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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
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

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

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


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.

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


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.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Palliative Care Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center

Palliative Care


Medical Director, Perioperative Services
Professor of Anesthesiology
Stanford University Medical Center

Anesthesia and Morbid Obesity
Anesthesia for Thoracic Surgery


Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Surgical Stress Response and Cancer Metastasis: The Potential Benefit of Perioperative Beta Blockade

2009 – present, Clinical Assistant Professor and Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia, City of Hope, Duarte, CA 2006 – 2009, Anesthesiology Residency, Department of Anesthesia, University of California, Irvine, CA 2005 – 2006, Surgical Internship, Department of Surgery, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA

Chief of Pain Medicine
Director of Research
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Director of the Pain Fellowship Program
Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs
Professor of Oncology
Department of Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology (Tenure Track)
University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Pain and Palliative Management