Dr. Tarek Shahbandar, MD

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar, MD
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.

Pain Physicians of Indiana

8687 Connecticut St Ste D

Merrillville, IN 46410

Contact Information

(219) 750-9630

Dr. Tarek Shahbandar, MD

Dr. Tarek Shahbandar, MD

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
  • Medicaid of Indiana
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Care Philosophy

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Dr. Shahbandar's Experience

Dr. Shahbandar'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 sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*

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


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  • 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

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Indiana.

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.


  • Lawrence University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Medical College Of Wisconsin
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • St. Frances Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Shahbandar has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Shahbandar's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Shahbandar to family and friends
based on 24 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Shahbandar's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (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 accepts 18 insurance carriers
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  • CoreSource
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  • Medicaid of Indiana
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