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Rajeev Kanaiyalal Patel, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 341-9237

Fax: (585) 340-3051

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Medicine, Orthopaedics & Physical Performance, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Dr. Patel specializes in the non-surgical and interventional treatment of pinched nerves (sciatica or radiculopathy), herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. He is a physiatrist, or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, with additional training in performing interventional spine procedures. He utilizes conservative and physical/functional rehabilitative measures in combination with injections and minimally invasive spinal procedures to provide long-term success in the management of spinal disorders.

Dr. Patel earned his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities Medical School. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in Interventional Spine at the University of Pennsylvania Spine Center. Dr. Patel has authored research papers, review articles, and book chapters on numerous spinal conditions and the safety and effectiveness of interventional spine procedures. He is specialty and subspecialty board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at URMC.



MD | Northeast Ohio Medical University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1999 - 06/30/2000
Fellowship at UPMC Credentials Verification Office

07/01/1996 - 06/30/1999
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine-Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

06/18/1995 - 06/17/1996
Internship in Internal Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center-San Francisco

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2006 - 2008
Course Coordinator, Non-Operative Spine Section Faculty Committee
Sponsor: 18th & 19th Annual Disorders of the Spine Whistler Spine Course
Location: Whistler BC

2006 - 2007
Obtained "PASSOR Recognized" Certification for the University of Rochester Interventional Spine Fellowship in its Inaugural year.

Selection as co-moderator, Rosenthal Award Presentation, 61st Annual American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Washington D.C

13th Annual William A. Spencer M.D. Award and 2nd Annual Allergan Paper Competition Award for Outstanding Research Paper, "Therapeutic Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin Type A for patients with Myofascial Pain." Baylor College of Medicine.

Selection for Grand Rounds Poster Presentation, "Therapeutic Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin Type A for patients with Myofascial Pain." 60th Annual American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Assembly, Seattle WA.

21st Annual Lewis A. Leavitt, M.D. Memorial Award for Outstanding Research Presentation, "Therapeutic Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin Type A for patients with Myofascial Pain." Baylor College of Medicine.

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Journal Articles

Michalik AJ, Patel RK. "Evaluation of transforaminal epidural steroid injections for discogenic axial lumbosacral back pain utilizing PROMIS as an outcome measure." The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society.. 2021 Feb; 21(2):202-211. Epub 2020 Oct 20.

Strong N; Strong B; Patel R; Speach D; Orsini J; Mitten D; DaSilva C; Everett C. "Comparison of Single-level and Multilevel Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Utilizing PROMIS Outcomes Data". American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. 2017; .

Bono CM, Watters WC, Heggeness MH, Resnick DK, Shaffer WO, Baisden J, Ben-Galim P, Easa JE, Fernand R, Lamer T, Matz PG, Mendel RC, Patel RK, Reitman CA, Toton JF. "An evidence-based clinical guideline for the use of antithrombotic therapies in spine surgery." The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society.. 2009 Dec; 9(12):1046-51.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Intradiscal Biologics: A Potential Minimally Invasive Cure for Symptomatic Degenerative Disc Disease?
Book Title: The Comprehensive Treatment of the AgingSpine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques
Author List: Patel, RK.
Edited By: James J. Yue, MD
Published By: Elsevier Inc. 2011




Rajeev K. Patel, MD