Seth A. Waldman, MD

Dr. Seth Waldman is the Director of the Division of Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is ACGME board-certified both in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and has more than fifteen 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 the 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 currently serves as Director-at-Large for the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.


Director, Division of Pain Management, 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, 2001-2015
"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2001-2015
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

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

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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

Seth A. Waldman, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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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.

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

Contact Information

Office Locations

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

Mailing Address

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

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