Peter Abaci, M.D., is board certified in anesthesia and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He has been in private practice since 1996 and is the medical director and cofounder of the nationally recognized Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, located in Los Gatos, California, where he resides with his wife and two children. Abaci has helped create numerous comprehensive programs to help patients overcome their struggles with chronic pain and improve their well-being, including the acclaimed Functional Restoration Program, and he designed and built a state-of-the-art healing center in 2005. He also serves as a volunteer clinical instructor for the Stanford Pain Clinic.
Thank you very much for sending me Dr Abaci's book. I found it to be very comprehensive, easy to read and a great handbook for patients with chronic pain. His approach wonderfully includes both traditional and nontraditional methods which can not only relieve pain but provide overall wellness. I would recommend this book to my patients and to our doctors training to become pain specialists.
Carol A. Warfield, M.D.
Lowenstein Professor of Anesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Peter Abaci has learned the secrets of successful chronic pain management and put them into his new book, Take Charge of your Chronic Pain. Both pain sufferers and those who provide care for chronic pain patients can learn from his superb guide to contending with chronic pain and all its facets. He makes it quite clear that it is the patient who must do the work; the health care provider is a guide and source of encouragement and wisdom. This book is a counterbalance to the excessive reliance on pills and procedures that so often fail to adequately deal with those who suffer from chronic pain. The book is an excellent companion-piece for patients entering into a chronic pain management program.
John D. Loeser, M.D.
Professor, emeritus, Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology and Pain Management, University of Washington
Dr. Abaci has written an informative and readable ‘how to’ book for patients with chronic pain. It illustrates the power of the rehabilitation approach and the importance of patients taking an active role in their own recovery. Dr. Abaci draws from his own experience and puts the high technology interventional techniques and the use of analgesic medications into their proper place.
Howard L. Fields MD PhD
Professor of Neurology
Vice Chair, Department of Neurology
Director, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction
Principal Investigator, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center