This Update profiles the Past President of the IMS and IMS Board Member, Dr. Robert Gerwin.
Dr. Gerwin is Medical Director and President of Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine. He is also an attending physician at the Johns Hopkins Pain Treatment Center and part-time faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to entering private practice, he completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and served in the Medical Corps of the United States Air Force. Dr. Gerwin has worked with the late Dr. Janet Travell, who developed the concepts and management approach of myofascial pain. Dr. Gerwin has been refining the techniques of trigger point injection and dry needling for over two decades. He is one of the editors of the well received medical text book Clinical Mastery in the Treatment of Myofascial Pain published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. He has written many chapters and articles, and he has lectured worldwide on the topics of the etiology, nature, and management of musculoskeletal and chronic pain syndromes. Dr. Gerwin has developed a teaching video series, An Integrated Management of Myofascial Pain, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (currently out of print). He has contributed to the 2nd edition of Simons, Travell and Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Vol. 1. He is collaborating with his colleagues on two texts in clinical aspects of myofascial pain management. He is on the American Pain Society committee to develop guidelines for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Dr. Gerwin is on the editorial board of the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, from which he received the prestigious Janet G. Travell, MD Soft Tissue Management Award in 1994. Dr. Gerwin is certified in pain management by the American Academy of Pain Medicine