AAPM Foundation Board of Directors Bios

Charles E. Argoff, MD

Charles E. Argoff, MD

Charles E. Argoff, MD, is Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center in New York. Dr. Argoff received his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed an internship in the Department of Medicine and a residency in the Department of Neurology at the State University of New York in Stony Brook and a fellowship in Developmental and Metabolic Neurology at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Dr. Argoff is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Pain Society, among other professional organizations. He has previously served as Chair of the AAN Pain and Palliative Care Section and served for six years on the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the AAN. He is one of the ABPN representatives to the Examining Committee for the ABMS Subspecialty Certification Examination in Pain Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Pain and as a reviewer for the Journal of Pain, Brain, JAMA, Neurology, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and the Clinical Journal of Pain. He is Co-Editor of the Neuropathic Pain Section of Pain Medicine. He is one of the founders of and Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Fundamentals of Pain Management Course for residents held annually and sponsored by the American Pain Society. He is a member of the Chronic Pain Guideline Medical Advisory Committee of the New York State Workers Compensation Board as well as a New York State Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.

Dr. Argoff has served as a guest editor for and published articles in the Clinical Journal of Pain and Current Pain and Headache Reports, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has written on many types of pain, including myofascial pain, spinal and radicular pain, and neuropathic pain. He has written on such treatments as topical analgesics, interventional pain management, botulinum toxins, the scientific basis of multimodal therapy for chronic painful conditions and oral analgesics, and has also contributed many book chapters. Dr. Argoff had an active role in the development of the diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain guidelines published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and he has contributed to other published neuropathic pain treatment guidelines. He is one of the editors of the recently published textbook Raj’s Practical Management of Pain, 4th Edition. He is the co-author of Defeat Chronic Pain Now, a just published book for people with chronic pain. He has recently published the 3rd edition of Pain Management Secrets.

 
Gil Bashe

Gil Bashe

Gil Bashe maintains a belief that communication enables health advances to make their biggest impact by connecting society's needs with advances that change the human condition. His commitment to exceeding client expectations ensures that Makovsky accounts receive top-level attention, insight and service delivery.

Prior to joining Makovsky & Company, Gil served as senior counselor to health associations and biotechnology, chemical, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. In 1999, he launched Health!Quest Global Communication Partners, obtaining $60 million in support from GTCR Golder Rauner, one of the nation's largest private-equity firms. He continues as a limited partner in GTCR Fund VII.

Gil was formerly CEO of CommonHealth, the health-marketing consortium of WPP Group, having served as its vice-chairman for strategic planning. At sister-company Hill and Knowlton, he was executive vice president and worldwide director of the Health and Pharmaceutical Practice. Prior to Hill & Knowlton, Gil led a specialist healthcare PR firm recognized in 1994 by the influential industry publication Inside PR as "Hottest Healthcare Agency."

Working with Fortune 500 companies, he has demonstrated that good health and safety can translate into good business. His work in the 1990's with the New Jersey Health Products Council in collaboration with the Chemical Council of New Jersey helped create perspective on how pharmaceutical companies seek to guard the safety of communities and advance global health.

Part of teams that have won prestigious PRSA Silver Anvils and numerous Creativity in Public Relations Awards (CIPRA's), Gil was named "Health and Medical All-Star" by Inside PR. He was listed as "one of the top 'brains' in the new world of work" by Fast Company magazine, and cited as a "healer" in Creating Covenants: Healing Health Care in the New Millennium for his experiences in Israel as an airborne combat medic.

Gil has been national chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Marketing Communication Subcommittee, and is immediate past chair of the New York AHA Affiliate, the association's flagship chapter. A past executive trustee of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), he is a recipient of its PINNACLE Award, one of the highest honors the University can bestow. Gil is a co-editor of the book, Branding Health Services: Defining Yourself in the Marketplace.

 
Michelle Byers

Michelle Byers

Michelle Byers has over a decade of experience working, training and managing in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology. She has a passion for providing education for clinicians and caregivers working with patients in pain. She has proudly served as a committee member for the National Pain Foundation, a National Board Member for the Huntington's Disease Society of America and President of the Pain Education Society. Michelle joined the WVSIPP in 2008 and has focused on developing continuing medical education that is relevant and impactful to clinicians treating patients in pain.

