We found 21 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Santa Monica, CA.

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Dr. Irene Wu M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Irene Wu is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Santa Monica, CA. Her education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wu takes. She speaks Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Neuropathic Pain, ... (Read more)

Eric Shen-Zen Hsu MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Eric Hsu sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Hsu is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese. He is especially interested in back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After completing medical school at Taipei Medical University, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hsu accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Pain Management, Back Pain

Dr. Lonnie Kaye Zeltzer M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
average rating 3.33 stars (3 ratings)
200 Med Plaza; Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer is a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and interventional pain medicine specialist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is especially interested in pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeltzer accepts. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona, Dr. Zeltzer attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Zeltzer has received the following distinction: American Pain Society Honors UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program with Excellence in Pain Management Award. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Francis Michael Ferrante MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
average rating 2.59 stars (11 ratings)
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Francis Ferrante is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Ferrante's areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, Dr. Ferrante speaks Spanish. Dr. Ferrante is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Pain Management, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jakun Willard Ing M.P.H., M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jakun Ing is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ing's clinical interests encompass pain management. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ing attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ing's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Ali Reza Sadoughi MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 860w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Ali Sadoughi's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. His clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Sadoughi is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sadoughi's distinctions include: Dillon's Award and Regional Anesthesia Teacher of the Year Award. He speaks Persian.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Neuropathic Pain, ... (Read more)

David Eli Fish MPH, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 2.08 stars (9 ratings)
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Fish is a physician who specializes in pain medicine, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Fish an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include thoracic outlet syndrome, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fish takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Kyphoplasty, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Radiculopathy, ... (Read more)

Mollie Maureen Johnston M.D.
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
200 Med Plaza; Suite B200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mollie Johnston's specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include general neurology, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnston accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Johnston performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received professional recognition including the following: UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Johnston is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Facial Pain, Headache, Clinical Trials, Botox Injection, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
300 Medical Plaza; #b200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Charles Flippen sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Flippen focuses on facial pain and headache. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flippen honors. Dr. Flippen's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Flippen is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Facial Pain, Headache

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
average rating 2.83 stars (3 ratings)
11600 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Reza Ehsan is an anesthesiologist, pain specialist, and family medicine physician in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ehsan obtained his medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian.

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Jae Jung M.D.
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Jae Jung is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: thoracic outlet syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Jung's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Jung has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Complex ... (Read more)

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Harkirat Chahal is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Thousand Oaks, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Chahal (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College and a graduate of Brigham and Women's Hospital's residency program. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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John Takyeh Chalabi MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. John Chalabi is a specialist in pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Chalabi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Dr. Chalabi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Persian and Turkish.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Christine Lee is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. She attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3828 Delmas Terrace
Culver City, CA
 

Dr. Michael Kelly is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Culver City, CA. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
average rating 3.94 stars (9 ratings)
8610 S Sepulveda Boulevard; Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Kerr is an interventional pain specialist. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kerr graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kerr accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, 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.
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