I received my medical education at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India.
I graduated in 1981, and served as a Medical Officer with the Army Medical Corps of the Indian Army. On completion of the term of engagement I practiced in New Delhi for some time, and then migrated to USA.
After qualifying at the necessary examinations in the United States, I was certified by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates, and by the Federation of State Medical Boards.
I have gone through an additional five years of postgraduate medical training in USA.
1. One year of transitional year residency at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan, affiliated to Michigan State University (1991-1992).
I rotated through several specialties acquiring experience in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice, and Anesthesiology.
2. Three years of anesthesiology residency at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (1992-1995).
I trained in providing anesthesia for various kinds of surgeries and managing patients who were in a critical condition. I learned and practiced the techniques of regional anesthesia, nerve blocks, and acute and chronic pain management. I was Board Certified in Anesthesiology in 1996.
3. One year of fellowship in pain management at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1998-1999).
I trained to do neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks, chemical neurolysis, implanting pumps for intrathecal opioid delivery, and learned medical management of chronic pain. I did not obtain board certification for pain management.
Currently my practice is limited to:
- Medication Assisted Addiction Therapy
- Medical management of chronic pain (Not accepting any new patients)
I started my anesthesia practice in 1995, in a small town called Oneida, North of Knoxville, at the Scott County Hospital. I left Tennessee when I was accepted for a pain fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
Since then I have practiced mostly as an anesthesiologist in the states of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Texas, and Missouri, … with limited consultations for pain management, primarily doing nerve blocks.
I have also attended law school … at the Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas; and I am a licensed attorney in the state of Texas.
I returned to Tennessee in 2008 to start my own medical practice dedicated to outpatient pain management. Due to changes in rules and regulations and inadequate reimbursement for the increased work that involved, … I decided not to register my clinic as a pain management facility, and to comply with the current laws I closed my chronic pain management practice.
I now offer Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction.
I obtained a waiver certificate from the DEA to prescribe Buprenorphine preparations in 2010. I am allowed to enroll one hundred patients, and I am accepting new patients. I have a part time practice at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, … the clinic currently operates for one week a month.
I do not have addiction / substance abuse counselors in my office. Patients are provided the necessary resources and encouraged to find a counselor of their choice.