Elvis Rema, MD

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Get to know Dr. Rema

Dr. Elvis Rema is double board-certified in Interventional Pain Management and Anesthesiology. He completed his Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at the prestigious Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and Anesthesiology residency at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC.

 

Dr. Rema specializes in the treatment of back and neck pain caused by arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and pain following spine surgery. He also has expertise in treating neuropathic pain, cancer-related pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), facial pain syndromes, pelvic pain, headache syndromes, and peripheral neuralgias.

 

Dr. Rema offers a variety of treatment options to help ease pain intractable to previous therapy.  These include epidurals, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, kyphoplasty, etc.  He also has extensive experience in the use of intravenous ketamine therapy for certain chronic pain syndromes as well as the use of ketamine for the moderation of treatment resistant depression.

 

Through evidence-based medicine and compassion, Dr. Rema strives to help patients improve functionality and resume an active lifestyle. He strongly believes that the management of pain is not just addressing a physical issue but also tackling the emotional toll that one experiences with pain.

Credentials

Education

  • Doctor of Medicine
    St George’s University School of Medicine
    Grenada, West Indies
    Chancellor’s list, Dean’s list, Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Microbiology
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, Florida

Post-Graduate Training

  • Fellowship in Pain Management
    Columbia Universit;y Medical Center
    New York Presbyterian Hospital
    Department of Anesthesiology
    New York, New York
  • Residency in Anesthesiology
    The George Washington University Medical Center
    Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Internship in Internal Medicine
    The Long Island College Hospital
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Brooklyn, New York

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology: American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine: American Board of Anesthesiology

Licensure

  • New York
  • Connecticut

Experience

  • Private Practice
    North American Partners in Anesthesia
    North American Partners in Pain Management
    2017 – Present
  • Private Practice
    Long Island Neurosurgical & Pain Specialists Assistant
    2014 – 2017
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    The George Washington University: Department of Anesthesiology Assistant
    2012 – 2014
  • Professor of Anesthesiology
    The George Washington University Pain and Spine Center
    2012 – 2014
  • Attending Physician
    Sibley Memorial Hospital: Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Pain and Non-operative Spine Medicine
    2012 – 2014

Research & Publications

  • Rema E. “Pain Mechanisms and Pathways.” Anesthesiology Core Review: Part 1 Basic Exam, Freeman BS, Berger JS eds. McGraw Hill Publishing Co.
  • Rema E. “Regulatory Functions of the Kidney.” Anesthesiology Core Review: Part 1 Basic Exam, Freeman BS, Berger JS eds. McGraw Hill Publishing Co.
  • Rema E. “Renal Physiology.” Anesthesiology Core Review: Part 1 Basic Exam, Freeman BS, Berger JS eds. McGraw Hill Publishing Co.
  • Rema E, Baca A. “Distribution of Fluids and Electrolytes.” Anesthesiology Core Review: Part 1 Basic Exam, Freeman BS, Berger JS eds. McGraw Hill Publishing Co.
  • Rema E, Berger J. “CNS and PNS: Anatomy: Parasympathetic Nervous System: Location of Ganglia, Carotid Sinus and Vagal Reflex Pathways.” START Prep Online Board Review, Fuller AJ and Chu LF eds. Stanford Informatics Lab, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Rema E, Berger J. “CNS and PNS: Anatomy: Sympathetic Nervous System: Afferent Pathways: Neurons, Dorsal Horn and CNS Pathways.” START  prep Online Board Review, Fuller AJ and Chu LF eds. Stanford Informatics Lab, Palo Alto CA.
  • Rema E, Conrath J, Eugene G. Preferences for Involvement in Medical Decision-Making and Correlation with Level of Patient Distress in the Chronic Pain Population. Poster presentation at American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) Miami 2012.
  • Rema E, Chin M, Shehebar M. Efficacy, Hemodynamic and Side­Effect Profile of Multi-Day Outpatient Ketamine Infusion for Neuropathic Pain. Poster presentation at Academy of Pain Medicine, Palm Springs 2012.
    Winner of The Burton S. Epstein Award
    The George Washington University
  • Desai M, Rema E. Lumbar Discography. In A. Gupta (Ed.) lnterventional Pain Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rema E, Chin M. Outpatient Intravenous Ketamine Infusion for the treatment of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome 2. Poster presented at American Society of Anesthesiologists: Medically challenging case, San Diego 2010.
    Winner of 3rd place Academic Achievement Contest
    District of Columbia Society of Anesthesiologists.
  • Rowland NE, Robertson K, Rema E, Lo J. Cross tolerance between anorectic tolerance and induction of Fos-ir with dexfenfluramine and 5HT18/2C agonists in rats. Psychopharmacology 2001 June; 156 (1):108-114.

Honors & Awards

  • The Burton S. Epstein Award
    Award for Outstanding Research Project
    The George Washington University
  • Academic Contest 3rd  Place A ward
    Case Report presentation
    District of Columbia Society of Anesthesiologists.
  • The Herbert and Judy Weintraub Award
    Highest In-Training Exam Score in Anesthesiology
    The George Washington University
  • Chief Resident (Elected)
    The George Washington University Medical Center
    Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Scholarship
  • Recipient-American Pain Society
    Conference-Essentials of Pain Management: Principles of Practice
  • Iota Alpha Epsilon Honor Society for Academic Excellence
    St George’s University School of Medicine
  • Florida Bright Future Scholar-Full Academic Scholarship
    University of Florida

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