 
Marsha Stanton, PhD, RN

Marsha Stanton, PhD, RN

Marsha Stanton is a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration and Education, a Master of Science in Health & Human Services, and a PhD in Health Services Administration and Education. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Program Development, Advocacy and External Affairs at Horizon Pharma, Inc. Her career has spanned clinical practice, program development, health professionals education, publication planning and advocacy development. She is nationally known for her work in the area of pain management, and has published and presented in this field. She has served in leadership roles with the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, Utah Pain Management Nurses, American Academy of Pain Management, and Pain Management Education Consultants. Prior to assuming her new position, she served as the Sr. Director of Advocacy and External Affairs for Pfizer, Inc and King Pharmaceuticals, was Director of Scientific Communication for Alpharma Pharmaceuticals and Director of Medical Education at Purdue Pharma, L.P. In these positions, she was responsible for professional education of nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, pharmacists, consumers and others at national, regional and international levels. In these roles, she served on the corporate advisory council for six professional associations. In 2006, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. In 2009 she received the first Educator of the Year award for Industry, given by the American Society of Pain Educators and in 2010 was given the Educator of the Year award by the National Association for Drug Diversion Investigators.

 
Kevin Weber

Kevin Weber

Kevin Weber joined Depomed as Vice President of Marketing in July 2011. He has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical marketing and operations. Until late 2007, Mr. Weber was at Medicis Pharmaceuticals for 8 years, most recently as Vice President, Division Head of Ucyclyd Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for the orphan drug division and instrumental in growing Medicis' sales to over $500. Since 2007, Mr. Weber was Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Strategy at Hyperion Therapeutics, a Biotech focused on orphan diseases and President of BioMark Partners, a strategic marketing consulting firm. Mr. Weber started his career at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals in 1985 and spent 12 years in marketing and product management roles there, most recently as US Marketing Director for the Asthma Franchise. Mr. Weber holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.

 
Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD

Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD

Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, APRN-BC, ANP is Chair of the Department of Graduate Nursing Education and Clinical Associate Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing. Her undergraduate and graduate academic education was at SUNY at Stony Brook School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY. Her doctoral work was completed in 2004 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Nursing and she completed Post-Doctoral study at Stony Brook University in Applied Behavioral Medicine / Psychiatry. Pat is currently a Geriatric Associate, Long Island Geriatric Education Consortium, Stony Brook and a Task Force Associate in Pain Management Education for Physicians thorugh the Medical Society of the State of New York and currently services on the Editorial Board for the Pain Management Nursing Journal. In addition, she has been a reviewer for the Pain Management Nurses Role Delineation Study for the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a scientific proposal reviewer and a recognized speaker. Pat has received numerous awards and honors, including the ASMN Execllence in Education Award, presented by the American Society of Pain Management Nurses, Long Island Chapter and an Excellence in Research Award, conveyed by Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter.

