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.
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.
Ruwani Gunawardane, M.D. is board certified in neurology, stroke and internal medicine. She specializes in Multiple sclerosis, headache and other complex neurological disorders. She has special training in neurosonology–the study of imaging tests crucial in interpreting and diagnosing cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Gunawardane was an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine for seven years before going into private practice in 2006. She remains on the UM faculty as a visiting professor. Dr. Gunawardane earned her medical degree from St Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. She graduated in 1990 leading her class for clinical excellence and won the Chancellor Charles R. Modica award. She completed her residency in Internal medicine at Coney Island Hospital in New York, and then did her neurology training and a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease/stroke at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
At the University of Maryland, she was one of the founding members of the Brain Attack team, a program designed to rapidly assess and treat stroke patient with a clot-dissolving drug in order to prevent death and disability. She has conducted a variety of stroke research studies and has co-authored an array of articles in professional journals. Dr.Gunawardane is a member of American Academy of Neurology.