ASC Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Edward Tavel of Pain Specialists of Charleston

Edward M. Tavel, Jr., MD, is the medical director and a pain management physician with Pain Specialists of Charleston (Pa.).

Dr. Edward TavelPracticing pain management since 1993, Dr. Tavel uses a range of interventional, non-surgical techniques to provide a comprehensive approach to treating pain. His areas of interest include arthritis of the spine and chronic nerve-related pain. Dr. Tavel is skilled in radiofrequency ablation for arthritic-related pain of the spine and is one of the few physicians in the Charleston area performing neuromodulation therapy using spinal cord stimulation.

Board certified in pain management and anesthesia, Dr. Tavel earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his anesthesia and pain medicine training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as chief resident in his final year. He is a member of the Interventional Spinal Intervention Society and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Dr. Tavel discussed the importance of collaborating with primary care physicians in an interview with Becker's ASC Review. "There are some types of pain that can be considered invisible — that lack of physical symptoms can make it difficult for a primary care physician to diagnose the issue," he said. "Whether a primary care physician needs help determining the appropriate diagnosis or confirmation that their diagnosis makes sense, pain specialists have the subspecialty training and access to technology and testing that can determine or confirm proper diagnosis and treatment. Collaboration enables patients to have a team of physicians working to determine the most appropriate and beneficial treatment plan."

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