About Ashwin Babu, MD

Dr. Babu is a physiatrist who specializes in the non-surgical management of sports injuries. He works closely with patients, coaches, trainers, physical therapists and other physicians to develop personalized strategies to help patients get back to the sports they love faster, prevent further injury, and improve performance.

Dr. Babu received his BA Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University - New Brunswick and his medical degree at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School as part of the combined BA/MD program. He pursued a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Northwestern University,Feinberg School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. He then completed a fellowship in PM&R Sports Medicine at the Spaulding/Harvard Medical School program. He now serves as the Associate Program Director for the Harvard/Spaulding PM&R Residency Training Program.

Dr. Babu is board certified in PM&R and Sports Medicine. He is a member of the Mass General Sports Medicine Center, and is an Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He serves as a team physician for the New England Revolution MLS team and for the USA Paralympic Soccer team. He also serves as a consultant for the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Harvard University, Suffolk University and Curry College.

He has a clinical interest in all aspects of non-operative sports medicine including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle injuries. He works closely with patients, coaches, trainers, physical therapists and other physicians to develop personalized strategies to help athletes get back to the sports they love faster, prevent further injury, and improve performance. He has particular expertise in ultrasound-guided interventions, regenerative medicine, and he teaches for several national academies.

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Locations

MGH Sports Medicine Center
175 Cambridge Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2723
617-726-7500
Fax: 617-726-3438

Orthopaedics at Mass General Waltham
52 Second Avenue
Building 52, Suite 1150
Waltham, MA 02451
617-726-7500

Medical Education

  • MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Residency, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Fellowship, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Sports Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab

Accepted Insurance Plans

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Research

Dr. Babu’s current academic interests include non-operative sports medicine, regenerative medicine and outcomes-based research.

Publications

  • Select Publications:

    • Babu, A. and Blauwet, C. (2017). Knee Injuries. In: M. Harrast and J. Finoff, ed., Knee Injuries and Conditions, 2nd ed. New York, New York: Demos Medical Publishing, pp.301-314.
    • Cushman, D.M., Babu, A., Marshall, B. and Rho, M., 2016. The Motivational Influence of Milestone Times on 10-km Running Performance. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 16(2), pp.602-611.
    • Kotler, D.H., Babu, A.N. and Robidoux, G., 2016. Prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of cycling-related injury. Current sports medicine reports, 15(3), pp.199-206.
    • Babu, A.N., West, A., Joyce, A. and Borg-Stein, J., 2016. Hamstring injuries: review of current literature and return to play considerations. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 4(2), pp.145-153.
    • McCormick, Z.L., Cushman, D., Lee, D.T., Scholten, P., Chu, S.K., Babu, A.N., Caldwell, M., Ziegler, C., Ashraf, H., Sundar, B. and Clark, R., 2016. Is there a relationship between body mass index and fluoroscopy time during sacroiliac joint injection? A multicenter cohort study. Pain Medicine, 17(7), pp.1241-1248.
    • Babu, A.N., Chu, S.K. and Reger, C., 2015. Poster 181 The Teaching Habits and Perspectives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residents. PM&R, 9(7), p.S151.
    • Chu, S.K., Babu, A.N. and Wysocki, N.M., 2014. Poster 571 Impact of a Required Fourth-Year Medical Student Rotation in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. PM&R, 9(6), p.S385.