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Dr. David Wang, Anesthesiologist

David Y. Wang, MD


Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Spine
Dr. David Wang, Anesthesiologist

David Y. Wang, MD


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

Tel: 212.606.1646
Fax: 212.517.7808
Hospital for Special Surgery
Pain Management Center
429 East 75th Street - 5th floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1646
Fax: 212.517.7808

David Y. Wang, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist who has specialized in pain management since 1998. He received his extensive training at Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from Taipei Medical College and his MPH and MS degrees from Harvard University. Dr. Wang’s areas of expertise include treating patients with back pain, post-operative pain, neuropathic pain and chronic pain. He is also certified to perform acupuncture.

Dr. Wang treats each patient individually and tailors a care plan according to their specific needs. Patients are treated with compassion and dignity; Dr. Wang listens to their concerns and looks upon them as a partner in their care. He provides patients with the most advanced procedures and treatment available and uses a multidisciplinary approach, collaborating with other specialists to achieve optimal health for the patient. If further diagnostic testing such as MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, bone scan, or EMG is needed, it will be conveniently coordinated by Dr. Wang’s office staff.

Back in the Game Patient Stories

Appointments

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

Specialty

Specialized Centers

Special Expertise

Selective Interventional Pain Management
Back Pain/ Lumbar Radiculopathy Pain/Sciatica
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Spinal Injection
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection/Transforaminal ESI
Facet Injection
Non-Surgical Treatment of Spinal Pain
Ultrasound-Guided Pain Management Procedures
Radio Frequency Ablation
Cryoablation and Denervation of Neuropathic Pain
Post Operative Pain (Acute and Subacute)
Acupuncture Treatment
Chronic Intractable Pain
Musculoskeletal Pain
Multiple Joint Pain
Phantom Limb Pain
Post Herpetic Neuralgia
Spinal Cord Stimulation (selective)

Awards

"Best Intern" award, 1989
Honors and Publications of medical ethics in "Green Medicine" magazines of Taipei Medical College: "First IVF Test Tube Baby" in Taiwan, and "A Kind of Coldness" (A Case Report of An Adolescent with Uremia)

Affiliations

American Society of Anesthesiology
New York Society of Anesthesiology
American College of Acupuncture
Chinese American Medical Society

Insurance Information

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Cigna
Connecticare
Emblem Selectcare
HIP
Medicare
Oxford
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.

Education

MD, Taipei Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan
MPH, Harvard University School of Public Health
MS, Harvard University School of Public Health

Residency

New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
Boston University Medical Center
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Center, Taipei County, Taiwan

Fellowship

New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (Tri-institutions Fellowship of Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery), Fellow in Pain Management

Certification

American Board of Anesthesiology, 1998
American Board of Pain Medicine, 2000
American Board of Anesthesiology Pain Management, 2000

State Licensure

New York

Selected Publications

   

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.