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Dr. Alexander R. Rances, DO

Pain Management Specialist

Professional statement

Dr. Rances is a board certified anesthesiologist and a fellowship trained pain management specialist. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Rances practiced acupuncture and oriental medicine for several years. He is one of only a handful of pain physicians who received formal training in both Traditional Chinese and Osteopathic Medicine. His unique background allows him to apply the latest advancements in interventional techniques alongside more holistic concepts such as acupuncture and osteopathic principles – a truly integrative approach in the treatment of pain. Dr. Rances believes in incorporating a multi-modal approach in the management of acute and chronic pain. This may include interventional procedures, pharmacotherapy, lifestyle modification, acupuncture and physical therapy. His goal is to improve the quality of life of his patients using proven and evidence based medicine. Dr. Rances is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with additional qualifications in Pain Medicine. In addition, he is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York and has been previously accredited by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Diplomate in acupuncture. He is a current and active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Rances keeps up to date with the latest advances in the specialty of pain medicine by regularly attending national seminars and conferences. Prior to joining Hudson Spine and Pain Medicine, he provided care as an attending physician at CarePoint Health System - practicing as an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist at Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center. In his free time, Dr. Rances enjoys traveling and spending time with his three young daughters and wife.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Specialties

  • Pain Management Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Christ Hospital
  • Hoboken University Medical Center
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • North Shore University Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine (Anesthesiology)

Education and training

  • New York University Elaine A. and Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center, Fellowship in Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • New York College of Health Professions, Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • State University of New York, Binghamton (Bachelor’s)
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Christ Hospital, Internship in Family Medicine
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Residency in Anesthesiology
  • Medical School - New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  • New York State Society of Anesthesiologists

