Emil S. Cheng, M.D.

Board-Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Fellowship-Trained in Interventional Spine Care

The Intermountain Healthcare - Urban Central Region’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation would like to welcome Dr. Emil S. Cheng to (TOSH) The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital’s Medical Tower, where he will be joining the practice of Utah Spine Medicine, P.C. 

Dr. Emil Cheng is a board-certified physiatrist, dedicated to providing comprehensive conservative treatment for patients with neck and back pain.  His practice focuses on functional restoration through physical rehabilitation, medication management and spinal injection procedures.  He is skilled in treating patients with occupational and sports-related injuries, including joint and nerve disorders, as well as musculoskeletal diseases.  He has performed approximately 15,000 spinal injections in his career.

Before joining Utah Spine Medicine, Dr. Cheng practiced Interventional Physiatry with New Mexico Orthopaedics Associates in Albuquerque, NM for over a decade.  Prior to his time in New Mexico, Dr. Cheng was in Chicago as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush Presbyterian - St. Luke’s Medical Center, where he also had a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Cheng practiced as an Associate Physician with the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch and the CINN Institute of Spine Care after he completed fellowship training there in the Diagnosis and Non-Surgical Treatment of Spine and Musculoskeletal Disorders.  Dr. Cheng is a graduate of the University of Utah Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program where he served as a Chief Resident in his final year.  Throughout his training and practice, he has given many lectures and contributed to the publication of several articles and a textbook chapter.

After being away for so many years, Dr. Cheng is excited to back in Salt Lake City.  Previously, Dr. Cheng served as a ringside physician for USA Amateur Boxing and volunteered at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics.  He also served as a team physician for the Albuquerque Isotopes, New Mexico's minor league baseball team.  Additionally, Dr. Cheng was voted by his peers as a Top Doc in Physical Medicine in the March 2015 edition of Albuquerque The Magazine.  Dr. Cheng enjoys a variety of activities, including spending time with family, golfing, skiing, hiking and mountain biking. 


Dear Patients,

As a board-certified physiatrist and a fellowship-trained interventional spine specialist, my practice focuses on the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of spine and musculoskeletal disorders. I believe in using conservative care to help patients avoid back and neck surgery when possible. I primarily treat patients with occupational and sports-related injuries including back, neck, joint, and nerve disorders. I also have a great deal of experience in performing electrodiagnostic testing and spinal intervention procedures including fluoroscopically guided spinal injections and discography.

I chose physical medicine and rehabilitation as my area of specialization because of the functional improvement I can bring to my patients. Regardless of the diagnosis, physiatry provides a level of benefit and improvement for my patients. I promise to devote my medical experience and expertise to helping you return to a full, active life in the shortest time possible. 

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience in our practice.  I am looking forward to meeting with you.

Emil S. Cheng, M.D.


 Education, Training, and Affiliations

  • Medical Degree, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Residency, Chief Resident, The University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Spine and Sports Medicine, Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch (CINN)
  • Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR)
  • Board Certified, Independent Medical Evaluations (ABIME)
  • Member, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Member, Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
  • Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
  • Member, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
  • Member, Utah Medical Association