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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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Richeimer include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and neck pain. Dr. Richeimer 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 VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Richeimer attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Award of Excellence for the USC/Norris CARE Team. Dr. Richeimer's professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bajaj include substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. Dr. Bajaj is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bajaj attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Bajaj has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in interventional pain medicine and pediatric pain medicine. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zeltzer include pain management. Dr. Zeltzer's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeltzer accepts. She studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Zeltzer trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona for her residency. She has received the distinction of American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. Dr. Zeltzer is conversant in Spanish.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Ferrante studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ferrante is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. 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, Pain Management, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Andrew Charles specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: general neurology and headache. 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). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Charles include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Wu's clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wu attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She speaks Mandarin.

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

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

Dr. Danielle Aufiero is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Aufiero focuses on sports health. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

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

Dr. Charles Flippen is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. His areas of expertise consist of facial pain and headache. Dr. Flippen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Flippen is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Facial Pain, Headache

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

Dr. Eric Hsu sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise consist of back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu attended Taipei Medical University and then went on to complete 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. Ali Reza Reza Sadoughi, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alireza Sadoughi specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Sadoughi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received distinctions including Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Sadoughi is conversant in 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. John Alexander Gorostiza Villanueva, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
10640 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. John Villanueva, who practices in North Hollywood, CA and Burbank, CA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Villanueva is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Villanueva (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Christine Hyunju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza; Suite 3325
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in pain management. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Lee is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Lee accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Reza Ehsan sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Persian. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Ehsan attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Ehsan is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehsan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Jakun Ing's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ing has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ing completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Johnston's clinical interests include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Johnston attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has received the following distinction: UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. Dr. Johnston speaks Spanish. She 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. Jae Hwan Jung, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
100 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite 755
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jae Jung is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Jung include thoracic outlet syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Jung accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for residency. Dr. Jung has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Sports Health, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

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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.