The Pain of Trauma, the Trauma of Pain
Bennet E. Davis, MD
This intermediate presentation will provide a neuroscience informed overview of what pain is, from nociceptive pain to neuropathic pain, and to pain for psychological reasons. We’ll build on that foundation in a discussion of “How to talk to your patients about pain in a way that engages them in appropriate care." At the end of the session, we will take a step back from the addiction narrative, challenge the assumptions that underlie our current approach to the opioid crisis, and build on the first segment of the session to recast the opioid crisis as a trauma crisis, requiring somewhat different resources and a different approach
2.0 General CEU Hours
Bennet E. Davis, MD, is the director of the Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Davis completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University in Stanford, CA, and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He then trained in orthopedic surgery and anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico and University of California, Irvine. He completed his fellowship in Manchester, England, after finishing residency training.
Dr. Davis served as founder and Director of the University of Arizona Pain Center from 1995 to 2002. Where he was also Director of the Pain Fellowship Program and co-founding faculty of the Arizona Cancer Center. In 2002, he and his colleagues founded Arizona’s first and only adult pain clinic to achieve American Pain Society Center of Excellence. The Integrative Pain Center of Arizona, which operated as one of the nation’s few models for interdisciplinary pain care until November 2017.
He is involved in organized medicine as a past president of the Pima County Medical Society and is active on a national level and teaching as medical director for CHC Pain ECHO, a telemedicine teaching program for primary care providers across the nation. He serves on numerous advisory boards for health policy. His article, “A Patient Centered Approach to Tapering Opioids” was featured in The Journal of Family Practice in 2019 and addresses the adverse how not screening for trauma has prevented us from effectively addressing the opioid crisis.
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