Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Polomano has participated in several national advisory boards and has been involved in many initiatives to improve pain management. Currently, she is an ad hoc member of the NIH Integrative Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience Study Section. Dr. Polomano has lectured throughout the country on pain-related topics including the assessment and management of pain in long term care.
Dr. