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Back and Pain Center to open at U-M Health System


Services will include acupuncture, headache treatment, medication management and injections for the diagnosis and treatment of pain

ANN ARBOR, MI – The highly regarded Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System now has a new name and new physicians who specialize in headache treatment, the management of pain medications, and beginning later this fall, acupuncture.

Now known as the University of Michigan Back and Pain Center, the clinic also will move in early 2008 to a new location, from the Med Inn building in the main UMHS medical campus to the Burlington Building at 325 East Eisenhower Parkway in southern Ann Arbor. The U-M Department of Anesthesiology’s Back and Pain Center will be adjacent to the related services of the U-M Spine Program, run by the U-M Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

“We are pleased to be able to expand our services so that we can continue to provide our patients with the highest-quality pain treatments,” says Ronald A. Wasserman, M.D., director of the center and chief of the pain medicine service at the U-M Health System. The center is run by the U-M Department of Anesthesiology, and also includes services by providers from the departments of Neurology and Internal Medicine. The center’s physicians are:

Herbert L. Malinoff, M.D., will provide services as an addictionologist and pain medication expert. His expertise includes addiction and detoxification, as well as the appropriate use of medications to treat pain. Malinoff also will continue his private practice in Ypsilanti.

Daniel W. Berland, M.D., has joined the center, and is providing services as an expert in pain medication management and addiction. He will see patients at the center on Monday afternoons.

Wade M. Cooper, D.O., is a general neurologist with specialty training in headache and neck pain treatments. Cooper, who has appointments in the Neurology and Anesthesiology departments, will primarily see patients who suffer from headaches and facial pain at the U-M Back and Pain Center. Cooper was medical director of the St. John Health System Chronic Headache and Migraine Institute.

Ross Halpern, Ph.D., LP, has joined the center and the Department of Anesthesiology as a pain psychologist, with a focus on thorough assessment and bringing cases to interdisciplinary meetings to find ways of treating physical and psychological aspects of pain. Psychological treatments can include biofeedback, insight-oriented therapy, relaxation strategies and coping strategies. Halpern also will remain with his private practice in Ann Arbor.

H. Thomas Cheng, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of neurology, will begin offering acupuncture services at the center in November, in addition to seeing patients with pain related to a variety of neurological disorders.

The Back and Pain Center also has begun offering services at U-M’s Canton Health Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The new satellite location was established for patient convenience.

For physician or patient information, visit or call 734-763-5459.

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Written by Katie Vloet


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