We found 37 pain specialists who accept 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 works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Santa Monica, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. Dr. Bajaj has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bajaj takes. Dr. Bajaj is a graduate of New York Medical College. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has received distinctions including 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. 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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Zeltzer focuses on pain management. Dr. Zeltzer is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Zeltzer graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then she 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 speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, concussion, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Dr. Fink's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Fink is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

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. His education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Leitner (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. He 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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Ferrante attended medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Ferrante's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferrante is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Danielle Aufiero specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aufiero include sports health. Dr. Aufiero is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Aufiero has an open panel.

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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 specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Charles attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Charles has indicated that his clinical interests include general neurology and headache. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Charles has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Headache, General Neurology

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

Dr. Charles Flippen is a physician who specializes in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a special interest in facial pain and headache. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Flippen performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Flippen include: 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 sees patients in Santa Monica, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Wu accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Wu graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks 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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. Clinical interests for Dr. Hsu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Hsu's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Hsu's residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 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, Pain Management, Back Pain

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

Dr. Glenn Lipton's specialty is interventional pain medicine. He accepts Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Lipton has received the following distinction: 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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sadoughi 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. His distinctions include: Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to English, Dr. Sadoughi speaks Persian. He 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. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Ing include pain management. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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. Dr. Ing's professional affiliations include 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 specializes in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Los Angeles, CA. She is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnston include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. Dr. Johnston is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Johnston is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lee include pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee takes. She attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Reza Ehsan works as an anesthesiologist, pain specialist, and family practice physician in Los Angeles, CA. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehsan honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Ehsan trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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.
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