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Richard M. Rosenthal, MD
Founder and Medical Director
Nexus Pain Care
Provo, UT
Dr. Rosenthal is a member of the Practical Pain Management Editorial Board.

About Richard M. Rosenthal, MD

Dr. Richard M. Rosenthal is the Founder and Medical Director of Nexus Pain Care. He is committed to treating the whole person and not just the “body,” as he understands that pain affects the emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of an individual. He realizes that living with pain is personal and difficult. Knowing that each person’s experience is unique, he strives to help each patient reach his/her own highest recovery potential. Dr. Rosenthal’s approach to patient care is based on five principles:

  1. Assure precise diagnosis of the “pain generator” using several diagnostic techniques (e.g., nerve block, joint injection, or other diagnostic workup)
  2. Implement appropriate treatment, focusing on the identified pain generator
  3. Identify and treat any psychological distress that may accompany the painful condition
  4. Arrange a comprehensive rehabilitation program involving chiropractic, massage, and physical therapy
  5. Educate the patient on what should be done to prevent re-occurrence

Dr. Rosenthal has optimized Nexus Pain Care, incorporating an academic dimension into his private clinic. A fellowship program was started three years ago to help fully-trained doctors hone their skills in the specialized procedures done in the clinic. This fellowship program not only refines clinical and procedural techniques, but also gives the fellows the tools required to organize a dynamic and effective practice; something rarely addressed in other fellowship programs.

Dr. Rosenthal graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Utah and his anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is board-certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Management, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also qualified as a Fellow of Interventional Pain Physicians by the World Institute of Pain.

Dr. Rosenthal has practiced pain management for 15 years, and has been committed to teaching interventional pain management to physicians throughout the United States and Europe. The courses he has taught include the following: Radiofrequency Workshop: A hands-on course Utilizing Cadavers; Cervical Workshop Using Cadavers; Spinal Cord Stimulators and Intraspinal Drug Infusion Systems Workshop Using Cadavers; Lumbar procedures and Discography Workshop using Cadavers; and Phase 2 Lumbar & Thoracic Spinal Injection Workshop Using Cadavers. Dr. Rosenthal has lectured for numerous organizations including the International Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Interventional Pain Institute, the Utah Society for Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Brigham Young University Nurse Practitioner Program.

Dr. Rosenthal has directed Nexus Pain Care in performing extensive clinical research, with special emphasis in promoting national acceptance of the Dorsal Root Ganglion Radiofrequency, a cutting-edge procedure. Due in large part to Dr. Rosenthal’s contribution, comprising multiple lectures and scholarly articles, this procedure is rapidly gaining widespread recognition as a highly effective treatment for patients suffering from spinal nerve irritation causing leg or arm pain.

Dr. Rosenthal and his wife, Joan, have three children. They enjoy hiking, riding horses, and doing other outdoor activities together.