The ASAM Pain and Addiction: Common Threads XVII 2016 (8 CME)

In the 17th year of The ASAM Pain and Addiction Common Threads Course, experts in the field will examine evidence-based methods of treating complex patients. The course reviews how to treat pain patients who are at risk for addiction and addiction patients with real pain problems. Course attendees will leave the course with new knowledge and a set of skills that can be immediately applied to their clinical practice.

  • Evaluation and Certificate - 2016 Pain and Addiction

    Contains 3 Component(s), Medical Credits Offered

    CME Evaluation for the The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course XVII – Pre-Conference Course

    CME Evaluation for the The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course XVII – Patient-Centered Approaches for Real World Problems – Pre-Conference Course


  • Case 1: Kayla (2.25 CME)

    Contains 8 Component(s), Medical Credits Offered

    Earn 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits while reviewing a case study about "Kayla", a patient with complex pain and addiction, from this session recording at the ASAM Pain and Addiction: Common Threads XVII, 2016 Conference. The session features an overview and 4 lecturettes.

    This session features an overview and 4 lecturettes on Kayla, a complex pain and addiction patient.

    R. Corey Waller

    MD, MS, DFASAM

    R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM, is an addiction, pain and emergency medicine specialist. Dr. Waller earned his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's degree in neuromolecular biology at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He earned his medical degree at University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is board certified and fellowship trained in addiction medicine.

    Howard Wetsman

    MD, DFASAM

    Howard C. Wetsman, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and a founder of Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the treatment of addiction within Townsend's several outpatient clinics and inpatient treatment facility. Dr Wetsman is board certified in Psychiatry and ABAM certified in Addiction Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor at Louisiana State University Medical School, a member of the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition and a member of the Louisiana Governor's Drug Policy Board. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the ASAM and the AMA. He is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and was recently elected to the Board as regional director of Region VII. He is the author of two books, Questions and Answers on Addiction, and, Healing Stories. Dr. Wetsman maintains a frequent blog at addictiondoctor.org that covers a wide range of issues related to the disease of addiction and is active on twitter @addictiondocMD.

    Ilene Robeck

    MD, FASAM

    Ilene Robeck is an internist/addictionologist with a special interest in chronic pain treatment in primary care as well as the approach to the patient with chronic pain with comorbid substance abuse, mental health concerns and/or complex medical problems. She is currently the Director of Virtual Pain Care at the Richmond VA Medical Center. She is also Co-Chair of the National Primary Care Pain champions Initiative and President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. From 2010 until 2013 she was at the Bay Pines VA Health Care System and started the econsult pain program there. She was on the staff of the Tampa VA from 2007 until 2010. At the Tampa VA she started and was section chief for the Ambulatory Care Pain Clinic, a pain clinic embedded in primary care for high risk chronic pain patients, and the Post Deployment Clinic, a primary care clinic for veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. She also taught at the University of South Florida VA Internal Medicine outpatient clinic. She had a private practice from 1985 until 2007 where she saw patients in a primary care setting as well as in consultation in the field of pain management and addiction medicine. She taught students and house staff from Georgetown University Medical School, George Washington Medical School and Medical College of Virginia during that period of time. From 1981 to 1991 she was medical director, then director of education, at Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services in Fairfax, VA.

    Michele Virva

    LMSW

    Michele (Shelly) Virva is a licensed master's level social worker, currently working with Dr. Corey Waller at the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, a specialty clinic for high frequency ED utilizers and pregnant women on controlled substances. Shelly has earned her Bachelors of Arts in political science and a Masters of Social Work from Western Michigan University. She has extensive experience in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders, pregnancy and substance use disorders, crisis intervention, integrated care, and treatment of complex care patients. She has a strong interest in evidenced based treatment, research and system development. Currently, she is working with a private philanthropy in Ca. developing integrated care clinics for high opioid users. Prior to this she was part of a team working on integrating behavioral health into a multisite primary care group. She has worked with a large regional health plan in Michigan to incorporate medication assisted treatment into their benefit structure, and has co-authored the Michigan Medication Assistance Treatment Program Guidelines with Dr. Corey Waller.

