Steven Prakken, MD, the Chief of Avance Care Medical Pain Service, is board certified in Psychiatry/Neurology and Pain Management.

Dr. Prakken is the previous Director of Medical Pain Service for Duke Anesthesiology. He has decades of experience working with chronic illness and pain patients. His specialty is complex chronic pain patients with comorbid psychiatric symptoms. He is skilled in medication protocols and managing potential substance misuse/abuse. His multidisciplinary approach has documented success. Dr. Prakken’s highest priority is optimal patient function achieved through collaboration and shared decision-making. He is a national speaker and author on pain management topics, collaborates with numerous governmental and private organizations, and is a board member of the Pain Society of the Carolinas.

Outside of work, he enjoys travel, family time, woodworking, landscaping, and exercise.

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