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Michelle Poliak-Tunis, MD

  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine (Inpatient Hospitalist)
Michelle A. Poliak-Tunis, MD


Dr. Poliak-Tunis provides chronic pain medicine and spine treatment services as part of the Interventional Pain Management Program. She evaluates patients at the Pain Clinic at UW Health East and the Spine Clinic at Research Park. When an interventional pain treatment is indicated, she performs procedures at the Madison Surgery Center.

Dr. Poliak-Tunis believes in a patient-focused, multidisciplinary approach to care using the latest minimally invasive technologies and evidence-based treatments. She has particular expertise in the comprehensive treatment of non-operative spinal disorders. She understands that pain can have an impact on every aspect of a patient's life, and provides comprehensive treatment solutions. These center on a commitment to rehabilitation, using goal-directed therapies, modalities, medications and injections.

Dr. Poliak-Tunis is a diplomat of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the subspecialty field of pain medicine. She is also a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Medical Association.

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical School
  • University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Pain Medicine, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC


Additional conditions and treatments
  • Blood Patch
  • Botulinum Toxin Muscle Injection
  • Bursa Injections
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Facet Joint Injections/Medial Branch Blocks
  • Intercostal Nerve Blocks
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Blocks
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Musculoskeltal Back Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sacral Lateral Branch Blocks
  • Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial and Implant
  • Spine Injections
  • Sympathetic Ganglia Blocks (Stellate, Celiac, Hypogastric, Lumbar, Ganglion impar)
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Joint Steroid Injection