We found 42 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Akash Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 3376
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Akash Bajaj's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He practices in Santa Monica, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. Dr. Bajaj attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has a special interest in substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Bajaj has received include Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. He is conversant in Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Substance Abuse, Migraine, Anti-Aging, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pain Management

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 is a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA. She speaks Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Zeltzer focuses on pain management. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Zeltzer attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeltzer accepts. She has received the following distinction: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Ezekiel B Fink, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Neurology
416 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ezekiel Fink practices interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include back pain, concussion, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fink studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Fink is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Bone Spurs, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Chronic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Charles Ornelas Sr., MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Spine Surgery, Interventional Pain Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Ornelas' areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), spine surgery, and interventional pain medicine. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Before completing his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Dr. Ornelas attended medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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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. Dr. Leitner's education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Leitner (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. Dr. Leitner is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Dr. Glenn Martin Lipton, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1450 Cloverfield Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Glenn Lipton is a specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Lipton has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He accepts Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He 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 following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
9730 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 110
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Beny Charchian is a Beverly Hills, CA physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Charchian's clinical interests include pain management. He is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Charchian speaks Persian. He has an open panel.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. He graduated from New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Ferrante trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Ferrante include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Ferrante's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic 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, Pain Management, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
2317 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Aufiero is a physiatrist and pain specialist in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Aufiero is especially interested in sports health. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

Dr. Andrew Craig Charles, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Medical Plaza; Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Charles is a specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Charles's clinical interests: general neurology and headache. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Charles's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Headache, General Neurology

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

Dr. Charles Flippen practices pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among Dr. Flippen's clinical interests: facial pain and headache. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Flippen takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors.

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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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. These areas are among Dr. Wu's clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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). Dr. Wu speaks Mandarin. Her hospital/clinic 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. 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. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Taipei Medical University, he performed 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. His areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Sadoughi performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His distinctions include: Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Sadoughi's hospital/clinic 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. Jakun Willard Ing, MPH, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jakun Ing is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ing's areas of expertise include pain management. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ing trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency.

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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's areas of specialization are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnston studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Johnston completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the distinction of UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. Dr. Johnston 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)

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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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