UofL names Dr. Mark Boswell to head anesthesiology


    Mark V. Boswell, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., professor of anesthesiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, has been named chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Louisville. Dean of the UofL School of Medicine Edward Halperin, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.R, announced that Boswell’s appointment is effective October 1.

    Boswell currently is the director of the division of pain management and director of the surgical center for pain management at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock.

    “The academic search committee, under the leadership of Professors Toni Ganzel, Kelly McMasters and Frank Miller, labored tirelessly to identify, interview and vet multiple outstanding candidates for professor and chairman of anesthesiology,” Halperin said. “Dr. Boswell emerged as a unique combination of scholarship, leadership and commitment to medical education. We are delighted to welcome him to our team.”

    Boswell earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Case Western, including a clinical scientist track program in neuroscience. He also earned his Ph.D. in experimental pathology from Case Western, and an M.B.A. from Texas Tech University.

    Boswell joined the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1988. He returned to Case Western in 1990 and served at that university for 15 years, rising to the rank of associate professor. He was the director of the pain medicine fellowship program, and the chief of the pain medicine service. In 2005 he joined Texas Tech as professor of anesthesiology and director of the International Pain Center, and the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. In 2006 he began a three-year term as the chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. As chairman he oversaw the reorganization of the department and led the effort for accreditation of the department’s residency program.

    The author of more than 100 scientific writings, Boswell’s clinical interests surround acute and chronic pain medicine, cancer pain management, bioethics, palliative care and hospice, and more. His basic science interests include the pharmacology of opioids, brain derived neutorophic factor and the mechanisms of general anesthesiology.

    He is an editor for the journal Pain Physician, and serves as a reviewer for the journals Spine, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Archives of Internal Medicine and the Clinical journal of Pain.

    He serves as the executive director of the American Board of Interventional Pain Management.