Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago Announces Three New Locations

Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago (PSGC), the leading interventional pain management practice, is pleased to announce further expansion of its practice with the addition of a new clinic location and two new procedure locations.

PSGC’s new clinic is located at 1800 McDonough in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The new procedure centers are Ashton Surgical Center, located adjacent to PSGC’s new clinic, and the second procedure center is located at Oak Brook Surgical Center, 2425 W. 22nd St. in Oak Brook, Ill.

“Access to care and patient convenience is paramount in our decision to expand our practice,” noted Scott Glaser, M.D., President of Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago. “This expansion allows us to remain as the leading provider of minimally invasive treatments for pain, and delivering on our promise to provide care and pain relief to patients. Our new locations are both accessible and convenient to the patients who live in the Northwest and Western Suburbs.”

Scott McDaniel, M.D., a fellowship trained interventional pain management specialist, will treat patients and provide care at the new locations. “Dr. McDaniel has exceptional skills in the diagnosis and treatment of pain, and is an asset to our practice,” noted Glaser. “Having Dr. McDaniel on board means that we can treat patients 24-72 hours after receiving a patient phone call or referral. This type of turnaround time is very rare. We believe this makes a dramatic difference and allows us to help individuals with pain more effectively – and now with added locations, we are putting more patients closer to care.”

McDaniel has devoted his time to many national and international organizations, and has presented at numerous national anesthesia and pain medicine conferences. He is particularly interested in multimodal pain management, patient safety, new technologies in neuromodulation, and improving patient access.

“I look forward to consulting and treating patients at our new locations,” noted McDaniel. “We strive to elevate patient care and safety as we eradicate or diminish each individual’s pain as much as possible. I am honored to be a part of a team that continuously provides innovative pain management solutions.”

To learn more about Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, visit www.painchicago.com.

About Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago

Founded by Scott E. Glaser, M.D., DABIPP and Ira J. Goodman, M.D., Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago has been on the cutting edge of Interventional Pain Management and improving access to care for almost 20 years. The group is dedicated to providing minimally invasive treatments for pain which leads to improved outcomes, reducing disability, reducing narcotic overuse and overdoses, and avoiding invasive surgery.

The Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago is pleased to announce our Patient Portal is online.

We would like to invite you to our HIPAA SECURE patient portal – a password protected web communication tool.

See the new portal at http://portal.painchicago.com

What is our Patient Portal?

On this web portal you may securely:
Request appointments
Confirm appointment
Enter or modify personal information
Communicate regarding medical questions, prescription refills, referrals and lab results
Communicate with our office staff
Pay your bill (We accept Debit Cards, Visa, Mastercard and Discover)

You have two options for logging in:

Individual Accounts
Single patients may login for themselves

Family Accounts
Adults and their family members who share one email address may access the portal through this login. This may also include two adult patients who share the same email address.

Family Login Request

NEW PATIENTS
You may start the registration process under “New Patients start here”. A new patient is someone who has not previously been seen at Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago.

ESTABLISHED PATIENTS
If you are currently a patient who has previously provided a correct email address, you can now use this portal for those portal functions listed above. For medical emergencies, please call us directly. DO NOT USE THE PORTAL FOR ANY URGENT MEDICAL PROBLEMS.

McGuireWoods’ 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference

McGuireWoods’ forthcoming 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 in Chicago, IL.

The session will be held in the Ritz-Carlton at 160 East Pearson Steet in the Water Tower Place. The session will start at 10:15 and last 45 minutes.

The presentation will be about key issues and opportunities in pain management and anesthesia. Steven Aguiar of Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC will be moderating.

Dr. Glaser interviewed by Everydayhealth.com following Meningitis outbreak

Steroid Injections: Are They Worth the Risk? Amid controversy surrounding the U.S. fungal meningitis outbreak, opinions are split on how effective steroid injections are for treating chronic back pain.

Steve D’Alise, a 40-year-old financial analyst in Chicago heard about the deaths from fungal meningitis related to steroid injections for pain. But his back pain is so severe, he opted to have his steroid injections anyway.

“When it gets really bad it consumes you,” says D’Alise of the sciatica thats plagued him since 2009.

News of the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 12 has shone a spotlight on a lesser-known but frequently used fix for one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States: back pain. But medical experts and a large body of research call into question the efficacy of steroid injections, calling them a risky and costly treatment.

