We found 24 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield HMO near Beverly Hills, CA.

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

Dr. Akash Bajaj's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He practices in Santa Monica, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. Dr. Bajaj attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has a special interest in substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Bajaj has received include Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. He is conversant in Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Andrew Charles is a specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Charles's clinical interests: general neurology and headache. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Charles's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Headache, General Neurology

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

Dr. Irene Wu is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Wu attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

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 is a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA. She speaks Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Zeltzer focuses on pain management. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Zeltzer attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeltzer accepts. She has received the following distinction: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Eric Hsu is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Taipei Medical University, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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

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

Dr. Ezekiel Fink practices interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include back pain, concussion, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fink studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Fink is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Bone Spurs, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Chronic Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alireza Sadoughi practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His areas of expertise 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. After completing medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Sadoughi performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His distinctions include: Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Sadoughi's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Jakun Ing works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ing accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ing attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include 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 practices pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among Dr. Flippen's clinical interests: facial pain and headache. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Flippen takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors.

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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's areas of specialization are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnston studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Johnston completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the distinction of UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. Dr. Johnston is conversant in Spanish. She is 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. Christine Hyun Ju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Her clinical interests encompass pain management. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Lee attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. John Villanueva sees patients in North Hollywood, CA and Burbank, CA. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Villanueva (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Villanueva is accepting new patients.

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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 specialist in Los Angeles, CA. For his professional training, Dr. Chalabi completed a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Chalabi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Chalabi (or staff) speaks Persian and Turkish. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

Dr. Reza Ehsan practices anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Ehsan's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Persian.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
9100 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 363w
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Behnoush Zarrini, who practices in Beverly Hills, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Zarrini average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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

Dr. Harkirat Chahal is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Thousand Oaks, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Before completing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Chahal attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chahal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. His professional affiliations include 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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