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Innovative pain care to reduce or eliminate reliance on pain medication.
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Living with chronic pain can be difficult and challenging. Many pain clinics rely only on pain medications, leaving patients feeling drugged and dealing with side effects. In today's challenging environment, patients can also feel stigmatized, either by family members or other healthcare providers.

Here at Utah Pain Specialists, a team of three accomplished and highly specialized pain management physicians is taking the clinic in a new and innovative direction to meet the needs of patients who want relief from chronic pain but are concerned about dependence on pain medications.

This, in a nutshell, is our philosophy: using minimally-invasive procedures to minimize pain and reduce reliance on opioid medications.

 

Kyle S. Matsumura, MD

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Dr. Matsumura is a native Utahan. Dr. Matsumura completed four years of undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, two years of study at the University Of Utah College Of Pharmacy. Dr Matsumura was accepted to the University Of Utah School Of Medicine without an Undergraduate Degree. He completed four years of Medical School at the University of Utah. He also completed a one-year internship with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. He began Anesthesia Residency at Stanford University in 1994. After graduating at the top of the class, Dr. Matsumura completed a Pain Management Fellowship with Honors in 1998. Dr. Matsumura is Board Certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology. He has Subspecialty Board Certification in Pain Medicine with the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Matsumura began practice in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at St. Mark's Hospital. Dr. Matsumura was appointed to Medical Director for Pain Management at St. Mark’s Hospital and served for 8 years prior to Utah Pain Specialists. Utah Pain Specialists was established in 2006 where he has served as CEO and partner in the Medical Practice.

Dr Matsumura has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology 2003 – 2013. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 2007-2017. He also served as the Chairman of the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for the State of Utah from 2005 to 2015. Dr Matsumura has been a Medical Consultant and has given Expert Opinion in Pain Medicine for the US Attorney’s Office, the Utah Attorney General and to the State of Utah Department of Professional Licensing.

 

Arun Rajagopal, MD

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Dr. Arun Rajagopal grew up in the Dallas area and moved to Utah in 2003. His wife’s family hails from Utah and he has extensive family connections here. Prior to his arrival in Utah, Dr. Rajagopal was Assistant Professor and director of the Pain Management fellowship program at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Rajagopal graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. His post-graduate training included an internship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, followed by a 3-year residency in Anesthesiology and 1-year Pain Management Fellowship at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.

 

Rajiv R. Shah, MD

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Dr. Rajiv Shah came to the USA in 1998 for the further pursuance of his medical career. As a kid, he was inspired to go in the medical field by his father who is a renowned Gynecologist in India. He moved to Utah in 2003 with his wife for her fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Utah.

Dr. Shah graduated from medical school at the Vadodara Medical College in India. His post-graduate training included an internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, followed by a 3- year residency in Anesthesiology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. He did his pain management fellowship at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Pain Management.