Carl Noe, M.D.

Carl Noe, M.D.

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • Pain Management


Carl Noe, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Pain Management and Anesthesiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Director of its Division of Pain Management. He also serves as Medical Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management, one of the foremost U.S. centers for treating patients suffering from pain.

Dr. Noe earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed separate residencies in anesthesiology and cardiothoracic anesthesiology, the first at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) and the second at Stanford University, and then received advanced training in critical care medicine through a fellowship at Stanford and in pain management through a fellowship at TTUHSC.

Board certified with subspecialty certification in pain management, Dr. Noe is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, certified in the subspecialty of pain medicine, and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1991.

Dr. Noe is a founding member of the Texas Pain Society and a member of the American Pain Society, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, among other professional organizations. He serves as a reviewer for The Spine Journal and Pain Practice.

He has published a number of scholarly articles, authored and coauthored more than 30 book chapters, and delivered scores of invited lectures on topics related to pain management.

He is a six-time Castle Connolly Top Doctor, a 16-time D Magazine Best Doctor (Pain Management), and a six-time Texas Monthly Super Doctor.

Personal Note

Dr. Noe is married and has two grown children.

Meet Dr. Noe

Pain Management Specialist in Dallas

One of the leading pain management authorities in Texas, Carl Noe, M.D., offers patients a complete spectrum of proven pain-relief therapies and has the experience to find the best, most personalized treatments, whether what’s needed are the latest highly advanced options or time-tested measures.

“Today’s patients tend to want high-tech solutions for pain, but in many cases high-tech treatments aren’t the answer,” he says. “It’s important for people to understand that pain often improves with time and conservative treatment.”

Dr. Noe treats all types of acute and chronic conditions – from back pain, neck pain, and sciatica to headaches, spine pain, and arthritis.

Therapies include spine-injection procedures such as nerve blocks and epidural steroid injections; radiofrequency ablation (the use of electricity to disrupt pain signals); neuroaugmentation (the use of electrical stimulation of the nervous system to manage pain); and non-opioid pain medications.

The key to maximizing pain management, Dr. Noe notes, is having an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on educating patients.

“Patient education is a big part of our program, and we give our patients a lot of information about what causes pain, why it persists, and what the most appropriate evidence-based therapies are,” he says.

Other important components of the UT Southwestern Pain Management Program are cognitive behavioral therapy – a structured form of psychotherapy – and physical therapy.

“Many people with pain are so afraid that they’re going to hurt themselves further that they avoid any activity,” Dr. Noe says. “It’s important to get people to a point pain-wise at which they can get physically active.”

The Pain Management team often works with colleagues in Physical Medicine and RehabilitationPhysical TherapyNeurology and NeurosurgeryRheumatology, and Orthopaedics to deliver comprehensive patient care.

Dr. Noe’s commitment to his patients has resulted in his being named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor yearly since 2012, a D Magazine Best Doctor (Pain Management) yearly since 2010, and a Texas Monthly Super Doctor six times.

“The privilege of practicing medicine carries great responsibility, and I believe in treating every patient with dignity and respect,” he says. “Seeing patients and helping them find a treatment that relieves their pain is the most enjoyable thing I do.”

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (1979-1984)
  • Internship - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1984-1985), Rotating
  • Fellowship - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1989-1989), Pain Management
  • Fellowship - Stanford University (1988-1988), Critical Care Medicine
  • Residency - Stanford University (1987-1988), Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Residency - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1985-1987), Anesthesiology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Texas Pain Society (Founding Member)
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Pain Society
Honors & Awards
  • Best Doctors in America 2011, 2011-2012
  • Robert D. Dripps Award 1987
  • Chief Resident 1987, During last year of residency training, served as Chief
  • Distinguished Alumnus 2006, Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Best Doctors in Dallas 2011

Clinical Focus

  • Pain Management

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Q&A by Dr. Noe