Charles E. Argoff, MD

Charles E. Argoff, MD
  • Professor of Neurology, Albany Medical College
  • Director, Comprehensive Pain Center
    Albany Medical Center
  • Albany, New York

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Charles E. Argoff, MD, is Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center in New York. Dr. Argoff received his medical degree from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed an internship in the Department of Medicine and a residency in the Department of Neurology at the State University of New York in Stony Brook and a fellowship in Developmental and Metabolic Neurology at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS).

Dr. Argoff is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Pain Society, among other professional organizations. He has previously served as Chair of the AAN Pain and Palliative Care Section and served for six years on the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the AAN. He is one of the ABPN representatives to the Examining Committee for the ABMS Subspecialty Certification Examination in Pain Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Pain and as a reviewer for the Journal of Pain, Brain, JAMA, Neurology, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and the Clinical Journal of Pain. He is Co-Editor of the Neuropathic Pain Section of Pain Medicine. He is one of the founders of and Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Fundamentals of Pain Management Course for residents held annually and sponsored by the American Pain Society.

Dr. Argoff has served as a guest editor and published articles in the Clinical Journal of Pain and Current Pain and Headache Reports, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has written on many types of pain, including myofascial pain, spinal and radicular pain, and neuropathic pain. He has written on such treatments as topical analgesics, interventional pain management, botulinum toxins, the scientific basis of multimodal therapy for chronic painful conditions and oral analgesics, and has contributed many book chapters as well. Dr. Argoff had an active role in the development of the diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain guidelines published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and he has contributed to other published neuropathic pain treatment guidelines. He is one of the editors of the published textbook Raj's Practical Management of Pain, Fourth Edition. He is the co-author of Defeat Chronic Pain Now, a book for people with chronic pain. He also has recently published the third edition of Pain Management Secrets.