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Anesthesiology, Pain Management & Palliative Care


Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
City of Hope National Medical Center


The New Guidelines on Opioid Therapy from the CDC and FDA: What Do They Mean For Your Practice?
Update on Cancer Pain: Clinical Topics and Future Directions
Opioid Alternatives
WHO Stepladder Pain Treatment

Biography: Dr. Leitner is an assistant clinical professor of anesthesia and interventional pain in the Department of Anesthesiology. He earned his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in biology from Tufts University in Medford, MA. He went on to receive his medical doctorate from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He completed his residency in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he also pursued a fellowship in interventional pain management. Board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Leitner is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and Hungarian. He is an active member in numerous professional associations including the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, the California Society of Anesthesiologists, and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He has also written several articles and abstracts.
State: CA

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
The Ethics of Pain Treatment
Understanding Nerve Blocks
Pain Rehabilitation of the Injured Worker
Understanding Neuropathic Pain
Complications and Negligence in Pain Management

Biography: 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.
Testimonials: Dr. Richeimer was fantastic and we want him back! – Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
State: 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

Testimonials: Absolutely wonderful! – The Guthrie ClinicDr. Very good speaker. – Holy Spirit Hospital
State: ny

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

State: VA

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Palliative Care and Supportive Card Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center


Symptom Management in Palliative Care
End of Life Care
Improving Communication with Palliative Care Team
Building Palliative Care Programs that Work
Pediatric Palliative Care
Cultural Perspectives at the End of Life

Biography: Dr. Banerjee earned her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Connecticut in Stamford. After receiving her Master’s in Public Administration from NYU, she worked at Woodhull Medical Center as an assistant director in the Office of Compliance & Privacy Operations before joining Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., as the director of Marketing & Community Relations. In 2007, Dr. Banerjee went on to pursue a medical doctorate from Saba University School of Medicine in Netherlands Antilles, followed by an internship in the pediatric residency program at Albany Medical Center in New York. She continued her training with a residency in pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, where she also completed a fellowship in adult hospice and palliative medicine. Certified as an EPEC (Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care) trainer, Dr. Banerjee is fluent in Hindi, Marathi, and Bengali. She is affiliated with a number of professional societies including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American College of HealthCare Executives, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Banerjee is also an accomplished speaker and has been consistently invited to lecture locally and nationally.
State: CA

Medical Director, Informatics & Value-Based Supportive Care
Department of Supportive Care Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center


An Exploration of Ethics and Opportunities in End of Life Care and Aid in Dying

CURES and the Opioid Crisis_

The Opioid Crisis and How Doctors Can Help_

What Does Supportive Medicine (Palliative Care) Do?

Palliative Medicine Programs


Non-Pain Symptom Management

Communicating Bad News

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 Advanced 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?

Biography: 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.
Testimonials: 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
State: CA

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

State: IA

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

Biography: 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
Testimonials: 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.
State: CA

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Supportive Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center


Palliative Care

State: CA

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Supportive Care Medicine
Division Palliative Care Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center


Delirium- Recognition, Management, Impact on Length of Stay, Functioning and Cognitive Trajectory
Treatment of Psychiatric Comorbidities in Patients with Cancer
Anxiety and Depression in the Medically Ill Patient: Diagnosis and Management
Difficult Patient- Management of Behavioral Issues in Medically Ill
Depression, Anxiety, and Delirium at the End of Life

Biography: Dr. Jaroslava Salman, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. Dr. Salman earned her medical doctorate from the University of P.J. Safarik in Kosice, Slovakia. She completed her residency in general psychiatry through the University of California, Los Angeles San Fernando Valley’s (UCLA-SFV) psychiatry residency program where residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings, including the outpatient clinics at the Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center, the inpatient wards and psychiatric emergency room at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, multiple community clinics, and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital of UCLA. She furthered her training with a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center. Double-board certified in general psychiatry & neurology and psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Salman served as Chair of the Women’s Committee of the Southern California Psychiatric Society from 2009 to 2013. She is the recipient of various awards including UCLA-SFV Psychiatry Residency Program’s “Polished Diamond Award,” acknowledging her as the outstanding graduating resident. While on faculty at Keck School of Medicine/USC, she received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Psychiatry Residency Program in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
State: CA