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Posted: March 06, 2002

TCOM DEAN TO LEAD AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PAIN MEDICINE


FORT WORTH, Texas — Marc B. Hahn, D.O., dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, is now the 2002 president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Hahn assumed the presidency of the organization at its annual meeting Feb. 26 through March 3 in San Francisco.

Dr. Hahn obtained his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his medical degree from Des Moines University. He completed his internship and residency in anesthesiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in pain management through both Georgetown University and the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hahn is board certified in anesthesiology with sub-specialty certification in pain management.

He was a 1998-1999 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, he served as a Health Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Dr. Hahn served for 12 years in the U.S. Army, prior to an honorable discharge at the rank of Major. While in the army, Dr. Hahn was stationed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University. While in the Army, he served as an anesthesiologist for two U.S. Presidents.

Prior to joining the health science center last September, Dr. Hahn was a professor of anesthesiology and director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Dr. Hahn, 43, was also the chief of the Pain Medicine Division at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Hahn is active in clinical research, having published multiple abstracts, book chapters, book reviews, editorials, and scientific papers. His textbook, Regional Anesthesia: An Atlas of Anatomy and Technique, was recognized as the Best New Textbook in Clinical Medicine by the Association of American Publishers. The second edition of this text is in progress. He also served as an associate editor for the 3rd edition of the preeminent and authoritative textbook, Practical Management of Pain.

The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is Texas’ only college of osteopathic medicine and one of only 19 in the country. Roughly three-fourths of TCOM alumni practice primary care, such as family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics. This is the highest proportion among the state’s eight medical schools and one of the highest in the country. TCOM’s Physician Assistant Studies Program offers a master’s of science degree with a major in Physician Assistant Studies, one of the growing number of PA programs educating these mid-level medical professionals at the master’s level.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is the multi-specialty physician organization for practice of pain medicine. Its mission is to promote quality care of patients with pain as a symptom of disease and primary pain disease. AAPM is the only pain organization with representation in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. The organization was founded in 1983 and now has 1,300 physician members.

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