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)
Professor, Anesthesiology and Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2006-present)
Chair, Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo (2001-present)
Professor, Anesthesiology, 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, Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo (1999–2000)
Medical Chief, Cancer Pain and Palliative Care Service, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1998–1999)
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo (1994–1999)
Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs, Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo (1992–1999)
Chief of Cancer Pain Management Service, Anesthesiology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1988–1999)
Anesthesiologist Consultant, Anesthesiology, Erie County Medical Center (1988–1999)
Research Associate Professor of Experimental Physilogy, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo (1992–1998)
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, University at Buffalo (1987–1994)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo (1989–1993)
Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Anesthesiology, 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, Anesthesiology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1987–1989)
Anesthesiogist, Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital (1985–1987)
Anesthesiologist, Anesthesiology, New England Deaconess Hospital (1985–1987)
Filladora VA, Lema MJ. Neuroanatomy of pain transmission. Emerg Med. 2000; 32.
Filadora VA, Lema MJ. Medical management and interventional modalities in patients with acute herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia. Curr Anesth Rep. 2000; 2.
Lema MJ. Effective pain management can be achieved now. Scope. 2000; 3(4).
Yarussi AT, Sands RP, Edge SB, Lema MJ, deLeon-Casasola OA. Peripheral Morphine Analgesia for Postoperative Pain Following Axillary Node Dissection for Breast Cancer: A Controlled Randomized Double-Blind Study. Regional Anesthesia. 1999; 24.
Sist TC, Miner MF, Lema MJ. Characteristics of Postradical Neck Pain Syndrome: A report of 25 cases. J Pain Symptom Manage. 1999; 18(2).
Sands RP, Yarussi AT, Lema MJ. Postthoractomy syndrome and postherpetic neuralgia. Sem Cardiothoracic, Vac Anesth. 1999; 3(3).
Lema MJ, Lema GM. End of Life Issues: Physician Assisted Suicide or Pain Management and Palliative Care. Hosp Med. 1998; 34.
Bernstein ZP, Yucht S, Battista E, Lema MJ, Spaulding M. Proglumide as a morphine adjunct in cancer pain management. J Pain Symptom Manage. 1998; 15(5).
Turk DC, Sist TC, Okifuji A, Florio G, Miner MF, Harrison P, Massey J, Zevon MA, Lema MJ. Adaptation to metastatic cancer pain, regional/local cancer pain, and non-cancer pain: role of psychological and behavioral factors. Pain. 1998; 74.
Sist T, Filadora V, Miner M, Lema MJ. Gabapentin for idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia: Report of Two Cases. Neurology. 1997; 48.
Sist TC, Filadora V, Miner M, Lema MJ. Clinical experience with Gabapentin for neuropathic pain in the head and neck: Report of 10 cases. Regional Anesthesia. 1997; 22.
O‘Leary KA, Lema MJ. Anaesthetic concerns in the management of cancer patients. S. Afr. J. Anaesth Analg. 1997; 3.
Sands RP, DeLeon-Casasola OA, Harrison P, Velagapudi S, Lema MJ. A Randomised double blind comparison of Epidural and Intravenous Fentanyl Therapy for Postoperative Pain. Acute Pain. 1997; 1.
Sands RP, Bacon DR, Myers DP, Lema MJ. Jepasthesia: a method of teaching key concepts in anesthesiology. Am J Anesth. 1997; 24.
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).
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, 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.
"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)
Director of Anesthesiology/Pain Management SIO Healthcare Advisor; Director (2008–present)
MSCE Health Law Committee; Chair (2008–present)
Roswell Park Medical Staff; President (2008–present)
UB SMBS Committee on Faculty Promotions to Unqualified (Tenure) Rank; Chair, 2008; Committee Member (2008–present)
World Federation Societies of Anaesthesiologists; Executive Board (2008–present)
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–present)
ASA Liaison to the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety; National Liaison (2007–present)
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–present)
Canisius College Medical Alumni Board; Chair, 2006-present; Board Member (2004–present)
FAER Pain Research Council; Chair, 2004-2005; Committee Member (2004–present)
MSCE Legislative Committee; Chair (2003–2008)
MSCE Physician's Advisory Board; Board Member (2003–2008)
MSCE Executive Board; Board Member (2003–present)
Pain Medicine Review publication; Editorial Board Member (2003–present)
UB GMEC Internal Review Sub-Committee; Committee Member (2003–present)
ASA Board of Directors; Board Member (2002–2008)
FAER Board of Directors; Board Member (2002–present)
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–present)
UB SMBS Faculty Council; Committee Member (1999–present)
UB SMBS Program Director's Advisory Committee; Committee Member (1999–present)
Dept of Health Medical Expert; NYS Department of Health, Office for Professional Medical Conduct; Other (1998–present)
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