Devi Nampiaparampil – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroChronic pain specialist
Is Physician 
From United States of America 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Birth 13 May 1977, New York City
Age:43 years

Devi Elizabeth Nampiaparampil also known as “Doctor Devi” (born May 13, 1977) is an American physician and researcher, a specialist in preventing and treating chronic pain. She performs x-ray-guided invasive spinal procedures for pain, teaches medical students and trainees, comments on medical issues for various platforms, and appears on news and talk shows. She has appeared on the daytime soap opera, General Hospital.


Nampiaparampil was born at NYU Medical Center (where she now teaches)to Mary and Joseph Nampiaparampil, Catholic Indians who had immigrated to the U.S. from Kerala, India. She was educated at Ardsley High School in New York . Between 1995 and 2002, Nampiaparampil attended the seven-year combined B.A./ M.D. program at Northwestern University, where she double-majored in Economics and Biology ]. She completed her specialty and subspecialty medical training at Harvard Medical School. In 2015, she became an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, WNYW-Fox 5 NY’s on-air medical contributor, and opened her own private practice, Metropolis Pain Medicine, in downtown Manhattan.


Nampiaparampil began working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008 and started the Brain Injury Clinic at the VA Central California in Fresno. She moved to New York City in 2009 to direct and develop the Pain Management program at the VA Hudson Valley. She served as the head of the regional Pain Management program for the New York/ New Jersey region but stepped down to further develop the VA’s Interventional Pain Management program in New York City. She established the Veterans’ Hospital in Manhattan (the VA New York Harbor) as a referral center for invasive pain procedures. She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU School of Medicine from 2009 to 2015 and then was promoted to Associate Professor. In 2015, she was elected to the board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Awards and Honors

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognized Nampiaparampil for “outstanding service” and NYU Langone Medical Center honored her for her achievements in research and education. The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Harvard Medical School honored her for her efforts “to further the field of PM&R.” Nampiaparampil has won research awards from institutions and organizations such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Pain Society, and the American Society for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Most cited publications

Search Results for author Nampiaparampil DE on PubMed.

  • Nampiaparampil, D. E. (2008). “Prevalence of Chronic Pain After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review”. JAMA. 300 (6): 711–9. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.711. PMID 18698069.  Cited 150 times according to Google Scholar.
  • Nampiaparampil, Devi E.; Shmerling, Robert H. (2004). “A review of fibromyalgia”. The American Journal of Managed Care. 10 (11 Pt 1): 794–800. PMID 15623268.  Cited 106 times according to Google Scholar.
  • Harden, R. Norman; Revivo, Gadi; Song, Sharon; Nampiaparampil, Devi; Golden, Gary; Kirincic, Marie; Houle, Timothy T. (2007). “A Critical Analysis of the Tender Points in Fibromyalgia”. Pain Medicine. 8 (2): 147–56. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4637.2006.00203.x. PMID 17305686.  Cited 50 times according to Google Scholar.
  • Binder, David S.; Nampiaparampil, Devi E. (2009). “The provocative lumbar facet joint”. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2 (1): 15–24. doi:10.1007/s12178-008-9039-y. PMC 2684949. PMID 19468914.  Cited 26 times according to Google Scholar.


Nampiaparampil appeared as a physician on the daytime soap opera, General Hospital, before becoming a physician in her real life. She intermittently appeared on the show between 2002-2005. She made her debut as a medical expert on television on The Dr. Oz Show when she demonstrated botox injections for chronic migraine pain in front of a live audience. Mehmet Oz nicknamed her Dr. Devi when she appeared on his show. Since then, she has had appeared on the national news over 350 times to explain medical developments. She also has a masters in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

She has been working on a documentary short, entitled, “A Life For A Life: Trading Organs For One More Today,” which won a Jury Award at the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards. She published a related article in Newsweek.

In 2016, Doctor Devi became an on-air medical contributor for Fox 5, analyzing medical developments for Good Day NY, Fox 5 News at 5, News at 6, and News at 10. She is also a medical editor for New York Lifestyles Magazine.

Personal life

Nampiaparampil lives in Manhattan. As a teenager, she suffered from severe congestive heart failure, which left her incapacitated for several months. She has stated that the pain from the treatment was much worse than the pain from the illness itself, and that she became a rehabilitation doctor and a pain management specialist in order to prevent other children and other vulnerable people from going through what she experienced. In 2005, she was married in New York City. After it was annulled, she married Hormis Thaliath in 2015

In 2006, Nampiaparampil was honored with a Clinical Research Investigator Award by Massachusetts General Hospital for her work on doctors’ underlying prejudices impacting patients’ pain treatment.