William Biskup, MSN, CRNP
Bill Biskup is a Nurse Practitioner at The Pain Management Center, and has been practicing since 1988. He has patients who have been coming to him for 18 years; they followed him from one practice to the next. One patient flies in from Florida to see Bill because she trusts him so much and she’s not willing to go to someone else!
Bill went to nursing school at Community College of Philadelphia, and began working as an RN at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. He worked in orthopaedics, trauma, and spinal cord injury. While working at Jefferson, he received his baccalaureate degree from Thomas Jefferson University, and then went on to be Board Certified in Orthopaedics.
After 10 years, he returned to school, receiving his master’s degree as a nurse practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation in 1997, he began to work in a physiatry based pain management practice. After 5 years, he made the move in 2002 to The Pain Management Center where he has been working since. In 2015, he was named a Best Nurse of New Jersey.
Why did he become a nurse practitioner? “I couldn’t draw, so architect was out! Really it’s kinda mundane. I took a bunch of aptitude tests in high school and it came up high on all of them, and I was good at science so I said ‘what the heck.’”
His favorite part of being a nurse practitioner? “Getting to spend time with people. As I said above, I really get to build relationships and get to know people and help them navigate through life.”
When he’s not busy helping his patients at The Pain Management Center, he enjoys track and field and running (he ran 2 marathons and several half marathons); walking for exercise and commuting; hiking (he hiked half of the Appalachian Trail); gardening; pickling and preserving; and cooking (he went to cooking school for one year).
Here are a few more fun facts about Bill:
- His Dachshund dog used to go to work at the office for the first 2.5 years until he was unfairly fired, “but that’s a long story!” So now he stays at home with his other dog (a rescue dog from Athens, GA).
- “Though I was a vegetarian for 20 years I have returned to the dark side and am a very adventurous eater. I haven’t met a food I wasn’t willing to try.”
- If he wasn’t a nurse practitioner, he would love to be an architect or a bartender in a speakeasy. “I thought about moving to Vermont and being a goat farmer and making cheese, but I’m not a morning person so it wouldn’t work well.”
- His favorite superhero is The Tick because “he’s a big, lumbering oaf, but he has a very kind heart. He’s kind of the anti super hero, as in he is not all Bravado and doesn’t really have super powers; just the desire to do good.”
- The most exciting place he visited: “China and Hong Kong were the most ‘different’ places I have been to. It is HUGE and VERY ancient and completely different than America. Australia was wonderful and I would love to go back and see more of it. I am a big fan of Germany and have been over there 3 times so far. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been to was Santorini, one of the Greek Islands. It is breathtaking— both the natural landscape as well as the architecture. I bought a ring that a local artisan made and I wear it every day so I can remember Santorini.”
- As far as speaking another language, he says, “My joke is that I barely speak English correctly let alone another language. I took 2 years of ASL in college and if the other person signs REAL SLOW, I can follow them. I know enough German that I can stumble through a conversation and at least get my point across. I had Latin growing up, but other than it helping in medicalese there isn’t a real call for it nowadays.”
- His favorite subject in school: History.
- His least favorite subjects in school: Algebra and Math.
- His nicknames: William, Bill, Liam, and Billiam.
- If he could change one thing about the world: “If I could get rid of all the hate and bigotry, that would be great. All the violence is nonsensical, from huge wars and genocides down to individual shootings and fighting and arguing. I think it really does come down to the individual. If we could get the single person to understand we are all really the same, the ripple effect would end all the violence. (I feel like a Miss America contestant).”
- As far as volunteering, he used to be very active in AIDS fundraising, and was a board member of Team Philadelphia, which is an organization that promotes local gay sports of all kinds, and helped people go to the quadrennial Gay Games.
If you’re in need of pain management care, Bill is an excellent nurse practitioner who believes in making his patients an active part of their care. He explains all treatment options to find a best fit. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t hear, “That’s the first time I’ve ever understood that,” or “Thanks for explaining that. No one ever has before.”