| Next Generation

Peter Pryzbylkowski, MD

Growing up in a Philadelpha suburb I'm a sucker for any Rocky movie. The idea that hard work pays off no matter what the odds is carried through in all those films.

GPS Cherry Hill, NJ

Typical Day Chronic pain consults and follow ups in the office. I’m in the OR typically two days a week performing minimally invasive interventional pain procedures.

Persona I do feel ready to be a next generation opinion leader in the pain space. I have been very fortunate to know and be friends with well-respected leaders in the field. Their guidance and collaboration on projects have spurred me on to bigger and better things.

Social Media Habits It’s amazing to see the social media presence of so many of my colleagues and the companies I consult for. I’m constantly checking Facebook and Instagram to see what they are up to.

Contribution My most meaningful contribution to patient care is following the evidence. I pride myself on being an evidence based physician first. If there are no data to support the use of a new technique or intervention I won’t employ it in my practice. I also think that treating the patient and not the disease has allowed me to rapidly expand my patient population.

People The public figure I most admire is Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. I’ve been to many of his concerts and the emotion he puts into every performance is amazing. He’s also an excellent surfer, which I admire.

Words The book that has most influenced me is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. It’s the story of a neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In essence the physician becomes the patient. It opened my eyes to never take anything for granted and to seize each and every day.

Popcorn Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb I’m a sucker for any Rocky movie. The idea that hard work pays off no matter what the odds is carried through in all those films.

PAINWeek PAINWeek gives me the opportunity to help educate a different medical community. I’m accustomed to speaking on panels in my field of expertise to other pain specialists. What draws me to pw is the ability to educate general practitioners and advanced practice providers on what is changing in the interventional pain space.

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