Pain Medicine

  • Bell, Brooke, M.D.

    Bell Brooke2Assistant Professor 

    Clinical Interests
    Acute and Chronic Pain Management 

  • Brooks, Brandon, M.D., MSHA

    Brooks Brandon sqcrAssociate Professor
    Interim Vice Chair and Director of the Division of Pain Medicine

    Medical Director, UAB Highlands Pain Treatment Clinic


    Research and Clinical Interests
    Pain Medicine

  • Lawson Named Director of Pain Medicine Fellowship

    News & EventsNews & Events

    Prentiss Lawson Jr., M.D., Program DirectorPrentiss Lawson, Jr., M.D., has been named the new director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program for the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

    Lawson is currently an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine. He graduated from the Heersink School of Medicine, and then completed his residency in anesthesia at UAB. After completing a pain medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia, he returned to join the UAB faculty.

    His clinical practice and research interests include regional anesthesia for perioperative and other acute pain management and the interventional and integrative treatment of chronic spinal pain, peripheral joint pain, and other chronic pain syndromes. Lawson believes in a patient-centered, holistic approach to helping patients cope with chronic pain and that general health and wellness are fundamental to building resiliency. In addition to patient care at UAB Medicine, he has served as a faculty mentor for numerous residents and fellows and aided in recruitment as well as clinical competence review.

    Lawson has been invited as a guest lecturer on various pain medicine topics at several national meetings. He also participates in regular lectures for other programs within the UAB School of Health Professions. His involvement on teams that have developed early recovery protocols has led to the improved perioperative care and pain management of surgical patients. He was recently certified in medical acupuncture and hopes to bring this to his clinical practice soon.

    The department looks forward to seeing the growth and development of the fellowship under Lawson’s thoughtful and innovative guidance.

    Note: The department would also like to thank Alethia Sellers, M.D., for her outstanding stewardship of the fellowship during the last eight years. She led the successful recruitment and training of dozens of pain medicine fellows, and her wise council and help during this important transition has been greatly appreciated.

  • Lawson, Prentiss, M.D.

    Lawson PAssistant Professor
    Prentiss Lawson, M.D., promotes interdiscplinary pain management that focuses on restoring function while reducing the negative impact that pain can cause on daily living. By advocating for treatment plans that address physical symptoms, the emotional impact of pain, and lifestyle and individual factors that contribute to pain, Dr. Lawson hopes to help patients cope with less reliance on medications or other treaments which can have significant side effects. 

    Research and Clinical Interests
    Comprehensive Acute and Chronic Pain Medicine (Back Pain, Joint Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy and other Neuropathic Pain, Neuromodulation [Spinal Cord Stimulation and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation], Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain); Medical Acupuncture; Metabolic Health; Integrative and Functional Medicine; Medical Quality; Regional Anesthesia 

  • McKeown, Jason, M.D., FASA

    Jason McKeown Associate Professor 

    Research Interests
    Treatment of acute pain, regional anesthesia and treatment of pain in palliative and geriatric patient population

  • Nagi, Peter, M.D.

    nagiAssociate Professor

    Research and Clinical Interests
    Pain Medicine


  • Ness, Timothy, M.D., Ph.D.

    Tim NessProfessor Emeritus 

    Research and Clinical Interests
    Pain Medicine, Pain Research


  • Sellers, Alethia Baldwin, M.D.

    Alethia-SellersAssociate Professor
    Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
    Faculty Advisor, Student Interest Group in Anesthesia (SIGA)

    Research and Clinical Interests
    Pain Medicine, General Clinical Anesthesia

  • Short, Roland, M.D.

    Short-RolandAssociate Professor
    Medical Director, Inpatient Pain Service

    Research and Clinical Interests
    Acute and Perioperative Pain Management, Trauma Anesthesia

  • Weisberg, James N., Ph.D.

    Weisberg-JamesAssociate Professor

    Research and Clinical Interests
    Pain, Psychology, Personality and Pain, Coping with Chronic Pain


  • Wesselmann, Ursula I., M.D., Ph.D., D.T.M.&H. (Lond.)

    William A. Lell, M.D–Paul N. Samuelson, M.D. Endowed Professorship in Anesthesiology

    Research and Clinical Interests
    Pain Medicine, Neurology, Pain Research, Women's Health Research, Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women, Vulvodynia, Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome, Breast Cancer, Racial Health Disparities


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