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Neel Mehta, MD
Medical Director of Pain Medicine
Weill Cornell Pain Medicine Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

About Neel Mehta, MD

Neel Mehta, MD, is the Medical Director of Pain Medicine at the Weill Cornell Pain Medicine Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He is also Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mehta is board certified in both anesthesia and interventional pain medicine.

Dr. Mehta earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, and completed an internal medicine internship at Carney Hospital in Dorchester, MA. He then completed his anesthesia residency and fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian.

Dr. Mehta focuses his practice on controlling musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, and joints. He also specializes in neuropathic disorders and cancer pain. His clinical interests are minimally invasive procedures to treat musculoskeletal pain, including injections, intrathecal pump therapy and spinal cord stimulation.

Dr. Mehta’s research focus is on spinal cord stimulation, and he has published several textbook chapters on cancer pain, back pain, and spinal cord stimulation.

Dr. Mehta is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the North American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), Eastern Pain Society, and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA). He also serves on the Executive Board of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Chai, C, Cobb, W, Mehta, N, Haier, L, Boockvar, J. Novel Hydrogel Application in Minimally Invasive Surgical Approaches to Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension: Report of 2 Cases. J. Nsg Spine Oct 2014 121:4,976-982. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25084466
  1. Willens, J, Bucior I, Bujanover, S, Mehta, N. Assessment of rescue opioid use in patients with post-bunionectomy pain treated with diclofenac potassium liquid-filled capsules. J Pain Res. 2015:8 1-10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25678812
  1. Mehta N, O’Connell K, Giambrone G, Baqai A, Diwan S. Efficacy of Methylnaltrexone for the Treatment of Opiod-Induced Constipation: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review. Post Graduate Medicine. Published online February 3, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26839023
  2. Mehta N, Bucior I, Bujanover S, Shah R, Gulati A. Relationship between pain relief, reduction in pain-associated sleep interference, and overall impression of improvement in patients with postherpetic neuralgia treated with extended-release gabapentin. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. April 2016 14:54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27037091

  3. Mehta N, Zocca J, Shaparin N, Snyder M, Singh JR. Intravenous Conscious Sedation for Routine Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbar Interventions. PM&R, April 2016. 8;4, 373- 379. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27068556

  4. Mehta N, Inturrisi CE, Horn S, Witkin LR. “Using Chronic Pain Outcomes Data to Improve Outcomes”.  Pain Management. Ed. Michael Ashburn and Perry Fine. Anesthesiology Clinics Using Chronic Pain Outcomes Data to Improve Outcomes, June 2016, Volume 34, Issue 2, 395 – 408. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27208717

  5. Witkin L, Zylberger D, Mehta,N, Hindenlang, M; Johnson C, Kean J, Horn S. “Patient Reported Outcomes and Opioid Use In Outpatients with Chronic Pain.” J Pain. 2017 Jan 11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28088507

  6. Shaparin N, Mehta N, Kunkel F, Stripp R, Borg D, Kolb E. A Novel Chronic Opioid Monitoring Tool to Assess Prescription Drug Steady State Levels in Oral Fluid. Pain Med 2017 pnw335. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw335 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28339737

  7. Aiyer R, Mehta N, Gungor S, Gulati A. A Systematic Review of NMDA Receptor Antagonists for Treatment of Neuropathic Pain in Clinical Practice. Clin J Pain. 2017 Sep 1. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000547. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28877137.

Books

  1. Mehta N, Mehta A, Gulati A. Neuropathic Pain. In: Stubblefield MD and O'Dell M. eds. Principles and Practice of Cancer Rehabilitation. New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing; 2009.
  1. Diwan, S, Malhotra V, Mehta, N. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In: Yao F, Malhotra V, Fontes M. eds. Yao and Artusio’s Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management, 7th Edition. New York, NY. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
  1. Ahmed, S, Diwan, S, Mehta, N. Cancer Pain. In: Yao F, Malhotra V, Fontes M. eds. Yao and Artusio’s Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management, 7th Edition. New York, NY. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
  1. Mehta, N, Diwan S. Lumbar Discogenic Pain. In: Baheti D, Bakshi S. eds, Symptom Oriented Pain Management, 1st edition, Mumbai, Indian. Jaypee Publisher, 2012.
  1. Mehta, N. Gritsenko, K, Diwan, S. Spinal Cord Stimulator Hardware. In: Diwan, S., Staats, P eds. Atlas of Pain Medicine Procedures. 1st edition, New York, NY McGraw Medical Publishing, November 2014.
  1. Piracha M, Gagnuly K, Mehta N. Lumbar Plexus Block. In: Baheti D, Bakshi S, Gupta S, Gehdoo R eds. Interventional Pain Management: A Practical Approach. 2nd Edition, Philadelphia, PA, Jaypee Medical Publishing, 2016.
  1. Mehta N, Shah R, Siddiqui S. Lumbar Sympathetic Block. In: Baheti D, Bakshi S, Gupta S, Gehdoo R eds. Interventional Pain Management: A Practical Approach. 2nd Edition, Philadelphia, PA, Jaypee Medical Publishing, 2016.
  1. Piracha M, Malhotra V, Mehta, N. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In: Yao F, Malhotra V, Skubas N, Fong J. eds. Yao and Artusio’s Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management, 8th Edition. New York, NY. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016.
  1. Avery J, Knoepflmacher D, Mehta N, Penzner J. VIP Patients: An Unexpectedly Vulnerable Population. In: Parekh R, Childs E, eds. Stigma and Prejudice Touchstones in Understanding Diversity in Healthcare, 1st Edition, New York, NY. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
  1. Noori S, Diwan S, Mehta, N. Lumbar Discogenic Pain. In: Baheti D, Bakshi S. eds, Symptom Oriented Pain Management, 2nd edition, Mumbai, India. Jaypee Publisher, 2017.
  1. Mehta N, Connolly T. Chronic Pain. In: Baheti D, Bakshi S. eds, Symptom Oriented Pain Management, 2nd edition, Mumbai, India. Jaypee Publisher, 2017.
  1. Go R, Mehta, N. Acute Turn to Chronic: Causes, Symptoms, Management In: Baheti D, Bakshi S. eds, Symptom Oriented Pain Management, 2nd edition, Mumbai, India. Jaypee Publisher, 2017.
  1. Pak D, Mehta N. Pain Anatomy and Physiology. In: Huntoon M. ed, Pain Medicine Board Review. 1st edition, New York. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Other: Media/DVDs

