Technical Expertise. Extensive Experience. Renowned Compassion.

Afzaal Iqbal, MD

Dr. Iqbal is double board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine through the American Board of Anesthesiology. He completed his undergraduate training at Emory University, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. He then went on to obtain his medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. From there, he completed his ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident.

He has presented at national meetings, published book chapters, partakes in clinical trials and stays up-to-date with the latest treatment technologies and algorithms. Dr. Iqbal particularly specializes in the utilization of the latest minimally invasive needle-based and surgical treatments to treat conditions such as cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, neuropathy, peripheral neuralgias, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome and post surgical pain. He is one of the few pain physicians in Orange County skilled in complex pain interventions including spinal DRG and peripheral nerve stimulation, revision surgical pump management, minimally invasive spinal/SI joint fusions and ablation/neurolysis of difficult neural targets. As such, he is frequently sought out by patients who have failed traditional treatments. He additionally uses judicious pharmaceutical therapy with a goal to help the body decrease its dependence on strong pain medications.

Further, he is a strong believer in the importance of psychological and behavioral therapy along with lifestyle modification to address the commonly untreated aspects of pain that are equally, if not more, important than procedural and pharmaceutical treatments for long-term healing.  Dr. Iqbal works tirelessly to provide exceptional, personalized care and establish meaningful, lasting relationships with his patients. Rest assured Dr. Iqbal will guide you through your chronic pain journey with confidence and compassion.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, exploring the outdoors, biking and playing soccer.

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