Hector J. Cases, MD
Dr. Hector Cases is a Neurologist and Pain Management Specialist. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical doctor degree from Central Caribe University of Puerto Rico. He completed his Internal Medicine internship at Cabrini Medical Center in New York City and Neurology residency at New York University Medical Center. He spent 10 years practicing clinical Neurology before pursuing a Pain Management fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he retains an appointment as an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology. Dr. Cases is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Cases believes in the comprehensive approach to Pain Management in order to achieve patient functional restoration with special attention to fitness and wellness. His practice focuses on a wide array of techniques which range from medical management to interventional procedures. He has special interest in application of peripheral nerve stimulators in chronic headaches.
Bruce Piszel, DO
Dr. Bruce Piszel is a board certified Pain Management Physician with a background in Physical Medicine and Rehab. Dr. Piszel received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and completed a fellowship in Anesthesia Interventional Spine Pain Management at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Dr. Piszel acted as Chief of Staff and Director of Rehabilitation at Heather Hill Rehabilitation Hospital from 2005-2006, Director of Pain Management at University Primary and Specialty Care, and Director of Pain Management at Seed's Orthopedics until branching out and opening his own private pain management practice in 2011.
Dr. Piszel has extensive experience performing: Cervical, thoracic and lumbar facet injections (medial branch blocks), Cervical and lumbar transforaminals, Cervical interlaminars , Cervical, thoracic and lumbar radio-frequency neurotomy, Stellate ganglion blocks, Lumbar sympathetic blocks, Ilioinguinal blocks, Genitofemoral blocks, Peripheral nerve injections, Spinal cord stimulator trials.
Robert Guirguis, DO
Dr. Robert Guirguis is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Long Island NY. Dr. Guirguis completed an Internal Medicine rotating internship at Union Hospital, Union, NJ, and his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, in Edison NJ. During his residency training he published numerous papers including post stroke functional recovery, interventional treatments of spasticity, and spinal cord injury recovery.
Dr. Guirguis then completed an Interventional Spine and Pain Management fellowship at Florida Spine Institute. During this time, he authored the interventional cervical chapter of a pain management textbook publication.
Dr. Guirguis currently serves as Medical Director of Tampa Pain Relief Center as well as Medical Advisory Chair of Armenia Surgery Center. He is also a member of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Guirguis received honors and was recognized as Top Pain Management Physician, in the Tampa Bay area, by U.S. News and World Reports in 2012.
His practice primarily involves the use of minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of pain disorders with special attention to patient restorative functioning. His special interest includes Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Sports Medicine, Arthritic Disorders, Spasticity, Electrodiagnostics, and Discogenic diagnostic procedures. His additional training includes spinal cord stimulators, radiofrequency ablations, and continuous epidural infusions.
Dr. Guirguis’s core belief is approaching each patient with a tailored plan. Listening to every patient issue and treating every issue to the best of his ability. Understanding that pain is not just a number but rather a syndrome that can affect every aspect of someone’s life is the cornerstone of successful treatment. He also believes that successful treatment depends on many factors with respect and dignity at the core.
John Kevyn Otero, MD
Dr. John Kevyn Otero is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with additional board certification in Pain Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco and his medical doctorate from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Otero completed his internship at the University of South Florida before embarking on a residency in Psychiatry, also at University of South Florida. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Otero was accepted into a pain fellowship sponsored by the department of Neurology at University of South Florida, after which he was received by the department of Anesthesia at University of South Florida for a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine. Dr. Otero joined Tampa Pain Relief Center in 2008. Reflective of his diverse training, Dr. Otero embraces an attitude toward pain management that emphasizes a comprehensive therapeutic approach, utilizing interdisciplinary treatment planning and multi-modal therapies. His practice includes the use of minimally invasive procedures, physical therapeutic modalities and medication management in the treatment of chronic pain. Areas of special interest and emphasis include the interaction between emotional and cognitive states with attendant behavioral changes and pain.
Erick A. Grana, MD
Dr. Grana is a Physiatrist and Pain Management Specialist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He completed his internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University Hospital in Puerto Rico. He completed a fellowship at the University of Washington. He is a past Assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty Board certification in Pain Management. He is also Board certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr Grana has been practicing Pain Medicine and performing spinal injections for over 12 years. He has special interest in advanced diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic and post-traumatic pain . Dr Grana believes in treating the whole patient incorporating physical therapy and rehabilitation in order to improve function while reducing pain.
