Dana Simon, MD, DABA, DABA-PM, DABPM
acute, chronic, cancer-related pain management; epidural steroid injections; nerve blocks; joint injections; medication management; adjunct therapies for pain management; post-mastectomy pain; post-surgical pain; chest wall pain
English, Spanish (conversational)
Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Subspecialty Certification in Pain Medicine (DABA-PM)
Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Specialty Certification in Anesthesiology (DABA)
Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine (DABPM)
Pain Medicine Fellowship:
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Anesthesiology Residency: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL and Baylor University Medical School, Houston, TX
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
About Dana Simon
It was an honor to be the founder of the Center for Pain Medicine at Mercy Hospital. The chronic pain division of Medical Center Anesthesiologists, now known as Pain Specialists of Iowa, started work over 35 years ago in 1981. It was founded on core principles of treating the whole person, espousing compassion, ensuring safety in treatment, and staying current with cutting edge therapies, which remain stronger than ever today.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, I graduated valedictorian of my class from the University of Arizona, and went on to complete medical school and residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. I completed my fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Virginia.
Through my training and clinical practice, I have taken a particular interest in spinal pain disorders, herniated discs, and back pain prevention, as well as in reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome. Having treated thousands of patients with chronic and acute or new-onset pain conditions, I have experience in various interventional treatment modalities from standard injections to radiofrequency procedures and in the past with spinal cord stimulation. Concurrent with these interventions, I have always emphasized the importance of general medical healthiness and encourage patients to engage in specialized physical and other allied therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, biofeedback, and water aerobics, among others.
I have been privileged to be elected to regional and national positions in my discipline —I am past president of the Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists, past president of the Midwest Pain Society, and a founding member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). I am a past chairman of the Clinical Practice Committee of the AAPM, and most recently served as the chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee and a member of the Ethics Committees. I have always enjoyed advocating for this wonderful specialty, and ultimately, for the patients we are so fortunate to treat. I derive the utmost satisfaction from helping restore a person back to who they were before they became a patient in our clinic; I always make this my paramount goal.