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Lucy Chen, MD


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Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain management
  • Acupuncture
Medical Education
  • MD, Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences
  • Residency, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals
  • Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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I have been working in MGH Center for Pain Medicine for more than ten years. I have been actively involved in clinical research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Translational Pain Research. My current research interests are focused on clinical studies: 1.  to evaluate acupuncture outcome in pain management. 2. to evaluate hyperalgesia in patients with chronic opioid use (opioid-induced hyperalgesia) and possible diagnostic and treatment tools.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Research Areas:
Acupuncture and alternative medicine
Opioid use in pain management
Oipiod induced hyperalgesia (OIH)

Description of Research:
My current acupuncture study has 4 specific aims; (1) use quantitative testing (QST) as an assessment tool for the effectiveness of acupuncture on clinical pain; (2) compare changes in QST responses and biomarkers following acupuncture therapy; (3) compare effect of acupuncture and pain medication on clinical pain; and (4) using QST explore the outcomes of acupuncture between acupuncture "believers" and "non-believers".

Co-investigator Research:

QST: Compare pain threshold and pain tolerance as measured by QST in opioid naive subjects, in chronic pain patients  not using opioids, and in chronic pain patients using opioids.

Ketamine:  Compare pain threshold, tolerance and wind up, using QST before and after a single dose of ketamine to chronic pain patients with and without opioid therapy.

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Center for Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-8810
Fax: 617-726-3441

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