About Louis C. Saeger, MD
Dr. Lou Saeger earned his MD degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and entered private practice in 1986, after completing his residency in Anesthesiology with the University of Washington, and a two-year NIH fellowship in Pain Research with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He is Board-Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and is a World Institute of Pain Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice.
Since the early 1990s, Dr. Saeger’s practice has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of spine-related pain. After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2003, he established the Interventional Division of Midwest Spine Institute, and has collaborated with Dr. Glenn Buttermann on studies of spinal biomechanics in an animal model for testing an artificial disc prototype, and more recently was a co-investigator on an award-winning study of epidural injection of amniotic fluid for low back pain.
He has assumed a leadership role in Minnesota, serving on the chronic pain guidelines working group of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, and as past President and current Director at Large of the Minnesota Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and represents the Minnesota Medical Association on the Department of Health’s X-ray Safety Advisory Committee.
Dr. Saeger is a long-standing member of the International Spine Intervention Society (SIS), is a Senior SIS clinical instructor, SIS-certified in evidence-based medicine, and serves as a peer-review referee for both the Pain Medicine and Pain Practice journals. He is also an active member of the North American Spine Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, the World Institute of Pain, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has been honored with inclusion in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s “Top Doctors” issues for 2019 through 2022 and was again listed in “America’s Best Physicians” in 2022 and received the Spine Intervention Society’s “Outstanding Volunteer” award in 2022, in recognition of his educational contributions.
Since establishing Premier Spine and Pain Clinics as an independent practice with its own state-of-the-art procedure suite in 2020, Dr. Saeger has expanded his services to include regenerative medicine options for both spine and musculoskeletal problems, using either fluoroscopy or ultrasound guidance for precisely targeted treatments including PRP, BMAC, or other advanced biologic modalities.