Meet Our Doctor
Our Pain Specialist
DR. EMMANUEL GAGE, MD
“I’m drawn to the interventional aspect of pain management. We have a wide range of procedures and a growing base of technology, as well as our experience and the relationships we build with our patients to provide pain relief quickly. In many cases, the relief requires far less invasive techniques than the patient expected. There’s nothing more rewarding than to see a patient become free of pain and get back to their life.”
Dr. Gage is a nationally recognized leader in a number of interventional pain-relief techniques, including spinal cord stimulation and vertiflex superion, a minimally invasive procedure to alleviate spinal stenosis. He has performed more than 15,000 interventional procedures, including cervical and thoracic interlaminar, sympathetic blocks and joint injections.
A magna cum laude graduate of John Carroll University in Ohio, he won early acceptance to the University of Toledo Medical School and the school’s Gregory A. Nemunaitis Award for Outstanding Medical Student in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
CERTIFICATION AND APPOINTMENTS
- Double Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Pain Management
- NANS Spinal Cord Stimulation Scholarship Winner, 2013
- American Pain Society Scholarship Winner, 2013
- Gregory A. Nemunaitis Award for Outstanding Medical Student in PM&R, 2005
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
- American Pain Society
- American Academy of PM&R
- North American Neuromodulation Society
- American Academy of Physiatrists
- Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
- American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
- Boston Scientific, Consultant, Neuromodulation Division
- Bachelor of Science in Biology from John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, 2005
- Doctor of Medicine from The University of Toledo Medical School, Toledo, OH, 2009
- Transitional Year at St. Vincent’s Mercy Hospital, Toledo, OH, 2010
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency, University of Toledo Medical Center, 2013
WHY I CHOSE PAIN MANAGEMENT
Physical medicine is a combination of orthopedics and neurology. It’s a functional discipline – getting people back to the way they lived before pain interrupted their quality of life. Physical medicine focuses on the neurological side of pain and how to correct it. It’s a functional discipline – getting people back to the way they lived before pain interrupted their quality of life.
In the past, a doctor would take imaging and then tell the patient what was wrong. We like to talk with the patient and do an examination before imaging, and then use the images to ensure that it matches what the patient describes. We get a higher rate of positive outcomes that way.
PERSONAL INTERESTS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Dr. Gage is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. Before joining Centurion Spine in Waycross, he practiced in Brunswick, Georgia. During his residency and fellowship, he worked as an urgent care physician. He is a consultant for Boston Scientific in its Neuromodulation Division and for Vertiflex Superion, where he trains other physicians on how to perform procedures. He also served as the team physician for a high school football team in his native Ohio.
Dr. Gage participates in the Humane Society of the Golden Isles and sponsors a Little League baseball team in Brunswick, Ga.
He and his wife have a nine-month-old son, and a labradoodle. Dr. Gage and his wife enjoy traveling and are self-described “foodies.” In his free time, Dr. Gage’s hobbies are working on his old trucks (‘73 and ‘68 International Scouts), going to the beach and working out.