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Anthony L. Dragovich, M.D.

Dr. Anthony Dragovich is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician with expert proficiency in the placement of implantable devices and ultrasound guided procedures.

Dr. Dragovich performed his anesthesiology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed his pain medicine fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is dedicated to the treatment of human suffering through the use of cutting edge technology, medication management, and a heavy emphasis on teaching and encouraging the basics of life: nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management.

Dr. Dragovich grew up in Illinois and completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Chicago where he graduated with honors and was a four year varsity football letterman. He then attended medical school at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. Upon graduation from medical school, he obtained an Army commission as a Captain. He was transferred to Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington for his internship. Due to the needs of the army, he then completed a two-year tour as an army flight surgeon for the 2/227th Aviation Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. After his tour as a flight surgeon, he moved to Washington, D.C. for his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Upon graduation from residency, Dr. Dragovich was ordered to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where he became the Chief of the Pain Medicine clinic. During his six year tour he built the Ft. Bragg pain clinic into the second largest pain medicine clinic in the Department of Defense. He held many leadership positions during these six years to include: Chief of Anesthesia, Chair of the Institutional Review Board, North Atlantic Pain Medicine Consultant and Pain Medicine Consultant to the Surgeon General. He served a six month tour in Baghdad, Iraq as a trauma anesthesiologist and the Iraqi Theater Pain medicine consultant which he still considers his greatest professional accomplishment.

Additionally, Dr. Dragovich is continually working to further the medical understanding of pain medicine and public awareness. He has authored 13 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has lectured at regional, national, and international meetings. In 2014 he served as a scientific reviewer for research grants totaling $15 million dollars distributed by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. He also provides scientific review for national medical journals.

Dr. Dragovich completed thirteen years of military service with the final rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was honorably discharged July 27, 2013 and moved to Roanoke, Virginia to join Blue Ridge Pain Management. He has a fabulous wife of 17 years and five very busy children. He is happy to call Roanoke home and is looking forward to helping you relieve your suffering.




Medical Info

In Practice Since

  • 2001

Fellowship

  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Internship

  • Madigan Army Medical Center

Other Relevant Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences, University of Chicago

Residency

  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Medical School

  • St. Louis University School of Medicine



Certifications

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experience, 2013
  • Basic Life Support Experience, 2013
  • Testamur, National Board of Echocardiography Examination of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography, 2012
  • Suboxone Certification, Active, 2010
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor, 2002-2010
  • Subspecialty Certification Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology, 2008
  • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, 2007



Publications

  • Dragovich A, Cohen S. 'Chapter 14 Pain in the Battlefield Injured'. In: Handbook of Pain and Palliative Care, edited by Rhonda J Moore. Springer Publishing, 2012: 195-213.
  • Dragovich A, Trainer RJ. 'A Report of 3 Soldiers Returned to Full Duty after Lumbar Radiofrequency Facet Denervation in a Theater of War'. Pain Medicine, January 11 2011.
  • Bleckner LL, Bina S, Buckenmaier CC 3rd, Dragovich A, Kwon KH, McKnight G. 'Serum ropivacaine concentrations and systemic local anesthetic toxicity in trauma patients receiving long-term continuous peripheral nerve block catheters'. Anesthesia & Analgesia, February 1 2010; 110(2): 630-4.
  • Mihok S, Mongan PD, Moon-Massat PF, Rentko V, Dragovich A, Sharma P. 'Regional blood flow after serial normovolemic exchange transfusion with HBOC-201 (Hemopure) in anesthetized swine'. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, July 2009; 67(1): 51-60.
  • Cohen SP, Dragovich A, Verdolin T, Weber T, Wenzell D. 'Deployment to war zones in patients treated with neuromodulation'. Anesthesia & Analgesia, July 2009; 109(1): 245-8.
  • Cohen S, Dragovich A. 'Chapter 28 Interventional therapies'. Evidence-based chronic pain management, edited by Catherine F. Stannard, Eija Kalso, Jane Ballantyne, 2010; Blackwell Publishing Ltd.: 369-400.
  • Bogduk N, Buckenmaier C, Cohen SP, Dragovich A. 'Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-response, and preclinical safety study of transforaminal epidural etanercept for the treatment of sciatica'. Anesthesiology, 2009; 110: 1-11.
  • Cohen SP, Dragovich A. 'Intrathecal Analgesia'. Current Therapy in Pain, edited by Smith, 2008, Philadelphia: Saunders.
  • Cohen SP, Dragovich A, Larkin TM. 'Acute renal failure during a trial of spinal cord stimulation: theories as to a possible connection'. Pain Physician, 2008; 11: 681-6.
  • Dragovich A, Weber T. 'Offering hope for our wounded warriors: An overview of the Womack Army Medical Center Pain Medicine Clinic'. AMEDD J, 2008; Jan-Mar: 45-49.
  • Buckenmaier CC, Cohen SP, Dragovich A, Hurley RW, Kurihara C, Morlando BJ. 'A randomized, placebo-controlled study evaluating lumbosacral primary dorsal rami and lateral branch radiofrequency denervation for saroiliac joint pain'. Anesthesiology, 2008; 109: 279-88.
  • Bajwa ZH, Cohen SP, Dragovich A, Kraemer JJ, et al. 'Factors predicting success and failure for cervical facet radiofrequency denervation: a multi-center analysis'. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 2007; 32: 495-503.
  • Cohen S, Dragovich A. 'Intrathecal Analgesia'. Medical Clinics of North America March, 2007; 91(2): 251-270.