Vice Chair for Operations and Performance Appointed

We are pleased to announce that Padma Gulur, MD, has been appointed as a Professor of Anesthesiology and the Vice Chair for Operations and Performance at Duke Anesthesiology, effective August 15.

After attending medical school at Bangalore Medical College at Karnataka University in Bangalore, India, Dr. Gulur completed her residency in anesthesiology at Boston University. She then completed her fellowship training in pain medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She went on to serve as the Director of Pain Services, Director of Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care, and the Fellowship Director for Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gulur joins us from the University of California, Irvine, where she was a Professor of Anesthesiology and the Vice Chair of Pain Medicine. She was also the Director of Pain Management Services at UC Irvine Health, a new position developed to establish and direct a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, coordinated pain management continuum for the entire health system. While at UCI, she also started the first regional opioid safety coalition in Orange County for the state of California. This initiative brought together health care leaders, health plans, hospital systems, community clinics, the state medical and pharmacy associations, and law enforcement to stop the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

Dr. Gulur is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and specializes in advanced interventional pain management. She is clinically recognized for her care of patients with acute and chronic pain, cancer-related pain, sports injuries, and pain from disorders of the spine. Dr. Gulur is also committed to researching innovative techniques to assess and manage pain, along with training the next generation of physician leaders in pain medicine. Her research interests include pain management for high resource utilizers, underserved populations, and pediatric, cancer, and spine patients. In her new role at Duke, she will serve as the Medical Director of the Acute Pain Service and the Pain Consult Service. She will also be responsible for developing and implementing a plan to integrate the delivery of pain management services across Duke Health.

Dr. Gulur and her nine-year-old daughter currently call Chapel Hill home. Please join us in welcoming them to the Duke Anesthesiology family!