Division of Pain Medicine

Pain Division

Left to right: Daniel Lonergan,  MD; Irina Phillips, MD; Kurt Dittrich, MD; Meenal Patil, MD; Marc Huntoon, MD;  Heather Jackson, APRN-BC; Christopher Sobey, MD*; Tracy Jackson, MD; Amy Turner, NP(Clinic Manager); and Rebecca Ognibene, PT.
* Clinical Fellow
(Not Pictured: John Corey, MD; Martha Jane Smith, MD; Natalie Strickland, MD*; and Brent Dilts, MD*.)

Since the Division of Pain Medicine began providing clinical services at the Vanderbilt Interventional Pain Center in 2007, the number of patients seen and the procedures available to those patients has continued to grow. From fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2010, overall total patient volume increased by 23%, procedure volume increased by 21% and billable charges increased by 51%.

The Vanderbilt Interventional Pain Center is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary pain center in the southern region of the United States, and the center offers a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Patients seen at the center may be suffering from chronic back and neck pain, cancer-related or neuropathic pain. In order to provide holistic, interventional care to meet the full range of patient needs, the center partners with neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychiatry and physical therapy to provide comprehensive, progressive and innovative pain management services.

In April 2009, the Interventional Pain Center relocated to a 7,000-square-foot space at Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks. The location includes two procedure rooms, five exam rooms, and four recovery bays, with the ability to perform procedures under both fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance in the clinic. Two fellowship-trained pain interventionalists have recently been hired, and the faculty is continuing to expand in order to meet the high demand for specialized pain services at Vanderbilt and the surrounding areas.

The Division of Pain Medicine offers an excellent educational experience for medical students, resident physicians, fellows, and referring physicians. In 2008, the division established the only ACGME-accredited pain medicine fellowship in Tennessee, with two fellows currently training in the program. The division conducts grand rounds conferences and journal clubs that review the latest knowledge in the field. Dr. Tracy Jackson has developed a web-based module detailing appropriate opioid-prescribing practices, which can be accessed by physicians throughout the state who require continuing medical education on this topic for re-licensure.

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