Dr. Essaff began his work as an Interventional Spine specialist after developing an interest and passion for the life-changing benefits of spinal procedures during his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. During his education and fellowship, Dr. Essaff was drawn to the multidisciplinary and collaborative approach that is needed to treat patients with neck and back pain as well as other painful spine conditions. Dr. Essaff has worked with thousands of patients across the region, using minimally-invasive, image guided procedures, often for patients whose pain is a barrier to doing every day, basic life activities.

It was this experience, as well as his reputation for individualized, high-quality patient care that led to Dr. Essaff becoming the Medical Director for Valley Health Interventional Spine. Dr. Essaff is passionate about expanding the program in order to improve health in our community. He particularly enjoys the one-to-one time he spends with his patients and is committed to helping reduce pain in an effort to improve overall quality of life.


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.