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Dr. Douglas Schottenstein, MD

Pain Management Specialist, Neurologist

Professional statement

Douglas Schottenstein, M.D., opened his own private practice so that he could deliver the highest quality of care in an advanced, self-contained center. He is one of only 200 physicians in the nation who is double-board certified in neurology and interventional pain management. Dr. Schottenstein and his expert staff at NY Spine Medicine, treat patients suffering from a variety of acute and chronic painful conditions. Dr. Schottenstein performs a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and surgeries, including epidurals, transforaminal nerve blocks, sympathetic blocks, facet and sacroiliac joint injections, radiofrequency lesioning, provocative discography, annuloplasty, nucleoplasty, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal pumps.

In-network insurances

  • 1199SEIU
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Neurologist
  • Pain Management Specialist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Pain Medicine (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Neurology (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education and training

  • Medical School - Ohio State University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Emory University, Residency in Neurology
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Fellowship in Pain Management

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia
  • International Spine Intervention Society
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1780617076

Office locations

Douglas Schottenstein, MD

18 E 48th St, Suite 901

New York, NY 10017

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What you will experience at this practice: The doctor will see you during the first appointment. The follow-up appointments are with students/assistants. The doctor doesn't respond to emails and the staff dismisses your concerns. The doctornor assistants don't care if you present medication side effects that are listed under contact your doctor immediately. The assistant said that the most concerning side effect presented was not related to the medication and told me to go see another doctor. The assistant completely ignored the other side effects I mentioned. The information they gave me about the side effects contradicted what is listed by Mayo Clinic and other specialized websites. I was also told that the doctor wasn't available to discuss my concerns because he didn't see patients during follow-up. The office will charge you for a consult with a doctor with a specialty even when you are only seen by a medical student without a specialization.
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Dr. Schottenstein is awesome......listens.......has improved my life.........In fact the entire team of doctors is the best!!
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i showed up for my 815am appointment at 10am due to horrendous traffic and most offices would not see you AND would make you pay but the doctor was kind enough to let me wait to be seen and offered forme to come back at the end of the day with minimal wait even though i was so late. the staff and assistants are all so kind and helpful and intellignet. dr schottenstein was the only one who bothered actually looking at my foot and testing my foot strength even though i had seen tons of spine and foot ankle orthopedic surgeons in the past. i had 2 epidurals and feel 99% better. THANK YOU@!
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I called the office for an appointment and told them I was going on vacation soon and they made sure to get me in beforehand which I am extremely grateful for. They are even open on most holidays! Dr. Schottenstein himselfis a great doctor who is knowledgeable, compassionate and truly cares for his patient's well being. He didn't pressure me into anything and discussed in detail with me my options for my back/knee pain. His assistants were especially helpful and I felt taken care of every step of the way. The exam room I was in had framed acceptance letters of his assistants that were accepted into medical school, nursing school, etc. It is refreshing to see a doctor who cares about (and is proud of) the future of his employees.
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dr schottenstein helped me when no one else could. I'd been suffering from headaches for 3 years to the point where I needed to work from home. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thankyou thank you thank you. I'm back at work and headache free for 2 months and counting.
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this is a very good doctor he came in on the weekend to see me because i threw my back out and he did the injection even though i needed prior authoriztaion and he probably didnt even get paid for it---this is what you call an angel, truly!!
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Top notch I've been dealing with rude staff at doctor's offices my whole life, and this was the first time I felt really comfortable. The office manager personally greeted me when I was escorted to the exam room and there wasno wait considering how busy the office was. Dr.Schottenstein is a must see for anyone in pain.
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Dr. Schottenstein is one of the kindest, most empathetic and most understanding doctors I've ever seen. he obviously cares and sympathizes with his patients' pain, and I would recommend him to anyone. I absolutely love him.
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Dr Schottenstein is the best! He and his wonderful staff helped me to be ME again! He Listened to my concerns and with his help... I am much better. he is very intelligent insightful and has a great sense of humor and great bed side manner
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i brought my poor old 88 year old husband here who laso has parkinsons and falls constantly and his primary care physician diagnosed my husband with a compression fracture in the low back and he was in agony and dr schottensteinsqueezed us in within days and gave my husband one injection and gave him back the ability to walk and be himself. we are so deeply grateful
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ive seen orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncture, the whole gammit to no avail. i even had lumbar fusion surgery and feel worse than before!! I decided to see dr schottenstein a few years ago and have been his patientnow for 3 years and would never go to anyone else. i suffered 30 years of chronic back pain before finding dr schottenstein and while i still have back pain, it is very manageable and usually minimal with my current injection and medication managemant with dr schottenstein.