Miguel D. Attias, MD
Dr. Attias is an Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management Specialist. His extensive Post-graduate Medical Training, continued updates in the latest state of the art techniques coupled with a great passion for his specialty make him a unique physician in this field. He completed a surgical internship at the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens – Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Anesthesiology residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston – TUFTS University School of Medicine where he was elected as Chief Resident. He culminated with a Pain Management Fellowship at the same institution. Dr. Attias has expertise in all the areas of chronic pain, ranging from medication to interventional management. He has special interest in Advanced Pain Management techniques including trialing and implantation of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal programmable drug delivery systems as well as other forms of Neuromodulation techniques like peripheral nerve and field stimulation. He has experience with management of Cancer pain and other conditions like intractable headaches. Dr. Attias strongly believes in the team and Multidisciplinary approach to managing his patients, therefore he integrates all the patient’s health providers in the decision making process guaranteeing in this manner excellent control of the patient’s pain condition while maintaining the overall good health.
Jose J Rivera, MD
Dr Rivera is Board certified in Anesthesia and Pain management. After graduating Cum Laude from Central Caribe University Medical School in Puerto Rico, he received his training In Anesthesia at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He furthered his training by completing a fellowship in Pain management at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has practiced pain management for over 18 years.
Dr Rivera has published over 10 articles in pain management . He has performed clinical trials in innovative therapies in the field of pain management. He enjoys keeping up with medical research in order to provide his patients with state of the art treatments. His vision is to provide advanced , evidence based, multidisciplinary pain management in an effort to reduce patient suffering while improving their function and quality of life. Dr Rivera enjoys cycling and golf. He resides in Tampa with his wife and children. He is fluent in Spanish and is thrilled to serve the Tampa community.
Todd S. Traub, MD
Dr. Todd S. Traub is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and completed his anesthesiology and internal medicine residency at Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. During his anesthesia residency, he developed an extreme interest in helping to alleviate chronic pain in patients with both cancer and non-cancer pain problems and received additional training in many regional anesthesia and interventional pain management procedures. In addition, Dr. Traub was awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA), by the University of South Florida with major tracks in health care and finance with additional coursework in quality management. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Traub is also certified by the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Board of Disability Analysts.
Dr. Traub has served as the Medical Director of the anesthesia departments at St. Petersburg General Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida, Kindred Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Oil City Area Health Center, in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he has also been Medical Director of many local ambulatory surgery centers including, Tampa Bay Specialty Surgery Center, HealthSouth Surgery Center, Center for Special Surgery, Gulfcoast Surgery Center, and Pasadena Surgery Center. He is currently on the medical staffs at Northside Hospital and Heart Center and Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. Traub has been instrumental in developing comprehensive pain management centers in both Pennsylvania and Florida and has been practicing as a consultant in both anesthesia and interventional pain management continuously since 1985. He has an extensive range of clinical experience treating many chronic pain problems including complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy, sympathetic nerve mediated pain, shingles pain, postherpetic neuralgia pain, occipital neuralgia / headache pain, shoulder pain, cancer pain, back neck and lower extremity pain.
Dr. Traub has extensive clinical experience with the insertion and management of trial and permanent spinal cord stimulator systems for the treatment of chronic back pain, post laminectomy syndromes, sympathetic mediated pain, complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy chronic pancreatitis pain and phantom limb pain. He has extensive experience with intrathecal pump implantation, radiofrequency nerve ablation, ultrasound-guided nerve procedures for interventional pain management and regional anesthesia and neuro ablative techniques.
Our Nurse Practitioners:
Kimberly S. Jones, MS, ANP-BC, CNOR, RNFA
Kimberly Jones is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is also credentialed as an operating room nurse (CNOR) and registered nurse first assistant (RNFA). Kimberly is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the West Coast Council of Advanced Nursing Practice. Kimberly has over 25 years of nursing experience and has practiced in various clinical settings as a registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioner. She also retains an adjunct faculty position at the University Of South Florida College Of Nursing. Kimberly has been practicing comprehensive pain management with her collaborating physicians at Tampa Pain Relief Center since 2008.
Olena Zhukova received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from St. Petersburg College and her Masters of Science in Nursing from The University of South Florida. Olena is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was a recipient of the Lee and Victor Leavengood Endowed Scholarship in 2012. Olena worked as an RN in multiple settings including Critical Care and Progressive Acute care to Internal medicine before becoming an ARNP in 2013.
Robyn Aydelott is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of South Tampa. Robyn is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, The Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and was previously a member of the American College of Cardiology Foundation. Robyn has 15 years combined experience as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner and has received awards from The University of South Florida, Northside Hospital Heart Institute and St. Petersburg’s College.
Uzoma Okafor is Board Certified as a Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She graduated Cum Lade with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Utica College of Syracuse University. She graduated with her Magna Cum Lade Masters of Science in Nursing from Pace College in Manhattan, NY. Uzoma is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for her patients; utilizing various treatment modalities with the goal to optimize function and improve her patients quality of life.