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Premier Pain Centers (NJ)

Our History

Premier Pain and Specialty Anesthesia Associates, established in 2000, ranks among the most comprehensive centers for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. In 2003, Dr. Peter Staats became the founding partner of Premier Pain Centers. Dr. Peter Staats is boarded by the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP), and the World Institute of Pain (FIPP). He has received fellowship status from both the World Institute of Pain and the North American Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Staats has edited or co-authored 10 textbooks on pain medicine and written nearly three hundred articles, book chapters, and abstracts on the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems.

Dr. Staats is listed in America’s Top Doctors, New Jersey Top Doctors, and Best Doctors in America. As the past President of ASIPP (The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians), Dr. Staats has also been a member of various organizations, such as, the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the Southern Pain Society, the New Jersey Society of interventional Pain Physicians (NJSIPP), and was the first chair of the American Society of Anesthesia Committee on Interventional Pain. He is currently chairman of the Board of Examination World Institute of Pain and on the Executive Board of the World Institute of Pain.

Being a leader in his field, Dr. Staats is the recipient of many highly distinguished awards, including, but not limited to, the President’s Distinguished Service Award, the Excellence in Pain Management Award from the Southern Pain Society, and most recently the Raj award for excellence (2017) from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. His in-depth research and ground-breaking clinical trials on pain, mechanisms of placebo response, and his unified theory of pain, and interventional therapies and intrathecal Ziconotide have been highlighted on Good Morning America, Peter Jennings World News Tonight, CBS News,BBC and multiple newspapers including USA Today, the Washington Post.

Alongside Dr. Peter Staats, our core team of board certified pain management specialists and anesthesiologists include Dr. Maria Cubina, Dr. Sean Li, Dr. John Mak, Dr. Scott Metzger, Dr. Michael O’Hara, Dr. Carmen Mercedes Quinones, and Dr. Kulbir Walia. This team of highly esteemed professionals bring a myriad of clinical expertise in advanced pain management treatment modalities, as well as a supportive and collaborative environment for pain relief and treatment.

In 2016, Premier Pain and Specialty Anesthesia Associates partnered with National Spine & Pain Centers, one of the largest pain management practices on the east coast. This alliance has provided extraordinary benefits and results for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain conditions.

Our Approach

At Premier Pain Centers, our goal is to provide patients with the most advanced diagnostic procedures and non-surgical treatments available for acute and chronic pain relief. We continually evaluate new and developing diagnostic tools to ensure we are using cutting-edge technology and treatments. Dr. Sean Li is one of the first physicians in the region to be certified to perform Superion Interspinous Spacer placement. Our physicians work together to develop individualized plans to improve the quality of each patient’s life.

Having trained in general surgery and anesthesiology, interventional pain medicine is a perfect career choice for me to apply my surgical skills and understanding of pain pathophysiology to treat patients suffering from chronic pain. It is my job to help patients find a clear diagnosis or cause of their pain and advocate for the best treatment with the most evidence and least risk. – Sean Li, M.D.

Our Specialists

Trained in some of the nation’s most prestigious medical centers, our pain management specialists have their medical degrees from top ranking schools and continue to be active in the medical community. Many of our specialists sit on advisory boards and contributing to the field of pain management. Our physicians are leaders in pain management research, conducting clinical trials, and authoring text books.

Our doctors, all of whom are board-certified and fellowship trained, care for thousands of patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis each year, helping them return to independence, comfort, and restored quality of life.

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