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Faisel M. Zaman, MD
Interventional Physiatrist
Newport Beach, CA

About Faisel M. Zaman, MD

Dr.  Zaman is a fellowship-trained, board-certified interventional physiatrist. In addition, he is certified by the American Board of Anesthesia in Pain Management.

Dr. Zaman's focus is to provide unsurpassed spine care to his patients, while dutifully fulfilling a responsibility to enrich the growing field of nonsurgical spine medicine. As an interventional physiatrist, Dr. Zaman utilizes various imaging studies, electrodiagnostic evaluations, astute physical examinations, and targeted image-guided procedures to accurately diagnose and effectively treat painful spinal conditions.

Dr. Zaman's approach to patient care addresses spinal biomechanics, biochemistry, pathophysiology, neurophysiology, mechanism of injury, and adjustment to injury. His decision-making is guided by evidence-based medicine regarding spine care, and he incorporates cutting-edge research findings into his practice. Dr. Zaman's treatment interventions are formulated based on a tiered treatment approach utilizing physical therapy, oral anti-inflammatory medications, and activity modifications. Minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures may then be offered prior to referral for surgical consultation, if the patient is felt to be an appropriate candidate.

A variety of conditions are treated in Dr. Zaman's practice, such as work and sports related spinal injuries, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease (or herniated discs), radiculopathy (or a "pinched nerve"), facet joint arthritis, hip joint arthritis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and compression fractures.

Dr. Zaman's goal is to safely return the injured individual, worker, or athlete, back to his or her prior level of function, productivity, or performance.

Dr. Zaman was trained in interventional physiatric spine care at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Spine Center in Philadelphia, PA. At Penn, he trained under the direction of Curtis W. Slipman, author of "Interventional Spine, an Algorithmic Approach," a text in which Dr. Zaman contributed two chapters. He has completed post-graduate work in general surgery at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Pennsylvania and in physical medicine and rehabilitation at East Carolina University / Brody School of Medicine in North Carolina, as well as at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT.

In addition to working with patients, Dr. Zaman participates in research studies, publishes articles in medical journals, and has made several presentations at national and local medical meetings. He is an editor of The Spine Journal and is also an active member of such organizations as the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Spine Intervention Society, and the Physiatric Association of Spine, and Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation.


Research Publications, Peer Reviewed (print or other media):
1. Criado FJ, Wilson EP, Zaman FM, Falconer RJ. Endovascular Grafting of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA): Historical Development and Evolving Technologies, The Journal of Invasive Cardiology, September 1999, Vol. 11 No. 9 pp.577-581.

2. Zaman FM, Wong M, Slipman CW, Ellen MI. Dysphonia Associated with Shoulder Steroid Injection, A Case Report. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2005. In Press.

3. Zaman FM, Frey ME, Slipman CW. Sacral Stress Fractures. Current Concepts in Sports Medicine. February 2006; 5:37-43.

Publications, Non-Peer-reviewed:
1. Faisel M. Zaman, M.D., Curtis W. Slipman, M.D. "The Discography Controversy". The PM & R Resident. Fall 2003, Volume 12, Number 4, pages 4-6.

2. Faisel M. Zaman, M.D. "Annual Assembly Update: Orlando 2002 and Chicago 2003". The PM & R Resident. Spring 2003, Volume 12, Number 3, page 7.

3. Harty, A. "Saba Graduate Representative for AMA". The Island Stethoscope. Winter 2004, Volume 3, Issue 2, page 6.

4. Faisel M. Zaman, M.D., "2004 Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting Update". The PM & R Resident. Spring 2004, Volume 13, Number 2, page 3.

1. Isaac VW, Zaman FM, DePalma MJ, Slipman CW. "Diagnostic value of cervical discography in management of cervical discogenic pain secondary to whiplash injuries and its predictive value for cervical fusion." 2004. In Press (AAP).

Editorials, Reviews, Chapters, including participation in Committee Reports:
1. Chapter 51: Biomechanics and Assessment of the Painful Shoulder. Mark Ellen, M.D., Faisel M. Zaman, M.D., submitted for publication in Interventional Spine: An Algorithmic Approach. Editors: Slipman, Derby, Simeone, Mayer - In Press (London).

2. Chapter 20: Patient Education and Support. Faisel M. Zaman, M.D., Andrea Tarquino, R.N. submitted for publication in Interventional Spine: An Algorithmic Approach. Editors: Slipman, Derby, Simeone, Mayer - In Press (London)

Lectures by Invitation:
1. June 8, 1999 "Access Strategies for Endovascular Intervention in the Carotid Artery - Is There a Role for the Direct Cervical Approach?" Presented at the 47th annual Society of Vascular Surgeons / International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery conference in Washington D.C.

2. February 1, 2004 "The Discography Controversy" - 20th Annual Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Update, Park City, Utah.

3. February 24, 2005 "Diagnostic Value of Cervical Discography in Management of Cervical Discogenic Pain Secondary to Whiplash Injuries and its Predictive Value for Cervical Fusion." - 41st Annual AAP Educational Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

4. June 13, 2006 "Therapeutic Spinal Injection Procedures For Lumbar Radicular Pain" - The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital Academic Conference.

Alternative Media:
1. Recorded radio talk show in Chicago, Illinois, on "News Broadcast Network" regarding clinical role of PM&R physicians. October 2003.

2. ABC News Live TV appearance on "Ask The Expert". Segment April 2006 regarding Conservative Spine Care.

Articles Written by Faisel M. Zaman, MD

The Discography Controversy: Discussion

Risks of discography include discitis, neurologic and visceral injury, dye reactions, and spinal headache. Spinal cord injury, vascular injury, prevertebral abscess, and subdural empyema have been reported post-discography.

The Discography Controversy

Discography, also called 'provocative disk injection', has been used as a diagnostic modality for spine pain since the middle of the 20th century. This article summarizes the beliefs in lumbar and cervical discography.

Case Studies Presented by Faisel M. Zaman, MD

Spontaneous Low Back Pain, Radiculopathy and Weakness in a 28-Year-old

Presented by: F. Zaman MD
Periodic flare-up of low back pain in the past was resolved with abdominal exercises, which now hurt instead of help.

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