Chronic Pain Division

With a reputation as a leading authority on pain management, the Center for Pain Management at Stony Brook University Medical Center has served Long Island since 1982. Our program uses the biopsychosocial model of medicine to treat chronic and acute pain, provide palliative care, and improve the functionality and quality of life of our patients. We work in partnership with area physicians to offer consultations, diagnoses, plans of treatment and multidisciplinary care before returning the patient to his or her primary care doctor.

The Center, located within Stony Brook’s Cancer Center, and adjacent to the hospital, offers state of the art facilities, an in-office procedure suite for interventional pain management procedures such as fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks, infusion therapies, radio frequency ablation, and access to Stony Brook’s wide range of resources and technology. We perform about 2000 procedures per year in our state-of-the-art fluoroscopy suite. We do Interlaminar and transforaminal epidural steroid injections, facet joint blocks and injections, intercostal nerve blocks, stellate ganglion blocks, and lumbar sympathetic blocks on a daily basis. We are one of the few Pain Centers around the country to utilize ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.

Division Members

William Caldwell, DO
Assistant Professor
Director: Center for Pain Management
Chief of the Chronic Pain Division

Amit K. Kaushal, MD
Assistant Professor
Director: Stony Brook
Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

Abhishek K. Gupta, DO
Assistant Professor

Hoon B. Shim, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Amruta Desai, DO, MPH, MBA
Assistant Professor

Residency Training

The Center for Pain Management utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach for the treatment of pain. Residents will be exposed to chronic, acute, and subacute pain including cancer, neuropathic, somatic, and visceral pain. Residents will learn to perform an initial assessment of the patient with chronic pain, decide on appropriate diagnostic testing, develop skills in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and learn the appropriate use of pharmacotherapy. In addition, the resident will develop communication skills that will help develop a professional and therapeutic relationship with chronic pain patients.

There is an in-office fluoroscopy suite for epidural, facet, major joint, peripheral nerve blocks, and sympathetic nerve block procedures. Ultrasound guided injections are also utilized. Residents will also be exposed to traditional spinal cord stimulation, as well as dorsal root ganglion stimulation and other treatment modalities such as Botox and IV infusion therapies.

Trainees will greatly expand their knowledge base, skills, and judgment so that they can recognize and manage complications associated with chronic pain. Residents receive hands on training to give them the skills necessary for their fellowship and future careers.

  • The CA-2 rotation is a one month rotation. [Pain Rotation Primer]
  • The three month elective in the CA-3 year is structured as a "mini-fellowship". Residents on the rotation will participate in journal club presentations and receive several core lectures. [CA-3 Mini-Fellowship]
  • ▶ The life of a Resident on the Chronic Pain Rotation ...
Recent Division Activity

The Pain Center was a sponsor at the CRPS Walk

Article in Newsday quoted Dr. William Caldwell about the diagnosis and treatment of CRPS.

