Fariba Shah, MD| Interventional Spine And Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine | MedStar Health

Fariba Shah, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (955 reviews)

Specialties: Interventional Spine And Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation

Languages: Farsi, English


About me

Dr. Shah's clinical practice focuses on the conservative treatment of acute sports medicine injuries and spine disorders. She is skilled in fluoroscopically-guided spine injections and ultrasound-guided peripheral joint and soft tissue injections. Her goal is to work with patients to optimize function, return to their active lifestyle and help prevent future injury. 

Dr. Shah earned her bachelor of science degree in Physiology and Neurobiology at University of Maryland College Park and her medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University Hospital, and went on to do a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Back Pain
  • Epidural Injection
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Injection
  • Sports Related Injury
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adolescent Disc Herniation
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Knee Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Lesions Of Sciatic Nerve
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patella Injury
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tendinopathy
  • Tendon Injury
  • Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
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Procedures I perform

  • Arm Steroid Injection
  • Balance Rehabilitation
  • Epidural Injection
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Gait Analysis
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injection
  • Musculoskeletal Injection
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Neck Rehabilitation
  • Nerve Block
  • Non Surgical Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Injection
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Ultrasound Guided Arthrocentesis
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Practice locations

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


Fax 301-215-4470

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18109 Prince Philip Drive
Suite 155
Olney, MD, 20832


Fax 301-570-7416

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Open HMO
    • Network OA
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Open POS II
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus


Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine

Fellowship Program: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2013)

Residency Program: MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (2012)

Internship Program: Howard University Hospital (2009)

Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine (2008)


  • Dr. Shah has been honored repeatedly for both: Excellence in Medicine, Howard University Hospital (2008); Intern of the Year, Howard University Hospital (2009), Graduate Medical Education Award in Research, Georgetown University Hospital (2011); Resident of the Year, Georgetown University Hospital/National Rehabilitation Hospital (2011, 2012); Chief Resident, Georgetown University Hospital/National Rehabilitation Hospital (2011); Sara Baskin Research Award, Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2013).

News and publications

Dr. Shah has had the privilege of speaking nationally as well as publishing articles, abstracts, and book chapters with particular interests in biomechanics of the cervical and lumbar spine and musculoskeletal injuries of the knee, hip and shoulder.

Book Chapter:

Rho, M., Shah, F., Okafor, E. Hip Disorders in Pregnancy: Musculoskeletal Health in

Pregnancy and Postpartum: An Evidence-Based Guide for Clinicians. Springer,135-158,



Shah, F., Rho, M., Press, J. Finger Injury—Running. Case Report. American College of Sports Medicine 60 th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. May 2013.

Emamhosseini, F., Azeem, N., Hubbard, K., and Ibrahim, V. Ultrasound-Guided Debridement of First Metatarsophalyngeal Joint After Cheilectomy for Hallux Rigidus: A Case Report. AAPMR, Orlando. Poster 238; November 2011.

Emamhosseini, F., Hubbard, K., Azeem, N. and Ibrahim, V. Dynamic Diagnosis of Hoffa’s Syndrome: A Case Report. AAPMR, Orlando. Poster 166; November 2011.

Emamhosseini, F., Pineda, C.G., and Whitehair, C.L. Adding LIFE to Hand-offs: A Pilot Patient Safety Initiative at an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. AAPMR, Orlando. Poster 76; November 2011.

Hubbard, K., Emamhosseini, F., Azeem, N., and Conroy, B. Deep Brain Stimulator Placement to Address Vascular Parkinsonism and Myoclonus in a Cerebral Vascular Accident: A Case Report. AAPMR, Orlando. Poster 500; November 2011.

Hubbard, K., Azeem, N., Emamhosseini, F., and Ibrahim, V., Effectiveness of Tenotomy with Platelet Rich Plasma Seeding in a Bicep Tendon Tear Under Ultrasound

Guidance: A Case Report. AAPMR, Orlando. Poster 207; November 2011.

Azeem, N., Hubbard, K., Emamhosseini, F., and Ibrahim, V. Use of Platelet Rich Plasma for Non-Operative Management of Bicipital Tendinopathy in a Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Series. AAPMR, Orlando. Poster 325; November 2011.

Azeem, N., Ballard, P., Hubbard, K., Emamhosseini, F., and Pineda, C. Challenges in the Rehabilitation of a Patient with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy and Allodynia Presenting During Pregnancy: A Case Report. AAPMR, Orlando. Poster 324; November 2011.

