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Ronald Karnaugh

Dr. Ronald Daniel Karnaugh, MD

Orthopedic Sports MedicinePain MedicinePhysical Medicine And Rehabilitation



Ronald D. Karnaugh, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine. With fellowship training in spine intervention and sports medicine, Dr. Karnaugh specializes in a minimally invasive treatment option for synovial cysts and other spine related disorders.

Dr. Karnaugh and other researchers at the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute at JFK University Medical Center are studying an interventional procedure, called fluoroscopic percutaneous lumbar cyst rupture–a procedure using an X-Ray guided needle injection to rupture a cyst. As a result, patients often experience immediate symptom relief without surgery. 

As part of the multidisciplinary team at the Brain and Spine Tumor Program at JFK University Medical Center, Dr. Karnaugh works alongside neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists, and neuroradiologists utilizing innovative new treatments to provide comprehensive patient and family-centered care.

The Spine Care Program at JFK University Medical Center treats all aspects of spinal cord injury and related complications. Here, Dr. Karnaugh joins a team of spine specialists collaborating with neurosurgeons, pain medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and radiologists to determine the most appropriate plan of care for patients and their families. 

A world-class swimmer and member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, Dr. Karnaugh competed in Barcelona as a favorite to medal in the 200 individual medley. After a devastating family tragedy at the opening ceremonies, Dr. Karnaugh went on to compete, placing sixth in his race. After the Olympics, he went on to fulfill his dream of attending medical school with the extraordinary support of Yankees Owner, George Steinbrenner. 

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"I had a cyst near my spine that caused excruciating pain from my right buttock/hip and ran down my leg. Doctor Karnaugh preformed a medical procedure that literally took my level of pain from a 8 to ZERO almost immediately. My procedure took place the day after a major snow storm. Despite the inclement weather, Doctor Karnaugh and the amazing nurses/medical team at the JFK Mediplex Surgery Center came to work and provided me with exceptional care. The words THANK YOU doesn't completely express my sincere gratitude for the incredible care & pain relief you've given me. God Bless all of you, thank you!!"
  • February 8, 2022


65 James Street JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Edison, NJ, 08820
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Accepting New Patients


  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation



Hospital for Special Surgery
Graduated 2010
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Graduated 2008
Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
Graduated 2005


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