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Nothing is more rewarding to me than watching patients resume their daily activities and sports after treatment.
– Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Pain Medicine Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
Where I See Patients
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center - Durham, NC
Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek - Raleigh, NC
Duke Pain Medicine - Durham, NC
Nothing is more rewarding to me than watching patients resume their daily activities and sports after treatment.
– Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

My Locations

120 E Carver St
Durham, NC 27704-2700
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4309 Medical Park Dr
Durham, NC 27704-2388
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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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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.80 out of 5
167 ratings, 41 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
Fellowship
Pain Management, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (North Carolina), 1999
Residency
Anesthesiology, University of California–San Francisco Medical Center, 1998
Education
MD, Emory University School of Medicine (Georgia), 1994

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research and clinical focus is on the mechanisms that drive pain in arthritis and degenerative conditions. Our team has spent years investigating the inflammatory mechanisms that lead to chronic pain after injury. This research has led to the development of our regenerative pain therapies program. 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 my publications on PubMed

Insurance Accepted

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.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
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