About the blogger
I am Gilbert Fanciullo and will be the person who will write the posts for the PainPointsBlog. I am an Anesthesiologist who specializes in Pain Medicine and has been practicing Pain Medicine and Palliative Medicine for 20 years. I am a Professor at Dartmouth Medical School and teach medical students, residents and fellows about pain diagnosis and treatment. I am the Director of the Pain Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. I conduct research specifically addressing the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain and the use of computers as a tool in the care of patients with pain. I have been involved with many national pain organizations and held many positions and spoken numerous times at national and occasionally international meetings. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, where I have been now for 14 years, I was in private practice in Northern New Jersey for 2 years and was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before that.
This blog is sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell who is the publisher of Pain Medicine, the premier source of peer reviewed research and commentary on matters relevant to the multidisciplinary clinical practice of pain medicine. Wiley-Blackwell, created in February 2007 by merging Blackwell Publishing with Wiley’s Global Scientific, Technical, and Medical business, is one of the world’s foremost academic and professional publishers and the largest society publisher. Pain Medicine is the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and the International Spine Intervention Society. The American Academy of Pain Medicine is the principle society in the United States representing physicians, patients and others in the practice of Pain Medicine. The mission of the AAPM is to advance the specialty of Pain Medicine and the comprehensive care of patients with pain through promotion of best clinical practices, research, advocacy, and continuing medical education.
The mission of this blog is, as well, to advance the specialty of Pain Medicine and the comprehensive care of patients with pain through promotion of best clinical practices, research, advocacy, and continuing medical education. The use of a blog enables us to open the floor for discussion of topics of interest to us all. We will enable best clinical practice by creating dialogue surrounding interesting cases; research by discussing articles in Pain Medicine and other Journals and ideas; advocacy by including patients and their advocates to join in the dialogue; and education by learning from each other. I am hoping that while we are waiting for a flight, or sitting in the office, or attending a meeting, we will not be inhibited and will relay our thoughts to our friends and colleagues and interact, network, teach and learn from each other. I want to hear from Allen, Seddon, Jane, Nat, Scott, Perry, Carmen, Michael, Zahid, Michel, Dan, Charlie, Steve, Lynn, Knox, Ajay, Way, Jianren, Mischa, Bob, and all the others whose names I may have neglected to put down. If we all contribute we could have something pretty cool.