Director, Comprehensive Pain Services, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, UT Graduate School of Medicine
Tennessee Pain Society
Director at Large (starting 2020),
North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
Co-Chair Diversity and Outreach Committee, NANS
Women in Neuromodulation Section, NANS
Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD, MBA is the Director of Comprehensive Pain Services for The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UT Graduate School of Medicine and the Medical Director for The University Center for Pain Management in Knoxville. A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, she completed her Anesthesiology residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill and her pain fellowship at Wake Forest University, later returning to Duke to complete her MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management.
In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Vanterpool is heavily involved in state advocacy initiatives. She is the current President and scientific program co-chair for the Tennessee Pain Society. Dr. Vanterpool has established a reputation as a leader in Targeted Pain Treatment, being selected as one of 19 members across Tennessee to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education in 2018. This Commission was charged with developing competencies to be adopted by all healthcare higher learning institutions in the state to facilitate appropriate understanding, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of pain and addiction. She has also collaborated with the TN Department of Health, TN Medical Association, and the TN Pain Society on a number of initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis such as the determination of appropriate criteria and measurements for spine and spine surgery episodes of care and the language in the TN Together Opioid Laws. She also serves as the representative for UTMC in communication of the organization’s past and current efforts to combat the effects of the opioid crisis in East TN. Dr. Vanterpool is also a strong advocate for neuromodulation (including spinal cord stimulation) and other opioid-sparing, targeted treatments for pain.
Dr. Vanterpool also uses her platform and position to educate other healthcare providers to promote the importance of accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain as a means to improve patient outcome and function. She is frequently asked to speak on the topic of Targeted Pain Treatment at regional and national conferences. Dr. Vanterpool has also developed a continuing medical education curriculum focused on the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain for primary care and mid-level providers within a 200-mile radius of Knoxville.
- Vanterpool, S., Steele, S. M., Nielsen, K. C., Tucker, M., & Klein, S. M. (2006). Combined lumbar-plexus and sciatic-nerve blocks: an analysis of plasma ropivacaine concentrations. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine, 31(5), 417-421.
- Vanterpool, S., Coombs, R., & Fecho, K. (2010). Continuous epidural infusion of morphine versus single epidural injection of extended-release morphine for postoperative pain control after arthroplasty: a retrospective analysis. Therapeutics and clinical risk management, 6, 271.
- Vanterpool, S. G., Heidel, R. E., & Rejoub, L. R. (2020). Targeting Occipital Headache Pain: Preliminary Data Supporting an Alternative Approach to Occipital Nerve Block. The Clinical Journal of Pain.