A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Ellis completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California Santa Cruz and earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship in anesthesia and interventional pain medicine at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
Before attending medical school, Dr. Ellis completed a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches institute in Santa Cruz, CA and completed a one-year apprenticeship in Hangzhou, China. He chose to pursue interventional pain management after being successfully treated for an injury using minimally invasive procedures. While he no longer practices TCM, its focus on treating the whole patient – which also forms the core value of PPOA – resonated with him.
“I am the type of physician who enjoys getting to know my patients as people and treating the whole person,” he says. “I think it’s important to form a connection with them.”
Dr. Ellis has participated in global research in new spinal pain treatments. He was the lead investigator in one worldwide study bringing new treatments to patients with herniated discs. He was also the first investigator to treat humans with an intradiscal anti-inflammatory medication. “PPOA is already moving forward as a leader in the latest interventional, minimally invasive spine techniques. I am happy to be part of the research team to offer even more cutting edge options to patients.”
Dr. Ellis and his family enjoy water and snow sports. He also enjoys cooking and is taking on the challenge of triathlons.