Dr. Rittenberg is a board-certified, fellowship-trained physiatrist specializing in rehabilitative and interventional spine care. He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Rittenberg provides expert care for painful spine disorders. He excels at interventional pain management and has extensive experience in a variety of spinal disorders, including sports-related spine injuries

Prior to joining Stanford, he was co-chair of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department for Kaiser Northern California. Additionally, he spent 10 years at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he served as Medical Director of Musculoskeletal and Spine Procedures at the Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center. He was a consultant in the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Department of Orthopedic Surgery and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Rittenberg excels at the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving the spine. He delivers state-of-the-art treatment for pain, emphasizing non-operative and minimally invasive approaches.

For each patient, he prepares a personalized plan of care designed to be both comprehensive and compassionate. In every case, his goals are to relieve symptoms and enable the best possible quality of life.

Dr. Rittenberg lectures nationally and internationally, has chaired numerous courses, and has published original research, review articles, and book chapters in the areas of interventional and rehabilitative spine care.

He has volunteered and held leadership positions in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the North American Spine Society, and the Spine Intervention Society. He is the current Vice President of the Spine Intervention Society(SIS).

Dr. Rittenberg has earned honors and recognition for his achievements. They include being named to the Healthgrades Honor Roll and recognized as a regional top doctor by Castle Connolly, the research and information resource for health care consumers.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab, Pain Medicine (2004)
  • Fellowship: Florida Spine Institute (2000) FL
  • Residency: University of Washington PMandR Residency Program (1999) WA
  • Internship: St. Vincent's Hospital (1996) NY
  • Medical Education: New York Medical College Registrar (1995) NY


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Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Emeryville Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA

6121 Hollis Street, Suite 900

Emeryville , CA 94608

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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It was a good and helpful conversion with Dr. Rittenberg addressing a lot of questions related to MILD procedure.
Very clean office. Doctor is very nice and office staffs are nice too.
Dr. Rittenberg was kind and clear in the information he provided and the options he laid out. I also appreciated that he had his camera situated so that I could see his full face, rather than only the top of his head as is the case with many of the doctors.
I don't often recommend things, but I always recommend Stanford.
I was given the wrong address by your e-mail, Therefore I was late. Therefore I was rushed and the doctor said so., .
Love, love love Rittenberg.
I felt comfortable with him and able to discuss all my concerns. I felt like he really listened to me, and I was satisfied with his answers on how to move forward with my treatment.
Expert and caring as well as easygoing, very helpful
Dr. Rittenberg is a splendid doctor. He’s personable, professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. He answered all of my questions, expressed empathy and understanding for my situation and really explained my MRI findings in a way that I could understand.
clear concise information
Pleasant and understanding about my issues. Satisfied with his recommendation.
An excellent specialist, calm, friendly, and carrying personality. Highly recommended!!!
asked relevant questions, attentive to my answers, reviewed xray with me, discussed issue and supported current treatment.
I like his manner, very caring and I didn't feel rushed
Everyone I interacted with was nice and efficient
Staff and doctor very courteous, friendly and knowledgeable
Very professional, knowledgable, good listener, nice manner, patient,
thank you
I have found him to be competent and a good listener. He seems very professional, thoughtful, and well-informed.
Clear and courteous all the way.
Dr. Rittenberg was great. He listened kindly and sympathetically to the issues I was dealing with, answered all my questions, made sure I understood what the next steps would be and how I could reasonably hope for my recovery to go.
He’s great!
Well organized with prompt service
Personable, attentive, caring, knowledgable. Excellent physician.
Dr, Rittenberg was very pleasant and helpful. He was professional and made recommendations that will help me to recover. He answered all my questions, and I am happy that he did my surgery. I really appreciated the opportunity to use video messaging in the time of Covid. It is safer for the doctor and for me. I did not have to drive to another city and pay for parking. I did not have to deal with all the traffic. I am glad that this option was available.
The care I received was exactly what I needed.
great office. Very clean and nice staff.
Great visit. I got clarity from the doctor on how to manage knees arthritic problems.
Professional, timely. Facility was clean
curteous and friendly staff, very helpful, the entire team from the moment I walked in the door did a great job of helping on the visit
He is excellent, clear and patient
The doctor explained my options and recommended treatment. He was professional and courteous.
He was wonderful - professional,, kind and well-informed. A good listener.
I was happy with the total experience and the follow up appointment. Thanks.
I was impressed by each individual I encountered
The care provided was excellent from the moment I entered the clinic, through x-ray and concluding with the visit with my doctor
Very good doctor. Nice manner.
Great experience! Thank you
Excellent. Thoughtful. Not rushed. Answered all questions clearly. Obviously very experienced.
This was my first meeting with Dr. Rittenberg and I am so pleased to have met with him. His preparation - having read my recent MRI images, my health history, his calm patient presence, the specificity and thoroughness of his questions, his PACE which was one of the first doctor's visits I have had in years that did not feel rushed, his empathy, his responses to my questions and my daughter's questions which were direct and satisfying, his overall demeanor and care was what I hope for in a doctor, especially a surgeon I am considering to do a procedure. He has stood out among Stanford physicians upon first meeting as well above average.

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