Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MS, Publishes JAMA Article Linking Chronic Pain to Cognitive Decline

Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Clinical Instructor and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MS, has published an important study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), associating persistent pain with accelerated memory decline and an increased risk of dementia. The article, “Association Between Persistent Pain and Memory Decline and Dementia in a Longitudinal Cohort of Elders” has been featured in a number of major news outlets, including Reuters and the New York Times. Dr. Whitlock also won the “Best Clinical Abstract” award for the study, at the 2017 International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) meeting. She matriculated in the Anesthesia Research Scholars Program, a UCSF Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Residency Track designed to rigorously prepare candidates for academic careers as independent clinician-scientists, and to produce investigators in anesthesiology who will go on to become leaders in their areas of expertise.