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inflammatory and musculoskeletal diseases.

Pain Management Service

Don’t accept pain. Let us help.

Our philosophy is simple: Pain should be managed only as medically necessary, and in such cases conservatively and under the close monitoring of specialists with state-of-the-art knowledge. Whether your pain is persistent or acute, at HSS, with the world’s best medical team on your side, you will receive honest, expert, personalized care. Our doctors have been consistently ranked among the best in pain management in the New York metropolitan area.

If you had a heart problem, you’d see a cardiologist. If you’re in pain, you should see a specialty-trained pain management physician. Whether your pain stems from nagging back pain, an acute sports injury, a recent operation, osteoarthritis or complex regional pain syndrome, our board-certified pain management physicians are driven to understand your pain and treat it — whether it be in our Special Procedures Unit or in one of our exam rooms.

You will be evaluated and treated by a team of physicians with the interest, clinical expertise, cutting-edge training and skill to relieve your pain and restore your life. Our success is measured by your ability to get back in the game.

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What We Treat

We treat a wide variety of patients with pain problems.
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Meet the Team

Our physicians are consistently listed as top pain management specialists in the New York metro area.
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Our Approach

Our difference is in how we approach, treat, and manage pain.

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The Pain Management Services team understands that pain is a factor in many of the conditions we treat and in the course of some care provided to help our patients get back to what they need and love to do. HSS pain management physicians treat a wide variety of pain conditions, including:

 
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What We Treat
We treat a wide variety of patients with pain problems.

The Pain Management Services team understands that pain is a factor in many of the conditions we treat and in the course of some care provided to help our patients get back to what they need and love to do. HSS pain management physicians treat a wide variety of pain conditions, including:

 

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Our team of specialty-trained chronic pain physicians use a multifaceted approach to resolving your pain, from interventional procedures to noninvasive therapies to, when necessary, pharmaceutical intervention. HSS is ranked #1 for orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report. Our physicians stand out for their expertise. Members of our pain team have been ranked in New York Magazine’s Best Pain Management Doctors by Castle Connolly since 2001.

Physicians

Seth A. Waldman, MD
Seth A. Waldman, MD
Director, Pain Management Services
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Waldman specializes in therapeutic and diagnostic spinal injections and the management of neurologic pain. He is the Director of the Division of Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery..

Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Director, Medical Pain Management
Pain Management, Internal Medicine
Dr. Dave is a pain medicine physician specialized in treating complex, chronic, neuropathic and post-surgical pain conditions.

Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Griffin specializes in treating patients with back pain, neck pain, and other chronic pain disorders. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain to help patients restore their mobility.

Semih Gungor, MD
Semih Gungor, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Gungor uses cutting-edge and advanced diagnostic technologies coupled with individualized medical, physiatric, psychological and interventional therapies to diagnose and treat patients with chronic pain.

Joseph C. Hung, MD
Joseph C. Hung, MD
Pain Management, Spine, Anesthesiology
Dr. Hung is a triple-board certified physician with expertise in interventional pain management, anesthesiology, and clinical informatics.

Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Kramskiy specializes in minimally-invasive spine procedures and advanced interventional techniques including implantation of spinal cord stimulators, including DRG stimulators.

Christine Peterson, MD
Christine Peterson, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Dr. Peterson provides pain management services to chronic and recuperative pain inpatients, coordinates interdisciplinary pain services throughout the hospital and provides consultations to diagnose and treat inpatients with complex pain conditions.

Daniel I. Richman, MD
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Richman is an attending anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in orthopedic-related pain management with a specific interest in managing conditions related to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

David Y. Wang, MD
David Y. Wang, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Wang is a board certified anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. His areas of expertise include treating patients with back pain, postoperative pain, neuropathic pain and chronic pain.

Seth A. Waldman, MD
Seth A. Waldman, MD
Director, Pain Management Services
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Waldman specializes in therapeutic and diagnostic spinal injections and the management of neurologic pain. He is the Director of the Division of Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery..
Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Director, Medical Pain Management
Pain Management, Internal Medicine
Dr. Dave is a pain medicine physician specialized in treating complex, chronic, neuropathic and post-surgical pain conditions.
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Griffin specializes in treating patients with back pain, neck pain, and other chronic pain disorders. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain to help patients restore their mobility.
Semih Gungor, MD
Semih Gungor, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Gungor uses cutting-edge and advanced diagnostic technologies coupled with individualized medical, physiatric, psychological and interventional therapies to diagnose and treat patients with chronic pain.
Joseph C. Hung, MD
Joseph C. Hung, MD
Pain Management, Spine, Anesthesiology
Dr. Hung is a triple-board certified physician with expertise in interventional pain management, anesthesiology, and clinical informatics.
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Kramskiy specializes in minimally-invasive spine procedures and advanced interventional techniques including implantation of spinal cord stimulators, including DRG stimulators.
Christine Peterson, MD
Christine Peterson, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Dr. Peterson provides pain management services to chronic and recuperative pain inpatients, coordinates interdisciplinary pain services throughout the hospital and provides consultations to diagnose and treat inpatients with complex pain conditions.
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Richman is an attending anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in orthopedic-related pain management with a specific interest in managing conditions related to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
David Y. Wang, MD
David Y. Wang, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Wang is a board certified anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. His areas of expertise include treating patients with back pain, postoperative pain, neuropathic pain and chronic pain.
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Meet the Team
Our physicians are consistently listed as top pain management specialists in the New York metro area.

