Dr. Tarek Shahbandar, MD

Dr. Tarek Shahbandar, MD

Pain Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 45
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Merrillville, IN and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from Medical College Of Wisconsin in 1999 and specializes in pain medicine and anesthesiology.Read his story

8687 Connecticut St Ste D

Merrillville, IN 46410

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Commercial Insurance Company
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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 99% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Shahbandar's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Shahbandar "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. "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Shahbandar "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."

2  Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

2  Board Certifications

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

53  Conditions Treated

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19  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • 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
26 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (26)

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Dr. Shahbandar's Performance

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  • 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 (8)

Dr Shahbandar is a great Dr. He is the one who finally listened to me and got my pain under control. And his NP Alexis is wonderful too. She takes time with you and also actually listens. I recommend this office to anyone who is in pain.
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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.
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Could not be happier, great Dr!
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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...more
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I've been a patient for several years. He has never let me down when it comes to alleviating my pain.
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