Dr. Michael Alexander Pitts-Kiefer, MD

Dr. Michael Alexander Pitts-Kiefer, MD

Dr. Michael Alexander Pitts-Kiefer, MD

Languages: English
Fax: (301) 718-1084

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Specialties
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
Conditions I Treat
  • acute back pain
  • adolescent disc herniation
  • adolescent pain management
  • amplified pain syndrome
  • axillary neuropathy
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Procedures I Perform
  • baclofen therapy
  • blood patch
  • botox injection
  • caudal injections
  • celiac plexus nerve block
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About the Provider

Dr. Pitts-Kiefer is a double board-certified physician specializing in Chronic Pain Medicine. He focuses on the clinical care of patients suffering with chronic pain through a balanced, multidisciplinary approach that represents the highest quality care availble at any major academic medical center. He completed his medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Weill Cornell Medical College. He has experience in acute and chronic pain evaluation and diagnosis, non-opioid medication management, responsible opioid management, treatment of chronic pain patients with addiction (suboxone), fluoroscopic- and ultrasound-guided interventional techniques (including vertebral augmentation) and advanced implantable therapies (spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps). Dr. Pitts-Kiefer also educates and certifies patients appropriate for medical cannabis therapy in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Education
  • Fellowship Program: Massachusetts General Hospital (2017)
  • Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2016)
  • Medical School: Cornell University Medical College (2012)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology
Publications
Peer-reviewed Publications

Siman R, Zhang C, Roberts VL, Pitts-Kiefer A, Neumar RW. Novel surrogate markers for acute brain damage: cerebrospinal fluid levels correlate with severity of ischemic neurodegeneration in the rat. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. 2005; 25(11):1433-1444

Chen Z, Kontonotas D, Friedman D, Pitts-Kiefer A, Zhang C, Frederick J, Siman R, Neumar R. Developmental status of neurons selectively vulnerable to rapidly triggered post-ischemic caspase activation. Neuroscience Letters. 2005; 376(3):166-170.

Bluth M, Zaba L, Moussai D, Suarez-Farinas M, Kaporis H, Fan L, Pierson K, White, T, Pitts-Kiefer A, Guttman-Yassky E, Krueger J, Lowes M, Carucci J. Myeloid dendritic cells from human squamous cell carcinoma are poor stimulators of T cell proliferation. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2009;129(10):2451-2462.

Pettersen JS, Fuentes-Duculan J, Suarez-Farinas M, Pierson KC, Pitts-Kiefer A, Fan L, Belkin DA, Wang CQ, Bhuvanendran S, Johnson-Huang LM, Bluth MJ, Krueger JG, Lowes MA, Carucci JA. Tumor-associated macrophages in the cutaneous SCC microenvironment are heterogeneously activated. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2011; 131(6):1322-30.

Caetano-Lopes J, Rodrigues A, Lopes A, Vale AC, Pitts-Kiefer MA, Vidal B, Perpétuo IP, Monteiro J, Konttinen YT, Vaz MF, Nazarian A, Canhão H, Fonseca JE. Rheumatoid Arthritis Bone Fragility Is Associated With Upregulation of IL17 and DKK1 Gene Expression. Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology. 2014 Aug; 47(1):38-45.

Shea CA, Burns S, Pitts-Kiefer MA, Ahmed SU. 2017. Conventional thermal versus water-cooled genicular nerve radiofrequency lesioning (RFL): a retrospective chart review. Submitted.

Book Chapters

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Principles of Doppler Ultrasound. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part One: BASIC Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Transcutaneous and Surgical Airways. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part One: BASIC Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Intubation and Tube Exchange Adjuncts. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part One: BASIC Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Types of Endotracheal Tubes. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part One: BASIC Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Lung Mechanics. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part One: BASIC Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, Hanallah M. Morbid Obesity. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part Two: ADVANCED Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2015.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, Bellil L. Postpartum Hemorrhage. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part Two: ADVANCED Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2015.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Restrictive Pulmonary Disease. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part Two: ADVANCED Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2015.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part Two: ADVANCED Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2015.10.

