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Passion for medicine takes Quaker Valley graduate around the globe

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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David Provenzano explains ultrasound technics to Bangkok medical students during a convention in April 2013

Dr. David Provenzano tries to share what he knows while learning from others.

The combination of the two have taken him all over the world, as he continues to win awards for his presentations and research on pain management, teaches techniques and furthers his education.

When he's not traveling, the former Ohio Valley General Hospital physician — who recently closed his offices in McKees Rocks and in Ohio Township — is teaching at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and treating patients.

A few weeks ago, he opened two offices in the Park West One Building, 1000 Cliff Mine Road, Suite 340, in Findlay, and at the Edgeworth Medical Commons, 301 Ohio River Blvd., Suite 203.

Growing up in Massachusetts and living in South Fayette, Provenzano said, he wanted to go into private practice and open an office near the Sewickley area, where he spent his junior and senior years at Quaker Valley High School, graduating in 1991.

Provenzano, 40, said he always was interested in the medical field.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, he did an orthopedic residency at Thomas Jefferson University, was chief anesthesiology resident at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh and won a pain-management fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

From there, he and his wife, Dana — a physician at Kindred Hospital in Pittsburgh— went back to work in the Pittsburgh area.

Over the years, he has garnered academic awards; published articles in medical journals and written book chapters with other authors dealing with pain management.“You just can't believe how many people live with acute and chronic pain. Lower back pain has become an epidemic,” he said.

Zachary Drennen of Johnstown, one of several Washington & Jefferson College students who Provenzano has mentored and who helped him with projects this summer, said Provenzano is an “exceptional” teacher.

“My mind was like a sponge with all he was teaching me. Any time I worked with him with a patient, they all told me how much they love him,” he said.

Provenzano said he loves his job.

“Chronic pain is such a burden and can even affect people's ability to socialize,” he said.“I want to try to help them be able to do what they want to do.”

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or jbarron@tribweb.com.

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