Dr. Amir Rafizad, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 55

Dr. Rafizad
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113 Waterworks Way Ste 345 Irvine, CA 92618

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Dr. Amir Rafizad, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Irvine, CA and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Tehran University Of Medical Sciences, Faculty Of Medicine medical school in 1992. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center and Hoag Orthopedic Institute. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Rafizad to book an appointment.

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I was diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis in my lumbar spine and my orthopaedist referred me to Dr. Rafizad's practice. I was a bit skeptical as to the benefit of the recommended epidural injection as my sciatica was unbelievably painful and ever-present, preventing me from doing much of anything. I felt too young to be dealing with this level of pain and inactivity. I met with Dr. Rafizad at his office and he listened to me very carefully, asked me targeted questions and laid out a plan for treatment for me. He was able to get me in quickly for the procedure. To a person, and particularly in this year of the pandemic, everyone was warm, caring, attentive, and professional. As an RN, myself, I appreciated that. In following up post-procedure, the doctor again listened carefully and with great consideration. I'm truly impressed with this practice and would never hesitate to return, should it be necessary. Thank you to each and every member of the team!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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Karen Katz – Dec 18, 2020
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Worst bedside manner I have ever encountered in a physician. Not only do I work in the healthcare industry and deal with providers everyday but since my back surgery I have seen a lot. There is not enough characters for me to explain the whole story other then he called me a lier after his front office staff argued with me over a $30 copay. I let him know what transpired and he stated that didnt happen and I asked him if he thought I was lying and he stated yes. worst bed side manner ever.
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  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
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Jonathan Lambrose in Irvine , CA – Jul 27, 2018
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He didn't listen to me, seemed disinterested and when he put me in a semi sleep state for an injection this is what happened. Now I realize these injections don't work for everyone but the anasthesia knocked me out. When I woke up he instructed me to walk across the room and it hurt just as badly as before. There was absolutely not one tiny bit of improvement. Well, then the doctor started arguing with me, saying that when I was having the procedure I told him I felt much better. I was outcol
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  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Polly G in Mission Viejo, CA – Oct 01, 2016
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Dr Rafizad is a very smart, caring doctor who has extraordinary knowledge about choosing the right medicines. He initially treated me after revision knee replacement when I couldn't take common pain medicine. He then cared for me through the months of knee surgery healing. Then he tackled a four-year-old orthopedic and neurology pain issue and helped me to the path of physical therapy and pain medicine. I would never accept pain medicine from any doctor without first consulting withDr Rafizad.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Michael Tarpey in Newport Beach, CA – Sep 26, 2016
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If you leave a message, either on their message machine or with a member of the office staff, good luck on getting your call returned. I spoke to 5 different people who all told me they would return my call with an answer to my question and not one of them called me back. The office is disorganized. While waiting for my appointment, they called a male name that was similar to my last name. The girl taking my vitals was difficult to understand due to a heavy accent and was very curt with me.
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  • Office environment
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
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Long Beach, CA – Sep 19, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Rafizad has completed specific ACGME accredited fellowships in Pain Management with board certification in both anesthesiology and pain medicine....Read more

Biography

Dr. Amir Rafizad is a skilled, compassionate pain management specialist offering state-of-the-art care for the relief of acute and chronic pain in patients...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

Education

2004
UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2003
John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County
Residency Hospital
2000
John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County
Internship Hospital
1992
Tehran University Of Medical Sciences, Faculty Of Medicine
Medical School
1988
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Persian

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Chief Resident, 7/2002-6/2

Media & Publications

  • The Anatomy of the Saphenous Nerve below the Knee, 2003
  • Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review., 2004
  • The supraclavicular block with a nerve stimulator: to decrease or not to decrease, that is the question., 2004
  • Bilateral Brachial Plexus Block (Case Report), 2004

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Amir Rafizad, MD's top areas of care?

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

Where is Dr. Amir Rafizad, MD's office located?

Dr. Rafizad's office is located at 113 Waterworks Way Ste 345, Irvine, CA 92618. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Amir Rafizad, MD speak?

Dr. Rafizad speaks Arabic, Farsi, and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Amir Rafizad, MD offer telehealth services?

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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. Rafizad's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Rafizad treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Rafizad treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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very high

Treatment Frequency

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

Dr. Rafizad 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
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very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Dr. Rafizad's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Arthropathy of Spinal Facet Joint
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica as Seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Torticollis
  • Upper Back Pain

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Locations

Pain Care Providers

Pain Care Providers113 Waterworks Way Ste 345 Irvine, CA 92618
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Practice

Tien T Nguyen M.d. Inc.18035 Brookhurst St Ste 1700 Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Rafizad is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

64% Patient Experience Rating, 5% lower than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Irvine, CA

88% Patient Experience Rating, 19% higher than the national average

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

Saddleback Medical Center

Laguna Hills, CA

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received