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Janet Pennella-Vaughan, NP

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Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 242-1300

Fax: (585) 473-5007

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Professional Background

I have had the privilege of working in the pain management field for a significant portion of my professional career and have had the opportunity to provide ongoing clinical care for patients with malignant and non-malignant pain conditions, along with participating in clinical research in this field.

The University of Rochester environment where the biopsychosocial model was first developed has allowed me to collaborate with a variety of health care providers where a multidiscipline teaching environment is strongly supported. In various committees I have assisted in the development of educational programs for patients and health care providers. These programs have been presented locally and regionally.

As a School of Nursing faculty member I have taught undergraduate and graduate nurses, pain and palliative assessment and management strategies for the past 12 years. In my clinical environment I mentor nursing students, resident and pain fellow physician colleagues.

My research collaboration with our team of anesthesiology, physical medicine physicians and behavioral psychologists have done clinical research for medications, devices and evaluated new treatment strategies for the past 16 years.


Director of Clinical Operations for Anesthesia Research, University of Rochester Medical Center

I supervise research staff (RN & med tech/res); screen /review/ outline budgets for investigator initiated & pharmaceutical /device studies with healthy subjects (respiratory lab); peri-operative / operative & out-pt studies (pain). Provide administrative oversight with WIRB/ RSRB/ FDA; sub-inv on studies. Collaborate as a sub-investigator for clinical protocols with role of medical manager for NINDS/NIH study (COMBAT); also Principal Investigator for a retrospective study with recent abstract submission to American Society for Pain Management Nursing for fall, 2014.




    NP | University of Rochester
    Nurse Practitioner

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    Graduate at Monroe Community College

    Graduate at Nazareth College of Rochester


    2016 - 2017
    Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award
    Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center
    Location: Awarded National Nurse's Week at URMC


    Journal Articles

    Dworkin RH; Barbano RL; Tyring SK; Betts RF; McDermott MP; Pennella-Vaughan J; Bennett GJ; Berber E; Gnann JW; Irvine C; Kamp C; Keiburtz K; Max MB; Schmader KE. "A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oxycodone and of Gabapentin for Acute Pain in Herpes Zoster." Pain. 2009; 142: 209-217.

    Herrmann D; Barbano RL; Hart-Gouleau S; Pennella-Vaughan J; Dworkin RH. "An Open-Label Study of the Lidocaine Patch 5% in Painful Idiopathic Sensory Polyneuropathy." Pain Medicine. 2005; 6: 379-384.

    Katz J; Pennella-Vaughan J; Hetzel RD; Kanazi G; Dworkin RH. "A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of the Efficacy of Bupropion SR in Chronic Low Back Pain". Journal of Pain. 2005; 6: 656-661.