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

Abhishek K. Gupta, DO
Assistant Professor

Hoon B. Shim, MD, PhD
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, September 2019

A September 2019 article in Newsday quoted Dr. William Caldwell about the diagnosis and treatment of CRPS.

Recent Publications
Resident authors denoted by bold type
Recent Presentations
  • Mouch C, Caldwell W. Successful Treatment of Central Pain via Spinal Cord Stimulation. North American Neuromodulation Society meeting 2019
  • McManus M, Caldwell W. Ultrasound Guided Stellate Ganglion Nerve Block for Persistent Ventricular Tachycardia Failing Traditional Therapy. ASRA Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting-Las Vegas, NV, April 2019
  • Al Bizri E, Mitchell D, Caldwell W. Pediatric Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (amps) And Calmare® Scrambler Therapy - A Case Series. ASA 2019
  • McManus M, Caldwell W Ultrasound Guided Stellate Ganglion Block for a Fully Anticoagulated Patient in Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia Failing Conservative Medical Therapy. ASA 2019
  • Mouch C, Caldwell W. Diagnostic Pseudofacet Block In Collegiate Athlete With Bertolotti Syndrome. ASA 2019
  • Shah R, Ma S, Caldwell W. Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for Idiopathic Testicular Pain. NY NJ Pain Medicine Symposium, Nov 2019
  • Mitchell D, McManus M, Caldwell W. US-Guided Stellate Ganglion Block In Refractory VT. PGA 2019
  • 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

faculty photos by Jeanne Neville