Seth A. Waldman, MD


Dr. Seth Waldman is the Director of the Division of Pain Management at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is ACGME board-certified both in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and has more than fifteen years of experience in pain management. Dr. Waldman’s practice is devoted to the evaluation and non-operative management of orthopedic and neurologic pain. He has expertise in the management of low back pain, sciatica, sports injuries, arthritis, and post-laminectomy syndrome, and specializes in therapeutic and diagnostic spinal injections and the management of neurologic pain. Dr. Waldman has been listed in Castle Connolly Guides’ and New York Magazine’s "Best Doctors in New York" issue every year since 2001.

A native of New York, Dr. Waldman is a graduate of the six-year accelerated biomedical education program at Union University and the Albany Medical College. Following graduate school, he was a resident in general surgery and internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School - Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. His specialty training in anesthesiology was completed at the Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Hospital, where he was chosen as Chief Resident in Anesthesiology and Critical Care during his senior year. Dr. Waldman then remained at Harvard for additional fellowship training in pain management, completed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital.

Dr. Waldman was one of the founders of the Tri-Institutional Pain Management Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College, the largest post-graduate pain fellowship training program in the northeast. For fifteen years, he was the Hospital for Special Surgery's site director of the faculty, and established the Pain Management fellows training curriculum for the HSS Bioskills Education Laboratory. He has an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and is Consultant in Pain Management at the Winifred Masterson Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York.

Dr. Waldman currently serves as Director-at-Large for the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has offices at HSS and at the Burke Rehabilitation Office.

Appointments

Director, Division of Pain Management, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-chairman Special Procedures Committee, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty, Tri-institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery
Consultant in Pain Medicine, Winifred Masterson Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Specialty

Subspecialty

Pain Management

Special Expertise

Neuropathic Pain Syndromes
Non-Surgical Treatment of Spinal Pain
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Spinal Injection Procedures
Radiofrequency Ablation of Osteoid Osteomas

Awards

Teacher of the Year, Cornell Tri-institutional Pain Fellowship Faculty, 2008, 2010, and 2012
"Best Doctors in New York," Castle Connolly Guides, 2001-2012
"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2001-2012
Teacher of the Year, Cornell Tri-institutional Pain Fellowship Faculty, 2008 and 2010
Donald P. Todd Golden Needle Award, Outstanding Fellow in Pain Management, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1993

Affiliations

Expert Consultant, New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Misconduct 
Expert Consultant, United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Medicine
American Medical Association
American Pain Society
International Association of the Study of Pain (and Special Interest Group on Neuropathic Pain)
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society for Regional Anesthesia
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists
American College of Sports Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
World Institute of Pain

Education

Albany Medical College of Union University

Internship

General Surgery - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Internal Medicine - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York

Residency

Anesthesiology and Critical Care - Chief Resident, Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA

Fellowship

Pain Medicine - Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital

Certification

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988
Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, 1993
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, 1994
Recertification of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, 2004

State Licensure

New York

Seth A. Waldman, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Editorial Appointments

Reviewer, The Medical Letter, "Drugs for Pain" issue

Selected Publications

  

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Interests

Trial of Memantine for the Prevention of Past Laminectomy Syndrome and Neuropathic Pain
Paratracheal Approach to Brachial Plexus Anesthesia
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Dr. Seth A. Waldman, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist

Contact Information

Office Locations

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

Tel: 212.606.1686
Fax: 212.774.2196

Burke Rehabilitation Office
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(Fridays by appointment only)

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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