Mitchell Knisely
Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing

Dr. Mitchell Knisely, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, PMGT-BC is an Assistant Professor in the Healthcare in Adult Populations Division of the Duke University School of Nursing.

Dr. Knisely’s research interests are in the areas of precision health and pain management. Particularly, his program of research seeks to optimize pain assessment and management through a better understanding of the biopsychosocial contributors of pain, co-occurring psychoneurological symptoms, and associated treatment responses in individuals with chronic conditions. The long-term goals are to determine biopsychosocial markers to: (1) identify patients at increased risk for development of chronic pain and/or poor pain control, and (2) personalize strategies for pain management.

In the clinical arena, Dr. Knisely has practiced in intensive care and perioperative areas and has led or contributed to several clinical initiatives to improve pain management in acute and outpatient care settings. He is board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and in Pain Management Nursing.

Dr. Knisely earned his BSN from Purdue University and his MSN and PhD from Indiana University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genomics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and trained at NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute. His research and training have been supported by several internal and external grants. Dr. Knisely is actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, American Society of Pain Management Nursing, and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

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  • 307 Trent Drive, DUMC 3322, Durham, NC 27710
  • DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Drive, Office 3120, Durham, NC 27710

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