GAURAV BHATIA, M.D.
Pain Specialist & Interventional Spine Care
Dr. Bhatia is a Harvard trained board certified pain management physician and a board certified anesthesiologist. He specializes in treating patients with spine related back and neck pain disorders, and has extensive training in treating patients with chronic pain conditions. His area of expertise encompasses RSD/CRPS, cancer-related pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis related pain, and sports related injuries. He is proficient in performing several advanced surgical and interventional techniques including epidural injections, imaged guided joint injections, radiofrequency ablation treatments, spinal cord stimulator, sympathetic nerve blocks and vertebroplasty.
Dr. Bhatia also serves as chair of the pain committee at UVA Culpeper hospital and is a valued consultant for both acute and chronic pain service. His clinical research has been published in leading medical journals such as JAMA, ACOG, and Hindawi. He has also authored chapters in several pain medicine textbooks. He has been a member of the International Society of Interventional Pain, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Dr. Bhatia firmly believes that chronic pain affects patients in more ways than just physical discomfort. It affects a person's mood, their lifestyle, and puts a strain on their psychosocial and socioeconomic quality of life. Therefore, it is imperative that treatment is initiated early on in a thoughtful, meticulous and efficient manner to minimize the impact on an individual's lifestyle. As a physician, it is very gratifying and satisfying for him to help patients at the time of an acute need, and to see a patient improve and get back to his/her activities. He stresses on the importance of educating his patients about their medical ailments and treating them with the same integrity and honesty if the roles were reversed.
His primary focus is to utilize both interventional and non-invasive options to design a treatment based on evidence based multi-modal therapy approach. With collaboration with other therapeutic modalities such as physical therapy and surgical options, the advancements have truly resulted in patient's ability to return to their functionality as early as possible.
Dr. Bhatia completed his pain management training at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston after completing his Anesthesia and Critical Care training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Bhatia obtained his Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Virginia at VCU in Richmond after earning his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Virginia Tech.