Noe returns to McDermott pain center

By Russell Rian


Dr. Carl Noe, one of Texas’ leading authorities in the treatment of pain, has returned to UT Southwestern to serve as director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management.

Dr. Noe, professor of anesthesiology and pain management, previously served as director of the center from January 1998 through December 2002 as a joint program with Baylor Medical Center. He most recently served as medical director of the Baylor Center for Pain Management.

Dr. Carl Noe

“We are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Noe return to the department and to this role,” said Dr. Charles Whitten, chairman of anesthesiology and pain management. “He has strong ties within the private practice community in Dallas, and under his leadership we know that the McDermott Pain Center will continue to grow and flourish into the finest multidisciplinary pain management center in the Southwest.”

Created in 1992 by an endowment from the Biological Humanics Foundation established by Texas Instruments co-founder Eugene McDermott, the McDermott Center is the longest-running interdisciplinary program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

According to the American Pain Society, more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and back pain.

The majority of treatments at the center are for back pain, arthritis, headaches and cancer-related pain, but what sets the center apart is the forceful combination of therapy and unique research that provides access to the latest techniques and technologies.

“There’s nothing like our center,” said Dr. Noe, pointing to National Institutes of Health-sponsored research on back pain and a new initiative to compare traditional and alternative therapies for managing pain as examples.

The McDermott Center, the region’s only endowed pain management center, is scheduled to relocate to the Outpatient Building in September. It offers a full range of treatments, from pain-specific nerve blocks to fully implantable intrathecal opioid pumps. In addition, the center includes dedicated fluoroscopy, pulse radiofrequency, discograms, sympathetic nerve blocks, radioablative techniques, lysis of adhesions, vertebroplasty, pediatric pain management, cancer pain management and interventional therapies such as minimally invasive procedures for back pain and other pain syndromes. It features an independent operating room and a dedicated gym for physical therapy.

Dr. Noe earned his medical degree from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his internship and residency training at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, cardiovascular anesthesia and critical care fellowship training at Stanford University, and a pain management fellowship at Texas Tech.

He served on the Board of Regents for Texas Tech University Health Science Center from 1993 to 1999.

Dr. Noe has been a co-author on 17 book chapters and written or co-written more than 25 journal articles. Since 1997 Dr. Noe has been involved as an instructor and examiner with the World Institute of Pain, which has an international certification examination system. He has received certification as a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), and subspecialty certification by the ABA in critical care medicine and pain management.

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Dr. Whitten holds the Margaret Milam McDermott Distinguished Chair in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.