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Summa’s Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital is staffed by a team of pain medicine specialists who provide patients with the latest innovations in comprehensive pain treatment.

Syed Ali, M.D., a board-certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Physician, served as Chief Fellow in Pain Medicine at Cleveland Clinic (2009-2010) and also did his residency in anesthesiology there (2006-2009). Dr. Ali completed his internship in medicine at Cleveland Clinic (2005-2006) and is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health (2005). 

Dr. Ali's medical interests and practice include geriatric pain, low back and neck pain, spinal stenosis, herniated disc treatment, facet joint syndrome, cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, sciatica, musculoskeletal pain, diabetic neuropathy, neuropathic pain,  joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy, shingles, failed back/post-laminectomy syndrome, and interventional pain management including spinal cord stimulation and kyphoplasty.


Jeremy Coffey, D.C., M.S., earned his Doctor of Chiropractic and Master's degree in Chiropractic Sports Science at Life University in Marietta, Ga., after earning his bachelor's degree in Biology at Baldwin Wallace College. He has received advanced training and certification in Active Release Technique, a soft-tissue motion treatment that addresses problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. 

Before joining Western Reserve Hospital, Dr. Coffey provided care for athletes in an NCAA Division I training facility and a professional arena football team.


Samer Narouze, M.D., Ph.D., is the chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital. He has been named one of America's Top Pain Medicine Physicians by Consumers' Research Council of America and has been featured in international and national pain journals, The Akron Beacon Journal, as well as Oprah Radio. Dr. Narouze has served as expert consultant and medical reviewer for top pain medicine journals, and has served as fellowship director at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation and was named as "Master Educator". He holds board certifications in pain medicine, interventional pain management, neurology headache medicine, and anesthesiology. Dr. Narouze was also awarded the "Innovator Award" from Cleveland Clinic for his innovations in the use of minimally invasive approaches for the treatment of chronic pain

He specializes in treating various types of pain and chronic headaches that don't respond to pain medicines -- a practice that has drawn patients from across the country. He has also pioneered the use of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in pain management, which allow for a safer injection without radiation. Dr. Narouze's research is widely published, and he serves as a visiting professor both nationally and abroad.

View Dr. Narouze's recent publications as featured in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


Tim Sable, M.D., has served as Chief Pain Medicine Fellow (2009-2010) at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sable held his anesthesiology residency at Cleveland Clinic as well (2006-2009) and completed a medicine internship at Summa Akron City Hospital (2005-2006). He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEUCOM) (2005) and is a graduate of The University of Akron's BSMD program.

Dr. Sable focuses on interventional and multi-disciplinary pain management, including spinal cord stimulation, for a variety of conditions including chronic back and neck pain secondary to spinal stenosis, herniated discs, facet syndrome, radiculopathies, sciatica and failed back surgery syndrome. He is also trained in the management of various other painful conditions including abdominal pain, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic post-surgical pain and complex regional pain syndrome or RSD.

Dmitri Souzdalnitski, M.D., earned his medical degree in 1987 and Doctor of Science degree in 2000. He is board-certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology and internal medicine. He graduated from the anesthesiology residency program at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut; from the internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University; and from the pain medicine program at Cleveland Clinic, where he was awarded the "Best Pain Medicine Fellow of the Year." Dr. Souzdalnitski served as a medical director of the Pain Medicine Center at South Pointe Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic.                 

He has authored numerous publications, including a book, "Management of Chronic Pain Patient in the Hospital Setting," which is currently being published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Souzdalnitski teaches pain medicine at national physician symposia. His clinical expertise includes, but is not limited to, the advanced management of widespread pain, headaches, back pain, joint pain, abdominal pain and persistent pain in the elderly. 

Meet other pain medicine specialists who are seeing patients at Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman.

To schedule an evaluation with a pain medicine specialist, call (330) 971-7246.