John J Fitzgerald

MD

Assistant Medical Director + Staff Physician

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Dr. John J. Fitzgerald joined Center for Pain Management in 2004. He has practiced medicine in Indiana for more than 30 years, and he has lectured on interventional pain management throughout the United States. He enjoys getting to know his patients and creating individualized treatment plans. 

Dr. Fitzgerald specializes in radiofrequency ablation – RFA – a procedure in which a radio wave heats a nerve ending to decrease pain signals. This treatment helps alleviate pain that originates in the spine. 

Background

Dr. Fitzgerald previously served as the chair of anesthesiology at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was also a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service – a role that helped him see the true impact of chronic pain and motivated him to pursue pain management as a career focus. 

Personal Life

A native of Lake County, Indiana, Dr. Fitzgerald has lived with his wife in Indianapolis for more than 20 years. His interests include forestry, farming, history, and philosophy.

EDUCATION

1986-1989 | Residency/Fellowship Indiana University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Indianapolis Focus on Pain Management, Pediatric Anesthesiology
1982 | Medical School Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis Doctor of Medicine
1983 | Internship Mercy Medical Center, Denver, CO.
1977 | Undergraduate Hillsdale (MI.) College Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude Major in Biosciences and English Literature
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BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Board Certification in Anesthesiology: 1990-indefinitely
  • Sub-Certification/Re-Certification in Pain Medicine: 1996-2006, 2007-2016, 2017-2027
American Board of Pain Medicine: 1994 American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine: 1999

INDIVIDUAL SOCIETIES

Medical Director, West Colbert Health Clinic, Cherokee, AL.: 1984-1985 National Health Service Corps Recognition Award: 1985 Chairman, Anesthesiology Section, Department of Surgery, Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis: 1995

MEDICAL SOCIETIES

American Medical Association American Society of Anesthesiologists American Academy of Pain Management American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Indianapolis Medical Society Indiana State Medical Associations

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH

Guest Lecturer, University Hospital of Maastricht, The Netherlands: 1998 Lecturer at Inaugural Meeting, American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery: 1999 Lecturer at various spinal medicine, medical and osteopathic conferences in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, and Tennessee: 1999-2006
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