Nitin Jain, M.D., M.S.P.H., is a Professor of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationOrthopaedic Surgery, and Population and Data Sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He serves as Vice Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chief of the Section of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Research. He is also UT Southwestern’s Co-Director of Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine and Director of Outcomes Research for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. A sports medicine specialist, he is an expert at treating disorders of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Jain earned his medical degree at the Baroda Medical College of Maharaja Sayajirao University in India. Following a research fellowship in sports medicine and orthopaedics at Duke University and a research fellowship in epidemiology and outcomes at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He received advanced training in shoulder surgery through a fellowship at the Harvard Shoulder Service. He also holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Jain joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2020.

Dr. Jain’s clinical and research interests include shoulder pain and rotator cuff tears, knee pain, regenerative medicine and platelet-rich plasma therapies, ultrasound-guided injections for pain relief, and sports medicine. He is well-qualified to provide expert opinions on surgical versus non-surgical treatment for these common joint and muscle issues. He has written many articles and book chapters on these subjects and delivered invited lectures far and wide. Dr. Jain has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research in sports medicine and musculoskeletal disorders including genetics.

He is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and he serves as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals and on various panels for the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. He serves on several national committees for clinical and policy related issues in the area of musculoskeletal and shoulder disorders.

Dr. Jain is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.



Medical School
Baroda Medical College (1998)
Other Post Graduate Training
University of North Carolina (2002)
Graduate School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002), Public Health
Brigham and Women's Hospital (2005), Epidemiology
Newton Wellesley Hospital (2007), Transitional Year
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (2010), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Brigham and Women's Hospital -Harvard Shoulder Service (2010), Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Research Interest

  • Clinical Trials
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sports Medicine


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Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Young Academician Award, Association of Academic Physiatrists
    Outstanding Performance in Academic Research, Teaching, and/or Administration (National Level) (2016)
  • McLean Outstanding Resident/Fellow Award, Association of Academic Physiatrists
    Outstanding Performance in Academic Leadership, Teaching and Education, and Research (National Level) (2011)
  • Walter R. Frontera Award, Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    Excellence in Research (2010)
  • Intern of the Year

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2013)
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2007)
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (2015)
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists (2007)