March-April 2013 | BOARD CERTIFIED




World-class pain-and-rehabilitation specialist Dr. Brian Kahan shares what makes him tick with the readers of Coastal Style

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

At the The Kahan Center for Pain Management, the ultimate goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life. They use up-to-the-minute concepts in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine to decrease symptoms while promoting optimum health. The center’s philosophy emphasizes addressing the whole person in treating the patient because, according to its founder, Dr. Brian Kahan, addressing only the symptoms, without treating other underlying issues, will only provide partial relief and keep the patient from getting fully well. 

How long has your practice been in existence?
I have been practicing medicine in Maryland since 1998, after being assistant professor and director at Albert Einstein 
College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City.

Do you have a specialty or subspecialty? 
My practice specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as pain; specifically, non-operative management of lower-back pain and neck pain, cancer management, 
peripheral neuropathy treatment and various treatments 
of musculoskeletal problems. We do this through various methods, which include pharmacological treatments, 
exercise programs, regenerative therapy and interventional diagnostics techniques.

By which boards have you been certified?
I hold five certificates through the American Board of Medical Specialties. I am also Board Certified by the American Board 
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pain Subspecialty, American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. I also have certificates from the American Board of Pain Medicine, and I am a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practitioners.

What is your goal for each patient you treat?
My goal with each patient is to determine the causes or origins of their pain. I feel that starting treatment for a medical condition when you do not know the cause is impractical because all you are doing is treating a symptom, not a cause. With the utilization of available technology and diagnostic tests, the etiology of someone’s pain can be determined. Based on this, our practice can determine the appropriate medical-treatment plan to improve your quality of life.

What inspired you to pursue your profession?
I became involved with physical medicine and rehabilitation because their concept is to not quit. Physiatrists take what you have, whether it’s back pain, amputations or cancer, and maximize function by using rehabilitative techniques. 
I always felt that the body can overcome amazing deficits if given proper treatment and if the requirement for medications is kept to a minimum. This philosophy has inspired me to treat some of the most complex cases around.

What advice can you offer readers experiencing chronic pain
When dealing with pain and physical ailments, make sure 
as a patient that your physician works hard to determine the etiology of the problem rather than just treat the symptoms. Patients suffering from chronic pain might not be cured, 
but their conditions or afflictions can often be managed 


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