Chronic Pain and the Opioid Epidemic - CME Lecture on Oct. 27

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health.

“Chronic Pain and the Opioid Epidemic” is the subject of this year’s College of Medicine – Tucson Homecoming Lecture on Friday, Oct. 27 from 12 – 3pm in the Kiewit Auditorium at the University of Arizona Cancer CenterDr. Mohab Ibrahim, Dr. Amol Patwardhan and Dr. Todd Vanderah will touch upon the current problems with opioids and why we need to find better ways to manage pain. They will also explore common pain conditions and how we can address them using interventional procedures done at our pain clinic.

Dr. Ibrahim is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology and the director of the Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic.  He also serves as the Program Director of the Cronic Pain Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Ibrahim has four degrees from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Amol Patwardhan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, and Co-Director, Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic.

Dr. Vanderah is Department Head and Professor of Pharmacology, and is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology. His research interests include mechanisms of cancer pain, neuronal integration in pain pathways, neurochemical release during conditions of neuropathy, neuronal plasticity, opioid receptor pharmacology, and novel targets for drug discovery. He is author of over 135 original research articles.  Dr. Vanderah earned both his Bachelor's of Science and his PhD from the University of Arizona

There is no cost for the 2 CME credit program, but registration is required. Please R.S.V.P. by Oct. 20 to Lunch will be served beginning at noon with the lecture scheduled to run from 12:30 – 2:30. The will be a 30 minute question and answer session at the end.  Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage just south of the hospital’s main entrance for a charge.

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