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Leigh Hanke

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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Leigh Hanke, MD, MS, BA

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  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    P.O. Box 208071

    New Haven, CT 06520-8071

    United States



Dr. Leigh Hanke is a physiatrist who specializes in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine, focusing on non-operative treatments of the hip, spine, and other peripheral joints. She performs selective injections for the spine and peripheral joints using corticosteroid, viscosupplementation, platlet-rich-plasma (PRP), and mesenchymal stem cells under fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance with goal of optimizing function and reducing pain for her patients.

She received her undergraduate degree at Duke University and later earned her masters degree in nutritional science at Columbia University’s Human Institute of Nutrition. She then attended Tulane University Medical School, completed her residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, and followed it with a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Hanke is an active member of several professional organizations including American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Society of Sports Medicine, Spine Intervention Society, Association of Academic Physiatrists, and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition.

Her clinical and research interests focus on the use of regenerative medicine (PRP and stem cells) for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as tendinopathy and osteoarthritis. As a former lacrosse player and marathon runner herself, she also has a special interest in the care of active and athletic women, integrating her nutritional background with injury prevention and treatment.

Education & Training

  • Fellow in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine
    Hospital for Special Surgery (2017)
  • Resident
    New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (2016)
  • MD
    Tulane University School of Medicine, Medicine (2012)
  • MS
    Columbia University, Nutrition (2008)
  • BA
    Duke University, History/Chemistry (2005)

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