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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Pain researcher draws inspiration from Chinese medicine

Dr. Anna Woodbury was featured for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in a weekly highlight produced by the Atlanta VA. She cited her heritage as an inspiration for her research into the use of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for use in pain management. Dr. Woodbury is currently studying the use of non-narcotic and alternative therapies for the treatment of chronic pain and fibromyalgia through the Atlanta VA’s Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation.  

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More About Dr. Woodbury

Dr. Woodbury graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Biochemistry before pursuing her M.D. at Washington University in St. Louis.  She subsequently completed her internship at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio before Anesthesiology Residency at Emory University. She completed Pain Fellowship at Emory, as well, and decided to make her home in Atlanta. She founded the Atlanta VA Pain Division after fellowship, and has built her research career focusing on integrative medicine and examining biomarkers for pain.

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  • Congratulations to lab member Trozalla Smith on being awarded the 2022 CVNR DEI Pilot Program for Summer Students!

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Kari Tyler Presents at GA CTSA

Dr. Tyler presented findings from our PENFS study regarding cortical thickness and GABA changes following treatment.

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Trozalla Smith Presents at the Emory Undergraduate Research Symposium

Trozalla presented preliminary findings from our ongoing study regarding cranial electrical stimulation for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

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Chi Ohanu Earns 2nd Place for Poster Presentation

Chi Ohanu, rising 4th year at Morehouse School of Medicine, earned 2nd place in her category at the Atlanta VA Research Day presentation for our study exploring the vagal mechanisms of PENFS treatment as well as connectivity to the vagal nucleus as a predictor of treatment response in fibromyalgia.

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Dr. Woodbury's work in treating chronic pain and improving quality of life for veterans was featured in the Foundation for Atlanta Veterans Education and Research (FAVER) monthly newsletter.


In an interview with Dr. Mark Tager for the Vagus Nerve Society, Dr. Woodbury discusses trans-auricular vagus nerve stimulation.

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