Edrick Lopez. M.D., is an interventional pain management physician working from our McKinney office. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain relief including neck, back, and joint injections.
“I enjoy the dynamic of interacting with patients and helping to improve their quality of life,” he says.
Dr. Lopez is double board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine by the America Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, followed by a dual degree in medicine and law from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and School of Law.
“My father was a rheumatologist in Puerto Rico so I have grown up with medicine. And I’ve always had an interest in politics and history, which are the foundation of law,” Dr. Lopez says. “The dual degree gave me the opportunity to learn about the system physicians practice in and about how healthcare is run.”
After serving as a research assistant and law clerk in Puerto Rico, he ultimately chose to pursue a career in medicine, beginning with a residency at Harvard Medical School in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He went on to complete a fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in pain management through the Anesthesiology department.
Throughout his training, he worked in a variety of positions beyond his training duties including the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, South Texas Spinal Clinic in San Antonio, and Baptist Healthcare System. He comes to Physician Partners of America after three years as a pain management physician at El Paso Pain Center in Texas.
Dr. Lopez has presented and written on a variety of medical and healthcare law topics ranging from spinal cord stimulators to healthcare reform. His law degree gives him unique insight in his patient care.
“I feel it makes me a better patient advocate,” he says.
Dr. Lopez is fluent in English and Spanish. He is married to a Dallas native and the proud father of three boys. In his spare time he enjoys tennis, playing guitar and watching Dallas Mavericks basketball.