Pain Management

If you are struggling with chronic pain, UNC Hospitals Pain Management Center is here to help. We are committed to helping patients improve their quality of life and restore their ability to function.

Each of our board-certified anesthesiologists have received specialized training in pain management and are able to use this experience to help determine the patient’s source of pain and customize a treatment plan. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we are able to target pain in various ways from more conservative options to interventional procedures.

Our services are complemented by physical therapists, specialized pain psychologists and clinical pharmacists to address all aspects of a patient’s pain.

Types of Pain Treated

  • Chronic back pain
  • Cervical neck pain, "whiplash"
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Herpetic and post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Disc pain, facet and nerve root pain
  • Cancer related pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical and failed back syndrome
  • Post-traumatic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries
  • Acute exacerbations of chronic pain syndromes

Types of Treatment

Because each patient's needs are unique, we offer innovative clinical techniques for treating an array of painful conditions, including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Behavior modification
  • Relaxation techniques and biofeedback
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Psychological evaluation and treatment
  • Other clinically proven, evidence based alternatives

We also provide the expertise to implement a wide range of medical and surgical interventions both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Specifically, these include:

  • Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and caudal epidural steroid injections
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Continuous infusion catheters (peripheral nerve, epidural, and intrathecal)
  • Sympathetic ganglia nerve blocks such as sphenopalatine, cervicothoracic, lumbar sympathetic, celiac plexus, superior and inferior hypogastric, and impar ganglia
  • Intra-articular facet injections
  • Medial branch blocks (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar)
  • Radio frequency thermocoagulation (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar)
  • Neurolytic procedures for peripheral nerves
  • Trigger point injections
  • Discography
  • Neuromodulation techniques with implantable technology for peripheral or central nervous system (spinal cord stimulation)
  • Psychological evaluation and therapy


Your Care Team

At UNC Hospitals Pain Management Center, you have a complete team of health care professionals, working closely with your physician. The team includes: 

Clinical Pain Psychologists:

Amy Goetzinger, PhD

Skye Margolies, PhD

Seema Patidar, PhD

Clinical Pharmacists:

Nora Talley, PharmD, CPP 


Brooke Chidgey, MD

Dominika James, MD

Maryam Jowza, M.D. 

Andrew Lobonc, MD

Matthew Mauck, MD

Irina Phillips, MD

Nurse Practitioner:

Nataliy Corbin AGNP-BC


Robert Chalifour -Director of Clinical Programs

Stephanie Crossgrove - Administrative Support Supervisor

For more information, call the UNC Hospitals Pain Management Center at (984) 974-6688.

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Visit UNC Children's online

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