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Mark                           Lema

Mark J. Lema MD, PhD

Department of Anesthesiology

Professor and Chair

Specialty/Research Focus

Anesthesiology; Pain Management

 
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Professional Summary:

We are currently investigating the sub-cellular mechanisms of phenol induced neurolysis.

Clinically, our department is conducting studies evaluating treatment outcomes with general anesthesia vs. regional anesthesia. In addition, we are determining the efficacy of early interventional pain therapy vs. oral pharmacologic care.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Parker B. Francis (1987)
  • Residency, Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School (1985)
  • Internship, Staten Island Hospital (1982)
  • MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (1982)
  • PhD, Physiology, SUNY Buffalo (1978)
Employment:
  • Professor, Anesthesiology and Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2006-present)
  • Chair, University at Buffalo (2001-present)
  • Professor, University at Buffalo (1999-present)
  • Associate Research Professor of Experimental Pathology, Experimental Pathology, University at Buffalo, School of Graduate Studies (1998-present)
  • Chairman, Dept of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1987-present)
  • Medical Director, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2005–2011)
  • Interim Chairman, University at Buffalo (1999–2000)
  • Medical Chief, Cancer Pain and Palliative Care Service, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1998–1999)
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo (1994–1999)
  • Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs, University at Buffalo (1992–1999)
  • Chief of Cancer Pain Management Service, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1988–1999)
  • Anesthesiologist Consultant, Erie County Medical Center (1988–1999)
  • Research Associate Professor of Experimental Physilogy, University at Buffalo (1992–1998)
  • Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo (1987–1994)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (1989–1993)
  • Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1987–1993)
  • Director of Anesthesia Research, Anesthesia, University at Buffalo (1987–1992)
  • Medical Director of Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and Respiratory Therapy Service, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1987–1989)
  • Anesthesiogist, Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital (1985–1987)
  • Anesthesiologist, New England Deaconess Hospital (1985–1987)
  • Anesthesiologist, Brookline Hospital (1985–1987)
  • Anesthesiologist, Faulkner Hospital (1985–1987)
  • Anesthesiologist, Parker Hill Hospital (1985–1987)
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Awards and Honors:
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2012)
  • NYSSA Distinguished Service Award (2011)
  • AAGBI GE Healthcare Lecture (2010)
  • SUNY Downstate MC Residents and Fellows Alumni Tribute Honoree (2010)
  • ASA Distinguished Service Award (2010)
  • 38th EA Rovenstine Memorial Lecturer (2008)
  • DiGamma Society (2008)
  • Graduation Lecturer (2007)
  • 1st Annual John Silas Lundy MD Lecture Award (2007)
  • America's Top Doctors in Cancer (2007)
  • America's Top Doctors (2007)
  • 11th Schreineer Distinguished Speaker (2007)
  • America's Top Doctors (2006)
  • America's Top Doctors in Cancer (2006)
  • America's Top Doctors in Cancer (2005)
  • America's Top Doctors (2005)
  • America's Top Doctors (2004)
  • America's Top Doctors (2003)
  • America's Top Doctors (2002)
  • 20th Annual John J. Bonica Lecturer (2002)
  • ACGME Parker J. Palmer "Courage to Teach" Award Finalist (2001)
  • America's Top Doctors (2001)
  • 6th Jan Kukral Distinguished Lecturer (2001)
  • 38th Anniversary of the Bernard H. Eliasberg Award (2001)
  • Meritorious Service Award (1999)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award (1998)
  • Excellence in the Art of Academic and Clinical Anesthesia (1990)
  • UB AnesthesiaResidents' Awardc (1990)
  • Parker B. Francis Investigatorship in Anesthesiology (1985)
  • Engel Scholarship (1981)
  • Werthamer Fellowship (1980)
  • Clinical Cancer Education Grant (1976)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 1998–January 2000
    Knoll Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $20,000
  • January 1996–January 1998
    Knoll Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • January 1996–January 1998
    Abbott Laboratories
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $3,500
  • January 1993–January 1998
    Pilot Clinical Pharmacology Training
    FDA
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $3,554,403
  • January 1996–January 1997
    Alza Corporation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $10,000
  • January 1995–January 1996
    Fujisawa Corporation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $10,000
  • January 1993–January 1995
    Glaxo Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $3,500
  • January 1993–January 1994
    Comprehensive Assessment of Pain in Pediatric Cancer Patients
    Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $18,460
  • January 1992–January 1993
    Fujisawa Corporation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $5,000
  • January 1992–January 1993
    Janssen Pharmaceutical
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,100
  • January 1992–January 1993
    E I duPont de Nemours
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $13,000
  • January 1990–January 1991
    E I duPont de Nermours & Company, Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $15,000
  • January 1989–January 1991
    Electronetics Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $20,000
  • January 1989–January 1990
    Pharmaco Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $4,500
  • January 1987–January 1990
    International Technidyne
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $21,000
  • January 1988–January 1989
    Roxanol Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $3,500
  • January 1987–January 1988
    Purdue Frederick Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $10,000
  • January 1985–January 1987
    Parker B. Francis Investigatorship in Anesthesiology
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $100,000
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Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:
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Journal Articles:
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Abstracts:
  • Lovrincevic M, Kotob F, Lema MJ. Continuous Perioperative Brachial Plexus Blockade with Ropivacaine may Prevent Phantom Limb Pain in Cancer Patients Undergoing Palliative Forequarter Amputation. ASRA Spring Meeting. 2005.
