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Alok Gopal, MD

Education
  • 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

About

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
Awards
  • 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

Reviews

  • 04/12/2024
    Rating: 5

    The office staff and medical team are so very kind and friendly. They are all very efficient. I usually arrive about 30 minutes early and have never waited longer than 5 minutes to be called back to a room. The providers are also amazing and efficient. I don't have to wait long once I've been roomed before the provider is in to see me. They are also very personable and friendly. I've had simple office visits and procedures done. The are careful, clean, and very gentle. They are mindful of discomfort and do what they can to avoid as pain as possible. I have not ever had a bad experience with my care. [...] So I would recommend this office for care 100% of the time ....[...]

  • 04/12/2024
    Rating: 4.6

    I have received good care

  • 04/10/2024
    Rating: 5

    Superb...I had no previous experience with the treatment. All the administrative staff and medical staff and doctor were wonderful. Thanks for asking!

  • 04/05/2024
    Rating: 5

    Always thoughtful and respectful and have been helping me get Pain relief