Pain Management Doctor Adam Kramer, MD

Dr. Adam Kramer, M.D., Is A Double Board-Certified Pain Management Doctor

Serving Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Goodyear, and all of the West Valley.

Dr. Adam Kramer is double board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology earned upon completion of his training at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. In addition, to practicing Interventional Pain Management, he is an experienced physical therapist and athletic trainer having treated orthopedic injuries of all ages including elite collegiate and NFL athletes.

Dr. Kramer’s passion for medicine started after a volleyball injury in high school. He dislocated his elbow in the county championship game. After six weeks of physical therapy, he was in awe of the ability of the human body to heal in response to treatment.

Dr. Adam Kramer’s professional background provides him a unique, comprehensive perspective and holistic understanding of the physical and emotional effects of pain on the quality of one’s life. While at University of Wisconsin, Dr. Kramer was a student athletic trainer for the varsity football team which began his career with elite athletes. After graduation, he received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and served as an intern and athletic trainer for the Baltimore Ravens. He then worked as a physical therapist/athletic trainer for eight years at Athletico Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, in part, during his medical training. Dr. Kramer’s internship at Rush University Medical Center was in general surgery. He then began his Anesthesiology residency where he was selected Chief Anesthesiology Resident at Rush. Dr. Adam Kramer was awarded a Pain Management Fellowship at the nation’s premier hospital, Cleveland Clinic. After completing the fellowship, he joined the Clinic’s clinical staff and in addition to treating patients, he had a role in training residents and fellows in pain management. Dr. Kramer then moved to sunny Arizona with his wife and children to work as a staff physician in pain management at Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants. He served as manager of the Pain Division when he decided to start PaloVerde Pain Specialists with the vision of providing superior clinical care with an unparalleled patient experience.

July 2012-June 2013
Cleveland Clinic, Pain Management Fellowship, Cleveland, OH

July 2009-June 2012
Rush University Medical Center, Anesthesiology Residency, Chicago, IL

June 2008-June 2009
Rush University Medical Center, General Surgery Internship, Chicago, IL

September 2004-June 2008
Rush University Medical College, Doctor of Medicine, Chicago, IL

July 1998-November 2000
Arcadia University, Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Glenside, PA

September 1994-June 1998
University of Wisconsin, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Madison, WI

September 2014
Subspecialty, Pain Management, American Board of Anesthesiology

April 2013
Diplomat, American Board of Anesthesiology

Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants, Phoenix, AZ
February 2018-2019
Manager, Pain Division

  • Responsible for creating annual strategy and utilization of resources/staffing amongst our 10 locations and 16 physicians and 12 allied health providers.
  • Represent interests of all pain providers to the Chief of the pain division and the Board of Directors at Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants.
  • Physician director of revenue cycle management including billing, coding, collections.

Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants, Phoenix, AZ
March 2014-December 2018
Staff Physician, Pain Management

  • Evaluated and treated chronic pain patients utilizing medication management and interventional procedures including epidurals, radio-frequency ablation, sympathetic blocks, neuromodulation therapy, minimally invasive lumbar decompression and vertebral augmentation procedures.
  • Integral physician involved in business development including marketing, securing preferred pain provider status with Cigna Medical Group, Adelante Health Care, Care First payors.
  • Lead physician in West Valley of AZ for growth of Worker’s Compensation sector. Currently only pain physician in group performing independent medical examinations and one of 3 physician’s certified in Disability Evaluation and Impairment Ratings.
  • 2017 Most productive physician in group as measured by total work RVUs.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
July 2013-March 2014
Staff Physician, Pain Management

  • Cleveland Clinic Outpatient – Evaluated and treated chronic pain patients utilizing medication management and interventional procedures including epidurals, radiofrequency ablation, sympathetic blocks, neuromodulation therapy, minimally invasive lumbar decompression and vertebral augmentation procedures.
  • Cleveland Clinic Inpatient – Provided inpatient chronic pain services including consult services and management of established chronic pain patients.
  • Cleveland Clinic Educator – Instructed residents/fellows in chronic pain management including appropriate use of opiate therapy, transition from intravenous to oral opiates, non-opiate adjuvants and interventional pain procedures.

Athletico Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Chicago, IL
February 2000-June 2008
Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer

  • Evaluated and designed rehabilitation programs for a variety of orthopedic injuries of the spine, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle in the pediatric, adult and geriatric patient.
  • Trained new graduate physical therapists and physical therapy aides.
  • Provided athletic training coverage for local high schools and sports leagues.

Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
June 1998-June 2000
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer

  • Provided athletic training services for 14 Division III Men’s and Women’s athletic teams including preseason physicals, rehabilitation, evaluation and treatment of the acutely injured athlete.

Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore, MD
June-September 1999, 2000
Intern, Athletic Trainer

  • Provided rehabilitation, prophylactic taping, on-field evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries of players throughout the preseason.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
July 1995-January 1996
Student Athletic Trainer, Varsity Football

  • Provided rehabilitation and prophylactic taping, on-field evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries of team players.
Kang RW, Lewis PB, Kramer A, Hayden JK, Cole BJ. Prospective randomized single-blinded controlled clinical trial of percutaneous neuromodulation pain therapy device versus sham for the osteoarthritic knee: a pilot study. Orthopedics, 2007 Jun; 30 (6) 439-45.
Kramer A. Persistent Post-Surgical Pain Syndrome. Rush University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, Chicago, IL, May 16, 2012.

Buvanendron A, Kroin J, Kramer A. Risk Factors for Persistent Post-surgical Pain after Total Knee Replacement. Midwest Anesthesia Residency Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2, 2011.

Kramer A, Kline-Mangione K. Effects of Interval Training with Functional Exercises in Community Dwelling Elders. Arcadia University Research Week, Glenside, PA, May 1998.

Kang RW, Lewis PB, Kramer A, Hayden JK, Cole BJ. Clinical Study of Percutaneous Neuromodulation Pain Therapy in Osteoarthritis. Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation, Chicago, IL, April, 2006.

Principle Investigator
June 2013-Present
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Pain Management Department, Cleveland, OH
Study to determine the predictive value of a composite of three clinical diagnostic tests combined with a pain referral diagram in predicting response to a single diagnostic SIJ injection.

Research Assistant
June 2005-September 2006
Rush University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics, Chicago, IL
Principal Investigator: Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA
Studied the use of percutaneous neuromodulation pain therapy in osteoarthritis. Recruited subjects from a variety of clinical settings, administered experimental protocol, data analysis and wrote the manuscript.

Research Assistant
September 1997-June 1998
Arcadia University, Department of Physical Therapy, Glenside, PA
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Kline-Mangione PhD, MSPT
Developed senior research project to evaluate the effects of interval training using functional exercises in community dwelling elders.

April 2011-April 2012
Chief Resident, Department of Anesthesiology, Rush University Medical Center

April 2011
Second Place Podium Presentation, “Risk factors for persistent post-surgical pain following total knee replacement.”
Midwest Anesthesia Residency Conference, Chicago IL

March 2005
Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship, Rush Medical College

With empathy and compassion our doctors will listen and get to know the patient, not just the condition. Caring for our patients is just one reason we are successful in achieving pain reduction and function goals. Contact us today for help managing your pain.