Byron J. Schneider, MD

Associate Professor
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
NASS Interventional Spine & Musculoskeletal Fellowship
Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
2201 Children's Way
Suite 1318

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Dr. Schneider is an Associate Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to this, he completed his PM&R residency and Interventional Spine Fellowship at Stanford University. Born in Canada before moving to Lexington, Kentucky in 2002, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and then completed medical school at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Schneider has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and text-book chapters. He has also given over 60 lectures at national and international conferences. His research primarily focuses on safety and effectiveness of interventional spine procedures.

 Dr. Schneider serves on many national committees, including as the vice-chair of the section on Rehabilitation, Interventional, and Medical Spine (RIMS) of the North American Spine Society and vice-chair of the Spine Intervention Society Research Division.  He is also the director of the PM&R Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Fellowship.  


Board Certification

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



Dr. Schneider is interested in non-operative management of the spine with a focus on fluoroscopic interventional spine procedures.



Fellowship: Interventional Spine Fellow, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2016

Residency: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2015

MD: Doctor of Medicine, With High Distinction, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2011

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2006


Web Article:

Injections for SIJ Pain: New Evidence on Treatment Value

Research Information

Dr. Schneider’s research initially focused on complications and safety related issues of interventional spine procedures.   Recently his research has shifted focus towards outcomes and predictors of outcomes in interventional spine procedures. 


Previous Publications

Schneider B, Zheng P, Mattie R, Kennedy DJ. Safety of epidural steroid injections. Expert Opin Drug Saf: 2016 Aug;15(8):1031-9. PMID: 27148630.

Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. The Use of Moderate Sedation for the Secondary Prevention of Adverse Vasovagal Reactions.  Pain Med: 2015 April; 16 (4):673-9. PMID: 25529469.

Schneider B, Kennedy DJ, Casey E, Smuck M, Conrad B, Pastaras CT.  Trainee involvement in transforaminal epidural steroid injections associated with increased incidence of vasovagal reactions.  PM&R:  2014 Oct; 6 (10) 914-9. PMCID 24755514.

Kennedy DJ, Schneider B, Casey E, Rittenberg J, Conrad B, Smuck M, Plastaras CT. Vasovagal rates in flouroscopically guided interventional procedures: a study of over 8,000 injections. Pain Med:  2013 Dec;14(12):1854-9. PMID: 24118835.