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UTHSC pain center chosen one of best in country by peers

San Antonio (April 21, 2003) — The Pain Management Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is listed as one of the nation's 35 Top Pain Centers in the May issue of Good Housekeeping. The magazine's research team singled out the Pain Management Center for its expertise in management of cancer pain, chronic pain and nerve blocks.

"We are flattered by this recognition," said James N. Rogers, M.D., center director and professor of anesthesiology. "Our multidisciplinary approach and our pain fellowship training program set us apart. The program has trained a significant number of the pain specialists in this area, allowing residents of South Texas to have quick access to the best of care for their pain." The multidisciplinary approach to pain management includes direct medical and invasive modalities, psychological interventions, physical therapy and long- and short-term rehabilitation.

The chairman of the Health Science Center's department of anesthesiology is Joseph J. Naples, M.D. The other faculty members include Somayaji Ramamurthy, M.D., professor and director of the fellowship program; Marcos Zuazu, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology; and Nicolas E. Walsh, M.D., professor and chairman of the Health Science Center's department of rehabilitation medicine. James Griffin, CPT, is a faculty physical therapist who specializes in rehabilitation of injuries of the back and spine.

The Pain Management Center provides care for privately insured patients, veterans referred from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and indigent patients for the University Health System. The patients receive highly sophisticated treatments for chronic pain, including implantable medication pumps and dorsal column stimulators.

In the past, pain management was limited to the amelioration of pain, but physicians now can go to the source with the goal to eradicate the pain completely.

A significant number of local, national and military physicians have received their training in the program. "To be considered one of the top training programs in the country is a major honor," said Dr. Walsh.

Contact: Will Sansom