David Boyce, MD

Dr. David Boyce is board-certified in general anesthesiology and pain medicine. After graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency and a pain medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is currently an Instructor in Anesthesiology at HMS and the anesthesiologist-in-charge of the main operating room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he also attends on the in-patient Chronic Pain Service. Dr. Boyce provides care for patients in an outpatient pain clinic and he has given regional and national talks on back pain, including hands-on ultrasound workshops for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). His clinical interests include safer surgery and non-opioid alternatives to managing chronic pain.


Posts by David Boyce, MD

I’m in pain, so why is my doctor suggesting a psychologist?

David Boyce, MD

Contributor

The negative emotions that come from coping with chronic pain can lead to depression, and that very depression can lead to worse pain. Understanding the connection between pain and emotional health with the help of a psychologist can address these issues, and there are evidence-based therapies that can help as well.

More opioids, more pain: Fueling the fire

David Boyce, MD

Contributor

One of the paradoxes of treating pain is that the longer a person takes an opioid medication, the greater possibility they will become more sensitive to pain, a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia.

Is an opioid really the best medication for my pain?

David Boyce, MD

Contributor

With all the concern around opioid medications and the risk of addiction, it’s understandable that a person might be hesitant if prescribed an opioid. Many factors need to be weighed in making this decision, including the type of pain, the cause, and how long it has persisted.