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Dr. Seth A. Waldman, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist

Seth A. Waldman, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. Seth A. Waldman, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist

Seth A. Waldman, MD

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

Tel: 212.606.1686
Fax: 212.774.2196

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

Tel: 212.606.1686
Fax: 212.774.2196

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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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


Special Expertise

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


Teacher of the Year, Cornell Tri-institutional Pain Fellowship Faculty, 2008, 2010-2013
"Best Doctors in New York," Castle Connolly Guides, 2001-2018
"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2001-2018
Donald P. Todd Golden Needle Award, Outstanding Fellow in Pain Management, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1993


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

Insurance Information

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Emblem Selectcare
Oxford Medicare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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.


Albany Medical College of Union University


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


Anesthesiology and Critical Care - Chief Resident, Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA


Pain Medicine - Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital


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

State Licensure

New York

Editorial Appointments

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

Selected Publications

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.

Professional Education by Dr. Waldman on HSS.edu

Research Description

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

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.