Spine-Health.com 2016 https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/spinal-cord-stimulation-chronic-back-and-neck-pain

Business Insider 2016 http://www.businessinsider.com/doctors-insurance-companies-policies-opioid-use-2016-6

Modern Healthcare 2016 http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160611/MAGAZINE/306119965

Pain Medicine News 2016 http://www.painmedicinenews.com/Clinical-Pain-Medicine/Article/09-15/Use-of-Oral-Fluids-May-Resolve-Issues-of-UDT-Blood-Testing/33463/ses=ogst

Prevention Magazine 2015 https://www.prevention.com/health/unusual-chronic-pain-treatments

MSN News 2015 http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/7-totally-bizarre-treatments-for-chronic-pain/ss-AAap5Qp#image=1

New York Times 2014 https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/science/rating-pain-relief.html?_r=1

Fox News 2014 http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/05/20/spinal-cord-stimulation-helps-to-zap-away-back-pain.html

ABC News 2012 http://abc11.com/archive/8803227/

NY 1 News 2011 http://www.ny1.com/archives/nyc/all-boroughs/2011/12/24/patients-with-sore-backs-find-minimal-surgery-is-not-a-pain-NYC_153079.old.html

Abstracts

  1. Pak D, Mehta N. Spinal Cord Stimulator Education During Pain Fellowship: Unmet Training Needs And Factors That Impact Future Practice. Presented at North American Neuromodulation Society January 2017.
  1. Pak D, Mehta N. Discrepancies in International Neuromodulation Training Education. Presented at North American Neuromodulation Society January 2017.
  1. Dharmappa A, Mehta N. Transnasal sphenopalatine block for treatment of postdural puncture headache. Presented at Post Graduate Assembly December 2016.
  1. Brar J, Mehta N. Opioid Prescribing Habits and Opinions Regarding Chronic Opioid Therapy at a Large Academic Institution Presented at Post Graduate Assembly December 2016.
  1. Witkin L, Mehta N, Zylberger, Hindenlang M, Johnson C, Horn S, Inturrisi C. Gender and Age are Determinants of Opioid Dosage in Chronic Noncancer Pain Clinic Patients. Presented at World Institute of Pain Meeting, May 2016.
  1. So M, Huang Y, Ahmed S, Mehta N. Early findings from comparison of high versus low frequency stimulation at a large academic institution. Presented at North American Neuromodulation Society December 2015.
     
  2. Choxi S, So M, Mehta N. A Case of Nonsurgical Alternatives to Treatment and Management of Arachnoiditis. Presented at American Society of Regional Anesthesia, November 2015.
     
  3. Cassagnol D, Mehta N. Identification of Pain Management Education Deficiencies at a Major Academic Institution and Recommendations for a More Adequate Curriculum. Presented at NY/NJ Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, November 2015.
     
  4. Mehta, N, Kunkel, F, Shaparin, N, Stripp, R, Borg, D. Prescription compliance monitoring of plasma oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine concentration ranges in patients at steady state from measured oral fluid levels. Presented American Pain Society May 2015.
     
  5. Shah, R, Li, A, Gurvitch, D, Mehta, N. Understanding and Attitudes in Third-Year Medical Students: A Pilot Study on Pain Education Curriculum.  Presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Meeting, 2014.
     
  6. Mehta, N. Shah, R, Gulati A, Bujanover, S. Relationship between Pain Relief, Sleep Improvement, and Overall Impression of Improvement in Treatment of Patients with Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN).  Presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Meeting, 2014.
  1. Mehta, N, O’Connel, K. Efficacy of Methylnaltrexone on Opioid Induce Constipation-A Meta-Analysis. Cornell Department of Anesthesiology Research Symposium. 1st Prize Winner. 2013
  1. Shah, R, Mehta, N. The use of sacral spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of intractable chronic pelvic pain. Poster presented at North American Neuromodulation Society 2013
  1. Shah, R, Mehta, N. The Use of Once-Daily G-GR (Gralise®) in Difficult to Treat Postherpetic Neuralgia. Poster Presented at NY Society of Interventional Pain Meeting, 2013.
  1. Baqai, A, Shah, R, Mehta, N. Lightning strike as a cause of Central Neuropathic Pain. Poster presented at NY Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, November 2011.
  1. Loh, J, Mehta, N, Gulati, A. Use of Daily Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Anticoagulated, Oncologic Patients with Disease to the Sacrum. Poster presented at North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Las Vegas 2009.

Articles Written by Neel Mehta, MD

Arachnoiditis

Arachnoiditis is a debilitating condition characterized by severe stinging and burning pain and neurologic problems. It is caused by an inflammation of the arachnoid lining—one of the 3 linings that surround the brain and spinal cord.

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