Dr. Mark Matsunaga, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 61

Dr. Matsunaga
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Comprehensive Pain Center

10710 Charter Dr Ste 240 Columbia, MD 21044

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Dr. Mark Matsunaga, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Columbia, MD and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from George Washington University School Of Med And Health Science medical school in 1986. He is affiliated with medical facilities Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital and Howard County General Hospital. He has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Matsunaga to book an appointment.

Dr. Matsunaga's Reviews

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3.7

Based on 48 ratings

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In the last two years, under the care of Dr. Matsunaga and Gabrielle, I have been able to cut back on dosage and switch to meds with less side effects, while still keeping my pain under control. This is the first time my medications have lessened instead of increased in the last decade. I have been a chronic pain patient for 10 years; regrettably the first 8 I was treated elsewhere. In the last two years, I’ve made more progress, both with my meds and my life as a whole, than I had in the previous eight years. Dr. M and Gabrielle believe in treating the whole patient, not just the pain itself. And to be clear, yes of course they are treating the pain, they don’t want their patients suffering. My point is that they don’t simply write new prescriptions and send me on my way. They ask about my other health conditions whether related to my pain or not, they check in about my mental state and encourage me to take care of myself in all ways.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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Shanley Rose – Jun 24, 2021
I went to visit Dr Matsunaga last April from the recommendation of my Oncologist and my brother, who happens to be a physical therapist. I was in debilitating pain from several broken ribs and a compression fracture in my spine. With Dr. M’s help, I was able to get back on my feet and get on the road to recovery. He listened to my concerns and provides tools to recover.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Pam – Feb 09, 2021
I’ve been coming to Dr. M for several years now but as of my last two appointments, the customer service has steadily declined. The college aged female front desk staff have grown increasingly rude as if it’s a bother that I’m here to be seen.
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
3 people found this helpful
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Oct 15, 2019
I saw Dr. Matsunaga today for the first time and he is hands down the best doctor I’ve ever seen!(and I’ve seen tons). He has amazing reviews and is highly recommend and I can see why. He’s genuinely caring, he actually listens to your concerns. He doesn’t push anything like most doctors do and spends time going through you’re history and treats your particular case and doesn’t treat you like just another patient . He is truly amazing. The staff is friendly and pleasant as well.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Carlie Mace in MD – Nov 20, 2018
I have been a pain management patient of Dr. Mark’s since he went “out on his own” in Columbia too many years ago, that memory fails me was it 13 or 15 years ago? I am his 1st patient after the computer being #1 to test. Dr. Mark is the most proficient kind/compassionate pain caregiver I have in my arsenal of pain mgmt. solutions giving me a quality of life to enjoy my grand-beauties, my fur-babies and movement again. Pain is debilitating & robs us of our quality of day to day life. TY Dr. Mark
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Susan Robertson in Columbia, MD – Mar 09, 2018
Appreciated how he listened to us and laid out all of our options. His approach was to offer all the tools he knew and then discuss with us the best way forward, pros and cons, and alternative approaches. Very professional and caring and empowered us to navigate this road to recovery utilizing his expertise.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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2 people found this helpful
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Feb 11, 2018
Dr Matsunaga and his entire staff make you feel so welcomed makeyou feel instantly feel better . The empathy goes abeyond it is as they actually felt yourfrom pain and can relate . It has been my life changer !I have been able to cope with major surgeries , Injuries with excruciating pains and chronic pain . Dr M and Angela gsve me my quality of life back! To be able to do daily activities and able to function . The entire staff especially ,on the psychological level are remarkable .. #1!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 01, 2018
I love Dr. Mark and the whole staff, including Dr Joe. Have had a great experience. He has helped me function much better and has always made me feel OK with needing medication or interventions, unlike some practices. They are kind and compassionate and I recommend them highly!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Howard County – May 10, 2017
I started going to Dr. Matsunaga after I had a failed back surgery. I still had nerve pain going down my left leg. I could barely walk on some days. I spent nearly a yearly going to doctors trying to find out why I still had nerve pain and trying to find a way to make life manageable. I had another Dr. recommend Dr. Matsunaga. Finally, someone that would listen to me and cared! He wanted me to get back to a normal and active life as much as I did.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Jamie Lentz in Granite, MD – Apr 26, 2017
Dr. Matsunaga has excellent rapport with patients and has managed to extend that quality to his personnel. He ensures an understanding of a condition by thorough explanation of symptoms, treatment and management options available. He utilizes all tools to manage pain not just drugs. He is a caring, ultimate healthcare provider.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Ellicott City, MD – Apr 18, 2017
Easily frustrated when you don't comply with his ideas, despite the advice given for care from surgeons and other doctors, thereby belittling you.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
12 people found this helpful
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Feb 28, 2017
He did epidural steroid injection for my back pain however when he injected, There was so much pain with resistant which he should stop the injection , back pain was so severe I was screamed to stop it, but he was not listening, after the injection I couldn't walk and think clearly because having headache and feels like has cloud in my head, almost like stroke symptoms for a 2weeks. when I talk to about it he was only saying that why didn't you go to ER ? He is a terrible physician
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
15 people found this helpful
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Ellicotty city, MD – Sep 03, 2016
Top notch care and bedside manner.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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4 people found this helpful
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Kristina0053 in Columbia, MD – Jun 03, 2016
Dr Matsunaga treated my 94 yr old dad eho has spinal stenosis. The cortisone shots made a big difference in dads quality of life, improved posture and interest in activity. From a geriatric standpoint Dr Matsunaga gave me pros and cons to all my questions regarding pain management options for my dad and together we figured out what dad responded to best while not resulting in lethargy. I trust Dr Matsunaga to treat dads current and any future pain management
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Burton Eberlein ( patient) , daughter Marie in Ellicott city MD – Mar 17, 2016

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Dr. Mark Matsunaga, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Columbia, MD and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from George...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Education

1986
George Washington University School Of Med And Health Science
Medical School

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Dr. Matsunaga has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

What are Dr. Mark Matsunaga, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Matsunaga frequently treats Low Back Pain, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Chronic Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Matsunaga treats.

Where is Dr. Mark Matsunaga, MD's office located?

Dr. Matsunaga's office is located at 10710 Charter Dr Ste 240, Columbia, MD 21044. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Matsunaga's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Matsunaga treats Low Back Pain more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Matsunaga treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Matsunaga treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Matsunaga treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Matsunaga treats Chronic Pain more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Matsunaga treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Matsunaga's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Migraine
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pain Pump
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Locations

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Comprehensive Pain Center10710 Charter Dr Ste 240 Columbia, MD 21044
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Comprehensive Pain Center8894 Stanford Blvd Ste 104 Columbia, MD 21045
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Matsunaga is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital

Baltimore, MD

63% Patient Experience Rating, 6% lower than the national average

7 Awards Received

Howard County General Hospital

Columbia, MD

68% Patient Experience Rating, 1% lower than the national average

20 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)