We found 37 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield near Santa Monica, CA.

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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 practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), spine surgery, and interventional pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In addition to English, Dr. Ornelas speaks Spanish. Dr. Ornelas's hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 4 and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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

Dr. Akash Bajaj is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bajaj include substance abuse, anti-aging, and pain management. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bajaj takes. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Bajaj attended medical school at New York Medical College. He has received distinctions including Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. Dr. Bajaj speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Substance Abuse, 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 works as a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine specialist, pediatric anesthesiologist, and interventional pain specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zeltzer's clinical interests encompass pain management. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Dr. Zeltzer has received the following distinction: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Zeltzer is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

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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 is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Santa Monica, CA. Her areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Wu accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wu attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is conversant in Mandarin.

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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 specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise consist of back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is affiliated with 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. Dr. Hsu graduated from Taipei Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Hsu completed a residency program 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. Ali Sadoughi works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. He speaks Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Sadoughi 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 attended Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sadoughi honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received distinctions including 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. Francis Michael Ferrante, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Francis Ferrante is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Ferrante's education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ferrante include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ferrante is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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)

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

Dr. Andrew Charles is a medical specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Charles's areas of expertise include the following: general neurology and headache. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Charles attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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

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

Dr. Glenn Lipton's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Lipton's education and training includes medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His clinical interests include pain management. He honors Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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. Dr. Ing's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In his practice, Dr. Ing focuses on pain management. Dr. Ing honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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's medical specialty is pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests encompass facial pain and headache. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Flippen completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Flippen include: Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors. He is professionally 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). Dr. Johnston's clinical interests include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Johnston has received professional recognition including the following: UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. She speaks 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)

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

Dr. Danielle Aufiero's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine; she sees patients in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Aufiero's clinical interests encompass sports health. She honors 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. Dr. Aufiero is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

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

Dr. Ezekiel Fink's specialties are interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fink include concussion, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Fink's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. His practice is open to new patients. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Fink completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Tummy Tuck, Headache, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Neuropathy, Nerve Problems, Botulinum Toxin ... (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 a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Lee has indicated that her clinical interests include pain management. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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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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