Physicians and Staff

The staff of Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates is spearheaded by Dr. Kenneth R. Branton. Together, the doctors and specialists of our pain management practice, offer patients living in and around the regions of Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Boston' North Shore and Cape Ann state-of-the-art pain management diagnosis and treatment services. Board-certified and fellowship trained, the pain management physicians of our New England-based pain practice combine their expertise in acute and chronic pain control with compassionate, highly individualized care. Through a comprehensive offering of the most advanced techniques in minimally invasive pain control, Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates strive to be the practices of choice for both patients and referring healthcare providers

Kenneth R. Branton, MD

Board-certified in Anesthesiology; Board-certified in Pain Medicine
Kenneth R. Branton, MD
Dr. Kenneth R. Branton is president of Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates as well as Medical Director of the Pain Management Centers at the Lahey Outpatient Center of Danvers in Danvers, Massachusetts, and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Board-certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dr. Branton earned his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and Pain Management fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Branton was one of the first physicians in the Chicago area to utilize percutaneous nucleoplasty radiofrequency technology to treat symptomatic patients with contained herniated discs, and was featured performing this technique on Chicago's NBC affiliate news broadcast. He was also the first physician in New England to perform radiofrequency of the sacroiliac joint with the Simplicity III radiofrequency probe.

During his time in Chicago, Dr. Branton held the position of Director of Pain Management at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he taught residents at this Level 1 trauma center and presented multiple lectures on pain management for the Chicago Medical Society and the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists. He is the former president of Beverly Anesthesia Associates, Inc. Overall, Dr. Branton has more than 25 years of experience treating pain management patients.

Dr. Branton is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society of International Pain Physicians, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.


George B. Lantz, DO, MBA

Board-certified in Anesthesiology; Board-certified in Pain Medicine
George Lantz, D.O.
Dr. George Lantz has been practicing anesthesiology and pain medicine for nearly 15 years in both the public and military environment. Board-certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dr. Lantz earned his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois. He also received his Master of Business Administration in Finance, International Business and Health Administration from the University of Illinois. Dr. Lantz completed both his fellowship and residency through the Harvard Medical School program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served as Chief Resident.

After completing his residency, Dr. Lantz continued to serve in the United States Army and was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Assigned there for over four years, he worked at Womack Army Medical Center serving as the Assistant Chief of Anesthesia and Director of Obstetrical Anesthesia in addition providing advanced pain procedures in the pain clinic. He completed two tours in Afghanistan as Chief of Anesthesia to a General Hospital and Senior Medical Officer to a Airborne Forward Surgical Team in combat zones. On each tour he established forward pain management clinics in addition to providing comprehensive anesthesia and critical care services to U.S. soldiers, allies and the Afghan people. He completed his service at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

Following his departure for the United States Army, Dr. Lantz practiced pain management in Annapolis, Maryland and the greater Washington D.C. area, also acting as medical director of an ambulatory surgical center. Prior to becoming a partner at Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates, Dr. Lantz was a partner in a pain management group serving the New Hampshire seacoast and lakes region in addition to the communities of northern Massachusetts where he evaluated and treated chronic pain patients with a full spectrum of advanced pain management treatment modalities.

Dr. Lantz is President of both the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, New Hampshire Branch and the Portsmouth Medical Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Additionally, he is also a State Delegate for Veterans for Smart Power, and the Global Leadership Coalition, located in Washington, D.C. He has written medical chapters, articles, performed research and has given extensive educational lectures to both patients and clinicians on various pain management subjects.

In his free time Dr. Lantz enjoys fitness, nutrition, golfing, boating, paddleboarding, camping and spending time with his active family.


Russell Kelly, PA

Russell Kelly, PA Russell Kelly, PA, has more than 10 years of experience in acute and chronic pain management as a physician assistant and is well-versed in opioid as well as non-opioid pain management. He is a graduate of the Wagner College/Staten Island University Hospital physician assistant program in New York.

Mr. Kelly began his career as physician assistant for the Chairman of Surgery at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center located in Brooklyn, New York. He returned to Massachusetts and cared for patients suffering from dementia and pain issues in the Adult Behavior Unit at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass. More recently, Mr. Kelly provided care at two correctional facilities in Massachusetts, specializing in non-opioid pain management.






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