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John J. Fitzgerald, MD
Pain Management Specialist
Center for Pain Management
Indianapolis, IN

About John J. Fitzgerald, MD

Dr. John Fitzgerald joined the Center for Pain Management in 2004. Dr. Fitzgerald is a distinguished leader in the field of radiofrequency rhizotomy and has trained numerous central Indiana physicians on the tools and techniques used to relieve the symptoms of painful neuromuscular conditions.

Board certified in anesthesiology, pain management and pain medicine (with recertification in 2006), he has practiced both anesthesiology and pain management at Methodist Hospital and was chairman of the anesthesiology section at Methodist in 1995. Since the late 1990s, Dr. Fitzgerald has practiced pain management exclusively. In particular, he focuses on radiofrequency rhizotomy, having been taught by the internationally renowned physicians and scientists who developed the procedure and the equipment used to perform it.

Dr. Fitzgerald is a 1977 graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI, graduating summa cum laude with bachelor's degrees in biosciences and English literature. He earned his doctor of medicine degree in 1982 from Indiana University School of Medicine. After serving a two-year tour of duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in Wolf Point, MT, and Cherokee, Ala., Dr. Fitzgerald completed a residency in Anesthesiology at Indiana University Medical Center.

Dr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Columbia Club, Christ Church Cathedral and the FBI Citizen's Academy Alumni Association; a supporting member of the U.S. Naval Institute; and a life member of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America.

Licensure and Board Certification:
Indiana Medical License since 1982
Board Certification in Anesthesiology, 1990
Subspecialty Anesthesiology Certification in Pain Management, 1996
Certification in Pain Medicine, American Board of Pain Medicine, 1994
Certification, American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine, 1999

Hospital Privileges:
St. Vincent Hospital
Westview Hospital

Medical Societies:
Indiana State Medical Association
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Publications

Lecturing and Publications:

Lecturer at various spinal medicine, medical and osteopathic conferences in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada and Tennessee; 1999-2006 
Lecturer at Inaugural Meeting; American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery; December, 1999 

 

Recent blog posts from John J. Fitzgerald, MD

August 18, 2008

Pain Management Treatments for Arachnoiditis

Arachnoiditis is a painful inflammation in the spinal canal. There's no cure, but some pain management techniques may help. A pain management specialist explains what's best to treat arachnoiditis symptoms of burning, tingling, and shooting pain.

June 09, 2008

Pain Management Technique: Radiofrequency Rhizotomy

Radiofrequency rhizotomy (RF) is a pain management technique. A pain management specialist explains how it works to reduce your nerve pain. Find out if you're a good candidate and what to expect when you have the procedure.

More from Dr. Fitzgerald's blog "Expert View on Chronic Back Pain"

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