Born and raised in the Detroit metro area, Dr. Derrick Wansom attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and graduated from the Honors Program in Biology. He was then awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and spent a year studying music and culture across East Asia.
Dr. Wansom earned his medical degree and completed an internship in general surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He then completed his residency in anesthesia and a fellowship in pain medicine in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan.
Chronic pain can be difficult to live with, as it affects mood, emotions, relationships and quality of life. Dr. Wansom appreciates the importance of listening to patients, understanding their individual needs and recognizing their challenges when dealing with chronic pain. He believes it is essential that patients comprehend the complex conditions causing their pain.
Dr. Wansom encourages patient participation in their own plan of care and tailors customized multi-modal approaches to their pain. He combines minimally invasive interventions, targeted medical therapies, behavioral and functional therapy, and integrative care to meet each patient’s individual needs. He feels that the most gratifying aspect of pain management is facilitating functional restoration and a return to an active, fulfilling lifestyle.
In his free time, Dr. Wansom enjoys wrenching on his own cars, listening to a diverse spectrum of music, traveling, and cooking.