Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., MD

Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., MD


Chief Operating Officer of NEMA Research, Naples, Florida

Patients, practitioners, philanthropists and investors regularly seek out the expertise of Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi. His in-depth and expansive knowledge of the multiplicity of issues confronting patients and caregivers in acute and chronic pain has made him a valuable partner, advisor, and contributor to the healthcare system, business, academia, and government entities. Whether as a physician, inventor, research scientist, or advocate for pain patients, Dr. Pergolizzi works on the leading edge of medicine.

An internationally renowned perioperative and pain specialist, Dr. Pergolizzi offers personalized medical services through an innovative practice that provides enhanced care and direct access to some of the world’s top medical experts and centers. In clinical practice, he combines the latest medical advances and scientific breakthroughs with his profound professional compassion for patients facing life-altering painful conditions.

Dr. Pergolizzi specializes in clinical research, consulting with major research institutions and drug developers around the globe. His scientific knowledge combines with his frontline understanding of the current limitations in pain medicine so that he can meaningfully contribute to innovative new analgesic products and approaches. He has devoted his professional life to reducing the suffering associated with under-treated and untreated painful conditions.

Dr. Pergolizzi’s innovative achievements have focused on an array of complex matters including but not limited to genetic differences in analgesic drug metabolism that can result in clinical relevant pharmacokinetic drug to drug interactions and their subsequent impact on healthcare economics and outcome measures; policy issues related to safe and appropriate use of opioid analgesics through the development of sophisticated physio-chemistry based abuse deterrent technologies; and advancing integrative medicine techniques to create novel natural/synthetic combinations products like OxyRub™ to address patients desires for vetted complementary and alternative products.

Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi has held various positions at prestigious academic medical institutions. He has served as a committee member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Safe Use Initiative and a Special Government Employee for the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Pergolizzi is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, platform presentations, and book chapters in his areas of interest and expertise. He is an internationally recognized expert in clinical research, pain medicine, anesthesia, internal medicine, pharmacology, regulatory affairs, and drug discovery. He has been awarded the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award with Commendation and is a member of the Who’s Who for International Executives. He has served as a member of advisory boards and medical/scientific societies and has acted on a number of institutional committees including the Medical Errors Committee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Pergolizzi is recognized by his peers as a scientific and medical expert who integrates new products, techniques, and technologies into everyday clinical practice.