AASPD Candidate – Przkora

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD

University of Florida

Currently, I am an Associate Professor and Chief of the Pain Medicine Division. I am the Director of our Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship and Assistant Program Director of the Anesthesiology Core Residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

I received my training in Anesthesiology at the University of Florida under Mike Mahla, Nik Gravenstein, Tim Morey, and André Boezaart, and I joined the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2010 under Jim Rathmell and Gary Brenner. I am board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and started my academic career under Don Prough and Amr Abouleish at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. My practice includes Acute and Chronic Pain Medicine, and General/OR Anesthesia. I am active in simulation.

In addition to my clinical duties, I give great attention to and derive joy from the teaching and mentoring of our fellows, residents, and students.

During all stages of my career, I was active in research and published on basic as well as clinical science topics, resulting in over 48 publications and I have obtained local and national funding for my projects.

To promote and advocate for our core specialty and sub-specialties, I serve in various functions at the national level. Currently, I am the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD), becoming President of the APPD in November of 2019. In addition, I serve on the Pain Medicine Committee of American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee as well as on Committees of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and the corresponding Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP). I am a junior editor for the ABA. My current priority is the promotion of a Pain Practice and Business Management Curriculum.

Considering my background of combining all “four legs” of academic medicine with clinical care, education, research and administrative duties including successful challenges and negotiations at my institution to expand our pain practice and educational opportunities, I believe that I will serve you and our mission for our specialty well in a rapidly challenging healthcare environment.