Pain Medicine Specialist Joins Medical Staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
BENNINGTON — Robert W. Giering, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). Dr. Giering combined his interest in people with his technical background to become a physical medicine and Rehabilitation (PM and R) physician. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.
“The human body and the way it mechanically and electrically works have always intrigued me,” said Dr. Giering. “The human body really is the ultimate design.”
Dr. Giering earned bachelor degrees in physics and biomedical engineering and a Masters of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Dartmouth College before attending Albany Medical College for his medical degree. He was the chief resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation and earned a fellowship in pain management at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
“Studying pain management has allowed me to extend my abilities and expand my options for treating my patients who experience short-term or chronic pain,” stated Dr. Giering. “It also provides me with a more complete understanding and approach to treatment regarding the connection between a patient’s mind and body when they have a medical condition that causes them pain.
“My greatest rewards as a physician come from working through a complex case where the patient experiences ongoing, chronic pain. Chronic pain is devastating. To be able to work with a well-coordinated team of providers to reduce pain and suffering and to see the thriving personality of the patient emerge once their pain is relieved still amazes me.”
Dr. Giering worked as a research associate engineer at Dartmouth Medical School before realizing he wanted to be more on the front lines of patient care, which led him to attend medical school. In 2004 he returned to the northeast from Virginia and joined the medical staff at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He founded their multidisciplinary pain management program in 2008.
“I lived in Vermont and New Hampshire for ten years prior to my pursuit of medicine and was drawn to live and practice in Vermont for a couple of reasons: I appreciate the work ethic of the people of Vermont and knew it would be a great place to raise my family.”
Dr. Giering is married to his wife, Theresa, and together they have two sons, Will, 14, and Jake, 10. The family does a lot of activities together, enjoying a number of sports including skiing, bicycling, hiking, skating, and golf. He also enjoys reading and playing the guitar when he’s not cooking or gardening.
“I recognized the collegial atmosphere at SVMC as a real asset to me as a physician,” said Dr. Giering. “It’s important to have that type of support to offer my patients the highest quality of care.”
Dr. Giering will be seeing patients in Rutland and Bennington. To make an appointment with him, call SVMC Orthopaedics at (802) 442-6314.
SVMC is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), an integrated health system providing care for patients in Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and the SVMC Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses. To learn more about SVHC, visit svhealthcare.org.
Press Release Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller