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Byron R. Bankhead, M.D.

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  • English

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-6393 University Hospital
Anesthesiology
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

My clinical interests center around providing improved peri-operative pain management to all patients. I completed an acute pain care fellowship after residency and continue to be actively involved in improving post-operative pain. One of the most exciting new topics in pain management centers around the idea of "preventative analgesia". This means using a variety of strategies and drugs to prevent the hyperactivity and increasing pain caused by trauma, surgery and narcotic pain medicines. In our practice we find that decreasing nerve conduction by using epidurals and nerve blocks, as well as decreasing pain sensitization with non-narcotic medications both before, during, and after surgery decrease peri-operative pain, amount of narcotics needed, and unwanted side effects. Ongoing research is starting to indicate that using preventative analgesia strategies may impact the development of long term pain syndromes in the future. My clinical goal is to improve the access to these strategies for all patients requiring surgery and experiencing pain.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Anesthesiology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Anesthesiology

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Anesthesiology - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Anesthesiology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6393 School of Medicine
Anesthesiology
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

My academic interests are in education and improving clinical outcomes. In addition to teaching residents, students, and fellows during clinical work, there are several other ways I try to focus my efforts making in care safer and better. As director of the acute pain service, It is my goal to improve communication between medical, surgical, and anesthesia services to share information that can improve oucomes. For instance, we are working with both internal medicine and orthopedics to develop protocols for pain treatment that help standardize care as well as identify those at risk for poor outcomes. We are also working with the chronic cancer pain specialists at huntsman to provide support for nightime physicians caring for acute cancer pain. In addition, we are part of an ongoing effort to improve our electronic medical record to make it easier to provide good multi-modal pain care and to institute safety measures such as alarms that decrease the likelyhood of prescribing errors.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Acute Pain Management
Fellow
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Anesthesiology
Resident
Internship LDS Hospital
Transitional Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical St. Louis University
M.D.
Undergraduate Brigham Young University
Exercise Physiology
B.S.

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