Erik Shaw, D.O.
Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute
Dr. Shaw’s Medical Background
Dr. Shaw is an interventional pain management specialist and medical director of the Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute. Dr. Shaw is double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine. A Texas native, Dr. Shaw graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in biomedical engineering and earned his medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
Dr. Shaw completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and his anesthesiology fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Shaw’s primary focus is improving quality of life through a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to the practice of medicine and the application of interventional treatment for the management of pain and related disorders, including degenerative disease of the spine, post-operative spine pain, arthritis, spinal cord injury and various neurological disorders. He applies several modalities, including interventional procedures, such as epidural steroid and spine and extremity injections, osteopathic manual therapy, physical therapy, biofeedback and counseling.
Before becoming a physician, Dr. Shaw worked in Moscow and Houston as a mission support scientist for the Shuttle-Mir Space Program. Dr. Shaw is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the International Spine Injection Society and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is active in research and has written and illustrated several book chapters and articles on pain management.
Dr. Shaw currently serves as the Chair of AAPM&R Opioid Task Force, Chair-elect of AAPM&R Pain Council, member of AMA Pain Care Task Force, Vice President of Greater Atlanta Pain Society, Reviewer At-Large for Neuromodulation, and is past Chairman of Shepherd Center's Peer Review Committee and past Vice Chair of Communications of AAPM&R's Pain Council.
Patient Programs Involving Dr. Shaw
Medical staff members at Shepherd Center often work with several different treatment teams, and some choose to work closely with select patient programs and clinical focuses. Dr. Shaw works with the following programs:
Dr. Shaw in the News and Media
Read a "Medical Staff Profile" article on Dr. Shaw.
Listen to Shepherd Center Radio podcasts featuring Dr. Shaw:
- Physician Describes Latest Treatments for Chronic Back Pain
- Physician Discusses Alternatives to Treating Pain with Opioid Medications
Watch an interview with Dr. Shaw: