I’m Naimish Baxi, I’m a physical medicine
and rehabilitation physician. Also known as a physiatrist. I practice at Center Jersey
Sports and Spine, which is a part of the Cardio Metabolic Institute here in Somerset, New
Jersey. I see patients at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. I grew up in New Jersey. East Brunswick
and I went to high school in east Brunswick. I went to Rutger’s University. I did my medical
school at UMDNJ in Newark, which was a New Jersey medical school. Which is now Rutger’s
Medical School. After Medical School, I went to Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York to do residency
in physical medicine and rehabilitation. After residency, I did a fellowship in interventional
spine in sports in York, Pennsylvania at the Orthopedic Spine Specialist Hospital.
My fellowship focused on treating pain for people with spine issues as well as other
musculoskeletal issues. It also focused on treating sports injures and part of the sport
fellowship, we covered a lot of local high school football teams and college teams. Still
live in central New Jersey with my wife and a lot of my family is very close by. I have
deep ingrained roots in Jersey. I was inspired to go into medicine because I always had a
knack for just being there for people and helping them through their physical problems.
I found that that’s what I cared about the most. Just really just being there for people
and helping them through their physical problems. The marriage between helping people and my
love for science was medicine. I became a physiatrist and really had an interest in
musculoskeletal medicine because I’ve been interested in sports my whole life. The thing
that I found most fascinating was when an elite athlete got extremely injured, whether
it was a catastrophic fracture or something as mild as a hamstring tear. I found it extremely
interesting and fascinating how quickly these athletes recovered and returned to their elite
level. I think I was most motivated when Bo Jackson injured his hip during a tackle playing
football and he ended up getting hip replacement and multiple surgeries. He came back to sports
and I remember very distinctly his first at bat, hitting a home run against the Yankees.
I think just seeing his road to recovery is what inspired me to pursue my career. Thank
you for choosing Saint Peter’s.