P H I L O S O P H Y
I am a double board certified anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain management. My focus is conservative therapy- options to treat pain in lieu of surgery- for the neck and low back. This includes reducing pain by depositing steroid medication under fluoroscopic guidance into the area of inflammation.
If there are any damaged cells or irritants in the body, then specific cells and cytokines known as the inflammatory cascade allow for the repair of tissue and disposal of broken cells. This process is a necessary system for our survival if it occurs short-term. However, when it occurs excessively and over a long period of time, this leads to disease. Most diseases, including chronic pain, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases, all share chronic inflammation as the root cause.
Ironically, very early in my career, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rather aggressive-appearing case of multiple sclerosis (MS), which included inflammatory lesions of the brain and spinal cord. Very soon after, I had chemotherapy and a transplant of stem cells taken from my own bone marrow. This essentially “reset” my immune system to stop the disease in its tracks. Perhaps the best teacher for a physician is to become the patient; the experience has been life-changing for me, and I feel as though the treatment gave me a second chance. I have always had a great deal of empathy for what my patients are going through, but this process has deepened that even further. As a result of my personal experience, I have had an amplified interest in wellness and reducing systemic inflammation, which I would like to share with my patients.