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Dr. Daniel Richman, Anesthesiologist

Daniel I. Richman, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Daniel Richman, Anesthesiologist

Daniel I. Richman, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
Pain Management Center
429 East 75th Street - 5th floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1768
Fax: 212.774.7208
Hospital for Special Surgery
Pain Management Center
429 East 75th Street - 5th floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1768
Fax: 212.774.7208

Dr. Daniel Richman is an attending anesthesiologist and pain management physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management. Dr. Richman is also an assistant attending and clinical instructor within the Tri-Institutional Pain Management Fellowship in conjunction with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and has been practicing at HSS since 1991.

Dr. Richman specializes in orthopedic-related pain management with a specific interest in managing conditions related to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He is an expert in interventional treatments such as epidural steroid injections, diagnostic nerve blocks both under fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance, radiofrequency denervation, sympathetic blockade and discography. Dr. Richman has extensive knowledge of managing advanced pain with implantable technology such as intrathecal pumps and spinal cord stimulators. He frequently works with both the inpatient and outpatient pain divisions within HSS as an expert in managing difficult perioperative analgesia in the chronic pain patient.

Dr. Richman’s research interests include efficacy of epidural steroid injections in professional athletes and he has presented at international meetings on this topic. He is highly involved in the diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome. He is a member of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association’s Clinical Committee and is actively involved in the research of innovative techniques for this condition, particularly intravenous ketamine therapy in conjunction with continuous epidural and peripheral nerve blockade. Dr. Richman is committed to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of difficult pain conditions through the use of multidisciplinary treatments.

For the past 15 years, Dr. Richman has consistently been rated in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors as an expert in pain management in the New York City Metropolitan Area.

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


Specialized Centers

Special Expertise

Subspecialty in orthopedic related chronic pain, low back pain and neuropathic pain


Pain Management


How to Find the Best Doctors: Castle Connolly Guide, New York Area, 5th Edition. Listed as one of the top doctors in Pain Management in New York area
"Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2009, 2010, 2011


American Society of Anesthesiologists
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists
Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiologists
International Association for the Study of Pain
International Anesthesia Research Society
American Pain Society
The Hospital Graduate's Society
American Society of Anesthesiology

Insurance Information

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may still have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.


MD, UMDNJ - Medical School, New Jersey


Hartford Hospital, Anesthesiology, CT


Pain Management, Oxford University Pain Relief Unit & Department of Medicine, Oxford, UK
Pain Management/Regional Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center


American Board of Anesthesiology, 1991 
American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, 1996
American Board of Pain Medicine, 1994

State Licensure

New York

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

What to do if Your Child gets Hurt

Healthy, active children love to run, jump and play, and of course, exercise promotes good health.  Injuries do happen, though, no matter how hard parents try to protect their youngsters.

Injury during Everyday Play

While everyday bumps, bruises and scrapes are common, sometimes an accident such as a fall causes something more serious.  An injury to a child’s upper limb (shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, hand) or lower limb (hip, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot), is fairly common.

Dr. Shevaun Doyle, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Lerner Children’s Pavilion at HSS, offers the following tips if a youngster gets hurt:

  • Remain calm and comfort the child.
  • Limit movement of the injured body part. For example, you can rest it on a pillow.
  • Elevate an injury above the level of the heart. If it’s a wrist injury, for instance, the child can put his wrist across his body when lying down or prop it up on a few pillows.
  • Apply ice periodically over the first 48 hours. Use an ice pack for about 20 minutes three or four times a day. Do not put ice directly on the skin. Use a thin towel or cloth between the skin and the ice pack.
  • Use an over-the-counter pain medication such as children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

Dr. Doyle says signs of a serious injury that warrant a visit to a doctor or emergency room include:

  • A sudden injury that causes severe pain.  If you suspect a fracture, obtain prompt medical attention.
  • The inability to move or put pressure on an arm or leg.
  • A limb that looks deformed compared to the other side.
  • Excessive swelling or bleeding.
  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes of the injured limb.
  • Discoloration of the toes or fingers, as this could indicate a vascular injury (injury to arteries supplying blood to the extremity).
  • Pain that is still present after a couple of days, even though the child has been resting and taking over-the-counter pain medication. 

Injury while Playing a Sport

Each  year  more  than  3.5  million  children  ages  14 and  under  are  treated  for  sports  related  injuries, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  The increasing popularity of team sports at a young age may be contributing to an increase in injuries, says Dr. David Scher, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Lerner Children’s Pavilion at HSS.

He says it’s important for sports injuries to be promptly evaluated and treated. A severe injury may not only end a young athlete’s career, but can cause ongoing pain and disability. Minor injuries should also be assessed so they can be managed quickly and do not progress to more severe injuries.

He says it’s important for parents to bring an injured athlete to the emergency room if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Significant  bleeding 
  • Possible dislocation 
  • Visible  deformity 
  • Uncontrollable pain 
  • Inability to bear  weight 

Sports Injury Prevention

To prevent injury, Dr. Scher says young athletes should stop playing a sport if they experience excessive fatigue, pain, swelling, or have a recurring injury. Since young people tend to get caught up in the excitement of their sport, parents and coaches should pull the player out of the game is they notice he or she is lagging or showing signs of possible injury.

Dr. Scher adds that adequate conditioning, sports-specific training, proper warm-up and stretching, a nutritious diet, sufficient hydration while playing, adequate rest and an educated coaching staff can help keep kids safe on the field.

Pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Hospital for Special Surgery specialize in treating children with muscle, bone and joint injuries. The HSS Pediatric Fracture and Injury Hotline (1-877-HSS-1KID or 1-877-477-1543) is available 24 hours a day. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon and other staff members are available to provide care in the event a child or teen has a serious injury.