Sports Spine Doctor Matthew Crooks

Pinnacle Pain and Spine Pain Management Doctor Matthew Crooks, M.D.

Phoenix Top Doc Matthew CrooksDr. Matthew Crooks is a double board certified, fellowship trained interventional pain specialist. He has had the distinction of training with leading experts in pain medicine at two of the nation’s top hospitals, with extensive training in acute and chronic pain management, completing residency in Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Johns Hopkins, he had the honor of being selected Chief Resident of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine for the 2008-2009 year.

During fellowship in Pain Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Crooks served as Chair of the Resident Section Committee of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), focusing on teaching and developing the next generation of pain specialists. He currently serves as Associate Faculty with ASRA. Dr. Crooks has published both articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters in the field of pain management, and is actively involved in research focusing on outcomes studies of interventional pain procedures, as well as developing new pain treatments.

Delivering the highest quality patient care has been the primary focus of Dr. Crooks throughout his career in medicine. He believes that the best attribute a physician can have is the ability to listen to their patient, and to understand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. This relationship is essential in managing chronic pain, restoring function, and getting back to life.

Dr. Crooks has been practicing interventional pain medicine in Arizona since 2010, and has been voted a “Top Doc” in Pain Management by Phoenix physicians in Phoenix Magazine. His clinical interests include spinal injections, radiofrequency ablation and neuromodulation by spinal cord stimulator. He is well versed in interventional and multimodal pain management, and is passionate about improving the lives of his patients by limiting the impact of chronic pain. He is a member in good standing of the Arizona Medical Association, North American Spine Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

In his free time, Dr. Crooks enjoys basketball, tennis, travelling, and especially spending time with his wife and two sons.

Fellow, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology:
University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine Los Angeles, CA 2009-2010

Chief Resident, Anesthesiology:
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 2008-2009

Residency, Anesthesiology:
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 2006-2009

Internship, Internal Medicine:
Alameda County Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, Oakland, CA 2005-2006

Doctor of Medicine:
The Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL 2005

Bachelor of Arts:
Degree with honors in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Minor in Sociology
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 1999

Arrowhead Health Centers
Interventional Pain Physician
2013-2016

Valley Pain Consultants, Phoenix, AZ
Interventional Pain Physician
2012-2013

The Pain Center of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Interventional Pain Physician
2010-2012

Board Certification in Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

Board Certification in Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

State of Arizona

State of California

American Medical Association

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Williams KA, Gonzalez-Fenandez M, Hamzehzadeh S, Wilkinson I, Erdeck MA, Plunkett A, Griffith S, Crooks M, Larkin T, Cohen SP. A multicenter analysis evaluating factors associated with spinal cord stimulator outcomes in chronic pain patients. Pain Medicine, 2011 Aug; 12(8): 1142-53

Cohen SP, Williams KA, Kurihara C, Nguyen C, Shields C, Kim P, Griffith SR, Larkin TM, Crooks M, Williams N, Morlando B, Strassels SA. Multicenter, randomized, comparative, cost-effectiveness study comparing 0,1, and 2 diagnostic medial branch (facet joint nerve) block treatment paradigms before lumbar facet radiofrequency denervation. Anesthesiology, 2010 Aug;
113(2):395-405

Cohen SP, Strassels SA, Foster L, Marvel J, Williams K, Crooks M, Gross A, Kurihara C, Nguyen C, Williams N. A Multicenter, Randomised, Controlled Study Comparing Fluoroscopically-Guided and Blind Corticosteroid Injections for Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome. British Medical Journal, 2009 Apr 14; 338:b1088

Cohen SP, Strassels SA, Kurihara C, Crooks MT, Erdek MA, Forsythe A, Markeson M. Outcome Predictors for Sacroiliac Joint (Lateral Branch) Radiofrequency Denervation. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 2009 May-Jun;34(3):206-14