What makes this entire tragedy ironic is the poor evidence that these steroid injections would have relieved their back pain in the first place, says Fabrizio Mancini, a certified chiropractor, wellness expert, and the president of Parker University in Dallas.

Mancini points to a large body of research, including an editorial in the 2011 issue of the British Medical Journal. Epidural steroid injections have been used for more than 50 years to treat low back pain and are the most common intervention in pain clinics throughout the world, the article reads. Yet despite their widespread use, their efficacy is unclear. Of around 35 controlled studies evaluating such injections, slightly more than half show some benefit.

Patients like D’Alise have typically tried several interventions include ibuprofen, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes before resorting to the injections. D’Alise says his condition makes commuting to work, riding a train, and sitting for long periods incredibly difficult. He received his last shot in 2011 but the relief only lasted for six months. He says the pain has returned to a “7” on a scale of one to 10.

D’Alise sought care from Scott Glaser, MD, an interventional pain-management specialist at the Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago. Even in the wake of the meningitis outbreak, Dr. Glaser says hes still administering some 18 steroid injections on a busy day. But now the doctor has found he must take some time to reassure his patients that the treatments are safe and worthwhile.

Most get relief from the local anesthetic which is mixed with the steroid and then the pain returns later that day, and the depot steroid starts to work in a few days, says Glaser. Typically, the maximum benefit will be obtained anywhere between 7 to 14 days.

Back Pain a Growing Epidemic
Eight in 10 people will experience back pain in their lifetime, and steroid injections have become a gold standard treatment for acute and chronic pain because they’re fast acting, non-addictive, and minimally invasive.

“Back pain is a big, big problem,” says David Maine, MD, director of the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. “It’s a difficult thing to treat. You sometimes make decisions quickly just to get meaningful relief.”

Dr. Maine says his practice typically uses steroid injections as “an intermediate treatment” when physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, and over-the-counter inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, are not effective. The injections are often one of the last intervention therapies before a patient considers surgery. Steroid injections are also a much safer alternative to many pills doctors might prescribe for pain, including highly addictive opioids and narcotics.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control yesterday reported 137 cases of meningitis in 10 states with 12 deaths from the infection from methylprednisolone acetate injections.

Steroid injections can be costly. Glaser says they can cost $2,000 to $3,000 for each injection. “Our routine treatments are typically covered by insurance but it is getting more difficult in a lot of cases as the insurance companies deny or delay more and more treatment,” he explains. He added some insurance companies may pick up only 20 percent of the cost of such an injection.

Medical expenses for individuals with spine problems average $6,096 compared with $3,516 for patients without them, according to a 2008 analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association using government data. From 1997 to 2005, the estimated expenditures among patients with spine problems increased 65 percent, the analysis said.

No Hard and Fast Rules for Treating Back Pain With Steroids
Pain specialists say the number of injections needed to stop back pain varies from patient to patient. “Some may have one or two and then they go through the natural healing process,” says Dr. Maine. “Others with chronic back pain or acute pain may get two or three over the course of eight months. There are no hard and fast rules. It just needs to be done for the right indication.”

Methylprednisolone acetate, the medication that was administered to patients who contracted fungal meningitis, is one of four types of corticosteroids for injections. A corticosteroid is an anti-inflammatory hormone that reduces swelling in muscle and soft tissues, and is also naturally produced in the body. The hormone is physiologically essential for stress and immune response, as well as metabolic functions. The steroids work by calming nerves and reducing the release of certain bio-transmitters, such as substance P and bradykinin, which decreases pain.

The relief from injections most typically lasts around six months to one year. However, many patients report they’ve been cured of back pain after receiving just one or two injections.

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Pressing Issues in Interventional Pain Management Advocacy: Q&A With Dr. Scott Glaser of The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians – Beckers ASC review

Scott Glaser, MD, is a director on the national board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, where he has also served as vice president. He is heavily involved with the group’s lobbying and advocacy efforts for the practice of interventional pain management, and here he discusses the field’s most pressing issues and problems.

Q: What has been the focus of ASIPP’s advocacy efforts this year?

