Prof. Joseph V. Pergolizzi
Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA


1996 M.D., Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
1989 B.Sc., St. John's University, USA

Publications (Selected)

  1. Pergolizzi, J., Sardi, A, Pelzar, M. "Merkel Cell Carcinoma: An Aggressive Malignancy". American Surgeon 5/97 Vol. 63 Page 450-454.
  2. Pergolizzi, J., Auster M. Conaway G, Sardi A. “Cryosurgery for unresectable primary hepatocellular carcinoma: a case report and review of literature.” Am Surg. May 1999; 65(5): 402-405.
  3. Pergolizzi, J., Dobs A. “ Essentials Elements of a Clinical Trials Unit/ Center.” European Pharmaceutical Contractor. Feb 2000; 3: 96- 99.
  4. Ashkenazy, R, Pergolizzi, J., and Dobs, A. “Organizational model for a clinical trials unit within an academic medical center.” Research Practitioner Volume 2, Number 2 March/April 2001:107-112.
  5. Pergolizzi, J. PONV Unplugged. Seminars in Anesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain, Vol 23, No 2 (June), 2004: pp 203-220.
  6. Pergolizzi, J.Are there any effective strategies for managing opioid-induced bowel dysfunction (OBD). RSDSA Review. 2006; 19(4): 8.
  7. Pergolizzi J, Boger R, Budd K, Dahan A, Erdine S, Hans G, Kress HG, Langford R, Likar R, Raffa R, Sacerdote P. Opioids and the Management of Chronic Severe Pain in the Elderly: Consensus Statement of an International Expert Panel with Focus on the Six Clinically Most Often Used World Health Organization step III Opioids (Buprenorphine, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone. Pain Practice June 2008.
  8. Pergolizzi J, Florio F, Martin W. Management of low-back pain with a non-surgical spinal decompression system (DRX9000™) – case report, European Musculoskeletal Review, 2008; 3:1; 59–60.
  9. Pergolizzi J, Yochum T, Florio F, Management of discogenic low-back pain with a non-surgical decompression system (DRX9000™)—Case Report, US Musculoskeletal Review, 2008;1:14-15.
  10. Pergolizzi JV, Clair D, Richmond C. Growth hormone replacement for adults: an overview. J Med. September 2008:9–15.
  11. Pergolizzi J, Richmond C, Auster M, Florio F, Wilhelm J. Non-surgical Spinal Decompression (DRX9000TM) for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain – Case Report, European Musculoskeletal Review, 2008; 3: 2, 58-60.
  12. Pergolizzi J, Claybon L, Macario A, Richmond C. Therapeutic Decision Support and the Management of Post Operative Nausea and Vomiting. J. Med 2009; 2(1):62-67
  13. Pergolizzi J, Raffa R. Oxymorphone and Opioid Rotation. Pan Medicine. 2009:10 ;( S1):S39-48.
  14. Pergolizzi J, Pappagallo M, Raffa R, Gharibo C, Phillips R, Desjonquères S, and Tabor A. Preliminary Observations of a Novel Topical Oil with Analgesic Properties for Treatment of Acute and Chronic Pain Syndromes. Pain Practice 2010:3;201-213.
  15. Pergolizzi J, Labhsetwar S, Puenpatom A, Joo S, Ben-Joseph R, Summers K. Prevalence of Exposure to Potential CYP450 Pharmacokinetic Drug - Drug Interactions among Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain Taking Opioids. Pain Practice Article first published online: 26 AUG 2010 DOI: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2010.00413.x.
  16. Pergolizzi JV, Labhsetwar SA, Puenpatom RA, Joo S, Ben-Joseph R and Summers KH. Exposure to Potential CYP450 Pharmacokinetic Drug–Drug Interactions among Osteoarthritis Patients: Incremental Risk of Multiple Prescriptions. Pain Practice Article first published online : 28 DEC 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2010.00438.x.
  17. Pergolizzi J, Gan TJ, Plavin S, Labhsetwar S, Taylor R, "Perspectives on the Role of Fospropofol in the Monitored Anesthesia Care Setting," Anesthesiology Research and Practice, vol. 2011, Article ID 458920, - pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/458920.
  18. Pergolizzi J, Taylor R, and Raffa R. “Extended-release Formulations of Tramadol in the Treatment of Chronic Pain” In Press: Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2011:12 (11).
  19. Pergolizzi JV, Raffa RB, Tallarida R, Taylor R, Labhsetwar SA. Continuous Multimechanistic Postoperative Analgesia: A Rationale for Transitioning from Intravenous Acetaminophen and Opioids to Oral Formulations. Pain Pract. 2011 Jun 16. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2011.00476.x.
  20. Pergolizzi J, Raffa R, and Taylor R.Prophylaxis of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Adolescent Patients: A Review with Emphasis on Combination of Fixed-Dose Ondansetron and Transdermal Scopolamine. Journal of Drug Delivery Volume 2011, Article ID 426813, 7 pages doi:10.1155/2011/426813.
  21. Pergolizzi J, Alon E, Baron R, Bonezzi C, Dobrogowski J, Gálvez R, Jensen T, Kress HG, Marcus MAE, Morlion B, Perrot S, Treede RD. Tapentadol in the management of chronic low back pain: a novel approach to a complex condition?Journal of Pain Research 2011:4: 203–210.
  22. Pergolizzi J, Alegre C, Blake D, Alén JC, Caporali R, Casser HR, Correa-Illanes G, Fernandes P, Galilea E, Jany R, Jones A, Mejjad O, Morovic-Vergles J, Oteo Álvaro A, Radrigán Araya FJ, Simões ME, Uomo G. Current Considerations for the Treatment of Severe Chronic Pain: The Potential for Tapentadol. Pain Pract. 2011 Jul 29. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2011.00487.x.
  23. Pergolizzi J. Quantifying the Impact of Drug-Drug Interactions Associated with Opioids. The American Journal of Managed Care. 2011:17 (11). (S)288-292.
  24. Taylor R, Raffa R, and Pergolizzi J. Naltrexone extended-release injection: an option for the management of opioid abuse. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation 2011:2; 219–226.
  25. Pergolizzi J, Raffa R, Taylor R.   Low-dose transdermal buprenorphine system: an update. Paineurope 2012: 1; 8-9.