Physician Partners of America (PPOA) welcomes a new interventional pain management physician, Neil Ellis, M.D., MTCM, to its Habana Avenue, Tampa, location on Dec. 3.
Double board-certified in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Ellis has extensive experience treating all pain conditions, including spinal cord stimulator placement. He will work alongside the Habana practice’s longtime pain specialist, Jorge Leal, MD.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Ellis completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California Santa Cruz and earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship in anesthesia and interventional pain medicine at UF-Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
Before attending medical school, Dr. Ellis completed a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, Calif., and completed a one-year apprenticeship in Hangzhou, China. He chose to pursue interventional pain management after being successfully treated for an injury using minimally invasive procedures. While he no longer practices TCM, its focus on treating the whole patient – which also forms the core value of PPOA – resonated with him.
“I am the type of physician who enjoys getting to know my patients as people and treating the whole person,” he says. “I think it’s important to form a connection with them.”
He is also enthusiastic about being a leader in bringing the newest minimally invasive spine techniques to PPOA. Dr. Ellis has participated in global research in new spinal pain treatments. He was the lead investigator in one worldwide study bringing new treatments to patients with herniated discs. In addition, he was the first investigator to treat humans with an intradiscal anti-inflammatory medication.
“PPOA is already moving forward as a leader in the latest interventional, minimally invasive spine techniques. I am happy to be part of the research team to offer even more cutting edge options to patients,” he says
Dr. Neil Ellis and his family enjoy water and snow sports. He also enjoys cooking and is taking on the challenge of triathlons.
The practice is located at 4730 N. Habana Ave., Suite 140, Tampa, Fla., 33614. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and same-day appointments are available.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a national healthcare organization focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship, improving patient outcomes and leading the fight against the opioid crisis. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Tampa, Fla., PPOA and its affiliates share a common vision of ensuring the wellbeing of patients through interventional and minimally invasive treatments, primary care, orthopedics and laser spine procedures. Its model allows its physician partners to focus on caring for patients in the face of increasingly complex administrative requirements. For more information about Physician Partners of America, visit www.physicianpartnersofamerica.com.