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Anesthesiology, Pain Management & Palliative Care

Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry

Treating Cancer Pain
Spiritual and Psychological Issues in Pain
Opioid Use
Pain Pharmacology
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Legal and Regulatory Issues in Pain Treatment
Assessing Pain
Pain Management & Treatment
Fibromyalgia
The Ethics of Pain Treatment
Understanding Nerve Blocks
Pain Rehabilitation of the Injured Worker
Understanding Neuropathic Pain
Complications and Negligence in Pain Management

Steven Richeimer, MD is the Chief of the USC Division of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry.. He is Board Certified in the fields of anesthesiology and psychiatry, and in the sub- specialty of pain medicine.Dr. Richeimer is a member of the American Pain Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Medical Association. He is on the editorial boards of the journal Pain Medicine, Practical Pain Management, and SpineUniverse.com. He is also a member of the board of For Grace.Dr. Richeimer has published over fifty papers and chapters. He recently authored the book, Confronting Chronic Pain, by Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Richeimer is dedicated to providing care and education that emphasizes comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care.
Dr. Richeimer was fantastic and we want him back! – Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
CA

Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Management of the Patient with a Full Stomach Scheduled for Surgery
Airway Management
Sevoflurane Anesthesia
Difficult Airway

He was very good! – Ventura County Medical Center
CA

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Early Interventional Pain Therapy vs Oral Pharmacologic Care
Acute Perioperative Pain Management
Cancer Pain Management
Interventional Pain Management (Epidural Steroid Injection, Radiofrequency Ablation, Intrathecal Pump)
Medical Management of Chronic Pain
Chronic Opioid Therapy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Absolutely wonderful! – The Guthrie ClinicDr. Very good speaker. – Holy Spirit Hospital
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Managing Director
Pain & Spine Center of Charlottesville
Past Clinical Adjunct Professor, Lincoln Memorial University / Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

A Pain free and Healthy Workplace
Pain Management
Pain Policy and Advocacy
New Approaches to Pain Management
Medications and Interventional Modalities
Narcotics: Risks and Benefits
Addiction to Prescription Medications
Narcotics Abuse and Misuse: An Impending National Disaster
Work Place Recreational Drug Use and Monitoring
Workman’s Compensation Issues with Chronic Pain and Disability
CME in Pain Medicine for Clinical Providers
A Pain free and Healthy Workplace

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Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Interventional Pain Management Specialist
City of Hope National Medical Center

How to Improve Bedside Manner
Cancer Pain
Myofascial Pain
Chronic Back Pain
An Overview of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Its Management
Pain Management and Psychiatry: Who Treats What?
Improving Acute Pain Scores and Patient Satisfaction

Christine Chang, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor with fellowship training in interventional pain management in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Chang was a National Merit Scholar, who received her undergraduate degree in molecular cell biology and history at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her medical doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She then completed a psychiatry residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as well as training as a clinical acupuncturist at State University of New York. She is a licensed clinical acupuncturist. Of interest, Dr. Chang then went on to complete a fellowship in interventional pain management at the Keck School of Medicine, USC. Dr. Chang is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. She has published several peer reviewed manuscripts and chapters, with additional papers in progress. She is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Dr. Chang brings important skills to City of Hope, including the ability to evaluate, understand and treat the full spectrum of pain, from emotional aspects to interventional relief.
CA

Assistant Residency Program Director
Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Associate Clinical Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Chronic Pelvic Pain
Fibroids
Business of Medicine
Practice Sustainability
Medical Education
Harnessing Social Media…Simple Steps
Can Grit Improve Physician Achievement, Performance and Professional Satisfaction?

