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Dr. Alfonso Morales

Dr. Alfonso Morales

Pain & Addiction Physician


As the Medical Director, specializes in Pain Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine, and a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain. As a guest speaker at numerous medical conventions and conferences. he has a passion for educating physicians, as well as patients, in the multi\modal pain approach to the management of pain.

As a Board Certified Addiction Physician, he has embarked on the task to educate providers about the topics on: Guidelines for the Responsible Prescription of Opioids. As well as this, he has presented at countless seminars informing physicians and patients alike about the disease of addiction and the various treatment options available including Suboxone (buprenorphine) and Vivitrol (naltrexone). Dr.Morales has been in the profession of pain management for almost 20 years. His dedication to his patients is evident in everything he does. Dr. Morales firmly believes in the importance of teaching patients about pain, addiction and overall well being, where it comes from and what every individual can do to help manage or overcome pain. By doing this, he helps his patients live a happier, more functional, and active lifestyle, empowering patients to take control of their pain and ultimately their overall health.

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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 family.

CertificationsDiplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine

American Board of Family Practice (Diplomate since 1995 and recertified in 2008)

Professional MembershipsAmerican 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 LicensuresMinnesota License Active

Wisconsin License Active

Presentations
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 PositionsPain Consultant for Western Wisconsin Health

Addiction Consultant for Teen Challenge

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

(2010)

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 AppointmentsRegions Hospital

United Hospital

Research ExperienceSpecific 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 NSAIDS Conservative vs. Nonconservative care in Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic Pain Syndromes in Minorities 2005

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