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Matthew J. Bair, MD, MS

Matthew J. Bair, MD, MS

  • Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
  • Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
  • Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Matt Bair’s research is focused on affective disorders (e.g. depression and anxiety), chronic pain, and developing strategies to improve pain management in the primary care setting. His long-term goal is to develop and test pain management therapies that combine pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments.

Dr. Bair currently serves as an editorial board member for the journals Pain Medicine and Pain Practice and deputy editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. 

He has conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare a combination of pain treatments, including algorithm-based analgesics, pain self-management, and cognitive behavioral therapy, versus usual care. This was the first of many interventions for chronic pain treatment of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans.

Dr. Bair teaches implementation research methods and evidence-based medicine to medical residents, fellows, and IUPUI junior faculty.  In 2013, Indiana University medical students selected him as “Outstanding Educator” and in 2014, he received an Indiana University Teaching Award for his instruction in the Student Outpatient Clinic.

“Pain is disabling and interferes with daily living as well as the ability to work.”