Meet the Team

The team is comprised of a well-focused group who can look at individual components of a pain condition and begin to identify treatment modalities that will be used for specific patients, ultimately revealing a number of novel discoveries in the pain field that will transform the way Duke diagnoses and treats pain patients. The team includes high-level epidemiologists, biostatisticians and basic scientists who have set up a new treatment unit associated with Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic and health care system.

Team members of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine help with:

  • Analysis and collection of data
  • Disease modelers to help with identification of novel pathways involved with pain
  • Discovery of work and validation mechanistically at the basic science level
  • Reverse translation, looking at human phenotypes and human genetics
  • Back discovery, showing in animal models what we discover in clinical models, which allows the team to identify new targets for treatment

Eventually, there will be many different clinical treatment and procedure areas that will be fully integrated with research staff doing high throughput, very efficient assessments, phenotyping, and biologics acquisitions that can be used for discovery in Duke’s clinics.

Faculty

William Maixner, DDS, PhD

William Maixner, DDS, PhD

Joannes H. Karis, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology
Co-Director, Center for Translational Pain Medicine
Vice Chair, Research

Ru-Rong Ji, PhD

Ru-Rong Ji, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology
Co-Director, Center for Translational Pain Medicine
Professor in Neurobiology

Aurelio Alonso, DDS, MS, PhD

Aurelio Alonso, DDS, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology
Director, Orofacial Pain
Center for Translational Pain Medicine

Jongbae Park, PhD

Jongbae Jay Park, PhD, LAc

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology
Director, Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Center for Translational Pain Medicine

Richard L. Boortz-Marx, MD, MS

Richard L. Boortz-Marx, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Center for Translational Pain Medicine

Andrey Bortsov, MD, PhD

Andrey Bortsov, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology

Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine

Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD

Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology

Francis J. Keefe, PhD

Francis J. Keefe, PhD

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in Anesthesiology
Professor in Medicine

Wolfgang B. Liedtke, MD, PhD

Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD

Professor, Departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology and Neurobiology

Andrea Nackley, PhD

Andrea G. Nackley, PhD

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology
Principal Investigator (PI), The Nackley Laboratory

Dimitri Putilin, PhD

Dimitri Putilin, PhD

Medical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Shad Smith, PhD

Shad B. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology

Niccolo Terrando, PhD

Niccolò Terrando, BSc (hons), DIC, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University

Thomas Van de Ven, MD

Thomas J. Van de Ven, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

David S. Warner, MD

David S. Warner, MD

Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University School of Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology and Surgery

Collaborators

Nikolay Dokholyan, PhD, MS, BS

Nikolay Dokholyan, PhD, MS, BS

Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Luda Diatchenko, MD, PhD

Luda Diatchenko, MD, PhD

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics
Allan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
Professor
Departments of Anesthesia, Dentistry
McGill University

Stephanie Ann Eucker, MD, PhD

Stephanie Ann Eucker, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery-Emergency Medicine
Duke University

B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD

B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD

Professor, Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management
Director, Comparative Pain Research Laboratory
Associate Director, Comparative Medicine Institute
North Carolina State University

Alexander Tan Limkakeng, MD, MHS

Alexander Tan Limkakeng, MD, MHS

Associate Professor
Director, Acute Care Research
Department of Surgery-Emergency Medicine
Duke University

Dimitri Zaykin, PhD

Dimitri Zaykin, PhD

Senior Investigator, Biostatistics Branch
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health

Fan Wang, PhD

Fan Wang, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, Cell Biology
Faculty Network Member, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative

Updates & Announcements

Duke Innovative Pain Therapies
Specialty Practice at Brier Creek
Accepting Patients & Referrals!
919-660-9000

Pain Journal Club
First Friday of the month
12 – 1 PM | GSRBI

American Pain Society
Stay up-to-date on the latest pain-related news, research and events!

CTPM News

Contact Us

Center for Translational Pain Medicine
Genome Science Research Building (GSRB1/Snyderman)
905 S. LaSalle Street
Durham, NC 27710
Email: maixnersadmins@duke.edu

Whitney Mills
Staff Assistant
Office: 919-684-2136
Email: whitney.mills@duke.edu

Beth Peloquin
Staff Assistant
Office: 919-681-9940
Email: beth.peloquin@duke.edu

Chris KeithMeet the Team