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Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Andrea Rubinstein, MD

Pain Management

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Santa Rosa Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 707-571-3086

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Professional

Background

I am an anesthesiologist with a specialty in chronic pain. I am also a 3rd generation native Californian. My grandfather was born in Napa and my family has lived in the Bay Area all of my life. Before going to medical school I worked as a software engineer and have a special love for 'solving problems'. After several years in the high-tech world, I decided it would be more interesting to solve medical problems than computer problems and I chose to pursue medicine. I attended Stanford University Medical School and then went on to a residency in Anesthesiology at Duke University. While at Stanford I became fascinated with chronic pain and new and exciting ways to treat pain.

I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2007, because of their longstanding commitment to treating patients with chronic pain using the absolute best methods and modalities available.  I really love what I do now and I have a strong interest in clinical research to help both doctors and patients better understand chronic pain and find new ways to treat this condition.

Roles and Responsibilities

In my role as Chief of the department of Chronic pain, I see a wide variety of patients each day most of whom have seen several doctors before coming to our clinic. My job is to help patients find creative solutions to difficult pain syndromes.  I utilize a multi-disciplinary approach optimizing physical reconditioning and therapy, medications, blocks and injections, and an overall bio-psycho-social approach. 

Research and teaching are also components of my day and you may find that I have residents with me when you come to see me.  These residents are the best and the brightest new doctors and teaching them to manage chronic pain is very important as they may be your doctor someday.  I will always ask you if it is OK for the resident to see you with me.

Credentials

Medical EducationStanford University,
Stanford, CA
InternshipHuntington Memorial Hospital,
Pasadena, CA
ResidencyDuke University Medical Center,
Durham, NC
Board certificationAnesthesiology,
American Board of Anesthesiology

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Anesthesia
  • California Society of Anesthesia
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • International Association for the Study of Pain