Thomas E. Buchheit, MD Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Pain Medicine Specialist

4.84 out of 5  (86 ratings, 10 reviews)
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Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance providers. At Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek, all services may not be covered. Please contact Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek at 919-660-9000 to confirm that we accept your insurance plan, and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. For services at other locations, please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services.

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919-668-7246 Office number
919-613-4525
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Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance providers. At Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek, all services may not be covered. Please contact Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek at 919-660-9000 to confirm that we accept your insurance plan, and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. For services at other locations, please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services.

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ABOUT ME

I’ve practiced interventional pain and musculoskeletal medicine for the past 20 years, and re-joined Duke in 2010 to build a program that sheds new light onto the treatments for nerve and arthritis pain. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented clinicians and researchers in the United States and Europe, allowing us to build a program in the Center for Translational Pain Medicine that moves beyond traditional pain medications and avoids many of their risks and complications. Our treatments center around the application of regenerative therapies that promote the active resolution of inflammation and pain for several arthritic conditions. I find it extremely rewarding to watch patients progress during their treatment course and meet their goals. I’m currently the Division Chief for Pain Medicine, a member of Duke’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine, Director of Regenerative Pain Therapies, and serve on the Editorial Board of Pain Medicine.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
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Training
EDUCATION
MD, Emory University School of Medicine (Georgia), 1994
RESIDENCY
Anesthesiology, University of California–San Francisco Medical Center, 1998
FELLOWSHIP
Pain Management, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (North Carolina), 1999
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My clinical and research focus is on the mechanisms that drive pain in both degenerative conditions (arthritis) and nerve injury. I’ve led and been part of several Department of Defense grants to investigate the inflammatory and epigenetic mechanisms that lead to chronic pain after injury. This research has directly informed the development of our clinical program that strives to not cover up of symptoms but to heal and resolve the inflammation that causes pain. Most of the joint and nerve interventions I perform are either ultrasound- or X-ray guided, allowing a diagnostic evaluation at the time of the procedure. By studying the body’s response to injury, we’ve been able to move beyond opioids, steroids and anti-inflammatory medications to develop effective, biologically-based treatments, particularly in the treatment of non-surgical arthritis.

PUBLICATIONS
View Thomas Buchheit's publications on PubMed
CLINICAL TRIALS
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4.84 out of 5 (86 ratings, 10 reviews)
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
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