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About the Center

The Comprehensive Pain Management Center was established by the Department of Anesthesiology to help patients with various stages and types of complex, acute, and chronic pain. These include, but are not limited to:

  • myofacial pain
  • neuropathic pain
  • headache
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • chronic regional pain syndrome
  • disc herniation
  • post laminectomy syndrome
  • spinal stenosis
  • post herpetic neuralgia

 

Treatment

In addition, the Pain Center specializes in the treatment of patients who have cancer, or those who are suffering from post-injury or surgery. Our aim is to minimize symptoms associated with any pain patients are experiencing and to return them to as much functionality as their case allows.

Treatment options may include:

  • oral or transdermal medications
  • transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (T.E.N.S. units)
  • epidural injections
  • fact joint injections
  • nerve blocks
  • radio frequency ablation
  • spinal cord stimulation trials
  • intra-thecal pump trials

We also refer patients for alternative techniques such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, bio-feedback and self-hypnosis.

The Pain Center also functions within University Hospital as a consulting service for acute and chronic pain patients. While registered in the hospital setting, our staff regularly monitors these patients.

Treatment options may involve:

  • the use of PCA pumps
    (patient controlled analgesia)
  • oral medications
  • indwelling catheters
    (such as epidurals)
  • transdermal medications

Once discharged, chronic pain patients frequently continue their follow-up care at the Pain Center on an as needed basis. The benefit of having this option for continual care is that it enables a team approach between the Pain Center and other departments within New Jersey Medical School. Together with the patient, their family, and their other physicians, we can create both short and long-term goals, and work to meet the patient's needs.

Staff

Wadih Arap, MD, PhD

Andrew G. Kaufman, M.D.

Professor & Division Chief
Department of Anesthesiology
kaufmaga@njms.rutgers.edu

Jacquelyn Bradley, MD

Carolyn Kloepping, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
kloeppch@njms.rutgers.edu

Diana Finkel, DO

Chanmonie Kaulesar, DNP, APNc

Nurse Practitioner
Department of Anesthesiology

Joshua Kra, MD

Alesia White

Office Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
whitea1@njms.rutgers.edu