“Every patient deserves to be heard. I strive to find the best data-driven therapies for my patients to achieve meaningful and lasting outcomes so that pain does not define them. I enjoy the novelty of patient conditions and utilizing the art of medicine to solve unique problems. The number of conditions we can treat without general anesthesia and surgery is expanding, and it really is an exciting time to practice in this forward-looking field.”

Dr. Salek is a double board-certified Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management physician specializing in non-operative orthopedic and spine injuries, minimally invasive procedures for back pain, neuromodulation, and kyphoplasty. He has published papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as stem cells and anesthetic pain blocks. Dr. Salek is also dedicated to research and has presented research projects both nationally and internationally. He is committed to treating the specific needs of each patient with a multidisciplinary approach and cost-effective treatment plan.

CERTIFICATION AND APPOINTMENTS

  • Board Certified in Anesthesiology
  • Board Certified in Pain Medicine
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow, Silver Certificate

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • North American Neuromodulation Society
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • American Society for Regional Anesthesia
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Duval County Medical Society

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO – 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO – 2009
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine – 2013
  • Anesthesiology Residency at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL – 2017
  • Pain Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN – 2018

WHY I CHOSE PAIN MANAGEMENT

“I was initially drawn to Pain Medicine through the encouragement of senior faculty during my residency. I decided to pursue a subspecialty fellowship because I enjoyed the novelty of patient conditions and utilizing the art of medicine to solve unique problems. The number of conditions we can treat without general anesthesia and surgery is expanding, and it really is an exciting time to practice in this forward-looking field.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Dr. Salek is originally from the Chicago area though he spent four years in Jacksonville for his medical residency and still calls the First Coast “home.” He is an active person who loves the outdoors, live music, reading, and travel. He spent many years living in Colorado before joining Jax Spine. As an Eagle Scout, he enjoyed camping, hiking, and skiing in the Rockies. Dr. Salek has volunteered on trips to Nepal, Tanzania, and Mexico to help staff medical clinics and build sustainable housing for the underserved.