We found 30 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near Garden Grove, CA.

Dr. Ariana Marie Marciniec, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ariana Nelson is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Nelson is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Before completing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Nelson attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Hip Pain, Nerve Problems, Knee Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fractures

Dr. Rakhi Kawatra, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Rakhi Dayal is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Los Angeles, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. Her areas of expertise include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Dayal is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Dayal attended Maulana Azad Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

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

Dr. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah sees patients in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Shah completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; FAER scholar; and grant - American Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Medication Management, Lower Back Pain, Intrathecal Pain Pump Implantation, Chronic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
333 City Boulevard W; Suite #2150
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Karimi specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Karimi attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Karimi include: Graduate Medical Education Service Award; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Karimi speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Pain, Pelvic Pain, Spine Problems, Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reza Mahrou specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mahrou include pain management. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. Dr. Mahrou accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Mahrou graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. He is conversant in Persian.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Shermeen Bejan Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. Dr. Vakharia is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vakharia honors. Dr. Vakharia has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Matthew Eugene Harris, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Harris specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Harris is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Navid Alem, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Navid Alem works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Alem honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Alem attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He speaks Persian.

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Dr. Jane C Ahn, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ahn is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Before completing her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Ahn attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ahn accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Kais I Alsharif, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Kais Alsharif is an interventional pain medicine specialist. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alsharif honors. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He speaks Persian.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
12601 Garden Grove Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. James Lee works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Garden Grove, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Lee speaks Burmese. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Medicine 1, Yangon, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Dr. Armen Garo Chalian, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1100 W Stewart Drive
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Armen Chalian works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Chalian include pain management. Dr. Chalian is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Chalian attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He speaks Armenian.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Medhat Fouad Mikhael, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
16787 Beach Boulevard; Suite 276
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Medhat Mikhael is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Mikhael's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Mikhael is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Michael Scott Schneider, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
6771 Warner Avenue; Suite 1788
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Schneider is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. Dr. Schneider attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
13153 Brookhurst Street
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Phong Vu sees patients in Garden Grove, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He honors Anthem, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Pierre and Marie Curie University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Dr. Amir Abbas Pouradib, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Amir Pouradib is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Pouradib a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pouradib accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial 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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