We found 21 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Santa Monica, CA.

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. Andrew T Leitner, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
8540 S Sepulveda Boulevard; Suite 910
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Leitner is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Leitner is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Leitner (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. Dr. Leitner is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Dr. Francis Michael Ferrante, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, 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 Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Medical Plaza; #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
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, 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. Ali Reza Reza Sadoughi, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 860w, Ucla Department of Anesthesiology
Santa Monica, 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
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, 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
200 Med 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
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, 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

Dr. Washington Bryan II, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
11669 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 110
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Washington Bryan is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. His clinical interests include migraine, stress management, and pain management. He accepts Anthem and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Bryan graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Bryan speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Headache, Musculoskeletal Problems, Nutrition Issues, Scalp Acupuncture, Auricular ... (Read more)

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. He obtained his medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. 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. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Persian.

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

Dr. Harkirat Chahal practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Thousand Oaks, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Chahal is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College. His residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Chahal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Jae Hwan Jung, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jae Jung specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery. His areas of expertise include thoracic outlet syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Jung's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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)

Dr. John Takyeh Chalabi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. John Chalabi is a physician who specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Chalabi (or staff) speaks Persian and Turkish. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Chalabi trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chalabi accepts.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3828 Delmas Terrace
Culver City, CA
 

Dr. Michael Kelly works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Culver City, CA. Dr. Kelly is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.

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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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