Robert J. Corba, D.O.

Physician

Specialist In:

  • Pain Management
  • Spine Center of Excellence
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Dr. Robert Corba is a board-certified Pain Specialist and Anesthesiologist.  He completed his anesthesiology residency and interventional pain management fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Dr. Corba grew up in Wilkes-Barre, PA and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton and earned his doctorate degree at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served in the Public Health Service while in medical school, and is one of two residents in the history of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to receive the Arthur Tarrow Award for research excellence two years in a row.

Dr. Corba began the division of Interventional Pain Medicine at MCP Hahneman University Hospital in 1998 after completing fellowship.  In 2001, he and his wife, a native of the Lehigh Valley, moved to Allentown to be closer to family. While at LVH he was the Director of Clinical Research until 2004 and then became instrumental in developing a pain fellowship in conjunction with Drexel Medical School and was the Director of Fellowship Training and Resident Education.

He enjoys watching his patients return to function and activity, and feels that some of the most rewarding patients are the ones that are the most limited because they are often the most appreciative when they get even a small amount of return of functional activity. 

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  • Education
    • Undergraduate

      • University of Scranton
        Scranton, PA

      Medical School

      • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
        Philadelphia, PA

      Internship

      • Allentown Osteopathic Medicine
        Allentown, PA

      Residency - Anesthesiology

      • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
        Philadelphia, PA

      Fellowship – Pain Medicine

      • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
        Philadelphia, PA

      Board Certifications

        • Pain Management – American Board of Anesthesiology
        • Anesthesiology – American Board of Anesthesiology

      Professional Societies

        • American Osteopathic Association
        • Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
        • Gridiron Greats Treating Physician
  • FAQ
    • Q. How did you become interested in medicine?

      A. I had an affinity for the sciences as a student. It naturally followed as my studies advanced. I also volunteered as a middle school/high school student in the local ER, which provided me with exposure to people who were very passionate about medicine.

      Q. When did you decide to specialize in pain management?

      A. Towards the middle to end of my anesthesia residency, I began to appreciate the technical skills of blocks and procedures that I had learned in residency and how it combined and meshed nicely with the musculoskeletal treatment of spine disorders. As an Osteopath, treating underlying musculoskeletal disorders with the interventional therapy that I learned in residency came together nicely.

      Q. What are common conditions you treat? Is there anything patients can do to avoid developing their conditions?

      A. Mostly spine conditions, back pain, sciatica, and herniated discs.

      Q. What do you like best about working with your patients?

      A. Watching their function improve and their return to active lifestyle.

      Q. What do you like best about working for OAA?

      A. The utility of how we do things. Having all the subspecialties in one area allows for me to have immediate consultation with any number of facets that are available for a patients care. I can walk out the door of room and immediately talk to spine a surgeon, a physiatrist, chiropractor or a patient's occupational medicine doctor. If I want to discuss a patient's physical therapy it's a walk down the hallway.

      Q. Where are you from, originally, and how did you come to live in the Lehigh Valley?

      A. Originally from Wilkes-Barre, and to be closer to family.

      Q. If you were not a pain management physician, what would you be doing?

      A. I am sure there were a lot of opportunities for me in Anesthesia, either OB or Neuro but if I were not in medicine I would be teaching somewhere.

      Q. How do you apply your experience as a pain management physician to the rest of your life?

      A. At times the road may seem very rough, the hill very steep. There may be times when you can make great advancements but when you get set back, don't quit, hard work and every small step forward is a step forward and an advancement.

      Q. Of what achievements are you especially proud?

      A. My family and the amount of wonderful friends I have made since moving to the valley. There are numerous personal achievements that I am proud of, but I get more enjoyment out of watching success in others that I help.

I was in a car accident and was seen by several doctors, but none of them seemed to have my best interests in mind. Dr. Corba is the only doctor that would listen to what I had to say, view my images I had, and took the time to explain everything to me. He is kind, thoughtful, caring, understanding - the list goes on and on. He has helped me on numerous occasions and got my pain to a level that was tolerable and to the point where I am able to function better at work. He is an asset to OAA and I would recommend him to anyone that has any pain or issues with their neck or back. Thank you Dr. Corba for being awesome!

– Carol

OAA Orthopaedic Specialist
Robert J. Corba
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Center of Excellence
250 Cetronia road Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: 610.973.6200 URL of Map