Medical School Professor Wins American Pain Society Award

Medical School Professor Wins American Pain Society Award

May 24, 2004 6:00 PM

Perry G. Fine, M.D., professor of anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, was recently honored by the American Pain Society with its Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievement.

The award is presented to a professional who has made an outstanding contribution for dedication or innovation in education in the field of pain.

Fine received the award on May 8 at the Joint Congress of the American Pain Society and Canadian Pain Society held in Vancouver. "I am especially pleased to be honored by my peers, since above all, I love to teach, but I also know full well that I am only in this position because of the extraordinary mentors that I have had," he said.

A graduate of the University of California-Santa Cruz and Medical College of Virginia, Fine joined the U medical school faculty in 1985, after completing his residency at the University of Utah and his fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Fine has published extensively in the peer-review literature and has contributions in several pain management textbooks. He is a frequent lecturer at national and international pain meetings.

The award was named in memory of Elizabeth Narcessian, M.D., a noted educator on the appropriate use of opioids, patient assessment, and approaches to rehabilitation of chronically ill patients.

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