Five physicians from Alliance Spine and Pain Centers —the largest interventional pain management company in the Southeast— rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. Alliance Spine and Pain Centers physicians consistently appear on the list, which annually honors notable physicians among the area’s healthcare landscape.
Drs. David Gale, Allen Hord, David Neckman, and David Rosenfeld appear in the pain medicine category. Alliance Spine and Pain physicians comprise more than one-quarter of the doctors in that category. Additionally, Dr. Michael Schaufele appears in the physical medicine and rehabilitation category.
Atlanta magazine creates its list from a roster of doctors selected by Professional Research Service (PRS). A total of 1,098 physicians appear on the publication’s 2022 list. These doctors represent the following counties in Georgia: Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale. PRS creates its list by conducting an online peer-review survey of physicians in the metro Atlanta area. Physicians are asked to nominate fellow physicians they deem the best in their field of practice. Many votes were cast honoring excellence in all fields of medicine. The featured doctors were screened and selected through the verification of licensing and review of any infractions through applicable boards, agencies, and rating services.
Stephen Rosenbaum, CEO of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, applauds the honored physicians and the practice as a whole for their commitment to excellence.
“The field of pain management is an evolving medical practice with new developments consistently around the corner,” says Rosenbaum. “Not only does Alliance assemble a roster of top talent, as evident by this recognition, but each of our physicians are true trailblazers, representing the future of pain relief.”
Dr. David Gale practices at the Marietta and >Cartersville locations. Dr. Gale received his medical degree at Ohio State University. He completed his anesthesiology residency while serving in the US Air Force and his pain management fellowship at University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Gale is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management, and he holds an ABA subspecialty certificate in pain management. Dr. Gale is a thought leader in Georgia. He has been instrumental in assisting to craft Georgia state legislation regarding pain management, while serving as past president and current executive director of the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Practicing in the Atlanta area since 1997, Dr. Gale has a passion for pain management. He is a veteran of the Atlanta magazine Top Doctors list.
Dr. Allen H. Hord practices at the Piedmont/Atlanta, Brookhaven, and Sandy Springs locations. He has more than 35 years of pain management experience in the Atlanta area. Dr. Hord is a pioneer in the interventional pain management field, recognized by peers and patients as a chronic pain expert, educator, researcher, administrator, and philanthropist. He’s an expert in treatments including epidural injections, facet and medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablation, sympathetic blocks, and spinal cord stimulation. He’s board certified in anesthesiology and was one of the first doctors in the U.S. to become board certified in pain medicine. Dr. Hord was Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ chief medical officer from 2013-2018, and he’s currently chief medical officer for the practice. His philanthropy includes serving a decade on the board of directors of Flying Doctors America, organizing medical missions in Asia, South America, and Haiti. Since 2010, Dr. Hord has been recognized annually as an Atlanta magazine Top Doctor.
Dr. David Neckman practices at the Piedmont/Atlanta, Covington, Conyers, and Sandy Springs offices. He received his medical degree and completed his residency and fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. Dr. Neckman is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. His passion for science and motivation to help people led him to choose the evolving field of pain management. Dr. Neckman specializes in minimally invasive injections for chronic neck and back pain as well as cutting edge procedures such a Vertiflex and spinal cord stimulation. He is a partner at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers where he serves on the Medical Executive Committee. He also serves on the Piedmont Hospital Clinical Governance Committee as the representative for Pain Medicine for one of the largest hospital systems in Georgia. When he is not seeing patients, he loves spending time with his wife, who is also a doctor, and their three young children. This is his first year being recognized as an Atlanta magazine top doctor.
Dr. David J. Rosenfeld practices at the Carrollton, Covington, and Peachtree City locations. He has more than 25 years of expertise and innovation in pain management. He is recognized as a pioneer in Georgia for interventional pain procedures. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Rosenfeld is fellowship trained, and board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has published several studies on pain medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Rosenfeld belongs to the following associations: American Society of Anesthesiologists; American Academy of Pain Medicine; and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Since 2010, Dr. Rosenfeld has been recognized annually as an Atlanta magazine Top Doctor.
Dr. Michael K. Schaufele practices at the Marietta and Woodstock locations. He has more than 25 years of experience in non-surgical spine care and pain management. He was involved as an investigator in several pivotal clinical trials for spinal cord stimulation, vertebral augmentation, basivertebral nerve ablation, and various spinal injection procedures. Dr. Schaufele implements the wide spectrum of interventional pain procedures, including regenerative medicine injections to decrease his patients’ pain, improve function, and minimize dependence on opioids. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Schaufele completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Harvard Medical School, and fellowship training at the Spine Center in Munich, Germany. As a former associate professor at Emory University, he served as residency program director and helped train numerous residents and fellows in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain medicine. Dr. Schaufele is a certified physician executive and served as chief medical officer for Alliance Spine and Pain Centers from 2018-2020. Dr. Schaufele is a commercially rated pilot and FAA aviation medical examiner, who flies medical missions for patients in need of medical transportation for Angel Flight. Since 2012, Dr. Schaufele has been recognized annually as an Atlanta magazine Top Doctor.