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Dr. Bakul Ramakant Dave, MS, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Bakul Dave's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Dave's areas of clinical interest consist of vertebroplasty, pain management, and acute pain. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dave is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Indian Languages. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Acute Pain, Acupuncture Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony H Guarino, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Anthony Guarino specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Guarino include pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Nerve Block, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Spine Problems, Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Catheterization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lesley Kathryn Nichols, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lesley Rao is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. She is especially interested in vertebroplasty and pain management. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rao studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Rao is affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord Stimulation, Vertebroplasty, Cancer Pain, Radiofrequency Ablation, Pain Management

Dr. Robert A Swarm, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Swarm is a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Swarm attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise consist of vertebroplasty, pain management, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Swarm is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Cancer, Acute Pain, Vertebroplasty, Cancer Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Michael Magdy Bottros, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Michael Bottros specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Saint Louis, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Bottros average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. Dr. Bottros is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bottros attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency.

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Clinical interests: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Jacob Daniel Aubuchon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatric Pain Medicine
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jacob Aubuchon is a physician who specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric pain medicine. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aubuchon include pain management. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Charles R Schrock Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Charles Schrock's areas of specialization are pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include anesthesia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Schrock is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

Dr. Xiaobin Yi, MBA, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry & Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview; Place Suite14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Xiaobin Yi is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Saint Louis, MO. He attended medical school at Central South University and Peking Union Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Yi completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Yi is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Dr. Rajiv K Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Rajiv Shah sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include pain management. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Shah attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tanying Mao, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Tanying Mao works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Dr. Mao's clinical interests encompass pain management and anesthesia. She is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Mao attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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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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