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University of Washington Medicine - Center for Pain Relief and Discovery

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When pain medicine was in its infancy, an additional six months added to an anesthesia residency allowed trainees to receive significant training in the available techniques.  As there became more options, the fellowships expanded into 12 months.  However, recently there has been an explosion of interventional techniques available to the practitioner.  In addition, ACGME has mandated rotations in psychiatry, addiction, physical medicine and rehab, acute and chronic inpatient pain, neurology, and palliative care, leaving less than five months available for training in interventional techniques.  This is a time when the techniques themselves have required a greater skill and training.  The lack of training has directly led to a proliferation of poorly prepared pain physicians.

In 2009, the foundation began a collaboration with the University of Washington Medicine - Center for Pain Relief and Discovery to offer a second year of training to their fellowship program.  The second year Fellows receive training in Pelvic pain, headache management, pediatric pain, and cancer pain management. 


2009-2010 Interns                                                                                     



Agnes Stogicza M.D., FIPP

A native of Hungary, Dr. Stogicza completed medical school as well as internship, residency, and fellowship training in anesthesiology ( including general, cardio-thoracic, traumatologic, intensive care and pediatric anesthesiology) at Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest.  She also completed two research fellowships in topics related to anesthesiology at Semmelweis University.

Dr. Stogicza first became interested in pain medicine during her fellowship training in anesthesiology and pursued initial fellowship training in neuroanesthesia and pain management at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. 


Nirupa Shah , MBChB, FCP, MBA

Dr. Shah received her MBChB from the University of Natal (South Africa) in 1985 and completed her FCP in Neurology at the College of Medicine of South Africa in 1992.  She also received an MBA from the University of Wales in 1995.  Since 1995 she has maintained a private neurology practice, most recently at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, and has specialized in headache, epilepsy, movement disorders, and sleep disorders.  She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Botulinum Clinic at Entabeni Hospital in durban, the Director of the Epilepsy Center at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, and thedirector of the Movement Disorders Program at Milpark Hospital. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Shah has been involved in research and teaching.  She has been the principal investigator on more than 16 clinical trials, has given more than 50 invited lectures, and has published in both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications. 



2010-2011 Interns                                                                                     



Fadi Alhatem, M.D.

Dr. Alhatem completed his medical training at the University of Damascus in Damascus, Syria.  After completing an internal medicine internship at th Syrian Red Crescent Hospital at the University of Damascus, he completed a residency in General psychiatry at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He was a chief resident during his final year.  Dr. Alhatem completed his first year in interventional pain medicine fellowship at Dartmouth Medical School in July 2010.


Michael Brown, P.A., D.C., M.D.

After more than 20 years practice as a chiropractor and physician's assistant, in 2001 Dr. Brown entered medical school a the St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada to further enhance his ability to help patients with chronic pain issues.  After completing medical school in 2005 he completed an internal medicien internship in Newart Beth Israel Medical Center (Newark, New Jersey) and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Stony Brook University, New York.  He was selected as chief resident in his final year of residency.  Dr. Brown has also compelted chiropractic fellowships in orthopaedics, neurology, sports medicine and rehabilitation.


2011-2012 Interns                                                                                     






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