Nelson Hendler, MD, MS
Nelson Hendler is a 1966 cum laude graduate of Princeton, where he also played varsity lacrosse. He received an MD and a MS in neurophysiology from University of Maryland, in 1972 and 1974, and did his residency training in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1972 to 1975. Dr. Hendler was Assistant Director of the Pain Treatment Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for 31 years. He also served as Associate Professor of Physiology at University of Maryland School of Dental Surgery. He was clinical director of Mensana Clinic, which was listed in Business Week as one of the 8 best pain clinics in the United States, along with Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Cleveland Clinic.
He has published three books, 33 medical textbook chapters, and 58 articles. He was past president of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association of America, and of the American Academy of Pain Management. He was made the first honorary member of the Israeli Pain Society, and, by invitation, has lectured in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Canada, Philippines, India, Argentina, Venezuela, Norway, and in over 50 medical schools and hospitals in the United States, including Cornell, Uni. of Chicago, Mayo Clinic, Uni. of Conn., New Jersey College of Medicine, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has lectured before KEMPORAN (the consortium of all health care insurance companies in Japan). He has served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations, served as president of the Princeton Alumni Association of Maryland, and on the board of many for profit companies, including two multi-billion dollar public companies, Columbia Bank, and LifeCo, a holding company which owned a life insurance company, and a brokerage firm.
Recently, Dr. Hendler has devoted his efforts to development of Internet based diagnostic tests. The tests were developed based on research which he, and other teams of physicians from Johns Hopkins Hospital did, showing that 40%-80% of chronic pain patients are misdiagnosed. The Pain Validity Test can predict with 95% accuracy which patient will have an abnormal medical tests, and can predict with 85% to 100% accuracy which patient will not have abnormal test.
His group also developed the Diagnostic Paradigm and Treatment Algorithm, which generates diagnoses which have a 96% correlation with diagnoses of Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors. The Treatment Algorithm recommends the proper diagnostic tests to use. The efficacy of this approach has been demonstrated by published outcome studies, which report a reduction in narcotic medication use of 90% and reduction of doctor visits by 45%, with return to work rates 5 -6 times higher than reported by the insurance industry. The tests are available at www.MarylandClinicalDiagnostics.com.