Dr. Essaff is a graduate of Western University of the Health Sciences. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Subsequently, he pursued further specialization at the Virginia iSpine Physicians Interventional Spine Care fellowship in Richmond, Virginia. His primary interest is the use of evidence-based, image-guided procedures to treat painful spine conditions.


Common conditions treated include:

  • Radicular pain/radiculopathy
  • Painful discs and facet joints in the neck and back
  • Sacroiliac (SI joint) & hip joint pain

Commonly performed image-guided procedures include:

  • Selective nerve root blocks/transforaminal epidural steroid injections
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Intra-articular SI and hip joint injection

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  • Fellowship
  • Interventional Spine Care Virginia iSpine Physicians Richmond, VA
  • Residency
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Rochester, NY
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Western University of the Health Sciences Pomona, CA
  • College
  • Master of Medical Sciences Boston University School of Medicine Boston, MA
  • Bachelor of Science University of California, Davis Davis, CA
Medical Interests
Areas of Interest:
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Back and Neck Problems
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Problems
  • Painful discs in the neck and back
  • Painful joints in the neck and back
  • Hip Joint pain
  • Radicular Pain/Sciatica
  • Genicular Nerve Blocks
Research Interests:

Sub Investigator. 2016 – 2017.

  • Mesoblast Cascade study (MSB DR003). Virginia iSpine Physicians. Richmond, VA.
  • A prospective, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a single injection of rexlemestrocel-L alone or combined with hyaluronic acid in subjects with chronic low back pain.

Sub Investigator. 2016 – 2017.

  • Vertiflex STEPS Trial (14-TDDS-01). Virginia iSpine Physicians. Richmond, VA.
  • A prospective, multi-center, randomized controlled double-blind trial evaluating the VertiFlex® Totalis™ direct decompression system versus a sham surgical procedure in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Sub Investigator. 2016 – 2017.

  • Coolief™ Cooled Radiofrequency study (Halyard 105-14-0001). Virginia iSpine Physicians. Richmond, VA.
  • Cooled radiofrequency probe to create lesions of the genicular nerves and comparing corticosteroid injection in the management of chronic knee pain.

Clinical Research Coordinator. 2006 – 2008.

  • Boston University School of Medicine. Alzheimer's Disease Clinical and Research Program. Boston, MA.

Post Graduate Researcher. 2002 – 2005.

  • University of California, Davis. Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology. Davis, CA.