Posted on September 4, 2012

New physician brings more non-surgical treatment options

Tamar Kessel, MD
Physiatrist Tamar Kessel, MD has joined ONS.

Interventional physiatrist Tamar Kessel, MD has joined ONS and is now seeing patients in our office at 40 Valley Drive. Dr. Kessel’s expertise includes non-operative treatments for musculoskeletal injuries such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), viscosupplementation and steroidal injections.

Physiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment for the musculoskeletal system; muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments, tendons and other structures, or disorders that cause pain and/or difficulty with functioning. Interventional physiatrists treat pain using anti-inflammatory injections into the spine and pelvis guided by a specially equipped x-ray.

At ONS, Dr. Kessel will perform standard physiatry procedures as well as ultrasound-guided therapeutic injections to precisely target medications to the site of tissue damage. This method of administering injections has been shown to be safer and to improve treatment results for some injections.  Dr. Kessel will also give fluoroscopic-guided spinal injections, do general sports medicine procedures and will perform Electromyography/Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG/NCV testing) .

Dr. Kessel graduated from Cornell University where she majored in Human Biology Health & Society. She earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, she went on to receive fellowship training in spine and sports medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York where she was Chief Fellow in 2011.

“Dr. Kessel makes a great addition to our practice,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Crowe, who helped found the group of 19 doctors more than 13 years ago. “Her background and research enhances our non-surgical options for resolving issues related to sports injury or the normal aging process.” Dr. Kessel’s research has been extensively published and she has earned many awards for excellence in her field. She has given numerous scientific presentations at leading universities, hospitals and national conferences.

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Kessel will present a talk in the Nobel Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital titled Ultrasound Guided Injections – Targeting Pain with Precision. The public can learn about non-operative treatments for musculoskeletal injuries like PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), viscosupplementation, and steroidal medications. Dr. Kessel will discuss how the use of ultrasound high-resolution images of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves has improved the accuracy and the results of some therapeutic injections.  To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253. Register on line at

For more information about Dr. Kessel, and a list of her published research, visit