Dr. Rivera’s advocacy for opioid-prescribing reform earned him the Felix Linetsky, MD Award for Excellence in Education in 2018.
As a physician, his decades of experience equip him to treat even the most complex pain conditions. Dr. Rivera offers consultations and performs:
• Spinal cord stimulation
• Spinal cord paddles
• Intrathecal pain pump
• Spinal decompression procedures
Engaging and energetic, Dr. Rivera is known for his compassion in treating countless patients. He is also committed to educating medical fellows and residents, and other physicians on the latest advances in medicine.
In his primary role, though, Dr. Rivera is the Chief Medical Officer for Physician Partners of America, which is the parent company that owns and operates pain management practices in Texas and Florida. The company also owns and operates several ambulatory surgery centers.
As PPOA’s official spokesman, he has represented the company in countless media appearances related to pain management and opioid prescription reform. He is a thought leader in the technology sector of the healthcare industry, as well, serving as a consultant for medical device-manufacturing companies.
Born in Georgia to Puerto Rican parents, Dr. Rivera is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Albany Medical Center in New York.
In his free time, Dr. Rivera is a pilot, and also loves to stay active with golfing and scuba diving.