We are pleased to announce that after serving as interim chief for 18 months, Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA, has been appointed chief of our Pain Medicine Division, which covers the Inpatient Pain Service and offers clinical services at nine locations.
Dr. Vorenkamp brings 14 years of experience to his new role as division chief. He joined Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2018 as an associate professor and currently serves as the medical director of the Duke Raleigh Hospital Pain Clinic and the associate director for patient safety and quality improvement. The Pain Medicine Division reported growth in all ambulatory locations in 2019, 2020 and so far this year, despite the pandemic.
Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Vorenkamp practiced at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington and at the University of Virginia (UVA), serving as medical director of UVA’s Pain Management Center and director of both department’s pain medicine fellowships. He received his medical degree in 2002 from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he went on to complete residency in anesthesiology. He completed a fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Vorenkamp has actively held leadership positions within many national societies, including the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). He is serving a second term as a member of the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel and is notably the first-ever panel member board certified in pain medicine. Dr. Vorenkamp is highly involved with the ASA and achieved fellow status in 2018. Additionally, he was program chair of ASRA’s annual meeting in 2017, its pain medicine lead from 2014-2016, and currently serves as its vice chair of the Practice Management Committee. Between 2017 and 2019, Dr. Vorenkamp held the vice chair position of the SIS’s Health Policy Division. And, for two years, he served as a question writer for the ABA’s pain medicine exam. He serves as the ASA delegate to the Multi-Society Pain Workgroup (MPW) and has been involved with the creation and publication of MPW practice guidelines on interventions for lumbar facet joint pain and safeguards to prevent neurological complications after epidural steroid injections.
Please join us in thanking Dr. Vorenkamp for his service as interim chief and extending him congratulations on his new role in our department.