Edward Covington, MD

216.636.5860

Edward Covington, MD
Department: Neurological Center for Pain
Director
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.444.5964
WorkFax:216.445.7000
Edward Covington, MD
Department: Center for Spine Health
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.444.5964
WorkFax:216.445.7000
Edward Covington, MD
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Section Head
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.444.5964
WorkFax:216.445.7000
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Edward Covington, MD, was trained in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry, with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry and pain management. He is also certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. 

Dr. Covington founded the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic in 1979 and has served as its Director since that time. He developed a hospital pain consultation service for the diagnosis and management of problematic acute, chronic and malignant pain. 

Dr. Covington has published articles and chapters on subjects related to the psychology, physiology and pharmacology of chronic pain. He is a reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Pain, and a member of the Editorial Review Board for Pain Medicine and lectures nationally and internationally on subjects related to chronic pain.  

He has been active in medical organizations and served as President of the Ohio Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He serves as Secretary of the American Board of Pain Medicine and is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the American Chronic Pain Association.

Professional Highlights

  • Past-President, American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • Secretary/Treasurer, American Board of Pain Medicine
  • Director, Neurological Center for Pain

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Mayo Clinic
Psychiatry
Rochester, MN USA
1976
Internship - Baptist Memorial Hospital
Medical Internship
Memphis, TN USA
1971
Medical School - University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Memphis, TN USA
1970
Undergraduate - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN USA
1967

Certifications

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry- Addiction Psychiatry
  • American Board of Pain Medicine
  • Psychiatry- Pain Medicine

Specialty Interests

chronic pain, management of chronic pain and headache, pain management

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors, 2001-2012
  • Founders' Award, American Academy of Pain Medicine, for contributions to the field of pain medicine, 2005  
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Pain Medicine, 2006 
  • Teacher of the Year, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry, 2004-2005

Additional Training

  • Office Practice Management Program, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, 1994-1995

Innovations & Patents

Developed chronic pain rehabilitation program for functional restoration of patients with chronic non-cancer pain unresponsive to medical/surgical treatments. Provides pain reduction, physical rehabilitation and psychological coping skills to restore quality of life to pain sufferers.

Memberships

  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • American Board of Pain Medicine
  • Ohio Psychiatric Association
  • Cleveland Psychiatric Society
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine

Treatment & Services

  • Medical Management Of Chronic Pain
  • Pain Control
  • Pain Rehabilitation

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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