We found 41 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield 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's medical specialty is pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Zeltzer average 3.5 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in pain management. Dr. Zeltzer accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Zeltzer performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. She has received the following distinction: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally 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. Akash Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 3376
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Akash Bajaj is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Santa Monica, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Bajaj completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bajaj accepts. Dr. Bajaj has received professional recognition including the following: Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. He speaks 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. Andrew T Leitner, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
8540 S Sepulveda Boulevard; Suite 910
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Leitner's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Los Angeles, CA and Duarte, CA. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Leitner studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He 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 professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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

Dr. Beny Charchian specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine and practices in Beverly Hills, CA. In his practice, Dr. Charchian focuses on pain management. Anthem, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Charchian honors. Dr. Charchian studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Charchian speaks Persian. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Dr. Ferrante has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Ferrante speaks Spanish. 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, Pain Management, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Danielle Aufiero is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Aufiero has indicated that her clinical interests include sports health. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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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 works as a pain doctor and neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Charles is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. His areas of expertise include general neurology and headache. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Charles is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Headache, General Neurology

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

Dr. Charles Flippen sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Flippen include facial pain and headache. Dr. Flippen is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Flippen has received distinctions including 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 a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Wu honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Mandarin. 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. Eric Shen-Zen Hsu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Eric Hsu's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. He is especially interested in back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Hsu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. He trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for his residency. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Hsu 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, Pain Management, Back Pain

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

Dr. Glenn Lipton's medical specialty is interventional pain medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lipton completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Lipton has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Sadoughi honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Sadoughi completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sadoughi has received distinctions including Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Sadoughi 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. Jakun Willard Ing, MPH, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jakun Ing practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ing completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ing has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Ing honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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); she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. She is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests 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). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her clinical interests include pain management. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Lee attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Ezekiel Fink works as an interventional pain specialist and neurologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Fink is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fink accepts Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency.

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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.