Dr. Brian Durkin, DO, D.ABA
Dr 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 was the first physician to offer the Vertiflex option for spinal stenosis in 2017. In August, 2018, Dr. Durkin was the first physician in New York and the Northeast part of the USA to perform the Intracept Procedure for patients suffering with chronic low back pain.
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. He was recruited back to Stony Brook University as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology where he began treating patients with interventional pain management. He became the Director of the Center for Pain Management and Division Chief of Chronic Pain in 2009. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.
Dr. Durkin left Stony Brook University in 2015 to establish the Pain Institute of Long Island.
Dr. Durkin is involved in several national and international pain societies and is currently the President of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Kristen Klein, NP
Kristen is a native Long Islander. She attended Adelphi University for her undergraduate, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007. After graduating, she worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook Medicine for eight years. She subsequently enrolled in the Stony Brook University Masters of Nursing program, graduating in 2015 with a certificate in Adult Gerontology. Kristen continued to work for Stony Brook Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner for the division of Trauma Surgery. She left Stony Brook to join the Pain Institute of Long Island in 2018.
Kristen has a passion for providing competent and compassionate care to her patients. She enjoys the challenge of pain medicine, as well as the interactions and relationships she develops with her patients.
When she is not working, Kristen's interests include traveling, physical fitness, and playing with her golden retriever, Louie.
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