Dr. Wagner completed his surgical internship in 1978, and went on to complete his residency in 1980 at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Indiana University in 1981. After serving four years in the United States Air Force, he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in 1985. It was in 1985, that he founded the Chronic Pain Clinic at Indiana University School of Medicine, and was the director of the pain clinic from 1985-1989.
In 1989, Dr. Wagner joined the faculty at The University of South Carolina, Columbia, where he founded the Acute Pain Service at that university. Several years later, he re-joined the faculty at Indiana University as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine. Along with Dr. John Ward, Dr. Wagner founded the pain fellowship program at Indiana University, and the first fellow was graduated from the program in 1994. Along with many others throughout the country, Dr. Wagner submitted questions for the first examination in Pain Medicine for subspeciality board certification in pain medicine. He was awarded subspeciality board certification in pain medicine in 1994, and has been recertified twice since that time. He currently is baord certified in anesthesiology and pain medoicine.
Currently, Dr. Wagner is a Professor of Clinical Anesthesia/Pain Medicine. He is very involved in teaching at The Moi University School of Medicine, Eldoret, Kenya, and has been awarded the rank of Professor of Anesthesiology, The Moi University School of Medicine. He has been instrumental in planning and organizing an anesthesiology residency at Moi University, and the first class of residents will begin training in Kenya in September, 2017. Dr. Wagner's primary interest is in teaching anesthesia and pain medicine in the developing world, and plans to teach part time in Kenya the remainder of his career.