Dr. Willis Wu received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University with a minor in chemistry. He went to Drexel University College of Medicine for his medical degree after a year of working in medical research at the University of California at Irvine. After completing one year of internal medicine internship, he pursued his residency training in anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Subsequently and finally, he completed his fellowship training as an interventional pain specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Wu is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
He is the author of a case report published in the prestigious anesthesia journal, Anesthesiology in January 2013. He is specialized in the interventional approach to pain management including ultrasound-guided injections. He is a firm believer in a multi-modal approach to pain management combining injection therapy with conventional medication/physical therapy treatment.
Dr. Wu considers Los Angeles, California as his hometown even though he was born and raised in Taiwan. He reads and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently. During his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and snowboarding. He is also a fan of movies and video games.
Degrees | Certifications
Doctor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -July 2003 – May 2007
Master of Science, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Major in Biological Science August 2001 – May 2003
The American Board of Anesthesiology
Specialty Board Certification in Anesthesiology May 7th, 2015 – December 31st, 2025
Subspecialty Board Certification in Pain Medicine - September 19th, 2015 – December 31st, 2025
Pain Medicine Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa - July 2011 – June 2012
Anesthesiology Residency, Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York - July 2008 – June 2011
Internal Medicine Internship, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pennsylvania - June 2007 – June 2008
Doctor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - July 2003 – May 2007
Master of Science, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Major in Biological Science - August 2001 – May 2003
Bachelor of Science, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina | Major in Biomedical Engineering & Minor in Chemistry August 1996 – May 2000
Associations | Affiliations
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Nevada Society of Anesthesiologists
Clark County Medical Society
Nevada State Medical Association
Awards | Publications
Med Scholar of Gross Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 2005
“SI-6603 (Condoliase) Study for Lumbar Disc Herniation (Discovery 6603 Study)” Study ID: 6603/1133. Sub-Investigator. 2019 – Present.
“Corticosteroid Lumbar Epidural Analgesia for Radiculopathy (CLEAR) – Use of Experimental Medication, SP-02.” Study ID: SP-102-02 Sub-Investigator. 2018 – Present.
“Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate Rexlemestrocel-L Alone or Combined with Hyaluronic Acid in Subjects with Chronic Low Back Pain.” Study ID: MSB-DR003. Sub-Investigator. 2015 – 2019.
“Images in Anesthesiology: Reversible Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome during Celiac Plexus Block” by Elahi F,Wu WY, et al. Anesthesiology 2013; 118(1):187.
“Reversible Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome during Celiac Plexus Block” presented at Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference in Chicago, Illinois. March 17th, 2012.
“Novel Bench Validation of a New, Fast-Response Airway Sensor of Humidity and Temperature” & “Can Airway Humidity Sensor Thermocouples be Calibrated in Temperature-Controlled Water Bath?” by Breen PH, Rosenbaum A and Wu WY, et al.
Abstracts published in Anesthesia & Analgesia 2003; 96(2 suppl.):S-119,120 and presented at International Anesthesia Research Society’s 77th Clinical and Scientific Congress in 2003.