Why Choose Us for Pain Management

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The Pain Management team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center includes physicians and nurse practitioners dedicated to managing acute pain, chronic pain, and cancer-related pain. Our goal is to help patients improve their quality of life and return to doing the things they love by helping them alleviate pain in a holistic manner.

Holistic and Comprehensive Pain Management

By assessing all factors that contribute to the development of pain, our team develops a personalized treatment plan that meets the specific needs of each individual.

Pain management techniques available at MedStar Washington Hospital Center include lifestyle management, medical management, and procedural interventions like injections.

Some of the types of injections used for pain management include:

Explore our treatments.

The MedStar Washington Hospital Center Pain Management serves patients at the following locations:

MedStar Washington Hospital Center: Get Directions

MedStar Health at Lafayette Center: Get Directions

MedStar Health at Brandywine: Get Directions

Meet Our Pain Management Team

Our pain management specialists are passionate about providing patient-specific treatment plans, each one unique to the needs of the patient and his or her condition. By individualizing treatment, pain specialists are able to address all factors relating to the patient’s pain.

Meet the Pain specialists at MedStar Washington Hospital Center:

Location Information

To find a pain management specialist,
call 202-877-3627 (3627)

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010 

MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
1133 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

MedStar Health at Brandywine
13950 Brandywine Road
Suite 225
Brandywine, MD 20613


Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life for the Seriously Ill

From relieving pain to reducing symptoms to restoring peace of mind, palliative care helps seriously ill patients live a better life.

Caring for Body, Mind and Spirit

For hospitalized patients with cancer, heart failure or other chronic or progressive conditions, a relatively new medical sub-specialty offers an extra measure of healing, help and hope. Called palliative care, the interdisciplinary, holistic service provides ongoing relief from pain, symptoms and stress for patients of any age, at any stage of a serious illness.

The last point is particularly important.

“Many people think that palliative and hospice care are one and the same,” says Hunter Groninger, MD, director of the section of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “But there is a subtle yet crucial difference between the two. Palliative care is supportive, and available to anyone who needs it, for as long as they need it. Hospice care, while a type of palliative care, is restricted to patients at the end of life.”

With its broader mandate, palliative services are often administered along with treatments designed to cure or halt disease progression.

“Our team works hand-in-hand with the patient’s own doctors and specialists,” Dr. Groninger explains. “Palliative care is not an ‘either/or’ situation.  Rather, patients and their families get the best of both worlds: curative or disease-modifying care for their illness, supplemented by additional support for their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.”

The palliative care team is composed of specially trained physicians, social workers, a nurse practitioner, clinical pharmacist, spiritual counselor and specially trained volunteers. With the goal of reducing suffering and improving quality of life, the team works closely with patients and caregivers to define what’s important to them now and what they want to achieve in the context of their new reality.

“Serious illness, and physical pain in particular, can affect the emotions, relationships, routine activities and professional lives of both patients and family,” Dr. Groninger notes. “Our job is to  work with them together to make each day a little bit better.”

For the full podcast interview with Dr. Groninger, click here.


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For the full podcast interview with Dr. Groninger, click HERE

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