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We found 11 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Managed Care near Boston, MA.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman St/wacc 340
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Shihab Ahmed is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ahmed graduated from Mymensingh Medical College and Dhaka Medical College. For Dr. Ahmed's residency, Dr. Ahmed trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Ahmed is especially interested in pain management and chronic pain. Dr. Ahmed is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ahmed include: First Innovation Award, Physician; Organization, Massachusetts General Hospital.; and Awarded for the development of a medical delivery. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Khmer. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ahmed's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Pain, Pain Management

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman St/wacc-324
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jianren Mao's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended Soochow University Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). These areas are among Dr. Mao's clinical interests: pain management and anesthesia. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. His distinctions include: NIH Research Grants; Early Carrier Scholar Award Of American Pain; and Society. Dr. Mao (or staff) is conversant in Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gary Brenner works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Dr. Brenner offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Brenner is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received distinctions including Best of Boston Top Physician; NIH K-08 Award for study of the NMDA receptor and pain sensitization; and ADAMHA/NIMH National Research Service Award (MD/PhD - 1991-1995). He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Lucy Chen practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Chen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Chinese. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. She is especially interested in pain management, anesthesia, and acupuncture treatment. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhongshan School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. Dr. Chen has received the following distinctions: Distinguished Lecturer, ACMA and Partners Excellence Award. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management, Acupuncture Treatment

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Cardiac Anesthesiology
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Marcos Vidalmelo is a specialist in pain medicine and cardiac anesthesiology. His clinical interests encompass ventricular assist device (VAD). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vidalmelo is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Vidalmelo's training includes residency programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His distinctions include: 2007-Presidential Scholar Award, American Society; Anesthesiologists.; and 2005-Harvard Medical School Bridge Award. Dr. Vidalmelo (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Ventricular Assist Device

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Kurz's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Her clinical interests include spinal pain, neuromuscular disorders (nerve & muscle diseases), and musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Kurz accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kurz include: Specializes in Interventional Spine, Electromyography & Musculoskeletal Medicine.; www.doctorkurz.com; and Member, American Board of Electromyography Medicine.. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kurz welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Electromyography, Spinal Pain, Neuromuscular Disorders, Musculoskeletal Problems, Sports Injuries, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
125 Nashua Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Zacharia Isaac is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Faulkner Hospital. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Isaac's residency was performed at Temple University Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Isaac honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has received the distinction of Earl C. Elkin'S Award. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Yi Zhang is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Zhang is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from Tongji University Medical School and Peking Union Medical College and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Zhang is conversant in Mandarin.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street; Wac 340
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Shiqian Shen is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Shen is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Tongji University Medical School. Dr. Shen's residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the distinction of Best Intern of the Year. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Keith Fragoza's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Fragoza trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Providence VA Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Mona Patel is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Boston, MA and Salem, MA. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and then she performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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.