  • Brown SM, Wong C, Zevon MA, Sist TC, Lema MJ. Relationship between Pain Beliefs, Depression and Health-Related Quality of Life in Cancer Pain Patients. IASP. 2002; 1771.
  • Sist TC, Wong C, Zevon MA, Lema MJ. Multi-dimensional Assessment and Neuropathic Pain in a Clinic Population. IASP. 2002; 1429.
  • Filadora VA, Sist TC, Patel N, Miner M, Lema MJ. Gabapentin for treatment of neuropathic pain. American Pain Society. 1996.
  • Sist T, Miner M, Lema MJ. Characteristics of post radical neck pain syndrome. Reg Anesth. 1996; 21(25).
  • Sist T, Miner M, Lema MJ. Pain Language: a comparison between cancer and chronic, benign pain. Reg Anesth. 1996; 21(25).
  • Miner M, Sist T, Lema MJ. Patient Attitudes as barriers to effective pain treatment: cancer pain versus benign pain. Reg Anesth. 1996; 21(25).
  • Sist TC, Miner MF, Donnelly JP, Lema MJ. Verbal Description of Neuropathic Pain in Cancer and Chronic Pain Patients. IASP. 1996; 57.
  • Miner MF, Sist TC, Donnelly JP, Lema MJ. The Assessment of Pain Anxiety: A comparison study among cancer, chronic benign and treatment-related pain types. IASP. 1996; 39.
  • Filadora V, Sist T, Miner M, Lema MJ. Gabapentin Treatment of Neuropathic Pain: A report of 12 cases. APS. 1996; 652.
  • Florio G, Sist T, Miner M, Lema MJ. Gender differences in the Self-report of Pain: a comparison between cancer and nonmalignant pain patients. APS. 1996; 686.
  • Sist T, Miner M, Florio G, Massey J, Harrison P, Lema MJ. Evaluation of 447 pain clinic patients using the IASP classification system. APS. 1996; 737.
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Plancarte R, Lema MJ. Neurolytic superior hypogastric plexus block for cancer pain. Anesthesiology. 1995; 63(3A).
  • O'Leary KA, deLeon-Casasola OA, Lema MJ. Thoracic epidural anesthesia for the repair of bronchopleural fistulas. Reg Anesth. 1995; 20(25).
  • Plancarte R, deLeon-Casasola OA, Lema MJ. Alternative approaches for super hypogastric plexus block. Reg Anesth. 1995; 20(28).
  • Sands R, deLeon-Casasola OA, Harrison P, Velagapudi S, Lema MJ. Epidural fentanyl action, like intravenous fentanyl, occurs primarily at the supraspinal level. Reg Anesth. 1995; 20(28).
  • Plancarte R, deLeon-Casasola OA, Allende S, Lema MJ. The clinical effectiveness of two alternative aproaches for neurolytic superior hypogastric plexus blocks in patients with pelvic pain associated with extensive retroperitoneal cancer. Reg Anesth. 1995; 20(25).
  • O'Leary KA, deLeon-Casasola OA, Lema MJ. The use of thoracic epidural anesthesia with sedatin for post-surgica bronchopleural fistula repair. Reg Anesth. 1995; 20(25).
  • Nader-Djalal N, deLeon-Casasola OA, Peer GL, Vladutiu AO, Lema MJ. Pre-operative levels of B-endorphin and Met-enkephalin and the Duration of Analgesia after TURP under Spinal Anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 1994; 81.
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Karabella D, Lema MJ. The effects of epidural bupivacaine-morphine and intravenous PCA morphine on bowel function and pain after radical hysterectomies. Anesth Analg. 1993; 76.
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Kirch D, Karas P, Syed N, Blumenson L, Lema MJ. The influence of birth weight and oxytocin in the quality of epidural analgesia durig labor. Anesth Analg. 1993; 76.
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Karabella D, Harrison P, Lema MJ. A decrease in postoperative myocardial ischemia and infarction by epidural bupivacaine-morphine after upper abdominal surgery. Reg Anesth. 1993; 18(25).
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, McClintick E, Harrison P, Massey J, Lema MJ. Epidural morphone-bupivacaine and ketorolac versus epidural morphine-bupivacaine for post-thoracotomy analgesia. Reg Anesth. 1993; 18(25).
  • Bacon DR, deLeon-Casasola OA, Myers DP, Peppriell JE, Lema MJ. Minutes of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia 1924-1939. Anethesiology. 1993; 9.
  • Bacon DR, deLeon-Casasola OA, Lema MJ. Society Seals: Symbls of Organized Anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 1993; 9.
  • Bacon DR, Lema MJ. Creating a View: Written Images of Anesthesiology 1920-1940. Anesthesiology. 1993; 9.
  • Kent E, deLeon-Casasola OA, Lema MJ. Neurolytic Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block for Cancer Related Pelvic Pain. Reg Anesth. 1992; 17(1S).
