Physiatrist Dr. Joseph Sanelli is the director of Long Island Spine Specialists’ interventional spinal division and the electromyography (EMG) laboratory. A nationally-recognized leader in pain management, he is known for being one of the best physiatrists Long Island has to offer.

Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine, Dr. Sanelli’s credentials are second to none. In addition, he has undergone extensive fellowship training in non-operative interventional spine care. This comprehensive training coupled with his years of experience as a pain management physician allow him to provide safe and effective non-surgical solutions for the full range of spinal and musculoskeletal pain syndromes that affect our Long Island patients.

Dr. Sanelli is a lifelong learner who is continually looking for new ways to improve and grow as a physiatrist. As such, he is committed to being at the forefront of the most current research and advances in spinal care. He is constantly completing trainings on the latest technologies, procedures, and techniques – ensuring that his Long Island patients have access to the best and most effective treatment options for their conditions.

In addition to his unmatched expertise in the field of spinal medicine, Dr. Sanelli, stands out from the crowd for his compassionate nature. He encourages and champions his patients throughout every step of their treatment – because his true passion is helping them to maintain a pain-free lifestyle that they love. His commitment to providing the highest standard of care is evident in the extraordinary outcomes that his patients enjoy.

In 2021, Dr. Sanelli received praise from a Workers Compensation Law Judge complimenting him on how well his patient report was written and how it was above and beyond what a normal physician would do:
“The WCLJ noted that Dr. Sanelli’s report met the burden of proof, even more than most physicians seeking a variance.”


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Dr. Sanelli knows how debilitating back and neck disorders can be for his patients. And, he knows that when it comes to treating these conditions, finding the right approach that meets the individual’s unique needs is the most important aspect to successfully relieving their symptoms and restoring a pain-free lifestyle.

As one of Dr. Sanelli’s patients, you can rest assured that your treatment plan will reflect your needs, concerns, and preferences. As a recognized leader in his field, he will work closely with you to effectively manage your condition and restore an improved quality of life in a way that works for you.

Education + Training

Dr. Sanelli earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University before achieving his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. From there, he completed his residency at New York University School of Medicine-Rusk Institute, along with a rigorous fellowship program at the Florida Spine Institute.

Once his education was complete, Dr. Sanelli established himself as a leading pain management physician in Long Island specializing in treating the full range of spinal conditions that affect his patients – including chronic back pain, arthritis, disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, deformities and more.


  • Chief Resident/Residency Program:
    • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitaion
    • Rusk Institute, New York University Medical Center; New York, New York
  • Internal Medicine Internship
  • Albany Medical Center; Albany, New York

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Suffolk County Medical Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • International Spinal Injections Society
  • American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Hospital Appointments:

  • St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center; Smithtown, New York
  • Chief of the Pain Service – North Shore Surgi-Center; Smithtown, New York


  • Spine Intervention Society:
  • Florida Spine Institute; Clearwater, Florida

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