Dr. Borenstein received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and his medical school, internal medicine, and rheumatology training at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the rheumatology faculty at the George Washington University Medical Center in 1978 and rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Neurological Surgery. He was also the Director of the Spine Center for 6 years. In 1997 he joined Arthritis & Rheumatism Associates, the largest rheumatology practice based in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Dr. Borenstein is the author and/or co-author of more than 100 journal articles and books including three medical textbooks: Low Back and Neck Pain: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Management 3rd Edition; Low Back Pain: Medical Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management 2nd Edition, which has been recognized by the American Association of Medical Libraries as one of the 200 essential books for a medical library; and Neck Pain: Medical Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management.
Dr. Borenstein's research interests include development of new medications for pain and inflammation and appropriate use of magnetic resonance imaging. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery published the results of an independent, seven-year follow-up study coordinated by Dr. Borenstein which concluded that MRI scans are not predictive of the development or duration of low back pain. Over the years, he has participated in numerous U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Boards. The FDA invited him to review current low back pain medications, and to comment on continuing issues in the care and treatment of back health and pain management.
As a health educator for both professional and consumer audiences, Dr. Borenstein has been an invited speaker to more than 30 medical schools and comments frequently in the national media on matters concerning back pain. He is a popular lecturer for the Arthritis Foundation and other patient education groups, and does public service spots about proper back health. He has appeared on national news programs including CBS and CNBC. Dr. Borenstein is listed in the Best Doctors in America, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and named a "top doctor" by Washingtonian Magazine. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and Master of the American College of Rheumatology, and a member of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.
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