Jaleesa Jackson, M.D., Anesthesiologist Specializing in Cancer Pain, Joins UAMS Health

By Linda Satter

An assistant professor in anesthesiology, she specializes in helping cancer patients manage severe pain through the use of fluoroscopic injections, nerve blocks and medical management. Her other clinical interests include holistic, patient-centered care and treatment for chronic pain from sickle cell disease.

Jackson attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, interned at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed her residency in anesthesiology and chronic pain medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Johnathan H. Goree, M.D., director of the UAMS’ Chronic Pain Division, said UAMS is excited to have Jackson on staff because “there is a gap in the use of novel, minimally invasive, opioid-sparing treatments for cancer patients in Arkansas. Dr. Jackson has extensive training in this field and helps to fill this gap, improving cancer therapy for patients across our state.”

He said Jackson “has a passion for research with expertise that will further our mission in growing knowledge surrounding high quality pain care in our state.”



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