Lisa Forgione, MD
Hailing from Niagara Falls, New York, Dr. Forgione earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medicinal Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Upon graduating, she enrolled in medical school at the State University of New York at Syracuse, where she received her Doctor of Medicine.
“Ever since I was a young girl, I was always trying to figure out things, take them apart, and build things,” Dr. Forgione explains. “I like to problem solve, and medical school was a natural transition.”
Dr. Forgione spent the next 25 years working in an emergency room setting. Ranging from large trauma centers to smaller community hospitals, her ER experience set the stage for her next career move.
Beginning in 2018, Dr. Forgione made the shift to pain management. Having spent years treating a wide variety of injuries, including trauma and broken bones, and examining countless CAT scans, X-rays, and MRIs, it gave her a unique perspective. When a patient comes in with chronic pain, it often dates back to a previous issue, and Dr. Forgione connects the dots.
“Seeing thousands of patients with different conditions really brings a lot to the table,” she says. “I think patients recognize and appreciate that.”
At United Physician Group, Dr. Forgione’s pain management approach is multi-modal. Depending on the patient and the end goal, she can draw from an arsenal of tools, including physical therapy, medication, steroid injections, and the latest technology.
“We’re really watching patients, following the guidelines, and checking everything we need to do,” she says. “The patients I’m seeing now are happy, pain controlled, and not overly medicated. Not only do we have the ability to help a great deal of patients, but we can help curb the opioid crisis.”
By communicating closely with each patient, she discerns their individual goals, which dictates how she approaches a specific treatment. A younger patient may need to manage pain in a work setting, while an older patient’s goal might be a desire to garden, play with their grandchildren, or take long walks.
“Our goal is to treat patients effectively with multi-modal pain management and get them to accomplish what they want in their life as much as they can,” Dr. Forgione says. “We do our best to get them back to living and doing whatever it is they want to do.”
In her spare time, Dr. Forgione enjoys running, hiking, playing golf, watching collegiate and professional sports and reading.
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