“I have dedicated my practice for over 15 years to the evaluation and management of women with chronic pelvic and vulvar pain. The key to success is listening to the patient tell her story. We do a comprehensive evaluation of the patient using their available old records, imaging reports, and other results, with a comprehensive history and physical exam to determine the nature and components of the pain problem. We outline an interdisciplinary treatment program to allow the patient to improve over time. We treat the entire patient not just a lab, or imaging study. With perseverance, more than 90% of our patients can achieve a state where pain is no longer a big factor in their life. We are able to provide minimally invasive treatments in this management. The vast majority of our surgical procedures are done laparoscopically to allow patients to recover more quickly and return to their normal life.”

Board Certification

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Areas of Expertise

  • Gynecology
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  • Pelvic Pain

Education

Residency

Hahnemann University Hospital
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Philadelphia, PA
1992

Medical School

West Virginia University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Morgantown, WV
1988

Undergraduate School

Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of the Arts, Chemistry
Baltimore, MD
1984

Hospital Affiliated With

Anne Arundel Medical Center

Leadership Positions

Director, Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and pelvic pain
Anne Arundel Medical Center
2011 – Present

Board of Directors and Past President
International Pelvic Pain Society
Board of Directors, Pudendal Neuralgia Society

Professional Associations

International Pelvic Pain Society
1996 – Present

American Association of Gynecologic Surgery
1992 – Present

Publications

“The EVA (Evidence –Based Vulvodynia Assessment) Project. A National Registry for the Study of Vulvodynia” Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 60.5 (2015): 223-35. NCBI Link: 26126308.

“Antiproliferative factor, heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor, and epidermal growth factor: sensitive and specific urine markers for interstitial cystitis” Urology. (2001).

Service Work

Pudendal Neuralgia Association, Co-Founder, Board of Directors; Mission is to educate physicians and patients on pudendal neuralgia. He has organized and supported several educational activities and CME meetings.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Prof, University of Maryland, Obstetrics and Gynecology
1997 – 2003

Assistant Professor, Hahnemann University Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology
1993 – 1997

Personal Interests

Dr. Marvel enjoys spending time with friends and family in the Annapolis area. He is interested in boating, sports, and quiet time on the water. He is a sponsor for midshipmen at the Naval academy, so they can have a home away from home.

Biography

Richard P. Marvel, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he graduated with honors. He attended the West Virginia School of Medicine and did his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Over the past 20 years, he has been an attending physician at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, and a part-time faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While an Assistant Professor at these institutions he developed an interest and expertise in the evaluation and management of women with chronic pelvic pain and advanced Minimally Invasive Gynecologic surgery. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Pelvic Pain Society, is a past President, and currently is on the advisory board. He has authored multiple articles and book chapters dealing with many aspects of gynecology and pelvic pain. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgery.

He has been directly involved in research and was a member of the Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the National Vulvodynia Registry, a multicenter trial enrolling patients with vulvar pain disorders.

Dr. Marvel is currently in private practice in Annapolis where he has developed the Center for Pelvic Pain at AAMC. He is Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Pelvic Pain at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Maryland. He uses an interdisciplinary approach to chronic pelvic pain working closely with physical therapists, psychologists, anesthesiologists, interventional radiologists, general surgeons, and peripheral nerve surgeons, to coordinate a multidisciplinary management of women with pelvic pain. Over 90% of his practice is devoted to managing women with chronic pelvic pain, vulvar pain, and dyspareunia. He is an accomplished laparoscopic surgeon and has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of endometriosis and other causes of pelvic pain. Over the past 10 years, he has developed an interest in peripheral nerve causes of pelvic pain and is one of the few surgeons in the United States that performs pudendal, obturator and abdominal wall nerve decompression procedures. He is one of the few clinicians that offer pudendal neuromodulation for the treatment of pudendal neuralgia, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and vulvodynia.