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Pain Medicine Fellowship

Program Director: Robert W. Hurley, MD/PhD 
Number of Fellowships: 6 
Length of Training: 12 months 
Application Cycle: December 1 - May 1
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Clinical Experience

Pain management fellows rotate through clinics at Wake Forest Baptist Health and Carolinas Pain Institute. Their primary responsibility is new patient evaluations and existing patient management. Fellows coordinate a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, including medication management, physical therapy and reconditioning, procedures, and psychological evaluation and therapy. Patients are also considered for ongoing research studies, as appropriate. The attending physician provides fellow supervision, ensuring appropriate patient care and ongoing case-based learning. The patients that the fellows manage suffer from a wide variety of painful conditions and pain syndromes, including neuropathic, orthopedic, rheumatologic, traumatic, myofascial, sympathetic, degenerative and oncologic. 

Fellows also rotate through procedures at the Wake Forest Pain Centers, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and in the Novant Medical Park Hospital Fluoroscopy Suite (CPI). These are state-of-the-art facilities where outpatient procedures are performed daily by the fellows, with each fellow averaging one day per week dedicated to performing all of the blocks. Procedures are performed under either fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance. 

Finally, the fellows oversee the inpatient consultation service at Wake Forest Health; perform operating room-based procedures as well as office-based spinal cord stimulator trials. The majority of invasive procedures are performed at either Wake Forest Health-Davie Medical Center or Novant-Medical Park Hospital. Chronic pain consultations are provided for inpatients at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  The fellows cover this rotation for one week at a time. 

Fellow Experience in Organization, Didactics, and Teaching

Pain management fellows are actively involved in organization of the clinics at Wake Forest and the Carolinas Pain Institute. They are responsible for determining their own call schedule. Fellows also manage patient callbacks, and help to coordinate the surgical schedule. 

Fellows participate in weekly didactic seminars from the teaching staff covering ACGME pain topics as well as regular journal clubs and M&M conferences.  The trainees also present on a topic of their choosing. Multidisciplinary learning is further enhanced with rotations with Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Radiology and Psychology.

The fellows have the opportunity to oversee rotating Anesthesiology residents from Wake Forest Baptist Health. Junior and senior residents within the Department of Anesthesiology rotate through the Wake Forest Pain Centers, where the fellows play an instrumental role in their pain management education. 

Fellow Experience as a Consultant to Other Specialties

Pain management trainees serve as consultants to other medical providers; particularly, all consultations who are initially brought through the inpatient service. These patients are then seen in conjunction with the attending staff, and often these patients are subsequently followed in the outpatient clinic setting. This includes chronic nonmalignant pain as well as cancer pain consultations. 

Research Opportunities

The Pain Mechanisms Laboratory at Wake Forest Baptist Health offers cutting-edge basic and translational science pain research opportunities, led by Dr. James Eisenach. Trainees may use this laboratory space as needed during their training and are invited to participate in the non-basic science translational research.  Clinical translational research and biomedical informatics is led by Dr. Robert Hurley and staffed by Wake Forest Pain and Anesthesiology faculty.  Clinical research trials are performed at Wake Forest and CPI; fellows are allowed to participate. 

Training Facilities

The Wake Forest Baptist Health pain fellowship program splits time between two main facilities, the Wake Forest Health and the Carolina Pain Institute. Wake Forest Health is the location for the pain management training of the Anesthesiology residency program. 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an 885-bed hospital available for the treatment of acute, postoperative and cancer-related pain care. Davie Medical Center is also a Wake Forest Health facility, which houses new outpatient operating rooms where many of the device implantation surgeries are performed. 

Forsyth Medical Center is a 689-bed hospital where clinical procedures may be performed. Associated with this hospital is the Medical Park Hospital and the Medical Park Fluoroscopy Suite, where many of the pain procedures are performed. 

Wake Forest School of Medicine Teaching Faculty

  • Meredith Adams, MD
  • Amber Brooks, MD
  • Allyson Bryant, MD 
  • James C. Eisenach, MD
  • Robert Hurley, MD/PhD
  • Vinod Mungalpara, MD
  • Jennifer Oliver, DO/MPH 
  • Charles  Suttenfield, PhD
  • Brandon Williams, MD

CPI Teaching Physicians

  • Christopher A. Gilmore, MD
  • Carrie E. Johnson, MD, PhD 
  • Leo Kapural, MD, PhD
  • James M. North, MD 
  • Rick Rauck, MD
  • Kevin E. Wilson, PhD


Thank you for your interest in our program.  Learn more about the application process.



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