Cohen SP, Stojanovik MP, Crooks M, Kim P, Schmidt CR, Shields LC, Croll LS, Hurley RW. Lumbar zygapophysial (facet) joint radiofrequency denervation success as a function of pain relief during diagnostic medial branch blocks: a multicenter analysis. The Spine Journal, May-Jun 2008; 8(3): 498-504

La Rosa C, Wang Z, Brewer JC, Lacey SF, Villacres MC, Sharan R, Krishnan R, Crooks M, Markel S, Maas R, Diamond DJ. Preclinical development of an adjuvant-free peptide vaccine with activity against CMV pp65 in HLA transgenic mice. Blood, Nov. 2002; 100; 3681-3689

Lacey SF, Gallez-Hawkins G, Crooks M, Martinez J, Senitzer D, Forman SJ, Spielberger R, Zaia JA, Diamond DJ. Characterization of cytotoxic function of CMV pp65 specific CD 8+ T-lymphocytes identified by HLA tetramers in recipients and donors of stem cell transplants. Transplantation. Sept. 2002; 74(5): 722-723

Heredia J, Crooks M, Zhu Z. Phosphorylation and Cu+ coordination-dependent DNA binding of the transcription factor Mac-1p in the regulation of copper transport. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Mar. 2001; 276: 8793-8797

Crooks MT, Ferrante FM. Myofascial Pain. In: Essentials of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia. 3rd Edition. Honorio Benzon MD, Srinivasa N. Raja MD, Robert E. Molloy MD, Spencer Liu MD, Scott M. Fishman MD, editors. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2011.

Crooks MT, Cohen SP. Managing Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia in the Postoperative Period. In: Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia, Jianren Mao, MD, PhD, editor. New York, London: Informa Healthcare, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Addiction and Chronic Pain. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Complex Regional Regional Pain Syndrome. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Headache in Chronic Pain Management. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Crooks MT, Christo PJ. Opioids in Chronic Nonmalignant Pain. In: The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

Matthew Crooks. Resident Opportunities Abound in Toronto for 35th Annual Regional Anesthesia Meeting and Workshops. In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Colin J. McCartney, lead editor. February 2010

Matthew Crooks, Sandra Kopp. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Resident Section Committee: A Distinguished History, Leading the Way.

In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Colin J. McCartney, lead editor. August 2009.

Matthew Crooks. Resident Opportunities Abound at Spring Meeting….and Beyond.

In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Brian M. Ilfeld, lead editor. February 2009.

Matthew Crooks. Life’s A Beach for Growing ASRA Resident Membership. In: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Newsletter, Brian M. Ilfeld, lead editor. August 2008

Matthew Crooks, Jerry Stonemetz. Anesthesiologist and Society Lecture Series: Anesthesiology Practice Economics. Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. November 2007, Baltimore, MD.

Matthew Crooks, Maggie Jeffries. 27 weeks pregnant with hemoglobin SS disease and the need for urgent ERCP. Poster presentation, American Society of Anesthesologists October 2007 meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Matthew Crooks, Christopher Wu. Chronobiology of pain perception and analgesic requirement. Poster presentation, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Spring 2007 meeting, Vancouver BC.

Maria Militante, Colin Feeney, Matthew Crooks. The Many Faces of Pheochromocytoma. Poster presentation at The American College of Physicians California Chapter, November 2006 meeting, Monterey, CA.

Matthew Crooks. Phantom Limb Pain. Resident presentations series, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. September 2006, Baltimore, MD.

Matthew Crooks. Beta Blockers, Cocaine and Alpha Overload. Cardiology Morning Report, Alameda County Medical Center, February 2006, Oakland, CA.

