Dr. Paul McCurry shares his entrepreneurial journey, insights starting axial healthcare, and his big vision for changing the pain management space.

The ModernMD: Dr. Paul McCurry, MD

Dr. Paul McCurry is the Chief Medical Officer and Founder axial healthcare. The axial journey began in 2012 when Paul began assembling literature and developing best practice solutions to address the core drivers that are fueling poor clinical outcomes and the rapidly escalating cost of pain management in the U.S. Prior to his work at axial, he was the Medical Director at Medsolutions and a consultant at Quorum. He completed residency and became a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and followed later with a fellowship in interventional pain management.


“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring



Paul received his MBA before entering medical school and began his medical career as a general anesthesiologist. With a passion for entrepreneurship and practice management, he pursued his fellowship in pain management. Listen as Paul shares his journey from corporate healthcare to starting axial healthcare.


The Idea: How can we better manage acute and chronic pain episodically to improve outcomes, enhance the patient experience, and eliminate needless expenses? Listen as Dr. McCurry shares the axial story and their big vision to dramatically improve the pain space.

Insights: Axial’s initial focus was on interventional pain procedures, creating an efficient platform for pre-authorization approval, and building a network of pain specialists. With further exploration and new literature on rise of opioids, the big pain opportunity was discovered. Listen as Dr. McCurry shares some exciting insights. 

Lessons Learned: Stay open minded and listen to your business partners. It is all about episodes of pain!!


Best Advice: Stay the course if this something you are passionate about and believe in! If you don’t do it, someone else will do it if is that good of an idea. Hire really smart people and get out of their way.

Daily Morning Routine: Exercise, Google alerts, and a daily to-do list with focused priorities.

Healthcare Trends: Paul shares his excitement for the fields of addition medicine and genomics.


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