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Andrew Manuel Nava, M.D.

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Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Expertise: Arthritis, Back Pain, Bursitis, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spondylosis, Chronic Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease, Epidural Injections, Joint Injections, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Myofascial Pain, Neck Pain, Nerve Blocks, Neuralgia, Pain Management, Peripheral Neuropathies, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Control, Spinal Block, Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Pain, Spinal Stenosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476

600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer Building 1-130
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476

10755 Falls Rd.
Pavilion I, Suite 320
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-616-7400


Andrew Nava, M.D., is an instructor and interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine fellow in the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His clinical focus is on treating patients with a variety of pain conditions, including spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, failed back surgery syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, arthritis, neuropathic pain, trigeminal neuralgia and myofascial pain syndrome.

Dr. Nava specializes in interventional pain procedures, including nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, joint injections, radiofrequency ablations and spinal cord stimulation.

Dr. Nava received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, also at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Nava was a venture capital analyst and director of research at a prominent New York-based biotechnology investment firm where he was involved in the development and FDA approval of several novel therapeutics for various oncology and ophthalmology indications.

Dr. Nava has published and presented original research in pain management and interventional pain procedures, including publications on failed back surgery syndrome, peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, myofascial pain and general rehabilitation. His research interests focus on patient outcomes after interventional pain procedures, spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and novel devices and therapeutics. more


  • Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2017)

Board Certifications

  • Pending/Scheduled / Pain Management
  • Pending/Scheduled / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Chakravarthy K, Nava A, Christo PJ, Williams K. Review of Recent Advances in Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS). Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2016 Nov;20(11):60. Review. PMID: 27671799

Gerber LH, Nava A, Garfinkel S, Goel D, Weinstein AA, Cai C. A need for an augmented review when reviewing rehabilitation research. Disabil Health J. 2016 Oct;9(4):559-66.

Desai MJ, Nava A, Rigoard P, Shah B, Taylor RS. Optimal medical, rehabilitation and behavioral management in the setting of failed back surgery syndrome. Neurochirurgie. 2015 Mar;61 Suppl 1:S66-76.

Desai MJ, Shkolnikova T, Nava A, Inwald D. A critical appraisal of the evidence for botulinum toxin type a in the treatment for cervico-thoracic myofascial pain syndrome. Pain Pract. 2014 Feb;14(2):185-95.

Desai MJ, Bean MC, Heckman TW, Jayaseelan D, Moats N, Nava A. Treatment of myofascial pain. Pain Management. January 2013, Vol. 3, No. 1:67-79.

Activities & Honors


  • Fundamentals of Pain Management: An Interdisciplinary Primer Scholarship, American Pain Society, 2015 - 2015


  • Spine Intervention Society, 2016
  • American Pain Society, 2015
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2014

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Prevalence of spondylolithesis in whiplash-injured patients: A retrospective radiographic review
    Poster presentation, American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL (01/01/1900)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine use, effectiveness, interest and barriers to use at a tertiary-care pain medicine center: survey results
    Poster presentation, American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL (01/01/1900)
  • Prevalence of myofascial tender and trigger points in patients presenting with cervico-thoracic and lumbro-sacral spine related pain: preliminary results
    Poster presentation, American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL (01/01/1900)
  • Anterior cervical osteophyte dysphagia: modified barium swallow and rehabilitation outcomes
    Poster presentation, Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (01/01/1900)
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