Dr. Christopher A. Dawson, MD

Dr. Christopher A. Dawson, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine | Male | 44 years old

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Enhance function while decreasing the need for pain medication through interventional procedures. Not accepting patients who are solely interested in opioid/pain medication refills.Read more

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    16 – 30 minutes (54)
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in Newport News, VA |
Very personable and easy to talk to. I was impressed with his plan of action for my care that he presented during my first appointment.
in Yorktown, VA |
I have never seen anyone less caring, arrogant or sarcastic. On my first visit he reduced my medication and did not know most of my history or cared to listen. On my second visit basically told me that he thinks this is not going to work for him or I and he suggested I find a new Doctor. He does not like when you try to question him on anything. I could say allot more, but elect not to do so. I've ben to doctors all my life, I have never seen any doctor treat a patient this way.
Yorktown, VA |
He is arrogant, sarcastic, impatient, uncaring, volatile, unprofessional and inconsistent. Has no interest in listening to the patient. Without looking properly at patient records he is very quick to say theres nothing he can do, that not even surgery is an option, but at follow up visit he offers referral to a surgeon. He makes a "diagnosis" without examination or tests, and that diagnosis is telling the patient theres no hope. Stay away from this quack.
Norfolk, VA |
Dr. does not take the time to listen to his patients and seems judgemental.
in Yortown |
3 months to read the patient files. I listen to him go room to room seeing people while complaining about PC. He said there is nothing he can do for me! Said he just read my file. He said I am to far to gone for him to help which is part of the oath he took to help people I did not know was in the oath. I am not happy that this guy wants to bill for visit and drug test for doing nothing. Staff should call beforehand and tell patients that he is not going to help you, he knows but can't bill you.
in Yorktown, VA |
I appreciate Dr. Dawson taking the time to actually listen to me and getting to know me as a person rather than a walking chart. My regular physician moved and I was worried because I really liked the previous doctor... but after my first visit I feel so much better. Dr. Dawson is sharp and personable, and discussed my condition knowledgeably and with authority.
Extremely caring and dedicated to his patients, Dr. Dawson exhibits a level of integrity and commitment I've never experienced with any other medical practitioner. He takes the time to listen to my concerns at each visit and clearly explains treatment options. I always leave his office feeling better than when I arrived!
Fort Myers, FL |
I want to be clear...I did not ask for nor did I want any medication as I am allergic to or have reactions to medications. This doctor is disagreeable and arrogant. I admire any stance on less medications. However this is a man with no interest in your past knowledge about your own body. Never listened to me, refused to allow me to finish one thought. Dismissive and barely human!
in Cape Coral, FL |
He is a Wonderful Doctor. The reason people are writing Bad Reviews is because He is very strict and careful about dispensing pain meds which is what any good Doctor should do. He is a good caring Doctor and I would highly recommend Him.
in Fort Myers, FL |
Very pleased with Dr. Dawson. He helped me resolve my low back pain without drugs. I was also very pleased with how empathetic he was regarding an issue with my thumb and was very helpful in getting me an appointment with a hand surgeon. I would recommend Dr. Dawson for anyone with back pain. I had seen several physical therapists over the past 15 years, and he nailed the problem and referred me to the best physical therapist in Lee County. Now I have a plan to remain pain free.
in Fort Myers, FL |
First visit Dr. Dawson was great at selling himself, prescribed 20 Hydrocodone and one every 24 hours for sciatica pain and nerve pain down the leg and into big toe. When I told the nurse I needed something before appointment she told me to take a Tylenol. When I mentioned that to Dr. his response was, did it help, well, how could it help chronic spinal pain I had had for 5 months. I had tried lots of specialists since June.
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Dr. Dawson's Care Philosophy

Enhance function while decreasing the need for pain medication through interventional procedures.

Not accepting patients who are solely interested in opioid/pain medication refills.

Dr. Dawson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Medical School
    West Virginia University

    Graduated in 2005

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Virginia Health System

    Completed in 2006

  • Residency Hospital
    Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine

    Completed in 2010

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine

    Completed in 2011

  • Undergraduate School
    College Of William & Mary

    Graduated in 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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