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Our Expert Team

Pain Treatment Program

Pain Treatment Team

Our medical faculty and staff working in both inpatient and day hospital services have a special interest and expertise in treating chronic pain syndromes. The attending physician works with each patient and the clinical staff to develop individualized treatment plans, which include daily interaction with expert physicians on our faculty.

For almost 40 years, the director, faculty, and staff of the program have participated in teaching and research to improve pain management through scholarly activities including research, scientific publications, professional conferences, and implementation of teaching programs. For explample, the Pain Treatment Program was the model for the Department of Defense when they implemented an interdisciplinary rehabilitation program for the care of veterans with Gulf War Syndrome and related conditions resulting in disability. The Pain Treatment Program has international collaborations to facilitate the development of quality improvement processes for patients with chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Clark

The team is led by Michael R. Clark, M.D., M.P.H who is a member of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center and the Vestibular and Balance Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Clark is also a member of the International Association of the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the American Psychiatric Association.  Learn more in Dr. Clark's Biographical Sketch.

Nurse Cooper

Mary Cooper, M.S., R.N. is the Nurse Manager for both the Inpatient Unit and the Day Hospital. She has held the position since 1976 and has been instrumental in the Pain Treatment Program’s development. She is part of the multidisciplinary team who strive to provide state-of-the-art care for patients with chronic pain.


The nurse practitioner is responsible for initial inpatient and day hospital evaluations and pharmacological treatment planning. Clinical practice nurses evaluate the patient's progress, assist with ongoing individual psychotherapy, training in relaxation techniques, educational lectures, and group therapy to address issues of grief and loss from chronic pain. Other members of the team include social workers who specialize in group therapy for improving coping skills and interpersonal relationships as well as performing marital/family therapy. Physical therapists and occupational therapists expand rehabilitation into the patient's social network and physical environment with the goal to improve function in daily activities and return to vocational activities.