Dr. Joseph Chen, MD

Dr. Joseph Chen, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. Joseph Chen, MD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist in Iowa City, IA and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from The Warren Alpert Medical School Of Brown University in 1996 and specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine.

200 Hawkins Dr # 1008

Iowa City, IA 52242

Contact Information

(319) 356-1616

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
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Chronic Pain
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more than 98% of peers
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more than 98% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Chen "Many physicians underestimate the human body's ability to heal itself.  If you don't have a tumor, fracture, or infection, the best treatment is to understand what is going on.  I view my role as a physician similar to a teacher except that I don't give any tests.  If you have questions, ask me.  If you don't understand, let me explain it to you in another way.  I will spend as much time as you need for me to get through to you.  If you don't want to "learn" from me, that's OK.  Understanding chronic pain is difficult.  If you want to know as much about your pain as you can, then be open to what I recommend."

2  Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

2  Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*
  • Spinal Injury Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

61  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Upper Back Pain
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5  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Board Actions

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  • Brown University / Alpert Medical School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School Of Brown University
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Joseph Chen, MD
Talks over you , don’t let you finish a sentence . Was an hour late getting to me then he took a few quick minutes with me - I felt like I was being pushed out the door - time to go home . If I had to pick a doctor he definitely would be the last on the list . His ego and know it all is more...Read More
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Tara in IA – Sep 06, 2018
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I agree with the excellent comments. He spends so much time explaining why my pain isn't "in my head". I wish other doctors would treat me like this.
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IA – Aug 17, 2018
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Seven years after a work related back injury the work comp ins. co. didn't want to continue to pay my chiropractic bills even though it was agreed on at the time my work comp case was settled . They contacted Dr. Chen and set me up an appt. with him and I was told by Dr. Chen that he did not...Read More
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Manchester – Apr 18, 2017
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Thanks to Dr. Chen I lived in excruciating pain for 7 years because he refused to try to explore the cause of my hip pain after a bad fall and tried to blame the continuing pain on weight gain even though I was below my BMI ( I weighed 137 and am 5' 3). I felt hopeless. I finally went to another...Read More
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Catherine Kane in Iowa City, IA – Jan 27, 2016
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