Sword Health Appoints Dr. Vijay Yanamadala as Chief Medical Officer

Company Info
February 10, 2022
New CMO, Dr. Vijay Yanamadala
  • Dr. Yanamadala brings over a decade of clinical medical expertise as a world-renowned surgeon with a firm belief in reducing dependency on surgery through data-driven and patient-centered treatment plans.
  • He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, published in over 65 peer-reviewed articles, received numerous certifications from leading medical institutions, and helped pioneer spinal surgery procedures.
  • Dr. Yanamadala’s addition to the Sword executive team reinforces the company’s commitment to provide its members with the highest clinical excellence.

NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2022)— Sword Health™, the fastest growing virtual musculoskeletal (MSK) care provider, today announced Dr. Vijay Yanamadala has joined the company as Chief Medical Officer. Since entering the market, Sword has transformed musculoskeletal (MSK) care for its members with clinically validated and best-in-class solutions which are 100% supported by licensed physical therapists. Dr. Yanamadala will lead the Clinical Affairs team in support of Sword’s mission to free two billion people from pain.

Dr. Yanamadala has extensive experience in treating medical conditions including scoliosis, spine trauma, spinal vascular diseases, and spinal deformities. He has published over 65 scientific papers and received numerous awards on the safe and effective treatment of complex spinal conditions through advanced and innovative techniques paired with the use of multidisciplinary teams. Dr. Yanamadala is certified by the Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P) and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgery, North American Spine Society, and the Scoliosis Research Society.

As CMO, Dr. Yanamadala’s clinical and medical expertise will ensure that Sword continues to deliver the highest quality digital MSK care. He will drive awareness of Sword’s innovative approach for treating MSK conditions and will be responsible for engaging the medical community in deeper discussions around MSK pain and the importance of alternatives to risky and ineffective surgeries or dangerous prescription medications.

“When we first met Dr. Yanamadala, we were deeply impressed by how innovative and forward-thinking he is. As Sword’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Yanamadala will be focused on pioneering new solutions that push forward the status quo and redefine the way patients recover from an MSK condition,” said CEO and founder of Sword Health, Virgílio Bento.

As a dual-fellowship trained, board-certified spinal neurosurgeon, Dr. Yanamadala joins the executive team with an extensive background in the treatment of patients with spinal deformities and comorbidities. Dr. Yanamadala currently serves as the Systemwide Medical Director of Spine Quality and Surgical Optimization at Hartford Healthcare in Connecticut.

“Similar to my clinical approach, Sword meets patients where they are to provide solutions focused on strong outcomes. Offering non-surgical alternatives and effective solutions to members can help improve their health, eliminate their MSK pain, and improve their quality of life overall. I’m thrilled to join Sword and help the team to achieve a very valuable mission for the healthcare sector and for the world in general. ” said Dr. Yanamadala.

Dr. Yanamadala is also a pioneering surgeon who was among the first surgeons in the tristate area and New England to offer awake spinal fusion surgery. He was also the second surgeon in the world to offer patient specific spine fusion surgery. He has done international spine surgery missions in Kenya, India, Mongolia and Sri Lanka, performing countless free surgeries during these trips.


Sword Health is the world’s fastest growing digital musculoskeletal (MSK) care provider, on a mission to free two billion people from acute, chronic, and post-surgical physical pain. It is the first digital solution to pair its members with a licensed physical therapist and the Sword Health Digital Therapist to deliver a clinically-proven, personalized treatment plan that is more effective, easier, and less expensive than the traditional gold standard of care. Sword Health believes in the power of people to recover at home, without resorting to imaging, surgeries or opioids. With the preventative care delivered through SWORD+, it is the industry's only end-to-end digital MSK solution. Since launching in 2015, Sword Health has worked with insurers, health systems, and employers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia to make high-quality musculoskeletal care accessible to everyone.

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