John E. Sarno MD


John E. Sarno M.D., a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sarno has written four books on pain disorders in the period 1984 to 2006. The commercially available material is solely for informational purposes and should under no circumstances substitute for a diagnosis or treatment by a medical doctor.



M.D. College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University – 1950

New York State license # 072400

Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine

Attending Physician, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center

1940 Horace Mann School for Boys
1940 – 1943 Liberal Arts, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan
1943 – 1946 U.S. Army Medical Department, 67th Field Hospital-European Theatre
1946 – 1950 M.D., College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
1950 – 1951 Internship, U.S.P.H.S. Hospital, Staten Island, New York
1951 – 1960 Family practice, Fishkill, New York
1955 – 1960 Co-founder, Director, Mid-Hudson Medical Group, Fishkill, New York
1960 – 1961 Resident, Pediatric Medicine, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
1962 Participating physician on hospital ship, Project HOPE, Trujillo, Peru
1961 – 1963 Resident and Academic Career Training Fellow, Institute of Physical Medicine 
and Rehabilitation, New York University Medical Center
1963 – 1965 Clinical Director, New York State Rehabilitation Hospital, West Haverstraw, New York
1965 – 1975  Director, Outpatient Department, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
1965 – 2012 Private practice, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center


Dr. Sarno's Books

Dr. Sarno's books, Healing Back PainThe Mindbody Prescription, and The Divided Mind have literally helped thousands to become pain-free.

The fact that many people continue to become pain-free through the reading of the books proves the underlying principle of Dr. Sarno’s work; that the acquisition of knowledge about TMS has great therapeutic value.

As part of his program of learning to become pain-free, Dr. Sarno strongly recommends that you read one of his books.

Most people begin with Healing Back Pain which gives the basics of Dr. Sarno’s theories, diagnosis and treatment strategies. The next book, The Mindbody Prescription gives greater detail about TMS equivalents: symptoms other than musculoskeletal pain that are caused by the same Mindbody condition. Dr. Sarno’s most recent book, The Divided Mind reveals the doctor’s latest thinking about psychosomatic disorders and how the brain and emotions are the source of most of the misunderstood symptoms which people experience today.

ALL THE RAGE (Saved by Sarno) - Official Trailer for Dr. Sarno Documentary

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