The Pain Management Division includes the following faculty members: Brooke Chidgey, MD, PhD, Beth Dinoff, MD, Amy Goetzinger, PhD, Dominika James, MD, Maryam Jowza MD, Andrew Lobonc, MD, Matt Mauck, MD, PhD, Irina Phillips, MD and Seema Patidar, PhD.

The division provides comprehensive care for both acute and chronic pain syndromes.

The Acute Pain Service provides daily management of patients with postoperative and other types of acute pain requiring specialized interventions, including epidural analgesia, regional anesthetic techniques such as continuous peripheral nerve catheters, or complex pharmacological management. The service does not provide routine management for patients on IV-PCAs postoperatively, but does so when consulted by the primary service.

The Chronic Pain Service provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary patient care at the University of North Carolina Pain Management Center. Our hospital-based outpatient clinics provide a multidisciplinary approach for the management of chronic and cancer pain. We draw upon the expertise of our faculty as well as consultants from dentistry, psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and other specialists. Our dedicated facilities include specialized procedure rooms with state of the art monitoring, interview rooms, C-arm fluoroscopy, ultrasound guidance, and psychologists on-site.

In addition, the Chronic Pain Service provides consultations for complex inpatient pain management problems, and daily rounds are performed to facilitate the care of these patients.

Brooke Chidgey, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology; Areas of Special Interest: Interventional techniques for management of chronic pain, neuromodulation therapies, perioperative pain management, multimodal techniques for management of chronic pain.

Amy M. Goetzinger, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Dominika L. James, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Fellowship Training Program; Areas of Special Interest: Evaluation and treatment of axial pain implementing pharmacological and interventional approaches including spinal cord neuromodulation techniques, interventional therapies for headache treatment including radio frequency ablation techniques and acute pain management.

Maryam Jowza, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Andrew Lobonc, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Matt Mauck, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Seema Patidar, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Irina Phillips, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology



Annually we hold a Continuing Medical Education Conference that will address issues facing the medical staff treating the chronic pain patient.

Target Audience
Physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, hospital and community nurses, medical students, other health care providers and lay persons involved in managing acute or chronic pain in the clinic, inpatient settings, and community health settings.

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