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Amit T. Darnule, MD

Anesthesiologist / Pain Management

Meet Dr. Darnule

An accomplished physician, Dr. Amit T. Darnule specializes in chronic spine pain management and brings his expertise to Spine Team Texas.

Prior to joining the team, Dr. Darnule completed his fellowship for multidisciplinary pain medicine at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, where he also completed his residency in anesthesiology and an internship in internal medicine. Dr. Darnule finished medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, graduating summa cum laude.

Dr. Darnule dedicates his time to patient care and education.  He has taught several interventional courses on spinal cord stimulation and implantable devices, a cadaver courses in vertebroplasty and discography and is one of the few physicians trained in the new Intracept procedure designed to help patients with back pain from degenerative spinal conditions.

He emphasizes a strong focus on rehabilitative treatments to improve function and lessen patient’s dependence on opioids enlisting the help of mental health professionals and nutritionists when appropriate. 


  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University; Chicago, IL
    • Interventional Pain Management


  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University; Chicago, IL
    • Interventional Pain Management

Medical School

  • University of Texas; Dallas, TX
    • Doctor of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    • The American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
    • The American Board of Anesthesiology



  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet injections
  • Medical branch Radiofrequency Ablations
  • Joint injections (sacroiliac, hips, shoulders)
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Vertebroplasty and discography
  • Intracept® Provider for Vertebrogenic pain
  • Thoracic Injections
  • Sprint Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for back pain.

Personal Interests:

  • Dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate, Dr. Darnule volunteers his medical skills around the world. In Mexico, he assisted in creating a makeshift clinic for villagers and provided physicals to orphans. Northwestern’s Anesthesia Department selected Dr. Darnule to be a representative in Operation Walk Mission to China, where he assisted in post-operative care and pain management services.


  • Southlake Style “Top Docs” (2016, 2017, 2020)
  • Fort Worth Magazine “Top Doctor”(2011, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  • 360 West Magazine “Top Doctor” (2017, 2020)
  • D Magazine’s “Best Doctors” (2014, 2020)
  • Texas Monthly Magazine “Super Docs: Rising Stars” (2015, 2016, 2018)

Locations Served:

  • Southlake

Neck and back pain take the joy out of life. We’re here to help you find it again.

Our founder, Dr. David Rothbart, understood that people struggling with back or neck pain often fear surgery as the first option. He shared this concern, which is why he founded Spine Team Texas—to treat patients conservatively and avoid surgery as the initial solution. Dr. Rothbart’s team of carefully selected pain management experts has helped many patients find relief from their back and neck pain. Schedule your appointment today to find out how they can help you achieve your goals.
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