Jongbae Jay Park
Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Jongbae "Jay" Park is a clinician and researcher of acupuncture and Asian Medicine focused on translational pain medicine. Dr. park is the Director of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine at the Duke Center for Translational Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology. In addition, he has been the Director of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Research at UNC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and has held a faculty appointment in both the UNC School of Medicine and School of Dentistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, for the past eight years before joining Duke October 2015.

Dr. Park has extensive expertise in clinical research, particularly in the field of acupuncture. He has developed and validated the Park Sham Device, successfully established a financially viable acupuncture clinic service in both specialties of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Orofacial Pain, as well as participated in an NIH/NIDCR K12 Multidisciplinary research career development award. His research focuses on examining efficacy, effectiveness, and mechanisms of action in acupuncture and Asian medicine. In particular, 1) advanced the inquiry of interpreting the results of placebo/sham controlled trials; 2) investigated real world clinical practice using observational study methods; 3) proven that anatomical differentiation makes a physiological difference in subjects’ sensation of acupuncture needling; and 4) embarked on a methodical investigation of changes after receiving acupuncture treatment in pro-and anti-inflammatory cytokines in patients with chronic TMD with widespread tender points. This latest study seeks to examine the role of inflammation in chronic pain, and the mechanism of action and potential effectiveness of using acupuncture for multifactorial conditions such as TMD.

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