Emamhosseini, F., Pineda,C.G., and Groah, S. L. Maximizing Quality of Life and Function Through Rehabilitation in a Patient with Neuropathic Osteoarthropathy of the Hip Complicating Traumatic Paraplegia: A Case Report. AAPMR, Seattle. Poster 413; November 2010.


Reese, M., Shah, F., Rho, M. Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction due to Radiation Fibrosis of the Inguinal Region: An Unusual Case for the Physiatrist. Poster presentation at the Association of Academic Physiatrist Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. March 2013.

Emamhosseini, F., Pineda, C.G., and Whitehair, C.L. Adding LIFE to Hand-offs: A Pilot Patient Safety Initiative at an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. Poster presentation at MedStar Health Research Symposium. March 2012.

Emamhosseini, F., Pineda, C.G., and Whitehair, C.L. Adding LIFE to Hand-offs: A Pilot Patient Safety Initiative at an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. Poster presentation at AIAMC National Initiative Phase II, St Pete Florida. March 2011.


Clinical Trial: The SHIN Study: Sex Hormone Influences in Neuromuscular Control of the Clinical Trial: Lower Limb. A randomized, double blinded trial.



The Road to Fellowship 08/2015

Principles of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 10/2014

Transient Osteoporosis of Pregnancy 06/2013

Peer Lectures: Sports & Spine Fellow-run weekly lectures 07/2012-06/2013

Sports & Spine Fellow-run weekly Journal Club 07/2012-06/2013

Anatomy Dissection/Lecture Series, weekly presentations 07/2012-06/2013

Foot and Ankle Kinesiology 12/2012

Hip Kinesiology 10/2012

Biomechanics of Cervical Spine 08/2012

Grand Rounds: Dupuytren’s Contracture 09/2011

Pradaxa & Xarelto; New Anticoagulants 08/2011

Axillary Nerve Dysfunction 04/2010

Bilateral Peroneal Palsy 09/2009

National Patient Safety Goals 08/2009

Journal Club: Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sports 06/2010

Association of Locomotion and Independence in Locomotion with Long-Term Outcomes After Spinal Cord Injury 02/2010

Morbidity & Mortality Rounds:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture 3/2010

Septic Shock 9/2009

Peer Lectures:

General Rehabilitation Principles Medial Collateral Ligament Injuries 05/2012

Dupuytren’s Contracture Arthroplasty 03/2012

Nerve Compression Syndromes; Pronator, Ulnar Tunnel, Radial Tunnel, Posterior Interosseous Nerve Syndrome 03/2012

Fractures & Dislocations of the Hand & Fifth Metacarpal Neck fractures 02/2012

Osteoporosis: Evaluation, Management, and Treatment 02/2012

PT Approaches in Low Back Pain; Overview of Extension-Flexion Bias 11/2011

Hamstring Strain 11/2011

Groin Pain 09/2011

Lower Limb Orthosis 09/2011

Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders 08/2011

Hallux Rigidus 07/2011

Fat Pad Impingement Syndrome 05/2011

Shoulder Examination 01/2011

Robot-Assisted Therapy for Long-Term Upper-Limb Impairment After Stroke 01/2011

Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Syndrome 11/2010

Pediatric Spasticity 10/2010

Neurofibromatosis Type 1 08/2010

Effect of Accelerated Rehabilitation on Function After Ankle Sprain 08/2010

Anatomy of the Hand, Wrist, and Fingers 07/2010

Introduction to Skin 06/2010

Lumbar Facet Syndrome 03/2010

Anatomy of the Knee 10/2009


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  • Dec 19, 2023

    Dr Shah whisked in and once I told her that I was still in pain after my cortisone treatments, she said, "That's the last trick in my bag". She made it obvious that she was eager to leave and only stayed when I asked several questions. She repeated her line about tricks in her bag and then left. Of course, I still suffer sciatica with zero options for treatment. Guess I just have to suck it up and be in pain the rest of my life. Either that or wait until Shah gets a few more tricks for her trick bag. Good grief.

  • Dec 19, 2023

    Dr Fariba Shah is fabulous. She is informative, listens and her diagnostic and treatment options have been spot on. I would recommend her strongly!

  • Dec 6, 2023