Dr. Brian Durkin is the Medical Director of the Pain Institute of Long Island and leads the team towards the highest quality pain care available. He has been a leader in this field for the last decade and is relentless in his pursuit to provide the most up to date pain treatments on Long Island. Dr. Durkin is often “the first” to introduce a new treatment option to either Suffolk County or Long Island. He performed the first MILD procedure in Suffolk County in 2010. He performed the first Nevro HF-10 high frequency spinal cord stimulator trials and implants on Long Island in 2015. He performed the first Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) spinal cord stimulator trials and implants in Suffolk County in 2016 and will be the first physician to offer the Vertiflex option for spinal stenosis in the Summer of 2017.
Dr. Durkin attended medical school near his hometown at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and graduated in 2001. He moved east for his training and completed his internship at UMDNJ in Stratford, New Jersey in 2002, before moving to Long Island and completing his residency in anesthesiology at Stony Brook University in 2005. He then completed his fellowship in pain medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian-Cornell in 2006.
“Safe, effective, patient-centered care”
After completing his fellowship, Dr. Durkin was recruited back to Stony Brook University’s Department of Anesthesiology and appointed Assistant Professor. He developed his interventional pain practice while providing anesthesiology services and leading the acute pain service for several years. In 2009, he was named the Director of the Center for Pain Management at Stony Brook University and in 2013, was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology.
Dr. Durkin has worked as an advisor for several pharmaceutical and medical device companies, but is most proud of his work advising the Drug Enforcement Agency in their efforts to keep pain management with opioid therapy legitimate and as safe as possible. He is an active member and leader of the New York State Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, having recently served as the Vice-President. He has lectured throughout the country and locally on topics related to pain management.
Dr. Durkin believes in patient-centered care and works with his patients towards treatment plans that involve the safest and most effective methods.