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 works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Los Angeles, CA and Duarte, CA. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Leitner attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Leitner (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. Dr. Leitner is affiliated with City of Hope.

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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. Dr. Wu graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Wu trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Wu 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: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Neuropathic Pain, ... (Read more)

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. Dr. Zeltzer speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include pain management. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. Dr. Zeltzer studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Eric Shen-Zen Hsu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Eric Hsu is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. His areas of expertise consist of back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Hsu's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended Taipei Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Sadoughi 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He honors 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. In addition to English, Dr. Sadoughi 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. Francis Michael Ferrante, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Francis Ferrante is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ferrante include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ferrante is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Ferrante performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He 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. Jakun Willard Ing, MPH, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jakun Ing is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ing's clinical interests include pain management. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Charles Flippen is a medical specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Flippen include facial pain and headache. Dr. Flippen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Flippen's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He 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. Mollie Maureen Johnston, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
200 Med Plaza; Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mollie Johnston practices pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Johnston include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. Dr. Johnston is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. Dr. Johnston is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally 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 Hyun Ju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Her clinical interests encompass pain management. Dr. Lee honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lee is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Bryan's clinical interests include migraine, stress management, and pain management. He takes Anthem and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

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 specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Jung include thoracic outlet syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Jung graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Jung'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: 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's specialties are pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Chalabi's residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Chalabi (or staff) is conversant in Persian and Turkish. He 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 practices anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ehsan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian.

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

Dr. Harkirat Chahal's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at Kasturba Medical College and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Chahal (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He is affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in General Practice, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Legal Medicine, Pain Medicine, Vein Disease, Emergency Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgical Dermatology
3010 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Scott Reiter works as a general practitioner, hospice and palliative medicine specialist, and pain doctor in Santa Monica, CA. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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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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