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One of the best doctor's office experiences I've ever had! The wait time was very short and after meeting Dr. Schottenstein, I felt like he knew exactly what to do to help me and my pain. He listened to my storyand helped choose what was best for me. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable, but he is also very compassionate and funny. The staff was excellent- super friendly and very well informed. I will definitely recommend Dr. Schottenstein to all my family and friends.
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My first appointment. Pleasant offices, courteous staff and knowledgeable doctor.
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i have never met a nicer, more knowledgeable, and down to earth doctor. he makes jokes and makes you feel very comfortable during procedures and hwne talking to him. he never makes you feel stupid and his staff is very knowledgeableas well. i really enjoyed my time with dr schottenstein and will definitely beb ack!
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love dr s!!!!! i had really bad back pain adter a rerrible car accident where i got t boned and was lucky to survive the incident. i had to get fusion surgery which made the pain worse. and no one evernbothered talking to me about medications or trying an injection before offering surgery to me. i had a series of injections with dr s and felt 80% better after just a few days. the staff is wonderful and kind and efficient as well.
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i went to see dr schottenstein for pain and osteoarthritis in my knees and low back pain. i was an avid runner but the pain and stiffness just became too much and had to stop running. I cannot say enough aboutDr. Schottenstein and his extremely professional and caring staff. He followed up with phone calls weekly to see what my progress was and i'm back to running again and couldn't be happier. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend dr schottenstein to anyone.
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he is amazing---i came to dr schottenstein ffor a second opinion and he really took the time to explain to me my condition and all the options available. i had severe low back pain for over 10 years and after afew epidurals and spinal cord stimulator implant (thank you dr schottenstein for telling me about this!!) i am feeling over 90% better and have zero pain somedays
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i have had pain all my life but i had a very bad episode where i threw my back out a few months ago and tried several things including physical therapy, acupuncture, massages, trigger point injections and nothing helped. i had2 lumbar epodural steroid injections with dr schottenstein and feel 99% pain free!! very happy with my care.
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god send!!!! absolutely loved him and his staff. dr schottenstein was very knowledgeable yet personable and funny as well. couldnt be happier with the results after my epidural.
More than 1 year ago
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fantastic office! very clean and friendly. office staff is excellent. dr schottenstein is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and compassionate. he really goes out of his way to help his patients.
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Dr. Schottenstein is a highly skilled, compassionate physician who takes excellent care of his patients. He is a great doctor who is obviously at the top of his field, but even more than that, it's obvious that he cares about hispatients as individuals and wants them to feel better as soon as possible. I always feel respected by the doctor and the whole staff, and trust him completely with my medical care. I also like that the office is in a great location and has appointments available at every possible time. I definitely recommend Dr. Schottenstein and NY Spine Medicine!
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Over the last 3 years, i had multiple pain management procedures in new jersey, ultimately culminating in only modest benefit. Then I had surgery. After surgery, I still felt pretty miserable. So when I went to Dr. Schottenstein's office, Ireally didnt expect to be able to obtain much relief. But our discussion talked about using a few different tools to obtain relief---namely, spinal cord stimulation, medication, and Pilates. It's been about 6 weeks since my latest treatment, and I seriously feel pretty darn good. My pain score is about 2-3. Im very pleased and feel very fortunate. Thank you
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dr schottenstein is always looking to find ways to help you feel better--whether its injections or medications or other specialized consulations---i really appreciate that he isn't dogmatic about anything and explains everything to youand lets you decide what to do---im feeling 90% better after 2 epidurals and finally can walk around pain free now---thanks dr schot!
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wonderful doctor! so happy i found him!! dr schottenstein and his staff are an exceptional group of people who go the extra mile every single time!
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Dr. Schottenstein is easily one of the most compassionate and hardworking physicians I have ever met. He is always willing to do whatever he can for his patients whether it is being very accomodating with his schedule or following up withdoctors and imaging facilities to make sure that his patients have all the information they need as soon as possible. I would most definitely recommend Dr. Schottenstein to anyone seeking a pain management physician!
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Dr. Schottenstein and his office are the best! I've been seeing him for years and the office is extremely efficient and helpful. He's open even during the holidays on christmas eve and new years eve and his office is very accomodatingwhen you're in a bind or throw your back out. Thanks Dr. S!
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dr schottenstein is so compassionate and nice---it is so hard to find that in a doctor nowadays. i highly recommend dr schottenstein and have also sent my mom and husband to him as well.
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He's rad. Also very helpful and enthusiastic about fixing me which is rare. thank you!
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dr schottenstein is a one of a kind doctor. i came in at 830am and my history was taken, i spent 30 minutes discussing everything with the doctor, and received a shot and was done within an hour or so. excellent service!!
More than 1 year ago
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dr schottenstein is one of the best doctors i've ever met! dr schottenstein knows exactly what he is doing and is not pushy about anything and just provides you with all the options you have. i'm so grateful i found him on zocdoc!