Statement of Scholarly Interests

Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, APRN-BC, ANP: Personal Statement My vision of accessible multidisciplinary pain care is reflected in my academic achievements and reflects my ability to blend the scholarship of teaching, research and clinical practice. In building my clinical interest in pain management over the past several years, I provide education to nursing and medical students, as well as clinicians in the health care community at large. This vision for accessible multidisciplinary pain care led to a partnership with the Applied Behavioral Research Center at Stony Brook University. Through my experience in pain management I have a deep understanding of the challenges patients face in trying to engage in the self care activities known to improve health status. My program of research broadly addresses pain assessment and management. Specifically, I focus on using techniques to engage persons with chronic pain in self-management. I am a member of a multi-site, NIH funded research team investigating Nurse Practitioner led Coping Skills Training for Osteoarthritis Patients. As a co-investigator, I integrated the philosophy and skill of advanced practice nursing in the delivery of the intervention. Part of my role was to conduct nurse practitioner training and supervision for the intervention. I propose to expand the application of this intervention by implementing a formal training model for advanced practice nurses and other health professionals. Training health professionals in health behavior change beyond the current pool of mental health providers will increase access to care for pain and other chronic conditions requiring self-management. One of the most rewarding aspects of my program of research to date is being at the point of being able to translate the application of the large Coping Skills clinical trial into practice.
My work with the Applied Behavioral Medicine Research team also led to a second NIH funded study that addresses the need for maintenance of coping skill acquisition by using Telephone Interactive Voice Response (TIVR) technology. Patients call into the system and access a menu to review and practice coping skills. Patient data is used to create a personalized nurse practitioner coaching message for each patient based on their self management strengths and areas for improvement I developed the script for the coping skills reviews and practices and record all of the patient individualized coaching messages based on analysis of the TIVR input from each patient. Preliminary analysis of data indicates high patient use of this technology and value of the intervention. I am especially excited to implement this promising coping skills program in my clinical practice based on this body of work. This will benefit patients, and provide a site for precepting students in this intervention. I will pursue funding to translate this intervention into real world settings.
Pain assessment is challenging, particularly among cognitively impaired elders. To address this issue, other research interests investigated an instrument to assess pain in cognitively impaired older adults unable to communicate information about their pain. As co-investigator of this multi-site study, I developed the psychometric assessment plan for the instrument and provided education to the nursing staffs in skilled nursing facilities on the use of this instrument. I am lead author on a manuscript in preparation that describes the process of implementing this instrument into practice within the framework of the American Medical Directors Association Guidelines for pain management. I accepted the position of Chair of Graduate Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing in September 2010. In this role, my goal is to foster excellence in faculty teaching, research and practice. I implemented several strategies to facilitate this plan. A yearly meeting is scheduled with individual faculty to discuss their goals based on the areas of scholarship defined by the Board of Trustees of the State of New York. Faculty has the opportunity to self declare interests and faculty development needs. Together we mutually construct a plan to meet these needs and align them with the mission of the School of Nursing. I identify resources to facilitate this process for each faculty member by negotiating teaching responsibilities and release time if indicated. In addition, I am integrally involved in the development of a nurse practitioner/nurse managed transitional health center. The center evolved from a partnership with Stony Brook Medical Center and a need to develop strategies to mitigate a high rate of patient readmissions within 30 days of discharge. Together with the Associate Dean for Academics of the School of Nursing, we developed a business plan and plan to open the doors of this clinic in the spring of 2012. The clinic will primarily offer exceptional care to newly discharged patients from the hospital. In addition, the clinic will function as a faculty practice site, a training site for nurse practitioner students, and as a potential recruitment site for nurse faculty led research. My strong clinical background in pain management provided me with the opportunity to become an expert in pain management education in the school of nursing, and to the larger community both regionally, and nationally. Regardless of the venue, I incorporate my teaching philosophy, based on experiential learning I develop assignments that allow students to acquire knowledge and skills and apply these in relevant settings. Students are asked to reflect on direct encounters with patients (or phenomena under study) to enhance learning needs as appropriate. This cyclical process fosters students to build on prior experiences and apply new learning to subsequent experiences. Discourse through case presentations is an essential part of this process. My active clinical practice enriches my understanding of phenomena under discussion in many instances. As science and its application is often an active dialogue between investigators and clinicians, using discourse as a teaching strategy sets the stage for life long learning that is integral to a profession such as nursing.

 
B. Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH

B. Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH

B. TODD SITZMAN, MD, MPH

Dr. Sitzman is medical director of Advanced Pain Therapy, a comprehensive pain clinic located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Dr. Sitzman is an active member of numerous national and international pain societies:

  • Board of Directors, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
  • Past President, American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
  • Past President, Southern Pain Society
  • Past President, Mississippi Pain Society
  • Past President, Mississippi Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Dr. Sitzman has served on the board of directors and chaired multiple committees of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, including three time chair of AAPM’s annual meeting. He has authored more than 70 scientific publications including abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Pain Medicine and Pain Practice. He is actively involved in patient advocacy and postgraduate medical education, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to pain pharmacology and interventional pain therapies. He has been interviewed and quoted in Parade Magazine, ABC News, New York Times, USA Today, WebMD, Pain Medicine News and American Medical News.

Dr. Sitzman received his medical and master of public health degrees from Tulane University in his native city, New Orleans. Following an internship in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he received anesthesiology and pain management training at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Sitzman is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

 
Jeremy Adler, MS, PA-C

Jeremy Adler, MS, PA-C

Jeremy A. Adler, MS, PA-C has been practicing in the specialty of pain management since graduating summa cum laude from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He earned a master’s degree with specialty recognition in pain management and physical medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego.
Mr. Adler is an elected official on the California Academy of Physician Assistant’s board of directors, currently serving as Vice President. He is actively running for President-Elect with hopes of presiding over the Academy in 2014. For the last 10 years he has functioned as the President of the San Diego County Society of Physician Assistants and was a part of the society’s founding board of directors. Mr. Adler has participated in a number of other organizations including the National Society of Pain Care Providers (Chairman) and PAs in Pain Management, Special Interest Group (Vice President) under the American Academy of PAs. He lectures locally and nationally and has authored a number of journal and newsletter articles. He is a course developer and provider of the Controlled Substance Education Course which certifies PAs to expand prescriptive authority for controlled substances in California. Mr. Adler is coauthor on the joint American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine guidelines project “Clinical Guidelines for the use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Non-cancer Pain” which was published in 2009. He additionally participated in the development of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s inaugural Safe Opioid Prescribing Course.
Outside of professional practice and leadership, Mr. Adler has provided expert witness testimony and chart review on issues of pain management and PAs. Mr. Adler practices as a senior pain management physician assistant at the Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants in Encinitas, CA.