Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship

ACGME Accredited
2018-2019 - ERAS & NRMP

Fellowship Description

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (SRALAB), an affiliate of Northwestern University, is offering one-year fellowships in pain management as part of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine ACGME accredited multidisciplinary pain fellowship. This multidisciplinary pain fellowship program is under the Department of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University Medical School and is Directed by Dr. Geeta Nagpal. Dr. James Atchison of SRALAB is the Assistant Program Director.

Fellowship experience will include inpatient and outpatient work with the Department of Anesthesia at Northwestern University Medical Center, PM&R at the SRALAB Pain Management Center (PMC) and other designated rotations with neurology, psychiatry, palliative care, and pediatrics. The SRALAB PMC component is at the outpatient based interdisciplinary pain clinic located in downtown Chicago at SRALAB on Superior Ave. The fellowship includes treatment of chronic pain, cancer pain management and pain research. Clinical strategies for managing both acute and chronic pain will be addressed throughout all rotations.

There are 5 positions available and offered to residents yearly in this program. Residents must have completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Neurology, or Psychiatry ACGME accredited residency program. There is at least one slot available and designated each year for a person who has completed a PM&R residency program.

Fellowship Objectives

Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary pain treatment: SRALAB PMC offers treatment of chronic pain problems with various interdisciplinary treatment programs including a comprehensive four-week, 8 hour per day, 4 week program; a modified half day treatment program of similar length; a 1-2 times per week half-day program, a 2 times per week adolescent program and individual therapy based programs. Fellows are an integral part of the pain management team which also includes: physical therapy, occupational therapy, pain psychology, biofeedback therapy, vocational therapy, nursing education, Feldenkrais and other movement based therapies, as well as aquatic therapy.

In addition, there is a busy physician practice for assessment of patient’s for these programs, follow-up visits following treatment in the programs and follow-up visits for medications and/or interventional management.

Clinical Experience

Training in a complete array of clinical diagnoses will be available with an emphasis on medical and rehabilitation management of:

Fellows will also receive additional training in fluoroscopically guided spinal procedures with the Department of Anesthesiology and PM&R at SRALAB.


Cancer Pain Management

Fellows will spend time working in cancer pain management at SRALAB with Dr. Karina Bouffard and also at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Department of Hematology and Oncology under Dr. Judy Paice, Director, cancer pain management program. The fellow is exposed to both outpatient and inpatient cancer pain management as well as taking part with ongoing academic activities in this area.


The fellow will be expected to participate in development or continuation of a research project throughout the year. There are active, ongoing trials in medication management, interventional procedures, interdisiplinary care and the outcomes of each area.

Application Process

The Pain Management Fellowship application can be found on the Anesthesiology Department's website.

Applicants will be expected to submit a letter of interest, CV and 3 professional references to the Fellowship program director. Candidates must have completed a residency in physical medicine rehabilitation, anesthesiology, neurology, or psychiatry and have a license to practice medicine in the state of Illinois at the time the Fellowship begins.

The application deadline for the PM&R position in multidisciplinary pain management Fellowship is July 1st.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Us

James W. Atchison, DO
Assistant Program Director
Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Feinberg School of Medicine
980 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60610

Marisol Rodriguez
Administrative assistant
Phone: 312-238-7809

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