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NSPC Physicians Named “Top Doctors” by Northern Virginia Magazine

National Spine & Pain Centers is proud to announce that our expert physicians, Drs. Abe Cherrick, Rodney Dade, Mayo Friedlis, Assaf Gordon, Sassan Hassassian, Ketan Patel, Marina Protopapas and Robert Wagner have been awarded “Top Doctors” 2016 in the Northern Virginia magazine.

This is a highly regarded listing of outstanding physicians who have received votes from physicians all around the Northern Virginia region and local hospital panels. Congratulations! We are thankful for having dedicated physicians who continue to provide quality, compassionate care to patients suffering from variety of acute or chronic pain conditions. Below is information on each of these award-winning doctors. Check out their full biographies for more information.

Abraham Cherrick, M.D.

Dr. Abraham Cherrick is known among his patients and peers as an expert in diagnosing the cause of pain, even in the most complex cases. He is consistently named a “top doctor” in pain management by Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine. 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.  (Click Here to Read More)

Rodney Dade, M.D.

Dr. Dade joined National Spine & Pain Centers after serving as an attending physician at the University of Michigan Hospital System and has been a key member of our medical team since 1995. An expert in interventional pain management techniques, he is particularly interested 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.  (Click Here to Read More)

Mayo Friedlis, M.D.

Since joining National Spine & Pain Centers in 1983, Dr. Friedlis has helped expand the practice into the thriving, nationally recognized leader it is today. 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 in the region as the foremost practitioner of Regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal injuries.  (Click Here to Read More)

Assaf T. Gordon, M.D.

Dr. Gordon joined National Spine & Pain Centers from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he completed advanced fellowship training in Pain Medicine. Using sophisticated non-surgical solutions, he diagnoses and treats acute and chronic pain with a comprehensive approach. He is highly skilled in a variety of interventional pain procedures, including cervical and lumbar epidural nerve blocks, joint injections, radiofrequency neurotomy, sympathetic blockade, spinal cord stimulation, and discography.  (Click Here to Read More)

Sassan Hassassian, M.D.

A seasoned practitioner, Dr. Hassassian joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2012 after a successful tenure as the Director of the Division of Pain Management at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics & Pain Management in Ashburn, Virginia. Board certified in Pain Medicine as well as in Anesthesiology, Dr. Hassassian earned his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School, after which he completed an internship in General Surgery at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at New York University (NYU) Medical Center, where he also pursued elective work at the NYU Pain Center.  (Click Here to Read More)

Ketan B. Patel, M.D.

Dr. Patel joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2012 after completing a Fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was trained to perform the most advanced non-surgical techniques by one of the world’s leading experts in pain management. Prior to his Fellowship, Dr. Patel completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, during which time he authored content for a preeminent pain management textbook.  (Click Here to Read More)

Marina G. Protopapas, D.O.

Dr. Protopapas joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2006 with an exceptionally skilled medical background. Her advanced training includes specialized fellowships in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pain Management at Harvard Medical School-Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Protopapas also holds a degree in Clinical Acupuncture from Harvard Medical School.  (Click Here to Read More)

Robert Wagner, M.D.

A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Wagner returned to the area after completing his medical training throughout the state of Virginia. He joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 1999, and soon became 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 lives.  (Click Here to Read More)