Joshua Prager (doctor)

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Joshua P. Prager
Joshua Prager portrait.jpg
Born Queens, New York, United States
Education Stony Brook University, Harvard University, Stanford University, UCLA
Medical career
Profession Physician
Field Pain medicine
Institutions UCLA Medical Center

Joshua P. Prager M.D., M.S. is a United States physician. Prager specializes in pain medicine and is the director of Center for the Rehabilitation Pain Syndromes (CRPS) at UCLA Medical Plaza.

Early life and education[edit]

Joshua P. Prager was born in New York City, the son of a NYC police officer who later became a public school teacher, and a United Cerebral Palsy shelter workshop supervisor. He was educated in the NYC public school system[1]

He studied as an undergraduate at Stony Brook University.,[2] completed his premedical education and was a graduate student a Harvard University.[3] Prager graduated from Stanford University with M.D. as well as M.S. in Management/Health Services Research in 1981.[4]

Prager financially put himself through college and medical school. He was a Resident Fellow at Stanford running an undergraduate residence.[1]

He completed training in internal medicine at University of California, Los Angeles before completing training in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine.[5]


Prager served on the full-time faculty at MGH at Harvard Medical School and at UCLA School of Medicine where he served as Director of the UCLA Pain Medicine Center. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.[6]

In 2004, Prager was elected as president of the North American Neuromodulation Society.[7] Until 2012, he served as Director at Large of the International Neuromodulation Society.[8]

He has served two consecutive 2-year terms as Chair of the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain.[9] He is also the Editor and Chair of the Pain and End-of-Life CME program from the California Society of Anesthesiologists.[10]

Prager is a recognized expert who speaks nationally and internationally in the administration of Ketamine for depression, CRPS and other pain problems.[11] In 2016, he was involved in writing guidelines for Ketamine treatment under the aegis of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA).[12] Prager is one of the few physicians in the US to perform Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for CRPS.[13]

He has been interviewed on ABC News,[14] CBS News,[15] The Doctors,[16] Lifestyle Magazine,[17] LA Times,[18] National Public Radio,[19] and Medscape.[20]

Public service[edit]

In 2005, he organized the first meeting of a coalition of pain organizations and all three manufacturers of spinal cord stimulator systems to collaborate on issues of patient access and reimbursement for neuromodulatory procedures.[21] The same year, Prager joined the Medical Evidence Evaluation Advisory Committee (MEEAC), a group appointed by the Governor of California to develop treatment guidelines for medical care of the injured worker. He continued in the role for six years.

He is a Medical Expert for the Medical Board of California, the California Attorney General and the District Attorney of the County of Los Angeles.[22][23][24]

He helped establish or reorganize several inner-city health centers, provided volunteer internal medicine care at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics. He also provided volunteer anesthesia for children in the developing world who need corrective surgeries for congenital anomalies.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Prager plays blues harmonica under the pseudonym Dr. Lester "Les" Payne. He has played with James Govan in Memphis, as well as with Jimmy Burns in Chicago. He lives in Los Angeles and has three children.[1]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • Bounty of Hope Award, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Society of America (RSDSA) for Patient Care and contributions to the RSD community. (2007)[1]
  • Decade of Pain Lecture, American Academy of Pain Medicine. (2007)[25]
  • Texas Pain Society, Samuel Hassenbusch Lecture. (October 2009)[26]
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society (December 2012)[1][27]

Select articles[edit]