Dr. Scott Glaser: The main focus of our legal efforts this year has been fighting recent actions by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid that are classic bureaucratic decisions made in a vacuum without knowledge of consequences. CMS is stating that we need to use single dose vial for each patient of all medications we inject, including steroids, contrast, and local anesthesia. They are doing this based on a few anecdotal reports of infections following injections. There is no science behind this. It is an inappropriate, over-reaching governmental response to a problem. In each of the anecdotal cases, there was evidence that appropriate sterile technique was not followed. The complications were terrible, but there is no evidence that using single dose vials would have prevented those cases. Also, there is no supportive scientific evidence that using a single dose vial will prevent infection. It is just not in the literature. In the anecdotal cases that have led to this recommendation, infections are just as likely to have occurred had single dose vials been utilized. Lastly, there is no evidence that single dose vials which are used in multiple patients are a cause of infection, if you use the proper infection control. It is really an insult to physicians and nurses who have been performing these procedures for years using safe technique.

Q: What problems could result from this regulation?

SG: This practice of using only single dose vials for each patient will lead to a shortage of drugs that are already in short supply. It will lead to incredible waste. The contrast is bio hazardous and more of it will be thrown away. The greatest consequence will be a reduction in access to care secondary to the cost of supplies. The estimated cost of implementing this will be each procedure costs $80 more, and that is a huge number. This will lead many practices to stop performing these procedures and many ASCs and hospital outpatient departments to disallow them thereby reducing access to care.

Q: What are you and ASIPP doing to fight the regulation?

SG: We are educating our legislators. Many have already written letters or signed on to letters to CMS stating this is a bureaucratic error where they don’t understand the whole situation. Prior to making this decision CMS consulted an infectious disease group and some other parties but they didn’t consult people actually doing the procedures. Hopefully that decision will be overturned.

Q: What are other pressing issues in the pain management field?

SG: Another significant issue for us right now deals with certified registered nurse anesthetists. CMS in the affordable healthcare act is proposing a policy where CRNAs would be reimbursed and allowed to perform interventional pain management procedures. We strongly oppose this. The practice of interventional pain management is the practice of medicine and should only be practiced by appropriately trained physicians. The training for a CRNA does not include any training in pain management. Their schooling consists of providing anesthesia IV sedation for surgical and other procedures. There is no formal training of any kind regarding the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering chronic pain. There is also no formal training regarding the provision of interventional procedures for chronic pain using diagnostic and therapeutic image guided interventional techniques, which have significant risks that are materially different than the risks of procedures used to provide anesthesia in the OR. Even in well trained and experienced hands severe complications continue to occur because of the nature of this field.

Q: What do you think is the reason for this ruling?

SG: They are basing the reasoning on two flawed ideas or assumptions. They think it will save money because nurses are treating patients, not doctors, when actually it will have the opposite effect. If CRNAs will be allowed to bill, they will bill the same amount physicians do for consults and procedures. There is no special fee schedule for nurses. With more procedures on more patients that will increase the cost of care. It’s also based on the flawed assumption that there is a lack of access to care for pain management procedures. We have no evidence of that. In Illinois they’ve done studies that show the farthest drive is 75 miles for access to pain management services provided by a physician.

Lastly, the treatment of chronic pain with opioids and other controlled substance by inadequately trained doctors has led to an epidemic of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning. The training of CRNAs does not include training in this complex area and will expose chronic pain patients to more providers without the appropriate knowledge and training to treat them with the powerful medications. This will further exacerbate this already tragic problem.

Q: What problems do you see with the practice?

SG: This practice raises several concerns. One is public safety. These procedures are minimally invasive but they are maximally dangerous. The number of people becoming quadriplegic or dying is increasing even when they are performed by doctors who are specifically trained in interventional pain management. In other words, if these complications may occur to a well trained doctor, then one can only imagine the increased incidence with inadequately trained CRNAs. It is truly a frightening concept to those of us practicing and board certified in interventional pain management.

Two, it’s a fraud and abuse issue. Pain management issues are already tainted because they are over utilized by some members of the medical profession. Fraud will only get worse when more providers are reimbursed for these procedures. This is especially true when those providers are untrained and don’t have the knowledge to perform the procedures in the appropriate algorithmic fashion get the maximum benefit. Lastly, the treatment of pain with opioids by physicians not trained appropriately has led to an epidemic of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning. This phenomenon will only be exacerbated by allowing another group of providers without appropriate training to provide and be reimbursed for the treatment of chronic pain.

Q: Have you made any progress in contesting the decision?

