About Steve Makovitch, DO

Dr. Makovitch is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who specializes in the management of nonoperative sports related injuries. He works closely with patients taking a holistic approach to help them achieve their functional goals and return to sport and exercise.

Following his undergraduate training at Penn State University, Dr. Makovitch completed medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then pursued a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Following residency, he completed additional training in sports medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT where he gained wide experience treating high level athletes to weekend warriors.

Dr. Makovitch’s interest in sports medicine long outdates his medical training and started with the personal experience of many injuries while competing in gymnastics. Through his years of sports participation and injuries he gained a deep appreciation for the musculoskeletal system. Given his background, he has a keen interest in care of the gymnast.

Dr. Makovitch utilizes many tools to facilitate recovery and return to sport and activity. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is frequently used to help provide diagnosis and treatment including ultrasound guided injections. Fluoroscopically guided spine injections are also performed when necessary. Regenerative medicine is another interest, specifically platelet rich plasma injection treatment. He also uses a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to treat refractory tendinitis such as tennis elbow. The technology helps tendon pain by precisely targeting and removing damaged tissue without the need for conventional surgery. Hands on treatment with osteopathic manipulative treatment is another tool to help recover and get back to exercise and sport.

He is currently a clinical instructor in the department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School through Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and primarily practices at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in PM&R and sports medicine. He is also the team physician for Rivers High School. In his practice he treats non-operative conditions of the shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, elbows, and wrists in addition to the spine in the active individual.

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Waltham: Mass General Waltham

Sports Medicine at Mass General Waltham
52 Second Ave.
3rd Floor, Suite 3300
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-726-7500

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
159 Wells Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
Phone: 617-243-6000

Spaulding Outpatient Center at Wellesley
65 Walnut St.
Suite 260
Wellesley, MA 02478
Phone: 617-243-5777

Medical Education

  • DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • Fellowship, University of Utah Hospital

American Board Certifications

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

Accepted Insurance Plans

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.


  • Makovitch, S.A., Mills, C.A. & Eng, C. Update on Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Treatment of Acetabular Labral Tears. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep 8, 342–353 (2020).

    Makovitch S, Eng C. Spine Injuries in Gymnasts. In: Sweeney E. (eds) Gymnastics Medicine. Springer, Cham, 2020.

    Eng C, Makovitch S. Head and Neck Injuries in Gymnasts. In: Sweeney E. (eds) Gymnastics Medicine. Springer, Cham, 2020.

    Makovitch S, Caldwell M, Atchison J. Spinal Manipulation: The Osteopathic Approach to Rehabilitation In “Principles of Rehabilitation Medicine”. Raj Mitra. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2019.

    Petron D, Makovitch S. Neurologic Problems in the Athlete. 265-279. IN Netter’s Sports Medicine. Madden, Christopher et al. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

    Makovitch S, Blauwet C. Traumatic Knee Injuries. In Gender and Sex Differences in Sports Medicine. Springer Publishing Company; 2016 May 28. New York, NY.

    Henrie M, Makovitch S, Willick S. Sports Medicine Procedures IN Sports Medicine 2E: Study Guide and Review for Boards. Springer Publishing Company; 2016


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