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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

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.
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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
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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 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

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.
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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.
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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
Cancer Survivorship

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

Palliative Care:

What Does Supportive Medicine (Palliative Care) Do?
Palliative Medicine Programs
Prognostication
Non-Pain Symptom Management
Communicating Bad NewsCare 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?

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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