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Jennifer Zocca, MD

Dual Board Certified Pain Medicine Physician & Anesthesiologist 
Medical Director

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"Dr. Zocca is a wonderful, caring doctor. She definitely shows concern for what is in the best interest of her patients. I have had two rounds of SI Joint injections and she has always made sure to answer any questions I have had and also followed up to see how I was doing – even on the weekend. She is knowledgeable and careful. She has helped me manage my chronic lower back pain much better."

Dr. Jennifer Zocca provides compassionate, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary pain management for men and women at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City. She is dual board certified in anesthesiology and pain management through the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Zocca earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgetown University. She stayed at Georgetown to complete her medical degree and graduated cum laude, with a special distinction as a health justice scholar.

After finishing her internship in internal medicine at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Zocca relocated to California to complete her residency training in anesthesiology at Stanford University. She then spent an additional year specializing in pain management as a fellow at the Tri-Institute Pain Management Program in Manhattan, during which she trained at New York Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Zocca has written about pain management and anesthesiology for several peer-reviewed publications. She also serves as a reviewer for Pain Medicine, a journal focusing on updates in the field of pain management.

Dr. Zocca has special interests in the nonsurgical management of knee pain, low back pain, and cancer-related pain. She is trained to provide complex, comprehensive pain treatment, including medication management, referrals to physical and occupational therapy, obtaining imaging and diagnostic testing, and performing a wide array of interventional treatment options.

She also has an interest in mindfulness-based approaches to pain management. Dr. Zocca believes that an individually tailored treatment plan and a collaborative doctor-patient relationship are vital to the successful management of acute and chronic pain.


Zocca J., et al. A review of recent advances in the management of breast cancer related pain. Breast Cancer Management, 2018.

Zocca J., et al. Ultrasound-guided serratus plane block for treatment of post-mastectomy pain syndromes in breast cancer patients: A case series. Pain Practice, 2016.

Tanaka, P., Bereknyei S., Walker, K., Zocca, J., et al. Implementation of a Needs-Based, Online Feedback Tool for Anesthesia Residents with Subsequent Mapping of the Feedback to the ACGME Milestones. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 2017; 124(2): 627-635.

Hah, JM. Sturgeon, J., Zocca, J. et al. Factors Associated with Prescription Opioid Misuse in a Cross-Sectional Cohort of Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. Journal of Pain Research. 2017; 10: 979-987.

Mehta, N., Zocca, J. et al. Intravenous sedation for routine fluoroscopically guided lumbar interventions. PM&R Journal. 2016; 8: 373-379.

Abstracts, Posters and Exhibits Presented at Professional Meetings:

Zocca, J. et al. (2015, May). Factors associated with prescription opioid abuse in a cross-sectional cohort of new pain clinic patients. Poster presented at the 2015 American Pain Society meeting, Palm Springs, CA

Tanaka, P., Bereknyei, S., Walker, K., Zocca, J.  et al. (April 2015). Focusing Feedback: How a Web-Based Tool Enhances the Quality of Feedback. Poster presented at the 2015 Society for Education in Anesthesia Meeting.  

Weissinger, P., Zocca, J., Wyche, C. (2010, November). The Assurance of Learning: A Curricular Mapping Process for Program Evaluation. Poster presented at 2010 Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference; Indianapolis, IN.

Weissinger, P. A., Zocca, J. A., and Jones, C. W. (2010, November). The Assurance of Learning: A Curricular Mapping Process for Program Evaluation at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Poster presentation at the Harvard-Macy Scholars’ Innovations Showcase, AAMC Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Blogs By Dr. Zocca

January 2019

I will be discussing another therapy used for chronic pain: medical marijuana. Since I practice in NY, and the state laws vary so much, I will only be discussing the program in NY. I’ll give a brief overview of how the program is set up here and the different types of medical marijuana products used. Then, I’ll talk about the evidence to support the use of medical marijuana for pain.

February 2019

I will be focusing on dietary changes to manage pain. This is a very common thing that patients ask me about, as it is something they can take charge of at home……

April 2019

In this post I am going to be talking about ketamine, a non-opioid pain medication that can be helpful in acute and chronic pain. I’ll first go over the pharmacology of this medication and explain why it is different from opioids, which can be useful in patients whose bodies are very used to opioid medications.

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