Daniel Pak, M.D.
Pain Medicine/Management
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Daniel Pak, M.D.

Pain Medicine/Management

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Gender: Male


Personal Statement

I am committed to providing evidence-based, multi-disciplinary care to create a truly individualized treatment plan tailored to each patient’s unique needs and priorities. This includes medication optimization, physical rehabilitation, alternative/complementary therapies, and a wide repertoire of state of the art procedures. Recognizing the complex nature of pain and its impact on overall wellbeing, I am focused on not only optimizing pain control, but enhancing quality of life, function, and psychological health.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Pain Management
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pain Medicine


  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures For Back/Neck Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Intrathecal Pain Pump
  • Nerve Ablation for Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Non-Surgical Approach to Back Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain In Female
  • Male Pelvic Pain
  • Botox Injection
  • Spinal Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation, Nerve, Spinal, Lumbar
  • Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Pain
  • Pain Following Surgery or Procedure
  • Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome
  • Post-Thoracotomy Pain
  • Compression Fracture of Spine
  • Disorders of Shoulder and Knee Joints
  • Knee Pain
  • Joint Injections
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Hip Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy


Dr. Daniel Pak is a double-board certified physician in anesthesiology and pain medicine who specializes in interventional pain management. His expertise is in the management of complex back/neck pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, cancer pain, vertebral compression fractures, arthritis, and neuropathies. His clinical focus revolves around minimally invasive treatments, including injection therapies, vertebral augmentation, spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation, intrathecal pump therapy, and the MILD© procedure (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression). He has also published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and given national lectures on the topics of intrathecal pump therapy and neuromodulation.

Dr. Pak earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed his residency in anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he was the recipient of the Sadel Wortis Klein Award for Excellence in Clinical Performance. He then completed a pain medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and afterwards joined the pain faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he served as the Director of the Intrathecal Drug Delivery Program and worked closely with patients at the Mass General Cancer Center. He also served as the Director of Resident Education in Pain Medicine and was given the Best Teaching Faculty award in 2019. He is currently the Associate Program Director of the Weill Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship.



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Pain Medicine)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2013
  • B.S., Duke University, 2008


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

Other Interest:
Nevro Corp.