Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Chronic Pain Medicine

Ajay D. Wasan, MD, MSc
Vice Chair for Pain Medicine

our chronic pain physicians, behavioralists, and advanced practice providers

The UPMC Pain Medicine Division is a multidisciplinary clinical, teaching, and research endeavor spread over several clinic locations. The program is committed to the evaluation and treatment of the entire range of pain, disability, and rehabilitation problems, from infancy to old age, including end of life care. It offers an interdisciplinary team approach that includes dedicated professionals from various specialties including anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychology.

The treatment teams develop and coordinate individual treatment plans to: reduce pain and suffering whenever possible and assist patients in coping with any remaining discomfort; reduce disability to restore a more normal, meaningful, and satisfying life; reduce emotional distress caused by chronic pain; reduce dependency on drugs and on the healthcare system; and facilitate, as appropriate, the patient’s return to gainful employment and usual household and leisure activities.

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