Dr. Rivera is a current board member of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine. His advocacy for opioid-prescribing reform earned him the organization’s Felix Linetsky, MD Award for Excellence in Education in 2018.
As a physician, his decades of experience equip him to treat even the most complex pain conditions. Dr. Rivera offers consultations in cooperation with our Minimally Invasive Spine Group in Florida and Texas, and performs:
• Spinal cord stimulation
• Spinal cord paddles
• Intrathecal pain pump
• Spinal decompression procedures
• Regenerative medicine (PRP and stem cell therapy)
Engaging and energetic, Dr. Rivera is known for his compassion in treating countless patients. He is also committed to educating medical fellows and residents, and other physicians on the latest advances in medicine.
In his primary role, though, Dr. Rivera is the Chief Medical Officer for Physician Partners of America, which is the parent company that owns and operates pain management practices in Texas and Florida. The company owns and operates several ambulatory surgery centers, pharmacies, and laboratories.
As PPOA’s official spokesman, he has represented the company in countless media appearances related to pain management and opioid prescription reform. A board member of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, he earned its Felix Linetsky, MD Award for Excellence in Education. The award recognized his leadership in organizing a landmark Opioid Summit in April 2018.
He is a thought leader in the technology sector of the healthcare industry, as well, serving as a consultant for medical device-manufacturing companies.
Born in Georgia to Puerto Rican parents, Dr. Rivera is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Albany Medical Center in New York.
In his free time, Dr. Rivera is a pilot, and also loves to stay active with golfing and scuba diving.