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We found 38 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Andrew T Leitner, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
8540 S Sepulveda Boulevard; Suite 910
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Leitner specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Leitner attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Leitner (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. He is professionally 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 practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Bajaj's areas of expertise consist of substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bajaj 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 Interventional Pain Medicine, Pediatric Pain Medicine
200 Med Plaza; Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer practices interventional pain medicine and pediatric pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise include pain management. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zeltzer is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona, Dr. Zeltzer attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Zeltzer's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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 is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Ferrante's areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferrante studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ferrante completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ferrante 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, Pain Management, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Irene Wu's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She practices in Santa Monica, CA. Her areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Wu is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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). She speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. 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)

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

Dr. Danielle Aufiero works as a rehabilitation physician and pain specialist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include sports health. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Aufiero graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

Dr. David Eli Fish, MPH, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7th Fl Tower Building Room 745; 1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Fish practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Fish include thoracic outlet syndrome, trigger point injections, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). His patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fish accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Fish attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Knee 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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Hsu attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Hsu's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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
13160 Mindanao Way; Suite 300
Marina Del Rey, CA
 

Dr. Glenn Lipton is a medical specialist in interventional pain medicine. Dr. Lipton has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Dr. Kakit Paul Hui, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Pain Medicine, General Internal Medicine
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kakit Hui is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in general practice, pain medicine, and general internal medicine. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Hui attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hui include orthostatic hypotension, fibromyalgia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hui speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Orthostatic Hypotension, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Acupuncture Treatment

Dr. David Jorge Wallenstein, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
1250 16th Street; Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Wallenstein is a physician who specializes in pain medicine and family medicine. Dr. Wallenstein's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Ali Reza Reza Sadoughi, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 860w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Alireza Sadoughi's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Sadoughi graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sadoughi include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Sadoughi takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Persian. 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, Neuropathic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christine Hyunju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lee is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
11600 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Reza Ehsan's areas of specialization are anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Persian. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, Dr. Ehsan performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Ehsan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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

Dr. Ezekiel Fink is a Beverly Hills, CA physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fink's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fink is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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Dr. Jakun Willard Ing, MPH, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
757 Westwood Plaza; Suite 3325
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jakun Ing is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ing honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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.