Dr. Neil Thakkar is Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management. His desire to be a pain physician started prior to medical school, while caring for his mother, who was afflicted with pain. She suffered from acute post-surgical pain as well as chronic pain following neck surgery. He decided at that point that he wanted to dedicate his career to alleviating the pain of others.
After completing medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, he completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Saint Louis University, followed by an advanced fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Cincinnati.
Although he enjoyed taking care of patients in critical situations, such as the operating room and intensive care units, he felt a closer connection to patients when treating chronic pain in the clinic setting.
Dr. Thakkar has been practicing in the Valley for over 4 years. His training and experience allows him to offer a wide variety of modalities to offer his patients who suffer from acute and chronic pain conditions. He is able to manage even the most complex pain conditions.
He specializes in spinal pain disorders, reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome, migraine headaches and knee pain. Patients will find that his knowledge base, skill level, and passion for helping others helps him provide the highest quality of pain management care.
My desire to be a pain physician started prior to medical school, while caring for my mother, who suffers with pain. She had acute post-surgical pain after neck surgery as well as chronic pain in her neck and low back. I decided at that point that I wanted to dedicate my career to alleviating the pain of others.
Pain Management Fellow (June 2011 – June 2012)
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
The UC pain fellowship program is highly interventional, fellows gain experience with placing spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps as well as routine procedures such as RFA, sympathetic nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, medial branch blocks, SI joint injections, peripheral nerve blocks, joint injections in the hip, shoulder, knee, wrist, ankle and elbow, and transforaminal nerve root blocks. He trained under renowned neurology headache specialists as well.
Anesthesia Resident Saint Louis University Hospital (July 2007 – June 2011)
St. Louis, MO
Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Western University of Health Sciences (August 2003 – May 2007) Pomona, CA
Bachelors of Science and Business Administration Washington University in Saint Louis (August 1998 – May 2002)
St. Louis, MO
American Board of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Certification August 2012
American Board of Anesthesiology Certification Part 2 April 2012
American Board of Anesthesiology Certification Part 1 August 2011
“Celiac Plexus Block is a Good Predictor of Spinal Cord Stimulation Success” American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Conference
Palm Springs, CA February 2012
“Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation for Trigeminal Nerve Neuralgia” National Association of Neuromodulation Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV September 2011
“Celiac Plexus Block is a Good Predictor of Spinal Cord Stimulation Success” Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists
Cincinnati, OH December 2011
“Hypoxia in the PACU Secondary to Undiagnosed Hiatal Hernia” American Society of Anesthesiologists National Conference San Diego, CA October 2010
“Dexmedetomidine for Post-op Delirium in the ICU Setting” Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference Cincinnati, OH February 2010
“Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia: Pain Relief Following the Ileal Resection from Only Epidural Fentanyl, not Intravenous Administration of Narcotics in a Patient with Chronic Use of Methadone” American Society of Anesthesiologists National Conference New Orleans, LA October 2009