Halena M. Gazelka, MD Mayo Clinic

Dr. Gazelka attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, then completed an anesthesiology residency and both pain and palliative medicine fellowships at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN. She practices medical and interventional pain management, serving as the director of Mayo clinic inpatient pain services. Dr. Gazelka has chaired the MC Opioid Stewardship Program since its inception in 2016, and is a national expert on the US opioid crisis and responses to it. Further, Dr. Gazelka has served on the Mayo Ethics Subcommittee, teaches in the medical school and serves on the multiple committees with national pain organizations. She was appointed to the federal HHS Pain Management Task Force in 2018 by the current Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mr Alex Azar. She testified on pain management and the opioid epidemic before the US Senate HELP committee, by invitation of Chair Lamar Alexander in February 2019.