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Dr. Thomas P. Pontinen, MD

Pain Management Specialist | Interventional Pain Medicine

5/5(51)
2923 N California Ave. 210 Chicago IL, 60618
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5/5

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Dr. Pontinen is a double-board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain medicine specialist, and co-founder of Midwest Anesthesia and Pain Specialists. In addition to training under some of the nation’s top experts in anesthesiology and pain medicine, he has also undergone formal training as a resident in general surgery, which allows him to perform the most innovative procedures in pain medicine safely and skillfully. Dr. Pontinen has published multiple journal articles, written textbook chapters and has presented at international conferences in the fields of surgery, anesthesiology, and pain medicine. His research on chronic wound pain was featured in Pain Medicine News, the nation’s top source of information in the field of pain medicine for healthcare professionals. Aside from his research, he is a compassionate physician who works daily to help his patients regain their lives and get back to doing the activities they love. He is passionate about treating the most complex pain cases in a comprehensive, integrative and holistic approach, combining multiple treatment modalities with the most innovative, minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Pontinen also volunteers with various international organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, the world’s largest and most important health care related volunteer organization. Through them, he is able to travel to the most unstable parts of the world, providing medical care to those most in need. He is also an avid snowboarder, mountain climber, and drummer.

Education and Training

University of Minnesota School of Medicine medical degree 2008

University of St Thomas Bachelor Degree 0

Board Certification

American Board of Anesthesiology; Certified in Anesthesiology

American Board of Anesthesiology; Certified in Pain Medicine

Provider Details

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Areas of expertise and specialization

Chronic wound pain

Residency

  • Albert Einstein Medical Center  general surgery  2010
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine anesthesiology  2013
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine (Anesthesiology) (2013)

Fellowships

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine pain management  2014

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Volunteer with Doctors Without Borders

Internships

  • Albert Einstein Medical Center (General Surgery) (2010)

Fellowships

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine (Pain Management) (2014)

Dr. Thomas P. Pontinen, MD's Practice location

Midwest Anesthesia and Pain Specialists

2923 N California Ave. 210 -
Chicago, IL 60618
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New patients: 630-985-4700

MAPS - Midwest Anesthesia Pain Specialists

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Dr. Thomas P. Pontinen, MD has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 51 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Pain Management Specialist in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

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Double-board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain medicine specialist, Dr. Pontinen is one of the co-founders of MAPS – Midwest Anesthesia Pain Specialists in Chicago, Des Plaines, Franklin Park, Hazel Crest, and Woodridge, Illinois. Furthermore, he is on staff at both Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, IL and AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

After the completion of his medical degree at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 2008, Dr. Pontinen completed a general surgery internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center (2008 – 2010), followed by a residency in anesthesiology (2010 – 2013) and pain management fellowship (2013 – 2014) conducted at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to medical school, Dr. Pontinen completed a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Advertising at the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, MN (2003).

Subsequent to his education, the doctor attained board certifications in both anesthesiology and in interventional pain medicine through the American Board of Anesthesiology. The American Board of Anesthesiology sets standards and exams for the accreditation of Board certified anesthesiologists coming to the end of their residency. It is one of the 24 medical specialty boards that constitutes the American Board of Medical Specialties.

A published author of journal articles and textbook chapters, Dr. Pontinen  has been a prolific presenter at international conferences on topics ranging from surgery to anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is also a principal investigator in multiple FDA trial medications and treatments, continuously advancing the field of pain medicine, ensuring his patients are given the most up to date care.  Furthermore, his research on chronic wound pain was featured in Pain Medicine News, which is the top source of information in the field of pain medicine for healthcare professionals.

“Aside from his research, he is a compassionate physician who works daily to help his patients regain their lives and get back to doing the activities they love. He is passionate about treating the most complex pain cases in a comprehensive, integrative and holistic approach, combining multiple treatment modalities with the most innovative, minimally invasive procedures”, states the official website of Accident Treatment Centers.

Outside his clinical, academic, and research commitments, Dr. Pontinen is a keen volunteer. He works with several international organizations, including Doctors Without Borders. As such, he has travelled to some of the most unstable parts of the globe providing medical care to those who need it most. Dr. Pontinen also enjoys snowboarding, mountain climbing, and is an avid drummer.

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