Dr. Stefan P. Gilthorpe, MD, Anesthesiologist
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Dr. Stefan P. Gilthorpe, MD

Pain Management Specialist | Pain Medicine

12518 Cutten Rd Houston TX, 77066


Dr. Stefan Gilthorpe practices Pain Medicine in Houston, TX. Pain medicine is concerned with the prevention of pain, and the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients experiencing pain. Pain medicine physicians use a broad-based approach to treat all pain disorders, ranging from pain as a symptom of disease to pain as the primary disease. Dr. Gilthorpe serves as a consultant to other physicians but is often the principal treating physician, providing care at various levels; such as treating the patient directly, prescribing medication, prescribing rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving procedures, counseling patients and families, directing a multidisciplinary team, coordinating care with other healthcare providers, and providing consultative services.

Education and Training

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston medical degree 0

Board Certification

American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)

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Dr. Stefan P. Gilthorpe, MD
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Dr. Stefan P. Gilthorpe, MD's Practice location

Better Life Spine and Pain Center

12518 Cutten Rd -
Houston, TX 77066
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Get to know Dr. Stefan Gilthorpe, who serves patients in Houston, Texas.

Recognized as a skilled interventional pain physician, Dr. Gilthorpe founded Better Life Spine & Pain Center in Houston, Texas in late 2020. He brings a passion for interventional-pain medicine, devotion to his patients, and curiosity for innovative, new and up-and-coming medical techniques. 

Born in Slidell, Louisiana and raised in the Beaumont area, his small-town roots shape how he approaches patient care: he understands the importance of listening to each patient and communicating his treatment plan before stepping out of the exam room.

Prior to opening Better Life Spine & Pain Center, Dr. Gilthorpe worked in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he gained invaluable experience by performing thousands of interventional procedures. 

Interventional pain medicine involves the use of minimally invasive surgeries and other procedures to help patients manage their pain — even without medications. The goal of these techniques is to block the pain from transmitting through the body.

Dr. Gilthorpe offers patients the choice between procedures done in-clinic with local anesthesia or at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, where patients can receive general sedation if they prefer.

With a broad educational background, Dr. Gilthorpe received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and went on to earn a master’s degree at Lamar University. He then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he completed his medical degree, residency in anesthesiology, and fellowship in pain medicine. His subspecialty training prepared him to understand and address acute and chronic pain uniquely. 

Striving to improve quality of life, the doctor is board-certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, the ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. 

In his free time, Dr. Gilthorpe enjoys spending time with his wife, Darla, and his puppy, Olive. On the weekends, one may find him floating in an inner tube down the river or tending to a campfire at Magnolia Ridge.

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