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Pain Medicine Overview


The University of Colorado Pain Medicine Fellowship accepts one anesthesiology track fellow each year into a comprehensive training program that emphasizes skillful, compassionate, knowledge-based care. We pride ourselves on practice-based learning, professionalism, interpersonal communication and systems-based practice. Training at the University of Colorado Pain Medicine fellowship provides full immersion into the multidisciplinary components of pain assessment and treatment. Our program includes staff with expertise in anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, physical therapy, palliative care, internal medicine, chiropractic and acupuncture. We stress a comprehensive approach to evaluation and management of simple and complicated pain problems alike.

Fellows at the University of Colorado Pain Medicine program learn from a diverse and dedicated staff skilled in practical and theoretical approaches to treating pain. In addition to training at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, fellows also gain experience at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center of Denver and the Children's Hospital Colorado. The Denver VAMC is a regional referral center for veterans with a variety of pain syndromes. The Children's Hospital Colorado is a top-ten best pediatric hospital in America as ranked by US News and World Report.

We offer a comprehensive didactic series, with weekly lectures, multi-disciplinary conferences, and journal article reviews. In addition, we teach our fellows practice management techniques, business strategies, medical-legal aspects of pain practice, and quality improvement paradigms.

As a regional leader in interventional and surgical techniques for pain control, our centers see more than 10,000 patients and perform more than 5,000 procedures annually. This includes a variety of fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided procedures. We routinely perform interventions such as radiofrequency lesioning, chemical neural ablation, implantation of spinal cord stimulators, sympathetic blockade, musculoskeletal injections and minimally invasive neuraxial procedures. We work in concert with services that employ integrative medicine methods such as biofeedback, hypnosis, acupuncture, chiropractic care, cognitive behavioral therapy and mind/body techniques.

Truly, pain medicine training at the University of Colorado offers an innovative and comprehensive education in the many approaches and modalities available for pain management.

Jason P. Krutsch, MD
Director, Interventional Pain Management
Associate Director, Pain Fellowship
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado Denver