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 throughout the Irvine, CA region. At Pain Care Providers, Dr. Rafizad offers individualized care for neck pain, back and spine pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and neuropathy, including noninvasive pain management solutions to address underlying causes of pain. Dr. Rafizad completed his internship and residency at John H Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County followed by a fellowship in pain management at UCLA Medical Center. As a pain management specialist, Dr. Rafizad is board certified in both pain medicine and anesthesiology. In addition to caring for patients at Pain Care Providers, he also treats patients at the West Los Angeles Veterans Medical Center where he serves as attending staff physician for pain management and anesthesiology. Dr. Rafizad is committed to providing patients with individualized care based on each patient's unique needs for long-term, meaningful relief of pain. He welcomes the opportunity to care for new patients, and the practice accepts most major medical insurance plans.
Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Medicaid of California
Memorial Healthcare System
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Learn about Dr. Rafizad
Dr. Rafizad has completed specific ACGME accredited fellowships in Pain Management with board certification in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is uniquely qualified to provide the safest, most innovative, and most effective treatment modalities for a spectrum of painful conditions. He combines traditional treatments with the latest interventional pain management techniques including various minimally invasive injectional modalities, like nerve block, radiofrequency ablations, spinal cord stimulation, and so on.
Dr. Rafizad has a background in internal medicine therefore he approaches painful condition through a holistic and scientific method. He listens to his patients carefully and explains their medical conditions to them in a very simplistic and easy to understand way. He strives to offer treatment plans that no only control their pain but also to improve their function as well as their quality of life.
Dr. Rafizad's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Pain Medicine
Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Rafizad's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Acute Postoperative Pain
Arthropathy of Spinal Facet Joint
Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
Cervical Disc Degeneration
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Spine Disorders
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Facet Joint Pain
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Disc Degeneration
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Pathological Spine Fracture
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Sciatica as Seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Upper Back Pain
Cancer Pain Management
Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
Epidural Steroid Injections
Facet Joint Injection
Ganglion Impar Block
Low Back Procedure
Lumbar Medial Branch Block
Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Neck Pain Procedure
Nerve Block, Sympathetic
Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
Sacroiliac Joint Injection
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Nerve Block
Stellate Ganglion Block
Trigger Point Injection
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Tehran University Of Medical Sciences
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
Tehran University Of Medical Sciences, Faculty Of Medicine
The supraclavicular block with a nerve stimulator: to decrease or not to decrease, that is the question., 2004
The Anatomy of the Saphenous Nerve below the Knee, 2003
Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review., 2004
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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