Hillary V. Kunins
Hillary V. Kunins, MD, MPH, is Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use – Prevention, Care, and Treatment, of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Kunins leads work in substance use disorders for the Department and was the driving force behind Implementation of New York City’s guidelines for “judicious prescribing” in emergency departments and primary care; these guidelines and their implementation provided impetus to the CDC Guidelines. Dr. Kunins is the health department lead and architect of HealingNYC, New York City’s 60 million dollar comprehensive opioid strategy. Key to that strategy, Dr. Kunins has scaled up naloxone distribution to more than 100,000 kits to laypeople, established Relay, an emergency department based post-overdose intervention, and overseen provider education around judicious opioid prescribing using academic detailing. She is a frequent speaker on the role of public health in the opioid epidemic and strategies for clinicians to prevent opioid overdose. Dr. Kunins previously was Program Director, Residency in Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Fellow, of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and in 2017 received the Gary S. Spero Memorial Award for leadership in mental health and substance use treatment from Cornell University. Dr. Kunins received her MD and MPH from Columbia University and an MS from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Clinical Research Training Program.
Marjorie C. Meyer
Marjorie C. Meyer, MD, is Division Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine and attending physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont Medical Center and associate professor (tenured) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont. Dr. Meyer’s research interests focus on maternal and newborn sequelae of opioid use in pregnancy: outcomes, opioid use in women, contraception use in opioid dependent women, pain control in labor and delivery. She is a Vermont Child Health Improvement Program grantee to develop a statewide network of care for the treatment of pregnant women with opioid dependence. Dr. Meyer also is engaged in communication and education of OBGYNs across the state regarding public health initiatives, changes in care models (Blueprint), and quality metrics (vital statistics; statewide database data). She received her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Richard Payne, MD, is the Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, and Professor Emeritus in the Duke Divinity School at Duke University. He has published extensively in the areas of chronic pain with cancer, neurology, palliative care, end of life care and the use of hospice, and access for minorities to pain management. Dr. Payne is a past president of the American Pain Society. He has previously given expert testimony to the Congressional Black Caucus National Brain Trust and the President’s Cancer Panel in the area of healthcare access disparities in cancer care, palliative medicine, and end-of-life care. Dr. Payne is currently a member of the NASEM Board on Health Sciences Policy and was previously a member of the National Academies Committee on Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches and on the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education. He received his MD from Harvard University.
Rosemary C. Polomano
Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Associate Dean for Practice and Professor of Pain Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and is a Senior Nurse Scientist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD, in the Graduate School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the impact of pain prevention and treatment strategies on short- and long-term pain outcomes with adult post-surgical patients, military service members and veterans, and cancer patients. Dr. Polomano has led research to develop and test patient-reported outcome measures; for example, the American Pain Society-Patient Outcomes Questionnaire–Revised and the new Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale. She has co-authored numerous evidence-based guidelines and consensus reports to advance pain care. She is currently a member of the American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine, Acute Pain Taxonomy, and the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks Acute Neuropathic Pain expert panels. Dr. Polomano is co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s NIH-designated Center of Excellence in Pain Education, and leads several pain-related interprofessional education initiatives across the University’s health profession schools. In 2014, in recognition of her career-long work to advance pain science, Dr. Polomano received Penn Nursing’s Norma M. Lang Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 30 chapters in nursing and medical textbooks. She received her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
Cardinale B. Smith
Cardinale B. Smith, M.D., Ph.D. is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the director of quality for cancer services at Mount Sinai Health System. She is a clinician investigator whose research interests include evaluating treatment disparities in cancer care, evaluating determinants of cancer patients' quality of care, characterizing barriers to optimal cancer and palliative care and developing approaches to eliminating those barriers among racial and ethnic minorities. Dr. Smith is a 2013 recipient of a mentored research scholar grant from the American Cancer Society to evaluate determinants of disparities in the utilization of palliative care among patients with lung cancer. Additionally, she is a co-investigator on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant to teach and enable goals of care conversations among oncologists. Dr. Smith has had numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine "Inspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leader under 40" award. She received her M.D. from the Drexel University College of Medicine and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine.
Eric C. Sun
Eric C. Sun, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine and (by courtesy) the Department of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. His research examines the economics of policies related to chronic pain and preoperative medicine and how physician practice organization affects outcomes and costs. He is an Associate Editor of Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Sun has conducted studies on regulating pharmaceutical safety and the effect of behind the counter/over the counter switches on drug utilization, prices, and health. He received his PhD in business economics from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and a MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, upon which he then completed his residency in anesthesiology at Stanford University.
Jennifer F. Waljee
Jennifer F. Waljee, MD, is Associate Professor of Surgery, in the Department of Surgery of the University of Michigan Health Systems. She specializes in hand surgery, reconstructive surgery, and burn surgery. Her research interests are the incorporation of patient experiences into measures of surgical quality and treatment effectiveness, and the application of patient-reported outcomes assessment tools into clinical practice. Dr. Waljee is currently an investigator on several federal and state-funded grants including work to explore opioid prescribing and consumption following acute injury and prevention of iatrogenic opioid dependence after surgery. She serves as a co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, a statewide quality improvement project dedicated to improving pain and opioid-related outcomes following surgical care. Dr. Waljee is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the Plastic Surgery Research Council. She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. She is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Opioid Prescribing Estimates Workgroup. Dr. Waljee received her MD from Emory University School of Medicine and an MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Steven J. Weisman
Steven J. Weisman, MD, currently holds the Jane B. Pettit Chair in Pain Management at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where he is the Medical Director of the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Headache Center. In addition, he is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Weisman formerly established and directed pain management programs for children at both the University of Connecticut Health Center and Yale University School of Medicine. He has completed residency and fellowship training in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Anesthesiology. His clinical and research interests focus on the management of postoperative pain in children, exploration of the factors mediating chronic pain in children, and the interface of obesity and chronic pain in children. Dr. Weisman is member of the American Pain Society where he serves as the Chair of the Ethics Committee and previously was Liaison Representative from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies on Long-Acting Opioids. Dr. Weismann received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Charles G. Widmer, DDS, MS, is Head, Division of Facial Pain, Department of Orthodontics, at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Dr. Widmer’s clinical practice includes differential diagnosis of various facial pain conditions with a limited management focus primarily on masticatory musculoskeletal disorders. His research interests include masticatory muscle motor control mechanisms, the biological basis of masticatory muscle pain and mechanisms of masticatory muscle injury and repair. Dr. Widmer is currently the principal investigator for a study on “Assessment of opioid use before and after temporomandibular joint implant surgery.” He has recently chaired an intracollege committee to examine the use of opioids for dental and oral surgery and to bring prescribing practices in line with newer treatment options. Dr. Widmer has served as chair of numerous special emphasis panel for National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, the International Association for Dental Research (including the Neuroscience Group), and the American Association for Dental Research (including as board member in 2000). Dr. Widmer received his DDS from Emory University School of Dentistry.