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Anesthesiology, Pain Management & Palliative Care

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?


Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Pain Management


Medical Director, Pre-Anesthesia Assessment and Testing Clinic
Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Preoperative Evaluation and Surgical Risk


Bioethics Education

When Caring Hurts – Helping You Get the Support You Need   
Informed Consent – Legal Standards and New Visual Conversation Tools
Navigating Requests for Non-Beneficial (Futile) Treatments
Will Your Patient Be Compliant with the Treatment Plan at Home?
Advance Directives – New Tools and Approaches to Improve Their Use
Improving HCAHPS Scores with Empathetic Physician Communication
Managing Highly Emotional Conversations
Improving the Conversation About Putting the Patient on Hospice
4 Visual Conversation Tools to Help Patients “See” the Consequences of Their Decisions
Legal and Ethical Obligations to Those Who Lack Capacity
Roles and Responsibilities of Ethics Committee Members
Landmark Bioethics Legal Cases – Part 1 and Part 2
Ethics Consultation Process and Skills – Part 1 and Part 2
Implementing the Advance Directive, POLST and DNR
End of Life Options Act – An Overview of the New Medical Aid in Dying Law
Evaluating Danger, Risk and Safety When Creating a Good Care Plan
Bioethical Principles and Philosophical Approaches

Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, medical educator and hospice volunteer. Her award winning book, ÒThe Caregivers Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Cant,Ó guides families and healthcare professionals through the difficult process of making decisions for those who have lost capacity. She has lectured across the United States teaching healthcare professionals to have integrity, compassion and to improve end-of-life care through better communication. Patients, families and healthcare professionals rely on Vikis practical approach to dealing with challenging healthcare dilemmas.
Excellent interactive speaker who relates well with physicians – Providence Holy Cross Medical CenterViki Kind was absolutely wonderful! – The Guthrie ClinicViki Kind received one of the highest ever ratings for her lecture yesterday on “Advance Directives”. She received an overall rating of 99%! She was terrific. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants a superb lecture on Advance Directives. I just had to tell you now instead of waiting until you receive the summary evaluation with her thank you letter! – Torrance Memorial Medical Center Awesome!!! She is just an uplifting and great person! Hope we can have her back sometime. – Houston Northwest Medical Center ÒThanks Viki. I wanted to tell you that physicians came by my desk after the conference here and had comments like Òoutstanding speakerÓ Ð they also said ÒViki presents her information in a way that physicians can understand and relateÓ Ð one physician went into our Medical Directors office and told him all about how beneficial the conference was to him.ÓLynda – CME Coordinator