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John Mak, MD


Primary Specialty: Anesthesiology

John Mak, M.D. employs a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management by utilizing a full complement of tools including physical therapy, medications, ultra-sounded guided injections and advanced interventional procedures to treat pain.

“My specialties of pain management and anesthesiology demand superior interpersonal skills, but also require great diagnostic skills, an in-depth understanding of human physiology and the ability to perform intricate procedures,” Dr. Mak said. “I am excited to be at the forefront of innovative technology of utilizing nerve stimulation to treat pain at the spinal cord level or at the specific nerve that is causing pain.”

Prior to joining National Spine & Pain Centers, Dr. Mak practiced and served as the co-director of Premier Pain Centers LLC of Shrewsbury, NJ. He continues to serve as the regional medical director of Specialty Anesthesia Associates and as the director of anesthesia for Lakewood Surgery Center in Lakewood, NJ. He also continues to deliver anesthesia for New Jersey Ambulatory Anesthesia Consultants and is an attending pain management physician for Centrastate Medical Center in Freehold.

Dr. Mak earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY and performed an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY. He then completed his residency in anesthesia and critical care at Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard Medical School in Boston before completing a fellowship in pain management at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

“The first step in trying to treat a patient, is to listen to the patient,” Dr. Mak said. “Allowing the patient to give a full narration of their pain allows me to better accurately diagnose their cause of pain and tailor a treatment plan to them. Being able to make the proper diagnosis and come up with the appropriate treatment to relieve the patient's suffering is very gratifying.”

In his free time, Dr. Mak enjoys hiking, playing golf and keeping up with his active boys.

What Patients Are Saying

“Dr Mak is the most compassionate person around, always answers my questions & even calls me back at home. Believe me, he tried steer me away from my neck & back procedures, as he is definitely not to make money. He has never once rushed me out of his office and he sticks around the OR and recovery room also. I actually just switched from a great hand surgeon due to his staff. I stay w/ Dr Mak because not only is he the best pain management doctor – staff is excellent.”

“Dr Mak was very professional. He spent an appropriate amount of time each visit explaining the recommended procedures and what he was trying to accomplish. I appreciate his work. The Freehold staff was also very good. Appointments were good, didn’t wait a long time once I checked in and we’re always pleasant about booking future appointments.” – Laurence

Affiliations Freehold, Toms River
  • New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • American Society of Pain Physicians
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Pain Society
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  • Board Certification
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Pain Medicine, Pain Management
  • Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Techniques - Emory University
  • Fellowship
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center- Tufts University School of Medicine United States Brighton, MA 2007
  • Internship
  • St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center- Columbia University College of Physicains and Surgeons United States New York, NY 2003
  • Medical School
  • State of New York at Buffalo United States Buffalo, NY 2002
  • Residency
  • Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center- Havard Medical School United States Boston, MA 2006
  • Undergraduate
  • University of Michigan United States Ann Arbor, MI 1997


Learn more about patient ratings
  • 10/09/2020
    Rating: 5

    Your office workers are knowledgeable kind and listen well. Dr. Mak fabulous!

  • 10/07/2020
    Rating: 5

    The ladies at the front desk were so polite and eager to assist you. Dr. Mack is a caring and understanding doctor. He is very attentive and caring physician and has relief me of pain in my lower back.

  • 10/06/2020
    Rating: 5

    Everyone was courteous and the doctor help me get an appointment faster than I was supposed to I appreciate that help me with my pain.

  • 10/06/2020
    Rating: 5

    Dr Make is very friendly and knowledgeable.