When interacting with patients, Dr. Guensley R. Delva applies his favorite quote from the late poet Maya Angelou. ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’
Dr. Delva knows every patient’s pain and concern is unique. “Your time with each patient is special and merits your undivided attention and respect,” he said. “(Treatment) plans should be formulated not only with their pain in mind, but with a keen understanding of improving functionality. As we work together, with a multi-modal approach, we will strive to make each encounter personally tailored to meet every patient’s needs.”
Joining the National Spine and Pain Centers in fall 2020, Dr. Delva brings not only a vast medical knowledge to his position but an educational background as well. Earning a Masters Degree in Education from Mercy College in New York, Dr. Delva started his professional career as a full time special needs public school teacher for the New York City Department of Education. While earning a Post Baccalaureate Certificate at Drexel University in Philadelphia, he served as a health advocate with duties including organizing fairs for the underserved Haitian community.
He notes his background as an educator played a heavy role in refueling his passion for engaging in a medical career that focuses on continuity of care and education.
Earning his Doctor of Medicine from Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, he completed an Internship at Cooper University Hospital, Rowan University School of Medicine and an Anesthesiology residency at Montefiore Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
The heavy procedural direction of Anesthesiology drew Dr. Delva to the field of Interventional Pain Medicine. “The nice blend of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology was an easy segue from Anesthesiology to Pain Medicine,” he said.
Dr. Delva completed an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Theodore Geisel School of Medicine in New Hampshire.
“I am excited about being in a field with a lot of innovative growth as it relates to interventional treatments to help minimize pain and, most importantly, improve function,
” he said. “…Knowing I am making a difference in the lives and functional outcomes of patients in the community where I live gives me a great sense of purpose.”
When not helping patients, Dr. Delva may be found traveling with his wife, watching films, exploring nature, appreciating new cuisines and playing as much golf as he can before the arrival of his first child.
National Spine and Pain Centers
MD: Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ
MS: Education, Mercy College, New York, NY
BA: Film and Television Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Internal Medicine Year, Cooper University Hospital, Rowan University School of Medicine, Camden, NJ
Anesthesiology, Montefiore Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
Pain Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center at Theodore Geisel School of Medicine, Lebanon, NH
- Back and leg pain
- Cervical facet arthropathy (neck joint pain)
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Coccygeal (tail bone) pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Hip and knee pain
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar facet arthropathy (low back joint pain)
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Myofascial pain (muscle pain)
- Neck, shoulder and arm pain
- Occipital headaches (neuralgia)
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Sciatica (radicular pain)
- Thoracic facet arthropathy (back joint pain)
- Epidural steroid injections (neck, back and low back pain)
- Fluoroscopic guided joint injections
- Minimally Invasive treatments for Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Medial branch blocks
- Myofascial injections
- Plasma-rich plasma injections
- Radiography therapy for nerve pain (neck, back and low back pain)
- Sacroiliac joint fusion
- Selective peripheral nerve blocks and stimulation therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation trials and implants
- Sympathetic nerve blocks (neck, back, and low back pain)
- Ultrasound guided joint and bursa injections
- He was born in Miami, Florida which more than likely explains his love for living so close to water!
- He loves to travel and so far his most memorable places to visit include: Greece, Italy, Haiti, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon and San Francisco.
- Before his career in Medicine he was a public school teacher in New York City teaching special needs children.
- His favorite subject in school was History: “…learning the background of something or someone can sometimes give you clues on their respective future…”
- His favorite sports include: Football, Basketball, and Golf.
- The type of music that best reflects his personality: Jazz; “…there’s a melody and a method to the madness…you just gotta listen…”
- He speaks English, some Spanish, Haitian Creole and enough Italian to impress his wife while eating at Olive Garden.