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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address BMR2 202 Zip 0007
Phone  205-934-6501
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Anesthesiology   Anesthesiology Chair Office Professor
Secondary  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Professor
Secondary  Psychology  Psychology Professor
Center  Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases Center (Org Ret)  Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases Center (Org Ret) Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Ness received his medical and graduate school (Pharmacology) training at the University of Iowa and continued with residency (Anesthesiology) and fellowship (Pain Management) training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Research/Clinical Interest
Research interests are of both basic science and clinical types. Basic science endeavors include studies of visceral pain neurophysiology using extracellular techniques to characterize lumbosacral dorsal horn neurons responsive to visceral stimuli such as gut or bladder distension. Reflex responses (cardiovascular and visceromotor) to visceral stimuli are used as global correlates of neurophysiological measures. Pharmacological and procedural manipulations are then applied to determine the role of neuronal subpopulations in visceral sensation. Clinical research interests include the management of visceral pain and pain due to spinal cord injury.