Dr. Chinonye Orizu

Medical Director MD

Anesthesiology initially appealed to me as an undergraduate student during my months of shadowing in private and university settings. After experiencing the importance of pain therapy in the care of patients with chronic diseases and palliative treatment, I focused on pain management and helping patients learn to manage their pain. I believe the most effective way of accomplishing this goal is via a true multidisciplinary pain management system. It became apparent to me that pain medicine was an opportunity to foster the longevity of the patient- doctor relationship and profoundly impact the quality of a patient’s life. These relationships give me a great sense of personal satisfaction.

My interaction with my patients is similar to how I would interact with a family member. I educate them on the plan of management so that we are on the same page. I hold us both accountable to reaching our goals. I am determined to help patients return to their maximum level of functioning and independence, while helping them restore their quality of life. In essence, I hope to help my patients engage in their lives again, instead of withdrawing.

I find the most challenging cases I face are patients fixed on monotherapy with opioids, who do not appreciate the benefit of a multidisciplinary approach to pain control. After educating them on the benefits of a multidisciplinary therapies, most patients are willing to give other modalities a chance.

I listen to my patients. I am also young and energetic and patients seem to find me approachable. It helps in that they are able to confide in me and are more willing to become educated on their condition so we can better reach our goals.

BOARD-CERTIFIED
American Board of Anesthesiology; subspecialty in Pain Medicine

BOARD- ELIGIBLE
American Board of Addiction Medicine

FELLOWSHIP
Pain Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

RESIDENCY
Anesthesiology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

INTERSHIP
General and Vascular Surgery, Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

MD
University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

BS
University Of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

MEMBER
American Board of Anesthesiology
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists
American Medical Association