CA

Arthur M. Coppola Family Chair in Supportive Care Medicine
Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
Clinical Professor, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center

If I Had a Magic Wand: Stories of How Hospice and Palliative Medicine Can Make Wishes Come True
Spiritual Stories from the Trenches: How They Change Us for the Better
Palliative Care: What is it and How Can We Help
Preserving the Dignity of Our Loved Ones and Ourselves: Ten Things You Must Know about Palliative and Hospice Care
Talking About the Elephant in the Room: How We Deliver Bad News
The Role of Palliative Care Across the Trajectory of Cancer Care: The Vision of Collaboration
Whats Blood Got to Do with ItÓ: Exploring Barriers to Hospice Engagement
Preparing for the Marathon: Piloting a Self-Care and Resilience Workshop for Oncology Fellows
Bricks: Reflections on Grief
To Grieve Like Everyone Else: A New Oncology Self-Care Curriculum in Collaboration with the Palliative Care Service
To Grieve Like Everyone Else: Interactive Workshop
Writing for Change: Public Medical Writing Longitudinal Curriculum for Medical Students
Hospice 101
Hospice Myths
Hospice Emergencies that Don’t Need to Be

Dawn Gross, M.D., Ph.D., is the Arthur M. Coppola Family Chair for the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. She is a renowned leader and researcher in hospice and palliative care medicine, and has a strong commitment to improving care of patients with life-altering illness. Dr. Gross joins us from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she served as an attending physician in the Department of Hospital Medicine, Palliative Care Service. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, and her M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology from Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences in Boston, MA. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in hematology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford University. She then joined the faculty at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, the nations largest provider of end-of-life care, before joining the ranks at UCSF. While at VITAS, she was chosen Physician of the Year for four consecutive years. Dr. Gross is triple board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine, hematology and internal medicine. Dr. Gross has been responsible for the development of innovative educational programs for medical students, residents, fellows and faculty at UCSF. She is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching, mentoring, and research, including most recently a leadership mentorship grant from the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has authored numerous papers including one in Science that later was highlighted as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of that year (1998). She is a member in good standing with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), where she is currently chair-elect for its Cancer special interest group (SIG).
CA

Medical Director, Integrated Life Care Planning
Department of Supportive Care Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center

Care Coordination/Systems:

  • The Patient and Family Meeting Program: Effective Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Teams (complimentary resources shared)
  • How Can Palliative Care Assist with Transitions?
  • Surgery and Supportive Care: The Cystectomy Care Coordination Model
  • Making the EMR Work for Us: A Supportive Care Perspective

End of Life Care:

  • Transition to Hospice: Aligning Patient Preferences with Care Delivery
  • Not Ready Yet: How Do We Care for Patients Who Don’t Want Hospice?
  • High-Quality Care for the Actively Dying Patient and their Family: The CARES Program (complimentary resources shared)
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide (Aid in Dying/Death with Dignity)

Life Care Planning:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Advance Directives & POLST Forms
  • Can I Afford not to Discuss Advance Directives?
  • Scalable Advance Care Planning Programs
  • Moving Beyond Advance Directives: Enhanced Patient-Provider Partnerships

Pain Management:

  • Overview of Pain Management
  • Inpatient Pain Management
  • Understanding Opioids
  • Opioid Guidelines and Monitoring
  • Non-Opioid Pain Management: What else can I do?

Palliative Care:

  • What Does Supportive Medicine (Palliative Care) Do?
  • Palliative Medicine Programs
  • Prognostication
  • Non-Pain Symptom Management
  • Communicating Bad News
Finly Zachariah, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Palliative Medicine in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. He completed his fellowship at Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles Medical Center in hospice and palliative medicine while concurrently on staff with the Intercommunity Emergency Medical Group specializing in urgent care. Dr. Zachariah received his undergraduate degree in cell, molecular and developmental biology from the University of California, Riverside, and earned his medical doctorate from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School in Chicago, IL. He went on to complete a residency in family/tropical medicine at the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital.Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Zachariah is a member in good standing with several professional organizations including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has volunteered much of his time assisting those less fortunate, living abroad. He has spent time lecturing and caring for patients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he also met with national advisors on enhancing palliative medicine efforts in the country. Trained in both family medicine and palliative care, Dr. Zachariah will be able to help both pediatric and adult patients with their supportive care needs, including pain control, while also helping patients, families and our physicians with issues surrounding hospice and end-of-life care.
He was awesome as usual! Dr. Zachariah was an outstanding speaker.  The attendees really liked him—very engaging!  – Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center My doctors rated him very good to excellent – Citrus Valley Medical Center
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Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Pain
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
University of Iowa Carver School of Medicineyes