  • Case 2: David (2 CME)

    Contains 8 Component(s), Medical Credits Offered

    Earn 2.25 CME while reviewing a case study about "David", a patient with complex pain and addiction, from this session recording at the ASAM Pain and Addiction: Common Threads XVII, 2016 Conference. The session features an overview and 4 lecturettes.

    This session features an overview and 4 lecturettes on David, a complex pain and addiction patient.

    Howard Wetsman

    MD, DFASAM

    Howard C. Wetsman, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and a founder of Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the treatment of addiction within Townsend's several outpatient clinics and inpatient treatment facility. Dr Wetsman is board certified in Psychiatry and ABAM certified in Addiction Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor at Louisiana State University Medical School, a member of the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition and a member of the Louisiana Governor's Drug Policy Board. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the ASAM and the AMA. He is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and was recently elected to the Board as regional director of Region VII. He is the author of two books, Questions and Answers on Addiction, and, Healing Stories. Dr. Wetsman maintains a frequent blog at addictiondoctor.org that covers a wide range of issues related to the disease of addiction and is active on twitter @addictiondocMD.

    Melvin I. Pohl

    MD, DFASAM

    Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRCs Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2009); Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Elses Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too (Central Recovery Press, 2010). Dr. Pohl is the author of A Day without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2008), which won a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Award in May 2009. His new book writtten with Kathy Ketcham The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering From Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers - and Reclaim Your Life (DeCapo) will be out May 2015 . Las Vegas Recovery Center- Salary- Medical Director

    H. Westley Clark

    MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM

    Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leads the agency's national effort to provide effective and accessible treatment to all Americans with addictive disorders. Dr. Clark was the former chief of the Associated Substance Abuse Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC) in San Francisco, California and a former associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to his duties at the DVAMC, Dr. Clark served as a senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson, Substance Abuse Policy Program, a co-investigator on a number of the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research grants in conjunction with UCSF.

    Dr. Clark is a noted author and educator in substance abuse treatment, anger and pain management, psychopharmacology, and medical and legal issues. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field of substance abuse treatment, including a 2008 President of the United States Rank of Distinguished Executive Award in recognition of his personal commitment to excellence in government and public service; and a 2003 President of the United States of America Rank of Meritorious Executive Award in the Senior Executive Service for his sustained superior accomplishments in management of programs of the United States Government and for noteworthy achievement of quality and efficiency in the public service, 2003. In addition, he was awarded the 2008 John P. McGovern Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine for his contributions toward increased understanding of the relationship between addiction and society.

    Other awards include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service far exceeding Departmental standards of achievement by exhibiting outstanding teamwork and timeliness on the complex task of completing the Methadone Final Rule which required coordination among several Federal agencies, 2001; Vernelle Fox Award from the California Society of Addiction Medicine for excellence in Addiction Medicine, Education and Public Service, 2000.

    Dr. Clark received a B.A. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; he holds a Medical Degree and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; where he completed a Psychiatric Residency at University Hospital, Neuropsychiatric Institute. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University Law School and completed a two-year Substance Abuse Fellowship at the DVAMC-SF. Dr. Clark received his board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and sub-specialty certification in Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Clark is licensed to practice medicine in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Michigan. He is also a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar Association.

    William Jacobs

    MD

    William S. Jacobs, M.D, Associate Professor, Medical College of Georgia. is a national clinical expert, triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine physician. A Magna Cum Laude University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Jacobs did his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He had a 13 year career as a private practitioner in anesthesiology and pain management before matriculating to UF for his Addiction Medicine Fellowship.

    Dr. Jacobs has been a national expert, testifying on Capitol Hill on MDMA and prescription misuse and abuse. He was a medical and scientific Consultant to the US Senate as well as the Department of Labor. Dr Jacobs has also testified and consulted for the DEA on safe prescribing of narcotic drugs and the model of ideal treatment programs. Dr. Jacobs has been the Medical Director of non-profit, profit, and academic chemical dependency and dual diagnosis programs. After his promotion to Associate Professor, he left academia and started NexStep Integrated Pain Care Inc., a model outpatient program for the treatment of patients with both chronic pain and addiction disorders. He returned to the University of Florida full time as Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine: Co-Chief of Pain Medicine in 2012.

