Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD Washington VA Medical Center

Dr. Sandbrink is the national program director for pain management for the Veterans Health Administration and leads the comprehensive pain program at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. He completed his neurology residency at Georgetown University and fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the NIH. He is clinical associate professor at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD, and assistant clinical professor at George Washington University. He participated in the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines Workgroups for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain (2017) and for Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain (2017), and in the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force established by the Department of Health and Human Services. His interests include collaborative pain care, interdisciplinary pain management, opioid safety, neuropathic pain, and the study of neuroplasticity and placebo/nocebo effects related to pain.