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1235365149

Office locations

Hudson Medical

281 Broadway, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10007

Hudson Medical

55-05 Myrtle Avenue, 2nd Floor

Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Amazing
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A very professional Dr Took his time to explain about my options for my treatment. I was very happy with my visit.
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Excellent
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Great, caring doctor.
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Great guy. Knows that this is all very scary for the patient and makes sure you feel informed, comfortable, and confident.
Less than 3 months ago
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Been seeing Dr Rances and there is not one bad thing I can complain about he is an overall wonder doctor and treats and greets all his patients with nothing but respect. I would definitely recommend my friends and familyto him. The staff is just as kind. Only thing is the phones need to be answered in a timely manner and not get kicked into voicemail after being on hold twice. Overall wonderful experience Everytime.
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Always quick, professional, pleasant experiences here! I recommend Their services to everyone.
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I'm very happy that i found such a nice service and a wonderful doctor Aleksander.R Rances.
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It was quick and just a reveiw of how I was feeling.
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Front desk and waiting time not that great, waited for 1.5 hours, that is way to long. Front desk came across as a bit condescending and not to concerned about my privacy. I understand they need to be clear in theircommunication but not the entire waiting room needs to know how my insurance works and I already know, so why explain it to me? Dr Rances was great, but the long waiting time and the front desk makes me hesitant to go back here.
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Dr. Rances was great. He really took the time to listen to my story and understand my situation so that he could make an informed recommendation about treatment. He explained all the options available to me and answered all my questions.I would highly recommend Dr. Rances and will definitely return. All of the staff were very friendly, polite, and a pleasure to work with. Thank you Dr. Rances and team! =)
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Great doctor. Patient and caring.
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He's a wonderful doctor.
Less than 1 year ago
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Always very courteous and detail oriented. Pleasure to work with to get to a better means for the pains I have suffered for 15 years straight.
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He's a wonderful, caring physician. Patient and helpful in finding solutions.
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As usual, the treatment was stellar. I have also referred friends in dire need of good care and Dr. Rances is unfailingly kind and generous with his time and expertise.
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I have to say Dr. Rances is the best doctor I have come across in years. His bedside manner is great he is knowledgeable , I totally give him 2 thumbs up. I would and have recommended him . The office is clean and modern .
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Perfection in all areas. I have been going to HS for five years and have always been taken care of with the utmost compassion and attention.
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Dr. Rances is very professional, thorough and comforting. He answers all questions and doesn’t rush through his consultation though anxious “to get you feeling better!”
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He is courteous. He listens. He speaks very gently. Very good doctor I am always helped with the areas for pain in which i need and feel well each day enough to go to work daily. I have suffered lupus, sjogrens,RH, fiBROMYALGIA, RSD, IBS. i was bed ridden. Today i am not. he is very intelligent doctor. And great listener and great advice for what is ailing me physically.
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The enture team was supportive. I was in pain & they got me in quickly to see the Doctor
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Very patient, took the time to explain everything and made sure I had the opportunity to clarify and ask questions.
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Finally finding someone that 1st of all listens, has time for you, is knowledgeable, takes the time to clearly explains what you have, and the ways to efficiently help. The staff was as well respectful, helpful and friendly. The location wasclean which is a change. The only question I had leaving this facility was: "– Why didn't I come here earlier?" Thank you Dr. Alexander Rances!
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I have been a long time patient of Dr. Kuo and Dr. Rances.. Hudson Spine is undeniably the best of the best. This experience of quality care starts when I walk in. Sophia V. And Twinnie X. always have a smileand uplifting attitude. It's like being half cured for having spoken to them! They both know how bad my memory is (Gulf War Vet) and keep me straight on my appointments. A large portion of pain management is psychological and Sophia and Twinnie are a dose of happiness. Thanks Sophia and Twinnie and the rest of the support staff!!!
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Rances as always was amazing. Great attention to detail, great bedside manner and wonderful way of explaining what is going on.
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He was a very nice doctor i have another visit with him feb 16
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Dr. Rances is always kind and professional and has thought out all potential solutions for my medical problems.
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I have been dealing with a chronic back issue for many years - Dr. Rances and his team approach was to be admired. We have not solved the issue at this point but I am confident that he can find asolution. I have seen many pain management doctors but I have never written a review - but, Dr. Rances seems extremely knowledgeable and compassionate for someone suffering from a chronic issue. wdm
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Always professional and kind. And always has a good strategy for me.
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Absolutely the best and really takes time to discuss your health.
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Awesome doctor, can say enough
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Friendly staff ... helpful Looks at the whole person not just the problem b4. Coming up with course of action
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Hudson Spine has been my provider for more than four years. That is because they are the BEST!!!
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Everyone was kind, professional, and knowledgeable. I found the office in a random search and couldn't be happier that they will shepherd me to better health.
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I found Dr. Rances to be very kind and had a lovely bedside manner. Beyond that I was very disappointed on all fronts. After assessing my various imaging studies and hearing my story he declared that I was suffering from "failedback." Treatment options were limited, surgery would not help me because it would only cause more scar tissue, he offered me oxycontin (which I declined), gave me 2 spinal injections under general anesthesia, billed my insurance for a back brace that was never discussed with me and told me at every appointment that I would likely need a spinal stimulator implanted to try and cover my pain. A pretty disturbing diagnosis for an active 34 year old former dancer. Thank god I sought more answers from another spinal surgeon in NY. It turns out that my spinal hardware was broken in 2 places making it completely unstable and I had a failed fusion that created a dynamic spondylolisthesis. So essentially my vertebra and metal brackets were bouncing around in my spine as I moved. Patients beware and please get a second opinion.
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This office better than any I've ever visited. I never wait more than a few minutes, even if I'm a little early or a little late. The staff is extremely kind and caring. I highly recommend this office to anyone strugglingwith pain. They also have a physical therapy center right downstairs. They get an A++++ from me!
More than 1 year ago
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Best service great doctors.
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Excellent physician and wonderful staff at Hudson Spine
More than 1 year ago
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Amazing Dr. Very attentive to your health and questions, providing the best care
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As always very professional and answered all of my questions and concerns
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Awesome Dr. Very knowledgeable knows exactly what treatment is best for your condition
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I am not the type to leave reviews unless something has gone horrifically wrong and i want to warn others thru social media, so please take that into account when reading this Dr Rances is perhaps the MOST GENUINE, COMPASSIONATE andCARING physician I have encountered in NYC. He takes the time to fully explain what he thinks is happening and the various options for treatment. He genuinely cares about his patients, and has encouraged me to update him on my condition, even when I dont have an appointment scheduled, I have full confidence that he will be able to treat my condition and/or if I need to see a specialist, he will refer me to the right person. I have also dealt with a few others at Hudson Spine, and once you make it past the front desk, everyone is extremely nice and helpful - even though it is a pain clinic, it is a joy to go there :)
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I was very impressed on how attentive Dr. Rances was to my concerns. He was very knowledgable about my issue. The front desk could use improvement but once i was inside it was very professional and different than my experience at the front desk.
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It is always a great, smooth & productive experience when visiting the office. Dr.Rances is very kind, gentle and professional. After 4 years of chronic neck pain, a surgery and 5 other opinions, he was the first doctor to find theexact location of pain. Now he is working on my knee providing shots to minimize swelling from a miniscal tear, including draining fluid out from above the knee. Its been a true blessing to have found Dr. Rances!
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Very nice and informative. He was very attentive and informative.
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This was my first visit and was treated with professionalism & kindness. The doctor is warming & explains to you, so you understand what he will be doing. I definitely will be looking forward to future appointments & will definitely recommend family & friends to his office. Very comforting environment.
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Wonder staff alongside Dr. Rances. Very professional and I was very comfortable. ????????????
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DR. Rances is by far one of the best doctors I've ever seen in NYC. He was prompt, extremely attentive and had a genuine concern about my well being. DR Rances has the ability to make you feel like you are his only patient.
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It was a great visit!!! Dr Rances actually sits down with me and explains everything I may not understand on a visual model so I can best understand what exactly is wrong. He is very patient and shows great care intreating me. I don't feel rushed and he left me with all my questions answered.
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Great except my knee hurts more.
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