Dr. Allen Chen, MD

Dr. Allen Chen, MD

Physical Medicine & RehabilitationMaleAge 46

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Allen Chen, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from NEW YORK UNIV SCH OF MED in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Locations

UCLA Spine Center

UCLA Spine Center1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100 Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dr. Chen's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Chen

4.8

Based on 101 ratings

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Epidural Consultation
This is one of the best, if not the best, doctor visits I've had at UCLA Health. Dr. Chen and his associates and his support staff treated me with respect and appreciation. I felt confident and more hopeful about my condition after my visit with Dr. Chen than I have since my symptoms first started.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 13, 2022
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Seen quickly, efficient review of imaging and advice for future pain management
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
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Apr 29, 2022
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Excellent
Dr. Chen was so helpful in addressing my concerns. Listened well. Explained things very clearly. Very personable and approachable clinician.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
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S.M.L. – Apr 29, 2022
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Caring and helpful doctor who took the time to answer all my questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jan 24, 2022
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Dr. Chen and his team are fantastic. Dr. Chen gave a very personable and thoughtful analysis of my condition. He factored in all aspects of my daily needs and the history of my pain. Dr. Chen educated me on how my lower back pain was caused and how it could heal on its own. He was very honest in recommending that I don’t do any injections or surgery but rather worked with a physical therapist to see results. Dr. Chen provided a great referral with clear instructions for any PT of my choosing to follow. Dr. Chen remains a resource for me if anything changes with my condition or if I have any questions. I am lucky to have him on my care team!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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LYS – Dec 11, 2021
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I met Dr. Chen for severe lower back pain. He was very knowledagable, kind and very friendly. He explained my treatment options in clear terms. I highly recommend Dr. Chen to other patients.
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Aghdas Jafari – Dec 10, 2021
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Dr. Chen is very knowledgeable and truly takes the time to explain conditions thoroughly. He is timely, accurate, and informative. He also offers several different types of treatments to help treat pain and is an expert at a wide range of procedures. He is at the top of his field and is often asked to lecture around the world on a wide range of topics. I felt very lucky to be able to meet him. He is an excellent physician and I would refer any of my family to him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 10, 2021
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Dr. Chen is very insightful and offers great patient care! His team is very thorough and always makes me feel taken care of.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nov 20, 2021
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Dr. Chen is the best spine expert! He is very educated, experienced, and knowledgeable. I was very impressed by his friendly manner and professionalism.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nov 05, 2021
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The service that I received from Dr. Allen Chen, ( I had TFESI) was excellent. Dr. Chen is an excellent doctor, he has a lot of knowledge and experience.. He is caring and made me feel very comfortable. Wonderful experience with UCLA Spine Center. Great medical office.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Silvia Raz – Nov 02, 2021
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Dr. Chen is very thorough and has a pleasant demeanor. I felt the care I received was top-notch and wouldn't hesitate to see him again.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Rachel H. – Oct 22, 2021
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Dr. Chen is incredibly knowledgeable and provides great insight on the best course of treatment for you and your health.
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Alyson Beckman – Aug 28, 2021
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Dr. Chen is extremely knowledgeable and gifted. He performed a nerve ablation at C2-C3 and my headaches/pain disappeared for much longer than expected. I was able to start swimming soon after the ablation which has improved my overall health. If you are considering seeing Dr. Chen, feel confident he will guide you in the best way possible.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Debby B. – Aug 28, 2021
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Dr. Chen was able to see me on schedule, and efficiently examined me to address my sciatica and herniated disks. He gave me injections two years ago, which provided excellent, though not perpetual, relief.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Oldman Spine – Aug 28, 2021
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Dr Chen has been so great over the past year in helping me to diagnose my hip/IT band issues and moving forward with treatment. He is both capable and communicative. I have developed a high level of trust and confidence in him. This particular appointment was to re-evaluate and determine next best steps/options going forward.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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David H – Aug 19, 2021
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My follow-up appointment with Dr. Chen was extremely thorough and a very pleasant & professional one. Dr. Chen always displays sincere concern for my spinal concerns and always takes the necessary time to ensure that I have no unanswered questions. I’m very appreciative for his attentiveness.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Andrew Rankin – Aug 14, 2021
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I have already recommended Dt Chen and my friend and her family also were very impressed and happy with his treatment. He is a brilliant diagnostician, doesn’t do unnecessary or irrelevant tests or treatment and gets right to the heart of the issue. Unfortunately I have a hip not spine problem so I will not be seeing Dr Chen as regularly as I would like, but It’s been a great experience.
What went well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 14, 2021
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Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor. He eliminated my terrible back pain with one painless procedure. He is a very compassionate doctor and his staff are caring and kind. Thank you Dr. Chen
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kelley Koch – Jun 24, 2021
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Excellent visit. Efficient and thorough, and MRI was explained in great detail.
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 23, 2021
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Dr. Chen is outstanding. He has excellent clinical and diagnostic skills. I would recommend him to anyone who is searching for the best quality health care that is obtainable.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Apr 30, 2021
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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Chen's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Low Back Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Herniated Disc more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Chen's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Back Pain
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Muscle Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain Rehabilitation and Management
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine and Sports Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Strain of Hamstring Muscle
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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About Me

Care Philosophy

 I will offer a thorough evaluation of your complaints and will provide a diagnostic and treatment plan that fits you as an individual. I understand...Read more

Biography

Allen S. Chen, MD, MPH, FAAPMR is the Chief of Interventional Spine at the UCLA Spine Center in Santa Monica, California. He specializes in treating patients...Read more

Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

2010
University Of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2009
University Of Washington
Residency Hospital
2006
University of Maryland Medical Center
Internship Hospital
2005
NEW YORK UNIV SCH OF MED
Medical School
2000
University Of California Los Angeles School Of Public Health
1997
Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School
1997
Harvard University
Undergraduate School
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Awards

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Does Dr. Allen Chen, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Allen Chen, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Chen frequently treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Low Back Pain, and Herniated Disc. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Chen treats.

Where is Dr. Allen Chen, MD's office located?

Dr. Chen's office is located at 1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Santa Monica, CA

83% Patients that would definitely recommend, 13% higher than the national average

15 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

85% Patients that would definitely recommend, 15% higher than the national average

29 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)