Lisa R. Witkin, M.D.
Dr. Lisa R. Witkin is a double-board certified physician, in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, who specializes in Interventional Pain Management.
Dr. Witkin is the Site Director of Pain Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and currently sees outpatients at both the Pain Medicine Division's Downtown Office as well as the Weill Greenberg Center Eastside Office.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Witkin attended Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, where she earned a B.S. in Engineering Science, magna cum laude, with Honors in Bioengineering. She earned her MD at Johns Hopkins University, and she then completed a general surgery internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following her internship, Dr. Witkin completed an Anesthesiology Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed a pain management fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Tri-Institutional Fellowship Program (Weill Cornell Medical College, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center).
Committed to patient care, Dr. Witkin's clinical interests encompass a wide range of pain conditions. Some of her specialties include acute and chronic post-surgical pain, neck and spine disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, cancer-related pain, neuropathic pain, and chronic regional pain syndrome. Her treatment goal is to utilize a multi-modal approach which is customized to each patient. This approach alleviates a patient's pain and suffering in order to improve physical and mental functioning as well as overall quality of life. This may include initiating and optimizing medications, physical and occupational therapy, behavioral medicine techniques, and minimally-invasive fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided interventional therapies. More advanced interventions including spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump therapy may also be offered when indicated.
Dr. Witkin practices evidence-based medicine and uses a multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Psychiatry, Rehabilitative Medicine, and complimentary and alternative medical specialists. Active not only in patient care but also in research, she has numerous publications and presentations to her credit.
Witkin, Lisa R, Diskina, Dina, Fernandes, Shawn, Farrar, John Ashburn, Michael. “Usefulness of the Opioid Risk Tool to Predict Aberrant Drug-Related Behavior in Patients Receiving Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic Pain.” Journal of Opioid Management. 2013 May-Jun;9(3):177-87.
Witkin, Lisa R, Farrar, John T, Ashburn, Michael. "Can Assessing Chronic Pain Outcomes Data Improve Outcomes?" Pain Med. 2013 Apr 9 (epub ahead of print), Jun;14(6):779-91.
Ashburn, Michael, Witkin, Lisa R. “Integrating outcome data collection into the care of the patient with pain.” Pain. 2012 Aug; 153(8): 1549-1550.
Witkin, Lisa R, Nguyen HT, Silberstein CE, Fayad LM, McFarland EG. “Abscess after a laparoscopic appendectomy presenting as low back pain in a professional athlete.” Sports Health. 2011;3(1):41-45.
Bluebond-Langner, Rachel, Witkin, Lisa R., Rodriguez, Eduardo D. Horizontal maxillary osteotomy with interpositional fibula flap. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2008 Sep;19(5): 1260-2.
Witkin, Lisa R.; Lidor, Anne; Fayad, Laura; McFarland, Edward; Martire, Joe FACSM. “Low Back Pain in a Professional Baseball Player.” Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 38(5) Supplement:S168, May 2006, 1303.
Mager DE, Merritt MM, Kasturi J, Witkin LR et. al. “Kullback-Leibler Clustering of Continuous Wavelet Transform Measures of Heart Rate Variability.” Biomed Sci Instrum. 2004;40:337-42.
Witkin, LR, Gulati, A. “Lateral Fermoral Cutaneous Nerve.” In Trescot, Andrea. Peripheral Nerve Entrapments- Clinical Diagnosis and Management. Springer Publishing. In review.
Witkin, Lisa R, Gupta, Anita. “Steroids.” In Gupta, Anita and Nina Singh-Radcliff. Pharmacology in Anesthesia Practice. New York, NY. Oxford University Press, April 2013.
Diskina, Dina, Witkin, Lisa R, Fernandes, Shawn, Farrar, John Ashburn, Michael. “Usefulness of the Opioid Risk Tool to Predict Aberrant Drug-Related Behavior in Patients Receiving Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic Pain.” Association of University Anesthesiologists 2012 Annual Meeting.
Witkin, Lisa R, Patel, Rishin A, Slevin, KieranA. “Left Stellate Ganglion Blockade for the Management of Drug Resistant Electrical Storm.” Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference, 2011 Annual meeting. (2nd place award)
Bluebond-Langner, Rachel, Witkin, Lisa R., Rodriguez, Eduardo D., “LeFort I Osteotomy with Interpositional Fibula Flap for Maxillary Augmentation.” The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting, Jan 2008.
Witkin, Lisa R.; Lidor, Anne; Fayad, Laura; McFarland, Edward; Martire, Joe FACSM. “Low Back Pain in a Professional Baseball Player.” Podium presentation at The American College of Sports Medicine 53rd Annual Meeting, 2006.
M. Urquidi-Macdonald, L. Witkin, D.E. Mager, et al. “Heart Rate Variability Analysis And The Structural Health Of The Heart.” The Joint International Meeting of The Electrochemical Society, Inc. and The Electrochemical Society of Japan, 2004.
Mager, DE, Merritt MM, Kasturi J, Witkin LR et. al, “Kullback-Leibler Clustering of Continuous Wavelet Transform Measures of Heart Rate Variability.” The Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, Fort Collins, CO, April 2004.
Witkin, LR, DE Mager, DR Abernethy. “Heart Rate Variability Analysis Using a Wavelet Transform and Self-Organizing Neural Network.” NIA and NIH Summer Student Poster Presentations, Baltimore and Bethesda, MD, Aug 2003.
The Hallmark of Battery Park City, Senior Living Center, Lecture, “Pain and Aging” 6/2014
Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Management of Spine Pain Course: 5/10/14
- “WCMC Spine Center Approach to Patient with Neck Pain”
- “WCMC Spine Center Approach to Patient with Low Back Pain”
- Concluding lecture- “Overview of Evidence Based Spinal Treatment”
Grand Rounds -Tri-Institute Pain Medicine, “Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Pain Management” 2/7/2014
Southbridge Towers Community Lecture, “ Spinal Pain” 1/2014
Grand Rounds, Department of Emergency Medicine at NYP/LMH, “Spinal Pain: Evaluation and Management” 1/2014
Grand Rounds, Department of Anesthesiology at NYP/LMH- “Peri-Operative Pain Management” 12/19/13
NYP/LMH Surgical PA Lecture, “Peri-Operative Pain Management” 11/06/13
AFSCME District 37 Health Fair Lecture, “Spinal Pain: Evaluation and Management”10/24/13 LINK
Health and Wellness Lecture Series, “ Traditional, Alternative, and Edible Solutions to Neck and Back Pain: A Guide to Healthy Living and Treatment” 10/29/13 LINK
The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center- Health Education Seminar: “Getting Older Doesn't Have to Hurt” 10/03/13 LINK
Honors and Awards
- Mentored Clinical Research Training Program Recipient, July 2014
- Scholarship recipient to attend the “Fundamentals of Pain Management: Principals and Practice” course and the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, May 2012.
- 2nd place award. Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference, 2011 Annual Meeting. For Witkin, Lisa R, Patel, Rishin A, Slevin, Kieran A. “Left Stellate Ganglion Blockade for the Management of Drug Resistant Electrical Storm.”
- Pain Management
- Interventional Pain Management
- Pain Medicine
Contact and Practices
- B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2004
- M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008