Wake Forest School of Medicine
As an anesthesiologist, Robert Hurley has extensive clinical experience evaluating, treating and managing patients undergoing anesthesia and surgery. He began work in experimental pain physiology during his undergraduate education at McGill.
During his MD and PhD, as well in post-doctoral work, Dr. Hurley carried out research examining neurochemical, neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological mechanisms of nociceptive, inflammatory and neuropathic pain focusing on supraspinal regions and nuclei. Following his anesthesiology residency, he pursued a fellowship in clinical pain medicine and began a pain research post-doctoral fellowship pursuing research examining the site of the pain generator and central sensitization in post-amputation pain in the nervous system using quantitative sensory testing.
Dr. Hurley has extensive clinical experience with adolescent and adult patients with acute, sub-chronic and persistent pain. In addition, as the Executive Director of Pain Shared Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC), he provides pain management in patients with acute, sub-chronic and persistent debilitating pain as well as oversee the Health System approach to pain diagnosis, management and education.