Our team of specialty-trained chronic pain physicians use a multifaceted approach to resolving your pain, from interventional procedures to noninvasive therapies to, when necessary, pharmaceutical intervention. HSS is ranked #1 for orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report. Our physicians stand out for their expertise. Members of our pain team have been ranked in New York Magazine’s Best Pain Management Doctors by Castle Connolly since 2001.

Physicians

Seth A. Waldman, MD
Seth A. Waldman, MD
Director, Pain Management Services
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Waldman specializes in therapeutic and diagnostic spinal injections and the management of neurologic pain. He is the Director of the Division of Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery..

Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Director, Medical Pain Management
Pain Management, Internal Medicine
Dr. Dave is a pain medicine physician specialized in treating complex, chronic, neuropathic and post-surgical pain conditions.

Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Griffin specializes in treating patients with back pain, neck pain, and other chronic pain disorders. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain to help patients restore their mobility.

Semih Gungor, MD
Semih Gungor, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Gungor uses cutting-edge and advanced diagnostic technologies coupled with individualized medical, physiatric, psychological and interventional therapies to diagnose and treat patients with chronic pain.

Joseph C. Hung, MD
Joseph C. Hung, MD
Pain Management, Spine, Anesthesiology
Dr. Hung is a triple-board certified physician with expertise in interventional pain management, anesthesiology, and clinical informatics.

Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Kramskiy specializes in minimally-invasive spine procedures and advanced interventional techniques including implantation of spinal cord stimulators, including DRG stimulators.

Christine Peterson, MD
Christine Peterson, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Dr. Peterson provides pain management services to chronic and recuperative pain inpatients, coordinates interdisciplinary pain services throughout the hospital and provides consultations to diagnose and treat inpatients with complex pain conditions.

Daniel I. Richman, MD
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Richman is an attending anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in orthopedic-related pain management with a specific interest in managing conditions related to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

David Y. Wang, MD
David Y. Wang, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Wang is a board certified anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. His areas of expertise include treating patients with back pain, postoperative pain, neuropathic pain and chronic pain.

Seth A. Waldman, MD
Seth A. Waldman, MD
Director, Pain Management Services
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Waldman specializes in therapeutic and diagnostic spinal injections and the management of neurologic pain. He is the Director of the Division of Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery..
Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Vinnidhy H. Dave, DO
Director, Medical Pain Management
Pain Management, Internal Medicine
Dr. Dave is a pain medicine physician specialized in treating complex, chronic, neuropathic and post-surgical pain conditions.
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Robert S. Griffin, MD, PhD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Griffin specializes in treating patients with back pain, neck pain, and other chronic pain disorders. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain to help patients restore their mobility.
Semih Gungor, MD
Semih Gungor, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Gungor uses cutting-edge and advanced diagnostic technologies coupled with individualized medical, physiatric, psychological and interventional therapies to diagnose and treat patients with chronic pain.
Joseph C. Hung, MD
Joseph C. Hung, MD
Pain Management, Spine, Anesthesiology
Dr. Hung is a triple-board certified physician with expertise in interventional pain management, anesthesiology, and clinical informatics.
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD
Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Kramskiy specializes in minimally-invasive spine procedures and advanced interventional techniques including implantation of spinal cord stimulators, including DRG stimulators.
Christine Peterson, MD
Christine Peterson, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Dr. Peterson provides pain management services to chronic and recuperative pain inpatients, coordinates interdisciplinary pain services throughout the hospital and provides consultations to diagnose and treat inpatients with complex pain conditions.
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Daniel I. Richman, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Richman is an attending anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery. He specializes in orthopedic-related pain management with a specific interest in managing conditions related to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
David Y. Wang, MD
David Y. Wang, MD
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Wang is a board certified anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. His areas of expertise include treating patients with back pain, postoperative pain, neuropathic pain and chronic pain.

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Our Pain Management team is dedicated to understanding and treating your chronic pain using a series of treatment options ranging from minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to more advanced interventional methods, and rehabilitative strategies to optimize your mobility.

  • Radiofrequency ablations
  • Sacroiliac joint blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal nerve root/dorsal root ganglion blocks - cervical, thoracic and lumbar
  • Sympathetic ganglion and nerve blocks
  • Botox injections for migraine headaches
  • Acupuncture
 
Our Approach thumbnail image
Our Approach
Our difference is in how we approach, treat, and manage pain.

Our Pain Management team is dedicated to understanding and treating your chronic pain using a series of treatment options ranging from minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to more advanced interventional methods, and rehabilitative strategies to optimize your mobility.

  • Radiofrequency ablations
  • Sacroiliac joint blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal nerve root/dorsal root ganglion blocks - cervical, thoracic and lumbar
  • Sympathetic ganglion and nerve blocks
  • Botox injections for migraine headaches
  • Acupuncture
 
Our comprehensive treatment plans set us apart.

Our team of pain management specialists have all focused their knowledge and medical expertise on relieving pain in outpatient and inpatient settings. Your individualized treatment plan will be personally managed by your physician and may incorporate several types of pain relief techniques to help you heal during rehabilitation.

Our team of physicians are experts in the prescription and management of prescription pain medications, including narcotics. When pain management through use of controlled substances is clinically indicated, practitioners at HSS seek to prescribe the lowest doses, for the shortest duration possible. HSS takes great efforts to minimize the use of controlled substances and avert drug dependence, and we expect our patients to work with us toward that goal. Read the HSS Opioid Prescription Policy for more information.

Contact our physician offices to start treating your pain today.

Our patients trust us to get them back in the game – pain free.