The doctor-patient relationship should be personal and based on trust. But all too often, the health care system distills this connection to a brief conversation, a rushed examination, and medication to address symptoms temporarily.
You deserve better than that.
Treat yourself to world-class care right here in New Jersey. One of the leading interventional pain specialists, Dr. Jay M. Shah, founded SamWell Institute for Pain Management with one goal: upend status quo pain treatment.
When you hear his story and learn about his journey, you’ll understand why so many patients and doctors seek out Dr. Shah’s skill and expertise.
The story behind the physician
As a teenager, young Dr. Shah watched his mother battle breast cancer and the pain that comes with it. That’s when he learned about a medical field called interventional pain management and set his sights on a career specializing in innovative, drug-free techniques that free people from chronic pain.
Dr. Shah’s professional life also honors his father, an immigrant who worked hard, valued integrity, and always put family first. Nicknamed Sam, Dr. Shah’s father inspired the practice’s name SamWell Institute for Pain Management, where everything we do reflects the senior Shah’s dedication to genuine relationships, high-quality care, and honest practices.
With the lofty goals of excelling in his field and making his parents proud, Dr. Shah studied at the country’s most prestigious schools and hospitals under renowned physicians. He completed rigorous training and fellowships at:
- Weill-Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Hospital for Special Surgery
- New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical College
- Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (chief resident)
These credentials qualify Dr. Shah as one of the nation’s leading physicians, but it’s his experience, career choices, and philosophy that truly set him apart.
Dr. Shah’s primary specialty is physiatry or physical medicine and rehabilitation, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to specialize in interventional pain medicine to learn the techniques that alleviated his mother’s discomfort years ago. As a double-board certified physician, Dr. Shah now offers the advantages of his extensive training to the communities of Livingston and Colonia, New Jersey, and beyond.
Throughout his years of pursuing knowledge and skill, Dr. Shah never lost sight of his mission to deliver the best care to his patients that goes above and beyond basic care. Our philosophy is to listen well to your concerns and desires and make you an integral part of your wellness team. We understand the emotional and mental impact of daily pain on your life and help you break the cycle so you can live on your own terms doing the things you love.
Those family values instilled in Dr. Shah as a child play out in his one-on-one relationships with his patients, the camaraderie among his staff, and connections within the communities he serves.
As an interventional pain specialist, Dr. Shah is committed to treating his patients without medications whenever possible. Instead, he employs drug-free, nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatments that get to the root cause of chronic pain rather than masking them with medication.
Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology, enabling Dr. Shah to use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging that also guides him during delicate procedures, such as:
- Dorsal root ganglion stimulation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Radiofrequency Ablation Procedures
- Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures
His cadre of therapies also includes epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, facet joint treatments, and nerve blocks, to name a few. There’s no pain Dr. Shah can’t address.
Many physicians hold impressive credentials, but few also possess a highly rated bedside manner to go along with them. We could tell you about Dr. Shah’s unique connection with everyone who walks through our doors, but we think our patients say it best. Here are just a few of the phrases they use to describe Dr. Shah:
- “Communicates perfectly”
- “Up to date on new and effective treatments”
- “Thoroughly answers all of my questions, and I always have a ton”
- “He assured me…I would be pain free, and I am”
These positive testimonials attest to Dr. Shah’s skill, education, experience, and upbringing. He offers life-changing results for people with acute and chronic pain. If you’ve been suffering from pain other doctors can’t resolve, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah. In the words of one of our many satisfied patients: “If you’ve been searching for a doctor who can help you, you’ve found him.”
Call us or book an appointment online at either of our two locations.