Hazmer Cassim DO DABPM
Chair of Pain Management Eisenhower Medical Center
Director Pain Managment Desert Orthopedic Center
Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, Pain Management
“Improving lives by managing pain – that’s what I do”
Dr. Cassim is the director of pain management at desert orthopedic center (DOC) and chair of pain management at Eisenhower medical center (EMC). He is board-certified and fellowship trained. Dr Cassim practices interventional pain management. He earned his medical degree at NOVA Southeastern Medical School in Florida and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Minnesota. He continued on to complete his Pain and Interventional Management Fellowship training at the University of Minnesota, Riverside. Dr. Cassim then joined Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS), in Minneapolis, MN, where he collaborated on a multidisciplinary team treating a diverse group of pain conditions, focusing on spinal mediated pain. He specializes in comprehensive pain management and implantable therapies for pain. He also worked as a primary and subinvestigator for Medical Applied Research Center (MARC) with patient centered studies to help improve clinical treatment outcomes related to pain. Dr. Cassim is pleased to make the Coachella Valley community his home and be a part of Desert Orthopedic Center (DOC). In his free time, he enjoys travel, fitness, spending time with family and friends and scuba diving.
Epidural Injections Give One Man His Life Back
The Intricate Nature of Pain Management
Tom West had nearly given up on ever getting any relief from the debilitating, chronic back pain that began before he was even 20 years old. “At 48, my spine probably looks like that of a 70-year-old,” explains West.
West's back problems stem from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine that can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that travel through the spine. Combined with spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis had caused some of West’s vertebrae to fuse together. "My back pain is due in good part to genetics and exacerbated by my active, physical lifestyle."