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Semih Gungor, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
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About Dr. Gungor


Dr. Semih Gungor is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has specialized in pain management since 2001 and has been practicing at HSS since 2008. Dr. Gungor is a faculty at Cornell University Weill Medical School. He believes each patient's unique condition requires comprehensive assessment with the highest quality of pain-focused medical care.

Dr. Gungor uses the most recent and advanced diagnostic technologies coupled with individualized medical, physiatric, psychological, and interventional therapies to diagnose and treat patients successfully. By providing timely, efficient, and thorough care, Dr. Gungor's goal is to alleviate pain, increase the quality of life, and achieve optimal functionality for all patients.

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Specialized Centers

HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine
Rehabilitation National Network

Special Expertise

Chronic intractable pain problems
Non-surgical treatment of spine-related pain problems
Back pain
Lumbar radiculopathy
Disc herniation
Bulging disc
Pinched nerve
Nerve injury
Pain after surgery
Neck Pain
Cervical radiculopathy
Cervicogenic headaches
Muscle pain
Joint pain
Knee pain
Hip pain
Shoulder pain
Elbow pain
Occipital headaches
Meralgia paresthetica
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Neuropathic pain
Extremity pain
RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) or CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)
Phantom limb pain
Postlaminectomy syndrome
Failed back surgery syndrome
Failed neck surgery syndrome
Chronic postsurgical pain


Interventional techniques for diagnosis and treatment of spine-related pain syndromes
Epidural injections
Advanced interventional techniques such as neurolytic and radiofrequency ablation.
Nerve ablation procedures
Nerve denervation procedures
Minimally invasive intradiscal techniques for the treatment of low back pain
Implantable drug delivery systems
Spinal cord stimulator
Dorsal column stimulator
DRG stimulator
Dorsal root ganglion stimulator
Neurostimulator for pain
Facet joint blocks
Facet joint injections
Facet joint ablation
Rhizotomy procedure
Sympathetic blocks
Stellate ganglion blocks
Nerve blocks

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If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Director, Pain Medicine Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA)
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
International Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
International Neuromodulation Society (INS)
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA)


American Board of Anesthesiology
American Board of Anesthesiology, Subspecialty Board Certification in Pain Medicine


Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 5 Years
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2016-2022
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2015-2020
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2018-2022


Medical: Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Republic of Türkiye, 1990
Internship: Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1997
Residency: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2000
Fellowship: Quad-Institutional  Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2001

State Licensure


English, Turkish, Spanish

For My Patients

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Office Information

My office is located at:

HSS - 75th Street Campus
429 East 75th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel. 212.774.2176
Fax. 646.797.8595

Office Hours:
Monday 8:30pm – 4pm
Tuesday 8:30pm – 4pm 
Wednesday 8:30pm – 4pm 
Thursday 8:30pm – 4pm 
Friday 8:30pm – 4pm

Operating Room Hours:
Monday 8:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday 12:30pm – 5pm

Driving Directions

Public Transportation Directions

HSS Map - Main Campus

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Your First Visit

Instructions to patients:

Please bring the following documents with you to your first appointment:

  • All insurance ID cards
  • Notes from physicians that are currently treating or have previously treated you for this problem
  • Reports and films for all MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays taken for this problem
  • A complete list of all medications you are currently taking
  • The completed Pain Management Center Questionnaire

Publications by Dr. Gungor

Selected Journal Articles


Research Interests

Complex regional pain syndrome
Evidence-based medicine for pain management
Development of novel analgesics and new modalities to treat intractable chronic pain
Regional anesthesia and its applications to chronic pain management

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of May 11, 2024, Dr. Gungor reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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