Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology

Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship

The Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship integrates several areas of pain medicine including, interventional pain management, chronic pain rehabilitation, cancer pain and palliative care, acute pain, pediatric chronic pain, neurology, psychiatry and clinical research. The fellowship is a collaboration between two of the main teaching centers at McGaw Medical Center: Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. All fellowship positions are filled through the Match, and all applicants will apply through ERAS.

The Galter Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Center at Northwestern underwent a major expansion in 2011 to accommodate an ever-increasing patient volume and increased complexity of cases. The Center is equipped with two fluoroscopy suites, an ultrasound suite, nine examination rooms, a 5-bay recovery room and a multimedia Teaching Conference Room. All imaging equipment is exclusive to the Center and is the state of the art.

The fellowship offers five positions for a one-year appointment. All fellow candidates who are selected for interviews will meet with several faculty members and trainees. Historically, four positions are filled with those who completed anesthesiology residency and the remaining position is filled by one who completed a physiatry residency. Exceptional candidates from other disciplines may be considered. Candidates may send their application materials as soon as March 1and interviewing typically begins in the late Spring each year. All positions will be filled through the Match. View the application information below to learn more about the application and selection process. 

Faculty members from the Division of Pain Medicine and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are recognized experts in pain medicine, regional anesthesia and rehabilitation. They are active in the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, the American Pain Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Midwest Pain Society. They are members of the editorial boards for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Clinical Journal of Pain and MD Consult-Pain Medicine.

Faculty have authored and edited major textbook, including, Practical Management of Pain, edited by Honorio T. Benzon, MD et al. and Essentials of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia by Dr. Honorio T. Benzon. There is very active clinical research in the division resulting in publication of papers, reviews, abstracts and book chapters. All fellows present at least one abstract at a national scientific meeting each year.

Program Director

Geeta Nagpal

Geeta Nagpal, MD

Assistant Director

James Atchison

James Atchison, DO

Fellowship Coordinator

Kristie Edwards

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.