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Professional Biography

Dr. Kiefer is a double board-certified physician specializing in Interventional Chronic Pain Medicine. He focuses on the clinical care of patients suffering with chronic pain through a balanced, multidisciplinary approach. He states, "The goal of my practice is to provide patients with the highest quality expert care of a major academic medical center, delivered with the convenience and efficiency of a private practice."

He has expertise in acute and chronic pain evaluation and diagnosis, medication management, responsible opioid management, treatment of chronic pain patients with addiction, fluoroscopic- and ultrasound-guided interventional techniques (including vertebral augmentation) and advanced implantable therapies (spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps).

He completed his medical training at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.


Hew also participates in the training of the next generation of anesthesiologists and pain physicians as a faculty member in the Department of Anesthesiology at Georgetown University Hospital. He performs independent medical exams and medicolegal consultation/expert witness services. 

He's contributed to 12 textbook chapters, 6 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 17 presentations at national and international medical conferences.

Education & Training


MD, Weill Cornell Medical College


Residency, Anesthesiology,

Georgetown University Medical Center


Fellowship, Pain Medicine,

Massachusetts General Hospital,

Harvard Medical School

Recent Publications

2019, Conventional Thermal versus Water-Cooled Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Lesioning: A Retrospective Chart Review, Interventional Pain Management Reports

Genicular nerve radiofrequency lesioning (RFL) is an interventional approach to chronic knee pain and is a promising strategy for long-term management of treatment-resistant chronic knee pain. In this study, no significant difference in outcomes was detected between CT-RFL and WC-RFL techniques. 

2020, Epidural Steroid Injections. In: Rathmell J and Brenner G, ed. MGH Handbook of Pain Medicine

Textbook chapter on the technique and theory of epidural steroid injections, one of the most common spine interventions utilized in practice of chronic pain management.

2020, Disc Herniation and Radiculopathy. In: Mao J, ed. Spine Pain Care – A Comprehensive Clinical Guide

Textbook chapter on disc herniation and radiculopathy, one of the most common pain conditions, in a new textbook focusing on spine pain. Written with Brent Earls, MD, Chief Resident (2019-2020), Department of Anesthesiology, Georgetown University Hospital. 

2018, Stellate Ganglion Block May Improve Healing After Intra-arterial Injection of Sclerosing Agent to Superficial Temporal Artery

Case presentation on the use of a series of stellate ganglion blocks in combination with hyperbaric oxygen therapy to improve the health of a severe open wound following the accidental injection of a sclerosis agent in an artery by another physician.

Dr. Kiefer with Georgetown Residents in the OR
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