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

(510) 974-2800

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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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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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