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Marina Protopapas, DO

Education
  • Fellowship
  • Harvard Medical School United States Boston, MA 2006
  • Harvard Medical School-Children's Hospital Boston, MA 2006
  • Internship
  • Good Samaritan Hospital United States Baltimore, MD 2002
  • Medical School
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Old Westbury, NY 2001
  • Residency
  • Harvard Medical School Charlestown, MA 2005
  • Undergraduate
  • Adelphi University Garden City, NY 1995

About

Primary Specialties: Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Board Certified), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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, Arlington Magazine 2021
  • 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

Reviews

  • 06/18/2024
    Rating: 5

    Great service and great staff…Dr. P and her staff are awesome.

  • 06/12/2024
    Rating: 5

    Dr. Protopapas is awesome as are her PA's. The front desk is always staffed with competent and friendly staff.

  • 06/11/2024
    Rating: 5

    Dr. Protopapas has been very helpful in treating me. I appreciate the work that she and [...] are doing for me.

  • 06/11/2024
    Rating: 5

    Dr. P is incredibly professional and caring. She is constantly checking on my well-being during the procedure and performs her work marvelously.