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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, who practices in Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Diaz-Ramirez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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

Dr. Kenneth Giraldo is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He graduated from the University of the North. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Giraldo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Daniel Merck's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine; he sees patients in Sarasota, FL and Orlando, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Merck is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for his residency.

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

Dr. Jonathan Burns practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Burns is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Eugene Pereira is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Pereira is a graduate of Bangalore University and St. John's Medical College. 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 Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
2750 Bahia Vista Street; Suite 100
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Paul Lento's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lento honors. Dr. Lento attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Temple University Hospital (TUH).

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

Dr. Zachariah Chambers' medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Chambers speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. William Cole is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. Dr. Cole studied medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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.

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

Dr. Courtney Simmons' specialties are anesthesiology, pain medicine, and critical care (intensive care medicine). She 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. Simmons graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has a closed panel.

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

Dr. Peter Fernandez's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Satinerpaul Satia is a physician who specializes in pain medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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

Dr. Donald Erb specializes in interventional pain medicine and practices in Sarasota, FL. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Erb a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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

Dr. Nomen Azeem is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He works in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Azeem accepts 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 Physiatry, Pain Medicine
5741 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 590
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Lance Cassell's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Cassell 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, Interventional Pain Medicine
5741 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 210
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Michael Auerbach's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He takes 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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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.