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Ashwin N. Babu, MD

  • Sports Medicine Physiatrist
  • Team Physician: New England Revolution, USA Paralympic Soccer; Consultant: New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Harvard University, Curry College, Suffolk University
  • Associate Program Director: Spaulding/Harvard Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training Program


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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.



Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests
  • Non-operative sports medicine
  • Foot & ankle injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Knee injuries
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound and intervention
  • Overuse injuries
  • Patella pain
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Shoulder & elbow injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Sports medicine
  • Sports ultrasound
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis
Medical Education
  • MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Residency, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Fellowship, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Waltham: Mass General Waltham
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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

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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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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


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.


MGH Sports Medicine Center
175 Cambridge Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2723
Phone: 617-726-7500
Fax: 617-726-3438
Sports Medicine at MG Waltham
52 2nd Avenue
Suite 1150
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-726-7500

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