    Dr. Jacobs is the author of peer reviewed scientific papers, abstracts, textbook chapters including the ASAM and APA definitive substance use volumes, and practice guidelines including highly cited studies on mitigating opioid abuse in chronic pain treatment, physician recovery, naltrexone, urine drug testing, and body mass index and alcohol use.

    Dr Jacobs has returned home to Georgia to become the first Chief of Addiction Medicine at The Medical College of Georgia He is also Medical Director of The Bluff Plantation as well as Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Detox & Recovery.

  • Case 3: Dan (2 CME)

    Contains 6 Component(s), Medical Credits Offered

    Earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 credits while reviewing a case study about "Dan", a patient with complex pain and addiction, from this session recording at the ASAM Pain and Addiction: Common Threads XVII, 2016 Conference. The session features an overview and 4 lecturettes.

    This session features an overview and 4 lecturettes on Dan, a complex pain and addiction patient.

    Herbert L. Malinoff

    MD, FACP, DFASAM

    I am the president and founder of Pain Recovery Solutions and began this private practice in 1999. I am certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Addiction Medicine, and Medical Oncology. I specializes in treating patients with chronic pain syndromes, addiction, and in detoxification as well as internal medicine needs. I have the understanding of the relationship between medical problems, pain, and addiction led to the establishment of a practice that provide services to patients that address multiple related problems using an integrated, comprehensive approach. I received my Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. I trained in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and completed fellowships in Hematology/Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Michigan. I have an associate degree in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality Review. I present lectures internationally on Chronic Pain and Addiction and am an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine where I am co-chairman of the Pain and Addiction-Common Threads Course. I am a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. I am the immediate past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and on the faculty of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Michigan Medical Center. No Disclosures

    Mark A. Weiner

    MD, DFASAM

    Dr. Weiner received his undergraduate degree (B.S. Psychology) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Campus in Chicago, Illinois. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Weiner has worked at Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan practicing full time Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is the Section Head of Addiction Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor. He has participated in planning the ASAM preconfernece, Common Threads: Pain and Addiction, since 2011 and is the current vice chair. He also is a member of the ASAM Annual Meeting planning committee since 2014 and is an editor on the up-and-coming ASAM Pain and Addiction Handbook.

    Lynn Webster

    MD, FACPM, FASAM

    Dr. Lynn Webster has dedicated more than three decades to becoming an expert in the field of pain management. He is the vice president of Scientific Affairs of PRA Health Sciences and past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. A leading voice in trying to help physicians safely treat pain patients, Dr. Webster actively works within the industry to develop safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and addiction. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, as well as addiction medicine. Dr. Webster lectures extensively on the subject of preventing opioid abuse and criminal diversion in chronic pain patients and has authored more than 300 scientific abstracts, manuscripts, journal articles and a book entitled Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners, many of which are the basis for training physicians who are studying pain.

    Dr. Webster has played an instrumental role in his industry as a strong advocate for safe and effective pain resolution methods. The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), which he developed, is currently used and is the standard in multiple countries and thousands of clinics worldwide. He currently spends his time developing safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and campaigning for safer use of medications.

    He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and later completed his residency at the University of Utah Medical Center's Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Webster has been quoted by multiple media sources, including in the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has given over 250 presentations across the United States and internationally. He is the author of The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us (Webster Media LLC) and producer of a documentary of the same name.

    Stephen F. Grinstead

    LFMT, ACRPS, CADC-II

    Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS, CADC-II, owner Grinstead Treatment & Training Services. Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He was on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track.

    Dr. Grinstead is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. He is an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System (please visit www.freedomfromsufferingnow.com for more information). He has been working with pain management, chemical addictive disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984. He is also the Clinical Director of Training and Consultation for the Gorski-CENAPS ® Corporation.

    Since 1996 Dr. Grinstead has conducted Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; as well as Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling, seminars and certification trainings for over thirty thousand healthcare professionals therapists and counselors at more than 400 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada.

  • Looking Forward and Closing Remarks (1.75 CME)

    Contains 5 Component(s), Medical Credits Offered

    Earn 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits while learning an overview of the future of abuse deterrent formulations and the future of cannabinoids and pain. It also features extensive question and answer with the audience.