SG: The provision of these services will be decided on a state-by-state basis. There was a court case in Louisiana in which ASIPP and specifically current president Dr. Frank Falco and CEO Dr. Lax Manchikant was intimately involved and gave direct testimony which set an important precedent. The judge declared after long trial that CRNAs could not practice pain management and that interventional pain management was the practice of medicine. In addition, ASIPP members across the country are actively involved in educating their legislators about this issue.

Q: What other advocacy actions are you currently taking?

SG: The biggest thing was the ASIPP yearly meeting in June. After our scientific meeting, we had visits arranged with legislators from every state represented by interventional pain management physician. This issue was one of the specific issues we discussed with the legislators and their aides. We also have a letter writing campaign for many of our offices. We and our staff send letters to legislators, and we instruct our patients about these issues and have patients send letters as well. We support our leadership at ASIPP who are talking to legislators more often. The fact is, when it comes to some of these issues, we can’t go straight to CMS; we have to inform a legislator who then brings it to CMS’ attention to get it changed. Importantly, more and more legislators are being elected to Congress who have medical backgrounds. The legislators and the aides who are the most helpful, who really get it and understand the gravity of the issues, and who take an interest in pain management, have family members or friends who have required the services of a pain management doctor. They realize being a physician and being in pain management is extremely difficult these days. They understand the importance of training in the provision of these services, and they are grateful for what interventional pain management physicians do.

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The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) had released its Opioid Guidelines for Responsible Prescribing in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) had released its Opioid Guidelines for Responsible Prescribing in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. As part its professional journal, the Pain Physician, ASIPP has created and revised guidelines for interventional techniques and opioid prescribing since 2002. The latest guidelines released today are comprehensive is a product of a multidisciplinary panel of 55 authors. These guidelines illustrate a 10-step process with comprehensive assessment and documentation, establishing medical necessity and treatment goals, recommendations for responsible opioid therapy with dose limitations, and necessity for a comprehensive and robust agreement. The guidelines include the initial steps for comprehensive assessment, including the risk assessment, steps to appropriate diagnosis, establishing medical necessity, establishing treatment goals, assessing effectiveness of opioid therapy; with informed decision making, initial treatment steps, adherence monitoring, evaluation of side effects and discontinuation or maintenance of opioid therapy on a long-term basis. It also covers the means and ways to initiate opioid therapy, specific guidelines for methadone use, and reduction in prescription drug dose.

These comprehensive two-part guidelines provide guidance on dose limitations with low dose being defined as 40 mg, moderate dose, up to 90 mg of morphine equivalence, and high dose as anything over 90 mg of morphine equivalence.

Dr. Glaser – 70 of the Best Pain Management Physicians in America – Beckers Review

The following pain management physicians were selected for this list based on the awards they received from major organizations in the field, leadership in those organizations, work on professional publications and positions of service held at hospitals and surgery centers. The surgeons are listed in alphabetical order by last name. All physicians placed on this list have undergone substantial review from our editorial staff. Physicians do not pay and cannot pay to be selected as a great leader to know. The list is not an endorsement of any individual’s or organization’s clinical abilities.

Scott Glaser, MD (Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, Chicago). Dr. Glaser is a director on the national board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, where he has also served as vice president. He has been the president of the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and is a diplomate with the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. In addition to his practice, Dr. Glaser has been one of the first physician instructors of the International Spinal Interventional Society, where he provided training in performing spinal injections. He also instructs other physicians in minimally invasive spinal procedures in national cadaver courses. During his career, Dr. Glaser has been involved in lobbying for the passage of the NASPER bill fighting prescription drug abuse. Dr. Glaser earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship in anesthesiology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

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Becker’s ASC Review – Dr. Glaser chosen as one of 30 top “Great Physician Leaders”

Here are profiles of 30 great physician leaders. Each of these physicians is a speaker at the 9th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven Ambulatory Surgery Center Conference: Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues (June 9-11; Chicago). Note: Physicians are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Thomas Bombardier, MD, FACS. Dr. Bombardier is an ophthalmologist and one of the three founding principals of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Prior to founding ASCOA, he established the largest ophthalmic practice in Western Massachusetts, two ASCs and a regional referral center. Over the past 17 years, he has been a real estate developer in Cape Cod, Mass.

John Caruso, MD. Dr. Caruso has more than 16 years of neurological surgery experience. Since completing residencies at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine and the University of New Mexico, he has been in private practice with Neurosurgical Specialists in Hagerstown, Md.

