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National Pain Expert Joins Institute


Dr. Ricardo CrucianiA nationally recognized pain expert has joined the Capital Institute for Neurosciences at Capital Health to lead the new Center for Comprehensive Pain Management and Palliative Care.

Dr. Ricardo Cruciani leads a multi-specialty team helping patients suffering from complex and difficult-to-treat pain.

“We help patients take control of their lives,” Dr. Cruciani said. “The reality is patients don’t fail therapies, therapies fail patients. Rather than just giving an injection or a pill, we take a multi-disciplinary approach so that each plan of care is specifically tailored to the individual patient and finds what works for them. No single intervention is a magic bullet. We try to understand the psychological, medical, and social elements of each patient’s suffering.”

At the center, specialists and sub-specialists work together to create the best treatment plan for each patient. They help those suffering with head and facial pain, back pain, pain resulting from cancer, neuropathic pain, myofascial pain and pain resulting from trauma or injuries.

“Many of the patients I see have tried many things to eliminate their pain without success. The key is to find what works specifically for them,” said Dr. Cruciani. “It’s critical to know that what works for one patient may not work for another.”

Dr. Cruciani, a compassionate advocate for those living with pain, is trained in neurology, psychiatry, pharmacology, and pain management.

Before accepting a leadership role at the Capital Institute for Neurosciences, Dr. Cruciani was Vice-Chair of the Department, Director of the Pain Division and Director of the Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation of New York at the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

He also was a professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, also in New York. Dr. Cruciani earned a PhD in pharmacology (Summa Cum Laude) and was a fellow and later an associate researcher at the National Institutes of Health, where he trained in opioid pharmacology and neurophysiology. In addition, he was the editor-in-chief of Advanced Pain Management, is co-editor of several books and special issues on pain management, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and the World Journal of Gastroenterology and Pain and Therapy. He serves as a reviewer for numerous journals, sits at NIH study sections, and has been a NIH grantee for a number of years.

“Dr. Cruciani brings a wealth of training, experience and research to the Capital Institute for Neurosciences where he will continue to advance the field, as well as help patients - especially those who have not found relief from their chronic pain despite previous interventions,” said Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, Director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Capital Health.

Dr. Veznedaroglu said creating a pain center within a comprehensive neurosciences institute provides patients with advanced technology, dedicated neurosciences resources, and a team of subspecialists.

The Capital Institute for Neurosciences is a leader in providing state-of-the-art care for complex conditions involving the brain and spine. It performs more brain and aneurysm surgery than any other hospital in New Jersey.

Dr. Cruciani is the latest notable neuroscience expert to join the Institute’s medical team.

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