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Meet Sarang Koushik, MD

Originally published May 18, 2021

Last reviewed July 27, 2022

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Dr. Koushik is an anesthesiologist at Keck Medicine of USC, who specializes in pain medicine.

Here’s what you won’t find on his resume.

Having a positive impact on a patient’s health, well-being and quality of life is important to him.

“Throughout my childhood, my dad did his medical training in India, the United Kingdom and Arizona; I saw firsthand the happiness and fulfillment he experienced with his career choice, regardless of personal sacrifice. For me, the relationship between a patient and physician is symbiotic, and this is what drew me to the field of medicine.”

Playing golf is a challenge he is determined to master.

“My friends are all into golf and have inspired me to take lessons and hit the driving range. Despite some serious frustrations on the golf course, I plan to continue trying my best. An even greater excitement in my life is building a family with my wife.”

New advancements in pain management bring hope for the future.

“We have started using a technique called neuromodulation, which allows us to manipulate the electrical current of the nervous system to reduce pain. I am hopeful that this becomes a large part of my pain practice.”

Better medications are essential to the future of pain management treatment.

“With the advancement of pharmaceuticals, I would like to see us formulate new medications that manage pain without the side effects and addictive nature of opioids.”

The breadth and depth of anesthesiology fosters continual growth.

“There is so much to learn and master in the field of anesthesiology. We work in many specialized areas, including obstetrics, critical care, pain and pediatrics. This allows for continual growth as a physician, from both a technical and medical knowledge standpoint.”

Teaching is one of the most rewarding aspects of his job.

“I teach anesthesiology residents and pain management fellows on a weekly basis. I truly enjoy mentoring a new generation of physicians, with the hope of making an impact on their medical education.”

Ongoing communication and a balanced work environment set Keck Medicine apart from the rest.

“In our field of anesthesiology, we care for complex patients who are undergoing cutting-edge surgery and manage them postoperatively across disciplines. The ongoing communication among medical teams at Keck Medicine allows all of us to deliver the best health care experience to the patient, while facilitating lifelong learning.”

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Dr. Sarang Koushik
pain medicine