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Anesthesiology, Pain Management & Palliative Care

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

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
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

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.

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

End of Life Care for the PCP
Palliative Care Update
Hospice Care

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.

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


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).

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

Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Pain Management


Pain & Palliative Care Specialist
Palliative Care Strategies

Abuse-Deterrence Technology for Opioids: Practical Tips for Use
Opioids: Minimizing Risks, Maximizing Safety with Opioid Prescribing
What’s New in Pain Management: Update of New Products, Delivery Systems and Guidelines for Care
End-of-Life Care: Blending Compassion with Pharmacology – Managing Pain and Other Symptoms
Let’s Quit Talking About Pain and Do Something: Practical Pain Management Tips for Busy Practitioners
Neuropathic Pain – Newer Treatment Options
New Trends in the Pharmacological Management of Acute and Chronic Pain
Advanced Pain Management: What to Do When All Else Fails
No Longer a Choice: Ethical Issues and Pain / Symptom Management
Pick an Opioid, Any Opioid? Reasons to Think Through the Decision Process
Opioids – Guidelines to Successful Treatment
Dealing with Difficult Pain Conditions and Challenging Patients
Managing Key Side Effects of Opioid Therapy
Understanding CDC Guidelines for Pain- Practical Tips for Busy Providers

Gregory L. Holmquist, PharmD, CPE, is the director and owner of Palliative Care Strategies, in Seattle, WA. He also provides direct patient care and consultative services for the chronic non-cancer pain and hospice teams at a large managed care organization in Washington. Dr. Holmquist has made numerous presentations about pain management, symptom control and palliative care throughout the United States, and he has been involved in a number of clinical trials and other research studies.Dr. Holmquist received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a board certified Oncology Pharmacist, an American Medical Association Certified Educator for Physicians on End-of-Life Care, and an American Society of Pain Educators Certified Pain Educator (C.P.E.). As a clinician and educator, Dr. Holmquists philosophy of care is summarized in one core statement, ÒMaking a difference in the lives of patientsÓ.
Very good speaker! – Heat to Heart Hospice “Greg did a great job today and received positive feedback from the attendees ” – Valley View Hospital “Gregory Holmquist brings to his educational offerings more than just words and pictures on slides. He brings years of real life clinical experience, a vast amount of research and scholarship, and a wonderful sense of humor to make it all the more enjoyable. Dr. Holmquist is a gifted pain educator” B. Elliot Cole, MD, MPA Executive Director American Society of Pain Educators “You are a dynamic educator. You gave a clear, comprehensive presentation on standard and innovative strategies to palliate uncontrolled pain…You enthusiastically and thoroughly covered the spectrum of pain problems and treatments! Your hands-on experience with a variety of situations gives your information a reality and practicality that attendees appreciate. Your talks attracted record turn-outs!” Bonnie Eckert, RN, BSN, CME Coordinator Patrick J Burns, DO, CME Director Kalispell Regional Medical Center “Just as promised, you did make a difference in the lives of our members attending the National Neuropathy Conference. Your delightful manner, candor, willingness to give everyone a chance to participate added up to a very much appreciated program. Remember the crowd waiting in line after your presentation for an opportunity to speak to you? You couldn’t miss it!” Al Porte, President Minnesota Neuropathy Association