Jerry Lewis Scheduled for
Lecture at Emory University Hospital
Who: Comedian Jerry Lewis will address Atlanta clinicians about the
management of chronic pain. Mr. Lewis has joined a public education
initiative called TAME THE PAIN that links people in chronic pain with
pain specialists. Mr. Lewis has suffered for 40 years with excruciating
back pain, caused by a career of comedic pratfalls, which nearly drove
him to suicide.
When: Wednesday, February 12, 12-1 p.m.
Where: Emory University Hospital, 1364 Clifton Rd., 2nd Floor Auditorium
Why: Chronic pain can take a devastating toll on the millions of people
it affects--isolating those who suffer from it. It can lead to difficulty
holding a job, low self-esteem, strained relationships, and depression.
"I had a gun ready, I had a car ready, walk in front of a bus ready.
You get to that point where you cannot see," said Lewis. "Your focus
is gone and you can't move your body from the couch to the TV set, the
pain is so severe."
The TAME THE PAIN campaign is supported by several national advocacy
groups, including the National Chronic Pain Society and the National
Pain Foundation. It is sponsored by Medtronic, one of the world's leading
medical technology companies and maker of the device that now manages
For scheduled interviews with Mr. Lewis; Dr. Patricia Baumann, Emory
Center for Pain Medicine; or Dr. Howard Levy, Emory Spine Center, call
media contacts at numbers above. Please check Tamethepainnewsroom.com
for more details on the campaign.