Pain Management
Neuromodulation in Pain Management
Painful Neuropathies
Headache Management
Peripheral Neuro-Injury: Interventional Pain Management Strategies
Multi-Modality Pain Management
Interventional Pain Management in Chronic Low Back Pain

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Visiting Faculty Scholar, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director, Compassionate Journey:
An End-of-Life Education and Consulting Service
Nurse Week 2004/2005 Nurse of the Year
Nursing Excellence Award for Innovative and Creative Care of Dying Patients and Grieving Families

Elder Abuse: Including How Attorneys Pursue Medical Abuse
Suicide in the Elderly: Causes, Conditions & Prevention
California End of Life Option Act Update
Ethical Communication: What Is It & How Do I Practice It?
Communication Best Practices between Physicians & Nurses
Advance Directives, Code Status & Prognosis: Difficult Conversations
Language of the Heart: Empowering the Dying & the Grieving
Family Conferences: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
How to Improve Bedside Manner
Arresting Pain without Getting Arrested
When Your Patient is a Substance Abuser
The Hidden Epidemic: Substance Abuse in the Elderly
Palliative Care: What Every Physician Needs to Know
Cutting Edge Spiritual Tools for Physicians & Nurses
Making End-of-Life Care Amazing: New Tools & a Return to Basics
Addressing Grief & Loss Meaningfully
Preventing Compassion Fatigue & Burnout
When Children Die

Jay Westbrook is a multiple award-winning clinician, 2005 Visiting Faculty Scholar at Harvard Medical Schools Palliative Care Department, and a specialist in End-of-Life care & education.Westbrook has an MS in Gerontology, is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, a Registered Nurse, and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. He is nationally recognized as an expert on the constellation of issues surrounding End-of-Life, and both lectures & consults nationally. Westbrook is an informative, entertaining, and inspiring speaker who presents powerfully on the transformative aspects of suffering and on using suffering to awaken compassion.Organizations for which he has served as a consultant or educator include, but are not limited to:Alzheimers Association American College of PhysiciansCalifornia Department of Corrections California Hospice FoundationCity of Hope National Cancer Center Connecticut Childrens Medical CenterHenry Ford Medical Center – Detroit, MI LAMP Mental Health Outreach ProgramLos Angeles County/USC Medical Center Multiple Los Angeles Schools of Nursing Penn State University School of Medicine St. Joseph Medical Center – BurbankSt. Jude Medical Center University of Kentucky School of Public HealthU.S. Department of Defense U.S.A.F. Keesler AFB Medical CenterUSC Keck School of Medicine Veterans Administration Medical Centers
Best talk ever. I give him an excellent plus plus. We want him back. – Citrus Valley Medical Center Relates dramatically and effectively with audience- Providence Holy Cross Medical CenterAmazing job.Ó – S. Block, M.D.Loved him and it was powerful and effective. Would highly recommend for any audience. – Rancho Los Amigos Thank you so much for arranging to have Jay Westbrook. Because of the topic alone, we had 50 people show up & there was standing room only. He was excellent! – Kaiser PermanenteI just wanted to say Ôthank you for speaking at our Med/Surg Symposium. As always, the comments on your presentation were great Ð Òupbeat and enjoyable speakerÓ, Òvery entertaining and informativeat the same timeÓ, Òvery knowledgeableÓ, Ònot boringÓ, Òsuch a wonderful presentationÓ, Òhumor helped to make the topic more understandableÓ, ÒawesomeÓ, Òenergetic and creative in delivering the topicÓ, and Òbest speakerof the dayÓ.
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