Experts
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pain Medicine
    • Professor of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University
    Roger Chou is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, and Staff Physician in the Internal Medicine Clinic at OHSU. He has served as Director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center since 2012. He has led conducted systematic reviews in a number of areas, including chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions, screening and prevention, diagnostic testing, and prognosis. He has served as Director of the American Pain Society clinical guidelines program and as the GRADE methodologist for the World Health Organization’s Division of Reproductive Health and Global Hepatitis Programme, is a member of the Cochrane Back Review Editorial Board, and is co-chair of the National Quality Forum Musculoskeletal Standing Committee. Dr. Chou led the development of guidelines on the evaluation and management of low back pain by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, use of opioids for chronic pain by the American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine, and methadone safety by the American Pain Society, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Chou also led a recent guideline on benefits and harms of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain that was used to inform a National Institutes of Health Pathways To Prevention workshop.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Hillary Kunins, MD, MPH, MS is a general internist and addiction medicine physician. She is an Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). At DOHMH, Dr. Kunins leads efforts to address prescription opioid misuse, promote best practices in the primary and substance use treatment and care systems, prevent harms from drug and excessive alcohol use, and conduct surveillance of drug and alcohol use and associated morbidity and mortality in New York City. Before joining DOHMH in 2012, Dr. Kunins directed the residency program in primary care/social internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kunins has provided primary and addiction-related care to patients in both community health centers and in addiction treatment programs, taught and written about substance use disorders, screening and brief intervention, and public health approaches to alcohol and substance use. She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Family & Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pain Management
    • Addiction Medicine
    Co-Chair, Pain Curriculum Committee, Yale SOM
    Co-Chair, Pain Curriculum Committee, Yale SOM
    Dr. Becker is a general internist additionally trained in Addiction Medicine and Pain Management with a strong clinical and research interest in improving the quality of pain management in primary care, especially safety of opioid analgesics. He is a core investigator in VA Connecticut’s Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities and Education Center of Innovation and holds a VA career development award with a primary project involving development of a brief assessment tool to identify safety, efficacy and misuse of opioids among patients with chronic pain. His research also focuses on implementing interventions for primary care teams to improve safety and quality of pain care. Dr. Becker co-developed and currently co-directs the Integrated Pain Clinic and Opioid Reassessment Clinic of VA Connecticut Health System, two novel multidisciplinary pain clinics focused on improved quality of pain care and uptake of evidence-based practices. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine and co-chairs the Pain Curriculum Committee at the Yale University School of Medicine.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Senior Investigator, Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente
    Ingrid A. Binswanger, MD, MPH, MS is a Senior Investigator at the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, where she also sees patients with addiction in clinical practice. Dr. Binswanger’s research examines how to prevent overdose fatalities and other complications of opioid use in diverse clinical and community settings. In particular, she focuses on the translation of overdose education and naloxone distribution into routine primary care. She has also conducted extensive research on the risk of overdose during high-risk transitions, such as when people are released from prison. Dr. Binswanger’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Department of Justice, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Substance Abuse.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    Director of Substance Use Research, San Francisco Department of Public Health
    Director of Substance Use Research, San Francisco Department of Public Health
    Phillip O. Coffin, MD MIA, is Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Assistant Professor of HIV at the University of California San Francisco. He is a board-certified, practicing internist and infectious disease specialist with both inpatient and outpatient practices. His research addresses substance use through development of pharmacologic and behavioral interventions, opioid overdose prevention, and HIV and hepatitis C treatment and prevention. Dr Coffin developed the first international conference on heroin overdose in 2000 and established the first hospital-based naloxone distribution program at Columbia University in 2006. He has conducted multiple research and public health projects addressing opioid stewardship, with an emphasis on provision of take-home naloxone to those using opioids.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pain Medicine
    • Addiction Medicine
    Co-Chair, VA Primary Care Pain Champions Initiative, Director of Virtual Pain Care, Richmond VA
    Co-Chair, VA Primary Care Pain Champions Initiative, Director of Virtual Pain Care, Richmond VA
    • Internist at Bay Pines VA Hospital System
    Ilene Robeck, MD, graduated from medical school at the University of Buffalo. She joined the VA in 2007 after working in private practice as an addiction and pain medicine consultant. In 2010, she was transferred to the Bay Pines VA Medical Center where she started and supervises an electronic consultation project. This provides electronic consultation for patients with chronic pain in outlying clinics. This project also increases provider education on chronic pain and opioid risk mitigation through yearly face-to-face conferences and weekly case-based audio conferences. Dr. Robeck is the chronic pain consultant to the suboxone clinic and has started a patient education program on the medical aspects of addiction in the Substance Abuse Residential Program. Since joining the VA, Dr. Robeck has become co-chair of the VA Primary Care Pain Task Force and a Primary Care Champion for post-deployment care. She is also currently working on a VA Wikipedia project on post-deployment care.
  • Amy S. B. Bohnert, Ph.D. MHS, is a health services researcher who focuses her research on epidemiology and behavioral interventions regarding substance use and related disorders. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and is also affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR), an HSR&D Center of Innovation located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Within a multi-disciplinary team of collaborators, she has led a number of projects related to overdose and prescription drug safety. A focus of this research has been specifically aimed at improving care occurring in primary care and addictions treatment settings. Her work also involves the application of epidemiologic methods to the analysis of VA electronic health records-based datasets to answer important questions for health services delivery.
