Memorial Sloan Kettering physiatrist Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere

Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere, MD

Physiatrist

Clinical Expertise

Non-Surgical Management of Spine and Musculoskeletal Injuries; Exercise Prescription and Guidance for Return to Exercise After Cancer Treatment; Prehabilitation; Sports and Dance Medicine; Peripheral Joint Injections

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About Me

Education

MD, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Residencies

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - New York University Langone Medical Center; Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

Fellowships

Spine and Sports Medicine – Hospital for Special Surgery

Board Certifications

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Sports Medicine

I am a physiatrist. This means I specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation for people with cancer. I have expertise in both rehabilitation and prehabilitation, which is a proactive approach to prevent discomfort before it starts. I teach my patients and their caregivers about proper body movements and create personalized exercise programs for them. I may also give joint or soft tissue injections, prescribe medication, or suggest braces or orthotics. I work closely with other members of my patients’ care teams to ensure that they get the comprehensive care they need. I see patients at the Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation and Memorial Hospital in Manhattan.

Cancer often causes physical challenges that can impact a person’s day-to-day life. As a rehabilitation medicine specialist, I help people work through these challenges and set them on a path for a smoother, faster recovery. I strive to help my patients continue doing the activities they love so that they can have a sense of normalcy during what can be a very stressful time.

When patients and their families come to see me, I first teach them what they need to know to understand the how and why of their rehabilitation program. By starting with the specifics, I want my patients to know that they are in control. I am here to serve as their guide.

I work closely with my patients’ caregivers. I believe it’s important to help them understand their loved one’s abilities and limitations. It can sometimes be difficult to find the right balance between encouraging independence and doing things for them. Helping patients and caregivers speak more comfortably about this balance is important in coping with the changes cancer can cause. 

Awards and Honors

  • Super Doctors New York Rising Star in Sports Medicine (2014-2016)

Colleagues

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Research and Publications

Book Chapters

Peter Moley, MD, Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere, MD, and Marc Safran, MD. “Chapter 15: The Endurance Athlete: Runners, Cyclists, Rowers, and Triathletes.”Sports Hip Injuries: Diagnosis and Management. Edited by Bryan T. Kelly, MD, Asheesh Bedi, MD, Chris Larson, MD, Eilish O’Sullivan, MD. SLACK Incorporated. 2015.

Mirielle Diaz, MD, Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere, MD, and Marcello Sarrica, PT, DPT. “Chapter 47: Other LumbarSpine Disorders.” Therapeutic Programs for Musculoskeletal Disorders. Edited by James Wyss, MD, MPT, and Amrish Patel, MD, PT. February 2012.

Articles in Medical Journals 

Edwardo Ramos, MD, Suzanne Gutiérrez, MD, Walter Frontera, MD, PhD, José G. Conde, MD, MPH, Jose Baez-Cordova, MD, and Edgar Lopategui-Corsino, MS. “Anaerobic Power and Muscular strength in pre-Adolescents with HIV and Controls: A Pilot Study.” PM&R: The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, 2012. Mar 2012. Volume 4(3): 171-175.