to the United States of America to pursue a career in medicine. She received her medical degree from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She subsequently completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, followed by a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Iowa. During her fellowship she worked as team physician for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football, men's basketball, and men's and women's gymnastics teams. Dr. Iafrate specializes in Sports and Dance Medicine. Her primary clinical interests include all types of musculoskeletal injuries, college and professional-level sports coverage, dance medicine, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound-guided procedures, global health and nutrition, and resident teaching. She works with multiple dance schools in the area and is one of the rotating team physicians for the USA Ski Team. In her spare time she enjoys traveling the world, dancing, rock climbing, and alpine skiing.

Dr. Iafrate is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine and Director of Dance Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Iafrate is a New York Magazine SuperDoctors Rising Star in Sports Medicine (2019, 2020). She is also the Team Physician for the US Ski and Snowboard team.

Board Certifications

  • Sports Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Autologous Blood Injection
  • Chronic Tendon Disorder
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Complicated Injections
  • Consultations and Second Opinions
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Dance Injury
  • Dance medicine
  • Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Female Athlete Triad
  • Foot & Ankle Injuries
  • Foot & Ankle Orthopedics
  • Global Health
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Interventional Orthopedics
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Injuries
  • Medical Ethics
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Strain
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Neuropathy
  • Nutrition
  • Orthobiologic Procedures
  • Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Peripheral Joint Injuries
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorder
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Prolotherapy
  • Resident Education
  • Ski-related trauma
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tenex/Percutaneous Ultrasonic Tenotomy
  • Ultrasound-guided procedures

Education and Training

  • DO, 2012 Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Internship: 2013 St Vincents Hospital
  • Residency: 2016 Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship: 2017 University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics


  • CUMC/Harkness Pavilion

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

    601 West 113th Street
    New York, NY 10025
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3535
    (212) 305-3535
  • Scarsdale, NY - 693 White Plains Road Office

    693 White Plains Road
    Scarsdale, NY 10709
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (914) 333-2403
    (914) 333-2403
  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3535
    (212) 326-8549

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Insurance Programs

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

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, NY Signature, 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]
  • 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]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty]
  • 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]

This provider sees pediatric patients

Contact Info

  • (212) 342-1416

Honors and Awards

New York Magazine SuperDoctors - Rising Star in Sports Medicine: 2019, 2020

US Ski & Snowboard - Team Physician