Dr. Tarek H. Shahbandar, MD

Dr. Tarek H. Shahbandar, MD


Pain Medicine | Male | 44 years old

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At Pain Physicians of Indiana we use the latest technologies to ensure the best possible outcome of your treatment. Image guidance is an effective way to improve the success of interventional procedures. Pain diagnosis and treatment is most effective when all aspects of your health are taken into consideration.Read more

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Dr. Shahbandar is a fellowship-trained specialist in Interventional Pain Medicine and is a board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine....Read more

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Patient Reviews (7)
in Schererville, IN |
I was referred to Dr. Shahbandar by my Neurosurgeon. He was kind and respectful of the different types of pain I have. He has done a steroidal injection of my spine, and treated me with great care. Would definitely recommend him to anyone.
in crown point indiana |
Could not be happier, great Dr!
in St Ann, MO |
Dr. Shabandar is great!! I had so much pain in my back and legs it was hard for me to walk. I was depressed and I am no longer taking my anxiety and depression medicine. I' m feeling fantastic with the treatments he has given me and now I will be starting therapy that he recommended as to a better quality of life. I'm doing more things without pain and I highly recommend Dr. Shabandar to my family and friends. Thank You Doctor! Patricia Salazar
in Merrillville, IN |
I've been a patient for several years. He has never let me down when it comes to alleviating my pain.
in hebron Indiana |
Dr. Shahbandar. He is the best at what he does. Been to many doctors and he far exceeds them. You will not be disappointed. Office staff is very very helpfull. . Have a blessed day. .
in Michigan City, IN |
It wasn't!!!!! DO NOT believe staff when they tell you new patients have to call the first day of the month. They only offer (A FEW) new patient appointments. I, and my referring physician, were told this one week prior to March 1. I started calling the office at 8:55 a.m. March 1 and the recording stated Office is not open at this time. I finally got through at 9:04 a.m., was put on hold for nearly 8 minutes only to be told We have already filled our open positions.
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Dr. Shahbandar says...

Dr. Shahbandar is a fellowship-trained specialist in Interventional Pain Medicine and is a board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.   He was born in Michigan and raised in Wisconsin.  He attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and then completed residency and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  At the Cleveland Clinic, he was privileged to train under some of the world's pioneers in Pain Medicine.  Thereafter, Dr. Shahbandar has practiced Interventional Pain Medicine for eleven years.  His experiences include private practice and academic medicine.  He recently spent three years training physicians at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In addition, when practicing interventional pain medicine, Dr. Shahbandar has been well known for his kind bedside manner and excellent procedural skills.  One of his goals when treating patients is to alleviate pain while minimizing the use of controlled substances.  His specific fields of interest include complex regional pain syndrome and spine. 

Dr. Shahbandar's Care Philosophy

At Pain Physicians of Indiana we use the latest technologies to ensure the best possible outcome of your treatment. Image guidance is an effective way to improve the success of interventional procedures. Pain diagnosis and treatment is most effective when all aspects of your health are taken into consideration.

Dr. Shahbandar says...

  • Back / Spinal Pain
  • Acute and Chronic Disc Herniations
  • Radiculopathies (e.g. sciatica)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Syndrome
  • Arachnoiditis / Spinal Scar Tissue
  • Sacroiliac Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Occipital Neuralgia and CervicogenicHeadaches (pain radiating from neck tohead)
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Pain in Pregnancy
  • Musculoskelatal Pain
  • Sports-Related Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain (burning nerve pain)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) /Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Shingles and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chest Wall Pain / Intercostal Neuralgia /Costochondritis
  • Non-operable Intractable Angina
  • Non-operable Peripheral Vascular Disease-Related Pain

Dr. Shahbandar says...

  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks
  • Facet and Medial Branch Blocks
  • Sympathetic Blocks
  • Myobloc and Botox Injections
  • Percutaneous Disk Decompression(Dekompressor and Nucleoplasty)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Intrathecal Pumps
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Cryoneurolysis
  • Discograms

Dr. Shahbandar's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  •  Malpractice claims in Indiana not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Medical School
    Medical College Of Wisconsin

    Graduated in 1999

  • Internship Hospital
    St. Frances Hospital

    Completed in 2000

  • Residency Hospital
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation

    Completed in 2004

  • Undergraduate School
    Lawrence University

    Graduated in 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Pain Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cryoablation
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Transforaminal Epidural Block
  • Trigger Point Injection