Co-Founder & Physician
While the excitement of the operating room was difficult to leave, Dr. Tristan Pico found he wanted more personal interaction with his patients. This, paired with his desire to treat pain led him to the field of pain management, which not only provides the opportunity to connect with his patients during their time of greatest difficulty, but also alleviate their suffering. There is a great diversity of treatment options for patients who suffer with chronic pain.
While a resident in Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama, Dr. Pico learned many different techniques to treat both acute and chronic pain. His training at MD Anderson, the nation’s premier cancer treatment facility, helped him master the most advanced pain treatment techniques that can be offered to patients.
Dr. Pico is an advocate of providing patients with a wide array of treatments to ensure that pain treatment is tailored to each patient’s unique pain profile. Dr. Pico witnessed the devastating consequences of pain during his grandfather’s battle with colon cancer. At MD Anderson, he learned that pain is a highly personal experience and does not affect any one person in the same way. All patients who endure pain on a day-to-day basis can have their lives immeasurably improved with advanced pain treatment.
I discovered my passion for pain management while watching my Grandfather suffer with cancer pain. My goal for all patients is to reduce pain, increase activity, and bring greater enjoyment to life.
2009 – 2010 Fellowship – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
July 1st 2009 – June 30th 2010 Interventional Pain Management fellowship
2006 – 2009 Residency – University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham AL
June 30th 2006 – June 30th, 2009 Anesthesiology residency
2005 – 2006 Internship – Baptist Health System, Birmingham AL
June 15th 2005 – June 20th 2006 Transitional Medicine internship
2001-2005 University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham AL
June 4th 2005 Doctor of Medicine
1997-2001 Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA
May 13th 2001 BA in Biology and Economics, Cum Laude
1997-1998 University of California, Los Angeles
Study in Biology and Economics
1994-1997 Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara CA
Study in Biology
Pico T and Hamid B. Decision Making in the Cancer Pain Setting — Beyond the WHO
Ladder. Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. In Publication.
Chen L, Bosworth CA, Pico T, Collawn JF, Varga K, Gao Z, Clancy JP, Fontenberry JA,
Lancaster Jr JR, Matalon S. Detanonoate and Nitrated Lipids Increase Chloride Secretion
Across Lung Airway Cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2008 Feb 28
Pico T. Ultrasound-guided Ilioinguinal Nerve Blockade. Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia
Residents Research Conference 2008
2009 Anesthesiology Written Boards