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We found 37 pain specialists who accept 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 is a specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine. She speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests encompass pain management. Dr. Zeltzer's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 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. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeltzer honors. She has received professional recognition including the following: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. Dr. Bajaj takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. Dr. Bajaj's residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bajaj include: Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. In addition to English, Dr. Bajaj speaks Spanish. He has an open panel.

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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 accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Leitner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Leitner (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. Dr. Leitner is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Dr. Francis Michael Ferrante, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Francis Ferrante works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ferrante include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Ferrante's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 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 has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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'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 accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Aufiero has received the distinction of 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 is a pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. His areas of clinical interest consist of general neurology and headache. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as 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). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Charles include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. He is professionally 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 is a pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise consist of facial pain and headache. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Flippen graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Flippen has received distinctions including 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. 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. She works in Santa Monica, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Wu attended medical school 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). Dr. Wu is conversant in Mandarin. She is professionally 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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist 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 takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Taipei Medical University. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hsu speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. He 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 practices interventional pain medicine. Dr. Lipton is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. 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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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 in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. After completing medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sadoughi's clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is an in-network provider for 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. Dr. Sadoughi speaks Persian. 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, 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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise include pain management. Dr. Ing's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Ing attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently 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 practices pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Johnston completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Johnston has received the distinction of UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. She 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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Lee attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include pain management. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lee is affiliated with 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 in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Fink is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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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. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Ehsan's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Persian.

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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.