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Tucson Be Informed

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March 7, 2018
Arizona Inn
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast
8:30 - 10:30 - Presentation

Topic: The Pain of Trauma, The Trauma of Pain. The Opioid Crisis is Not What You Think.

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Speaker:  Bennet E. Davis, MD
This presentation will provide a neuroscience informed overview of what pain is, from nociceptive pain to neuropathic pain, and to pain for psychological reasons. We’ll build on that foundation in a discussion of “How to talk to your patients about pain in a way that engages them in appropriate care”.  At the end of the session we will take a step back from the addiction narrative, challenge the assumptions that underlie our current approach to the opioid crisis, and build on the first segment of the session to recast the opioid crisis as a trauma crisis, requiring somewhat different resources and a different approach.

This is an intermediate presentation. Attendees are behavioral healthcare professionals in private practice.


*Explain how to distinguish pain for psychological reasons from nociceptive and neuropathic pain
*Describe to their patients the cause of their pain and how treatment flows form the cause, in a way that does not suggest “it’s in your head” but rather engages and empowers patients to participate in treatment.
*Explain how to recognize and know what to do about high risk prescribing of opioid.


Bennet E. Davis, MD, is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University in Stanford, CA, and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He then trained in orthopedic surgery and anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico and University of California, Irvine. He completed his fellowship in Manchester, England after finishing residency training. Dr. Davis practiced pain medicine at the University of California, Irvine until he was recruited to run the University of Arizona Pain Institute from 1995 to 2002. As an associate professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, he was also the pain fellowship director, where he supervised the training of eight new pain specialists between 1996 and 2002. Dr. Davis and his colleagues founded the Integrative Pain Center of Arizona (IPCAZ) in 2002 to pursue the mission of building, refining, and researching the most effective model for a patient-centered, evidence-based, quality-focused, cost-conscious interdisciplinary pain medicine/sports medicine health program. Dr. Davis holds an appointment as adjunct associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and is active in training pharmacy students, as well as family practice residents and primary care physicians. He is particularly interested in helping our primary care system and co-authored/co-investigated the first NIH-funded (National Institutes of Health) online Pain Medicine CME program for primary care physicians. He is the medical director of Project ECHO® Pain, Weitzman Institute. He has been a faculty member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center since 1997, and is active in clinical research. He has received awards for establishing the Integrative Pain Center of Arizona (IPCA), a unique medical clinic in Tucson, including the Copper Cactus Award from the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, which named Dr. Davis as Southern Arizona’s small business leader of the year for 2006. Dr. Davis is active in the community. He served a one-year term as president of the Pima County Medical Society in 2009, and he is currently leading the Society’s effort to find a path toward effective health care reform in collaboration with the Arizona Business Coalition on Health (AzBCH). He is an AzBCH founding board member and serves as chief medical officer for the organization, where his current focus includes developing a consensus vision of the ideal future primary care health delivery system. He has written on the topic of health care reform, and has special interests in pain associated with spinal conditions, RSD, and nerve injury.

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For event questions, please contact: Sonie.Lee@acadiahealthcare.com

2 Education Credits available:

Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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