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UT Tyler Nursing Professor Appointed Chair of Statewide Initiative Group

November 18, 2010

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Dr. Gloria Duke, professor of nursing at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been appointed chair of the Texas Pain Advocacy and Information Network, Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

The TxPAIN Executive Leadership Committee appointed Duke, who has been actively involved with the initiative since 2005.

“I am humbled and honored to assume this role. This is a tremendously hard working and supportive group with whom I enjoy working very much. It is very rewarding to serve in this capacity and to be able to contribute in some way to improving pain management and quality of life in persons in a variety of settings and situations,” Duke said.

She follows Dr. Larry Driver, who is currently professor and deputy chair of the Department of Pain Medicine at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Driver will assume the role of medical director of TxPAIN, according to Duke.

Duke holds a Ph.D. in nursing from UT Austin. She also serves as associate dean in the UT Tyler Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship.

TxPAIN is a multidisciplinary, statewide initiative that represents a volunteer collaboration of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, government, industry, academia and advocacy. It is an affiliate of the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and has as its main goal to improve pain management in Texas. It is housed in and is supported by the American Cancer Society – High Plains Division in Austin.

TxPAIN has a five –year strategic plan focusing on major issues of access to care, disparities in care management and support for implementation.

Key representatives from the Nurse Oncology Education Program, Physician Oncology Education Program, Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Texas Pain Society and the American Pain Management Nurses Association collaborate with other TxPAIN members to implement strategic pain education activities through volunteer initiatives, research and through project grant applications.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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