Meet Dr. Alissa Zingman, MD, MPH

Founder and CEO of P.R.I.S.M.

I am a board certified physician with nine years of experience and training in Orthopaedics and Preventive Medicine. I earned my medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, went on to academic Orthopaedic Surgery residency at University of Rochester and completed my residency in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Prior to medical school, I was a professional dancer and pilates instructor, and I completed my undergraduate degree at Columbia University.

I believe that research is critical to moving our field forward. My research endeavors have included:
  • Injury Prevention – National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Upper extremity surgery and rehabilitation - NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Rotator Cuff Injury, Hand Surgery and Neuropathy - University of Rochester
  • ACL Injury Prevention – University of Rochester Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dance Injuries of the hip, knees, ankles, feet, and spine - Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Female Athlete Triad - Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT
  • Neuroradiology and Nervous System Development - National Institutes of Health Fogarty Research Fellow at Erasmus College in the Netherlands
I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobility Type. As a result, I have had five orthopaedic surgeries, have several herniated discs in my spine, and had to leave my orthopaedic surgery residency to pursue intensive rehabilitation for my spine and pelvis. Following this, I resumed medical training in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins. I am board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

I know what it means to be a patient struggling to live my life to fullest with injury and illness. I know what it takes to prepare the body for surgery, to maximize recovery following surgery, and to avoid surgery as I did with my six herniated/injured discs. I was a professional dancer and pilates instructor in my teens and twenties, and I still utilize those skills today. I started P.R.I.S.M. to combine my experience as a patient and athlete, my orthopaedic knowledge, and my preventive medicine ethos to create a curated experience that will allow you to reach your goals. This is the practice I wish had been there for me.

In my free time I enjoy swimming, cooking, performing arts, home improvement projects, and spending time with my family. I still do ballet, but only in the pool 😊.
Zingman A, Earnest GS, Lowe BD, Branche CM. Exoskeletons in Construction: Will they reduce or create Hazards? 2017. https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2017/06/15/exoskeletons-in-construction/

Zingman A, Branche CM, Garza EP. The National Safety Stand-Down: Why Falls Remain a Deady Problem in the Construction Sector and What We can Do About It. 2017. https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2017/05/08/falls-stand-down-2017/

Zingman A, Li H, Sundhem L, DeHority R, Geary MB, Fussel T, Mooney R, Zuscik M, Elfar JC. Shoulder arthritis secondary to rotator cuff tear: a reproducible murine model and histopathologic scoring system. J Orthop Res. 2017 Mar;35(3):506-514

Lee DJ, Zingman A, Elfar JC. The use of interference screw fixation in the modified Brunelli technique for scapholunate dissociation. J Hand Surg Eur. 2016 Jan;41(1):110-1.

Egol KA, Karia R, Zingman A, Lee SK, Paksima N. Hand stiffness following distal radius fractures: who gets it and is it a functional problem? Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases 2014;724(4):288-93. 2014.

Lee SK, Goldstein RY, Zingman A, Terranova C, Nasser P, Hausman MR. The effects of core suture purchase on the biomechanical characteristics of a multistrand locking flexor tendon repair: a cadaveric study. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Jul;35(7):1165-71.

Lee SK, Dubey A, Kim BH, Zingman A, Landa J, Paksima N. A biomechanical study of extensor tendon repair methods: introduction to the running-interlocking horizontal mattress extensor tendon repair technique. J hand Surg Am. 2010 Jan;35(1):19-23.

Lee SK, Shin R, Zingman A, Loona J, Posner MA. Correlation of Malrotation Deformity in Distal Radius Fractures with Radiographic Analysis: A Cadaveric Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Feb;35(2):228-32.

Govaert P., Zingman A, Jung YH, Dudink J, Swarte R, Zecic A, Meersschaut V, van Engelen S, Lequin M. Network injury to pulvinar with neonatal arterial ischemic stroke. Neuroimage. 2008 Feb 15;39(4):1850-1857.
Zingman A, Gavrity J, Strong B, Awad H, Voloshin I. The Effect of Cement Augmentation on Locking Screw Fixation of Type IIB Distal Clavicle Fractures: A Cadaveric Study. American Orthopaedic Association 2015 Annual Meeting. Providence, RI.

Zingman A, Li H, Tseng KC, Zuscik M, Elfar JC. Functional Improvement After Peripheral Nerve Crush Injury: A Sweet Spot for Erythropoeitin. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery 2015 Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.

Zingman A, Li H, Fussel T, DeHority B, Geary MB, Zuscik M, Elfar JC. Functional Improvement After Peripheral Nerve Crush Injury: A Sweet Spot for Erythropoietin. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery 2015 Annual Meeting. Las Vegas NV.

Zingman A, Lee D, Elfar JC. The use of Interference Screw Fixation in the Modified Brunelli Technique for Scapholunate Dissociation. American Association of Hand Surgery 2015 Annual Meeting, Nassau.

Zingman A, Li H, Tseng KC, DeHority B, Geary MB, Zuscik M, Elfar JC. Erythropoeitin Preserves Function in Crush-Injured Nerves and Confers Protection for Myelin and Neurofilaments. American Association of Hand Surgery 2015 Annual Meeting, Nassau.

Zingman A, Tseng KC, Li H, Zuscik M, Noble M, Elfar JC. A pharmacologic test to establish continuity and function in the crush-injured nerve. American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2014 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Zingman A, Li H, Tseng KC, Zuscik M, Elfar JC. Single-dose 4-aminopyridine Yields Transient Improvement In Sciatic Function Index Of Mice After Standard Crush Injury To The Sciatic Nerve: Implications For Classification And Prognostication Of Peripheral Nerve Injuries. Orthopaedic Research Society 2014 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Zingman A, Li H, Fussel T, Zuscik M, Elfar JC. The Development and Application of a Classification System for Degenerative Changes in the Murine Shoulder after Isolated RC Injury. Orthopaedic Research Society 2014 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Paksima N, Zingman A, Weinstein B, Ayach M, Walsh, M, Egol K. Level of Evidence and its Relationship with Validated Outcome Instruments In Fracture Research. The 27th Annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, September 2, 2009, San Francisco, CA; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2010 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Zingman A, Afsari A, Yildirim MS, Forman R, Walker P, Lee SK. Determination of Strain in the Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Using an in vivo High Resolution MRI Model. The 27th Annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, September 2, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Lee SK, Paksima N, Lekic N, Zingman A, Walsh M, Egol K. Finger Stiffness following Distal Radius Fractures: Is it a Functional Problem? American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, September 4, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Dhaliwal G, Zingman A, Paksima N, Lee SK. Arthroscopic Evaluation of the Scapholunate Interval: A Correlation of Anatomic Lesions with the Geissler Classification. American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, September 4, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Zingman A, Lee SK, Keener B, Ayach M, Klein J, Paksima N. The Use of Validated Outcome Measures in The Journal of Hand Surgery-American: Does it Relate to Level of Evidence? American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons, February 26, 2009, Las Vegas, NV.