– Atlantic General Hospital and Health System is pleased to announce that
board certified anesthesiologist and pain intervention specialist Wadid
Zaky, MD, will serve as medical director of the new Atlantic General Pain
Center in Berlin, Md.
Building the center was one of the organization’s strategic plans
to address a chronic condition that plagues many residents on the Shore.
According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain affects more
Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. It is a leading
cause of disability and accounts for a significant portion of healthcare costs.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Zaky join us” said Colleen
Wareing, vice president of patient care at Atlantic General Hospital.
“He brings advanced techniques to the management of pain with a
focus on integrating the right interventions for each individual patient.
To have him on the Shore for our community is amazing. Dr. Zaky is one
of only four pain experts in the United States that was invited to present
at the World Institute of Pain International Conference being held in
London this month.”
Atlantic General Pain Center provides a comprehensive approach to treatment
of chronic pain, with pain blocks and spinal intervention procedures in
addition to medical management. Over the next year, the program will expand
to include behavioral health as well as complimentary services, providing
a holistic approach to the treatment of pain.
“With the therapies that are now available in the field of pain intervention,
there is hope for individuals suffering with chronic pain,” said
Dr. Zaky. “I look forward to working with patients here on Delmarva
to help alleviate the pain they may be struggling with.”
In addition to administering pain blocks and performing minimally-invasive
procedures, Zaky is the only physician on the Eastern Shore with expertise
in advanced neuro modulation, which involves stimulation of the spine
to relieve pain in various parts of the body. With one therapy, high-frequency
modulation, the patient cannot detect the stimulation and the therapy
can relieve pain for some individuals for whom lower frequency therapy
was ineffective. Another modality is selective nerve root modulation.
These therapies are used to alleviate pain caused by a number of conditions,
including neuropathy and peripheral nerve damage from diabetes, degenerative
disc disease, neck and back pain as well as persistent pain after surgery.
Zaky joined Atlantic General Hospital following a stint as assistant professor
at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Zaky completed a fellowship
in pain management at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in
neuromodulation at King’s College, London, as well as a residency
in anesthesia at Brookdale University Medical Center. He has worked with
numerous healthcare organizations, including Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute
and the Cleveland Clinic Pain Center. Zaky is board certified in pain
management and anesthesiology. Zaky is also a lecturer at international
interventional pain conferences and an instructor for workshops to teach
cutting edge techniques to his colleagues in the field.
Physician referrals can be made by calling 410-641-3340.