    • Senior Investigator at Group Health Research Institute
    Michael Von Korff has carried out research on the management and outcomes of chronic pain and depression in primary care settings. He has co-led major randomized trials examining approaches to chronic illness management in primary care, including collaborative care for depression and interventions to improve self-care of chronic-recurrent back pain. A major focus of his research has been mental-physical comorbidity and how patients manage distressing symptoms. He developed principles for effective chronic illness self-management included in the Chronic Care Model. His current research focuses on trends and risks of long-term use of opioids for chronic pain, and reducing harms associated with use of opioids for long-term management of chronic pain. Dr. Von Korff currently has grants from the National Institute on Aging and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute concerning chronic opioid therapy. Disclosures: Dr. Von Korff has received grant support to the Group Health Research Institute for research concerning long-term use of opioids from Pfizer Inc. and from the Campbell Alliance, a consortium of drug companies conducting FDA-mandated post-marketing surveillance of extended-release opioids. Dr. Von Korff is an officer of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), an organization which advocates for more cautious and selective opioid prescribing for common chronic pain conditions.
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • Director of the Prevention Department at CPC
    The CPC Prevention Department has received nearly $10 million dollars in grant funding to create a statewide cardiovascular risk reduction program in Colorado that focuses on underserved populations. Mori did his undergraduate training at Emory University and graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Colorado. Dr. Krantz also currently directs the cardiac risk reduction program at Denver Health and Hospital Authority and is an Associate Professor of Medicine, at the University of Colorado. He is committed to improving cardiac safety in new drug development as a Member of the US FDA Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee. Within the field of drug-induced arrhythmia, he serves on a US Department of Health and Human Services Expert Panel on cardiac safety. Mori’s commitment to safety and quality of care is further exemplified by his service on an AHA national steering committee, Get With The Guidelines, the largest inpatient quality improvement program in the US that has successfully improved care for coronary artery disease, stroke, and heart failure patients. Dr. Krantz is an author or co-author of nearly 100 scholarly publications pertaining to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
    • Neurology
    • Pain Management
    • Pain Medicine
    Director & Founder, Comprehensive Pain Program, Toronto Western Hospital
    Director & Founder, Comprehensive Pain Program, Toronto Western Hospital
    • Professor, Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto
    Angela Mailis is the director and founder of the Comprehensive Pain Program of the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, since 1982, as well as the director and founder of a newly established interdisciplinary community-based academic pain clinic in the Greater Toronto Area. She is Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; has a Master from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; is a Senior Investigator at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre/ University Health Network, and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She has been involved in the development of several Canadian guidelines (on chronic pain, use of opioids) etc. Her research is multifaceted (description of new pain syndromes, functional imaging work, ethnocultural studies, systematic reviews etc.). She chairs for over 10 years ACTION Ontario, an organization that promotes advocacy and education on behalf of chronic pain patients. She has been an advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Health since 2009 on the issue of opioid misuse and chronic pain management, and has spearheaded the development of a Comprehensive Pain Strategy for Ontario, Canada.
    • Geriatric Medicine
    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Primary Care Geriatrics
    Geriatrics and Palliative Care at UCLA
    Geriatrics and Palliative Care at UCLA
    • Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine Member, Pallative Care at The University of California, Los Angeles
    Dr. Ferrell is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Division of Geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is Associate Chief for Education in the Division of Geriatrics. He is also Director of Inpatient Palliative Care Services at both UCLA Ronald Reagan and UCLA Santa Monica Hospitals as well as Program Director for the UCLA Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program. Doctor Ferrell was awarded the David Geffen School Of Medicine's Award for Excellence in Education in 2005. After completing medical school and internal medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma, he trained in Geriatric Medicine at UCLA. He has held a UCLA faculty appointment for more than 15 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His research interest is applied clinical research. He is a recognized national and international leader in the area of persistent pain in older persons. He has conducted studies, authored numerous publications, and was Chair of the American Geriatrics Society's panel for the development of clinical practice guidelines for the management of persistent pain in older persons.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pain Medicine
    Primary Care Clinician-Investigator at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine
    Primary Care Clinician-Investigator at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine
    Marc Larochelle, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and a primary care internist in the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. As a health services researcher, he seeks to leverage insights from large data sources and translate the findings into interventions that improve health care quality and value. His early career focus is the safety of opioid prescribing. He completed a Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care at the Department of Population Medicine and residency in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
    • Neurology
    • Pain Management
    • Pain Medicine
    • Associate Professor at Ambroise Pare Hospital

    Nadine Attal trained for her MD at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, which she obtained in 1990 (neurology) and obtained her PhD in neurosciences from the Paris VI University in 1994. She specialised in neurology and pain, and since 1996 her scientific research has focused primarily on neuropathic pain. She is associate professor of therapeutics, a member of the U 987 INSERM Research Unit on pain (dir D. Bouhassira) and is in charge of the clinical pain center in Ambroise Pare hospital (Boulogne, France). Dr Attal has authored over 120 refereed journal articles, more than 50 book chapters and coordinated books on neuropathic pain. She recently co-chaired the NeuPSIG (neuropathic pain special interest group of the IASP) guidelines on pharmacotherapy of neuropathic pain. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the IASP, the American Pain Society, the French Society on Pain and the French Society of Neurology. Dr Attal has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the IASP, EFIC and NeuPSIG congresses, has chaired the scientific committee of the last  Neupsig congress in Nice, France (2014) and has served on the NeuPSIG Management Committee.