Chair, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Resident Section Committee (2009-2010)

Chair-Elect, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Resident Section Committee (2008-2009)

Faculty Advisor, The Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (2008-present)

Curriculum Committee, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (2008-2009)

Chair, Pain Medicine Subcommittee, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Resident Section Committee (2007-2008)

Resident Section Committee, ASRA (2007-2010)

Chicago Medical School, Alumni-Student Coordinator (2003-2005)

Chicago Medical School, Class Representative (2002-2003)

A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel-group Study of XXX for the Treatment of Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC) in Subjects with Chronic, Non-Malignant Pain

A Multicenter, Randomized, Blinded, Saline-Controlled Trial of Resorbable Biologic Disc Augmentation For Treatment of Symptomatic Lumbar Internal Disc Disruption (IDD) with the XXX

A Randomized, Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of XXX in Patients with Non-Cancer-Related Pain and Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC)

A Long-Term Open-Label Safety of XXX Controlled-Release Capsules with Flexible Dosing to Treat Subjects with Moderate to Severe Chronic Pain

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- February 2, 2017

As to efficacy and skill, Dr. Crooks is your coup de grace, the mother lode, and what every physician should aspire to. In other words, without any serious hyperbole, he is the real deal and the embodiment of almost every patients hope, because when he looks at something for the very first time, he really sees it with an unsorted lens (baby eyes): free from any preconceived notions. Furthermore, he’s mature and has this unique and uncanny ability to drill down to the root cause of your malaise…making each and every moment with him an expansive rewarding experience in and of itself.

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- January 24, 2017

I have had over 50 operations and procedures and have been to specialists all over the country for different issues and I will say Pinnacle Pain and Spine has been as helpful, pleasant and beneficial as any, and then some. The road ahead will not be easy, but it is physicians like Dr. Crooks, and office staff like he has, that makes this experience not only tolerable but manageable. I need all the help I can get some days, and Pinnacle Pain and Spine go above and beyond to see to it that I get that help with all their available resources. We could all use more people and practices like Pinnacle Pain and Spine!

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- January 20, 2017

I have suffered from trigeminal neuralgia for 9 years after failed oral surgery.I have been on every combination of medication known to man with no relief. I came to Dr. Crooks and knew instantly that I was in the right place. Not only was he patient and kind, but he also is brilliant and thinks outside the box. He is devoted to his patients and to restoring their health. We discussed my history and he suggested stem cell therapy. If you live with chronic pain, you are willing to try anything to get your life back. It can make you vulnerable - but once you meet Dr. Crooks you will put your trust in his hands and let him help guide you back to health. Dr. Crooks explained the procedure in detail. He answered all my questions and never sugar coated the outcome. I have to tell you, a week after my stem cell treatment, my daily pain went from an 8(out of 10) to a 4. HUGE difference in my life. And we are still not done. There is still hope for more relief. Additionally, I had some cervical issues that Dr. Crooks treated with an epidural steroid injection and radial ablation. I cannot say enough about this man. If you are reading this I know you are in pain. Call the office!

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- January 19, 2017

Life changing is an apt description of my treatment results from Dr Crooks at Pinnacle Pain and Spine. Chronic, debilitating pain, weakness and fatigue diminished my ability to live and enjoy life. After receiving treatment , my pain was greatly decreased, no migraines, strength returned, sleep improved and energy levels skyrocketed. An added benefit from my ablation was decreased inflammation of the optic nerve which allowed my vision to return to its previous acuity. Dr Crooks is very knowledgeable, compassionate and responsive to his patients. His nurse Ramona is amazing and his staff wonderful. This is the best pain management team in the valley.

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- January 18, 2017

Dr. Crooks is awesome! I came to him for help with pre-RSD developing from nerve damage in achilles reconstruction surgery. One of the best doctors I have ever seen. He is very patient and will listen to your story with detailed questions, and try to think of the best treatment for you. He helped me get access to an orthotic by networking with other doctors at a lower cost, which is amazing. Hard to find anyone these days who isn't just in it for more charges, more treatment, more claims, more money - I feel like Dr. Crooks actually cares about my outcome and wouldn't try to give me an extra treatment and make money if it would not significantly improve my outcome. I wish I could clone him and make him a neurologist and physical therapist also, I think I would have the best post-op care team in the world! Thank you for everything you have done for me, I am back to work and living life again!

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