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Larry C. Driver, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor, Department of Critical Care, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1980 University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, MD
1976 Austin College, Sherman, TX, BA

Postgraduate Training

2005-2006 Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship, The Mayday Fund, Washington, DC, Christina Spellman PhD., Executive Director, New York, NY
1998-1999 Clinical Fellowship, Pain and Symptom Management, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Thomas W. Feeley
1992-1997 Visiting Research Scholar, Center of Clinical Ethics/Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Edmund Pellegrino, M.D.
1983-1984 Chief Resident, Anesthesiology, Denver General Hospital, Denver, CO, Fred Galloway, M.D.
1982-1984 Clinical Residency, Anesthesiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, Philip R. Bromage, M.B.B.S.
1980-1981 Clinical Internship, General Surgery, University of Texas Hospitals, San Antonio, TX, J. Bradley Aust

Board Certifications

1/2222 Anesthesiology American Board of Anesthesiology
12/2012 Pain Medicine American Board of Anesthesiology
12/2009 Palliative Medicine American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Section of Cancer Pain Management, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2007-2009
Associate Professor, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, UTMDACC, Houston, TX, 2000-2007
Associate Professor, Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1999-2000

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Department Chair ad interim, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 3/2011-8/2012
Fellowship Program Director, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 10/2009-present
Deputy Department Chair, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2009-2011
Director ad interim, Pain Management Fellowship Program, UTMDACC, Houston, TX, 2004-2005
Clinical Medical Director, Pain Management Center, UTMDACC, Houston, TX, 2000-2003
Clinical Medical Director, Symptom Control and Palliative Care Center, UTMDACC, Houston, TX, 1999-2000

Institutional Committee Activities

Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Program - Medical Management and Ethical Considerations for Jehovah's Witnesses and Other Patients, 10/2009
Alternate Review Member, Credentialing Review Committee, 7/2009-present
Member, Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Committee, 2009
Member, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, ABMS Hospice and Palliative Medicine Board Review Course Planning Committee, 2008-present
Member, Faculty Senate Committee, 2008-present
Chair, Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee, 2008-present
Vice-chair, Medical Records Committee, 2007-present
Member, Council of Committee Chairs, 2007-present
Chair, Planning Committee and Conference, 2/2006-present
Member, Research Medical Library Information Resources Advisory Committee, 2006-present
Member, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, ABHPM Intensive Board Review Course Planning Committee, 2006-present
Member, Medical Records Committee, 2004-present
Member, Continuing Medical Education (CME) Advisory Committee, 2002-present
Member, Clinical Ethics Committee, 2001-present
Member, Clinical Ethics Committee, Bylaws Subcommittee, 2001-present
Member, Clinical Ethics Committee, Consultation Subcommittee, 2001-present
Member, Clinical Ethics Committee, Institutional Issues Subcommittee, 2001-present
Member, Clinical Ethics Committee, Consultation Database Task Force, 2001
Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Education Subcommittee, 2001
Member, Pain Management Fellowship Selection Committee, 2000-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Bruera E, El Osta B, Valera V, Driver LC, Pei BL, Shen L, Poulter VA, Palmer IL. Donepezil for Cancer Fatigue: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology 25(23):3475-81, 8/2007.
2. Bruera E, Valero V, Driver L, Shen L, Willey J, Zhang T, Palmer JL. Patient-controlled methylphenidate for cancer fatigue: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Oncol 24(13):2073-8, 5/2006. PMID: 16648508.
3. Burton AW, Driver LC, Mendoza TR, Syed G. Oral Transmucosal Fentanyl Citrate in the Outpatient Management of Severe Cancer Pain Crises: A Retrospective Case Series. Clin J Pain 20(3):195-7, 5/2004. PMID: 15100597.
4. Bruera E, Strasser F, Shen L, Palmer JL, Willey J, Driver LC, Burton AW. The effect of donepezil on sedation and other symptoms in patients receiving opioids for cancer pain: a pilot study. J Pain Symptom Manage 26:1049-54, 11/2003. PMID: 14585555.
5. Bruera E, Driver L, Barnes EA, Willey J, Shen L, Palmer JL, Escalante C. Patient-controlled methylphenidate for the management of fatigue in patients with advanced cancer: a preliminary report. J Clin Oncol 21:4439-43, 2003. PMID: 14645434.
6. Strasser F, Driver LC, Burton AW. Update on adjuvant medications for chronic nonmalignant pain. Pain Practice 3(4):282-297, 2003. PMID: 17166124.
Other Articles
1. Novy DM, Lam C, Gritz ER, Hernandez M, Driver LC, Koyyalagunta D. Distinguishing Features of Cancer Patients Who Smoke: Pain, Symptom Burden, and Risk for Opioid Misuse. Journal of Pain 13(11):1058-67, 11/2012.
2. Boyette-Davis JA, Cata JP, Zhang H, Driver LC, Wendelschafer-Crabb G, Kennedy WR, Dougherty PM. Follow-up psychophysical studies in bortezomib-related chemoneuropathy patients. Journal of Pain 12(9):1017-24, 2011.
3. Sprintz M, Tasciotti E, Allegri M, Grattoni A, Driver LC, Ferrari M. Nanomedicine: Ushering in a new era of pain management 5(2):317-22, 2011.
4. Koyyalagunta D, Burton AW, Perez Toro M, Driver L, Novy DM. Opioid abuse in cancer pain: Report of two cases and presentation of an algorithm of multidisciplinary care. Pain Physician 14(4):E361-E371, 2011.
5. Novy D; Hamid B, Driver L, Koyyalagunta L, Ting J, Perez M, Schneider V, Phan P, Hernandez M, Burton A. Preliminary Evaluation of an Educational Model for Promoting Positive Team Attitudes and Functioning among Pain Medicine Fellows. Pain Medicine 11(6):841-46, 2010.
6. Neuroscience. Signaling mechanisms mediating muscarinic enhancement of GABAergic synaptic transmission in the spinal cord. H.-M. Zhang; S.-R. Chen; Y.-Q. Cai; T.E. Richardson; L.C. Driver; G. Lopez-Berestein; H.-L. Pan 184(4):1577-88, 2009.

Abstracts

1. Driver, L, Garcia K, Frenkel M, Palmer J, Chiang J, Cohen L. Acupuncture for uncontrolled pain among cancer patients: a Feasibility study, 11/2009.
2. Phan P, Driver L, Anderson P. Efficacy of Interventional Pain Management in Pediatric Cancer Patients, 1/2009.

Last updated: 6/11/2014