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Global Pain Clinician Summit 2018 Faculty | Pain Management Conference
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Thank you to all of our speakers who attended 2018's Global Pain Clinician Summit in Boston!


Robert Bonakdar, MD, FACN, is an AIPM past president, the director of pain management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California, and a member of the Scripps Green Hospital Pain Management Committee. He also serves as assistant clinical professor (voluntary) at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Bonakdar completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at Scripps Clinic, focusing on integrative pain management. He also completed the UCLA Acupuncture Course for Physicians and a Richter Fellowship in southeast Asia, where he studied acupuncture, tai chi, and mind-body practices. His current clinical and research interests include novel approaches to pain management including dietary supplementation and biostimulation using microcurrent, laser, auricular, and acupuncture therapies. 

Dr. Bonakdar reports that he receives royalties from Lippincott and Oxford University Press; Consultant for American Specialty Health, Standard Process, and Metagenics; and Advisory Board for Elsevier.

Dr. Bonakdar will speak about A Worldview on Integrative Pain Management, and will be one of the faculty presenters for the Certificate in Nutritional Pain Management Program.


Daniel B. Carr, MD, MA, has a primary appointment in Public Health and secondary appointments in Anesthesiology and Medicine at Tufts Medical School, where he is Founding Director of its program on pain research, education and policy. He has published widely on pain research, evidence-based medicine, and the social and political aspects of pain relief. A past president of the American Pain Society, he has served on multiple advisory and editorial boards including Governor Baker’s Medical Education Working Group on Prescription Drug Misuse, Mass DPH’s Drug Formulary Commission, the US federal National Pain Strategy, and NIH’s Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee. He has participated in the Massachusetts Medical Society’s educational videos on pain and naloxone.

 Dr. Carr reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Carr will speak during the Town Hall: Tackling the Three-headed Monster: Chronic Pain, Opioid Use and Mental Health.





Nancy Cotter, MD, FACN, is a graduate of McGill University, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, integrative/holistic medicine, and medical acupuncture. She serves as Clinical Champion for the National VA Office of Patient Centered Care, and directs pain management and integrative care teams for VA NJ. She is part of the VA’s effort to transform sick care to well care.

Dr. Cotter reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Cotter will be one of the faculty presenters for the Certificate in Nutritional Pain Management Program.





Paula Gardiner, MD, is the associate research director, family medicine and community health and the medical group visit program director, center for integrated primary care at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has more than 15 years of experience as an integrative medicine clinician with training in mindfulness. Dr. Gardiner’s research concentration is patient-oriented regarding chronic conditions, chronic pain, and non-pharmacological evidenced based medicine. Her current research is focused on the adaptive role of technology to support health behavior change and reducing pain, depression, and opioid use using group visit models.

Dr. Gardiner reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Gardiner will speak about Saying Goodbye to Old Ways: Reinventing Your Pain Practice for the 21st Century.


W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh, President of the AIPM Board, is clinical assistant professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where he maintains a private practice in family and palliative medicine. Dr. Jackson is the associate fellowship director of palliative medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is board certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the treatment of chronic pain. His work has been published in a number of leading academic journals and he is a recipient of numerous teaching honors.

Dr. Jackson reports that he has investments in Aspire Healthcare and is a consultant for Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Jackson will speak about The Current State of Pain Management.


Robert N. Jamison, PhD, is a professor in the departments of anesthesia, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts and has over thirty-five years experience working with persons with chronic pain. Dr. Jamison is the chief psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he directs a structured pain management program.  Dr. Jamison has received numerous grants from the NIH and has authored 2 books and over 250 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and chronic pain.  He has a long history of mentoring students, fellows, and junior faculty members. He is active in many national and international organizations and has been on the Board of Directors for the American Pain Society and is Past President of the New England Pain Association. Dr. Jamison has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has served as principal investigator in many government and industry-sponsored research studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of five different journals, is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for other established medical journals, has served as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine and NIDA Study Sections, and has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences.

Dr. Jamison reports that he has an investigator-initiated grant relationship with Pfizer, Inc. 

Dr. Jamison will speak about How Digital Health is Transforming the Clinician-Patient Relationship and Saying Goodbye to Old Ways: Reinventing Your Pain Practice for the 21st Century. 

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, is a social entrepreneur and practicing physician. He is the CEO of Concerted Care Group (CCG), a comprehensive opioid treatment program based in Maryland. Prior to CCG, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) where he advocated to protect and improve the Medicaid program and led improvement efforts to streamline Medicaid and make it more customer-centric. Prior to working for Medicaid, he co-founded and sold his software company, Care at Hand, an award-winning predictive analytics platform that used insights of non-medical staff to prevent aging people from being hospitalized. Under his leadership, Care at Hand published several peer-reviewed studies, enabled home and community based service providers to sustain their care transition programs, and saved Medicare and Medicaid over $10 million by preventing hospitalizations. Prior to Care at Hand, he led teams at the World Health Organization, United States Senate, and San Francisco Health Department toward health system strengthening through technology. Dr. Ostrovsky has served on several boards and committees dedicated to interoperability standards, quality improvement and measurement, and innovation including the National Quality Forum, Office of the National Coordinator, and the Commonwealth Fund. Andrey holds a Medical Doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology Magna cum Laude from Boston University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Andrey completed his pediatrics residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital where he was a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is currently teaching faculty and attending physician at Children's National Medical Center.

