Dr. Alfonso Morales
Pain & Addiction Physician
Dr. Morales was exposed to medicine at an early age. He is the son of a renowned cancer surgeon. This helped him develop the compassionate side of medicine and learn the importance of personal touch in the treatment of patients.
Dr. Morales is a graduate of La Salle University Medical School, and he completed his internship at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, which serves as a tertiary care referral center to a population of over 1 million people.
He then completed his residency at the Virginia Tech Carilion Family Medicine Program, and became board certified in Family Medicine.
He then had the opportunity to practice in a rural area in Wisconsin providing a wide variety of care: hospital, outpatient, ER care, and surgical care for his patients.
In 2000 he moved to the Twin Cities to start his own practice. He started Central Medical Clinic focused on a more personalized and comprehensive care of pain medicine.
In 2002 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine, and in 2004 became one of the very few physicians to be certified and receive the waiver to prescribe Suboxone/Buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction.
Dr. Morales is passionate about the interface of pain and addiction, and the prevention and treatment with newer modalities.
He is also passionate about the newer regenerative modalities to help treat degenerative joint and spinal disease.
In his spare time, Dr. Morales enjoys playing soccer, tennis, ballroom dancing and traveling with his wife and two children.
|Certifications||Board Certified and Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine (March 2002 and recertified in 2011)American Board of Family Practice (Diplomate since 1995 and recertified in 2008)|
|Professional Memberships||American Academy of Pain Medicine (Active)American Academy of Pain Management (Active)American Society of Addiction Medicine (Active)Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (MNSAM)|
American Headache Society (Active)
International Association for the Study of Pain (Past)
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (Past)
American Medical Association (Active)
Ramsey/Hennepin Medical Society (Active)
Wisconsin State Medical Society (Active)
Minnesota Medical Association (Active)
|Medical Licensures||Minnesota License ActiveWisconsin License Active|
|Presentations||Speaker and Consultant for Reckitt-Benkisser (Suboxone Advocate)Speaker and Consultant for Pricara (Nucynta) 2009-2012Speaker for Cephalon (Amrix) 2012Speaker for Pfizer (Celebrex and Lyrica) 2004-2010|
Opioid Management in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Pain and Addiction 2016-2017
Urine Drug Testing 2016
Nonsurgical Care of Low Back Pain (July 2009)
Pain in Neck and Low Back Evidence Based (Jan 2009)
Multimodal Pain Medication Management (Dec 2008)
Opioid Risk Management (Oct 2016)
Interventional Pain Medicine Evidence Based (July 2010)
Chronic Low Back Pain Evidence Based (Oct 2007)
Opioid Use for Primary Care Physicians (May 2006)
Disparities in Pain Care (September 17, 2006)
Essentials in Pain Medicine (July 19, 2005)
Multidisciplinary Approach to Pain Management (March 2004)
Pain in Children (March 2004)
Pain in Minorities (June 2003)
Headaches (June 2003)
Neck and Back Pain Issues (April, 2002)
Cauda Equina Syndrome (December 6, 2001)
Treatment of Osteoporosis (June 12, 1997)
Psychopathology of Chemical Addiction Disorders (November 12, 2016)
|Academic Positions||Pain Consultant for West Side La ClinicaPain Consultant for United Family Physicians |
|Advanced Training Courses||American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meetings (2004-2015)American Society of Addiction Medicine (2015-2017)CSAM and ASAM Review Courses (2015-16)|
Spinal Diagnostic & Treatment Procedures (ISIS) Palms Springs
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome-Orlando (March 2004)
American Academy of Neurology-Neurology Ambassador Program Headaches
American Headache Society (May 2003)
Neck and Low Back Pain Course – San Francisco (March 2002)
Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Review Course-San Francisco (March 2002)
Board Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine on March 2002
Interventional Pain Medicine (Chicago, IL)
Neurology Course for Mayo Graduate Medical School
Neurology and Pain Medicine from the Annual Scientific Assembly Course in Atlanta
|Hospital Appointments||Regions HospitalUnited Hospital |
|Research Experience||Specific Therapeutic Exercises of the Cervical and Lumbar Areas Induces Local HypoalgesiaEvidence Based Research for Chronic Pain (Protocol Algorithms)GI Safety of Celecoxib compared with Non-Selective NSAIDSConservative vs. Nonconservative care in Chronic Low Back Pain|
Chronic Pain Syndromes in Minorities 2005
Multidisciplinary Approach to Pain Medicine 2005