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Alok Gopal, MD

  • Residency
  • University College of Medical Sciences & Guru Teg India Delhi 1994
  • Medical School
  • University College of Medical Sciences-Delhi India New Delhi 1988
  • Internship
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center United States Boston, MA 2000
  • Metropolitan Hospital Center United States New York, NY 1997
  • University College of Medical Sciences & Guru Teg India Delhi 1989
  • Fellowship
  • Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Lebanon, NH 2005


Primary Specialties: Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine (Board Certified), Pain Management

Dr. Alok Gopal joined Advanced Pain Relief Centers in 2005, helping the practice expand its Virginia office locations and establishing the first comprehensive pain center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He served as vice president of the centers before becoming part of National Spine & Pain Centers in 2015 through a partnership agreement.

In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Gopal is one of the few physicians in the country who is board certified in medical acupuncture and Chinese Herbals for pain, receiving his training from the UCLA Medical School. He is interested in combining alternative medicine with western modalities when appropriate to achieve healthy drug-free pain options for patients.

The focus of Dr. Gopal practice is management of the spine and other chronic pain conditions with fluoroscopic (x-ray) and ultrasound-guided interventions.

Dr. Gopal is the director of pain management at the 445-bed Winchester Medical Center. In order to educate the medical staff and stay current with new ways to treat pain, he leads a journal club of musculoskeletal medicine at the hospital with members meeting regularly to evaluate recent scholarly articles and research studies.

Prior to Advanced Pain Relief Centers, Dr. Gopal was on staff of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire for three years. During that time, he also was an assistant professor, teaching anesthesiology and pain management at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Dartmouth Medical School.

Dr. Gopal completed a pain management fellowship at Dartmouth Medical School. He trained for his anesthesia residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical center (Harvard Medical School) and received advanced training in anesthesia and pain management at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Gopal has shared his research and knowledge in a variety of publications. Much of his work reflects his interest in the evaluation and management of low back pain.

Dr. Gopal enjoys riding a road bike in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley in the summer and skiing the same mountains in the winter. He helps run a nonprofit organization in the Shenandoah Valley and, during his visits to India, he volunteers to provide care for an orphanage.

Affiliations Winchester, National Harbor
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Association of Medical Acupuncture
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography
  • Formerly Assistant Professor at Dartmouth Medical School


  • 08/15/2023
    Rating: 5

    I was a patient of Dr.Alok Gopal when he had a practice in [...], Va that was over 9 years ago. He diagnosed me with having [...] at that time, and with his expert knowledge and skill administered stellate ganglion injections, putting my [...] (in my right hand) into remission. Dr.Gopal never gave up on me when I wanted to give up. To continue my story, I resumed my nursing career, working at our small community hospital part time, as well as being a very busy mother of 6 children. Unfortunately, pain returned in my [...] hand and now my other hand! As you can imagine, I panicked. With the help of more physicians and more testing it was discovered that I had BiLateral Carpal Tunnel (both hands), and that the [...] had come out of remission. I immediately looked up, and located Dr.Gopal!! He was still practicing and was working in [...],Va. National Spine and Pain Centers. I am currently under his care and just started the injections with the Dr.who continues to give me and many many others hope where there is none.

  • 08/15/2023
    Rating: 5

    Great office staff and doctors

  • 08/09/2023
    Rating: 5

    Dr. Gopal is excellent. He was very thorough and explained everything in detail at my visit. I highly recommend him.

  • 07/20/2023
    Rating: 5

    Dr Gapol [...] have been professional and friendly to me for more than 10 years