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NYU Langone Provider

Meera K. Kirpekar, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialties: Pain Management, Anesthesiology
  • Treats: Adults
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-201-1004
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My first experience in medicine was volunteering at a government hospital in India, where I worked with people from underserved communities. I found it fulfilling to care for patients. I decided to go to medical school, where I learned that people who have pain syndromes may not receive adequate treatment. To address this problem, I chose to pursue a career in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

I specialize in managing pelvic pain, but I also care for patients who have neck and low-back pain; pain in the peripheral joints, which are in the arms and legs; nerve pain; and other conditions. I collaborate with surgeons, obstetrician–gynecologists, physical therapists, and psychologists to provide personalized care.

To help relieve patients’ pain, I prescribe medications, recommend physical therapy and lifestyle changes, and perform interventional pain management procedures, such as epidural injections and nerve blocks. I offer pudendal nerve blocks for pudendal neuralgia, which causes pain in the genitals or anus; discomfort related to endometriosis or interstitial cystitis, a painful bladder condition; and some instances of pain that occurs during sex.

I perform cluneal nerve blocks for rectal pain and medial branch blocks for neck and low-back pain. In addition, I offer genitofemoral and ilioinguinal nerve blocks for people who have had groin pain after surgery, such as inguinal hernia repair or the removal of pelvic lymph nodes. If this does not provide long-term relief, I can perform radiofrequency ablation, in which part of a nerve is heated to disrupt the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

To treat hip pain resulting from pregnancy or childbirth, I can provide sacroiliac joint injections, hip injections, or lumbar epidurals. I also offer peripheral joint injections and radiofrequency ablation for the hips, knees, and shoulders.

Patients who are in pain sometimes develop anxiety or depression. I can refer patients to a cognitive behavioral therapist, who can provide them with coping strategies. I ask patients about their lifestyle, because certain factors, such as stress, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and poor sleep, can exacerbate pain.

Although I use imaging results to help guide treatment, I rely more heavily on what a patient tells me. It is extremely satisfying when patients say they feel heard, their pain has been addressed, and they have experienced relief as a result of treatment. I enjoy making a difference in a person’s life.

I conduct research on radiofrequency ablation and pudendal nerve blocks. I have served as a panelist and moderator at anesthesiology and pain management conferences across the country, and I have given presentations about pelvic pain and other topics at many healthcare organizations. I serve on the editorial board of the journal Pain Physician, and I was a resident scholar for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. In addition, I have a podcast called The Hurt, by the Female Pain Docs, which aims to educate people about different types of pain and correct misinformation about pain diagnosis and treatment. I am board-certified in anesthesiology and lifestyle medicine.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • ankle arthritis
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • back strain
  • bursitis
  • cervical disc disease
  • cervical spinal stenosis
  • cervical spine disc herniated
  • cervicogenic headache
  • chronic pain
  • complex regional pain syndrome
  • compression injury of nerve
  • degenerative disc disease
  • diabetic nerve damage
  • discogenic pain
  • facet joint pain
  • failed back surgery syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • frozen shoulder
  • herniated disk
  • hip arthritis
  • hip bursitis
  • hip pain
  • injury of the lumbar spine
  • joint pain
  • knee pain
  • leg pain
  • lower back pain
  • lumbar disc disease
  • lumbar spinal stenosis
  • meralgia paresthetica
  • muscle pain
  • musculoskeletal pain
  • myofascial pain
  • neck pain
  • nerve root injury
  • neuropathic pain
  • osteoarthritis of the knee
  • osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • pain in the arms
  • pelvic pain
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • piriformis syndrome
  • postherpetic neuralgia
  • radiculopathy
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
  • sacroiliac sprain
  • sacroiliitis
  • sciatica
  • shoulder bursitis
  • shoulder pain
  • spinal arthritis
  • spine pain
  • thigh pain
Treatments
  • diagnostic procedure
  • epidural block via transforaminal approach
  • epidural steroid injection
  • injection of facet joint
  • injection of sacroiliac joint
  • interlaminar epidural steroid injection
  • knee injection
  • lumbar sympathetic block
  • musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • pain management
  • peripheral nerve block
  • radiofrequency nerve ablation
  • stellate ganglion block
  • steroid injection
  • sympathetic nerve block
  • trigger point injection

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Anesthesiology - Anesthesiology, 2019
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Pain Management, 2018
  • Residency, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Anesthesiology, 2017
  • MD from Tulane University, 2013

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  • Aetna
     
    • Aetna HMO
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    • Aetna International
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    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Agewell
     
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  • Amida Care
     
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    • Wellcare by Fidelis Care Medicare
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    • IUOE Local 14-14B
    • Wlny-TV Inc.
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    • HIP POS
    • HIP PPO
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    • HIP VIP Medicare Bold
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    • Vytra HMO
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    • Hamaspik Choice Medicare DSNP
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    • Administrative Concepts
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    • Mutual Of Omaha
    • Nippon Life Ins Co
    • PHCS
    • Professional Benefit Admin
    • Qualcare Inc
    • Screen Actors Guild
    • Teamsters Allied Benefits
    • US Life Insurance Company
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
     
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan
  • Oxford
     
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • POMCO Insurance Company
     
    • POMCO Insurance Company
  • Partners Health Plan Inc
     
    • Partners Health Plan FIDA
    • Partners Health Plan Medicaid
    • Partners Health Plan Medicare
  • Qualcare Inc.
     
    • Qualcare Direct
  • Railroad Medicare
     
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • River Spring Health Plan
     
    • River Spring Medicare HMP SNP
  • Senior Whole Health
     
    • Senior Whole Health Medicare Advantage
  • Tricare
     
    • TriWest
    • Tricare
    • US Family Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
     
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • Bind Benefits inc
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare All Savers
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    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Blackrock employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare EPO
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    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Value, Advantage and HDHP (New York University employees)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice (JP Morgan Employees)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice (NY Power Authority Employees)
  • VA Community Care Network
     
    • VA CCN Optum
  • VNS Choice Advantage
     
    • VNS Medicare Advantage
    • VNS NY Choice Select Health
  • Village Care
     
    • VillageCare
  • Wellcare
     
    • WellCare Medicare
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NYU Langone Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain

240 East 38th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10016

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