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Chronic Pain Management Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Pain Management, Chronic Pain Management, Pain Pump, Intrathecal Drug Delivery System, Intrathecal Pain Pump implantation, Intrathecal Pain Pump Trial, Spinal cord stimulator, Dorsal Column Stimulator, Percutaneous stimulator lead implantation, Stimulator implantation, revision, explantation revision

Certifications:

Diplomate - American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology – 2007
Diplomate - American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine – 2007

Licensure:

New Mexico Medical Board License, 2005 – Present

Employment History:

May 2014 - current

Associate Professor
Director UNM Pain Medicine Fellowship
UNMH Pain Clinic & Department of Anesthesiology
& Critical Care Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM

July 2013 - current

Associate Professor
Director Pain Medicine Fellowship
Director, UNM Pain Consultation & Treatment Center
UNMH Pain Clinic & Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM

July 2007 - June 2013

Assistant Professor/Clinical Faculty
UNMH Pain Clinic & Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM

March 1993 - June  1998

Registered Nurse/Case Manager
AIM Home Care, Los Angeles, California

February 1992 - March 1993

Licensed Vocational Nurse
AIM Home Care, Los Angeles, California

March 1991 - August 1991

Staff Nurse, Therapy Department
Moscow State Hospital No. 54, Moscow, Russia

Professional Recognition, honors, etc.

2012 Top Doc, Albuquerque The Magazine

Memberships:

American Society of Anesthesiologists
New Mexico Society of Anesthesiologists   
American Association in Pain Management in Ultrasound

APPOINTMENTS:

January 2011 - Current

Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine Telemedicine Clinic
Chronic Pain, Project ECHO
University of New Mexico Hospital

October 2009 - Current

Director UNM Pain Medicine Fellowship
UNMH Pain Clinic & Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

January 2010 - 2014

Medical Director, Interventional Pain Clinic
University of New Mexico Hospital

September 2005 - December 2007

Internal Review Committee, Resident-Member
Graduate Medical Education, UNM School of Medicine

Past & Present Administrative Activities:

2009 - Present; Director of Pain Medicine Fellowship, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
2011 - 2014; Director, Interventional Pain Medicine Division, UNM Pain Consultation & Treatment Center @ CNC, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2009 - 2011; Director, UNM Interventional Pain Clinic at OSIS, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2003 - 2005; Resident-Member Internal Review Committee, Graduate Medical Education, UNM School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Educational Activities:

Lectures:
2014, Perioperative Pain Management for Chronic Pain Patient, Grand Rounds, UNM Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
2014, Monitored Anesthesia Care, Sedation & General Anesthesia Stages, Resident Lecture, UNM Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
2014, 2013, 2012, Overview of Etiology and Diagnosis of Low Back Pain, ECHO Telemedicine Clinic Presentation, Albuquerque, NM
2014, 2013, 2012, Interventional Treatments for Elderly Patients, Presentation to UNM Geriatric Medicine Division Albuquerque, NM
2012, Overview of Interventional Pain Medicine Modalities for Primary Care Clinicians, Advances in Primary Care, Hilton, Albuquerque, NM
2012, Equianalgesic doses of opioids: Tables, Conversion Tables, and Other Dangers of Opioid Prescribing, ECHO Telemedicine Clinic Presentation, Albuquerque, NM
2012, Interventional Modalities for Palliative Care, ECHO Telemedicine Clinic Presentation, Albuquerque, NM
2011, Concise Review of Chronic Pain, Presentation to UNMH nurses, Albuquerque, NM
2011, Minimally Invasive Treatments for Vertebral Compression Fractures, NM Case Managers’ Society, Albuquerque, NM
2011, Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulators, Employee Occupational Health Services, UNMH, Albuquerque, NM
2011, Advanced Interventional Modalities for Pain: Implantable Intrathecal Pumps and Spinal Cord Stimulators, Telemedicine ECHO Clinic Presentation, UNMH, Albuquerque, NM
2011, Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar Spondylosis, and Other Causes of Low Back Pain, Telemedicine ECHO Clinic Presentation, UNMH, Albuquerque, NM
2010, Advanced Interventional Pain Treatments: Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (mild ®) & Percutaneous Posterior Spinal Stabilization (TruFuse ®), University of Washington Pain Fellowship Lecture, Seattle, WA
2009, Vertebral Compression Fractures: Diagnosis and Treatment, NM Physician Assistant Society Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM

Teaching/Education:

Fellowship Administration: Preparation of Program Information Form for UNM Pain Medicine Fellowship to attain ACGME accreditation - successfully completed in 2014.

Classroom, laboratory teaching, and tutoring (courses/blocks taught):
2012, Foundation of Clinical Practice, UNM School of Medicine, Phase I
2008, Pain Modulation - Anatomy and Plasticity, UNM School of Medicine, Phase I
2008, Treatment of Acute Pain, UNM School of Medicine, Phase I

Fellow Teaching and mentoring related to Pain Medicine:
2007 - 2009; I was responsible for daily teaching/supervision of the UNM Pain Fellows between July of 2007 and November of 2009:

Resident Teaching and Mentoring in the Pain Medicine Curriculum during the CA-2 year of residency:
2007 - Present; I was responsible for teaching/supervising every anesthesiology resident as the rotation director between 2007 and 2011.

Resident Teaching and Mentoring in anesthesia residency curriculum:
2012 - Chronic Pain Medicine; lecture for Anesthesiology Residents, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of New Mexico
2012 - Opioids, Pharmacology and Clinical Use; lecture for Anesthesiology Residents, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of New Mexico
2010 - Advanced Interventional Pain Treatments: Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression & Percutaneous Posterior Spinal Stabilization; lecture for the University of Washington Pain Fellowship, Seattle, WA
2008 - Financial Matters After Residency; lecture for Anesthesiology Residents, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University
of New Mexico
2005 - Functional MRI evidence for neuroplasticity of the cerebral cortex in patients with CRPS; Grand Rounds, Department of Anesthesiology,
UNMH

Curriculum Development or Educational administrative positions
2009 - Present; Pain Medicine Fellowship Subspecialty Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of
New Mexico; I am working on reestablishing the pain fellowship at the UNM.  The target date is July 2014.

Mentoring of Faculty in Education
Practice preparation for Anesthesiology Oral Boards, Name Redacted 2012
Practice preparation for Anesthesiology Oral Boards, Name Redacted 2012

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