Physicians & Departments

Pain Management

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Center for Pain Management program treats the “5th vital sign” - pain.

At Martha's Vineyard Hospital, we are committed to improving the quality of life for individuals who suffer from chronic pain and work in partnership with referring primary care physicians to provide care for patients with chronic or acute pain. Our pain specialists utilize leading-edge technology and the latest discoveries in research to provide optimal care and help patients find the relief they need.

The Pain Management program connects Island patients with the expertise of the Center for Pain Management at Massachusetts General Hospital under the leadership of Dr. Shiqian Shen. This program is the first of its kind in the field of Pain Medicine, whereby patients and doctors meet via tele-medicine (videoconferencing) for pain management evaluations. Doctors perform pain management procedures twice a month on-site at Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

The Center for Pain Management offers advanced treatment options in a supportive, compassionate and patient-centered environment. Our collaborative approach to care translates into individualized treatment programs that best meet our patients’ needs.

Low back pain, headaches and nerve pain are among the most common issues. The care team advises as well as treats. Our affiliation with Mass General Hospital opens other connections and access for our patients with services and specialists they can provide.

Pain medicine services being performed now at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital include: steroid injections, joint injections, trigger point injections, nerve blocks, radio frequency-ablation, spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery.

A multi-disciplinary pain management approach is used to treat pain conditions. With this service, our goal is to provide more comprehensive assessments and continuity of care. Other therapeutic means of treating pain may include yoga, aqua therapy or physical therapy.

We treat numerous pain conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Lumbar disc disease
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome), which is chronic pain that usually occurs in the arm or the leg
  • Sciatica

Patients will meet with a physician via telemedicine who can make the initial assessment and schedule procedures as needed.

Referral by a primary care physician is required.

For more information contact:

Cheryl Kram, RN, BSN, BC Nurse Manager or Pamela Thomas, RN, BSN Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Center for Pain Management Telephone: 508-957-0189 Fax: 508-696-6810

George M. Hanna, M.D. Medical Director of Pain Management, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

Shiqian Shen, MD

  • Specialty: Pain Management
  • Telephone: 617-726-3030
  • Medical School : Tongji Medical University
  • Internship/Residency: Hospital of Saint RaphaelResidency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology