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NSPC Physicians Named “Top Doctors 2017” by Northern Virginia Magazine

National Spine & Pain Centers is proud to announce the following physicians have been named “Top Doctors 2017” by Northern Virginia Magazine. Each physician is passionate and recognized as a leader in the field of pain management.  Learn more about our doctors in the excerpts below and continue to read their full biography.   

Abraham Cherrick, M.D.

Dr. Cherrick has an expertise in several areas, 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

Dr. Rodney B. Dade, M.D.

An expert in interventional pain management techniques, Dr. Dade 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. He has lectured and published on a variety of rehabilitation and pain management topics to his peers and patients… continue

Dr. Assaf T. Gordon, M.D.

Using sophisticated non-surgical solutions, Dr. Gordon 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. Dr. Gordon is a published researcher and has lectured to his peers on various pain management topics… continue

Dr. Sassan Hassassian, M.D.

Preeminent in his field, Dr. Hassassian has authored various articles and presentations on a multitude of pain disorders and various 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 neuroablative, implantable, radiofrequency, endoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery techniques in outpatient and inpatient settings… continue

Dr. 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

Dr. 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. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal and spinal pain, she uses a range of sophisticated, non-surgical treatments to provide pain relief for her patients… continue

Dr. Ashish G. Shanbhag, M.D.

Dr. Shanbhag approaches every patient with an open and interested mindset and a singular purpose: to quickly identify, locate, and heal their individual and unique source of pain. He is one of few physiatrists both nationally and internationally to have completed advanced training in minimally invasive spine surgery. Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, Dr. Shanbhag treats the spectrum of spine, joint, nerve, muscle, and soft tissue pain, with an emphasis on the therapeutic treatment of spinal disease… continue