Dr. Miguel Pappolla, MD

Dr. Miguel Pappolla, MD

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Age 63
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Dr. Miguel Pappolla, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Houston, TX and has been practicing for 40 years. He graduated from Universidad De Buenos Aires, Facultad De Ciencias Medicas in 1978 and specializes in pain medicine and neurology.Read his story

2646 S Loop W

Houston, TX 77054

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Fibromyalgia
very high
more than 97% of peers
Autoimmune Diseases
very high
more than 91% of peers
Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
high
more than 88% of peers

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Dr. Pappolla's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pappolla " Dr. Pappolla's training includes medical residencies and fellowships training in Neurology and Pain Medicine (Anesthesia based) and also in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, and Neuropathology. This training required 10 additional years of formal medical education (following graduation from Medical School) all pursued in programs accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties, considered the "gold-standard" in physician education in the United States. Dr. Pappolla holds active board-certifications in 5 disciplines of Medicine (Pain Management, Neurology, Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology). He has also been serving the public at large for over 20 years as a consultant for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and a full Professor or Faculty at several of the most prestigious medical schools in the USA (LSU New Orleans, Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City, University of Texas at Houston) where he taught Neurosciences to medical students and medical residents for over 20 years. Dr. Pappolla has also served as Chairman of Neurology and Director of Neurosciences in one of the largest tertiary care centers in Mississippi, till about the time when his practice was disrupted by hurricane Katrina. His scientific work includes more than 100 publications and book chapters in neuroscience. Dr. Pappolla's research is cited in thousands of textbooks worldwide. Dr. Pappolla has been among the very first investigators to identify evidence of oxidative stress in Alzheimer's disease brain. This has led to neuroprotective strategies worldwide currently under development. Along with Dr. Larry Refolo, Dr Suzana Petanceska at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others, he conducted groundbreaking research on cholesterolemia as an early risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. As a neuropathologist, he described several unique neuropathologic lesions including the colloid body of Parkinson's disease (later renamed "pale body") and the ubiquitinilated "dot like inclusions" in the aged brain. One other area of research is the development of neuroprotective drugs. He produced several patents; one of these drugs is currently on phase 2 clinical trial for Friedriech's ataxia (OX1, a melatonin analog) and melatonin related analogs for Alzheimers disease. Dr. Pappolla's goal and that of all the staff at St. Michael's is to place our experience and dedication at the service of patients in our communities in Texas.The St. Michael's Pain and Spine Clinics provide care for back pain, neck pain, spine disorders, headache and other chronic pain disorders in Houston, Pasadena, NASA, Clear Lake and surrounding communities. We pride ourselves in having a professional, experienced team of health care specialists who attend to patients in a compassionate low-stress environment. For patients with chronic pain, the St. Michael's approach is multidisciplinary. We work closely with many other specialists including neurologists, psychologists, orthopedic and spine surgeons, physiatrists, oncologists, and psychiatrists to optimally coordinate the care of our patients."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pappolla "The St. Michael's Pain and Spine Clinics is a premier Spine and Pain Management Clinic in Houston, Texas dedicated to excellence in Pain Care. Dr. Pappolla completed medical residencies and fellowship training in Neurology and Pain Medicine (Anesthesia based) and also in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, and Neuropathology. This required 10 additional years of formal training (following graduation from Medical School). Dr. Pappolla is board certified in Neurology and Pain Medicine"

2  Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Neurology

5  Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology
    Accredited by: American Board of Pathology*
  • Clinical Pathology
    Accredited by: American Board of Pathology*
  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Neuropathology
    Accredited by: American Board of Pathology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

97  Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Impairment
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back Strain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Benign Exertional Headache
  • Benign Sex Headache
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Headache
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Confusion
  • Cough Headache
  • Cranial Neuralgia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Dorsal Neuralgia
  • Drug Rebound Headache
  • Elbow Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Hand Pain
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hypertension Headache
  • Icepick Headache
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intercostal Neuralgia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Half Headache
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine
  • Mild Headache
  • Muscle Contraction Headache
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuralgia in the Upper Extremity
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Recurrent Headache
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Severe Headache
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headache
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Headache
  • Wrist Pain
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30  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Universidad De Buenos Aires, Facultad De Ciencias Medicas
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Case West Res University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Ne Ohio University Affil Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Univ Of South Alabama Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Cleveland Clin Fdn
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Mississippi Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Zenith Award by Alzheimers Association, 2000
  • Academic Excellence and Leadership Award, LSU New Orleans, 2007
  • Endowed Chair Recipient (Neuropathology) by State of South Carolina, 2006
  • Commedation Award for Clinical Excellence by Dept of Veterans Affairs, 1990
  • Weil Award by American Association of Neuropathologists for Research leading to medical advances, 2000
  • Directors Award by national Institutes of Health, 1996
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Pappolla's Reviews

4.2
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pappolla to family and friends
35 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (35)

  • 5
    (27)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (6)

Dr. Pappolla's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

I am impressed by his bedside manner. He will explain every procedure and every step in detail. The office staff is very kind and patient. I am blessed to have been referred to Dr. Pappolla.
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I am beyond pleased with the results I got from coming to see Dr. Pappolla for my back injury from the vehicle accident I was in. When I came here I was very depressed and in so much pain that I couldn't hardly do anything and it was taking a toll on me. I was very depressed and started gaining so...more
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I am beyond pleased with the results I got from coming to see Dr. Pappolla for my back injury from the vehicle accident I was in. When I came here I was very depressed and in so much pain that I couldn't hardly do anything and it was taking a toll on me. I was very depressed and started gaining so...more
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I had dealt with lower back pain for several years along with right hip pain as well. His diagnosis and treatment was amazing along with his staff!!
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Dr. Pappolla was very attentive and ask questions regarding other health problems that may have an effect on my condition. He is very detail oriented and spends a great deal of time determining what course of treatment is right for the patient. I would highly recommend Dr. Pappolla.
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