To contribute to the public discourse on women’s health including its diagnoses and treatments. To pursue a facts based approach on advances in treatment and analysis of disease and ailments affecting women. To advocate for equal treatment of female patients. To educate a global audience on the treatment of female patients on diagnoses that may be considered taboo or uncomfortable due to cultural norms. To empower women and men to engage in the advancement of their health by bringing to the forefront discussions of health.
Meera Kirpekar, M.D. is a dual board certified physician in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She graduated with her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed her residency and fellowship from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
She has held several leadership positions in local and national organizations including Secretary for the Residents and Fellows Section of the New York State Society of Anesthesiology where she attended and helped organize multiple events and wrote quarterly articles for their publication. She was appointed as one of the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Resident Scholars, an honor given to six resident anesthesiologists in the country per year. She has also served on conference panels for the Eastern Pain Association and the Post-Graduate Assembly and is actively involved in resident and fellow education. Furthermore, she serves on the editorial board of a national pain journal.
Dr. K treats a variety of pain conditions that affect all areas of the body, and is particularly invested in advancing the awareness and treatment for painful conditions as they affect women. To that end, she offers interventional therapies to treat pelvic pain such as pudendal nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation, ilioinguinal nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation, genitofemoral nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation, ganglion impar block, superior hypogastric block, sacroiliac joint injection, trigger point injection, hip treatments, and more. Moreover, she also focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of pelvic pain that involves the patient’s whole team – surgery, physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. With this approach, the patient is guided through developing a treatment plan with which they are most comfortable and which is most effective.
Alopi Patel, M.D. is a dual board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician. Dr. Patel graduated from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. In her interventional pain practice, she treats all types of pain including back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches and more. She offers various ultrasound guided and fluoroscopic guided injections for the treatment of pain syndromes. She is passionate about women’s health and specifically, female pelvic pain. In her growing practice, she provides one on one consultations for her patients with a tailored multimodal treatment plan often integrating lifestyle modifications as well as alternative therapies including acupuncture.
Dr. P also has a bachelors in psychology which allows her to have a comprehensive understanding of pain management. She is passionate about each patient and encourages conversation about the mind and body relationship. Dr. P is in the process of being board certified in lifestyle medicine which incorporates elements of nutrition, sleep hygiene, stress reduction and other aspects of patients’ lives into the conventional treatment of pain.
Dr. P practices in NYC and is actively engaged in clinical research, academic leadership positions and advocacy in the field of anesthesiology. She has presented at national conferences and continues to give lectures within her institution as well as conferences on topics in the field of pain medicine and anesthesiology.
Dr. P employs a comprehensive approach to effectively treat each patient’s pain through a customized treatment plan. She remains up-to-date on the most progressive techniques available as she strives to get her patients into their best shape.
How We Met
Dr. Kirpekar and Dr. Patel met at an anesthesiology conference when they were senior anesthesiology residents. As future co-fellows at the same pain medicine fellowship, they immediately bonded over being females in the male-dominated speciality of pain medicine, as only 25% of anesthesiologists are women and only 18% of pain physicians are women. Their friendship flourished during their fellowship year where they discussed their shared passion for women’s health and the under-treated female pelvic pain population. Dr. K and Dr. P knew by the end of fellowship that they wanted to better serve and educate the female population regarding their options for pelvic pain as well as other pain pathologies.
Throughout their careers in medicine from medical students to attendings, they have seen many patients suffer in silence due to a lack of knowledge, especially in regards to pelvic pain. With their blog and podcasts, they hope to arm their patients and their loved ones with the necessary knowledge and management techniques to adequately address and treat their pain.
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