American Health Council Honors Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr., MD as Best in Medicine

NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Health Council is proud to elect Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr. as one of “America’s Best Doctors”, recognizing his expertise in Clinical Research, Pain Medicine, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Drug Discovery, and Regulatory Affairs. As Senior Partner and Director of Naples Anesthesia & Pain Associates, Inc., Dr. Pergolizzi has 21 years of experience within the healthcare industry, including 17 in his current role.

Dr. Pergolizzi graduated with his MD in 1996 from Ross University School of Medicine, with High Honors. He has completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (1997), a Clinical Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1997), and an Anesthesiology Residency at Georgetown University Hospital (2000), where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Pergolizzi became a physician due to a love for the sciences and desire to create a positive impact on his patients’ lives and attributes his past and current success to excellent mentors as well as his faith. He believes being a physician is a blessing as one can alter the effects of pain.

At Naples Anesthesia & Pain Associates, Inc., Dr. Pergolizzi’s daily responsibilities include serving as Senior Partner and Director of Research. He oversees students and research fellows as a Senior Member and Chief Operating Officer of The NEMA Research Group, which frequently publishes manuscripts in leading medical journals. Dr. Pergolizzi is a part-time Adjunct Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, former Part-time Adjunct Associate Professor at Temple University School of Medicine, former Adjunct Faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine, current Chairman of the Poster and Abstract Committee at PAINWeek, Advisory Board Member of the Pain Research Forum, and an Advisory Board Member of CHANGE PAIN. He also serves as an advisor to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Pain and former member of the Board of Directors/Treasurer for the Coalition for Pain Education (COPE).

Looking back, Dr. Pergolizzi is proud to have contributed greatly to the field of medicine. He hopes that his work will continue to make great strides towards alleviating various types of both acute and chronic pain that his patients experience. He is proud to have the continuous support of his wife and three children.

In the next five years, he plans to continue publishing medical manuscripts and researching acute and chronic pain in the adult and geriatric population.

In his spare time, Dr. Pergolizzi enjoys reading and traveling, and donates his time to the National Pain Foundation, Project Anti-Bully, and Always Healthcare.

About the American Health Council:

The American Health Council is the nation’s only organization with a constituency representative of all sectors of the healthcare industry. From the coasts to the heartland, the American Health Council has drawn Affiliates from major metropolitan hubs and small communities. These Affiliates span generations and have reached different stages of their careers — from recent graduates to retirees. More information about the American Health Council and its mission can be found at:

Additionally, the American Health Council strives to provide recognition and support for those individuals and institutions making the difference in patients’ lives day in and day out. Throughout 2017, the AHC is honoring “America’s Best Doctors and Nurses,” as well as the nation’s best medical universities and hospitals. The American Health Council’s “Best in Medicine” and “Best in Nursing” awards programs honor the individuals and institutions that have contributed significantly to medicine and nursing, as well as the training and education of physicians and nurses. The most current selections for these honors may be viewed here: and


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