Charles B. Daknis is a quadruple board certified pain management physician based in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. With over twenty years of experience, Dr. Daknis is a leading innovator in the field of interventional pain management and spinal surgery. He is the co-founder of Spine & Pain Centers of New Jersey & New York where he provides his patients award-winning care in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in many parts of the body, including the shoulders, knees, neck, and hips.
Like many doctors, Dr. Daknis knew from a young age that he wanted to become a doctor. As he tells it, the choice was a natural one for him:
I remember being in the second grade and loving every time I went to see my Doctor. I thought he was so professional and knowledgeable. He always helped me when I was in need. From then on, I always wanted to help people like he did.
After graduating summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Dr. Daknis graduated at the top of his class at Drexel University’s Hahnemann School of Medicine. His drive and passion for medicine were evident from early on in is training. At Drexel, he received the Nelson Neurosurgical award for excellence in the study of Neurosciences and was appointed as a delegate to the National Institutes of Health for Neuroscience research. Dr. Daknis earned his medical degree in 1990 and went on to complete a residency in Anesthesia at the Albany Medical Center University Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. He followed with a fellowship at Harvard University’s world-renowned Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Since finishing his training, Dr. Daknis has cultivated a reputation as one of the top pain management physicians specializing in spinal pain in the United States. Rated as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly each year since 2013, he is one of only a few doctors to have board certification in Interventional Pain Management and not just Medical Pain Management. He was also awarded NJ Monthy’s Top Doctor in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Dr. Daknis recognizes that good patient outcomes require discipline and commitment to ongoing education and training. Throughout his career, he has developed considerable expertise from training around the country and the world in minimally invasive, effective, and safe spinal techniques. He also developed and directed the Interventional Pain Management program at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.
As a leader in his specialty, Dr. Daknis is a published author in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has authored book chapters on pain management and the treatment of various painful disorders. His research focuses on cervical spine and neck disorders and brings this focus and passion for learning to his community. Dr. Daknis speaks regularly on the topic of spine and pain, including a speaking engagement at the McGuire Airforce base at Fort Dix Lakehurst to discuss spinal cord stimulation with the troops. Additionally, he is a leading voice in spinal education and an active board member of the North American Spine Society, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), as well as the Ethics Committee for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He is also on the Evidence Analysis Committee for Spine Intervention Society.
This prominence in his field gives Dr. Daknis a unique vantage point from which to follow recent developments in technology in pain management. To him, staying on top of the newest techniques and advances is the key to best caring for his patients. He noted:
We look at a lot of stem cell technology and believe that this will become the norm in the next ten years. Biologic therapy may completely transform the possibilities in the world of spine care and pain, as well as regenerative therapies to restore disc health. I believe we may look back at our surgical techniques of today and scoff compared to the realm of opportunity ahead.
Beyond his award-winning practice, Dr. Daknis is committed to giving back in other ways. He helped in the development of a medical clinic in Haiti, and he is also highly involved in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ocean and Monmouth counties:
It is important to get involved in your community and beyond to see how we can resolve pressing global problems. There are so many advances in technology in health, and it is our duty as physicians to bring access to those in need.
After two decades dedicated to medicine, Dr. Daknis shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he aims to continue providing patients with the kind of specialized attention required to treat a part of the body as complex and integral as the spine and to do so with great compassion.
Detailed Career Information
Education, Training & Certification
Quadruple Board Certified
Fellowship: Harvard University Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA (1994-95)
Residency: Albany Medical Center University Hospital, Anesthesia (1994)
Drexel University Hahnemann Hospital (B.A. & M.D, 1990)
St. Joseph’s University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1986)
Professional Memberships & Associations
North American Spine Society (NASS) • Spine Intervention Society (SIS) • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) • New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NJSIPP) • Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Physicians (President) • Society for Clinical Research Associates
Awards & Honors
Drexel University, Nelson Neurosurgical Award (1986-90) • Albany Medical Center University Hospital, Chief Resident Anesthesia Award for Services as Chief Resident (1992-94) • Rated as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd (2013-2016) • Named a Top Doctor by NJ Monthly Magazine (2012-2016).
Intradiscal Pressure Monitoring in Cervical Spine Pain Physician 8: 163-166 • Role of Preoperative Discography in Predicting Surgical Outcomes currently in press • Successful Treatment of Massive Intrathecal Overdose Anesthesiology 82: issue 1 292-95 • Interventional Pain Management – a practical approach. Chapter Treatment of Post Herpetic Neuralgia ISBN # 9878184483192