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Seth A. Waldman, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine

About Dr. Waldman


Dr. Seth Waldman is the Director of the Pain Management Division at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is ACGME board certified both in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and has more than twenty years of experience in pain management. Dr. Waldman’s practice is devoted to the evaluation and non-operative management of orthopedic and neurologic pain. He has expertise in the management of low back pain, sciatica, sports injuries, arthritis, and post-laminectomy syndrome, and specializes in therapeutic and diagnostic spinal injections and the management of neurologic pain. Dr. Waldman has been listed in Castle Connolly Guides’ and New York Magazine’s "Best Doctors in New York" issue every year since 2001.

A native of New York, Dr. Waldman is a graduate of the six-year accelerated biomedical education program at Union University and the Albany Medical College. Following graduate school, he was a resident in general surgery and internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School - Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. His specialty training in anesthesiology was completed at the Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Hospital, where he was chosen as Chief Resident in Anesthesiology and Critical Care during his senior year. Dr. Waldman then remained at Harvard for additional fellowship training in pain management, completed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital.

Dr. Waldman was one of the founders of the Tri-Institutional Pain Management Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College, the largest post-graduate pain fellowship training program in the northeast. For fifteen years, he was Hospital for Special Surgery's site director of the faculty, and established the Pain Management fellows training curriculum for the HSS Bioskills Education Laboratory. He has an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Waldman previously served as Director-at-Large for the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

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Specialized Centers

HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Neuropathic pain syndromes
Non-surgical treatment of spinal pain
Diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injection procedures
Radiofrequency ablation of osteoid osteomas

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Director, Pain Management Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-chairman Special Procedures Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty, Tri-institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery


Expert Consultant, New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Misconduct 
Expert Consultant, United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
American Medical Association
International Association of the Study of Pain (and Special Interest Group on Neuropathic Pain)
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society for Regional Anesthesia
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
World Institute of Pain


Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988
Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, 1993
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, 1994-2004
Recertification of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, 2004-2014
Recertification of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, 2014-2024
Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP), World Institute of Pain, 2010


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2005-2022
Teacher of the Year, Cornell Tri-institutional Pain Fellowship Faculty, 2008, 2010-2013
Donald P. Todd Golden Needle Award, Outstanding Fellow in Pain Management, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1993


Medical: Albany Medical College of Union University
Internship: General Surgery - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Internal Medicine - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Residency: Anesthesiology and Critical Care - Chief Resident, Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA
Fellowship: Pain Medicine - Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital

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Publications by Dr. Waldman

Patient Education

Blog Posts

Editorial Appointments

Reviewer, The Medical Letter, "Drugs for Pain" issue

Selected Journal Articles

Chapter 25: Dorsal Root Ganglion Blocks and Radiofrequency Procedures, Seth A. Waldman; Vladimir Kramskiy, in Atlas of Pain Medicine Procedures, Eds. Sudhir Diwan and Peter S. Staats, 2015, McGraw-Hill Education

Medicolegal aspects of epidural steroid injections, in Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management, Volume 13, Issue 4, October 2009, pages 272-280

Chapter 21 Complex Regional Pain Syndromes and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, in Experts Guide to Rheumatology, p306-316, Eds. Yee and Paget, 2005

Clinical Pearle-Epidural Steroid Injection and Trigger Point Injections, in The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, 2003

Pain Management approaches to low back pain, in Orthopedic Clinics of North America, 2003

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Hospital for Special Surgery Pain Management Bio-skills Education Program, developed 2006 (ongoing)

Research Interests

Trial of Memantine for the Prevention of Past Laminectomy Syndrome and Neuropathic Pain
Paratracheal Approach to Brachial Plexus Anesthesia

Clinical Trials

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Waldman as of February 03, 2022.

  • Relief Labs, LLC- Advisory Board; Ownership Interest

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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