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Kirch D, Karas P, Syed N, Blumenson L, Lema MJ. Comparison of epidural bupivacaine-fentanyl and bupivacaine-sufentanil infusions for relieving labor pain. Reg Anesth. 1992; 17(1S).
  • Wesolowski JA, Lema MJ. Phantom limb phenomenon. Reg Anesth. 1992; 17(35).
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Lema MJ. Epidural sufentanil provides superior analgesia for opioid-tolerant patients unresponsive to epidural morphine. Anesthesiology. 1992; 77.
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Parker B, Myers DP, Bacon DR, Peppriell J, Harrison P, Kent E, Rempel J, Lema MJ. Experience using epidural bupivacaine-morphine infusions for postoperative analgesia in 2,843 cancer surgical patients. Anesthesiology. 1992; 77.
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Parker B, Schwartz C, Bacon DR, Myers DP, Peppriell J, Orsini L, Lema MJ. Postoperative epidural analgesia decreases length of hospitalization and intensive care unit stays in high-risk surgical cancer patients. Anesthesiology. 1992; 77.
  • deLeon-Casasola, OA, Myeers DP, Doniparthi S, Bacon DR, Peppriell J, Rempel J, Lema MJ. Postoperative epidural analgesia fo chronic cancer patients taking oral narcotics. Anesthesiology. 1991; 75(3A).
  • deLeon-Casasola OA, Myers DP, Rempel J, Bacon DR, Peppriell J, Lema MJ. A prospective analysis of epidural catheter migration in 1598 cancer surgical patients. Anesthesiology. 1991; 75(3A).
  • Lema MJ, Reiestad F, Watson WA, Gjaere A. A comparison of epidural alfentanil, morphine and alfentanil-morphine combination for postoperative analgesia after total hip replacement. Anesthesiology. 1989; 69(3A).
  • Karczewski DM, Lema MJ, Graves-Rapp D. The efficacy of using an autotransfusion system or removal of tumor cells from blood harvested during cancer surgery. Anesthesiology. 1989; 69(3A).
  • Lema MJ, Pluskal MG, Allen PD, Julian FJ. Isolation of native myosin from mammalian muscles using high performance ion-exchange chromatography. Biophys J. 1987; 51.
  • Lema MJ, Reiestad F, Naulty SJ, Stromskag KE, Data S, Ostheimer GW. Epidural alfentanil administratio for postoperative pain relief. Regional Anesthesia. 1987; 12(1).
  • Johnson MD, Sevarino FB, Lema MJ, Datta S, Ostheimer GW, Naulty JS. Effect of epidural sufentanil on temperaure regulation in the parturient. Anesthesiology. 1987; 67(3A).
  • Arcario T, Vartikar J, Johnson MD, Lema MJ, Datta S, Ostheimer GW, Naulty JS. Effect of diluent volume on analgesia produced by epidural fentanyl. Anesthesiology. 1987; 67(3A).
  • Lema MJ, Striz S, Ostheimer GW, Julian FJ. Detection of myosin isozymes in non-pregnant and pregnant human uterine smooth muscle and comparison of their speed of shortening. Biophys J. 1986; 49.
  • Naulty JS, Malinow A, Hunt CO, Hausheer J, Datta S, Lema MJ, Ostheimer GW. Epidural butorphanol-bupivacaine for analgesia during labor ad delivery. Anesthesiology. 1986; 65(3A).
  • Naulty JS, Sevarino FB, Lema MJ, Hunt CO, Datta S, Ostheimer GW. Epidural sufentanil for postcesarean delivery pain management. Anesthesiology. 1986; 63(3A).
  • Philip JH, Lema MJ, Raemer DB, Drocker D. Is computer simulation as effective as lecture for teaching residens anesthetic uptake and distribution?. Anesthesiology. 1985; 63(3A).
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Myers DP, Lema MJ. Obstetrical Anesthesia, In: Conn's Current Therapy. 1992.
  • Lema MJ. Peripheral Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists. 2010.
  • Lovrincevic M, Lema MJ,. Diazepam/Lorazepam for Muscle Spasm. 2010.
  • Hsu B, Lema MJ. Post-Mastectomy Pain. 2010.
  • Filadora VA, Lema MJ. Alkylating Agents. 2010.
  • Filadora VA, Lema MJ. Bleomycin. 2010.
  • Lema MJ, DeLeon-Casasola OA. Cancer Pain. 2004.
  • Lema MJ. Cancer Pain. 2003.
  • Lema MJ, Day M, Myers DP, Filadora VA, Plata E. Cancer Pain. 2003.
  • Lema MJ, Day MR, Myers DM. Cancer Pain. 2000.
  • Filadora VA, Plata ET, Lema MJ. Cancer Pain Management Outcome Analysis. 2000.
  • Lema MJ, Filadora VA. Complications and Sequelae fo Cancer Pain Management. 1999.
  • Mendez-Tellez PA, Lema MJ. Chronic Pain after Trauma: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Phantom Limb Pain. 1998.
  • Lema MJ, Adlaka R. The Assessment and Etiology of Pain in the Cancer Patient. 1997.
  • Lema MJ, Harrison P. Cancer Pain Syndromes. 1996.
  • Myers DP, O'Leary KA, Lema MJ. Interpleural Catheters--Indications and Technique. 1996.
