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Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., has served as the eighth dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and vice-president of the Division of Health Sciences since July, 2011. He is the first member of the University of Nevada faculty to be a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine from 2000-2005 (Vice-President 2004-2005), and is the Deputy Editor of Journal Watch. Dr. Schwenk is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine, and his career has focused on mental health issues in primary care. Mostly recently his research and writing have turned to the issue of depression in medical students, residents and practicing physicians.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from The University of Sydney and completed training in community pharmacy before returning to the University of Sydney to undertake a PhD, which was completed in 2015. Now a practising pharmacist, researcher and academic.
Thomas Lee is a practicing internist and cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey, and a Professor (part-time) at Harvard Medical School, a member of the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine, and the Board of Directors of Geisinger Health System and HealthLeads.
Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, currently serves as Medical Director of the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc/REACH Health Services, a comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment program in Baltimore City. She completed her medical training at Harvard Medical School, and internal medicine residency with a year as Primary Care Chief Resident at the Boston Medical Center. She received a Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has previously served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, as the Deputy Health Officer for the Harford County Health Department, and as the Medical Director for the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s outpatient substance use treatment services. As an addiction medicine specialist trained in internal medicine, she teaches appropriate opioid prescribing to primary care physicians and instructs on medical co-occurring conditions to psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers.
Barbara Herbert practices addiction medicine in the community in a not-for profit demonstration grant for Medicare/Medicaid eligible patients, a methadone clinic, and an innovative mental health MAT practice. She received her MD from SUNY Stony Brook, did a surgical internship at University of Pennsylvania, completed an emergency residency residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was a fellow in social medicine at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Harvard University. In 2010 she became a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and shortly thereafter a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She has served on a number of policy initiatives for Governor Patrick and several Massachusetts legislators. She sits on the ASAM Quallity Improvement Council, the MMS Opioid Task Force, and is current president of the Massachusetts Chapter of ASAM. Her interests include building teams, engaging with the community, and including all marginalized people in care.
Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine. He is Director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit at Boston Medical Center. He is past-president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). His clinical, educational and research interests focus on opioid use disorders and safe and competent opioid prescribing for chronic pain.
Zahid H. Bajwa, MD, is founding Director of the Boston Headache Institute. He also serves as Director of Pain Research at the Boston PainCare Center (BPC) and is a lecturer at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, where he has taught in the Tufts Pain Research, Education and Policy (PREP) Master’s program since its inception. Prior to joining the BPC, Dr. Bajwa was Director of Clinical Pain Research and Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Associate Professor of Anesthesia (Neurology) at Harvard Medical School. He had a distinguished career as Attending Physician at the Arnold- Warfield Pain Center at BIDMC from 1993-2012 and was the founding Director of the Cancer Pain Service and the Comprehensive Headache Center . Recipient of the 1992-1993 Donald P. Todd, MD, Golden Needle Award from Massachusetts General Hospital for Excellence in Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia, Dr. Bajwa is a renowned clinician, researcher, and educator on a variety of topics, including migraine, chronic headache, neuropathic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia/Shingles-related pain, diabetic neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, and cancer pain. He is nationally recognized for his clinical expertise in the management of intractable neuropathic pain, migraine, facial pain, and cancer pain. Dr. Bajwa's research focuses on the mechanisms of migraine, neuropathic phenomenon, and novel pharmacologic and interventional treatments for headache, acute, cancer, and chronic pain syndromes. He developed Harvard Medical School’s annual week-long CME course, “Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine,” and continues to teach in that course, where he also leads a session on Headache Medicine and Neuropathic Pain. Along with Dr. Carol Warfield, he edited the 2nd edition of the textbook entitled “Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine,” which is a great resource for clinicians all over the world, now available in its 3rd edition, edited by Drs. Bajwa, Joshua Wootton and Carol Warfield, and published in September, 2016 (2017) by McGraw-Hill. Dr. Bajwa has also been an invited presenter at many regional, national, and international meetings, including the American Academy of Pain medicine, American Headache Society, and American Pain Society and has published numerous research and review articles in the field of pain medicine. He is board certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, Headache Medicine by UCNS, and has been involved in teaching and training students, residents, and fellows for 25 years.