Episode 154 - Tracy Jackson, part 1: The Hardest Pill to Swallow

Tracy Jackson MD

In episode #154 I speak with Dr. Tracy Jackson, a pain specialist and advocate for alternative therapies in place of the traditional approach with chronic use of opioids.  She's an associate professor at Vanderbilt University and founder of a functional rehabilitation program, Relief Retreats, set for its inaugural class March 2017.  She shares a bit about her journey and the evolution of her view of pain management.  She explains some of the reasons behind the opioid dilemma in the US and more.   


Dr. Tracy Jackson completed medical training at the University of North Carolina and following, a surgical internship and an anesthesiology residency at UNC as well, where she served as chief resident. After a brief stint doing anesthesia in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, she decided that treating pain was her calling, and went to Stanford to complete a fellowship in chronic pain management.   Currently she’s an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at Vanderbilt University and created and directed their pain fellowship training program and served as associate medical director of the outpatient pain clinics.  she has additional certification in medical acupuncture and yoga, and works closely with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, to better understand and study “alternative” methods to deal with chronic pain.  She is the founder of a functional rehabilitation program called Relief Retreats which can be found at reliefretreats.com

Show Notes to come...