George H. Drakes, MDGeorge H. Drakes, MD of Washington Maryland, is Medical Director and founder of Metro Spine Pain Centers, and is a board-certified specialist in physical medicine & rehabilitation, a diplomate of The American Board of Pain Medicine, and an academic professor and lecturer. Inspired by a family that promoted healthy living and medicine, Dr. Drakes pursued a career in Pain Medicine and Rehabilitation with a passion to impact the lives of those living with pain.

Dr. Drakes attended Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1986, and completed his residency in 1990 at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, a Wayne State University affiliated hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Drakes practiced at the Reading Rehabilitation Hospital in PA and was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching residents rotating at Reading Rehabilitation Hospital. He has held positions as Medical Director and Chief of the Rehabilitation Division at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, MD, a satellite of Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania. He was the medical director of that satellite facility from 1991 to 1993 and managed all aspects of rehabilitation including head injury and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Drakes later held the position of associate medical director of Rehabilitation at Greater Southeast Community Hospital while also directing his private practice Community Physical Medicine and Pain Center in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Since founding Metro Spine Pain Centers in 1993, Dr. Drakes continues to be active in teaching, lecturing and inspiring others, while also participating in the day-to-day care of his patients. He holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University and provides medical students with hands-on learning experiences at Metro Spine Pain Centers. He is also a public lecturer on pain management in Barbados.

Dr. Drakes is also an accomplished business leader, expanding Metro Spine Pain Centers to four current offices locations in the metro DC area and founding the Caribbean Pain Institute, a pain treatment center in Barbados.

When not directing Metro Spine Pain Centers and the Caribbean Pain Institute and caring for patients, Dr. Drakes holds an active interest in car restoration, playing golf, tennis, swimming, traveling and spending time with his wife, Wilma, and sons, Ghudson, Alandre and Benjamin.

Specialty & Clinical Interests

  • General Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine

Education & Medical Training

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1987–1990

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Internship, Transitional Year, 1986–1987

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Class of 1986

Board Status

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Certified 23 years in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - 2011

Publications & Presentations

  • Glycosylation in vivo of human lens capsule (basement membrane) and diabetes mellitus.