Dr. Halena Gazelka attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, then completed an anesthesiology residency and both pain and palliative medicine fellowships at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She practices medical and interventional pain management, serving as the Director of Mayo clinic inpatient acute and chronic pain services. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to palliative medicine and serves as one of the medical directors of the Mayo Hospice in Rochester.
Dr. Gazelka chairs the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program, dedicated to improving patient care and reducing opioid diversion and addiction. Further, Dr. Gazelka serves on the Mayo Ethics Subcommittee, teaches in the medical school and serves on the multiple committees with national pain organizations. She is an appointee to and member of the US Health and Human Services Pain Management Task Force by Alex Azar, Secretary, HHS.