Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
PVAMC Pain Management Program Welcomes New Provider
Pain Management is a highly specialized field of medicine that is growing. Not every community or VA Medical Center has clinicians who specialize in pain medicine. The Providence VAMC has had an interventional pain management program since 2007 and is fortunate to have three experienced anesthesiologists--Dr. Fred Burgess, Dr. Afreen Siddiqui, and Dr. Keith Fragoza–as well as a nurse practitioner, Sue Bridges--who can assist Veterans in managing their pain. The program has shown remarkable success.
The Program has recently added Dr. Keith Fragoza to the staff. He is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Fragoza completed residency training in anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital where he also served as the chief resident. Dr. Fragoza recently completed fellowship training in pain medicine also at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a particular interest in spine-related chronic pain conditions as well as interventional pain therapies for cancer-related pain.
In other Interventional Pain Management Program news:
- Dr. Frederick Burgess has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
- Dr. Afreen Siddiqui has been elected for a two-year term as Vice President of the Rhode Island of Society Anesthesiologists.
Given the importance of pain management and helping Veterans regain an active personal lifestyle, both in the home and in the community, the Interventional Pain Management Program continues to explore ways to enhance services. “The hope,” says Sue Bridges, “is that this program will continue to expand in order to provide support for the VA providers, a physician and nursing education program, an inpatient pain consult program, and possibly an Anesthesiology Resident Program.” In fact, we are already heading in that direction. “We are already providing a multidisciplinary approach to Pain Medicine elective for Brown medical students,” adds Dr. Siddiqui.
The Interventional Pain Management Clinic, which offers various levels of acute and chronic pain management interventions, has five clinics and sees scheduled patients three days per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Prior to a Veteran’s visit, the staff reviews the Veteran’s medical history and record. Veterans are asked to complete a pain questionnaire before being seen in the Clinics. A full evaluation is conducted prior to recommending any treatment options or procedures. The goal is not only to help Veterans manage their pain and reduce pain-related disability, but to regain an active personal lifestyle.
For more information about the Pain Clinic and pain management options, please consult with your VA Primary Care Provider at 401-457-3336.