Robert G. Valentine, Jr., MD, graduated from Hendrix College in 1978. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, earning his MD in 1982. He also completed his residency in anesthesiology, including the treatment of pain, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.
In 1985, Dr. Valentine entered the private practice of anesthesiology and pain management, specializing in chronic back pain, failed back syndrome, and pain following flexion/extension or “whiplash” injuries.
The advancement of interventional and rehabilitative medicine has always been an important factor in Dr. Valentine’s medical practice. Prior to relocating to Gainesville, Florida, Dr. Valentine was responsible for several innovations in interventional and rehabilitative medicine treatment in Arkansas. He was the first physician in Arkansas to perform intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET) for patients with chronic discogenic back pain.
More recently, Dr. Valentine best demonstrated his skill and progressive attitude toward interventional and rehabilitative medicine when he became the first physician in the Western Hemisphere to utilize a totally implantable dual-lead spinal cord stimulation system (Medtronic Synergy) for control of lower back pain.