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The assistant who saw me first was very thorough and kind and compassionate. The doctor was equally compassionate and extremely knowledgeable and patient---i'm really impressed with this office---everyone is so kind and friendly!!
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You only seem doctor twice the first visit and second after that you see his medical students, or PA and you only seem him when he giving you shot. And its hi and bye. Doesn't ask a question I got ashot in wrong area. I kept saying not there. But its what ever the student wrote on your file.
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Dr Schottenstein himself is fantastic. He took the time to listen to me, ask me lot's of questions, and explain his prognosis. My first impression of his office was: 1) Lot's of patients (he's popular), 2) very modern office kind ofBeverly Hills looking, 3) a healthy number of staff to support him. What I really didn't like was how busy the place was and how impersonal the office felt. Yes, the doctor was great, but the only time I spent with him was during my first visit. I was asked to return for my test results and consultation, thinking that I would get a thorough consultation like my first visit with the doctor. Instead, I was left with someone who not only looked very junior and inexperienced, but also spoke in that manner. She was very minimal in explaining my test results and when I started to ask her questions, she didn't have many answers except for me to take some injections to ease any possible pain. Really? There's no other alternatives like maybe certain exercises, etc? Also, let me point out that all she really did was read off the test results that the MRI place sent her. I could've done that myself without paying for another office visit. Needless to say, I won't be returning.
More than 1 year ago
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Loved him and the staff!!! I am extremely grateful to have found him. Thank you ZocDoc!!!!!!!
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Every staff member was very nice, imformative and helpful! Dr. Shottenstein took the time to explain my condition and my health plan for the future. There was no pressure or rush for unnecessary procedures.He was very friendly and I was comfortedand releaved to know in the future if I have pain , It can be taken care of immediately.The dr.also gave his buisness card and email if I ever had any questions. Great doctor,great office!
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He was very attentive, explained and answered all the questions. We did non feel rushed!
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He was very profession,attentive & informative. Very satisfied.
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I was a patient of the doctor in his former office and I am so glad I decided to follow him. His office is very efficient and the doctor is professional, thorough and makes you feel at ease with a wonderfulbedside manner. He explains everything to you and does not force or push you into anything. In addition, he gives you his personal email in the event of a crisis. I don't know anyone else who does this.
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Very professional and fast. Very organized and attentive and delivered an excellent explanation.
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An excellent physician with excellent professional staff and facilities.
More than 1 year ago
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Great staff; very friendly and quick. Dr. Schottenstein had a great bedside manner, is very knowledgeable, and spent a lot of time with me explaining and discussing my options. I definitely found my neurologist!
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Dr.Schottenstein really cares about the comfort of his patients and listens to them, also gave me great information about certain pains and issues I've been dealing with. Everyone in his office was really great and helpful with setting up appointmentsfor follow ups and for MRIs. Will definitely be going back.
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Dr. schottenstein was very thorough and attentive to my needs as a patient. He explained things in a manner which was easy to understand and I left with confidence.
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Very good doctor.
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Amazing doctor. Listened to my concerns, reviewed the previous medical scan reports with focus and attention. Explained to me various options. The whole team of doctor provided me a caring, professional and friendly experience. I would giveit a rating more than five if there was more than 5 star :) !!!
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Very productive, particularly as I had prepared some questions. His responses were, where appropriate, specific and detailed. Where there were various procedures available he helped me assess the cost/benefit and risk factors of each procedure.We discussed several medications for my situation; he explained the effectiveness of each as well as its side effects. My appointment (10/20) needs follow up discussion with my cardiologist and I fully expect to hear from Dr. S in a few days
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I always have an excellent experience everytime I go to Dr. Schottenstein's office. He always listens to you and discusses the best solution. Highly recommend Dr. Schottenstein!
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I like Dr Schottenstein and his staff. He has a bit of a rockstar-ish character to him that I found amusing but was also taken aback by at first (he calls everyone around him honey, he's in a suit, not awhite lab coat, and his hair has that perfectly disheveled look). But the Dr listened to my problem, explained to me what the issue may be and took my problem seriously. He never made our appointment feel rushed even though I could tell the office was busy. I did a nerve test there and his assistant made sure I understood the results - at his request. Everyone at his office cared about making sure that I would get an MRI right away so they could diagnose and treat me asap because I have a work trip coming up. So, I came out of the visit super impressed and hopeful that this doctor, of the many I've seen, will actually care enough and be competent enough to treat me so I can finally be rid of my lower back pain.
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Very thorough...everything explained very concisely.
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Yes I would see this doctor again. He took the time to understand my problems and go over my MRI scans. He gave me the different options I had to treat my problem. He said he is available by email or appointment if needed again or have a question.
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