Pitts-Kiefer MA, De Marchi L. Preoperative Pulmonary Evaluation. In: Freeman B and Berger J, ed. Anesthesiology Core Review – Part Two: ADVANCED Exam. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2015.

Pitts-Kiefer MA. Epidural Steroid Injections. In: Rathmell J and Brenner G, ed. MGH Handbook of Pain Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Williams; 2017

Poster Presentations

Chen Z, Kontonotas D, Friedman D, Pitts-Kiefer A, Zhang C, Frederick J, Siman R, and Neumar R. 2003. Developmental status of neurons selectively vulnerable to ultra-rapid post-ischemic caspase activation. Annual Meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

Bluth M, Zaba L, Moussai D, Suarez-Farinas M, Pitts-Kiefer A, Fan L, Pierson K, Guttman-Yassky E, Krueger J, Lowes M, Carucci, J. 2009. Myeloid dendritic cells from human squamous cell carcinoma are poor stimulators of T cell proliferation. Annual Meeting of the Society of Investigative Dermatology, Montreal, QB.

Pitts-Kiefer A, Bluth M, Fan L, Billick E, Lowes M, Carucci J. 2009. The human cutaneous SCC microenvironment is associated with CD163+ macrophages, IL-10 and MMPs 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 13 and Annual Meeting of the Society of Investigative Dermatology, Montreal, QB.

Caetano-Lopes J, Rodrigues A, Lopes A, Vale AC, Pitts-Kiefer MA, et al. 2011. Rheumatoid Arthritis Bone Fragility Is Associated with Increased Dickkopf-1 Expression and Disturbances in the Bone Turnover Regulating genes. ACR/ARHP Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Caetano-Lopes J, Rodrigues A, Lopes A, Vale AC, Pitts-Kiefer MA, et al. 2011. Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increased DKK1 expression and disturbances in the bone turnover regulating genes. 6th European Workshop on immune-mediated inflammation, Nice, France.

Olson JC, Pitts-Kiefer A, Glotzbecker M, Snyder B. 2012. An improved rabbit model for thoracic insufficiency syndrome. Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, Denver, CO.

Olson JC, Pitts-Kiefer A, Takahashi A, Glotzbecker M, Snyder B. 2012. Trans-pulmonary mechanics in rabbit model of thoracic insufficiency syndrome. International Conference of the American Thoracic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Pitts-Kiefer A, Nguyen V. 2014. A difficult airway with cervical instability in the setting of pseudotumor cerebri, epilepsy, and mitochondrial disease: anesthetic management in a 13-year-old. Anesthesiology (ASA) 2014 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Pitts-Kiefer A, Ved S. 2014. Anesthetic management of a 2-year-old with muscle-eye-brain disease and a prior extubation failure. Anesthesiology (ASA) 2014 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.10.

Pitts-Kiefer A, Dao H. 2014. Understanding the perioperative management of suboxone: severe pain, opioid overdose, and opioid withdrawal in a patient taking suboxone on the day of surgery. 13th Annual ASRA Pain Medicine Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Pitts-Kiefer A, Tesfayohannes N. 2015. Efficacy of a proprietary text streaming technology to prevent severe pain associated with primary trochlear headache: a case report. 40th Annual ASRA Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.

Pitts-Kiefer A, Hwang G. 2015. Coexisting Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome and Guillain-Barre Syndrome as a paraneoplastic neurologic syndrome in a woman with metastatic ovarian serous carcinoma: anesthetic management of an exploratory laparotomy and hepatic resection. Anesthesiology (ASA) 2015 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Shea CA, Burns S, Pitts-Kiefer MA, Ahmed SU. 2017. Conventional thermal versus water-cooled genicular nerve radiofrequency lesioning (RFL): a retrospective chart review. MGH Research Day, Boston, MA.

Shea CA, Burns S, Pitts-Kiefer MA, Ahmed SU. 2017. Conventional thermal versus water-cooled genicular nerve radiofrequency lesioning (RFL): a retrospective chart review. Spine Intervention Society (SIS) 2017 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Practice Locations
  • 7500 Greenway Center Drive
    Suite 940
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
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    Phone: 301-718-1082
    Fax: 301-718-1084

Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital