Why are doctors who specialize in pain management often anesthesiologists?

Anesthesiologists’ responsibilities during surgery are focused on safely maintaining the vital functions of the body and relieving pain. Many of the techniques they use to make surgery painless can be expanded to relieve other types of pain. Today’s anesthesiologists, after completing an undergraduate college program and four years of medical school, go on to study pain management during their four years of anesthesiology residency. Many anesthesiologists receive further postgraduate education to become pain management specialists.

Frequently, the anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management heads a team of medical professionals. The group may include other physicians, nurses and therapists. With their combined expertise, they work together to tailor a plan for the most effective treatment of a particular pain problem.

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.