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Joel L. Kent, M.D.
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Pain Treatment Center

180 Sawgrass Drive, Suite 210
Rochester, NY 14620

About Me

As a palliative care provider, I treat symptoms related to any type of cancer. I am very patient centered and enjoy helping patients feel better.

I am an expert in the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain and have given multiple lectures on this subject. I am also board certified ...
As a palliative care provider, I treat symptoms related to any type of cancer. I am very patient centered and enjoy helping patients feel better.

I am an expert in the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain and have given multiple lectures on this subject. I am also board certified in anesthesiology, multidisciplinary pain medicine and palliative care medicine.

My goal is to determine the best course of action in any treatment plan by balancing the available treatment options with my patients' preferences.

Conditions I Treat:

- Pain management
- Palliative care for all cancers

Certified Specialties

Anesthesiology - American Board of Anesthesiology

Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Anesthesiology

Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine - American Board of Anesthesiology

Faculty Appointments

Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine, University of Maryland Hospital for Children. 1994 - 1995

Residency, Anesthesiology, University of Maryland Hospital for Children. 1991 - 1993

Residency, Family Medicine, Franklin Square Hospital Center. 1989 - 1991

Internship, Family Medicine, Franklin Square Hospital Center. 1988 - 1989


MD | University of South Florida College of Medicine. 1988


Journal Articles

The Potential Role of Sensory Testing, Skin Biopsy, and Functional Brain Imaging as Biomarkers in Chronic Pain Clinical Trials: IMMPACT Considerations

J Pain. 2017; 18(7): 757-77.

Lung and chest wall mechanical properties before and after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass

Barnas, G.M., Watson, R.J., Green, M.D., Sequeira, A.J., Gilbert, T.B., Kent, J.L., Villamater, E.

American Physiological Society. 1994; .

Implantable cardiovertor/defibrillator placement in a patient with amiodarone pulmonary toxicity under thoracic epidural anesthesia

Gilbert, T.B., Kent, J.L., Foster, A.H., Gold, M.R.

Anesthesiology. 1993; : 3.


The Handbook of Pain Management (1995)

Chapter: Thoracic Pain

Authors: Kent, J.L.

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann Limited, Oxford, England 1995

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.9 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Simply the best. I feel so well taken care of. Dr. Kent is so compassionate and professional. I am so very blessed to have him in my care. Thank you.

Feb 20, 2024

2.2 stars

[...] Dr. Kent used to be one of the best but he seems to have lost all passion for his job and it's really hard to have to make appts with him now as they take about 3 minutes and he isn't really responding to WHAT I'm saying. [...]

Jan 04, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Kent is a superior pain management physician. He is kind, respectful, and a wonderful listener. I feel so well cared for by Dr. Kent!

Dec 31, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. Kent is wonderful. He is so gentle and listens to me. He has a wonderful bedside manner as well as being a wonderful doctor. I trust him implicitly.

Dec 29, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. Kent is always professional and listens to my concerns. He works with me as a team member and honestly, is the best dr. I have ever encountered.

May 22, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. Kent is exceptionally compassionate.

May 09, 2023

5.0 stars

Have a couple new pain issues & Dr. Kent offered treatment ideas and told me to let him know if I have any meds I feel may be effective regarding chronic pain and we can discuss.

May 02, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr Kent is a kind, caring, compassionate physician. He is the benchmark for others!

Mar 24, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr Kent is fantastic. Great bedside manner.

Mar 22, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr Kent is very fine, kind, & caring physician. Attentively listens, explains always gives you his best care. Just being under his comprehensive care makes the patient feel better

Jan 31, 2023


[...] excellent

Jan 27, 2023


Dr Kent is terrific! He is kind, patient, a good listener, an excellent clinician.

Jan 27, 2023


Dr. Kent is the most compassionate & caring doctor I've ever had.

Jan 20, 2023


I have referred several people to Dr. Kent and to my PCP, Dr. Jillian Moore. The two of them are the finest doctors I ever had. I couldn't ask for better doctors!

Dec 30, 2022


Dr Kent was so thorough! I was impressed how caring and attentive he was to my concerns

Dec 13, 2022


I had the best experience with Dr. Kent. I was contacted about my referral and the office was able to get me in for an apt the next day, when [...] had been booking out into February.I have been seeing doctor after doctor for over 2 and a half years now since I was involved in a car accident. I was referred to the office by my PCP and I had been previously seen by a NP at [...]. I was unhappy at [...] and was not satisfied with the level of care I was being provided.It was a night and day difference with Dr. Kent. He listened to me. Was very patient with my questions. Took time to explain his findings and opinions.The biggest thing that impressed me was what he was recommending for me as far as treatment goes. He recommended a treatment plan that NO other [...] doctor has previously recommended. It felt like it was almost a holistic approach, which I absolutely appreciate after being continuously stuck with needles, which did not work. He recommended a book for me to read that goes even more Into depth with what we had discussed. I left the office and cried because it felt as though I FINALLY had answers and someone actually listened to me and believed me. I cannot explain what a relief it felt like.I would like to commend Dr. Kent for his incredible approach to dealing with patients and how he communicates with them. He even left our visit open-ended and said I could come back any time if I had questions or any concerns.I am very impressed with Dr. Kent and the Pain Mgmt. Office. Thank you

Dec 06, 2022


I have recommended Dr. Kent to several people.

Dec 05, 2022


No problems with my visit.

Nov 26, 2022


Dr Kent has a fantastic bedside manner.

Nov 10, 2022


Dr Kent: Caring & compassionate, excellent explanations, wonderful doctor!

Oct 30, 2022



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Sep 07, 2022


Dr. Kent has my most high thanks. He is a very caring doctor and his concern for my health is true. Love him

Aug 11, 2022


Dr Kent is exceptional!

Jul 27, 2022



Jun 05, 2022


I was very pleased with Dr. Kent's knowledge and professionalism. He is very friendly and put me at ease in our discussions.

May 26, 2022


In all my 77 years of going to doctors, I have found Dr. Joel Kent the kindest, most sincere, most capable, most caring ever! I can honestly say I love this man for giving me my life back.

May 18, 2022


I would rate Dr. Kent as one of the best providers I have ever seen.

May 11, 2022


Dr. Kent = the best dr. hands down. XOXO.

Apr 22, 2022


Dr Kent is a very kind & caring provider. He is also thorough & excellent clinician. The resident or fellow was also very good.

Apr 20, 2022


The sad part of this is that Dr. Kent used to be [...] helpful and sympathetic and involving me in treatment decisions or trying to find compromises. Now, however, he spends very little time with me[...]

Apr 17, 2022


He extremely compassionate and knowledgeable about his speciality.

Apr 16, 2022


Great care.

Apr 15, 2022


Dr. Kent only deals with pain. A tough job for sure. His demeanor makes you feel better just talking with him.

Apr 04, 2022


I think Dr. Kent is a very caring and gentle doctor. He truly listens to his patients.

Mar 12, 2022


I receive excellent care at this office

Feb 13, 2022


Dr. Kent presented a plan forward and how he could help my situation. Very satisfied with his knowledge and the projected path forward.

Feb 08, 2022