We found 23 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield HMO near Beverly Hills, CA.

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Dr. Akash Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 3376
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Akash Bajaj specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine and practices in Santa Monica, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Bajaj's practice, he is particularly interested in substance abuse, anti-aging, and pain management. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. Dr. Bajaj is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Substance Abuse, Anti-Aging, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pain Management

Dr. Lonnie Kaye Zeltzer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
200 Med Plaza; Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer's areas of specialization are pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Zeltzer's areas of expertise include pain management. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona, Dr. Zeltzer attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Zeltzer has received the distinction of American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Irene I-Lan Wu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Irene Wu, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Wu is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Wu speaks Mandarin.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Neuropathic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Shen-Zen Hsu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Eric Hsu works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Hsu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Pain Management, Back Pain

Dr. Ali Reza Reza Sadoughi, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Sadoughi works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sadoughi include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Sadoughi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Sadoughi attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. He speaks Persian.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Neuropathic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Craig Charles, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Charles is a pain doctor and neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Charles include general neurology and headache. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Charles attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Charles has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Headache, General Neurology

Dr. Jakun Willard Ing, MPH, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza; Suite 3325
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jakun Ing is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Ing is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ing attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Charles Flippen's specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Flippen attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Flippen trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. His areas of clinical interest consist of facial pain and headache. Dr. Flippen is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Flippen include: Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Facial Pain, Headache

Dr. Mollie Maureen Johnston, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mollie Johnston is a specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Johnston include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Johnston attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Johnston is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Pain, Facial Pain, Headache, Clinical Trials, Botox Injection, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. John A.G. Villanueva, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
10640 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. John Villanueva's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Villanueva (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Villanueva's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Ezekiel B Fink, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Neurology
416 N Bedford Drive; Suite 307
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ezekiel Fink specializes in interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include concussion, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fink graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Fink has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Tummy Tuck, Headache, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Neuropathy, Nerve Problems, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. Christine Hyun Ju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. In her practice, Dr. Lee focuses on pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee accepts. Dr. Lee is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lee is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
11600 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Reza Ehsan works as an anesthesiologist, pain doctor, and family medicine practitioner in Los Angeles, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Ehsan is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Ehsan's education and training includes medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
266 S Harvard Boulevard; #350
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philip Doh is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is conversant in Korean. He attended medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine. Dr. Doh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. John Takyeh Chalabi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. John Chalabi works as a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Los Angeles, CA. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chalabi's medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Chalabi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Persian and Turkish. Dr. Chalabi is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Harkirat Chahal sees patients in Thousand Oaks, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Chahal honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending Kasturba Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Chahal (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He is affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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What is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a specialty closely related to, but separate from, anesthesiology. Whereas anesthesiologists typically work to relieve a patient’s pain during surgery or another medical procedure, pain medicine specialists work to relieve their patients’ pain as they are out living their lives.

Pain medicine specialists treat patients who have acute or chronic pain. The pain may be a symptom of their problem (e.g. they are hurting because they were in a car accident), or the pain may be the problem itself (e.g. they are having migraine headaches). The pain specialist’s goal is to prevent pain from interfering with a patient’s quality of life.

Pain medicine specialists must have a thorough understanding of the physiology of pain, how it is caused, and what effects it has on the body. A good pain medicine specialist is able to evaluate patients who are hurting and who may not always be able to communicate their problems very well. To gain more information about their patients’ condition, pain medicine physicians can interpret specialized imaging tests. Using this information, pain medicine specialists must be able to prescribe a balanced treatment plan.

There are several treatments that pain medicine specialists may use to alleviate pain for their patients. They can prescribe medication, perform certain procedures, and refer patients to rehabilitation services. Often they will recommend multiple treatment methods to be used simultaneously. Some of these pain treatments include:
  • Implantable devices (intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator)
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Medications (Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Nerve blocks (anesthetic injected into a nerve)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Alternative medicine therapies, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and hypnosis

Being in pain takes away your enjoyment of life. It can lead to depression and stop you from engaging in even everyday activities. Because pain can’t be seen or tested for, it is sometimes overlooked by others. A pain medicine specialist works to safely restore your quality of life.
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