Dr. Allen Chen, MD

Dr. Allen Chen, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation •  Male • Age 44

  
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dr. Allen Chen, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in Santa Monica, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Chen to book an appointment.


Locations

UCLA Spine Center

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(310) 319-3475
UCLA Spine Center1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100 Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Renee Meyer Luskin Children's Clinic

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(310) 319-3475
Renee Meyer Luskin Children's Clinic1250 16th St Ste 2100b Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Chen

4.7

Based on 70 ratings

5 Stars
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      I had a great experience. I had surgery for a herniated disc with a different doctor and was still experiencing pain, so came to see Dr. Chen twice for his opinion. On both visits, I was seen exactly on time - no wait whatsoever. Dr. Chen was personable and (most importantly) very knowledgeable. He took the time to really listen to my situation/issues and then took the time to fully answer every one of my questions, without making me feel rushed. He explained my options and we agreed on a course of action. I had a very positive experience and would highly recommend Dr. Chen, even over the "high profile" surgeon who helped me previously.
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      Mark S. – Sep 18, 2020
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      Dr Chen is very through. Informs you of alternatives for your decisions.
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      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
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      • Appointment wasn't rushed
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      Allen M – Aug 29, 2020
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      Dr. Chen completely fixed my bad neck! With a reasonable approach and wonderful bedside manner I felt better within a few days. Thank you!
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      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
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      • Appointment wasn't rushed
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      Alexis L. – Aug 14, 2020
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      Strong recommend. I went to Dr. Chen with excruciating back pain and he turned things around for me. He first helped with non-opioid pain management (very important to me) which got me to a better state, and then an epidural steroid injection. Needless to say I wasn’t excited about a needle in my spine, but Dr. Chen stood out with his total clarity about the procedure—including whether or not I should do it— and then once we decided to move forward, I was in great hands. I always knew exactly what was happening and felt comfortable throughout (as comfortable as you can having a needle in the spine). The UCLA facilities and other nurses and docs were top notch as well.
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      Jeff B – Aug 14, 2020
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      Dr. Allen Chen is an outstanding physician. Thorough and listened to me. He did not treat my MRI as another physician was doing and I wasn't getting better. I am now off opioids and feeling much better after a different neck injection. I would absolutely hands down recommend him for care.
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      KDT – Aug 11, 2020
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      Dr Chen and his team are right on when it comes to diagnosing where pain is coming from and getting rid if it. Dr Chen performed rhizotomy at my left C2-C3 facet joint level...all pain in left arm has disappeared since procedure. I still have more pain management decisions to make, i.e., right arm pain, etc. and Dr Chen will be my first choice. Great doctor!
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      • Appointment scheduling
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      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
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      DB – Feb 26, 2020
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      A bit of a wait, and had to see his fellow first, however overall happy with my visit. Dr. Chen and his fellow explained everything clearly, and gave me a clear understanding of treatment options
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      Los Angeles – Jun 27, 2019
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      i was very very happy ?with this Dr. A. chan i will see him again
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      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      Camden Murphy in Manhattan, NY – Jun 24, 2019
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      Dr. Chen was super nice and took his time explaining everything to me. His staff was so helpful and I was seen in a timely manner. I highly recommend Dr. Chen.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      Sep 25, 2018
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      Dr. Chen has a wonderful way with patients. He had me feeling confident and secure that my concerns were being heard, evaluated, and would be addressed. This is precisely what occurred and I'd be most willing to recommend him to any one who needs his care.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      Sep 12, 2018
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      Dr Chen knows what he is doing. He did not rush me into getting the epidural injections, but when it became clear that it was the logical next step, he explained the procedure in detail, put me at ease and performed the procedure flawlessly.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      • Long wait times
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      Vincent in New York, NY – Jul 31, 2018
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      Extremely professional. Takes the time to fully explain your health issues in terms a layman can understand and all options available. Prompt,straightforward, and understanding. He's my go to source from now on. Gary
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      Gary Schneiderman – Jul 27, 2018
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      I am very pleased I met with Allen Chen M.D. on Monday, June 25, 2018. He was extremely focused on my situation. He put me at ease with his knowledge and familiarity with my condition, offering salient advice on moving forward. He articulated everything in a simple and caring fashion.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      David B Mullahy in Bronxville, NY – Jun 28, 2018
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      Dr. Chen is very capable and a considerate person. I had a painful back condition and he successfully relieved the pain by deadening the responsible nerve in a 20 minute procedure. An excellent alternative to back surgery when the goal is to relieve pain.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      Seymour in New York, NY – Jun 27, 2018
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      My main comment is that I had to wait a long time for an appointment. By the time I saw Dr. Chen my symptoms were better.
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      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      • Difficult to schedule appointment
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      Leslie Brereton in New York, NY – Jun 12, 2018
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      My experience with Dr Chen was excellent. I had been experiencing recurring back pain and was able to get my first appointment within a week of calling. He diagnosed the problem, recommended a course of treatment and treated me within the next three days. The results have been very positive. For the most part, my pain has been eliminated and movement restored. He explained very clearly what the issue was and the treatment options. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has back issues.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      • Long wait times
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      David W. Nelson in Ft Lee, NJ – Apr 12, 2018
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      Dr. Chen pinpointed my problems and explained what could be done to find solutions. Very straight forward and I would highly recommend him.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      • Long wait times
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      Joanne Lotsko in New York, NY – Apr 04, 2018
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      Very competent doctor with an excellent bed side manner. A surprisingly wonderful experience during an incredibly painful and scary time.
      What went well
      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
      • Listened & answered questions
      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      • Long wait times
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      Mar 13, 2018
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      I visited Dr. Chen with lower back issues. His mannerism, approach, bedside manner and especially level of knowledge was not only impressive, his findings and treatments were spot on. I felt I was in good hands and could absolutely trust his, in my opinion very honest and forthcoming medical advice. I would and have already highly recommended him to others who have back issues.
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      Michael in New York, NY – Mar 06, 2018
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      I have suffered from back pain for more than five years. Dr. Chen was very professional and genuine in his explanation of his services. He puts you at ease in explaining your whole process of treatment from beginning to end. I would highly recommend him and his assistant Geona who also goes above and beyond to make you deel comfortable during your visits and helping you with navigating through medical insurance documents.
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      Madeline Quiles in Bronx – Feb 15, 2018
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      Dr. Chen accepts the following insurance:

