Patient–Centered & Focused on Managing Pain

Dr. Charles Daknis, MD

Dr. Charles Daknis is one the co-founders of Spine and Pain centers of New York and New Jersey prior to this position he developed and directed the Interventional Pain Management program at St Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.   He received his fellowship training at the world renowned Harvard University Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. 

Dr. Daknis has been recognized for excellence throughout his training and career.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, he graduated in the top of his class at Drexel University’s Hahnemann School of Medicine.  While at Drexel, he received the Nelson Neurosurgical award for excellence in the study of Neurosciences and was appointed as a delegate to the National Institutes of Health for Neuroscience research.

Dr. Daknis’ commitment to excellence is reflected in his quadruple board certification status.  He is one of only a few physicians to have board certification in Interventional Pain Management and not just medical pain management.  Dr. Daknis recognizes that good patient outcomes require discipline and commitment to ongoing education and training.  In this respect, he has dedicated his career to lifelong education.  He has developed considerable expertise from training around the country and around the world  in minimally invasive, effective and safe spinal techniques.  He has developed many techniques to effect the best outcomes for his patients.  Many colleagues will seek out his care for themselves or their family when they are unable to get answers or results elsewhere. 

Dr. Daknis is a leader in spinal education.  He is involved on a continuous basis with the North American Spine Society as well as the Spine Intervention Society. He recently served on the North American Spine Society’s Rehabilitation Interventional and Medical Spine Committee at the national level.  His commitment to the best possible outcomes for his patients is also reflected in his ongoing education with the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.  Dr. Daknis has taught many courses for physicians in the USA, as well as, abroad in the proper use of minimally invasive spinal procedures.   He has directed many cadaver courses, as well as, lecture courses over his career and has been an invited guest lecturer from medical schools and residency programs as well as conferences at home and abroad.
Dr. Daknis is a published author in multiple peer reviewed journals.  He has authored book chapters on pain management and the treatment of various painful disorders.  Dr. Daknis has a special interest in disorders of the cervical spine(neck).  His research has focused on this interest.  Dr. Daknis has a great interest in providing care to those who need it most and to helping the local community.  He helped to develop a medical clinic in Haiti after the earthquake and supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ocean and Monmouth counties.



Interventional Pain Fellowship 1994-1995

  • Harvard University Brigham and Womens Hospital , Boston MA

Anesthesia Residency 1992-1994

  • Albany Medical Center University Hospital
  • Chief Resident Anesthesia   Award for Services as Chief Resident

Neurosurgical Internship and Residency 1990-1992

  • Albany Medical Center University Hospital


Medical School

  • Drexel University Hahnemann Hospital   1986-90
  • Nelson Neurosurgical Award
  • National Institutes of Health Neurosciences Liason

Professional Highlights

  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physician

                       Interventional Pain Board Certification 2010

  • North American Spine Society

                      Rehabilitation Intervention and Medical Spine Committee

  • New Jersey Society Interventional Pain Physicians

                      Board Member

  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Physicians (President)

  • Society for Clinical Research Associates

  • Rated as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Clinical Studies

  • OPUS - study of Narcotic Analgesic Use
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Efficacy in Chronic Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Intradiscal pressure Monitoring in Cervical Spine  Pain Physician 8: 163-166
  • Role of Preoperative Discography in Predicting Surgical Outcomes  currently in press
  • Successful Treatment of Massive Intrathecal  Overdose  Anesthesiology 82: issue 1 292-95
  • Interventional Pain Management – a practical approach. Chapter Treatment of Post Herpetic Neuralgia  ISBN # 9878184483192

Presentations and Instructorships

Grand Rounds Presentation. “Clinical Application of Spinal Stimulation” Beth Israel Hospital. Manhattan,NY  2012

“Clinical Applications Of Spinal Cord Stimulation In Military Setting” Clinical presentation. McGuire United States Air Force Base. Browns Mills, NJ    2012

“Medical Pain Management and Spinal Diagnostics In Military Personnel” Clinical presentation. Fort Dix, United States Army Base NJ  2012

“Spinal Stimulation and Spinal Diagnostics in Military Personnel” Clinical Presentation. McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix Army Base, NJ  2012

Symposium Spinal Cord Stimulation. Scottsdale, AZ. Roundtable Discussion 2012

“Efficacy of Endoscopic Discectomy using Disc Fx System“ Congress on Spine Surgery. Dresden, Germany  2010. Symposium speaker

“Cadaver Course Endoscopic Discectomy” Congress on Spine Surgery. Dresden, Germany 2010. Clinical Instructor 2010

“Endoscopic Discectomy cadaver course”  Ellman Scientific. Long Island, NY. Clinical Instructor  May 2011, Clinical Instructor October 2011

“Endoscopic Discectomy cadaver course” Ellman Scientific. Long Island, NY. Clinical Instructor December 2010

Spinal Cord Stimulation Clinical Insights. Roundtable Discussion Medtronics Inc. Las Vegas, NV 2009.

”Intradiscal Plasma Lesioning  Nucleoplasty Lumbar cadaver course” New Burnswick, NJ.  State of the Art Medical. May 2009 clinical instructor, October 2009 clinical instructor

”Intradiscal Plasma Lesioning  Cervical cadaver course” New Burnswick, NJ. State of the Art Medical. May 2008 clinical instructor, October 2008 Clinical Instructor

"Intradiscal Pressure Monitoring Clinical Presentation". Cervical Spine Cervical Spine Research Society. Scottsdale, AZ 2003


After the first visit I knew I had found a doctor that understood my pain and aggravation in dealing with it. It had been 5 months and nothing was working. I am in the military and did not want to face a possible disability discharge.Appointments were easy and no delay in getting a quick turn around. Surgery was amazing ! The entire staff Very polite,professional and helpful. Every step of my procedure felt like I had full attention and concern from the entire staff. Thank you very much! My pain is finally gone and I can get back to healthy living and enjoyment.


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