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Theme-Based Discussion: "Pain: A Journey"


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John D. Loeser, M.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Harborview Medical Center
Although we have all experienced pain and witnessed it in others, there is still much uncertainty about its meanings, neurological substrates and psychological components. This talk will be a journey through contemporary understandings of the varieties of pains and their significance and treatment strategies. Contemporary health care issues in the U.S. impact pain management. Philosophy, rather than pharmacy, will be emphasized.

John D. Loeser, M.D. is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and was the Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine from 1983 to 1997. He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine. He has been active in research, teaching, and patient care in the field of pain management for over 30 years. Dr. Loeser is recognized as an expert in the surgical treatment of pain and multidisciplinary pain management. He was the Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center from 1982-1997. His career also focused upon pediatric neurosurgery. His research and teaching efforts have included the development of the human nervous system, neuropathic pain, low back pain and multidisciplinary pain management.


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