Dr. Brian Goodman decided to become a pain management physician after serving four years as a major in the U.S. Air Force, working as an anesthesiologist. During his service, he became interested in acute pain management and even formed the only multi-disciplinary chronic pain service in the U.S. Air Force in Europe.
Dr. Goodman completed a fellowship in pain medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire after his discharge from the Air Force. He enjoys his specialty because he can make such an impact on the quality of life for his patients.
“Living with pain for a long period of time can really interrupt life because it interrupts careers, marriages, everything,” he says. “My job is gratifying because I can help people get relief from chronic pain, whether through medication, physical or cognitive therapy, or surgery.”
Dr. Goodman recognizes that many of his patients are fearful or skeptical when they first come to see him because they are concerned about the pain involved in treatment, or because they haven’t gotten any relief after visiting multiple doctors.
“I work to make sure they feel comfortable being open and honest about the type of pain they have, how long they’ve had it and any other treatments that may have worked or not worked,” he says. “I am committed to communicating thoroughly with my patients to really understand the origin of their pain and to work together to find an appropriate treatment.”
Originally from Bismarck, Ark., Dr. Goodman was pleased to relocate to Fort Smith to get “back home” closer to family and friends. Since pain management physicians often work closely with neurologists, orthopedic physicians and surgeons, he also was drawn to Mercy’s plan for building a new $42 million orthopedic hospital.
“It’s exciting and inspiring to see Mercy’s progress and dedication to Fort Smith and to the patients needing orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation,” he says. “I’m pleased to work with an organization that is expanding and taking care of the population here locally.”