Thomas Phillip Cestare, MD| Pain Medicine | MedStar Health

Thomas Phillip Cestare, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (153 reviews)

Specialties: Pain Medicine

Languages: English


About me

Areas of clinical interest

  • Chronic pain conditions including neuropathic pain, spinal pain, and musculoskeletal pain
  • Interventional pain medicine (epidural steroid injections, facet radiofrequency ablation, and genicular radiofrequency ablation, and sympathetic blocks)
  • Neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and peripheral nerve stimulation)

Philosophy of care

“I focus on care of the whole patient through a multi-modal, multidisciplinary, and individualized approach to each patient’s pain.”

Board certifications:

  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

Clinical areas of focus

  • Pain Management
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS)
  • Cancer Pain
  • Causalgia Of Lower Limb
  • Causalgia Of Upper Limb
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Chronic Pain
  • Degenerative Spine Pain
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Erythromelalgia
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • HIV Neuropathy
  • Intractable Pain
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Migraine
  • Mononeuritis
  • Mononeuritis Multiplex
  • Musculocutaneous Neuropathy
  • Nerve Compression Syndrome
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Opioid Issues
  • Pain Amplification Syndromes
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Persistent Pain After Orthopedic Surgery
  • Phantom Limb
  • Plexitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Post Radiation Pain
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Spinal Stenosis
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Procedures I perform

  • Pain Management
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 202-444-8854

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13950 Brandywine Road
Lower Level
Brandywine, MD, 20613

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Suite 1000
Washington, DC, 20036


Fax 202-223-9047

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Building 2
Washington, DC, 20036


Fax 202-416-2006

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Open HMO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Network OA
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • First Health PPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Aetna HMO
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)


Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology

Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

Fellowship Program: New York Presbyterian Hospital (2020)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2019)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2016)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2015)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Dec 19, 2023

    Visit was well worth it

  • Dec 12, 2023

    Explained options very well.

  • Dec 11, 2023

    Dr. Cestare is very thorough and never rushed through appointments. I feel extremely safe in his care.