Dr. Donald Holzer, MD

Dr. Donald Holzer, MD

Pain Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 65
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Dr. Donald Holzer, MD is a pain medicine doctor who practices in Portsmouth, VA. He is 65 years old. Read his story

3315 High St

Portsmouth, VA 23707

Contact Information

(757) 399-0759

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Restless Leg Syndrome
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Dr. Holzer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Holzer "Prior to his association with Bon Secours Center for Pain Management, Dr. Holzer was in private practice at The Center for Pain Management in Portsmouth, Va. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the SUNY Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. He holds a medical degree from Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania in Hershey, Pa. Dr. Holzer completed an internship in internal medicine at Cornell Cooperating Hospitals in New York, where he also served residencies in internal medicine and neurology. Dr. Holzer is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and the American Academy of Pain Management. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Physicians, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Study of Headache and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management and a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Back Society, the American Pain Society and the American Medical Association. In addition, he sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Pain Management."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Holzer "The Bon Secours Neuroscience Center for Pain Management, the largest comprehensive pain management center in Hampton Roads, has been caring for patients suffering from chronic pain for 22 years. Focused on treating patients burdened with pain, our experienced neurologists are specialty trained in pain medicine and apply innovative methods to manage and relieve pain. Bon Secours Neuroscience Center for Pain Management provides treatments to patients experiencing all types of pain including abdominal, joint, back, neck, face and head pain."


  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lyme Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Polymyositis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep-Related Leg Cramp
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Of Pennsylvania
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Cornell Cooperating Hospitals
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Cornell Cooperating Hospitals
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Holzer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Holzer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Holzer to family and friends
based on 31 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Holzer's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Edenton, NC |
Dr holzer is an excellent dr He treats you with the HIGHEST RESPECT HE LISTENS TO U EVEN IF IT TAKES A While TO GET TROUGHYOUR MANY PAINS I recommend him unconditionally to everyone who has severe excruciating pain. He is responsible, not just spill pursuer. Try Himyour slelf and know he believes you and will explain all options to you Brenda Anderson So thankful I found him ??
in Newport news, va |
Dr. Holzer's an amazing physician and human being. He has listened to my concerns and helped me understand why I hurt when I didn't understand myself. These doctors don't get enough credit especially in today's environment.
in Virginia Beach, VA |
He is the best doctor I've ever had.
in Norfolk, VA |
Dr Holzer is wonderful! I feel like I finally have the Dr I have been praying for. He is actually interested in helping me...so refreshing. He looked back over my chart (even my Sentara chart) and assessed my health on the full picture. He is easy to talk to and kind and gentle. He seems to genuinely care. I feel blessed to be able to see him. I honestly can't say enough good things about him...if you get the opportunity to see him? Go for it, you will be happy that you did.
Suffolk, VA |
This Dr is amaing, he listens to me, and tries to help reduce my pain. I am 36 with life long injuries and arthritis. He does what ever he can to help. Well worth meeting and trying to make a pain mangement plan with him!
in Smithfield, VA |
I look forward to my appointments with Dr. Holzer. Dr Holzer seems to be the only one in this world who understands my disease and it is refreshing to speak with someone who completely understands my broad spectrum of issues. He never rushes and always has my quality of life as his best interest. The nursing staff however is the worst I have ever encountered. Leave messages about medication concerns or needs takes up to two weeks for a response. They out and out will lie to avoid doing their job
in Windsor, VA |
Dr. Holzer is one of the kindest, most compassionate, & very intelligent Pain Management Drs I have ever met! He listens to you very carefully & then studiously weighs how he can help you get back to having HOPE & a better quality of life. I find his treatment holistic in that he cares how pain effects my life & that of my family. He suggested shots for me (worked beautifully)Tai Chi which helps me have a more positive attitude, & safe pain meds. His P.A.'s Melissa & Katie & Staff are great!
in Suffolk, VA |
Dr. Holzer is knowledgeable, understanding & diligent. I would follow this doctor anywhere for care. Having said that, I think he is unaware what his nurses put us through. You will sign their RULES requirements for care. I just get trigger point injections, no meds. If you have a problem between visits it's a game to see how long we wait before BOTHERING them again. It takes a day for a precert if they would just call. I refuse to be a slave for help. Looking for better service, Sorry DR
VA |
My first visit with Dr.Holzer was great. He is very personable, professional, compassionate and really listened to my health issues. Over the past 13 years I have been dealing with a debilitating disease and these days it is very hard to find a doctor that will actually take the time to listen to you. His entire office staff from when you first walked it to the time you checked out were great. I would absolutely recommend this practice.
in Norfolk, VA |
The way they run this clinic is ridiculous, I STRONGLY suggest not going to this center of you have multiple issues because the PAs don't care and are very rude. If they mess up on your file, it's your fault, if you stand up for yourself you're not a good person.
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Dr. Holzer accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    KeyCare PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    Southern Health PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Bon Secours - Maryview Medical Center
3636 High St
Portsmouth, VA 23707
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