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We found 15 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health near Sarasota, FL.

Dr. Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1921 Waldemere Street; 607
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Diaz-Ramirez's education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
3920 Bee Ridge Road; Suite F
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Burns is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Other
5741 Bee Ridge Road; #250
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Merck is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist in Sarasota, FL and Orlando, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Merck studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Merck completed his residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Other
1219 S East Avenue; Suite 101
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Kenneth Giraldo is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Sarasota, FL. He attended medical school at the University of the North. The average patient rating for Dr. Giraldo is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1540 S Tamiami Trail; 1st Floor
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Eugene Pereira, who practices in Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Bangalore University and St. John's Medical College.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3945 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Zachariah Chambers is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Chambers speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
2750 Bahia Vista Street; Suite 100
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Paul Lento is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lento is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Lento is affiliated with Temple University Hospital (TUH).

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Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
2750 Bahia Vista Street; Suite 100
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Nomen Azeem practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Critical Care
5880 Rand Boulevard; Suite 206
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Courtney Simmons specializes in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and critical care (intensive care medicine). She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. She trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for her residency. Dr. Simmons accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2115 River Ridge Drive
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Peter Fernandez is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fernandez is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
4071 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 101
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. William Cole specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine and practices in Sarasota, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Cole is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine
6050 Cattleridge Boulevard; Suite 201
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Satinerpaul Satia is a medical specialist in pain medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
6050 Cattleridge Boulevard; Suite 201
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Donald Erb is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Erb takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
5741 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 590
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Lance Cassell's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine; he sees patients in Sarasota, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
5741 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 210
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Michael Auerbach's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Auerbach accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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.