DepartmentsAnesthesiology and Perioperative MedicineSpecialty GroupsPain MedicinePalliative CareLocationRochester, MinnesotaLanguagesEnglishExisting patientsSend a secure message via patient portal Biographical summaryDr. Gazelka practices Pain Medicine and Palliative Medicine in Rochester, MN. She treats patients in the Pain Clinic and performs a wide array of interventional procedures related to pain. In the hospital setting, Dr. Gazelka sees patients in consultation for both the Pain Medicine Service and the Palliative Medicine Service. She served for multiple years as a Mayo Clinic Associate Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Gazelka particularly enjoys and is active in education of medical students, residents, and fellows as well as Co-Directing the annual Mayo Clinic Opioid Conference. Dr. Gazelka chairs the Mayo Clinic Enterprise Opioid Stewardship Program and speaks and works nationally on opioid related topics. Much of her research is focused on opioids and their management. She has served on the HHS Pain Management Task Force and currently serves on the Minnesota Opioid Epidemic Response Team. She enjoys her role as the Medical Director for the Department of Public Affairs and serves on the Mayo Clinic Executive Operations Team. Conditions treatedBack painChronic painPain NOS Procedures performedAblationCancer treatmentCeliac plexus blockEpidural blood patchEpidural steroid injectionFluoroscopyFluoroscopy-guided biopsyHospice careInjectionJoint injectionLumbar sympathetic blockMedial branch blockPain managementPalliative careRadiofrequency ablationRadiofrequency neurotomySpinal injectionSpine procedureStellate ganglion blockSympathetic nerve blockTrigger point injection InterestsComprehensive pain managementCancer pain managementPalliative medicineHospice medicineClinical ethicsManagement of spine painAcute and chronic pain managementInterventional pain managementNeuromodulationSpinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulationIntrathecal drug delivery system implantation and managementOpioid Stewardship Mayo Clinic locations Rochester, Minnesota Driving directions More info Billing & insurance Accessibility services Education2015FellowPalliative Medicine Fellowship Program, Mayo School of Graduated Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Enterprise2015FellowHospice & Palliative Care Medi, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine2011ResidentPain Medicine, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine2011FellowPain Medicine Fellowship Program, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine2010ResidentAnesthesiology Residency Program, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine2010ResidentAnesthesiology, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine2006MDUniversity of Minnesota Medical School1998BS - BS in Physician Assistant StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin1996BS - BS in cell and Molecular biology and minor in biochemistryWinona State UniversityShow more education Activities and honorsCertifications2016Hospice & Palliative MedicineAmerican Board of Anesthesiology2013Pain MedicineAmerican Board of Anesthesiology2011AnesthesiologyAmerican Board of AnesthesiologyShow more certificationsAwards and honors20212020 National Health Information Award of MeritNational Health Information Awards2020National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Midwest Emmy Award for "The Opioid Fix, Epidsode 1" DocuseriesNational Academy of Television Arts & Sciences2020Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Award: Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award - First PlaceInstitute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)2020Charles Kuntz Scholar Award: "Impact of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines on Postoperative Narcotic Prescriptions Following Elective Spine Surgery"American Association of Neurological Surgeons2020Outstanding Digital EducationMayo School of Continuous Professional Development, Department of Education Administration2018Excellence Award for Quality & Safety and Patient-centered Care for The Mayo Clinic’s approach to reviewing and improving opioid prescribing practices for surgical patientsInternational Hospital Federation2018The Chitranjan S. Ranawat, MD AwardKnee Society2012Anesthesiology Resident to Consultant Excellence in Teaching AwardMayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration2012Commitment to Education AwardDepartment of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2009Educational Scholarship, Resident Section Committee Member-At-LargeAmerican Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain MedicineShow more awards and honorsProfessional memberships2022 - presentMemberMayo Clinic Customer Service (CX) Executive Sponsor Team2022 - presentInterim Chief Communications OfficerMayo Clinic Executive Operations Team, Mayo Clinic Committees, Mayo Clinic2022 - presentInterim Chief Communications Officer, ex-officio participantMidwest Executive Operations Team2022 - presentInterim Chief Communications Officer, memberPeople and Culture Committee, Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic Committees2021 - presentChairMedication Diversion Prevention Subcommittee - Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees2020 - presentMemberAssociation of University Anesthesiologists2020 - presentMember/BloggerMayo Clinic Social Media Influencer Program (MCSMIP)2020 - presentHostMayo Clinic Q and A Podcast2020 - 20212021 Annual Meeting Co-ChairProgram Committee, American Academy of Pain Medicine2020 - presentBoard of DirectorsAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine2020 - presentCo-ChairAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine 2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee 2019 - 2022Subcommittee MemberMayo Clinic Marketing Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees2019 - presentMemberMayo Clinic Executive Operations Team, Mayo Clinic Committees, Mayo Clinic2019 - presentMemberDiversity & Inclusion Committee2019 - presentMedical Director, Communications DepartmentMayo Clinic Executive Operations Team, Mayo Clinic Committees, Mayo Clinic2019 - presentChairQuality Management Services, Administration2019 - 2022Member representing the MN Medical AssociationMN Opioid Epidemic Advisory Council 2019 - presentMemberMayo Clinic Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee2019 - presentMemberMayo Clinic Pharmaceutical Formulary Committee2018 - presentMember, Nominating CommitteeAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine2018 - 2022MemberAmerican Academty of Pain Medicine Nominating Committee2018 - 2019MemberU.S. Department of Health and Human Services2018 - presentCo-ChairAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine Opioid Task Force2017 - presentMemberHospice Medical Directors Certification Board2017 - 2022MemberPalliative Medicine Fellow Selection Committee2017JudgeMidwest Anesthesia Residents Conference2017 - 2021ChairAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine, Opioid Advisory Committee2017 - presentMemberInstitute for Clinical Systems Improvement Opioid Task Force2017 - presentMemberPain Medicine Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2017 - 2022Member, and Mayo Clinic representativeInstitute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Opioid Task Force2016 - presentMemberAccreditation and Regulatory Operations Workgroup, Mayo Clinic Rochester Workgroups2016 - presentMemberSafety and Quality Forum, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2016 - presentMemberEmployee and Community Health, Controlled Substance Advisory Group2016JudgeMidwest Anesthesia Residents Conference2016 - 2019ChairMayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee Opioid Stewardship Program2016 - 2019MemberNorth American Neuromodulation Society, Website Committee2016 - 2018Co-ChairInternational Neuromodulation Society Women in Neuromodulation2016 - 2017SecretaryWomen in Neuromodulation(WIN) Committee, North American Neuromodulation Society2016MemberPCA Crisis Work Group2016 - presentMemberAnesthesia Clinical Practice Committee, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2015 - 2018Vice PresidentNorth American Neuromodulation Society Women in Neuromodulation Section 2015 - 2020Medical DirectorMayo Clinic Hospice2015 - 2017MemberClinical Ethics Consult Service2015 - presentMemberMayo Clinic Midwest Specialty Ethics Committ2015 - presentMemberPalliative Medicine Education Committee2015 - 2017MemberInternational Neuromodulation Society (INS)2015Vice ChairNorth American Neuromodulation Society, Women in Neuromodulation Section, Education2015 - presentMemberCancer Pain Research Consortium2015 - presentMemberAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine2014Vice ChairExercise Booth Committee, North American Spine Society2014ParticipantAmerican Board of Anesthesiology, ABA Standard Setting for BASIC Exam2014 - presentMemberRochester Ethics Committee2013 - presentRepresentativeInpatient Pain Service, Multidisciplinary Pain Workgroup, Division of Pain Medicine2013 - presentMember, Ethics CommitteeAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine2013 - presentMemberAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine Ethics Committee2013 - 2017RepresentativeAnesthesiology/Pain Management, Spine Manage to Reimbursement (MTR) Project, Spine Clinic2013 - 2019DirectorInpatient Pain Medicine Services, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2012 - 2013MemberAbstract Review Committee, NASS Summer Spine Meeting 2013, North American Spine Society2012 - 2013MemberAbstract Review Committee, NASS 28th Annual Meeting Section-Injections and Interventions, North American Spine Society2012 - 2013MemberAbstract Review Subcommittee on Chronic Pain and Cancer Pain, American Society of Anesthesiologists2012 - 2015DirectorNP/PA Program, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2012 - 2022MemberNorth American Neuromodulation Society2012 - 2014MemberExercise Committee, North American Spine Society2011 - presentMemberDepartment of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2011 - presentMemberDivision of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2011 - presentExaminerResident Oral Exam Simulation, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2011 - 2015MemberSelection Committee for Pain Medicine Fellowship, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine2011 - 2015MemberNorth American Spine Society2010 - presentMemberAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine2009 - 2019MemberSociety for Education in Anesthesia2009 - presentMemberInternational Association for the Study of Pain2007 - presentMemberAmerican Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine2006 - presentMemberMayo Fellows Association, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science2005 - presentMemberAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists2005 - presentMemberMinnesota Society of Anesthesiologists2004 - presentMemberWomen in Neuromodulation(WIN) Committee, North American Neuromodulation Society2002 - presentMemberAmerican Medical Association2002 - presentMemberMinnesota Medical Association2002 - presentMemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical AssociationShow more professional membershipsPublicationsSee my publicationsResearch activitiesSee a description of research activities. Biographical summaryConditions treatedProcedures performedInterestsMayo Clinic locationsEducationActivities and honors Request an appointment PST-20226179 Doctors & Medical Staff Gazelka, Halena M. M.D.