      Aetna
      Aetna HMO
      Choice Plus POS II
      Anthem
      Advantage-CA HMO
      Advantage-CA PPO
      Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
      Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
      Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
      Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
      Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
      Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
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      Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
      Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
      Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
      Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
      Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
      EPO-CA
      Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
      Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Gold Advantage-CA PPO
      Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
      Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
      Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
      MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
      National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
      National (BlueCard) PPO
      Pathway X Ind PPO Direct Access CT
      PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
      PERS Select-CA HMO
      PERS Traditional-CA HMO
      Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
      Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
      Select Plus-CA HMO
      Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
      Select-CA PPO
      Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
      Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Silver Advantage-CA PPO
      Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
      Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
      Tenet Network-CA PPO
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      UC Care-CA PPO
      UC CORE-CA PPO
      UC Health Savings Plan-CA
      UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
      UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
      UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
      UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
      UCSHIP-CA PPO
      USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
      Vivity-CA HMO
      Blue Cross Blue Shield
      Blue Card PPO
      Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
      BlueConnect HMO
      Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
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      Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
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      EmblemHealth
      Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
      Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
      Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
      MultiPlan
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      Background Check

      No malpractice claims found for California
      No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
      No board actions found for the years we collect data
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      Dr. Chen's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

      Dr. Chen treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 92% of his peers

      Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 92% 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
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      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Chen treats Low Back Pain more than 88% of his peers

      Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

      Back Pain
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      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Chen treats Back Pain more than 86% of his peers

      Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 86% of his peers

      Dr. Chen's conditions and procedures:

      • Adhesive Capsulitis
      • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
      • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
      • Ankle Sprains and Strains
      • Arthritis
      • Autonomic Disorders
      • Back Pain
      • Brain Disorders
      • Bursitis
      • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
      • Cervical Medial Branch Block
      • Chronic Neck Pain
      • Coccygeal Pain
      • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
      • Cortisone Injection
      • Degenerative Disc Disease
      • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
      • Epidural Steroid Injections
      • Facet Block
      • Facet Joint Injection
      • Fracture
      • Gait Abnormality
      • Herniated Disc
      • Intervertebral Disc Disease
      • Joint Injection
      • Knee Disorders
      • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
      • Low Back Pain
      • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
      • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
      • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
      • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
      • Neck Muscle Strain
      • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
      • Nerve Block, Somatic
      • Nerve Blocks
      • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
      • Osteoarthritis of Hip
      • Osteoarthritis of Knee
      • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
      • Osteoarthritis of Spine
      • Pain Rehabilitation and Management
      • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
      • Peripheral Nerve Block
      • Plantar Fasciitis
      • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
      • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
      • Sacrum Disorders
      • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      • Scoliosis
      • Shoulder Disorders
      • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
      • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
      • Spinal Nerve Block
      • Spinal Stenosis
      • Spine and Sports Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
      • Spine Deformities
      • Spine Disorders
      • Spine Rehabilitation Exercises
      • Spondylosis
      • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
      • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
      • Steroid Injection
      • Trigger Point Injection
      • Upper Back Pain

      About Me

       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 how much injury and pain can restrict the meaningful activities in your life, including work and...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
      2000
      University Of California Los Angeles School Of Public Health
      1997
      Harvard Medical School
      Undergraduate School

      Awards

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      UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

      Santa Monica, CA

      80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

      • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019)
      • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)

      Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

      Los Angeles, CA

      83% Patient experience rating, 14% higher than the national average

      • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019)
      • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)