Department of Anesthesiology - Pain Management
What do you love most about teaching? I like the learning that goes on as I prepare and teach a very intelligent group of people. Teaching certainly expands my knowledge-base. I strongly believe what Roman Philosopher Seneca said, “While we teach, we learn.”
What do you love most about Minnesota? Well, there are so many things to love. A few of my favorites are great biking trails, lakes, fishing, Minnesota Twins, and fair or festival for just about every occasion.
Fairview Pain Management Group
What do you love most about teaching? Seeing the tremendous growth and increased autonomy that occurs throughout the fellowship year.
What do you love most about Minnesota? It’s a big city with numerous cultural amenities, with a ton of outdoor activities, and convenience.
Program Director, Site Director, Minneapolis VA
Fairview Pain Management Group - Site Director
What do you love most about teaching? Over the course of the year, we see tremendous growth as fellows become more adroit and confident – more thoughtful and thorough. This is immensely gratifying. I also love the exchange; one I believe must occur in order for learning to take place. The pupil sacrifices time and certainty for new eyes, for a new way of seeing and organizing the world. It is a joy and privilege to guide new clinicians as they hone their skills and develop eyes of their own.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The Midwest is home to me. Mild summers, punishing winters, and Minnesota nice… what’s not to love?
What do you love most about teaching? Pain Medicine offers us a unique opportunity to evaluate and think about the human body and brain in a holistic way. The nervous system integrates our emotional regulation and pain experience in complicated and fascinating ways. As pain specialists, it is incumbent upon us to evaluate the mechanical aspects of the musculoskeletal system, the function of the nervous system, and the way all of this interacts with our emotional stability. I find my work mentally stimulating and morally rewarding. I enjoy teaching because I appreciate the ability to share my passion for all of this with the residents and fellows. When learners have a passion for the work, it’s fun to help them understand what at first seems foreign and confusing. It’s my honor to act as a guide while they find their way toward mastery of the technical, the academic, and the emotional aspects of what we do.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The people, the lakes and the beer.
Fairview Pain Management Group
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Undergrad: Columbia College, MO
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Professional Interests: Opening a comprehensive Pain Management institute
Why you chose Minnesota: An excellent educational program, fun city, lots of outdoor activities.
What you love most about Minnesota: Not as humid as Columbia lol!! Seriously though, I love all the activities, lakes, and variety of dining options!
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergrad/Medical School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Professional Interests: Pain medicine and medical education
Why you chose Minnesota: Excellent teaching and learning environment, emphasis placed on fellow education, great working environment, faculty role models, and living here.
What you love most about Minnesota: The opportunities to get outside.
Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
Undergrad: Stony Brook University
Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: PM&R at Stony Brook University Medical Center
Professional Interests: Interventional Pain, Neuromodulation
Why you chose Minnesota: Exposure to a wide variety of pain treatment options, educational curriculum is unmatched and getting to continue to take care of the veteran population.
What you love most about Minnesota: There are so many different things you can do outdoors!
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Manipal University/American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: Ultrasound-guided interventions, Pharmacology of pain
Why you chose Minnesota: I worked closely with the chronic pain physicians during my anesthesiology residency at the University of Minnesota. I found that the collegial environment, clinical experience and focus on fellow education fit my criteria for an ideal pain fellowship.
What you love most about Minnesota: The Spring, Summer, and Fall months. The state's efficiency at snow removal.
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