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By Craig Braack

Pain management services return to St. James and Noyes Hospital

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Dr. Chirag Patel, based in Dansville, will see patients one day per week in Hornell

Beginning in July, pain management specialist Dr. Chirag Patel will begin seeing patients at St. James Hospital one day a week. Dr. Patel is based at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He is excited to expand that practice to include clinics at St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital.  

“I am excited to be back at Noyes and also seeing patients in Hornell and Wellsville,” said Patel. “I will primarily be seeing patients with chronic pain. They come into the office to get a formal evaluation, then we develop the treatment plan from there.”

“We are incredibly grateful to have a pain management specialist of Dr. Patel’s caliber back at Noyes,” said Dr. Chad Teeters, president and CEO of Noyes Health. “Sharing his services with the Hornell and Wellsville areas will benefit a large population that otherwise would have to travel for pain management.”

Dr. Patel will be performing procedures in the operating room at St. James Hospital, Noyes Memorial Hospital, Noyes Health Services in Geneseo, and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.

 “We are very happy to have Dr. Patel join our team and bring pain management back to our community,” remarked Wendy Disbrow, CEO at St. James Hospital. “Sharing his services with Jones Memorial and Noyes Memorial Hospitals will benefit a large population in the southern tier.”

With the opioid crisis, some are concerned with visiting a pain management physician.

“With everything that has been happening lately with the opioid crisis, my specialty is interventional treatments, explained Dr. Patel. “There are many avenues to help people that don’t involve medication. I am a proponent of physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. Sometimes simple exercises or injections can offer an incredible amount of relief.”

Dr. Patel works collaboratively with primary care providers, orthopedic surgeons, imaging, and other specialties to develop comprehensive plans to alleviate as much pain as possible.

“We don’t want people to be in severe pain, sometimes people will be in some sort of pain,” said Dr. Patel. “It is a part of getting older. But we don’t want anyone to suffer.”

He is also expanding to add a second provider so as the practice expands, patients don’t have extended wait times to get an appointment.

“We are trying to encompass a lot of patients who otherwise wouldn’t have anywhere to go to be seen or treated,” he said.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel at St. James Hospital please call the Specialty Clinic office at (607) 385 – 3820.  For Noyes Hospital Dansville and Geneseo locations call (585) 243-0150, and for Jones Memorial Hospital call (585) 596 – 4093.

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