John Cherf, MD. Dr. Cherf is an orthopedic surgeon, president of the Chicago Institute of Orthopedics, president of OrthoIndex and clinical advisor to Sg2. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience in orthopedics and sports medicine. He co-founded the orthopedic department at the Neurological & Orthopedic Institute of Chicago and founder of Midwest Orthopedic Institute in Eastern Indiana.

Brian Cole, MD. Dr. Cole is the head of the cartilage restoration center, a multidisciplinary program specializing in the restoration of articular cartilage and meniscal deficiency, and a professor in the department of orthopedics at Rush University in Chicago. He has a professional interest in arthroscopic reconstruction of the patient’s shoulder, elbow and knee.

R. Blake Curd, MD. Dr. Curd is chairman of the board of directors of Surgical Management Professionals. He is an active proponent of physician ownership in healthcare and serves as a director for Physician Hospitals of America and is manager for Medical Facilities Corp., which promotes physician ownership of healthcare facilities through partnerships.

John DiPaola, MD. Dr. DiPaola is an orthopedic surgeon and occupational orthopedist who originally built his Swan Island, Ore., clinic to exclusively serve injured workers. He opened his solo practice in 2000 after being attached to a group of orthopedic surgeons and decided to focus on workers with orthopedic injuries. Dr. DiPaola is affiliated with the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Oregon Association of Orthopedists. His practice is now known as Occupational Orthopedics and consists of one location in Swan Island and one in Tualatin, Ore.

Robin Fowler, MD. Dr. Fowler is the medical director of the Interventional Spine and Pain Management Center in Conyers, Ga., and an active staff member at Newton and Rockdale Medical Centers. He is also the founder and medical director of Interventional Management Services, a management company for surgical centers from New Mexico to Florida. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, National Pain Foundation, American Pain Society and American Society of Anesthesia.

Scott Gibbs, MD. Dr. Gibbs is the founder of the Brain and NeuroSpine Clinic of Missouri and also serves as director of the Southeast Missouri Hospital’s Brain and Spine Center, both located in Cape Girardeau, Mo. In addition to serving on the medical staff at Saint Francis Medical Center, he founded the International Brain Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at brain awareness.

Scott Glaser, MD. Dr. Glaser is a director on the national board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, where he has also served as vice president. He is a diplomate with the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. During his career, Dr. Glaser has been involved in lobbying for the passage of the NASPER bill fighting prescription drug abuse.

Nameer Haider, MD. Dr. Haider is a pain management physician with Spinal & Skeletal Pain Medicine in Utica, N.Y. Dr. Haider has training in the most advanced techniques in pain treatment, including minimally invasive spinal surgery and laser disc surgery. Dr. Haider is also medical director of Sitrin Medical Rehabilitation Center in New Hartford, N.Y., and partner of the outpatient pain practice Advanced Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation in Utica, N.Y.

Richard Hynes, MD. Dr. Hynes is a spine surgeon who has been serving as president of The B.A.C.K. Center in Melbourne, Fla. since 1996. The B.A.C.K. Center originates from the Brevard Orthopaedic Clinic, which was founded in 1981 by Glenn Bryan, MD. The clinic shifted its focus to treatment of the neck and spine with the addition of Dr. Hynes in 1992.

Richard Kube, MD. Dr. Kube is the CEO, founder and owner of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill. He is also currently affiliated with four hospitals in southern Illinois and is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He has presented or lectured at professional seminars in South Korea, Canada, Germany and Hungary, among other locations.

Brent W. Lambert, MD, FACS. Dr. Lambert is the principal and founder of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Lambert is currently responsible for business development at ASCOA. Prior to its founding, Dr. Lambert was the developer and owner of three ASCs, including the first eye ASC in New England.

James Lynch, MD. Dr. Lynch is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and board-certified neurosurgeon and founder of SpineNevada in Reno. He also serves as chairman and director of spine programs at Surgery Center of Reno, and regularly lectures on outpatient spine surgery. He has a professional interest in complex spine surgery, spinal deformities, trauma and minimally invasive surgery.

Bryan Massoud, MD. Dr. Massoud is founder and head surgeon at Spine Centers of America in Fair Lawn, N.J. He received training at Texas Back Institute in Plano, and has performed more than 1,000 endoscopic spine surgeries, including endoscopic cervical spine surgery. He also trains spine surgeons in endoscopic procedures, and articles he has authored on the subject are published in professional journals.

