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NSPC Physicians Named “Top Doctors 2018” by Northern Virginia Magazine

Several National Spine & Pain Centers physicians have been recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as “Top Doctors 2018” in recognition of their compassionate care and leadership in the field of interventional pain management: 

Abraham Cherrick, M.D.

Dr. Cherrick is a recognized expert in several areas of interventional pain management, including the evaluation and treatment of cervical and lumbar disc diseases such as disc herniation and spinal stenosis. He also has a special interest in challenging chronic pain conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and fibromyalgia. In diagnosing and treating patients, he draws on his more than 30 years of experience with National Spine & Pain Centers. “I came here after my medical residency, and I never left,” said Dr. Cherrick. In fact, he is a founding member of the practice… continue

Rodney B. Dade, M.D.

An expert in interventional pain management techniques, Dr. Dade is experienced in treating neck, back, and sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. His advanced expertise helps patients achieve significant pain relief without surgery and enables them to return to normal, active lifestyles. He has lectured and published on a variety of rehabilitation and pain management topics… continue

Mayo Friedlis, M.D.

Since joining National Spine & Pain Centers in 1983, Dr. Friedlis has helped expand the practice into one of the nation’s top interventional pain management organizations. He is passionate about the science of pain management and committed to delivering the most effective therapies possible to each of his patients. Throughout his 25+ years of experience he has actively enhanced his knowledge and expertise through continuing education, training and research. This has established him as one of the region’s foremost practitioners of regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal injuriescontinue

Assaf T. Gordon, M.D.

Using sophisticated non-surgical solutions, Dr. Gordon diagnoses and treats acute and chronic pain through a comprehensive approach that employs a variety of interventional pain procedures. These include cervical and lumbar epidural nerve blocks, joint injections, radiofrequency neurotomy, sympathetic blockade, spinal cord stimulation, and discography. Dr. Gordon is a published researcher and has lectured on numerous pain management topics… continue

Sassan Hassassian, M.D.

Recognized as a preeminent specialist in the field of pain medicine, Dr. Hassassian has authored various articles and presentations on a multitude of pain disorders and treatment strategies. He has extensive experience in all aspects of multi-disciplinary pain management including the treatment of acute, chronic, benign, and malignant pain through the use of neuroablation, implantable devices, endoscopy, and minimally invasive surgical techniques… continue

Daniel R. Kendall, D.O.

An expert clinician with advanced training in sophisticated, non-surgical techniques, Dr. Kendall administers pain-relieving therapies that significantly improve quality of life. He is one of the region’s most proficient physicians in performing fluoroscopic-guided procedures, including epidural nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, intradiscal electrothermal annuloplasty, vertebroplasty, spinal cord stimulation, and non-surgical disc decompression techniques… continue

Marina D. Protopapas, D.O.

A published author on various rehabilitation and pain management topics, Dr. Protopapas has also served as a guest lecturer in Harvard’s continuing medical education program. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal and spinal pain, using a range of sophisticated, non-surgical treatments to provide pain relief for her patients… continue

Robert Wagner, M.D.

A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Wagner returned to the area after completing his medical training. He joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 1999 and is well-known among his colleagues and patients as a talented and knowledgeable pain specialist. His skills in advanced, non-surgical techniques have helped countless patients resolve complex pain issues and return to healthy livescontinue

Beverly A. Whittenberg, M.D.

Dr. Whittenberg joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2006  and is recognized for her distinguished pain management skills. As a leader among her colleagues, she was selected Chief Resident during her residency and served as Chief Fellow while completing advanced fellowship training in interventional pain management at Beth Israel Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.  Dr. Whittenberg employs electrodiagnostics, physical and occupational therapies, pharmacotherapy, and interventional procedures to provide comprehensive pain managementcontinue