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Karan Johar, MD

Double-Board Certified Pain Management Physician


Karan Johar, M.D. is one of the nation’s top pain management and rehabilitation physicians and is currently serving as the Medical Director for NYC Pain Specialists with offices in Union Square, Greenwich Village, Midtown and Lenox Hill, New York. His pain medicine subspecialty training extends his physiatric skill-set to offer a multidisciplinary approach to complex pain management. This includes treatment of cancer, neurological and musculoskeletal pain using medications, nerve blocks, intrathecal drug delivery systems, spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency techniques, and neurolytic blocks.

“The memory of my grandmother’s surgery has guided me as a physician. It has always been important to me to give the utmost in patient care.  My experiences as a family member and doctor have strengthened my resolve to serve my community and to become someone who heals people.  I got to know my patients best not while I was inserting lines, tubes, or catheters, but when I talked to them and their families.  I realized that they found relief if only for a few moments, knowing that we cared for them.  I strove to become a physician who provides patients with peace of mind and improves their quality of life.  If I can alleviate my patients’ pain and suffering and set them on the path to recovery, I will have fulfilled my duty as a pain medicine doctor.  I hope to achieve these larger goals and also to perhaps one day help a young child’s loving grandmother, as someone did for me.”

He holds a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, is the Chief Pain Consultant for a New England CAH (Critical Access Hospital), and has a shared appointment at Lenox Hill Hospital in the departments of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Johar is a dual boarded physician certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as, subspecialized in Pain Medicine (American Board of Medical Specialties) with advanced expertise in spine care and fellowship training in interventional pain medicine.

As a member of both the Rehabilitation Medicine and the Pain Service, his clinical work specializes in restoring function awhile a wide array of pain.

He has regularly supervised and taught clinical resident physicians and medical students and is cognizant of developments on the forefront for future treatment protocols in both pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has a research interest in regenerative medicine (PRP/stem cell therapy) and neuromodulation in the management of complex pain and optimization in the quality of life.

Dr. Johar has held several leadership positions with local and national organizations and helped in projects including rehabilitation hospital bed capacity expansion, improved resource allocation within AAPMR, risk reduction and maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations on hospital safety and leadership committees.

Although his primary interest remains with clinical medicine and medical education, he also holds an interest in increasing healthcare access to patients, organizational management in the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and being involved in scientific innovation of medical devices and interactive rehabilitation software.

Currently, he sees patients at Lenox Hill Hospital, by appointment at 993 Park Avenue and 30 Central Park South located at Fifth Avenue, and affiliated surgery centers in Manhattan.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationPain Medicine  (American Board of Anesthesiology)

Pain Medicine  (American Board of Medical Specialties)

Academic Appointments and Executive Titles:  

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor | New York University

Co-Director | Manhattan Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

Board Member, YPC | New York County Medical Society

Director-at-Large | NYSIPP, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

President | New York Physician Society

Chairman of the Board | The American Spine & Pain Society

Hospital Affiliations:

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10065

Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
210 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10021


Fellowship:   Medical College of Wisconsin – Pain Medicine

Residency:  Washington University in St. Louis / Barnes-Jewish Hospital – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Internship:  Stony Brook University – General Surgery

Medical School:  Ross University School of Medicine, MD

Undergraduate:  State University of New York at Binghamton, BS in Financial Economics