Dr. Ostrovsky reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Ostrovsky will speak during the Town Hall: Tackling the Three-headed Monster: Chronic Pain, Opioid Use and Mental Health.


Robert B. Saper, MD MPH, is an associate professor of family medicine at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1988 and the UCSF Family Medicine Residency in 1992. After being in private practice for eight years in the San Francisco Bay Area, he completed the Harvard NCCIH T32-funded Integrative Medicine Research Fellowship from 2001-2004. In 2004 he founded the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. His research focus is the implementation of evidence-based integrative medicine approaches for underserved populations. He has received federal funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to study yoga for chronic back pain and a PCORI contract for a national pragmatic trial of physical therapy for the prevention of chronic back pain. Dr. Saper is the current chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Saper continues to see patients for primary care and integrative medicine. He mentors medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty.

Dr. Saper reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Saper will speak about Overcoming the Barriers to an Integrative Model of Care.


Michael E. Schatman, PhD, CPE, is a clinical psychologist who has spent the past 32 years working in multidisciplinary chronic pain management.    He is currently on the teaching faculty of the Department of Public Health & Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and serves as Director of Research and Network Development for Boston Pain Care in Waltham, MA.  Dr. Schatman is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of chronic pain management, and lectures regularly on pain management on local, national and international bases.  He is also the editor of Ethical Issues in Chronic Pain Management and Chronic Pain Management: Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Program Development, both of which were released by Informa Healthcare in 2007.  Dr. Schatman is a member of the Editorial Boards of numerous journals.  For the past 5 years, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain Research. He is the past-Chairperson of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the American Pain Society, is a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Pain Society, the Ethics Council of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Pain Educators – which named him 2011 Clinical Pain Educator of the Year.

Dr. Schatman reports that he is a consultant for kaléo.

Dr. Schatman will speak about An Update On the Evidence Basis of Cannabinoid Medicine for Pain Management. 


Professor Charles N. Serhan, PhD, D.Sc., is the Simon Gelman Professor of Anaesthesia (Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology) at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is Director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Charles received a BS in biochemistry from Stony Brook University followed by a Doctorate in experimental pathology and medical sciences from New York University School of Medicine. He was a visiting scientist and post-doctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm with Professor Bengt Samuelsson ( Nobel Laureate Medicine -Physiology 82). In 1987, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and received an honorary degree from Harvard University (1996). He has received several awards including an NIH MERIT award (2000) and has delivered > 50 keynote and plenary lectures. Among these, 2008 William Harvey Outstanding Scientist Medal and AAAS Fellow in 2011. In 2010, he received the Society for Leukocyte Biology Bonazinga Award for outstanding research on leukocytes, The American College of Rheumatology Hench (Nobel Laureate) Award Lecture in 2011, and Mérieux 2013 Laureate. In 2016, he received the IUBMB Lecture Metal and the Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine. This year he received the International Eicosanoid Research Foundation’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP) 2018 Rous Whipple Award. 

Dr. Serhan will speak during the non-CME supported program about the New Frontier in Inflammation Control: The Role of Resolvins.


Vanila M. Singh, M.D., MACM, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Chief Medical Officer serves as the primary medical advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health includes 11 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General, 12 advisory committees, and 10 regional offices. Dr. Singh’s portfolio includes issues related to pain medicine, including opioid use and misuse; medical ethics; and public health. For the past 13 years, Dr. Singh has been a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine, she specializes in treating patients with complex chronic pain issues. Her practice focuses on regional anesthesia with a specialty in advanced ultrasound- guided procedures for pain management and anesthesia medicine. Dr. Singh has also been active in national medical organizations, serving as the Vice Chair of the National Physicians Council on Health Policy; an editorial board member of the Pain Physician Journal for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; and a member of the California Medical Association’s (CMA) House of Delegates. She also served on the CMA’s Council on Ethical, Legal and Judicial Affairs, and more recently, as a member of its Subcommittee on Health Information Technology. Dr. Singh was an invited faculty speaker and member of the Scientific Planning Committee for the 2017 national meeting of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia. She is involved in the Santa Clara County Medical Association as Vice President of Professional Conduct.

Dr. Singh reports that she has nothing to disclose.

 Dr. Singh will speak during the Town Hall: Tackling the Three-headed Monster: Chronic Pain, Opioid Use and Mental Health.


Bob Twillman, PhD, is the executive director for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. In that capacity, Dr. Twillman is responsible for overseeing federal and state pain policy developments and advocating for those supporting an integrative approach to managing pain. He also serves as chair of the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee for the Kansas Board of Pharmacy.  Dr. Twillman received his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles, and maintains a volunteer faculty appointment as clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Twillman was a full-time faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he founded and directed the inpatient pain management program and was a co-founder of the hospital’s Palliative Care Team.  He has been actively involved in pain policy through his work with the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and the American Pain Society for many years.

Dr. Twillman reports that he is a consultant for Millennium Health.

Dr. Twillman will speak about The Three-headed Monster: Chronic Pain, Opioid Use and Mental Health.


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