A native of Watertown, Massachusetts, Dr. Carol Warfield worked her way through Jackson College, Tufts University College of Engineering and Tufts Medical School, training in anesthesiology and pain medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard Medical School. For more than 30 years she has been on the faculty at Harvard, where she is currently the Lowenstein Professor of Anesthesia and former Director of the Arnold Pain Management Center and Chief of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
With an international reputation as one of the leading experts in the field of pain medicine, Dr. Warfield has lectured worldwide and has authored nearly 200 articles and four textbooks on pain management that have been widely used for training in pain medicine and have been translated into Spanish, Chinese and Italian. Her clinical practice has focused on the treatment of cancer pain and low back pain, and her academic practice has focused on teaching optimal methods to relieve pain and suffering from Boston to underserved countries throughout the world, and in research relating to new therapies for pain relief.
The recipient of many awards and distinctions, Dr. Warfield is active in a number of national and international organizations. She was a founding member of the New England Pain Association and has served as an officer, on the board of trustees and/or on committees of numerous organizations including the American Pain Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Board of Anesthesiology, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the Anesthesia Foundation. She has also served on several editorial boards and as a consultant to the FDA.
The first woman to hold an endowed professorship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Warfield has been a staunch advocate of gender equality at Harvard. Having been widowed shortly after the birth of her third child, she became especially attuned to the struggles of professional single parents and has served as a role model, advocate and mentor for both male and female physicians. In addition to her work in pain management and mentoring young physicians, Dr. Warfield enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid tennis player.
Dr. Warfield is a paid consultant for the ABCNews.com OnCall+ Pain Center.