Jeffrey Lisse, M.D.
Jeffrey Lisse, M.D.

Relief for those suffering from the pain of arthritis or fibromyalgia will be addressed in “Keeping Joint Pain at Bay,” a free presentation, open to the public, Friday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy.

Jeffrey Lisse, M.D., will discuss pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to reducing pain and inflammation caused by arthritis or fibromyalgia.

Current research suggests that effective communication between health care providers and patients reduces anxiety and the perception of discomfort.  A whole body approach to treating arthritis pain – medication, exercise and stress reduction techniques – is becoming standard. In his ASA talk, the doctor will share the risks and benefits of current therapies and explain current research into pain management treatments.

Lisse is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine. He holds the Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis and is medical director of the Osteoporosis Program at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC).

Lisse spent 17 years at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, including 10 years as chief of the Division of Rheumatology. He has conducted epidemiological studies on systemic lupus erythematosus and systemic sclerosis, examining differences in racial groups in these diseases.

He graduated with honors in 1976 from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., completed his internal medicine residency at the United States Public Health Services Hospital in San Francisco in 1979 and his rheumatology fellowship at the University of California at San Diego in 1983.

Lisse has published numerous articles on therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and on the epidemiology of rheumatic diseases. He currently is vice president of the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition and president of the Tucson Rheumatism Society.

Submitted by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

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Expert to discuss joint pain research: Feb. 2014
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