Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr.


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 out of a love for the sciences and a desire to create a positive impact in his patients’ lives. He attributes his past and current success to having excellent mentors and also to his faith. He believes being a physician is a blessing because it allows a person to 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).

The American Health Council also recently elected Dr. Pergolizzi to its Physician Board, 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.

Looking back, Dr. Pergolizzi is proud of his contributions to the field of medicine. He hopes his work will continue to make great strides towards alleviating the various types of acute and chronic pain his patients experience. He is grateful 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.