  • Prager JP (2010). "What does the mechanism of spinal cord stimulation tell us about complex regional pain syndrome". Pain Med. 11 (8): 1278–1283. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4637.2010.00915.x. PMID 20704677. 
  • Prager JP (2002). "Neuraxial Medication Delivery: The Development and Maturity of a Concept for Treating Chronic Pain of Spinal Origin". Spine. 27 (22): 2593–2605. doi:10.1097/00007632-200211150-00037. PMID 12435999. 
  • Prager J, Deer, T, Levy R, Bruel B, Buchser E, Caraway D, Cousins M, Jacobs M, McGlothlen G, Rauck R, Staats P, Stearns L (2014). "Best practices for Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Pain". Neuromodulation. 17 (4): 354–372. doi:10.1111/ner.12146. PMID 24446870. 
  • Connolly SB, Prager JP, Harden RN (2015). "A Systematic Review of Ketamine for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome". Pain Medicine. 16 (5): 943–969. doi:10.1111/pme.12675. 
  • O'Brien SL, Pangarkar S, Prager JP (2014). "The Use of Ketamine in Neuropathic Pain". Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 2 (5): 128–145. 
  • Deer TR, Prager J, Levy R, Rathmell J, Buchser E, Burton A, Caraway D, Cousins M, De Andrés J, Diwan S, Erdek M, Grigsby E, Huntoon M, Jacobs MS, Kim P, Kumar K, Leong M, Liem L, McDowell GC, Panchal S, Rauck R, Saulino M, Sitzman BT, Staats P, , Stanton-Hicks M, Stearns L, Wallace M, Willis KD, Witt W, Yaksh T, Mekhail N (2012). "Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference 2012: Recommendations for the Management of Pain by Intrathecal (Intraspinal) Drug Delivery: Report of an Interdisciplinary Expert Panel". Neuromodulation. 15 (5): 436–466. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1403.2012.00476.x. 


  1. ^ a b c d e f Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr Joshnua Prager (Powerpoint). 
  2. ^ "Notable Alumni". Stony Brook University. p. 3. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Students 1976-77: First-Year Class". Cornell University Announcements. 68 (9): 132. 1976. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Weekend Events". The Dean's Newsletter. Stanford Medicine. 13 May 2002. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Volunteer Physicians". ULCA. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Dr. Joshua Prager M.D., M.S.". California Pain Medicine Center. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "The History of the International Neuromodulation Society". International Neuromodulation Society. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Thomson, Simon (13 October 2015). "A Message from the President". International Neuromodulation Society. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome". International Association for the Study of Pain. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Online CME Programs". California Society of Anesthesiologists. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Ketamine for CRPS. YouTube. 25 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ketamine: The State of the Art and the Science" (PDF). RSDSA. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Patients". St. Jude Medical. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Nilsson, Siri (13 December 2006). "No Pain -- and Without a Warning System". ABC News. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "There's No Cure For Complex Regional Pain Syndrome But Doctors Say Treatment Offers Hope". 4 February 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ways to Lessen RSD Symptoms". The Doctors. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "McDougall Program Archives". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Olmos, David R. (9 March 1998). "The Mystery of RSD". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  19. ^ Norris, Michele (8 April 2005). "Doctors Reconsider Treatments with Painkillers". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  20. ^ Bennett, Daniel S. (February 2006). "Highlights of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine". Medscape. WebMD. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  21. ^ Prager, Joshua P. (27 February 2006). "Spinal Cord Stimulator Systems Offer Advantages in CRPS Treatment". CRPS Advisory. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  22. ^ Evans v. Dart Transit Co, 2:12-CV-186-JVB-PRC. (D.C. Indiana 9 June 2015).
  23. ^ Yu Zhang v. Li, B218013 (Cal.App.2nd 16 November 2010).
  24. ^ Mendoza v. McDonald's Corp, No. 1 CA-CV 07-0903. (Ari.App.1st 7 June 2009).
  25. ^ "An Overview of the Decade of Pain Lecture From AAPM 2008". Medscape Neurology. WebMD. 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "Hassenbusch Lectureship". Texas Pain Society. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  27. ^ Oluigbo, Chima (2013). "NANS 16th Annual Meeting: Overview and Highlights" (PDF). North American Neuromodulation Society Newsletter. 8 (1): 4. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Prager, Joshua P. (1977). Binney St. Bridge: A study exploring the implications of a bridge connecting Longwood area Harvard teaching hospitals. Beth Israel Hospital Association. ASIN B0006YNXPE. 
  • Prager, Joshua P. (8 February 2007). Four Decades of Neuromodulation (WebEx). New Orleans: The American Academy of Pain Medicine. 

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