Manhattan’s other pain doctor inundated with patient requests

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan physician who operates the only remaining pain management clinic in Manhattan has been overloaded with patient requests following the criminal investigation into Michael Schuster’s clinic.

Dr. Steven Peloquin, who operates the pain management clinic at Mercy Regional Health Center, said his office cannot and will not accommodate all of the patient requests from Dr. Schuster’s office.

Dr. Peloquin said he made it a policy several years ago not to be associated with Schuster based upon previous encounters with the now-suspended physician. Before opening his own clinic, Schuster was employed at Mercy Regional Health Center, accepting a position in 2004 after moving to the city from the east coast of the United States.

Manhattan Pain and Spine, Dr. Schuster’s office, will officially close on May 31 according to an ad placed in the Mercury. Clinic employees would not comment further on the matter.

Dr. Peloquin, the only-board certified pain management physician in Manhattan, said his office is looking at the patient requests on a case-by-case basis. He said they are not taking direct referrals from Schuster’s clinic, but will look at referrals from the patient’s primary care physicians.

According to an affidavit included in the criminal complaint against Schuster, some of his patients have been accused of selling prescription drugs obtained through his office on the street.

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