Pain is one of the most common reasons people consult a physician, yet it is often inadequately treated. My goals are to optimize pain control, enhance functional ability as well as physical and psychological well-being, and quality of life. I focus on, but not limited to, musculoskeletal pain of the back, neck, and joints, neuropathic disorders, and cancer pain. My clinical interests lie in the minimally invasive procedures to treat musculoskeletal pain, including various types of injections, intrathecal pump therapy, spinal cord stimulation, and the MILD© Procedure (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression) for spinal stenosis. I am currently an active participant in research regarding spinal cord stimulation, and have published numerous textbook chapters on cancer pain, back pain, and spinal cord stimulation.
Specialties and Expertise
- Pain Medicine
- Sports Medicine
- Interventional Pain Management
- Pain Management
- Nerve Pain Due to Spinal Stenosis
- Stenosis of Lumbosacral Spine
- Spinal Stenosis of Thoracic Region
- Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region
- Spinal Stenosis Surgery
- Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Neck and Back Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Joint Pain
- Cancer Pain Management
- Neuropathic Pain
- Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants
- Pediatric Pain Management
Dr. Neel Mehta is both board-certified in anesthesia, and fellowship trained, board-certified in interventional pain medicine.
He holds several positions including:
- Division Chief, Pain Management at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicial Center, overseeing outpatient and inpatient services together with a large team of dedicated pain and regional anesthesia physicians
- Co-Director, Weill Cornell Medicine's Center for Comprehensive Spine Care a multi-disciplinary spine center
- Former Associate Program Director of the Tri-Institutional Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship
- Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
- Former President, Eastern Pain Association
- Dean's Healthcare Leadership Fellow
- Quality Assurance Officer for Pain Medicine
- Weill Cornell Physician Organization Operations and Planning Committee Member
- Weill Cornell Medical School, Course Director in Pain Medicine
Dr. Mehta has been named to Top Doctors by Super Doctors New York 'Rising Stars', New York Magazine, and Castle Connolly.
His training includes:
- Fellowship in managing health care delivery, Harvard Business School, 2014
- Fellowship in interventional pain medicine in the Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2010.
- Anesthesia residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2009.
- Medicine internship at Caritas Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts 2006
- Medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, 2005.
- He 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 resides on the Executive Board of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the Eastern Pain Society.
- He has been featured in the New York Times, Prevention Magazine, NY One, ABC, and CBS News. He has published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and poster presentations and is a frequent invited speaker and educator at pain conferences across the world.
Honors and Awards
Honors and Awards
2015 Dr. Mehta Super Doctors New York 'Rising Stars'-- an honor roll of the top New York doctors in more than 30 specialties who have been fully licensed for 10 years or less.
2015 Dean's Healthcare Leadership Fellow
2012 1st prize, Weill Cornell Anesthesiology Research Award
2011 Teacher of the Year, Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship
2010 Teacher of the Year, Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship
- American Board of Anesthesiology
- American Board of Anesthesiology (Pain Medicine)
Clinical and Academic Positions
- Associate Attending Anesthesiologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education and Training
- M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, 2005
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 - HMO
- AETNA - Medicare
- AETNA - PPO
- 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
- 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 - HMO
- VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
- WellCare of NY
- WorldWide Medical
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