ASMS prides itself on creating an environment that allows its students to cultivate their diverse interests. ASMS Alumni Kendrix Evans, from Clarke County, has been planning his medical career since he was five years old. Evans knew he wanted to be a surgeon and that ASMS could give him the best possible chance at achieving that aspiration.
“ASMS provided an environment to foster intelligence and a way to gain more from that intelligence,” says Evans. “It gave me a college experience with college-level classes and that made my collegiate experience easier for me.”
After graduating from ASMS in ’99, Evans attended Tuskegee University, obtaining his undergraduate degree in Biology, Barry College achieving his masters in Biomedical Sciences and Morehouse School of Medicine gaining his M.D.
Shortly after Medical School, Evans joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served 6 years. Evans has been practicing medicine for about 10 years and prides himself on offering pain control options without the burden of narcotic addiction.
“I like to try to use anti-inflammatory medications to treat pain,” says Evans. “Most surgical pain is due to inflammation and narcotics don’t really treat that pain they just deaden it and honestly make the user more “out of their head” than treated for the pain. Don’t get me wrong, there are a need and use for those medications, but we have to, as physicians, tell our patients that there will be pain and if they understand that, then they will do better. I also like to have informed patients and if they know what surgical pain is, then when they call and say I am still hurting etc. I know there may be something wrong, versus a need for an increase in pain medications. Some people also have an unrealistic idea that they should be “pain-free” after procedures and that is not the case especially in the early postoperative periods.”
Evans is not the only medical professional to adopt this theory. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in 2018 started requiring physicians to offer alternative medicines as well.
“Due to the lack of evidence combined with the significant potential for harm, we believe professional standards require that BCBS members are given alternative options to opioids in most clinical situations,” said Dr. Trent Haywood, chief medical officer for BCBSA. “We will work with medical professionals to ensure BCBS members are routinely provided alternatives to opioids through a mutual decision made inside the doctor’s office.”
With the prevalence of opioid addictions and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2017 declaring opioid abuse a public health emergency, many are thankful that there are doctors like Dr. Evans that offer alternative medications.