    This session features overviews of the future of abuse deterrent formulations and the future of cannabinoids and pain. It also features extensive question and answer with the audience.

    Lynn Webster

    MD, FACPM, FASAM

    Dr. Lynn Webster has dedicated more than three decades to becoming an expert in the field of pain management. He is the vice president of Scientific Affairs of PRA Health Sciences and past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. A leading voice in trying to help physicians safely treat pain patients, Dr. Webster actively works within the industry to develop safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and addiction. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, as well as addiction medicine. Dr. Webster lectures extensively on the subject of preventing opioid abuse and criminal diversion in chronic pain patients and has authored more than 300 scientific abstracts, manuscripts, journal articles and a book entitled Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners, many of which are the basis for training physicians who are studying pain.

    Dr. Webster has played an instrumental role in his industry as a strong advocate for safe and effective pain resolution methods. The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), which he developed, is currently used and is the standard in multiple countries and thousands of clinics worldwide. He currently spends his time developing safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and campaigning for safer use of medications.

    He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and later completed his residency at the University of Utah Medical Center's Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Webster has been quoted by multiple media sources, including in the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has given over 250 presentations across the United States and internationally. He is the author of The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us (Webster Media LLC) and producer of a documentary of the same name.

    R. Corey Waller

    MD, MS, DFASAM

    R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM, is an addiction, pain and emergency medicine specialist. Dr. Waller earned his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's degree in neuromolecular biology at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He earned his medical degree at University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is board certified and fellowship trained in addiction medicine.

    Mark A. Weiner

    MD, DFASAM

    Dr. Weiner received his undergraduate degree (B.S. Psychology) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Campus in Chicago, Illinois. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Weiner has worked at Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan practicing full time Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is the Section Head of Addiction Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor. He has participated in planning the ASAM preconfernece, Common Threads: Pain and Addiction, since 2011 and is the current vice chair. He also is a member of the ASAM Annual Meeting planning committee since 2014 and is an editor on the up-and-coming ASAM Pain and Addiction Handbook.

    Herbert L. Malinoff

    MD, FACP, DFASAM

    I am the president and founder of Pain Recovery Solutions and began this private practice in 1999. I am certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Addiction Medicine, and Medical Oncology. I specializes in treating patients with chronic pain syndromes, addiction, and in detoxification as well as internal medicine needs. I have the understanding of the relationship between medical problems, pain, and addiction led to the establishment of a practice that provide services to patients that address multiple related problems using an integrated, comprehensive approach. I received my Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. I trained in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and completed fellowships in Hematology/Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Michigan. I have an associate degree in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality Review. I present lectures internationally on Chronic Pain and Addiction and am an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine where I am co-chairman of the Pain and Addiction-Common Threads Course. I am a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. I am the immediate past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and on the faculty of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Michigan Medical Center. No Disclosures

    Mel Pohl

    MD, DFASAM

    Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRCs Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2009); Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Elses Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too (Central Recovery Press, 2010). Dr. Pohl is the author of A Day without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2008), which won a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Award in May 2009. His new book writtten with Kathy Ketcham is The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering From Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers - and Reclaim Your Life (DeCapo). Las Vegas Recovery Center- Salary- Medical Director

    William Jacobs

    MD

    William S. Jacobs, M.D, Associate Professor, Medical College of Georgia. is a national clinical expert, triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine physician. A Magna Cum Laude University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Jacobs did his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He had a 13 year career as a private practitioner in anesthesiology and pain management before matriculating to UF for his Addiction Medicine Fellowship.

    Dr. Jacobs has been a national expert, testifying on Capitol Hill on MDMA and prescription misuse and abuse. He was a medical and scientific Consultant to the US Senate as well as the Department of Labor. Dr Jacobs has also testified and consulted for the DEA on safe prescribing of narcotic drugs and the model of ideal treatment programs. Dr. Jacobs has been the Medical Director of non-profit, profit, and academic chemical dependency and dual diagnosis programs. After his promotion to Associate Professor, he left academia and started NexStep Integrated Pain Care Inc., a model outpatient program for the treatment of patients with both chronic pain and addiction disorders. He returned to the University of Florida full time as Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine: Co-Chief of Pain Medicine in 2012.

