For some 25 years, much of my work was with chronic pain, and the practice I opened in Raleigh in 1989 was the first multidisciplinary pain clinic in the Triangle. I divided my time between my clinical practice, and teaching about pain treatment. Institutions that have invited me to teach their staff include Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, UNC School of Medicine and many others around the country.
Over the years, I found I was increasingly being asked to help people with conditions that were puzzling, or complex, or unfamiliar to most doctors. I now devote myself entirely to working with people who have just one of these conditions, namely Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), and conditions that resemble it. Helping people with EDS involves very much more than pain treatment. I find that I can bring all of my four decades of broad-based medical experience to this field, and I hope to continue working in this area for many more years.
Alan Spanos MD, MA