We found 49 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield PPO near Beverly Hills, CA.

Dr. Steven Harry. Richeimer, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
137 N. Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Steven Richeimer works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Richeimer's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and neck pain. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Richeimer obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and 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 Award of Excellence for the USC/Norris CARE Team. His hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and PIH Health.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Nerve Problems, Palliative Care, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Akash Bajaj is a specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bajaj's areas of expertise include the following: substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is open to new patients. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bajaj include: Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. In addition to English, Dr. Bajaj speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Substance Abuse, Migraine, 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 works as a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine specialist, pediatric anesthesiologist, and interventional pain specialist in Los Angeles, CA. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Her clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Zeltzer's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. In addition to English, Dr. Zeltzer speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Francis Michael Ferrante, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Francis Ferrante is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ferrante's clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferrante graduated from New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Ferrante speaks Spanish.

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

Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
10780 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Aufiero specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine and practices in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aufiero include sports health. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Aufiero is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aufiero has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

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

Dr. Andrew Charles is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a special interest in general neurology and headache. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Charles attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Charles has received the following distinctions: 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

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

Dr. Charles Flippen is a specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Areas of expertise for Dr. Flippen include facial pain and headache. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Flippen has received the following distinctions: 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. Irene I-Lan Wu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Irene Wu practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Wu speaks Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Wu trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hsu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Hsu accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Taipei Medical University and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hsu speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Glenn Martin Lipton, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
1450 Cloverfield Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Glenn Lipton is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine. Dr. Lipton is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. After attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. John Villanueva's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Villanueva takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Villanueva (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish.

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

Dr. Alireza Sadoughi is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sadoughi honors. He attended Shiraz University of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Sadoughi speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with 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 is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ing attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ing trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ing takes.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Mollie Johnston is a medical specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnston include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. Dr. Johnston is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 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). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnston honors. She has received the distinction of UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In her practice, Dr. Lee focuses on pain management. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Lee attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Philip Doh works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Doh honors. He attended medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine. He speaks Korean.

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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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