Nelson Mozia, MD. Dr. Mozia practices pediatric surgery, general surgery and colon and rectal surgery with Lutheran Campus ASC in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Robert Nucci, MD. Dr. Nucci is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and founder of Nucci Spine & Orthopedics Institute in Tampa, Fla. He helped develop and implement minimally invasive surgical techniques and serves as an international speaker on spine surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.

Joan F. O’Shea, MD. Dr. O’Shea is a dually trained neurosurgeon and spine surgeon and founder of The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey in Marlton. She has published several papers on treatments for patients suffering from spinal cancers and complex spinal disorders. She has been an invited lecturer for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and is a member of the North American Spine Society and Women in Neurosurgery.

Kenneth A. Pettine, MD. Dr. Pettine is the founder of The Spine Institute and Loveland (Colo.) Surgery Center. He has a background in spine surgery, research and rehabilitation and is a co-inventor and co-designer of the Maverick Artificial Disc. He has also served as principal investigator for numerous FDA studies involving non-fusion spine technology.

Greg Poulter, MD. Dr. Poulter is a spine surgeon at Vail (Colo.) Summit Orthopaedics. He completed a spine fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of California San Francisco. He was among the first surgeons to perform minimally invasive spinal fusion.

David J. Raab, MD. Dr. Raab is on the board of managers at the Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center and is a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician with Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Morton Grove. His professional interests include total joint replacement, arthroscopy and pediatric orthopedics. He also serves as an assistant professor at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

Michael Redler, MD. Dr. Redler is a founding partner of OSM The Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in Fairfield, Conn. He is a fellowship-trained sports medicine and hand surgeon. He also serves as the orthopedic consultant to Major League Lacrosse and is a professor of physical therapy and athletic trainers at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Blair A. Rhode, MD. Dr. Rhode is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with Orland Park (Ill.) Orthopedics. He has special interest in the treatment of foot, ankle, knee and shoulder conditions and specializes in anthroscopic surgery. Dr. Rhode completed a fellowship in sports medicine/knee and shoulder reconstruction at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine.

Paul E. Savoca, MD, FACS, FASCRS. Dr. Savoca is a staff colon and rectal surgeon with Fairfax Colon and Rectal Surgery at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He is on the faculty of the department of surgery at Georgetown University Medical School. Dr. Savoca’s medical specialties include minimally invasive or laparoscopic colon surgery.

Paul E. Savoca, MD, FACS, FASCRS. Dr. Savoca is a staff colon and rectal surgeon with Fairfax Colon and Rectal Surgery at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He is on the faculty of the department of surgery at Georgetown University Medical School. Dr. Savoca’s medical specialties include minimally invasive or laparoscopic colon surgery.

Marshall Steele, MD. Dr. Steele is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, founder and CEO of Marshall Steele, a firm that implements musculoskeletal service lines and programs in hospitals. Dr. Steele is the author of Orthopedics and Spine, Service Line Strategies for Superior Performance, his most recent publication.

Kevin Stone, MD. Dr. Stone is an orthopedic surgeon at The Stone Clinic and chairman of the Stone Research Foundation, both in San Francisco. Dr. Stone holds more than 50 U.S. patents on healthcare products and is co-founder of ReGen Biologics, a publicly traded medical device company focused on meniscus regeneration. Dr. Stone has served as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team, the U.S. Pro Ski Tour, Marin Ballet and various other professional organizations.

William Tobler, MD. Dr. Tobler is a neurological surgeon and president and director of neurosurgery at The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center in Cincinnati. He earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including North American Spine Society and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Jeffrey L. Visotsky, MD, FACS. Dr. Visotsky is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Dr. Visotsky also holds academic appointments with Northwestern University, Chicago Medical School and University of Illinois. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University and received fellowship training in hand microsurgery at Baylor College of Medicine along with additional fellowship training at University of Chicago Hospital.

Robert Welti, MD. Dr. Welti is the senior vice president of operations at Regent Surgical Health. He has experience in working with hospital-based surgery centers as well as physician-owned ASCs. He was previously the medical director and administrator of the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Surgery Center.

For more information about the 9th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven Ambulatory Surgery Center Conference, please download the conference brochure (pdf), click here or call (703) 836-5904. There are four ways to register:

Online. Register through a secure web site.
Phone. Call (703) 836-5904 or (800) 417-2035.
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Fax. Print the conference brochure (PDF), fill-out the registration on p. 7 and fax it to (703) 836-2090.

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