We would like to congratulate Dr. Thomas Buchheit for his recent appointment as Division Chief of the Pain Group. Dr Buchheit is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and over the past 14 years, has served in multiple leadership and educational capacities at Duke and in the region, including Duke Pain Medicine Fellowship Director (2000-2002), Duke Pain Clinic Co-Medical Director (2001-2002), President of Carolina Pain Consultants (2006-2010), Board of Directors of North Carolina Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (2006-2007), Board of Directors of The Pain Society of the Carolinas (2010 – present), Pain Medicine Question Author for The American Board of Anesthesiology, and Pain Medicine Committee Member, American Society of Anesthesiologists.
In 2010, Dr. Buchheit returned to Duke to complement his clinical and administrative duties with translational scientific research in nerve injury pain syndromes. His overarching research goal is to improve the mechanistic understanding of neuropathic pain, leading to future advances in therapy and prevention. He is currently funded through the Department of Defense: PT1100575 (PI – Regional Anesthesia and Valproate Sodium for the Prevention of Chronic Post-amputation Pain), and DM102142 (Co-Investigator – Molecular Subtypes of Chronic Pain). These research studies will further define the clinical phenotypes of neuropathic pain, test a clinical intervention, and elucidate the underlying epigenetic, proteomic, and metabolomics alterations that occur in the transition from acute to chronic pain.
Again, congratulations to Dr. Buchheit and we look forward to working with him in his new role as Division Chief of the Pain Group.