Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine

Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Spine-related pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal cord stimulation for pain management
  • Chronic pain management
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cancer pain
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Clinical trials
  • Drug Development
Medical Education
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Waltham: Mass General West
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
  • 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
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • 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
Patient Age Group
Pediatric and Adult

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Clinical care: My clinical expertise focuses on comprehensive pain management for chronic pain patients and acute (postoperative) pain. In my role in the multi-disciplinary, outpatient, Chronic Pain Clinic, I evaluate and treat patients with a variety of chronic and cancer-related pain. I have expertise in all facets of musculoskeletal medicine with an emphasis on spine, joint and extremity related pain conditions. I have experience in spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and radiofrequency ablative procedures. Additionally, on our inpatient Acute Pain Service, I attend to the needs of postoperative pain patients, including those with epidural and peripheral nerve catheters.

Research and education: My research interests focus on opioid therapy. I have experience in clinical trials involving novel analgesics and interventions for pain management from proof-of-concept studies to phase II and III multi-center studies. I teach fellows, residents and medical students in all areas where I attend clinically.

Administrative: I am the Director for the MGH Center for Pain Medicine wherein I oversee all activities at both our Boston and Waltham Pain centers.

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Research & Publications


Sample Publications

1. Carinci AJ, Mao J. Pain and Opioid Addiction: What Is the Connection? Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2010 February; 14(1):17-21.

2. Carinci AJ, Mehta P, Christo, PJ. Chronic Pain in Torture Victims. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2010 April; 14(2):73-79.

3. Christo PJ, Christo DK, Carinci AJ, Freischlag JA. Single CT-Guided Chemodenervation of the Anterior Scalene Muscle with Botulinum Toxin for Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Pain Med. 2010 Apr;11(4):504-11.

4. Carinci AJ. Careers in Anesthesiology: The Joy of Volunteering. Volume XI. Book Review. Eds. Caton D. and McGoldrick KE. Anesthesiology. 2010 Feb;112(2):503

5. Carinci AJ, Christo PJ. All I Had Was a Knee Bursectomy, Do I Now Have RSD? In: Gallagher, Lewis, Schwengel eds. Core Clinical Competencies in Anesthesiology: A Case-based Approach. Cambridge University Press, 1 edition, April 30, 2010.

6. Carinci AJ, Christo PJ. Physician Impairment: Is Recovery Feasible? Pain Physician. 2009 May-Jun;12(3):487-91

7. Carinci AJ, Christo PJ. Cancer Pain and Pharmacotherapies. In: Heitmiller G, eds. The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia, Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

8. Carinci AJ, Mazloomdoost D, Towsley D, Stonemetz J. Documentation, Economics and Legal Aspects of Anesthesiology. In: Heitmiller G, eds. The Johns Hopkins Handbook of Anesthesia, Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

9. Raja SN, Carinci A, Baron R. Sympathetically Maintained Pain in CRPS II: Human Experimentation. In: Schmidt RF, Willis WD, editors. Encyclopedic Reference of Pain, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 2007.

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Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-726-3030
Center for Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone 1: 617-726-8810
Chronic Pediatric Pain Clinic
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-643-1097
Fax: 617-724-0702
Mass General West Pain Medicine
40 Second Avenue
Waltham MA, 02451
Phone 1: 617-726-8810

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