Dr. Pamela Vick-Bope Named TSPMG Chief of Pain Management
The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Pamela Vick-Bope, MD, has been named as the Medical Group's first Chief of Pain Management. She will continue to provide a wide range of interventional pain procedures and medication management in our Kaiser Permanente Southwood and Glenlake Medical Offices.
Since joining our medical group in 2010, Dr. Vick-Bope has embraced and embodied our model of care. She is an extremely hard worker who clearly leads by example and is always willing to share her knowledge with colleagues. She is also a strong advocate for the patient, carefully balancing the right and appropriate amount of care.
Dr. Vick-Bope received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She completed her medical degree and residency in Anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina and a fellowship in Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.
We are also making changes to the Pain Management department that will ensure patients receive care from an appropriate specialist, improve patient satisfaction and access, and increase clinician satisfaction.
As a first step, we are adding physiatrists to the group. Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in non-surgical physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients who have been disabled as a result of a disease, condition, disorder, or injury. Our TSPMG physiatrists will evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pain and refer to appropriate specialists as needed. The mid-levels in the pain management department will work alongside our newly hired physiatrists. This model of care has been proven successful in other KP regions and will help us establish a true multi-disciplinary pain management department.
We have no doubt that Dr. Vick-Bope will do an excellent job of leading and transforming the department in a way that will better serve our patients.