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Joseph Tasker Gundy, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-2141

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Professional Background

A graduate of Oberlin College and Weill Cornell Medical School, Dr. Gundy completed residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he was recognized for distinction in research. He is double-board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, with interests that include acute traumatic and postsurgical pain management, prevention of persistent postsurgical pain, opioid-sparing anesthesia and opioid risk reduction, geriatric anesthesia and geriatric pain, ”greengional” anesthesia and environmental sustainability in health care.

Dr. Gundy’s fellowship in pain medicine coincided with the apex of our national opioid epidemic, and he carried with him into practice an advocacy for opioid-sparing treatment strategies.
After fellowship he directed a hospital-based outpatient pain center, applying a conservative philosophy that promoted low-risk treatment approaches aimed at reducing pain with minimal adverse effects, and emphasized wellness strategies to restore function. Acknowledging the need for a collaborative approach to the opioid dilemma, he spearheaded a comprehensive opioid safety referral program, which—integrating input from colleagues in hospital administration, primary care, addiction medicine, psychiatry and social work—was incorporated into the network’s pain referral infrastructure.

Dr. Gundy joined the faculty of URMC in 2019, completing a second fellowship in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine. As a physician who now routinely treats patients with acute postoperative pain—having previously cared for countless others with persistent postsurgical pain—he is uniquely suited to be piloting the division’s new interdisciplinary Transitional Pain Service, motivated by the opportunity to redirect the postsurgical pain trajectory before it develops chronicity.




    MD | NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    08/01/2019 - 07/31/2020
    Fellowship in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester

    08/01/2014 - 07/31/2015
    Fellowship in Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine at Brigham & Womens Hospital

    07/01/2011 - 06/30/2014
    Residency in Anesthesiology at Brigham & Womens Hospital

    06/15/2010 - 06/30/2011
    Internship in Anesthesiology at Brigham & Womens Hospital

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    2021 - 2022
    Geriatric Faculty Scholar Award
    Location: University of Rochester

    2020 - Present
    Strong Stars, University of Rochester Medical Center

    First Place Resident Poster Award, American Geriatrics Society 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting

    Resident Graduate with Distinction in Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pai

    MSTAR Summer Fellowship in Geriatrics Research
    Sponsor: American Federation for Aging Research

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    Journal Articles

    Kianpour, DN; Gundy, JT; Nadler, JW; Lindenmuth, DM. "Postoperative "Rescue" Use of Erector Spinae Plane Block After Lumbar Spine Fusion: A Report of 2 Cases". Local Reg Anesth. 2020; 13(95-98).

    McConn, MM; Gundy, JT; Karan, SB; Lindenmuth, DM. "Adverse Drug Reaction: Midazolam Induced Extrapyramidal Symptoms: A Case Report". A&A practice. 2020; 14(8): e01248.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Superficial cervical plexus block for awake carotid endarterectomy
    Book Title: Anesthesiology In-Training Exam Review: Regional Anesthesia and Chronic Pain
    Author List: Webber, EJ; Gundy, JT.
    Edited By: Banik, R, ed
    Published By: New York: Springer Publishing 2021

    Chapter Title: Pain in older adults
    Book Title: Pain Medicine: An Essential Review
    Author List: Gundy, JT
    Edited By: Yong RJ, Nguyen M, Nelson E, Urman RD, eds
    Published By: Switzerland: Springer International 2017

    Chapter Title: Cancer pain: pharmacological treatment
    Book Title: Pain Medicine: An Essential Review
    Author List: Gundy JT
    Edited By: Yong RJ, Nguyen M, Nelson E, Urman RD, eds.
    Published By: Switzerland: Springer International 2017