Anke Bellinger MD

About Anke Bellinger, M.D.

Anke Bellingerblackcertmark-01Anke Bellinger holds two board-certifications in Anesthesiology and in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is licensed by the state of Iowa for the practice of medicine. With a decade of practice in an academically-affiliated hospital setting, she is highly experienced with a broad range of chronic pain conditions. With her commitment to compassionate, evidence-based and individualized, whole-person care, her outpatient practice at Virtue Medicine offers medical consulting focused on the root-causes of pain symptoms within the Functional Medicine approach without the use of opioids. Her customized pain care options include nutritional modifications, lifestyle and wellness strategies, optimization of neuronal function, medical acupuncture and active collaboration with other integrative clinicians towards empowered, feel-your-best living.

Professional History

1991-1997: Medical School, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
1997-2001: Anesthesia/ER Residency, GKH Herdecke, Germany
2001-2005: Anesthesia Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2005-2006: Pain Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2006-2007: Associate, Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2007-2014: Assistant Professor, Anesthesia, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2006-2016: Anesthesiologist/Pain Physician, VA Medical Center, Iowa City
2006-2026: Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology

Specialty Training and Sampling of Scholarly Activities

German Physician Society for Acupuncture, Diploma A, 1995
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Health Professionals, 2008
Institute of Functional Medicine: AFMCP Training, 2016
Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Cornell University, 2016

Lecture:  Clinical Pearls in Pain Medicine. Progress in Internal Medicine Conference.
University of Iowa Internal Medicine and the UI College of Pharmacy, 10/2014.

Lecture:  Post Herpetic Neuralgia. Anesthesia Pain Symposium.
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 4/2014.

Lecture:  Cervicogenic Headache.  Anesthesia Interdisciplinary Pain Symposium.
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 10/2012.

Lecture:   Lumbar Facet Osteoarthritis. Interdisciplinary Chronic Low Back Pain Symposium.
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 4/2012.

Lecture:  Special Issues Related to Management of Persistent Pain in Veterans.
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Meeting, New Orleans. 11/2011.

Lecture:  Acute Pain Management in Opioid Tolerant Patients.
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Meeting, New Orleans. 11/2011.

Book Review: Interventional Pain Management from Dr. P. Raj. Anesthesiology. 2009 May;110(5):1201-1202.

Bellinger A, Siriwetchadarak R, Kral L, Rosenquist R. Prevention of Intrathecal Baclofen withdrawal syndrome: Successful Use of a Temporary Intrathecal Catheter. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2009; 34:600-602.