Cancer pain specialist now offering interventional pain management procedures in D.C.

Dr. Michael Byas-Smith, an expert in interventional pain management and palliative care, is now providing treatments to help patients suffering from cancer pain in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. He is seeing patients on Mondays and Thursdays on the campus of Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member Johns Hopkins Medicine.

According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 80 percent of patients with advanced-stage cancer have moderate to severe pain that has a negative impact on a person’s functional status and quality of life. Interventions provided by Dr. Byas-Smith are helping relieve pain and symptoms that impair a patient’s capacity to fully enjoy life experiences – allowing them to regain a sense of independence and to make the most of every moment with their loved ones.

Dr. Byas-Smith has more than 25 years of experience performing interventions to relieve pain associated with cancer and managing symptoms associated with neuropathy, osteoarthritis, and a wide variety of advanced illness.

Pain management interventions include:

  • Neurolytic procedures
  • Intrathecal pump therapies
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Epidural injections
  • Injections for axial spine fractures
  • Ascites and pleural effusion management

Dr. Byas-Smith serves as medical director of the Capital Caring Adler Center and the Center for Pain and Palliative Care in Aldie, VA where he provides comprehensive interventional pain and palliative care consulting services for patients with advanced disease symptoms.

Appointments are now available for patients seeking cancer pain relief in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Details about Dr. Byas-Smith’s office hours are below.


Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine
Medical Building A
5215 Loughboro Road, N.W.
Suite 460
Washington, D.C. 20016
Seeing Patients on Mondays and Thursdays

Capital Caring Adler Center
Center for Pain and Palliative Care
24419 Millstream Dr.
Aldie, VA 20105
Seeing Patients on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays

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September is Pain Awareness Month

ADLERCENTER-1smallADLERCENTER-7smallRecognized since 2001, Pain Awareness Month increases awareness of the many ways pain impacts individuals, families, and communities, while also offering support and treatment options to individuals. At Capital Caring, many of the moms, dads, and kids who come to us facing advanced illnesses also suffer severe pain due to their individual conditions or to the side-effects of treatments.

We know that pain and discomfort cannot wait, so Capital Caring cares for our patients the way we would want members of our own families treated. We seek to reduce pain to manageable levels (0-2 out of 10) within 48 hours of bringing a new patient into care, and we alleviate stress associated with shortness of breath within 24 hours. Pain and distress do not need to be part of advanced illness, and Capital Caring’s clinical teams are dedicated to quality care that meet these outcomes.

Our Center for Pain and Palliative Care, located at the Capital Caring Adler Center on the Van Metre Campus, is the only such facility of its kind and offers comprehensive interventional pain support and palliative care counseling for individuals with advanced disease symptoms that impact their quality of life. The CPPC can provide relief from side effects of chemotherapy, restlessness for those with dementia, shortness of breath exacerbated by COPD, and other symptoms associated with a wide array of advanced illnesses.

How does pain impact your life or the life of a loved one? Please contact Capital Caring at or call us at 800-869-2136, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and let us help you.