Dr. Binder is a physiatrist focused on treating low back pain, neck pain and musculoskeletal conditions. He places emphasis on incorporating a multidisciplinary approach focused on reducing pain, restoring function and improving quality of life.


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests
  • Low back pain
  • Disc herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Interventional pain management
  • Spine Care
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve block
  • Trigger point injections
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Facet joint pain
  • Radiofrequency lesioning
  • Medial branch block
Medical Education
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Residency, Tufts Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
Board Certifications
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Pain Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Cambridge: Spaulding Cambridge
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

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Dr. Binder earned his BS at the State University of New York at Geneseo and his MD at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following medical school, Dr. Binder completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Binder also completed a fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Pain Management where he worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Boston and Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Binder focuses on treating low back pain, neck pain and musculoskeletal conditions. He places emphasis on incorporating a multidisciplinary approach focused on reducing pain, restoring function and improving quality of life. In addition to providing conservative treatments, Dr. Binder also performs various spine and joint interventional procedures such as epidural steroid injections.

Dr. Binder is Board Certified in both Pain Management and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

As the Director of Spine Training for the Harvard/Spaulding Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, Dr. Binder is responsible for the development of the knowledge base and skills needed to diagnose and treat spine and sports related conditions, including fluoroscopically guided spine and joint injections. Dr. Binder also serves as the Medical Director for the Spaulding Cambridge Outpatient Center.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

In addition to his leadership positions, Dr. Binder is actively involved in care redesign initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently involved in research focused on the use of educational decision aids aimed at improving patient understanding of treatment options.

Dr. Binder is also involved in innovation initiatives aimed at discovering healthcare related solutions.


Select Publications:

Binder DS, Nampiaparampil DE. The provocative lumbar facet joint. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2009 Mar;2(1):15-24. doi: 10.1007/s12178-008-9039-y. Epub 2009 Mar 31.

Choi H, Binder DS, Oropilla ML, Bernotus EE, Konya D, Nee MA, Tammaro EA, Sabharwal S. Evaluation of selected laboratory components of a comprehensive periodic health evaluation for veterans with spinal cord injury and disorders. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 May;87(5):603-10.

Binder, DS. Lipid Testing in Patients With Spinal Cord Injury. Rehab News 2005;6:1-2.

Binder DS, Akbik H, Wennemer H, Tammaro B. Chronic Pain Exacerbated by Constipation in Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2005;84:227-8.

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Orthopaedic Spine Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-2290617-724-8636
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Cambridge MA, 02138-4308
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