Dennis N. Nutini, MD




Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director: Spaulding Outpatient Center Brighton
Clinical Associate: Massachusetts General Hospital

Contact: phone 617-952-6000, fax 617-952-6099

Clinical and Research Interests:
Non-operative sports medicine
Shoulder and elbow injuries
Hip and knee injuries
Foot and ankle injuries
Overhead throwing athletes
Diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound
Osteoarthritis management
Spine injuries in active persons
Overuse injuries
Stress fractures
Injuries in female athletes
Sports concussions
Running injuries
Athletes with disabilities


MD, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2005 
Residency, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009

Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Primary Care Sports Medicine, Ohio, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2013 


2006  New York Medical License

2009  Maryland Medical License

2010  Sports Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

2011  USA National Adaptive Rowing Medical Classifier

2013  Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine

In Brief:

I have tailored my career after my passion for quality patient care, sports medicine, and teaching.

I sought out a sports medicine fellowship to enable me to treat athletes and active persons of varying levels, from amateur to elite, more completely and effectively.  My sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic included working alongside some of the nation’s top surgical and non-surgical sports medicine specialists.  This fellowship also offered me a wealth of sports medicine experience at the high school, college, and professional levels.  I also learned to perform Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to offer deep soft tissue or joint injection treatments to patients that can be performed without the use of X-ray guidance.  This allows for more immediate treatment without the added risk of radiation.

Teaching has been a passion since medical school, where I taught electives as a fourth-year medical student.  My experience as a resident further nurtured this desire to teach.  As an academic physiatrist, I can introduce medical students to both the fields of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine as well as enhance the clinical experience of residents.  My interest in teaching is also evident in explaining to patients what my assessment is and what the best options for a comprehensive plan of care are. 

Clinical Overview: 

I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. With minors in Philosophy and Theology, I received a B.S in Neuroscience at The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. I received my Doctor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 2005. After a medical internship at Stony Brook University Hospital in NY, I completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where I received extensive training in musculoskeletal medicine and electrodiagnostic testing (EMGs).

After a brief period in private practice following residency, I joined the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) where I evaluated musculoskeletal patients while serving as an Instructor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  In this capacity, I actively engaged in the clinical teaching of NRH PM&R residents and Georgetown University medical students.  Following my passion for sports medicine, I pursued further training and was accepted into a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.  Along with serving as a team physician at a local high school and an assistant team physician in Division II athletics at Notre Dame College, I had the unique opportunity to work with Cleveland’s professional athletic teams (Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians, as well as their local minor league affiliate).  I also served as a covering physician for the Cleveland Marathon, the 2013 Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament, the 2012 Cleveland State University Wrestling Open Tournament, the 2012 New York Penn League ‘A’ Minor League All Star Game, and the 2012 OHSAA State Semifinal High School Football Game. 

Along with this vast sports medicine coverage, I also became proficient in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound diagnostic/interventional techniques.  This enhances my ability to diagnose and treat sports medicine injuries in the office.  In addition, I possess a wealth of experience treating sports-related concussions with a focus on safe return to play.


1.    Sabini RC, Nutini DN. Return-to-play Guidelines in Concussion: A Closer Look at the Literature. The Physician and Sportsmedicine. October 2011; 39(3): 23-30.

2.   Nutini DN, Fine JS. Lower Extremity Weakness Following Childbirth: A Case of Preserved Nerve Conduction Studies, Axonal Involvement, and Good Recovery. PM&R. January 2012; 4(1):81-83.

3. Nutini, M. & Nutini D. (2013). Trigeminal Neuralgia. Knowledge Now,

4. Nutini, M. & Nutini D. (2013). HIV in Children and Adolescents. Knowledge Now, Expected publication date: 09/23/2013.

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