Dr. Carlos S. Santiago has more than 25 years of experience in treating patients who suffer from chronic pain. His experience helps him accurately diagnose the source of his patients’ pain so he can then perform procedures under fluoroscopic guidance, including spinal cord stimulation, medial block branches, lumbar facet blocks, SI joint injections, epidural nerve blocks and peripheral nerve blocks, to treat that pain.
A native of the Philippines, Dr. Santiago is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, MD and performed fellowships in critical care and anesthesiology through Johns Hopkins University hospitals. He served as the medical director of the Surgeons’ Surgical Center, a multi-specialty surgery center in Cumberland, MD, for 17 years. He was also chair of the anesthesiology department at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland for 12 years before assuming the role of chair of anesthesiology at Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser, WV, a position he still holds.
With more than three decades of experience in treating patients in pain, Dr. Santiago has seen first-hand the many improvements that have been made in interventional pain procedures and treatments. “It has been exciting to see advancements in the ways in which we can treat pain other than by using narcotics,” he said. “Spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and numerous interventional pain blocks, along with adjunctive medications, have given patients a better quality of life. Research that continues to focus on ways in which we can modify disease, rather than just modifying symptoms, is very exciting to me.”
In his free time, Dr. Santiago enjoys photography and working on his golf game. He is also a licensed instrument-rated private pilot.
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