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Lucy Chen, MD

  • Phone: 617-726-8810
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Clinical Interests
Pain management
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
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, American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology
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BiographyI 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.


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

Center for Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-8810
Fax: 617-726-3441

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