Christopher S. Ahmad, M.D. (born March 25, 1968) is the head team physician for the New York Yankees and a member of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association. He is a professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and an attending orthopaedic surgeon at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In 2013, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Ahmad,which he subsequently dropped.
Ahmad grew up in Long Island with a passion for playing soccer, and played in the New York Empire State Games, the Eastern Region Olympic Development Team,and four years of varsity soccer at the nationally-ranked Columbia University. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at New York Orthopaedic Hospital of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in 2000. In 2001, Ahmad completed a fellowship in sports medicine, which included physician team coverage for many professional teams including the LA Dodgers and LA Galaxy. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters related to knee, shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine, and has given more than 100 lectures nationally and internationally. He is the vice chairman of orthopaedic research at Columbia University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and has ongoing research in the areas of ACL injury prevention and screening, biomechanics of the elbow, and surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair and shoulder instability.
On October 4, 2013, Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Ahmad for malpractice. The lawsuit said Rodriguez had kept playing and worsened a left hip injury in October 2012 because Ahmad didn’t tell him an MRI had showed a joint tear. Rodriguez ultimately had surgery for the injury in January 2013, and his recuperation kept him from rejoining the Yankees until August of that year. On June 21, 2014, Rodriguez dropped the suit.