Meet Our Doctors
Vajira Gunawardane, M.D.
The Maryland Pain and Spine Center is under the direction of Vajira Gunawardane, M.D., who began this practice in 2004 as the Advanced Pain Management Center at Carroll Hospital in Westminster. This was the first comprehensive Interventional pain management Center in Carroll County.
A large population of patients who had no access to advanced interventional pain procedures had a tremendous benefit of Dr. Gunawardane’s expertise. Some patients who were medically managed with chronic opiate therapy for many years were able to give up their opiates after the interventions. Most patients would describe him “as a compassionate, caring physician who has the patience to listen”.
A physician who is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Gunawardane completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his fellowship in interventional Pain Management at University of Maryland Medical Center in 1995. Thereafter he stayed on faculty as a teacher, clinician and took part in leading research. He remained an Assistant Professor until 2004 at the University of Maryland.
Hugo Torres, M.D.
Dr. Torres is co-director of the Maryland Pain and Spine Center. He is board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He was an Anesthesiology resident and chief resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was fellowship trained in pain management.
Dr. Torres joined the practice in 2006, after working as faculty at the University of Maryland for 4 years. His addition and contribution has helped to grow the practice to its present popularity.
Dr. Torres’ patients comments about the practice have included “possibly one of the last existing medical practices NOT involved in ‘assembly line’ medicine” and “a true gentleman who takes pride in his practice.” Dr. Torres’ knowledge of his specialty makes him an expert in pain management and pain interventions.