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About Dr. Brian Bruel
Dr. Brian Bruel, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Houston, TX, with other offices in Houston, TX and Dallas, TX . He has 15 years of experience. His specialties include Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Bruel is affiliated with Parkland Memorial Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT Southwestern St Paul Hospital. He speaks English.
Dr. Brian Bruel has the following 2 specialties
- Pain Management
A pain management specialist is a physician with advanced knowledge and training in diagnosing and treating pain. These doctors do not come from one particular discipline, but rather use their respective backgrounds to contribute a varied approach to the field of pain management.
These specialists use their different skills and training in pain management to treat pain stemming from different causes - whether it's neuropathic pain or headache, or the result of injury, a surgical procedure, cancer or another illness.
Pain management specialists are primarily trained as anesthesiologists, physiatrists, interventional radiologists, neurologists, osteopaths, or primary care physicians.
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A physiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the rehabilitation and physiological treatment of patients with an illness or injury that affects movement.
These specialists have extensive knowledge of the nerves, muscles, bone, and brain. Physiatrists are also experts in pain medication.
Some common conditions that physiatrists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, neurological and spinal disorders and injuries, chronic pain disorders, like fibromyalgia, and musculoskeletal issues, like broken bones and torn muscles.
These physicians also often coordinate a team of other specialists in order to maximize the patient's recovery, such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, neurologists, orthopedists, and counselors.
- Acute Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Muscle Spasticity
- Spinal Fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
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Dr. Bruel is very knowledgeable about different areas of pain. I have chronic pain in my neck and my lower back. However, I recently was diagnosed with angiosarcoma of the liver (cancer). On February 8, 2017 I had surgery to remove the tumor from my liver, the doctors all had me on high doses of pain medication and I was in extreme pain immediately after my surgery. The hospital doctors increased the dose and frequency of the pain medication I was receiving and it still was not helping. They contacted Dr. Bruel and he came in and saved the day. He completely changed my medication and I was immediately getting relief from my surgical pain. When I was being released he came in to see me and told me that he wanted to see me the next week, but since I live in Cleveland, Texas he did not want me to have to drive that far. However, all my doctors are with the Baylor College of Medicine so I would be down there all the time anyway (about 55 miles from my home). So I decided to become a patient of Dr. Bruel. He has worked with me on my medication to get me through my chemo and understands that I want other options to control my pain besides medication once I am finished with chemo (you can't get injections/do procedures during chemo because you don't heal as well and your blood work is not in good shape, so you usually have to wait for your blood work to come back good). I was having some serious neck pain (chronic issue) that wasn't going away and I asked him if we could do injections, he looked up my blood work and established that it all looked great. He then had Stacy, his amazing nurse, call me and we scheduled the injections in his office the next week. I have had nothing but exceptional care from Dr. Bruel and his nurse Stacy. When I was admitted into the hospital for my first round of chemo, Dr. Bruel took the time to come to my room and check on me the first day. I wasn't fitted with my port yet so he came back two days later to check on me and I had been gone from my room but he kept an eye on the hospital log to see where I was in the hospital to make a point to see me. He even came to my room to check on me at 8 AT NIGHT!! I never have to wait when I go for my monthly follow up. If my appointment is at 8:30AM then Stacy is calling my name to come back by 8:30AM. I have never spent more than 10 minutes past my appointment time to be called back to a room. Once I'm in the room, I have not waited past 10 minutes for Dr. Bruel. They always call me back when I call to leave a message. Amazing bedside manner, great personalities, knowledgeable about different types of pain, does procedures in office or at a facility with anesthesia. I plan to be a patient of Dr. Bruel for a very long time. I am even sending my mom to see Dr. Bruel. Her current pain management doctor has turned out to be horrible.
I have had many issues over the course of the last 6 months and Dr. Bruell is the 3rd Specialist I have been to concerning these issues. Not only did he want to know everything that I had learned from the other doctors (unrelated fields) but he reached out to them to discuss my symptoms and possible diagnosis. While they are still trying to determine the cause, he is the only doctor that has not rescheduled appointments on me and has set me up with other specialists that could help me. He seems to genuinely care whether or not I get better and he is very informative and communicates clearly on where you stand. I believe that as long as I continue to see him I will get resolution, regardless of what that may be.
Dr. Bruel is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Parkland Memorial Hospital
MD Anderson Cancer Center
UT Southwestern St Paul Hospital
Parkland Health and Hospital System
UT Southwestern University Hospital - Zale Lipshy
Dallas County Hospital District
CHRISTUS St Catherine Health & Wellness
UT Southwestern Zale Lipshy Hospital
15 Years Experience
University Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
Graduated in 2001
Dr. Brian Bruel accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS TX Blue Advantage HMO
- BCBS TX BlueChoice
- BCBS TX HMO Blue Texas
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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