Thomas E. Buchheit, MD
Pain Medicine Specialist
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.
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Clinical Focus and Research
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.
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