Susan True Bertrand, M.D., sees patients at National Spine & Pain Centers Cary, Fayetteville, Henderson and Raleigh offices where she addresses both chronic and acute pain with a range of treatment options that include minimally-invasive procedures as well as carefully managed medication management plans.
During the course of her 40-year career, Dr. Bertrand has developed an impressive record of leadership in the field of pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She has served as the medical director at numerous hospitals, including the Alaska Spine Center in Anchorage, the Southern Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Princeton, W. Va., and Missoula Community Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Montana, where she also directed chronic pain management and traumatic brain injury programs.
“I decided to make pain management my sole focus because I found that persons with persistent pain were often relegated to the bottom of the priority list or treated with a one-size-fits-all approach to pain care,” Dr. Bertrand said. “But advances in pain management treatments mean we can now customize our care to each individual’s particular injury, illness, needs, DNA and personality.”
Dr. Bertrand earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN and performed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle. She then completed a fellowship in Pain Management at the Alaska Spine Center in Anchorage, AL.
“Pain management is entering a period of unprecedented growth and improvement. That means we can treat the cause of the pain and not just pain itself,” she said. “We can design treatments that make sense medically, physiologically and in the context of our patient’s lives.”
In her free time, Dr. Bertrand has traveled to Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Uganda and Nicaragua for medical missionary work. She has also worked with children with disabilities in El Salvador and China.