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We found 31 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield PPO near Irvine, CA.

Dr. Ariana Marie Marciniec, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Ariana Nelson's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; she sees patients in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson accepts. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nelson is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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

Dr. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah works as an anesthesiologist in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Shah graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She has received the following distinctions: FAER scholar; grant - American Society of Anesthesiology; and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Medication Management, Lower Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management, Head and ... (Read more)

Dr. Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Karimi's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Karimi is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Karimi completed a residency program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Graduate Medical Education Service Award and Southern California Rising Stars.

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

Dr. Rakhi Kawatra, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Rakhi Dayal's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Dayal graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. Her residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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

Dr. Reza Mahrou, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
113 Waterworks Way; Suite 345
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Reza Mahrou specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Irvine, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Santa Ana, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Mahrou's clinical interests encompass pain management. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahrou's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Shermeen Bejan Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia's area of specialization is anesthesiology. Dr. Vakharia is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Kevin Todd Toliver, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1809 East Dyer Road; Suite 311
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Toliver's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. In his practice, Dr. Toliver focuses on pain management and anesthesia. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. Dr. Toliver (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Toliver welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Glenn Martin Lipton, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
3501 Jamboree; Suite 1250
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Glenn Lipton is a specialist in interventional pain medicine. He honors Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Lipton attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lipton completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Dr. Jane C Ahn, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ahn practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ahn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Amir B Rafizad, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
113 Waterworks Way; Suite 345
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Amir Rafizad is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Irvine, CA. Dr. Rafizad attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Rafizad completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management and anesthesia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rafizad is conversant in Persian. Dr. Rafizad is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Armen Garo Chalian, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
400 N Tustin Avenue; Suite 400
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Armen Chalian's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chalian include pain management. He accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Chalian speaks Armenian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Medhat Fouad Mikhael, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3501 Jamboree Road; Suite 1250
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Medhat Mikhael is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Mikhael is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Michael Scott Schneider, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
400 N Tustin Avenue; Suite 400
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Michael Schneider is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Schneider attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
2212 E. Fourth Street; Suite 202
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Pitino is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She works in Laguna Hills, CA and Santa Ana, CA. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Pitino attended medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Pitino is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jerrold Christopher Bustos, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15775 Laguna Canyon Road; Suite 120
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Jerrold Bustos is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bustos include pain management. Dr. Bustos accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
17 Corporate Plaza Drive; Suite 110
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Le works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Le's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Le (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Pain Management

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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.