  • Lema MJ. Local Anesthetics. 1995.
  • Harrison PM, Lema MJ. Blood Component Therapy. 1993; 7(4).
  • Pepperiell JE, Lema MJ. Preanesthetic Considerations for the Patient with Cancer Receiving Cancer Treatmet. 1993; 7(4).
  • DeLeon-Casasola OA, Lema MJ. Spinal Opioid Analgesia: Influence on Clinical Outcome. 1992.
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Professional Memberships:
  • US Health and Human Services Task Force for Safe Surgery Checklist (2010)
  • Neuropathy Association; Co-Chair of Pain Advisory Board 2010-present (2010)
  • Roswell Park Medical Club (2008)
  • Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety; Member of the Board of Directors (2007–2011)
  • World Federation Societies of Anaesthesiologists; Honorary Treasurer -- 2009 to present (2007)
  • Editorial Board Member -- Vertebrae; electronic journal (2003–2005)
  • Special Reviewer -- Journal of Pain (2003–2005)
  • Editorial Board Member -- Pain Medicine News (2003)
  • Special Reviewer -- Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (2001–2005)
  • Special Reviewer -- Anesthesiology (2001–2005)
  • Special Reviewer -- Ansthesia and Analgesia (2001–2005)
  • Associate Editor -- Clinical Journal of Pain (1999–2001)
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (1999–2001)
  • Society of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs/Association of Anesthesiology Program Directors (1999)
  • Consulting Editor -- Hospital Medicine (1998–1999)
  • American Medical Society (1998)
  • Editor -- American Society of Anesthesiology Newsletter (1997–2003)
  • Edictor -- NYSSA Sphere (1997–2000)
  • Editor -- Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (1996–2001)
  • Editorial Board Member -- Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (1996–1999)
  • Reviewer -- Mayo Clinic Proceedings (1996–1997)
  • Reviewer - Anesthesia and Analgesia (1995–1998)
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (1995)
  • European Society of Regional Anesthesia (1994–2004)
  • Review Editor -- the International Monitor on Regional Anesthesia (Europe) (1994–1999)
  • Associate Editor -- Pain Digest (1994–1998)
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists (1994)
  • Reviewer -- Anethesiology (1993–1998)
  • Reviewer -- Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (1993–1997)
  • Associate Editor -- Regional Anesthesia (1993–1995)
  • Peer Reviewer -- US Dept of Health and Human Services (1993–1994)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (1993)
  • Medical Alumni Association of the University at Buffalo (1993)
  • Associate Editor -- American Society of Anesthesiology Newsletter (1992–1997)
  • Gross Medical Society (1992)
  • Editor -- NYSSA Sphere (1991–1996)
  • Contributing Editor -- Regional Anesthesiology (1991–1993)
  • Reviewer -- Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (1991–1992)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (1991–1992)
  • American Pain Society (1991)
  • Reviewer -- Research Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology (1990–1992)
  • Reviewer -- Regional Anesthesia (1990–1991)
  • Anesthesia History Association (1990)
  • Reviewer -- Journal of Chromatography (1989–1992)
  • Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Group of Western New York (1988–1994)
  • Associate Editor -- Roswell Park Journal (1988–1993)
  • Assistant Editor -- NYSSA Sphere (1988–1990)
  • Medical Society of Erie County; President -- 2011 Past President -- 2012 - Present Member Board of Directors (1988)
  • Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (1988)
  • Medical Society of the State of New York (1988)
  • New York State Society of Anesthesiologists; President -- 2001 (1987)
  • Biophysical Society (1986–1987)
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; President -- 2004 (1986)
  • International Anesthesia Research Society (1985)
  • Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists (1983–1987)
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists; President -- 2008 (1983)
  • Alumni Association of Downstate Medical School (1982)
  • Sigma Xi (1980)
  • Canisius College Alumni Association; President's Council 1998 - present (1972)
  • Roswell Park Medical Staff; President -- 2008
Presentations:
  • "Leadership in Anaestheia-Planning the Future of Our Specialty" GE Healthcare Lecture on Leadership, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (2010)
  • "How Do We Move to and Maintain a Culture of Safety" Perioperative Safety Conference, The Joint Commission (2009)
  • "Pharmacological Therapies for the Treatment of Pain in the Community Setting" CME Program for Pharmacists, PHARM Ed (2009)
  • "The Types of Neuropathic Pain" Neuropathic Pain Symposium, The National Institutes of Health (2009)
  • "Anaesthetic Implications of New Cancer Treatments" Congress, World Federation Societies of Anaesthesiologists (2008)
  • "Expect Change--The Ever-Lasting Practice of Perioperative Medicine" 39th Rovenstine Memorial Lecture, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists, Post-Graduate Assembly (2008)
  • "How Does Our Specialty Prepare for the Future" Annual Meeting, Canadian Anesthesiologists Society, The Royal College (2008)
  • "I'm Not Retired, yet, but...." 62nd Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (2008)
  • "Mechanisms of Acute Pain Generation" Annual Meeting, Canadian Anesthesiologists Society (2008)
