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Johnathan Goree, an anesthesiologist and pain doctor, is accustomed to relieving patients who thought they were beyond help. And through that work, the Little Rock native and Catholic High School graduate was named Arkansas Physician of the Year last April at the Arkansas Business Healthcare Heroes celebration.
“My job is really to improve quality of life,” he said. “Physicians have told these patients that their pain problems can’t be fixed, but I can really listen to their struggle and help them figure out how to navigate life.”
An academic force, Goree got his biology degree from Washington University in St. Louis before advancing to Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University in New York, where a pain crisis of his own paved a path to his specialty.
Growing up, Goree loved both science and helping people, “so I figured being a physician was the perfect marriage of the two.” As a Black doctor, he’s also passionate about ending disparities in care.
“My goal is to make sure everyone gets high-quality care, and that includes people who look like me. In certain situations, that’s not always the case.”