Semih Gungor, MD

Dr. Semih Gungor is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has specialized in pain management since 2001 and served as Faculty and Director of the Bellevue Pain Clinic at New York University Hospital prior to practicing at Hospital for Special Surgery. He believes that each patient’s condition is unique and 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 quality of life and achieve the most optimal level of functionality for all patients.


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


Special Expertise

Chronic Intractable Pain Problems
Non-Surgical Treatment of Spine-related Pain Problems
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Cervicogenic Headaches
Muscle Pain
Joint Pain
Neuropathic Pain
Extremity Pain
RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) or CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
Phantom Limb Pain
Post Stroke Pain
Cancer Pain
Regional Anesthesia and its applications to Chronic Pain Management


Interventional Techniques for Diagnosis and Treatment of Spine-related Pain Syndromes
Epidural Injections
Advanced Interventional Techniques such as Neurolytic and Radiofrequency Neuroablation
Minimally Invasive Intradiscal Techniques for the Treatment of Low Back Pain
Implantable Drug Delivery Systems
Spinal Cord Stimulators and other Neuromodulation Techniques


American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA)
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS)
International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
Amecian Pain Society (APS)
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA)


Turkish, Spanish

Insurances Accepted

Affinity Access
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
Emblem Selectcare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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


MD, Hacettepe University, Faculty of  Medicine, Turkey, 1990


Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1997


Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2000


Quad-Institutional  Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2001


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

State Licensure

New York

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Ngeow J., Gungor S., Sinav A.: “Nerve Blocks of the Lower Extremity.” In: Yao and Artusio’s Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management, Fifth Edition, 2003.

Selected Presentations

Current Review of Pain Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, CME Meeting, New York, NY, November 2007

Research Interests

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

Contact Information

Office Locations

Pain Management Center
429 East 75th Street - 5th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2176
Fax: 646.797.8595

Paramus Office
140 East Ridgewood Avenue
Suite 175 S.
Paramus, NJ 07652

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

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