  • "Pain Mechanisms" Annual Meeting, Australian Society of Anaesthesiologists (2008)
  • "Pain Practice Paradigms--A Look into the Future" Pain Symposium, Weill-Cornell (2008)
  • "Seek to Become, Not to Acquire" White Coat Ceremony, SUNY Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2008)
  • "Where is Medicine Going?" 4th Annual Ellison Pierce Symposium (2008)
  • "2007 and Beyond -- Preparing for the Future Health Care Paradigm" 11th Schreiner Distinguished Speaker, Canisius College (2007)
  • "2007 and Beyond...." 3rd Annual Ellison Pierce Symposium (2007)
  • "ASA Presidential Update" Practice Management Conference, American Society of Anesthesiologists (2007)
  • "Bioterrorism: What the Anesthesiologist Needs to Know" 25th Annual Can-Am Conference (2007)
  • "How Acute Pain Becomes Chronic Pain" 61st Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (2007)
  • "How Will Anesthesia Care Be Delivered--Now and in the Future?" 58th Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (2007)
  • "Preparing for Future Changes in Healthcare--An American Perspective" Ontario Anaesthesiologists Society (2007)
  • "The Regionalist as Pain Specialist" John Silas Lundy MD Distinguished Lecture, Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists (2007)
  • "Future Paradigms for Anesthesia Practice" William B. Jensen Memorial Lecture, Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists (2006)
  • "Where is Anesthesiology Going in the Future" J. Gerard Converse Memorial Lecture, Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (2006)
  • "Where is Our Specialty Going in the Future?" 2nd Annual Ellison Pierce Symposium (2006)
  • "Will World Anesthesia Need to Change in Order to Thrive?" 60th Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (2006)
  • ""Neurologic Deficits aftr Regional Anesthesia" and "Does Poor Postoperative Pain Control Cause Chronic Pain?"" Clinical Issues in Anesthesiology symposium, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2004)
  • "Evaluation and Treatment of the Cancer Pain Patient" Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiology (2004)
  • "History of Pain Medicine" Edith Kepes MD Symposium, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (2004)
  • ""Pain Mechanisms: and :Anesthesia Manpower: Doing More with Less"" Clinical Issues in Anesthesiology symposium, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2003)
  • "Chronic Medications for Acute Pain Management" 28th Annual Meeting, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (2003)
  • "Does Post-Surgical Pain Lead to Chronic Pain?" Annual Meeting, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (2003)
  • "Management of Acute Pain in Older Adults" 10th Annual Dr. Stella M. Traweek Visiting Professorship in Geriatric Pain, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2003)
  • "Neurologic Deficits after Regional Anaesthesia" Annual Meeting, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (2003)
  • "New Treatment Dimensions with COX-2 Inhibitors" Annual Meeting, European League Against Rheumatism (2003)
  • "Pain Mechanisms" Annual Meeting, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (2003)
  • "Paradigms in Pain: Current Mechanisms and Emerging Strategies" Annual Meeting, American Academy of Pain Medicine (2003)
  • "Perioperative Pain Management" 57th Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (2003)
  • "Analyzing Epidural Anesthesia and Analgesia" 20th Annual john J. Bonica Lecture, University of Washington School of Medicine (2002)
  • "Analyzing Epidural Anesthesia Outcomes" Anesthesia in the XXI Century, Columbia University (2002)
  • "FAER Panel: Anesthesiology and Palliative Medicine" Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiology (2002)
  • "FAER Panel: Anesthesiology and Palliative medicine--Is it part of our mission?" Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiology (2002)
  • "Molecular Mechanisms of Pain Transmission" Meeting, Eastern Pain Association (2002)
  • "Neurologic Complications of Regional Techniques" VIII ESRA Local Meeting (2002)
  • "Pain Management" Regional Clinical Update Conference, New York State Department of Health Office of Continuing Care (2002)
  • "Post-thoracotomy Pain Syndrome" VIII ESRA Local Meeting (2002)
  • "Spinal Lidocaine--Are Adverse Events Preventable?" Anesthesia in the XXI Century, Columbia University (2002)
  • "Strategies for Chronic Pain Management" Anesthesia in the XXI Century, Columbia University (2002)
  • "The Anesthesia Manpower Mandate" 8th Annual Refresher Course, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine (2002)
  • "The Management of Pain in Gynecologic Patients" Fifth Annual Dr. and Mrs. Harry and Mitzie P. Cohen Lectureship, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Anesthesiology (2002)
  • "Herbal Products and Adverse Anesthetic Outcomes" Richard Ament MD Memorial Lecture, 19th Can-Am Clinical Anesthesia Conference (2001)
  • ""Non-Opioid Analgesics" and "Bioterrorism and the Anesthesiologist"" Post Graduate Assembly, NYSSA (2001)
  • "Analyzing Epidural Anesthesia Outcomes" Bernard H. Eliasberg Lecture, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, 38th NY Anesthesiology Review (2001)
  • "Ask the Pain Consultants" National Conference of Nurse Practitioners (2001)
  • "Multidimensional pain assessment in relation to alcohol use" 20th Annual Meeting, American Pain Society (2001)
