Jongbae “Jay” Park, PhD, LAc, is a clinician and researcher of acupuncture and Asian medicine. He is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Director of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine for the Duke Center for Translational Pain Medicine. His current interests include acupuncture and Asian medicine for low back pain and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). He also pursues for advancing clinical research methods ranging from sham control methods and blinding assessment. Dr. Park provides clinical services at Duke clinical facilities in Raleigh and Durham. His educational background includes a Korean Medicine Doctor (KMD), a PhD in Korean medicine from Kyung Hee University, and a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in medical sciences (clinical sciences) from the University of Exeter, UK. Prior to joining Duke, he worked at UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard Medical School and Peninsular Medical School. Over the past eight years, Dr. Park held a faculty appointment in both the UNC School of Medicine and School of Dentistry at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was previously the Director of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Research.
Dr. Park believes in the interconnectivity of human being and beyond. He has extensive expertise in clinical research, particularly in the field of acupuncture. He has developed and validated the Park Sham Device, successfully established a financially viable acupuncture clinic service in both specialties of physical medicine and rehabilitation and orofacial pain, and has participated in an NIH/NIDCR K12 multidisciplinary research career development award. His research focuses on examining efficacy, effectiveness, and mechanisms of action in acupuncture and Asian medicine. In particular, he has 1) advanced the inquiry of interpreting the results of placebo/sham controlled trials, 2) investigated real world clinical practice using observational study methods, 3) proven that anatomical differentiation makes a physiological difference in subjects’ sensation of acupuncture needling, and 4) embarked on a methodical investigation of changes after receiving acupuncture treatment in pro-and anti-inflammatory cytokines in patients with chronic TMD with widespread tender points. This latest study seeks to examine the role of inflammation in chronic pain, and the mechanism of action and potential effectiveness of using acupuncture for multifactorial conditions such as TMD.