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13 Articles in Volume 18, Issue #1
Applying a Collaborative Care Model to the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Depression
Assessing the Pain Triangle
Emerging Technologies in Rehabilitation Medicine
Gaming as a Tool for Pain Relief
Honoring Dr. Forest Tennant’s 50-Plus Years in Pain Management
Is There a Chronic Pain Personality Profile?
Managing Musculoskeletal Pain in Endurance Athletes
Managing Perioperative Pain
Nonparenteral Oxytocin, Erythromelalgia...Letters from the Minds of Peers and Patients
OSKA PEMF Pain Relief Device: A Mini Review Trial
Patient Communication & Opioid Prescribing in the New Year
What Opioid Shopping Means for Pain Practitioners
Would Patients Benefit from a Glucosamine/Chondroitin Supplement to Manage Knee Osteoarthritis Pain?

Honoring Dr. Forest Tennant’s 50-Plus Years in Pain Management

Forest Tennant, MD, joined Practical Pain Management as the editor-in-chief with the January/February 2003 edition, and, ever since, has provided steadfast, progressive insights into the clinical practice of chronic pain management, putting the needs of patients at the forefront of his research, clinical care, and advocacy. His senior advisory role served not only to raise the profile of the journal and expand readership, but also paved the way for lively discussions and enhanced medical education programs across the pain care community.

Dr. Tennant began his career as an addiction medicine specialist, and opened a clinic for cancer and post-polio patients in 1975, before moving into the management of intractable, chronic pain with a focus on treating those patients who had previously tried countless therapies with little to no relief.  More recently, Dr. Tennant worked to raise awareness of conditions such as arachnoiditis, and the role of hormones in pain perception and opioid dosing.

Last fall, at age 76, Dr. Tennant received a Lifetime Achievement Award during PAINWeek for his commitment to professionalism, persistent desire to help patients, and the capacity to carry old world paradigms forward in the search for new and groundbreaking approaches to treatment. “I truly was surprised and honored to be singled out for this recognition,” he said upon receiving the award. “I will treasure the Lifetime Achievement Award for many reasons but foremost that it was awarded by my fellow physicians. There’s no greater honor for me than to be called a ‘Doctor’s Doctor.’”

During his 50-year career, Dr. Tennant has served as a professor at the University of California/Los Angeles School of Public Health, and as an advisor to the National Football League, Los Angeles Dodgers, and NASCAR organization. A Kansas native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine on an Army scholarship before serving as a research fellow and earning his doctorate of public health from the University of California Los Angeles. He served as a Major in the US Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War, and as an Army Surgeon in Germany. He has written hundreds of scientific commentaries and papers for Practical Pain Management, among other publications, including in 2007, The Intractable Pain Patient’s Handbook for Survival, and has addressed hundreds of physicians and patients at seminars and conferences across the country.

Beyond his work in pain management and addiction treatment, Dr. Tennant was active in local politics throughout the 1980s and 1990s, serving on the city council and as mayor of West Covina, California, and helping to push through a state-wide Patient Bill of Rights. Dr. Tennant has further contributed to society through his Tennant Foundation, which supports educational, cultural, and historical programs in his local community.

While his novel and individualized approaches to treatment may have raised questions by some, he has earned the respect of pain practitioners throughout the US, and remains beloved by his patients.

Dr. Tennant has encouraged PPM to identify new and additional voices from the professional community to help guide our mission going forward. As he retires formally from Practical Pain Management, he will retain the title of Editor Emeritus and continue to contribute to PPM throughout the year. We cannot thank Dr. Tennant enough for his tireless efforts, his unwavering commitment, and his leadership of 15 years. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with and learn from him as PPM continues to grow and evolve.

He has written hundreds of scientific commentaries and papers for Practical Pain Management, among other publications, including in 2007, The Intractable Pain Patient’s Handbook for Survival, and has addressed hundreds of physicians and patients at seminars and conferences across the country.

Beyond his work in pain management and addiction treatment, Dr. Tennant was active in local politics throughout the 1980s and 1990s, serving on the city council and as mayor of West Covina, California, and helping to push through a state-wide Patient Bill of Rights. Dr. Tennant has further contributed to society through his Tennant Foundation, which supports educational, cultural, and historical programs in his local community.

While his novel and individualized approaches to treatment may have raised questions by some, he has earned the respect of pain practitioners throughout the US, and remains beloved by his patients.

Dr. Tennant has encouraged PPM to identify new and additional voices from the professional community to help guide our mission going forward. As he retires formally from Practical Pain Management, he will retain the title of Editor Emeritus and continue to contribute to PPM throughout the year. We cannot thank Dr. Tennant enough for his tireless efforts, his unwavering commitment, and his leadership of 15 years. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with and learn from him as PPM continues to grow and evolve.

 

Last updated on: August 6, 2018
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