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We found 25 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Santa Monica, CA.

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

Dr. Andrew Leitner specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Leitner 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. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Leitner (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Dr. Lonnie Kaye Zeltzer, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Pediatric Pain Medicine
200 Med Plaza; Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer practices interventional pain medicine and pediatric pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise include pain management. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zeltzer is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona, Dr. Zeltzer attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Zeltzer's 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: Pain Management

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. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Ferrante's areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferrante studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ferrante completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ferrante is 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. Irene I-Lan Wu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Irene Wu's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She practices in Santa Monica, CA. Her areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Wu is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Wu is 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. David Eli Fish, MPH, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7th Fl Tower Building Room 745; 1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Fish practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Fish include thoracic outlet syndrome, trigger point injections, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). His patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fish accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Fish attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Knee 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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Hsu attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Hsu's 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. Kakit Paul Hui, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Pain Medicine, General Internal Medicine
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kakit Hui is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in general practice, pain medicine, and general internal medicine. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Hui attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hui include orthostatic hypotension, fibromyalgia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hui speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Orthostatic Hypotension, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Acupuncture Treatment

Dr. David Jorge Wallenstein, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
1250 16th Street; Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Wallenstein is a physician who specializes in pain medicine and family medicine. Dr. Wallenstein's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Ali Reza Reza Sadoughi, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 860w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Alireza Sadoughi's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Sadoughi graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sadoughi include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Sadoughi takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include 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. Christine Hyunju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lee is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

Dr. Reza Ehsan's areas of specialization are anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Persian. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, Dr. Ehsan performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Ehsan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ing honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Thomas Benjamin Strouse, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry
757 Westwood Plaza; 4238g
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Strouse is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in pain medicine and psychiatry. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Strouse studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Voted Best Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Strouse's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Roy Lee Joe Kao, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
10833 Leconte Avenue; Ucla Mattel Children's Hospital Mdcc A2-410
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Roy Kao, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pain medicine, and pediatric hematology. He honors Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kao obtained his medical school training at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and performed his residency at Christiana Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, MemorialCare Health System, 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
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jae Jung works as a physiatrist, pain doctor, and spine surgeon. Dr. Jung is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jung include thoracic outlet syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Jung speaks Korean. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. John Chalabi is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Dr. Chalabi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. For his residency, Dr. Chalabi trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Chalabi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Persian and Turkish. Dr. Chalabi is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA 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.