We found 41 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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He works in Santa Monica, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bajaj include substance abuse, anti-aging, and pain management. He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Bajaj is a graduate of New York Medical College. He trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. Dr. Bajaj is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Substance Abuse, 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 is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Leitner graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Leitner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Leitner (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. Dr. Leitner is affiliated with City of Hope.

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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 works as a rehabilitation physician, spine surgeon, and interventional pain specialist in Los Angeles, CA. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. After attending the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In addition to English, Dr. Ornelas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Keck Medicine of USC.

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

Dr. Beny Charchian is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Charchian has a special interest in pain management. He honors Anthem, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Charchian has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Charchian is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Andrew Charles is a pain specialist and neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Charles include general neurology and headache. Dr. Charles is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Headache, General Neurology

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

Dr. Glenn Lipton's medical specialty is anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lipton include pain management. After attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Lipton completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Lipton has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Irene I-Lan Wu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Irene Wu works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Santa Monica, CA. 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). Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Wu speaks Mandarin. She 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's medical specialty is pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zeltzer include pain management. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeltzer accepts. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. She has received professional recognition including the following: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. Dr. Zeltzer speaks Spanish. She 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: Pain Management

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

Dr. Danielle Aufiero works as a rehabilitation physician and pain doctor. Dr. Aufiero has indicated that her clinical interests include sports health. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aufiero honors. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Aufiero has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

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

Dr. Eric Hsu is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. His clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu graduated from Taipei Medical University. Dr. Hsu trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for his residency. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. He 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: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Pain Management, Back Pain

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

Dr. Ezekiel Fink is an interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fink include back pain, concussion, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Fink is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is open to new patients.

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

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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. His clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Sadoughi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Sadoughi's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received the following distinctions: 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. Francis Michael Ferrante, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Francis Ferrante is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ferrante include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica 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 New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Ferrante speaks Spanish.

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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's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ing attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ing include pain management. Dr. Ing honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic 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 specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Los Angeles, CA. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Clinical interests for Dr. Flippen include facial pain and headache. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flippen honors. 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. 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). She practices in Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Johnston honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Johnston completed her residency training 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.

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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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