Dr. Standiford Helm, MD, MBA

Dr. Standiford Helm, MD, MBA

Pain Medicine Specialist

44 Years of Experience


Accepting patients


    A graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) at Harvard University, and Tufts University, Dr. Helm is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, with a subspecialty certification in pain medicine. He has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982. A qualified medical evaluator, Dr. Helm works as a consultant and expert witness for multiple organizations. He serves in leadership positions with state-wide and national pain management societies, publishes, and lectures extensively. Dr. Helm has extensive experience with medical legal work, including both plaintiff and defense work. Dr. Helm has expertise in all areas of interventional pain management, including complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), implantable devices, interventional procedures and opioid management. Dr. Helm has worked with a standard of care issues, causation, apportionment, appropriateness of care and future medical care relating to interventional pain management. He has had experience in many venues, including state and municipal courts and regulatory agencies including medical boards and district attorneys offices. Dr. Helm has published extensively about the safety of procedures and standard of care issues.

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    Medical Specialties and Areas of Expertise

    Pain Medicine Specialist

    Education & Training

    Boston City Hospital (Internship)

    UCLA Medical Center (Residency)

    Bachelors Degree - Harvard College

    Masters Degree - Pepperdine University

    Doctorate - Tufts University School of Medicine

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Preventative Medicine

    American Board of Anesthesiology



    Medical Procedures Performed


    Top Insurances

    • Aetna

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

    • Bravo Health

    • Cigna

    • Medicare

    • UnitedHealthcare

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    The Helm Center for Pain Management

    24902 Moulton Pkwy.

    Suite 200

    Laguna Woods, CA 92637

    (949) 462-0560

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    Ratings & Reviews

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    Overall rating

    Based on 52 reviews

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    Office Experience

    97% of patients found the doctor and staff friendly and the office clean and modern

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    97% of patients felt that their time spent with the doctor was meaningful and impactful and that any follow ups were addressed quickly

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    Wait Times

    84% of patients were satisfied with the wait time

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    Appointment Booking

    98% of patients found it easy to book an appointment

    Patients give Dr. Standiford Helm an Excellent overall experience rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Helm has been rated and reviewed by 52 patients. These ratings are based on a variety of factors, including the amount of time patients spent with Dr. Helm, his bedside manner, appointment waiting time, friendliness of the office staff, clarity of diagnosis, and more.

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    Memberships & Associations

    American Board of Pain Physicians - Competency Certification in Regenerative Medicine

    Board Certified

    American Board of Pain Medicine Fellow, Interventional Pain Practice

    Board Certified

    California Medical Association

    Professional Member

    Orange County Medical Association

    Professional Member

    American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

    Professional Member

    American Academy of Pain Medicine

    Professional Member

    American Medical Association

    Professional Member

    North American Neuromodulation Society

    Professional Member

    World Institute of Pain

    Professional Member


    Outstanding Achievement Award

    American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

    Standiform Helm Award

    California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Standiford Helm accepting new patients?

    Yes, Standiford Helm is accepting new patients at this time.

    Does Standiford Helm offer online booking?

    Please contact Dr. Helm's office at (949) 462-0560 for information about online booking, telehealth, or to schedule an appointment.

    Does Standiford Helm offer telehealth appointments?

    Please contact Dr. Helm's office at (949) 462-0560 for information telehealth appointment availability or for scheduling assistance.

    Which language(s) does Standiford Helm speak?

    Standiford Helm speaks English and Spanish.

    Which board certifications does Standiford Helm have?

    Standiford Helm is certified by the American Board of Preventative Medicine and American Board of Anesthesiology.

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