  • "New Strategies for Managing Cancer Pain" 10th World Congress of Pain (2001)
  • "Patients and their family members' responses to the Barriers Questionnaire" 20th Annual Meeting, American Pain Society (2001)
  • "Preemptive Analgesia and Post-Operative Pain Management: An Anaesthetist's Perspective" 11th European Congress of Anesthesiology (2001)
  • "Strategies for Managing Cancer Pain" Oncology Lecture Series: Pharmacology Update, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2001)
  • "The relationship between IASP axis 1 multiple pain sites and pain related variables" 20th Annual Meeting, American Pain Society (2001)
  • "Anesthesia and Immune Response" Frontiers in Anaesthesia, Allergy, Immunology and Anaesthetic Action, Session Moderator (2000)
  • "Invasive Techniques for Managing Cancer Pain" 13th Congress on Caring for the Terminally Ill (2000)
  • "Invasive Therapy to Managing Neuropathis Pain" Symposium on Neuropathic Pain, University of Rochester School of Medicine (2000)
  • "Legal, Ethical and Clinical Considerations for Pain Management Practices" Oncology Seminar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2000)
  • "NSAIDs Including Cox-2 Inhibitors" 54th Annual Post-Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (2000)
  • "Plenary Session Moderator" International Symposium on Regional Anesthesia and Pain (2000)
  • "Practice Guidelines and Outcomes Data in Oncology" 5th Annual Conference, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2000)
  • "Science Behind the Pain Standards" 54th Annual Post-Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (2000)
  • "Sympathetic Blocks" World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (2000)
  • "To Err is Human, Unless You're a Physician" 20th Annual Dinner, North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists (2000)
  • "Does Intrapleural Neurolysis Have Scientific Validation?" Current Concepts in Acute, Chronic, and Cancer Pain Management, The World Foundation for Pain Relief and Research (1999)
  • "Managing Cancer Pain" 24th Annual Meeting, American Society of Regional Amesthesia (1999)
  • "Barriers to Effective Cancer Pain Management and Strategies for Treatment" IPRO Conference on Pain Management (1998)
  • "Interventional Techniques for Cancer and AIDS Pain" Annual Conference, NYS Cancer and AIDS Pain Initiative (1998)
  • "Opioid Effects, Side Effects, and legal Pitfalls" 4th Annual Headache/Chronic Pain Symposium, Parkview (1998)
  • "Pain Management" 50th Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiology (1998)
  • "Recent Advances in the Management of Cancer pain" Fourth Annual Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Update, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (1998)
  • "The Role of the Physcian in Palliative Care" Symposium on Physician Assisted Suicide, Pennsylvania Resource Council (1998)
  • "Adverse Effects of Opioids" 3rd Pan American Symposium on Regional Anaesthesia (1997)
  • "Anesthesia for the Cancer Patient" 49th Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiology (1997)
  • "Cancer Pain" 3rd Pan American Symposium on Regional Anaesthesia (1997)
  • "Cancer Pain Management" Clinical Issues in Anesthesiology conference, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1997)
  • "Does Interpleural Analgesia Really Work?" Symposium on Acute and Cancer Pain Management, Memorial sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1997)
  • "Interventional Approaches to Pain" 4th Annual Conference, University of Toronto, The Science & Art of Pain and Symptom Management (1997)
  • "Neurolytic Regional Blocks" 22nd Annual Meeting, American Society of Regional Amesthesia (1997)
  • "Phantom Limb Pain" Regional Anaesthesia & Analgesia Update ‘97 (1997)
  • "Phantom Pain" 3rd Pan American Symposium on Regional Anaesthesia (1997)
  • "Postoperative Epidural Analgesia--When is it Worthwhile?" Ronald E. Needs Lecture, 4th University of Toronto Regional Anaesthesia & Analgesia Symposium (1997)
  • "Strategies for Managing Cancer Pain" Spring Cancer Day, Central Academy of Medicine (1997)
  • "Thoracic Epidural Anaesthesia/Analgesia" Regional Anaesthesia & Analgesia Update ‘97, University of Toronto (1997)
  • "Analyzing Epidural Analgesia Outcome" Workshop, American Society of Regional Anesthesia (1996)
  • "Anatomy and Physiology of Acute and Chronic Pain" Pain Management Issues for the Primary Care Physician Conference, Medical Society of the State of New York (1996)
  • "Approaches to Difficult Pain Syndromes" 50th Annual Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (1996)
  • "Invasive Techniques for Managing Cancer Pain" Regional Anaesthesia Update, University of Toronto (1996)
  • "New Strategies for the Management of Patients with Cancer Pain" Annual Meeting, American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (1996)
  • "Operating Room Leadership--What is Needed for Effective Administration?" 11th Annual Meeting, SAMBA (1996)
  • "Opioids and Co-analgesics for Cancer Pain" Cancer Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Cancer Center (1996)
  • "Case Presentations in Pain Management" Annual Meeting, Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (1995)
  • "Chronic Pain Management" 47th Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiology (1995)
  • "Ethics/Geriatrics" 47th Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiology (1995)
