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
Foreign Languages
  • Chinese
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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 - New York
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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I have been working in MGH Center for Pain Medicine for more 15 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 & 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.

Principle Investigator Research:

Acupuncture:  A Method of Evaluating Acupuncture Therapy in Pain Management

Co-investigator Research:

QST: Compare pain threshold and pain tolerance as measured by QST

Pharmacotherapy: Alliviating Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia with Noval Pharmacotherapy

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News & Events

  • 10 Tips for Living with Chronic Pain

    Living with chronic pain can be challenging. Lucy Chen, MD, a physician researcher in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, discusses 10 tips for living with chronic pain.

  • Can Acupuncture Relieve Chronic Pain?

    Lucy Chen, MD, a researcher in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, discusses her clinical interests and current research, which focuses on finding a reliable outcome assessment for acupuncture.


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