Stamford Health Pain Management Center

A Message from the Chief, Stamford Health Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center at Stamford Health offers comprehensive services for patients with acute, chronic as well as cancer-associated pain. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists offers the most advanced treatment options available in a compassionate, empathic and supportive environment. Our goal at the Stamford Health Pain Management Center is to minimize pain while improving function and increasing quality of life. In addition to these services, we offer palliative care services for patients who are in need of comfort measures during the final stage of life.

Ofer M. Wellisch, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Stamford Health

What types of pain does Stamford Health's Pain Management team treat?

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  • Acute Pain: May arise as a result of trauma, injury, surgery or illness. Acute pain is defined as pain lasting less than six months and generally disappears as the root cause of the pain is treated.
  • Chronic Pain: May result from serious injury, trauma or longstanding illness. Chronic pain often requires diagnosis and longitudinal treatment by a dedicated multidisciplinary team.
  • Cancer-Associated Pain: Refers to pain that is directly related to a malignancy or tumor. Given significant advances in cancer therapeutics, we now care for many cancer survivors left with debilitating pain and discomfort long after beating their disease.

What makes pain management at Stamford Health unique?

Our team offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of pain. We have assembled a team of highly experienced physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists and social workers. The Stamford Health Pain Management Center also has a clinical research program to ensure that the most advanced treatment options are available to our patients.

The Stamford Health Pain Management Center Team

Ofer M. Wellisch, MD, MPH

 Ofer M. Wellisch, MD, MPH

Ofer M. Wellisch
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Stamford Health
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Wellisch began his career in Pain Medicine at The Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. Following his training, he continued to practice clinically and serve as teaching faculty at Stanford. Dr. Wellisch takes pride in educating and mentoring his medical students, residents and fellows. He also conducted research in Molecular Neuroscience as well as on the “patient experience.” He has published numerous articles and medical reviews and has been invited to serve as guest reviewer for various medical specialty journals.

After returning home to the East Coast with his wife and three children, Dr. Wellisch has set out to establish a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary pain center at Stamford Health to serve our community and beyond.

Dr. Wellisch has been recognized as “Top Doctor,” and has previously led a pain management program to #1 ranking by Castle Connolly.

Si Zhang, DO

Si Zhang, DO

Si Zhang, DO
Attending Physician, Division of Pain Medicine
Stamford Health

Dr. Zhang is a board certified Anesthesiologist who is fellowship-trained in Pain Medicine. After finishing his training in Anesthesiology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, Dr. Zhang completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Zhang’s multi-modal approach to pain medicine has allowed him to successfully diagnose and treat patients suffering from acute and chronic pain. His interdisciplinary approach combines minimally invasive interventional procedures, pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, mental well-being and complementary therapies to effectively treat pain. A strong believer in the value of compassion and bedside manners in medical care, Dr. Zhang received the “Humanism in Anesthesiology” award twice during his time at Tulane.

Dr. Zhang understands that the best doctors do not focus only on the symptoms, but also on the patients themselves. His goal is to improve patients’ quality of life and functional status, with the hopes of allowing them to live in greater comfort and enjoy more active lives.

Dr. Zhang grew up in Westchester County, New York. During his free time, Dr. Zhang enjoys spending time with his family and is a long-suffering fan of the New York Mets and Knicks.

Eric Kung, MD

Eric Kung, MD

Eric Kung, MD
Director, Headache Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Eric Kung is a diligent and considerate neurologist serving for the community of Stamford, CT. He attended the Ross University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital and residency in neurology at New York Medical College. He then completed his fellowship in pain medicine at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Kung is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he is also certified in Headache and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a part of Fairfield County Neurology. During his consultations, Dr. Kung fully explains patients’ conditions and helps them choose an appropriate treatment plan. His approach to his patients is one of diligence, solutions, and relief.

Arghiris N. Barbadimos, MD

Arghiris N. Barbadimos, MD

Arghiris N. Barbadimos, MD
Attending Physician, Division of Pain Medicine
Stamford Health
Assistant Clinical Professor
Albert Einstein University College of Medicine

Dr. Barbadimos joined the faculty at Albert Einstein University College of Medicine in 1997 as an attending physician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he still maintains the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor. As Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Montefiore, he published works in the American Journal of PM&R, in addition to other case studies that have been written and presented. Dr. Barbadimos joined Premier Medical Group, now Stamford Health Medical Group, in 2001, exclusively practicing acute and chronic pain management, electrodiagnostics, epidural injections, prolotherapy, sacroiliac and facet joint injections and medical acupuncture.

Marc E. Brodsky, MD, MBA, MPH

Marc E. Brodsky, MD, MBA, MPH

Marc E. Brodsky, MD, MBA, MPH
Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness
Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Marc Brodsky, M.D., is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Care. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Stamford Health. He has a special interest in preventing and treating injuries in athletes and performing artists.

Justin Clark, PT, DPT

Justin Clark, PT, DPT

Justin Clark, PT, DPT
Director Of Rehabilitation Services - HSS/SH Collaborative

Justin received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2008. His experience stretches across all phases of rehab including inpatient, acute, and outpatient orthopedics. Justin has honed his focus on pre-operative, conservative, and post-operative rehabilitation for the active and athletic individual. His interest in sports rehab stems from his time as a Division 1 soccer player. Prior to working for HSS and Stamford Health, Justin was the Clinic Supervisor at Burke Rehabilitation’s Outpatient Clinic in Yonkers, NY.

Marisa Turner, CTRS

Marisa Turner, Activities Therapist, Pain Management Center

Marisa Turner, CTRS
Activities Therapist

Marisa graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University located in Greenville, NC. Once Marisa completed the Recreational Therapy program at East Carolina University, she completed a training course to become a Certified Yoga Instructor. Marisa completed Yoga certification at Wilmington Yoga Studio located in Wilmington, North Carolina. She then went on to complete a Recreational Therapy internship at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital located in White Plains, NY, where she combined Recreational Therapy and therapeutic yoga to heal and assist in rehabilitation. Marisa subsequently took on the opportunity to establish a Recreational Therapy program at Stamford Health. Marisa aims to increase the overall patient experience and maintains a passion for assisting others to heal through the mind-body connection. She uses the holistic approach to improve upon patient’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. She also uses the holistic approach as a way to manage pain through relaxation techniques, guided imagery, therapeutic yoga and aromatherapy. Marisa will be attending the 2018 Planetree Conference held in Boston, MA and present ways in which holistic therapeutic practices can benefit the healing of an individual.