    Dr. Jacobs is the author of peer reviewed scientific papers, abstracts, textbook chapters including the ASAM and APA definitive substance use volumes, and practice guidelines including highly cited studies on mitigating opioid abuse in chronic pain treatment, physician recovery, naltrexone, urine drug testing, and body mass index and alcohol use.

    Dr Jacobs has returned home to Georgia to become the first Chief of Addiction Medicine at The Medical College of Georgia He is also Medical Director of The Bluff Plantation as well as Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Detox & Recovery.

    Ilene Robeck

    MD, FASAM

    Ilene Robeck is an internist/addictionologist with a special interest in chronic pain treatment in primary care as well as the approach to the patient with chronic pain with comorbid substance abuse, mental health concerns and/or complex medical problems. She is currently the Director of Virtual Pain Care at the Richmond VA Medical Center. She is also Co-Chair of the National Primary Care Pain champions Initiative and President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. From 2010 until 2013 she was at the Bay Pines VA Health Care System and started the econsult pain program there. She was on the staff of the Tampa VA from 2007 until 2010. At the Tampa VA she started and was section chief for the Ambulatory Care Pain Clinic, a pain clinic embedded in primary care for high risk chronic pain patients, and the Post Deployment Clinic, a primary care clinic for veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. She also taught at the University of South Florida VA Internal Medicine outpatient clinic. She had a private practice from 1985 until 2007 where she saw patients in a primary care setting as well as in consultation in the field of pain management and addiction medicine. She taught students and house staff from Georgetown University Medical School, George Washington Medical School and Medical College of Virginia during that period of time. From 1981 to 1991 she was medical director, then director of education, at Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services in Fairfax, VA.

    Howard Wetsman

    MD, DFASAM

    Howard C. Wetsman, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and a founder of Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the treatment of addiction within Townsend's several outpatient clinics and inpatient treatment facility. Dr Wetsman is board certified in Psychiatry and ABAM certified in Addiction Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor at Louisiana State University Medical School, a member of the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition and a member of the Louisiana Governor's Drug Policy Board. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the ASAM and the AMA. He is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and was recently elected to the Board as regional director of Region VII. He is the author of two books, Questions and Answers on Addiction, and, Healing Stories. Dr. Wetsman maintains a frequent blog at addictiondoctor.org that covers a wide range of issues related to the disease of addiction and is active on twitter @addictiondocMD.

    Stephen F. Grinstead

    LFMT, ACRPS, CADC-II

    Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS, CADC-II, owner Grinstead Treatment & Training Services. Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He was on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track.

    Dr. Grinstead is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. He is an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System (please visit www.freedomfromsufferingnow.com for more information). He has been working with pain management, chemical addictive disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984. He is also the Clinical Director of Training and Consultation for the Gorski-CENAPS ® Corporation.

    Since 1996 Dr. Grinstead has conducted Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; as well as Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling, seminars and certification trainings for over thirty thousand healthcare professionals therapists and counselors at more than 400 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada.

  • Overview of CDC Guidelines (0 CME)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This presentation reviews the recently released CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

    This presentation reviews the recently released CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

    Ilene Robeck

    MD, FASAM

    Ilene Robeck is an internist/addictionologist with a special interest in chronic pain treatment in primary care as well as the approach to the patient with chronic pain with comorbid substance abuse, mental health concerns and/or complex medical problems. She is currently the Director of Virtual Pain Care at the Richmond VA Medical Center. She is also Co-Chair of the National Primary Care Pain champions Initiative and President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. From 2010 until 2013 she was at the Bay Pines VA Health Care System and started the econsult pain program there. She was on the staff of the Tampa VA from 2007 until 2010. At the Tampa VA she started and was section chief for the Ambulatory Care Pain Clinic, a pain clinic embedded in primary care for high risk chronic pain patients, and the Post Deployment Clinic, a primary care clinic for veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. She also taught at the University of South Florida VA Internal Medicine outpatient clinic. She had a private practice from 1985 until 2007 where she saw patients in a primary care setting as well as in consultation in the field of pain management and addiction medicine. She taught students and house staff from Georgetown University Medical School, George Washington Medical School and Medical College of Virginia during that period of time. From 1981 to 1991 she was medical director, then director of education, at Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services in Fairfax, VA.