Dr. Samuel Polk, MD

Dr. Samuel Polk, MD

Pain Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 45
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Samuel Polk, MD is a pain medicine doctor who practices in Memphis, TN. He is 45 years old and has been practicing for 18 years.Read his story

6325 Humphreys Blvd

Memphis, TN 38120

Contact Information

(901) 522-7700

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care of Tennessee
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Polk performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 94% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 91% of peers

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Dr. Polk's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Polk "Samuel Carlton Polk | Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute Dr. Samuel Carlton Polk III, a native Memphian, was born and reared by two Memphis educators. He attended Memphis Central High School, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. His residency training was done at Case Western Reserve University / MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After completion of his residency, he entered and completed a multidisciplinary Pain Management fellowship in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Polk has been in practice at Semmes Murphey since 2006. Board Certifications: Diplomate of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Diplomate of Pain Medicine Diplomate of Independent Medical Examiners Professional Societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Tennessee Medical Society Bluff City Medical Society Extracurricular Activities: Golf Billiards Antique automobiles Memphis Rotary Club "


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  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain


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  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

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.


  • Morehouse School Of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Polk has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Polk's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Polk to family and friends
based on 15 total reviews (5 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (15)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Polk's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

in Memphis |
My husband is finally feeling relief after receiving care from Dr. Polk. His bedside manner was amazing and he is truly a professional and good at what he does. The staff was kind and they took time to answer questions and make us feel comfortable. Hope we don't have to see them too much but it...more
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in Millington |
I have pain relief for the first time in over three months after just one treatment from Dr. Polk. His bedside manner is excellent. Highly recommend.
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in Memphis, TN |
I was referred to Dr. Polk for an epidural nerve block. He was prompt, courteous, and explained everything thoroughly before the procedure. He communicated throughout the 5 or 10 min procedure, I felt no pain or discomfort once. I was worried about pain afterwards and have had none at all. He is...more
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Thank you, Sandra, for reaching out to us. Your opinion plays an integral part in our customer service. We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience with Dr. Polk and that you are on the road...more
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in Memphis, TN |
He is a kind and caring doctor,
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Cameran Harris, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. We are glad to hear that you have had such a positive experience with Dr. Polk!
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in Memphis, TN |
Dr. Polk tells me that bone on bone vertebrae are normal amd should not be causing me any problems.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Polk accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
    Blue Network E
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care of Tennessee
    Coventry Health Care of Tennessee PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Polk has admitting privileges

Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis
6019 Walnut Grove Rd
Memphis, TN 38120
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