Dr. Francis began his undergraduate work at Xavier University in New Orleans before completing his Bachelor of Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 1977. He went on to receive his Medical Degree (MD) from the LSU Medical Center of New Orleans in 1981. In 1984, Dr. Francis completed his postgraduate training in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and affiliated hospitals. He was appointed in 1986 to fellowships in Pediatric Anesthesia at the Denver Children’s Hospital, and in Pain Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
From 1989 until 2000, Dr. Francis served on the faculty of Tulane Medical Center in the Dept. of Anesthesiology. After Katrina, he was on the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin as the Assistant Director of Interventional Pain Medicine teaching the Pain Fellows until he returned home to serve the Southeastern Louisiana community.
Dr. Francis is an honored diplomate of both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He also holds memberships in many honorary and professional societies such as The American Academy of Pain Medicine, The American Pain Society, The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, The American Academy of Physicians Executives, and the International Spine Intervention Society.
As the Co-Editor of ‘What’s new in Pain Medicine’, Dr. Francis is on the progressive end of a rapidly changing medical field. He also works to promote strong ethical values and treatment modalities in his practice, as reflected in his membership in the Ethics Committee for the American Academy of Pain Medicine where he has been positioned since 2005. Also serving as a member of the Communications Committee for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Dr Francis works to communicate and promote modernized treatments and ethical values in hopes to provide a positive influence to the field of pain medicine.