Robert T. Cochran

Robert T. Cochran

Dr. Robert T. Cochran, Jr. graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School, and completed his residency in internal medicine and neurology at the University of Texas and Duke University. In 1963, he began private practice in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the years, he saw thousands of people with chronic pain that did not seem to go away, even with treatment. In the 1990s, he became the co-director of the Pain Center at Centennial Hospital, also in Nashville. His experience working with chronic pain sufferers led him to study commonalities between them. He is now considered one of the foremost experts in chronic pain and the influence that psychiatry has on pain.

His interest led him to write a book: Understanding Chronic Pain, a Doctor Talks to his Patients (2004). In this book, he explored the links between pain and various psychiatric disorders, such as depression, childhood abuse, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder. His engaging style along with his compassion and intellect, have helped his readers to confront complicated issues in treating chronic pain.

Five years later, Dr. Cochran followed up with a second book, Curing Chronic Pain, Stories of Hope and Healing (2009). This book introduces the use of opiates in treating chronic pain, and the surprising effects that this treatment can have on the psychiatric disorders that often accompany chronic pain.

Dr. Cochran has retired from private practice and lives with his wife, Donna. They have three children and seven grandchildren. He is currently considering writing his next book and is available for speaking engagements.


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