Dr. Vinaya Puppala, MD

Dr. Vinaya Puppala, MD

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Interventional Pain Medicine  |  
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32 y/o
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Dr. Vinaya Puppala, MD is an interventional pain medicine specialist in Villa Rica, GA and has been practicing for 6 years. He graduated from Washington University In St Louis School of Medicine in 2008 and specializes in interventional pain medicine, pain medicine, and more.Read his story

Comprehensive Spine & Pain. Relieve Pain. Restore Lives

403 Permian Way Ste D

Villa Rica, GA 30180
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Chronic Pain
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more than 99% of peers
Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
more than 98% of peers
Spondylosis
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Puppala's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Puppala "As featured in Atlanta Magazine's Top Doctors, V.K. Puppala, M.D.'s mission is to RELIEVE PAIN and RESTORE LIVES. Dr. Puppala is double board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management and has been named Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Puppala began his commitment to medicine and scientific research in high school, conducting research for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Puppala then attended the University of Illinois, graduating with honors in less than twelve months, and earned his medical degree from the nationally top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Puppala's interest in pain medicine as his specialty was sparked subsequent to receipt of a student grant from the National Institute of Health to conduct nerve related research under the mentorship of Chief of Plastic Surgery Dr. Susan MacKinnon where he performed microscopic neurosurgery at the age of 19. Following medical school, Dr. Puppala returned to Chicago to complete his surgical internship at Rush University Medical Center. He then underwent additional sub-specialization in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and completed his fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Northwestern Pain Medicine. Dr. Puppala is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists award for best original research with the world's first report of successful treatment of HIV-related polyneuropathy using spinal cord stimulation. He also received the Illinois Masonic Medical Center award for best resident research in recognition of his efforts to advance the field of pain medicine. Dr. Puppala serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Association of Georgia, Editorial Board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Scientific Research Committee of the International Neuromodulation Society, and Board of Directors of the Foundation for Pain C.A.R.E. (Charity, Advocacy, Research, Education). He is committed to raising public awareness of issues facing those afflicted with chronic pain at the government level with the goal of improving the lives of his patients outside of the doctor's office while also minimizing the need for chronic opioid dependence. He also serves as a medical expert witness related to anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Puppala has expertise in the treatment of a variety of chronic painful conditions including: neck and low back pain; intractable neuropathic pain; joint pain; headaches; myofascial pain syndrome; complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD); chronic abdominal pain; chronic pelvic pain; cancer-related pain; and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a multi-modal approach. He is exceptionally skilled in treating his patients with compassion, empathy, respect, and concern, and achieves superior pain relief outcomes using a multidisciplinary approach by integrating a variety of minimally invasive interventional techniques, medication management, and functional restoration. In his free time, he enjoys music and art, stays active in professional networking, volunteers at an animal shelter, and contributes to a variety of philanthropic causes. Dr Puppala provides treatment for: Back & Neck Pain Radiculitis, Inflamed Nerves Muscle Spasms Herniated Discs Knee Pain Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Pain Foot & Ankle Pain Spinal Stenosis Chronic Pain Management Neuropathic Pain Post-laminectomy Syndrome Complex regional pain syndrome / RSD Fibromyalgia Scoliosis PROCEDURES & TREATMENTS OFFERED Trigger Point Injections Epidural Injections Transforaminal Injections Joint Injections Facet Blocks Radiofrequency Ablation Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials / Implants Botox "

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Puppala "RELIEVE PAIN.  RESTORE LIVES.  

Dr. Puppala treats all of his patients with compassion, empathy, respect, and concern regardless of their background or circumstances. He strives to truly listen to his patients and educate them about their own pain in order to empower patients to formulate the most responsible treatment plan possible in collaboration with their physician. He is deeply committed to his patients and achieves superior pain relief outcomes using a holistic multidisciplinary approach by integrating interventional techniques, medication management, and functional restoration within a comprehensive biopsychosocial feedback model. His goal is to enable his patients to regain a life free of suffering while also minimizing the need for chronic opioid dependence."

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Specialties

  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pain Medicine Anesthesiology
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Board Certifications

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

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Procedures

  • Botox® for Chronic Migraine
  • Cervical Block
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Epidural Block
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Ganglion Impar Block
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Block
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Implantable Peripheral Neurostimulator
  • Intrathecal Drug Delivery System Insertion
  • Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Discography
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Medication Management
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Block
  • Neurostimulation
  • Percutaneous Disc Decompression
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Transforaminal Epidural Block
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vein Ablation

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

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

1 Board Action
  • Unethical conduct (12/14/2017)
    Action Taken: Fine
    Summary: Puppala, Vineya Krishna MD: License # 036126601: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician accessed a patient's medical records when he was not the patient's physician and took photographs of the patient while the patient was in the hospital and subsequently posted those photos to the internet with the patient's permission. As a result, Respondent has agreed never to see renewal of his Physician and Surgeon license in Illinois. ACTION TAKEN; The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued a REPRIMAND on the physician's license and imposed a FINE in the amount of $50,000.00.
    State: Illinois

Education

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
  • Washington University In St Louis School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
  • McGraw Med Ctr-Northwestern U
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Puppala has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Puppala has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Puppala's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Puppala to family and friends
4.6
based on 154 total reviews (137 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (154)

  • 5
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Dr. Puppala'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
Under 10 minutes
Dr. Puppala Says:

While no physician can guarantee a perfect outcome for every patient, it is my life's mission to RELIEVE PAIN and RESTORE LIVES for those suffering from chronic pain.  If you or a loved one is suffering in pain, I understand what you are going through.  I promise to try my hardest and use every tool available to me to relieve your pain and return you to an enjoyable quality

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Patient Comments (137)

After having a procedure with Dr. Puppala I am now pain free. I have been to numerous doctors over the years with no relief of pain. They only gave me pain medication which only masked the pain. Dr. Puppala got to the root of the problem, and now I can things I have not been able to do for over 10...more
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Dr. Puppala was very thorough. He listened very carefully and responding with clear explainations and made sure that I understood the treatment plan. I would recommend him to anyone. The staff was very friendly.
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Thank you Dr. Puppala and staff! Feel so much better.
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dr. puppala has helped me. my pain level is better.
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in Atlanta, GA
I came because I felt a pull in my back and a pain in my leg. Then he gave me a shot and 60 seconds later I'm in no pain. I felt like I could do anything! Felt like I could bust a move and do a groove at the night club. I thank you so much for taking time to help me in my time of need.
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