  • "Managing Cancer Pain" Cancer Awareness Day, Franklin Regional Medical Center (1995)
  • "Role of Pharmacologic Therapy in Managing Chronic Pain" Annual Meeting, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists (1995)
  • "Treatment Guidelines for Acute, Chronic and Cancer Pain" Spring Symposium, Erie Metro Health Cneter (1995)
  • "Treatment of Postoperative Pain" Annual Meeting, Penn State Scanticon Center, Pennsylvania Pain Initiative (1995)
  • "Treatments beyond the Three Step Ladder Plan" Cancer Pain Management and the Primary Care Clinician Symposium, American Cancer Society (1995)
  • "Anatomy and Physioogy of Acute, Chronic andn Cancer Pain" Oncology Seminar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1994)
  • "Cancer Chemotherapy Drugs and thePatient" 45th Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiologists (1994)
  • "Effects of Radiotherapy: Impact on Anesthetic Choice" 48th Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (1994)
  • "Neuropharmacology of Spinal Opioids" 14th Annual Reunion, 1st International Congress of Pain and Palliative Care, Mexican Association for the Study and Treatment of Pain (1994)
  • "Special Pain Syndromes and Newer Methods of Pain Management" Cancer Pain Management Symposium, American Cancer Society, Glens Falls Hospital (1994)
  • "Special Pain Syndromes and Newer Methods of pain Management" Symposium - Cancer Pain Management, American Cancer Society (1994)
  • "Cancer Pain: Systemic Opiates (Althernative Techniques for Patients Undergoing Thoracic Surgery" First Pan American Symposium on Regional Anesthesia (1993)
  • "Managing Pain - How Good Are We? How Can We Improve?" Oncology Seminar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1993)
  • "Presentation is Everything--Your Appearance and Conduct as a Physician Matter" 47th Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (1993)
  • "Thoracic Anesthesia and Analgesia" 18th Annual Meeting, American Society of Regional Anesthesia (1993)
  • "Transdermal Fentanyl Delivery" Pain Management Symposium, Hoag Hospital, Controversies in Pain Management (1993)
  • "Transdermal Fentanyl Delivery" Controversies in Pain Management, Hoag Hospital (1993)
  • ""Thoracic Epidural Analgesia" and "OTFC, EMLA, TTS-F"" Regional Workshop-Innovative Pain Management Strategies, American Society of Regional Anesthesia (1992)
  • "Cancer Pain" 3rd International Congress, European and American Societies of Regional Anesthesia (1992)
  • "Improving Outcome in High Risk Surgical Patients with Epidural Anesthesia-Analgesia" Oncology Seinar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1992)
  • "Interpleural Analgesia for Cancer Pain Management" 3rd Symposium on Acute and Cancer Pain management, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1992)
  • "Management of Cancer Pain" Annual Anesthesia Sym0posium, Baystae Medical Center (1992)
  • "Managing Cancer Pain" Frontiers in Oncology 1992, Pennsylvania Oncology Society (1992)
  • "Outpatient Management of Cancer Pain" Update - Pain Management Seminar, Flint Osteopathic Hospital (1992)
  • "Outpatient Management of Cancer-Related Pain" Current Concepts in Cancer Pain Management, Boca Raton Community Hospital (1992)
  • "Sympathetically Medicated Pain" 3rd International Congress, European and American Societies of Regional Anesthesia (1992)
  • "Thoracic Epidural Anesthesia" Benamin G. Covino Regional Anesthesia Symposium (1992)
  • "Thoracic Epidural Anesthesia/Analgesia" Regional Workshop - Physiology of Epidural Anesthesia, Society of Regional Anesthesia (1992)
  • "Total Management of Chronic Pain Patient" Oncology Seminar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1992)
  • "Anesthetic Considerations for Cancer Surgery" 45th Post-Graduate Assembly, NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (1991)
  • "Fluid Management Strategies for Optimal Tissue Oxygenation in Critical Ill Surgical Patients" Oncology Seminar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1991)
  • "Outpatient Management of Cancer Pain" Biennial Lemuel Bowden Cancer Teaching Day, Central New York Academy of Medicine (1991)
  • "Outpatient Management of Cancer Related Pain in the Elderly" Annual Symposium, Symposium on Aging (1991)
  • "Pulmonary Surfactant: Basic Research and Clinical Applications" Oncology Semiar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1991)
  • ""Physiologic and Pharmacologic Considerations of Interspinal Opioids" and "Outpatient Management of Cancer-Related Pain"" Seminar, Woman's Foundation Inc. (1990)
  • "Newest Techniques in Cancer pain Management" Pain Management Update on Acute and Cancer Pain, Georgetown University Medical Center (1990)
  • "Clinical Implications of Ischemic Heart Disease in the Perioperative Setting" Oncology Seminar Series, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1989)
  • "Local Anesthesia and Pain III, Interpleural and Thoracic Anesthesia" Annual Meeting, American Society of Anesthesiologists (1989)
  • "Out-Patient Management of Cancer-related Pain" Update on Acute Pain Management, Georgetown University School of Medicine (1989)
  • "Recent Advaces in Intravenous Anesthetic Agents" Can-Am Clinical Anesthesia Conference (1988)
  • "IV Narcotic Therapy and Patient Controlled Analgesia" Annual Meeting, American Society of Regional Anesthesia (1988)