Recent Publications
Resident authors denoted by bold type
Recent Presentations
  • Mathew A, Adsumelli R, Gupta AK, Richman DC. Propofol Associated Acute Pancreatitis Following General Anesthesia: A Case Report. Perioperative Medicine Summit, Orlando Mar 2020
  • Zaidi D, Shim HB, Shekane P. Intractable Ischemic Limb Pain Treated with Sympathetic Block. ASA 2019
  • Kim BS, Kang RS, Caldwell W. Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Secondary to Chronic Graft-vs-Host Disease with Spinal Cord Stimulator. ASRA 19th Annual Pain Meeting 2020
  • Bracero LA, Caldwell W. CRPS After Total Hip Arthroplasty Managed with Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation. PGA 2020
  • Watson E, Shim HB. Airway Management of a Patient with Recurrent Basal Cell Carcinoma with Reconstructive Tissue Flap, Limited Mouth Opening and Loose Dental Bridge. ASA 2020
  • Figueroa C, Kang RS, Kaushal AK. Hypertonia Observed After Omnipaque Administration. ASA 2020
  • Kant I, Lokshina I, Wang E. Post Dural Puncture Headache Prevention With Abdominal Binder And Bowel Regimen. PGA 2020
  • Bracero L, Gupta A. Challenges in Clinical Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (crps) Due to Covid-19 Outbreak in New York. ASA 2020
  • Kang RS, Figueroa C, Chojnowski R, Gupta AK. Complete Resolution of Phantom Limb Pain After Lumbar Sympathetic Block. ASA 2020
  • Kang RS, Kim BS, Gupta AK. Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain: Two Case Studies And Literature. PGA 2020
  • Bracero LA, Gupta AK. Upper Extremity Improvement With Spinal Cord Stimulation for Back and Leg Pain. PGA 2020
  • Kant I, Labiak J, Gupta A. Bilateral Sacroiliac Joint Fusion For Chronic Back Pain. PGA 2020
  • Taft A, Lee A, Richman DC, Gupta AK. Pre-Operative Evaluation and Intraoperative Management of a Patient with EDAC (Excessive dynamic airways collapse). PGA 2020
  • Bracero LA, Gupta AK. Challenges in Clinical Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Due to COVID-19 Outbreak in New York. North American Neuromodulation Society 2021
  • Shah R, Mikell C, Gupta AK. Cingulotomy for Chronic Lower Extremity Pain After Failed Neuromodulation and DREZ. North American Neuromodulation Society 2021
  • Kim BS, Kang RS, Shim H. Treatment of CPRS in the Setting of Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer. North American Neuromodulation Society 2021
  • Mena S, Ma S, Kaushal A. Persistent Hiccups after a Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection. ASA 2021
  • Kim B, Xiao A, Jiang Y, Caldwell WM. Fluoroscopic Guided Aspiration And Caudal Epidural For Treatment Of Symptomatic Tarlov Cyst. ASA 2021
  • Kang RS, Taft A, Wu D, Gupta AK. Airway Management Of A Patient With Zonisamide Induced Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. ASA 2021
  • Kozlowski P, Gupta AK. Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block For Chronic Bladder Pain: Two Case Studies. ASA 2021
  • Kozlowski P, Gupta AK. Myofascial Pain After Covid-19 Vaccination And After Recovery From Covid-19: A Case Series. ASA 2021
  • Zhu M, Jin Z, Gupta AK. Stellate Ganglion Block For Unstable Ventricular Tachycardia In Anticoagulated Patient. ASA 2021
  • Kang R, Gupta AK. Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain: Two Case Studies and Literature Review. NYSIPP 2021
  • Kozlowski P, Shafai A, Gupta AK. Successful Treatment of Bilateral Supraorbital Neuralgia Utilizing Both Pulsed and Thermal Radiofrequency Ablation. NYSIPP 2021
  • Shafai A, Kozlowski P, Gupta AK. Series of Intra-articular Wrist Injections for Chronic Wrist Pain Due to Lack of Access to Care from the COVID-19 Pandemic. NYSIPP 2021
  • Shafai A, Kozlowski P, Wu D, Caldwell W. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Treatment of Refractory Phantom Limb Pain. NYSIPP 2021
  • Shafai A, Kozlowski P, Koh J, Gupta AK. Successful Treatment of Occipital Neuralgia Caused by VP Shunt Placement Using Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation. NYSIPP 2021
  • Mena S, Parikh S, Desai A. Neuraxial Analgesia For A Sacral Decubitus Ulcer. PGA 2021
  • Kang R, Shuaib K, Parikh S, Desai A. Epidural Analgesia For Chemical Pleurodesis. PGA 2021
  • Mena S, Kang RS, Caldwell W. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Sciatic Pain in Seronegative Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder. IARS 2022
  • Mena S, Kang RS, Caldwell W. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Sciatic Pain in Seronegative Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder. ASA 2022
  • Elias M, Kang RS, Kaushal AK. Treatment of Umbilical Hernia Pain with Ultrasound-guided Abdominal Botox Injections. ASA 2022
  • Hafeman M, Desai AG, Moore RP. High Thoracic Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) Block for Humeral Osteotomy. ASA 2022
  • Kozlowski P, Turkiew E, Desai AG, Bennici LA, Moore RP. Opioid Free Thoracolumbar Fusion in a Pediatric Patient with a Polysubstance Abuse History. ASA 2022

faculty photos by Jeanne Neville