Division of Pain Medicine


Clinicians at The Vanderbilt Pain Center use a multidisciplinary approach to pain care, offering thorough evaluations, consultations and referrals in order to employ the most effective evidence-based treatments. The Vanderbilt Pain Center offers care at six centers, as follows:

Adult patients with chronic pain are seen at: 

  • The Vanderbilt Interventional Pain Clinic at the One Hundred Oaks outpatient center,
  • Cool Springs Surgery Center in Franklin,
  • The Vanderbilt Pain Center in Clarksville,
  • By video-conference to Telehealth in Clarksville and Springhill.

Cancer patients are seen at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center Pain Clinic, and pediatric patients are seen at the Pediatric Pain Clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. 

The Vanderbilt Pain Center sees patients with all types of pain caused by all kinds of disease processes. During the first clinic visit, a patient’s medical history is thoroughly reviewed, and his or her condition is evaluated by a board certified pain specialist to develop a team-based treatment plan. 

The multidisciplinary pain consultation team includes specialists from:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy

The division includes six anesthesiology faculty, four advanced practice nurse practitioners (APRNs), five registered nurses (RNs), as well as radiology technologists and medical assistants.  Division faculty are leaders in professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the Tennessee Pain Society, and we participate locally, nationally and internationally to develop guidelines, policies and laws to safeguard evidence-based treatment for patients in pain.

Our division is active in research encompassing clinical trials to develop new treatment modalities in peripheral ablation and neuromodulation, treatments for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), safety with intrathecal drug delivery devices, acupuncture and acupressure, caged-release drug delivery, population health, drug development, international delivery of pain treatment, and more. 

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