  • "Recent Advances in the Treatment of Transient Hypertension in the Post-Anesthetic Period" Annual Meeting, Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists (1988)
  • "Pharmacokinetics of Opioids" , Harvard Medical School, Dept of Continuing Medical Education (1987)
  • "Pharmacology of Parenteral Opioids" Forty-First Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, NYSSA (1987)
  • "Spinal Opioids for Post-Operative Pain Management in Geriatric Patient" Anesthesia and the Geriatric Patient Symposium, University at Buffalo, Department of Anesthesiology (1987)
  • "Regional Anesthesia Update" , Harvard Medical School, Dept of Continuing Medical Education (1985)
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Service Activities:
  • Medical Society of County of Erie; Past President (2012)
  • Medical Society of County of Erie; President (2011)
  • US Health and Human Services; Safe Surgery Checklist; Advisory Board (2010)
  • Neuropathic Association Pain Advisory Board; Co-Chair (2010)
  • MSCE Vice President; Vice President (2009–2010)
  • ASA Committee on Surgical Anesthesia; National Liaison (2009)
  • World Federation Societies of Anesthesiologists; Treasurer (2009)
  • MSCE Secretary-Treasurer; Secretary/Treasurer (2008–2009)
  • Digamma Honor Society; Member (2008)
  • Director of Anesthesiology/Pain Management SIO Healthcare Advisor; Director (2008)
  • MSCE Health Law Committee; Chair (2008)
  • Roswell Park Medical Staff; President (2008)
  • UB SMBS Committee on Faculty Promotions to Unqualified (Tenure) Rank; Chair, 2008; Committee Member (2008)
  • World Federation Societies of Anaesthesiologists; Executive Board (2008)
  • Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety; Board of Directors (2007–2011)
  • ASA Distinguished Service Award Committee; Chair, 2008; Committee Member (2007–2009)
  • ASA Committee on Representation to the WFSA; Chair, 2009; Committee Member (2007)
  • ASA Liaison to the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety; National Liaison (2007)
  • AORN Executive Symposium; Co-Program Director; Director (2006–2009)
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists; President (2005–2006)
  • ASRA President; Vice President 2002-2003 President Elect 2003-2004; President (2005)
  • NYSSA Advisor to the Committee on Annual Sessions (PGA); Advisor (2004–2012)
  • ASA Representative to the AORN Executive Summit; Executive Board (2004)
  • Canisius College Medical Alumni Board; Chair, 2006-present; Board Member (2004)
  • FAER Pain Research Council; Chair, 2004-2005; Committee Member (2004)
  • MSCE Legislative Committee; Chair (2003–2008)
  • MSCE Physician's Advisory Board; Board Member (2003–2008)
  • MSCE Executive Board; Board Member (2003)
  • Pain Medicine Review publication; Editorial Board Member (2003)
  • UB GMEC Internal Review Sub-Committee; Committee Member (2003)
  • ASA Board of Directors; Board Member (2002–2008)
  • FAER Board of Directors; Board Member (2002)
  • NYSSA PGA General Chair; Post Graduate Assemblies of New York; Chair (2001–2003)
  • NCCN End-of-Life Care panel; National Cancer Care Network; Panel Member (2000–2002)
  • National Pain Consultants' Meeting; Moderator (2000–2001)
  • NYSSA President; Vice President 1998-1999 President Elect 1999-2000; President (2000–2001)
  • NCCN Cancer Pain panel; National Comprehensive Cancer Network; Panel Member (1999–2006)
  • American Pain Society Clinical Practice Panel; Panel Member (1999–2001)
  • UB School of Medicine Executive Committee; Committee Member (1999)
  • UB SMBS Faculty Council; Committee Member (1999)
  • UB SMBS Program Director's Advisory Committee; Committee Member (1999)
  • Dept of Health Medical Expert; NYS Department of Health, Office for Professional Medical Conduct; Other (1998)
  • ASA Newsletter; Editor (1997–2003)
  • Post Graduate Assemblies of the NYSSA; Scientific Program Chair; Chair (1997–2000)
  • AMA National Palliative Care Faculty; SUNY representative; Faculty Liaison (1997–1999)
  • NYS Pubic Health Council; Subcommittee on Pain Management Practice; Committee Member (1997–1998)
  • ASRAPM Research Committee; Chair, 1996-2001; Committee Member (1994–2002)
  • Annual Meeting of American Society of Regional Anesthesia; Chair (1994)
  • Annual Meeting of American Society of Regional Anesthesia; Vice-Chair (1993)
  • Medical Scientist Training Program Admissions Committee; Committee Member (1991–2004)
  • NYSSA Sphere; Editor (1991–2000)
  • NYSSA Committee on Annual Sessions (PGA); Chair, 2000-2003 Member of Sub-committees on: Workshops, Problem Based Learning Discussions, Time out with the Experts, Scientific Program. Also Chair of Sub-committee on Scientific Program from 1996-2000.; Committee Member (1990–2003)
  • NYSSA Committee on Editorial Board (Sphere); Chair, 1991-1996; Committee Member (1990–1996)
  • Chief, Cancer Pain Service; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Departmet of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; Other (1987–1999)
  • Liver Transplant Team; New England Deaconess Hospital; Other (1985–1987)
  • Obstetrical Anesthesia Service; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Other (1985–1987)
  • Cardiac Transplant Team; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Other (1984–1985)
  • NYS Health Commissioner's Pre-operative Protocol Panel; Committee Member
  • NYS Partnership to Improve End-of-Life Care task force; Committee Member

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