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Phoenix Area providers

Rafath Baig, MD

Dr. Rafath Baig was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was brought up in a family held together by Old World values. Hard work, integrity and compassion have guided his journey as a healer and spine surgeon. His bedside manner is characterized by a humble candor and humor, but in the operating room, he is well known by the surgical team for his laser focus and exacting nature. Many of his patients come to him crippled by chronic pain, forced into dependency on narcotic pain medications. His most fulfilling moments are derived from using his surgical skills to break the shackles of chronic pain and free his patients from chemical dependency. Dr. Baig has subspecialty training and rigorous experience in complex spine injury and disease. His intense dedication to his patients coupled with his expertise allow him to take on surgical challenges that many other spine surgeons decline and to achieve outcomes that transform the lives of his patients.

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago, B.S. Biological Sciences Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Brooklyn, NY St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan, NY Fellowship: St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Phoenix AZ with emphasis on complex spinal surgery.

Paul Gaitan, MD

Dr. Paul G Gaitan, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist with a focus in interventional pain management in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Gaitan was born and raised in the Phoenix, AZ area with dreams of becoming a firefighter or paramedic. Following high school graduation, he joined the US Air Force. During his service, Dr. Gaitan experienced a knee injury that changed his career path. Following knee surgery, Dr. Gaitan developed a curiosity about anatomy, and he was encouraged by his surgeon to study medicine. Ask anyone about Dr. Paul Gaitan, and they will tell you, “He listens, he cares, and he is a skilled interventional pain doctor.” Passionate about medicine and delivering healthcare to all, Dr. Gaitan believes that every patient, regardless of their background, deserves quality healthcare.

Dr. Gaitan explains that he enjoys building trust with patients, and this specialty gives him the opportunity to get to know every patient and help treat their pain, thus improving their quality of life.

When asked about his biggest impact on a patient, Dr. Gaitan says, “I strive to listen, relate, establish trust, and make each patient feel at ease with their care.”

Dr. Gaitan has spent the last 15 years treating thousands of patients in the Valley. He spent 10 years as the chief diagnostic physician at Laser Spine Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he managed the perioperative care of patients who required surgery for spine-related pain. Additionally, he has directed the care of patients suffering from chronic spine and joint pain at several large pain and spine groups in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Gaitan is known as a warm and endearing person. He has been happily married to the love of his life, Lisa, for over 30 years. Together, they have two daughters and a son. Dr. Gaitan has volunteered for medical missionary trips and continues to be actively involved in the Phoenix community.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science degree, he attended and graduated from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2000.