Manchikanti’s humble beginnings pave way for success, philanthropy
BY DAVE THOMPSON,
In a field where potential for drug abuse is high, Manchikanti helped to spearhead efforts beginning in the late 1990s to create a centralized drug reporting program that allows states to monitor prescription controlled substances. The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Act was passed in 2005. And he’s not the only one in his family in the medical field. Manchikanti’s daughter, Dr. Kavita Manchikanti, works at the center, and his other daughter, Anupama Manchikanti, works in public health. He also has a son, graphic artist Sunil Manchikanti. The elder Manchikanti, who also serves as CEO of the American Society of Inteventional Pain Physicians and contributed photo Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti stands with his daughter, Dr. Kavita Manchikanti. Both practice at the local locations for the Pain Management Centers of America, where the elder Manchikanti serves as medical director. Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Louisville, has lent his name to facilities at both local and international institutions. McCracken County High School’s library and a classroom and laboratory at Murray State University bear Manchikanti’s name, as does a Murray State scholarship.