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1 . resultZacharia Isaac MD
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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine

300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA
(617) 573-2188; (617) 952-5000

(rated an average of 5 in 6 ratings)

Clinical interests: Non-operative management of spine disorders, Spinal Interventional Procedures

Dr. Zacharia Isaac works as a pain specialist and physiatrist in Boston, MA and Charlestown, MA. Patients rated Dr. Isaac highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Railroad Medicare, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and ForMost Managed Care, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Temple University Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He has received professional recognition including the following: Earl C. Elkin'S Award. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) and Emerson Hospital. Dr. Isaac's practice is open to new patients.

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2 . resultJoseph Roel Reyes DO
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine

736 Cambridge Street
Brighton, MA
(617) 789-3100

(rated an average of 5 in 5 ratings)

Clinical interests: Osteopathy

Dr. Joseph Reyes is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and anesthesiology. He is especially interested in osteopathic medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Rose - San Martin Campus and St. Rose - Rose de Lima & Siena Campus. Dr. Reyes studied medicine at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reyes is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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3 . resultDr. Dana E Zalkind MD
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine

88 East Newton Street; H-2817
Boston, MA
(617) 754-5450; (617) 638-6950

(rated an average of 5 in 3 ratings)

Clinical interests: General anesthesia

Dr. Dana Zalkind is a medical specialist in interventional pain medicine and anesthesiology. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Zalkind's residency was performed at Pennsylvania Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Dr. Zalkind (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and French. She is professionally affiliated with Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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4 . resultDr. Seyed Ali Mostoufi MD
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

800 Washington Street; #400
Boston, MA
(617) 754-9000; (617) 547-7163

(rated an average of 5 in 4 ratings)

Clinical interests: Conservative spine care, interventional physiatry, pain management, non-surgical sports medicine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Seyed Mostoufi, who practices in Boston, MA and Cambridge, MA, is a medical specialist in sports medicine, pain medicine, and physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Mostoufi graduated from Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University and then he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management, nerve conduction study (NCS), and electromyography (EMG). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes AARP, Aetna, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Mostoufi (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hungarian, and Armenian. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Mostoufi is affiliated with Tufts Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Mount Auburn Hospital. He has an open panel.

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5 . resultMihran Artin Artinian MD
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Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology, Pain Medicine

125 Parker Hill Ave Converse 2
Boston, MA
(617) 754-6687; (617) 754-5287

Dr. Mihran Artinian is a medical specialist in vascular & interventional radiology, diagnostic radiology, and pain medicine. He is affiliated with Cape Cod Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He is in-network for Aetna, CIGNA, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Dr. Artinian is open to new patients. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Artinian performed his residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Other Specialty: NeuroRadiology.. Dr. Artinian (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Armenian, and Arabic.

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6 . resultDr. Salahadin Abdi MD, PhD, CBA
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

One Brookline Place; Suite 105
Brookline, MA

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Salahadin Abdi is a pain medicine and anesthesiology specialist in Brookline, MA. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Physicians Referral Service. He honors Medicaid insurance. Dr. Abdi graduated from the University of Munster Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Abdi trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for his residency. His distinctions include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; Florida Super Doctors; and Marquis Who is Who in Science and Engineering. He speaks German.

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7 . resultSrdjan Nedeljkovic MD
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

133 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
(617) 789-2777; (617) 629-6000

(rated an average of 3 in 2 ratings)

Clinical interests: Spine Unit, Lower back pain; minimally invasive procedures for lower back pain

Dr. Srdjan Nedeljkovic's areas of specialization are pain medicine and anesthesiology; he sees patients in Brighton, MA, Somerville, MA, and Boston, MA. Patient ratings for Dr. Nedeljkovic average 1.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Nedeljkovic focuses on spine problems. Dr. Nedeljkovic is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He accepts First Health, Aetna, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Nedeljkovic performed his residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and UMass Memorial Medical Center. His distinctions include: ABA Board Exam Question Writer; Fellowship Director, BWH Pain Medicine Program; and President, New England Pain Association. Dr. Nedeljkovic (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Croatian, and Serbian.

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8 . resultJanet Lee Abrahm MD
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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (End-of-Life Care and Serious Illness), Adult Hematology, Pain Medicine

35 West Street; Unit 5
Cambridge, MA
(617) 632-6464; (617) 632-3000

Clinical interests: Palliative medicine, Symptom management, End-of-life care

Dr. Janet Abrahm's specialties are adult oncology, adult hematology, and pain medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include palliative care. Dr. Abrahm is affiliated with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Rhode Island Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at Moffitt Hospital, San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Abrahm has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha, .; and Phi Beta Kappa, .. She is accepting new patients.

