Gary Starkman, MD

Neurologist & Pain Management Specialist located in Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Downtown & Long Island, NY

Meet Dr. Starkman

Dr. Starkman, the leading Neurologist in NYC, is the Medical Director and founder of New York Neurology Associates. He is Board Certified in Neurology with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. Dr. Starkman is an Active Member of American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, International Spine Intervention Society, and American Society of Neuroimaging. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University Medical Center, and a Clinical Attending at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Starkman was trained at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Center and has been practicing Neurology and Pain Medicine since 1996. He has implemented many new cutting edge approved therapies for various neurological and chronic painful conditions in his practice. Dr. Starkman was one of the pioneers who started to use Botox in chronic pain management, and one of the first doctors in New York who started to use radiofrequency ablation treatment for chronic spine joints pain. He was also one of the first 67 Neurologists in the USA who were trained and became Board certified in the subspecialty of Pain Medicine and has remained one of 31 such specialists in New York State as of 2014.

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Dr. Starkman, the leading Neurologist in NYC, is the Medical Director and founder of New York Neurology Associates. He is Board Certified in Neurology with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. Dr. Starkman is an Active Member of American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, International Spine Intervention Society, and American Society of Neuroimaging. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University Medical Center, and a Clinical Attending at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Starkman was trained at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Center and has been practicing Neurology and Pain Medicine since 1996. He has implemented many new cutting edge approved therapies for various neurological and chronic painful conditions in his practice. Dr. Starkman was one of the pioneers who started to use Botox in chronic pain management, and one of the first doctors in New York who started to use radiofrequency ablation treatment for chronic spine joints pain. He was also one of the first 67 Neurologists in the USA who were trained and became Board certified in the subspecialty of Pain Medicine and has remained one of 31 such specialists in New York State as of 2014.


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Dr. Starkman in the Media

  • Dr. Starkman is an expert in the field of neurology and treating chronic back pain. In this interview with Fox News, Dr. Starkman first advocates the use of botox to relieve chronic back pain. Starkman describes how he had used the treatment for years to help relieve his patient’s symptoms and it worked for up to four months at a time. By injecting botox into the muscles of the back, he can help relax the tension within them, which blocks the chronic pain. Using an EMG machine, Dr. Starkman can monitor the exact location of the muscles before injecting the botox. The best part of the botox treatments is that they take only a few seconds, are relatively painless, and have few to no complications after the procedure.

Botox Injections for Back Pain Advocated by NYC Neurologist


Dr. Starkman appears in NY1 demonstrating his use of botox injections to relieve the agonizing symptoms of chronic back pain. Using a computerized machine to locate the muscles, Dr. Starkman injects the botox into the lower back. His patients report relief as soon as a few days that continues for three to four months, and sometimes much longer for other patients. The botox helps relieve muscle spasms which cause many of the symptoms of lower back pain, and even helps patients with herniated discs. There are very few side effects from using the botox and it is covered by various insurance companies.

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Explained by NYC Neurologist


In addition to providing suggestions on treating chronic back pain, Dr. Starkman also has experience treating carpal tunnel syndrome. To the right is a clip of Dr. Starkman advocating the use of better mice for computers and mouse pads with wrist rests to prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome in computer workers on the NBC network (channel 4). He also advocates exercising the hands every hour or so during work to prevent the onset of CTS.

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How Much Brain Power Do Human's Really Use?


INSIDE EDITION spoke with neurologist Dr. Gary Starkman about the premise of Scarlett Johansson's new movie, Lucy that humans only use 10% of their brain.

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