About Dr. Hoffberg

hoffberg-about-us-portraitDr. Howard Hoffberg is the Associate Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Pain Management Associates, located in Owings Mills and Towson, Maryland, and is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has written and lectured frequently in the areas of musculosketal pain and electrodiagnostic testing. Dr. Hoffberg is actively involved in many local and national committees dealing with the topics of pain, quality control, utilization review and long term care.


Curriculum Vitae



  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Subspecialty: Pain Medicine
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Passed Part I, June 1984 and passed Part II in May 1985 (no expiration)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1984 – present)
  • Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine – April 1993 (no expiration)
  • Fellow, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (1993- present)
  • Board Certified in Pain Medicine – February 1999
  • Recertified Mar 7, 2009 until 2019 (#12399)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pain Medicine (2003 – present)
  • Board Certified American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine subspecialty – since Sept. 2003 (valid until Dec.31, 2023). (re-certification test taken 8/18/12 passed – 95% tile)


Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (R2-R4), University of Washington, RJ-30, Seattle, Washington 98195 (three years – completed June 1984)

Residency: Internal Medicine (R-1), Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. (one year – from July 1980 to June 1981)

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, East 100th Street and Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10021 (four years – September 1976 to June 1980)


Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, New York, New York (three years—September 1973 to May 1976), Degree:B.S. Bioengineering (Dept of Chemical Engineering)

Master of Science: University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1984


State of Maryland – June 1984 to present

State of Washington – July 1981 to 1991

Hospital Privileges in Baltimore, Maryland:

  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Northwest Hospital Center
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Sinai Hospital

Honors and Awards:

Graduated Columbia University in the Honorary Engineering Society (Tau Beta Pi) and Honorary Chemical Society


Completed a research project at University of Washington satisfying the thesis requirement for a Master of Science entitled, “Bladder Trabeculation and Its Associated Urologic Morbidity in the Neurogenic Bladder Following Spinal Cord Injury” submitted May 1984

Previously involved in research in my clinical practice on trigger point injections, hyalurinadase injections and diabetic neuropathy.


Peer reviewer Dane Street Medical Reviews, FL 2013 to present

Member of inpatient pain management committee Dec 2013 to present

Physician Advisory Committee, United Healthcare, Sept 2012 to present

Mid-Atlantic Region Chairman, Alliance for Patient Access, 2005-2011, Board of Directors 2011- present

Division Head of Rehabilitation Medicine, Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown, MD, Jan, 2006 to Mar, 2012

Peer reviewer Healthcare Strategies, Columbia, MD, 2008 to present

Peer reviewer Advanced Medical Reviews, CA 2009 to present

Director of inpatient pain management, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, MD, Dec, 2007 to present,

Division Head of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Medicine at Maryland General Hospital, 1987-1991

Member of the Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Activities Committee – Homewood Hospital Center 1985-1991, Utilization Review Committee – Homewood Hospital Center, 1986-1990

Member of Medical & Chirurgical Faculty Committees on :

  1. Utilization Review 1991-1994;
  2. Geriatrics and Long-Term Care 1988-1990
  3. Managed Care & Third Party Liaison September 1991 – 1994 and 1996-present

Member of Maryland Medicare (Novitas) Carrier Advisory Committee, 1992-present representing PM&R

Member of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Advisory Committee, Union Memorial Hospital 1994-1997

Delmarva Specialist Reviewer for Medicare, Medicaid, Champus beneficiary 1996-present

Care (Spectera) Specialist Reviewer, 1997- 2003.

United Healthcare Specialist Reviewer, 2003- 2009.

President, Maryland Society for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – 1997-1999, Executive and Nominating Committee – 1999-present, member of Special Interest Group (Pain Management) 2003- present

Chief, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The New Children’s Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland – May 1997 through March 1999, Medical Executive Committee – 1998 to March 1999

Chief, New Comprehensive Pain Center at The New Children’s Hospital – 1998- 1999

President Elect, Special Interest Group on Myofascial Pain, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – 1997-1999, President – 1999-2000; Executive Committee – 2000-present, Secretary 2004-2005

Member, Med-Chi Specialist Committee since October 1997

Member, Technical Work Group on Neck & Low Back Pain, Maryland Health Care Access and Cost Commission – 1997-1998

Member, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation since February 1998 to 2005

Program Chairman, Comprehensive Pain Management at Northwest Hospital Center – February 1999 through 2000

MCMC (Peer Review Analysis) specialist case reviewer 2003- present

Hoover Inc. specialist case reviewer 2005- 2009

Member of Lifebridge Health Rehabilitation Medicine Strategic Planning Committee, Sept, 2006 to 2007

Medical Societies:

1. Fellow Member of American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Member Special Interest Group Myofascial Pain – 1986 – present – Secretary (1994-1996), vice chairman (1996-1998), chairman (1998-2000), executive committee (2000 – present), Sports Medicine 1993 to present, Manual Medicine 1994 – present, Industrial Medicine 1999 – present (Sect. 2002- 2003)

2. Member of Baltimore County Medical Association – 1985 – present

3. American Medical Association – 1985 – present

4. Baltimore-Washington Rehabilitation Medicine Societies – 1985-present

5. Maryland Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – 1985 – present, Sect-Treas. (1993-1995), President Elect (1995-1997), President (1997-1999), Executive and Nominating Committee (1999-present)

6. Fellow Member of American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine – 1993 -present

7. Mid-Atlantic Spinal Pain Consortium Member September, 2000-2001

8. Fellow Member of American Academy of Pain Medicine (2003- present)

9. Fellow Member of American Pain Society (2003- 2007)

10. Maryland Medical & Chirurgical Faculty (1985 – present), committees on :

  1. Utilization Review 1991- 1994
  2. Managed Care & Third Party Liaison 1991 – 1994
  3. Geriatrics and Long-Term Care 1988-1990
  4. Payer relations committee 1996- present