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Trauma information available at lecture

October 1, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

This year the fifth annual Dr. Perry G. Fine Pain Lecture Series will address new and alarming information about two serious issues: combat trauma affecting troops and the widespread prevalence of chronic pain.

Both conditions are affecting millions of Americans with combined annual costs of $3.4 trillion, and the price tag is expected to rise. This lecture series is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown. This year's topics are must see for the medical community, veterans and the public.

Featured speaker Marcus Nemuth, M.D., a subject-matter expert in military psychiatry, will present "The Many Faces of Pain: From the Battle Front to the Home Front What Now?" He will be addressing visible and psychological pain coupled with trauma from the Iraq-Afghanistan wars. Specifically, he will explain poly-trauma syndrome and the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their far-reaching effects.

Nemuth has treated patients from every war since World War II on a variety of psychiatry disorders, diseases and treatment therapies. He is the unit director for inpatient services, including forensic psychiatry, psychopharmacology, neuropsychiatry and post-traumatic stress disorder, and retired medical director of Veteran Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System with 25 years of service. His knowledge and hands-on patient care experience will open your eyes to what our service men and women face when they return home.

Iraq and Afghanistan represent not only the longest wars; but, the longest fought by an all-volunteer force. These troops have experienced the longest length of continuous combat and their high-tech combat injuries have caused lifelong health illnesses because they are not dying from these wounds that would have killed them previously. These poly-trauma injuries have resulted in lengthy rehabilitation, physiological, psychological illnesses and high risk behaviors' creating so many interrelated problems that it has manifested into a tsunami of an epidemic that will affect millions. Unfortunately there are no short-term solutions in sight.

Nemuth will openly discuss his perspective regarding this heartbreaking situation. More importantly, he will share his views and what the government is doing well and not so well and the spill over into the private healthcare sectors.

The second lecture, presented by Dr. Perry G. Fine, will address chronic pain, which now considered a disease and affects over 110 million Americans costing an estimated $635 billion annually. His presentation titled, "Chronic Pain as a Disease State," will focus on the widespread problem and economic impact of chronic pain in the U.S. He will describe the neurobiological changes that transform acute pain into chronic pain and how it affects individuals differently making treatment more difficult. In addition, he will provide the health-related consequences of poorly treated pain, which is a concern here in West Virginia.

In its fifth year, the Perry G. Fine, M.D., Pain Lecture Series has reached a significant milestone with the West Virginia University Foundation creating an endowment, named the Perry G. Fine, M.D., Endowed Fund in Pain and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Fine is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he serves on the faculty in the Pain Research Center. Dr. Fine is the Immediate Past President for the American Academy of Pain Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors of several scientific boards and medical journals. He is widely published in the field of pain management and end-of-life care and consults around the world.

This free educational lecture series keeps West Virginia healthcare professionals on the forefront of pain management issues. It is appropriate for all physicians, nurses, social workers, students, other health care providers, and the public who are interested in the treatment of pain. Free continuing education credits will be provided to physicians, nurses, and social workers who have registered to attend the lecture series. There will be a networking session with light refreshments between both lectures.

It is hosted by Hospice Care Corp. and West Virginia University Health Sciences Office of Continuing Education.

To learn more about the lecture series or to register, please, call Cynthia Woodyard at Hospice Care Corp. at 800-350-1161 or email her at or visit West Virginia University Health Sciences offices of Continuing Education online at



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