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We found 4 pain specialists who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Stony Brook, NY.

Dr. Bassem (Basseem) Onsy Asaad MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesia Stony Brook Medical Center; Anesthesiology Department
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 723-5000; (631) 638-0800

Dr. Bassem Asaad specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Hampton Bays, NY and Stony Brook, NY. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Asaad attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He has a special interest in anesthesia. Dr. Asaad is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Asaad accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

Dr. Brian Thomas Durkin DO
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; HSC L4-060
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 444-4234; (631) 638-0800

Dr. Brian Durkin specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Durkin's education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), epidural steroid injection, and cancer pain. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durkin takes.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management, Acute Pain Management, Acute Post Operative Pain, Botox Injections, Cancer Pain, ... (Read more)

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Minyi Tan MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3 Edmund Pellegrino Road; 2nd. floor
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 444-2975

Dr. Minyi Tan, who practices in Stony Brook, NY, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tan include anesthesia. Dr. Tan has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tan attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

Dr. Samuel Pearce Brown DO
Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine
70 N Country Road; Suite 203
Port Jefferson, NY
(631) 474-0707; (631) 619-2177

Dr. Samuel Brown's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, 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.