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We found 37 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 is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Dr. Leitner (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian, Hebrew, and Spanish. Dr. Leitner is professionally affiliated with City of Hope. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Leitner's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 areas of specialization are pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Zeltzer's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass pain management. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeltzer takes. She attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona for residency. She has received the following distinction: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist in Santa Monica, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bajaj include substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. Dr. Bajaj is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bajaj include: Patient's Choice Awards; Golden Key National Honor Society; and Most Compassionate Doctor. Dr. Bajaj is conversant in Spanish. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Substance Abuse, Migraine, Anti-Aging, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pain Management

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 in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ferrante's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He graduated from New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Ferrante is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Dr. Wu's areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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). Dr. Wu is conversant in Mandarin. Her 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. Andrew Craig Charles, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Medical Plaza; #b200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Charles' specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Charles has indicated that his clinical interests include general neurology and headache. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Charles include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Charles 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's areas of specialization are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Flippen has a special interest in facial pain and headache. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Flippen is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Facial Pain, Headache

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

Dr. Danielle Aufiero is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Aufiero's areas of expertise include sports health. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aufiero's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Sadoughi include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sadoughi honors. He obtained his medical school training at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Sadoughi is conversant in Persian.

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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 works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. His areas of clinical interest consist of back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu's education and training includes medical school at Taipei Medical University and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hsu speaks 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
13160 Mindanao Way; Suite 300
Marina Del Rey, CA
 

Dr. Glenn Lipton is an interventional pain specialist. He honors Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Lipton studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Dr. Jakun Willard Ing, MPH, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jakun Ing is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is especially interested in pain management. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ing attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ing is affiliated with 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 is a pain doctor and neurologist. She speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Johnston's clinical interests: general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Johnston attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the distinction of 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 Hyunju Lee, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her areas of expertise include pain management. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Lee honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Ehsan attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Persian.

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

Dr. Ezekiel Fink practices interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fink honors Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is affiliated with 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.