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Marina G. Protopapas, DO

About

Dr. Protopapas joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2006 with an exceptionally skilled medical background. Her advanced training includes specialized fellowships in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pain Management at Harvard Medical School-Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Protopapas also holds a degree in Clinical Acupuncture from Harvard Medical School.

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. Her expertise in innovative and fluoroscopic (x-ray) guided therapies includes trigger point injections, epidural nerve blocks, facet joint injections, discography, spinal cord stimulation trials, sympathetic blocks, and radiofrequency denervation.

Dr. Protopapas is diligent and thoughtful in the practice of her profession. With an unwavering focus on quality of care, she takes an individualized and comprehensive approach with each patient.

Dr. Protopapas earned her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She served as Chief Resident during her residency and completed specialized fellowship training at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She is Board-certified in both Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a Diplomat of both the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Her active memberships include the American Society of Interventional Pain Management, International Spine Intervention Society, Virginia Medical Society, and American Osteopathic Association.

Fluent in Greek and Spanish, Dr. Protopapas is also proficient in American Sign Language and enjoys traveling, reading, and dancing.

Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctor 2019 award

Affiliations Fair Oaks
Awards
  • Top Doctors, Washingtonian Magazine 2018
  • Top Doctors, Consumers' Checkbook in Washington Area 2018
  • Top Doctors, Washingtonian Magazine 2017
  • Top Doctors, Consumers' Checkbook in Washington Area 2017
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2017
  • Top Doctors, Washingtonian Magazine 2016
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2016
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2015
  • Top Doctors, Washingtonian Magazine 2015
  • Top Doctors, Washingtonian Magazine 2014
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2014
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2013
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2012
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2011
  • Pain Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Department of PM&R at Spaulding Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Education
  • Board Certification
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Fellowship
  • Harvard Medical School United States Boston, MA 2006
  • Internship
  • Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland United States Baltimore, MD 2002
  • Medical School
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine United States Old Westbury, NY 2001
  • Residency
  • Harvard Medical School United States Boston, MA 2005
  • Undergraduate
  • Adelphi University [ None or N/A ] Garden City, NY 1995

Reviews

  • 12/16/2020
    Rating: 5

    Always give me great respect and look out my best interest in my medical conditions Excellent patient care

  • 12/16/2020
    Rating: 5

    From the entire staff to the amazing Dr P everyone is helpful, kind and caring.

  • 12/16/2020
    Rating: 5

    Fantastic, professional and knowledgeable staff. Dr. P is excellent. After all these years, I finally found a Dr. that gets what’s going on with my hip. Really great team at National Spine & Pain Center.

  • 12/15/2020
    Rating: 5

    Dr. P. And staff know their job and are very good at it. I feel that i will be taken care of.