Richard Vaglienti, MD, MBA

Richard Vaglienti, MD, MBA, is the Director of the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management. He is also an anesthesiologist for the School of Medicine at West Virginia University, specializing in chronic pain management. Dr. Vaglienti directs the Chronic Pain Rotation for residents of various specialties and fourth year medical students, and provides regular neurosurgery, psychiatry, and anesthesiology didactic lectures. He helped develop the opioid prescribing curriculum required for WV state licensure renewal.

Dr. Vaglienti has been an invited lecturer at the national, regional, and university levels. Presently involved in several institutional, state, and national committees, he chairs the Medical Staff Affairs Pain Management Committee, creating uniform pain treatment policies and programs to decrease opioid use and promote alternative therapies throughout the Health System. He is also involved in several Integrative Pain Management clinical studies; among them, WVU is the first site to launch the testing of a non-opioid micropellet implant for chronic pain.

Dr. Vaglienti attained his Doctor of Medicine from WVU School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his Anesthesiology residency from 1986-90, which included specialty training in Pain Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia. Certified by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, he was appointed in 1997 to the faculty of Anesthesiology and is presently an Associate Professor with a secondary appointment in Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. He has been awarded several honors throughout his career, including Best Doctors in America from 2001-18.

Dr. Vaglienti is married to Christine S. Vaglienti, who is Assistant Vice President and Senior Litigation Counsel for the WVU United Health System, and they have three grown children.

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