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9 . resultDr. Alice X Truong MD
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry & Neurology, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

750 Washington Street; #450
Boston, MA
(617) 636-5631; (617) 636-3003

Clinical interests: Adult outpatient rehabilitation, back, neck and shoulder pain, cancer pain, cerebral palsy, sports ... (Read more)

Dr. Alice Truong is a pain medicine and physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist. After completing medical school at Hue College of Medicine and Pharmacy, Dr. Truong performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Truong include cerebral palsy, sports medicine, and shoulder pain. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Truong (or staff) speaks Vietnamese and Khmer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Cape Cod Healthcare, Tufts Medical Center, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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10 . resultDr. James Phillip Rathmell MD
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

55 Fruit Street; GRB 444
Boston, MA
(617) 726-8810; (617) 726-3332

(rated 3 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Anesthesiology, Pain medicine

Dr. James Rathmell sees patients in Boston, MA. His medical specialties are pain medicine and anesthesiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rathmell include pain management and anesthesia. Dr. Rathmell is affiliated with Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) and Lawrence General Hospital. He accepts Railroad Medicare, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), ForMost Managed Care, and more. Dr. Rathmell's practice is open to new patients. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: Henry Knowles Beecher Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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11 . resultDr. Christopher Charles Wenger MD
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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

88 East Newton Street; A-2817
Boston, MA
(617) 754-5450; (508) 761-6025

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Pain management

Dr. Christopher Wenger's specialties are interventional pain medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Wenger (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), and Vietnamese. He has a special interest in pain management. Dr. Wenger's hospital/clinic affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Center, Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, and St. Anne's Hospital. Before completing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Salem Hospital, Dr. Wenger attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Wenger honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. His practice is open to new patients.

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12 . resultDr. Sasa Periskic MD
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

101 Main Street
Medford, MA
(781) 662-7246

(rated an average of 4.2 in 5 ratings)

Clinical interests: ANESTHESIOLOGY

Dr. Sasa Periskic's areas of specialization are pain medicine and anesthesiology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Periskic has indicated that his clinical interests include anesthesia. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Periskic completed residency programs at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Research & Education Institute Grant # 09225-0.; Consumer's Research Council of America.; and Guide to America's Top Anesthesiologists, .. He is professionally affiliated with Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Dr. Periskic is accepting new patients.

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13 . resultDr. Joseph F Audette MD
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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine

Harvard Vanguard Medical Assoc.; Kenmore
Boston, MA
(617) 421-8817; (617) 421-1000

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Joseph Audette is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in pain medicine and physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He is an in-network provider for Most Insurance Plans and Medicaid insurance. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Audette performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Outstanding Contributions -chronic Pain; Management, Mass General Hospital & Harvard; and Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Audette's professional affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Center and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He is accepting new patients.

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14 . resultDr. Shihab U Ahmed MD, MBBS
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

55 Fruit Street; CLN 309 Anesthesia Associates
Boston, MA
(617) 726-3030; (617) 726-8810

(rated an average of 3 in 2 ratings)

Clinical interests: Chronic pain, Pain medicine

Dr. Shihab Ahmed is a pain specialist and anesthesiologist. Dr. Ahmed's areas of clinical interest consist of chronic pain and pain management. Dr. Ahmed honors several insurance carriers, including Railroad Medicare, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and ForMost Managed Care. After completing medical school at Mymensingh Medical College and Dhaka Medical College, Dr. Ahmed performed Dr. Ahmed's residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Ahmed's distinctions include: First Innovation Award, Physician; Organization, Massachusetts General Hospital.; and Awarded for the development of a medical delivery. In addition to English, Dr. Ahmed speaks Bengali. Dr. Ahmed's professional affiliations include Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO), and Jupiter Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed has an open panel.

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15 . resultJennifer C Millen MD, MPH
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Specializes in Pain Medicine

133 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
(617) 421-8817; (617) 421-1000

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Spine Unit

Dr. Jennifer Millen's medical specialty is pain medicine. Dr. Millen has indicated that her clinical interests include spine problems. She honors Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Center and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. She has an open panel.

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16 . resultDr. Marcos F Vidalmelo (Vidal Melo) MD PHD, PhD
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Cardiac Anesthesiology

55 Fruit Street; CLN 309
Boston, MA
(617) 726-8980; (617) 726-4654

Clinical interests: Cardiac anesthesia, Pulmonary pathophysiology, Inflammatory response during cardiac surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marcos Vidalmelo, who practices in Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in cardiac anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Vidalmelo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Portuguese. Clinical interests for Dr. Vidalmelo include ventricular assist device. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO). He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is in-network for Railroad Medicare, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and ForMost Managed Care, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Vidalmelo has received include 2007-Presidential Scholar Award, American Society; Anesthesiologists.; and 2005-Harvard Medical School Bridge Award. Dr. Vidalmelo is open to new patients.

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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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