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We found 21 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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Leitner's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an in-network provider for 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 affiliated with City of Hope.

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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 specializes in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine and practices in Los Angeles, CA. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Zeltzer is especially interested in pain management. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Dr. Zeltzer has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider 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.

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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 medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ferrante include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Ferrante is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ferrante at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Wu's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Wu takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. She 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)

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Medical Plaza; #b200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Charles Flippen works as a pain specialist and neurologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Flippen include facial pain and headache. Dr. Flippen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Flippen has received include 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. 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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He speaks Persian. Dr. Sadoughi's areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Sadoughi attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Sadoughi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award.

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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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hsu's clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Hsu is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks 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. Mollie Maureen Johnston, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
200 Med Plaza; Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mollie Johnston's specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Johnston graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her areas of expertise include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnston has received professional recognition including the following: UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. She is conversant in Spanish. She is 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. Christine Hyunju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Her areas of expertise include pain management. Dr. Lee is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 practices anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Ehsan (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Persian. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehsan takes 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 works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ing include pain management. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ing takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ing studied medicine 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).

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. John Chalabi's specialties are pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Los Angeles, CA. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Chalabi is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Chalabi (or staff) speaks Persian and Turkish.

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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 is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jung include thoracic outlet syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for residency. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Jung's 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. Washington Bryan II, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
11669 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 110
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Washington Bryan specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: migraine, stress management, and pain management. Dr. Bryan accepts Anthem and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Bryan is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Harkirat Chahal's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is affiliated with Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Chahal accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Chahal attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school. Dr. Chahal (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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

Dr. Michael Kelly is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of 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.