Christine E. Townsend, MD

Christine E. Townsend, MD

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at CUMC

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-3535

Christine Townsend, MD is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. She specializes in seeing patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, and sports and dance-related injuries.

Dr. Townsend is a former dancer who spent 6 years performing professionally and teaching dance prior to earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She received her MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York-Presbyterian – Columbia and Cornell. She then went on to complete a sports medicine fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Townsend has a first-hand understanding of the importance for athletes, including performing artists, to be functioning physically at the highest level possible. When injuries do happen, she addresses them with a holistic approach. She believes in an integrated, multi-disciplinary, individualized plan of care for every patient.

Areas of expertise:

  • Hand and Wrist Problems
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Lumbar Pain
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Ultrasound Guided Procedures
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neuropathy
  • Non-operative Sports Medicine
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse Injury
  • Physiatry Consult
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Running injuries
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Second Opinions
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Therapy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Neck Pain
  • Disorder of Ligament
  • Elbow Pain
  • Overuse Injuries (Athletes)
  • Muscle/Ligament Disorder
  • Muscle Strain
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Muscle Pain
  • Tear, Meniscus
  • Muscle Injury
  • Tear of Meniscus of Knee
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Stress Fracture of Tibia
  • Knee Injury
  • Stress Fracture of Femur
  • Knee Injuries
  • Stress Fracture
  • Kinetic Chain Approach
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Injury of Muscle
  • Sprain
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hamstring Tendonitis/Injury
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Hamstring Tear
  • Sports Injury
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Sports Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Spine Trauma
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Elbow Joint Pain
  • Spine Pain
  • Cervical Pain (Neck)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Shoulder Joint Instability
  • Ankle Injury
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Runner's Knee
  • ACL Injury Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Dance Medicine
  • Dance Injuries

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Medicine
  • ACL Injury Tear
  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Neck Pain
  • Cervical Pain (Neck)
  • Disorder of Ligament
  • Elbow Joint Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Hamstring Tear
  • Hamstring Tendonitis/Injury
  • Hand & Wrist problems
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Injury of Muscle
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Pain
  • Kinetic Chain Approach
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Pain
  • Lumbar Pain
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Muscle/Ligament Disorder
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Muscleoskeletal Injuries
  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Muscle Strain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neuropathy
  • Non-operative Sports Medicine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse Injuries (Athletes)
  • Overuse Injury
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Physiatry Consult
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Second Opinions
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Joint Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Spine Trauma
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Sprain
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture of Femur
  • Stress Fracture of Tibia
  • Tear, Meniscus
  • Tear of Meniscus of Knee
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Therapy
  • Trigger Point Injections

Education and Training

  • University of Kansas
  • Residency: Residency NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Montefiore / Montefiore Hospital

Locations

  • CUIMC/Harkness Pavilion

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

    601 West 113th Street
    Suite 1A
    New York, NY 10025
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3535

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Insurance Programs

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

  • [UHC/OXF - The Empire Plan, UHC/OXF - The Empire Plan (CD)]
  • AETNA [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]
  • AgeWell [Medicare Managed Care, Special Needs]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs]
  • CIGNA [EPO, Great West (National), 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, HMO, 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, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare (National) [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Railroad, Traditional Medicare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty]
  • RiverSpring [Special Needs]
  • United Health Care [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), Empire Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth, Special Needs]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]