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Addiction Medicine


Family Nurse Practitioner
Comprehensive Primary Care


Are You Smarter than a Drug Seeker?
Pain Management
Palliative Care / Hospice
Legislative Issues and the Nurse Practitioner

Biography: Brett Badgley Snodgrass is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner, national speaker and award winning health care blogger, whos known as The NP Mom. She is passionate about health education, whether its 1 on 1 with a patient or student, in a lecture hall or conference, or online as The NP Mom. Her warm and engaging personality puts everyone at ease as they learn more about health.Active in Social Media, Brett is an award winning health care blogger, as The NP Mom offering Òanswers to questions, patients often forget to askÓ with titles ranging from ÒTo Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Ð That is The Question, to ÒA Day In The Life Of A Nurse PractitionerÓ, to ÒIm So Tired Ð Treating Fatigue NaturallyÓ. She amplifies her reach through Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress with more than 5,000 readers each month.Brett has received numerous awards, and serves on several pharmaceutical and medical advisory boards. She earned both a masters and BS degree from the University of Memphis. She is a Clinical Expert and Guest Lecturer for CO*RE REMS LA/ER Chronic Opioid Safe Prescribing, the spokeswoman for ÒKnow Your DoseÓ Acetaminophen Awareness, and American Association of Nurse Practitioner national conference speaker, just to name a few.Brett lives in Olive Branch, MS with her husband and two teenage daughters.
State: TN

Professor of Psychiatry
California University of Sciences and Medicine in San Bernardino


Opioid Addiction
Diagnosis and Assessment of Prescription Opioid Use Disorders in Chronic Pain Populations
The Evaluation of Medical Inpatients Who Are Admitted for Long-term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain
An overview of Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorders and Chronic Pain
Augmentation therapy with serial intravenous ketamine for treatment-resistant depression
Evidence-Based Treatment Options for Patients with Heroin Use Disorders
Opioids and Sleep Disordered Breathing in Chronic Pain Populations and Methadone Maintained Populations
Tramadol: Understanding the Risk of Serotonin Syndrome and Seizures
Integrating Addiction Treatment into Primary Care
Cocaine, Cannabis, Stimulants, Tobacco, Psychedelics Addiction

State: CA

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Supportive Care Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center


Methadone: Safe and Effective Use for Pain Management
Aberrant Behaviors towards Opioids
Physician-Assisted Suicide: The California Experience
End of Life Care
Pain Management & Palliative Sedation at the End of Life
Urine Drug Screening in Clinical Practice
Delivering Bad News
Symptom Management in Palliative Care
Pain Management in Palliative Care
End of Life Issues
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Palliative Sedation
The 4th A in Pain Management
Tools and Scales in Palliative Care
Evidence-Based Treatment of Pediatric Insomnia
Safe Opioid Prescribing
Chemical Coping in Cancer Patients
Innovative and Practical Approaches to the Management of Cancer Pain
Palliative Care in the Treatment of Lung Cancer
Pain Management
Understanding and Treating Pain
QT Interval Prolongation. Should we care? Should we not?
Case presentations
Helping the “Impossible” Patient: Compassionate Responses & Realistic Expectations
Social Pain and Chemical Coping
The Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope
CURES- Part of Safe Opioid Prescribing
Distress in Lung Cancer Population
Improving Quality of Life for Lung Cancer Patients with Palliative Care
Care for Self to Care for Others: Managing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue to Maximize Well-Being
Aberrant Behaviors in Patients on Opioids
Aromatase Inhibitors Arthralgia
Transitioning Care: From Intensive to Palliative
Life During and After Chemotherapy
End of Life Option Act: Where are We Today?
Cancer; What to Reveal to the Patient
Supportive Care Medicine
Guidelines for Palliative Care in Oncology
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Transmucosal Immediate Release Fentanyl


Biography: Dr. Sorin Buga is Associate Clinical Professor, Palliative Care in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. He joined City of Hope in 2013 from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, where he was an assistant member in the Psychosocial and Palliative Care Department. Concurrently, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Oncologic Services at the University of South Floridas College of Medicine. Dr. Buga earned his medical degree from the Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie in Timisoara, Romania. He completed an internship and subsequent residency in internal medicine at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he served as the Chief Medical Resident. He went on to further his training as the Chief Resident, and then completed a fellowship in cancer pain and palliative care at the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. He is board certified in internal medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. At Moffitt Cancer Center he served as a member of the Adult Cancer Pain of the NCCN. He is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. He has published in the peer reviewed literature and has been invited to speak at several scientific meetings. He is fluent in Romanian, and is known as a highly competent, kind and hard working clinician and colleague. Dr. Buga is available by referral to help patients address issues of pain or other supportive care needs.
State: CA