Dr. Michael Osborne has seen his education and career evolve to work as a pain specialist, work which is being recognized with a national award. CONTRIBUTED

Butler County doctor honored as one of the country’s best at helping people deal with pain

From the track at Talawanda High School to Miami University, Ohio State University and the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Michael Osborne has seen his education and career evolve to work as a pain specialist, work which is being recognized with a national award recently.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine will present him with its Distinguished Service Award at their awards presentation on Friday as part of their four-day annual meeting in Denver.

He is a pain specialist, formally Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, at the Mayo Pain Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.


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Although Osborne downplays the award, joking they hope he will remain on an AAPM committee reviewing academy guidelines another couple years, the organization cites his contributions to the study of pain.

“The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual for commitment and contributions to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. This award is given to an individual for specific outstanding contributions. The Academy recognizes only a few individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of Pain Medicine each year,” the announcement letter read.

After Talawanda graduation in 1986, he went to Miami University where he studied zoology, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in zoology, followed by medical school at Ohio State University. Thinking he would like to go into sports medicine, he did an internship in Columbus and a residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. That was followed by a sports medicine fellowship.

Although saying he was “no standout athlete” he said that early interest in sports medicine was fostered in his high school days with track and cross country coach Dale Plank and other coaches he knew. He credits the mentoring of Ron Wiley and Ron Pfohl during his Miami years with teaching him to work with a plan.

“In high school, I had a sense of wanting to be involved in physiology. As for being a physician, I did not make that decision until I was in college,” he said. “The influence of coaches like Dale Plank and Miami really took me to no longer an interest, but a plan.”

He is the son of David and Alice Osborne.

That stint in Minnesota changed his life in several ways. First, his association with the prestigious institution gave him professional opportunities.

Then, he met his wife there and “plans changed” so they decided to settle in Jacksonville, where she is a neuropsychologist.

The pain clinic there deals with a lot of spine- and head injury-caused pain issues and he likes the team approach to dealing with patients he treats.

He said his work with the AAPM requires a lot of reading but aims to increase the study of pain medicine.

“It’s a lot of work, reviewing national guidelines, a lot of reading and making scientific assessment,” he said.

He and his wife, Tanis Ferman, have two children, Josh and Paige.

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