Beth Israel Medical Center, NY

Dr. Ricardo Cruciani on Arthritis Research at Beth Israel Medical Center

— -- Hi, my name is Ricardo Cruciani, I'm an M.D. and Ph.D., a pain specialist and I'm the Vice Chairman and Director of the Research Division at the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center.

I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss with you some of the research projects that we are conducting in our department right now. As you can tell from the name of the department, we do mostly pain and palliative care. So those are the big areas where we are conducting all our research.

Pain, it can be acute pain or can be chronic pain. Within chronic pain, it can be cancer pain or non-cancer pain, for example, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The type of studies that we do, it could be with opioids or without opioids. In general, as a concept, all these medications can be used either in one disorder or the other. What we do is we look, what are the best doses, what are the best drug combinations, what are the side effects, how to work with the side effects.

We have at any given time about 15 studies going on. If you are interested in knowing more about the type of research that we are doing please contact us at Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care. Thank you.