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

Fariba Shah, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (1083 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
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Carefirst EPO
    • I-SNP
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Student Resources
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna HMO
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Select
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • United Navigate
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Virginia Premier
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Kaiser Signature
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Tricare East Select
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • United Choice
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Golden Rule
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Tricare East Prime
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • 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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  • May 28, 2024

    She explained everything in great detail which was really helpful.Easy to talk to.Everything I want in a doctor. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

  • May 23, 2024

    Dr.Shah showed compassion and competence and I am very excited that she will be helping me manage my chronic pain.

  • May 16, 2024

    Always caring, professional, knowledgeable and open to my concerns and finally we reach solutions