Dr. Adrian Dumitru
- pain management
- spine – upper and lower back
- hip, knee and shoulder
Adrian C. Dumitru, M.D., began his 27-year journey toward mastering the complexities of pain management by becoming an anesthesiologist. In pain management, a field where everyone from family therapists to general practitioners often participate, Dumitru saw the need for a physician with his particular expertise to oversee a multi-disciplinary approach. Anesthesiology, after all, is one of the ultimate forms of pain management.
Today a recognized expert in this relatively new field, Dr. Dumitru sums up his philosophy of practice as follows: “My patient comes first; everything evolves from that.” This doctor takes particular pride in personally attending each patient, learning firsthand their lifestyles, aspirations and needs.
“I see all patients myself,” he stresses. “Not a physician’s assistant (PA), not a nurse practitioner (NP) — me. It’s how I feel about my practice, about one-on-one care. I take my time and make the individual patient an intricate part of his or her own treatment process.”
Sometimes a patient’s relationship with Dr. Dumitru is short-term, for instance, in the case of an acute sports injury or other accident where the pain simply requires management during a finite healing process. But chronic pain with a complex and/or intractable underlying condition requires ongoing maintenance.
“That is not something that can be put on cruise control,” he explains. “It’s why I try to build a long-term relationship through direct access to me — not an assembly line of PAs and NPs. Every patient is different and I have to get to know them personally if I am to accurately diagnose their underlying condition or conditions. It’s a very intricate process to separate different factors that may be pain generators.”
Accordingly, in Dr. Dumitru’s practice, patients are “treated as a whole.” Careful consideration is given to each patient’s threshold of pain, emotional state and even cultural differences that may effect treatment methods.