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Edward Lam, MD

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4.9 out of 5
152  Ratings , 35  Comments
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About

Dr. Lam is an interventional spine care specialist who is passionate about improving his patients’ quality of life by using evidence-based medicine approach to painful spine conditions. Dr. Lam specializes in image-guided, minimally invasive procedures, offering his Valley Health patients a variety of techniques to treat back pain, neck pain, spinal fractures, and other painful spinal conditions such as arm and leg pain from spinal stenosis or disc herniation, as well as spine pain mimickers such as hip pain. Dr. Lam is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and then stayed at the University of Rochester to complete his residency training, serving as chief resident in his final year. He subsequently completed a nationally recognized fellowship at Virginia I-Spine Physicians, in Richmond.

As a first generation college graduate in his family, Dr. Lam saw first-hand how back/neck pain and sciatica resulting from job-related manual labor affected the lives of those around him. Those experiences, as well as early exposure to the interventional spine specialty in medical school, led him to this exciting field of medicine. His procedures not only treat pain, but also can improve the everyday lives of his patients, a goal Dr. Lam is especially passionate about.

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 procedures include:

  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbosacral: Transforaminal epidural steroid injections/ Diagnostic selective nerve root blocks, for treatment and surgical planning.
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials.
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbosacral: Medial Branch Blocks
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbosacral: Medial Branch Radiofrequency Ablations
  • Sacroiliac Joint Neurotomy - Lateral sensory branch Radiofrequency Ablation Neurotomy
  • Provocation Lumbar Discography, for identifying painful disc for intra-discal injections and surgical planning.
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Intra-discal Therapeutic Injections
  • Interspinous Ligament Injections, for Baastrop Syndrome
  • Saccrococcygeal Disc Injections
  • Ganglion Impar Injections
  • Sacroiliac Intra-articular Joint Injections
  • Hip Intra-articular Joint Injections, for treatment and surgical planning.
  • Bursae Injections

Visit this page to learn more about Valley Health Interventional Spine.

Professional Memberships

  • SIS - Spine Intervention Society
  • NASS - National Association of Spine Specialists
Education
  • Fellowship
  • Interventional Spine Fellowship Virginia iSpine Physicians
    Richmond, VA
  • Residency
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program University of Rochester Medical Center
    Rochester, NY
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
    Rochester, NY
  • College
  • B.A., Economics with a minor in Psychology Swarthmore College
    Swarthmore, PA

Reviews

  • 01/11/2024
    Rating: 5

    Good

  • 01/11/2024
    Rating: 5

    Dr. Lam is excellent! Takes the time to thoroughly explain results and course of action.

  • 12/17/2023
    Rating: 5

    Dr Lam is amazing. He took his time with me during my exam and procedures. He answered all my questions and explained each step during my procedures. He frequently asked me if I was doing ok. He was pleasant and was up front with my prognosis ( I know some patients may not like that but I do). He was never rude or made me feel like he was in a hurry.

  • 12/14/2023
    Rating: 5

    Good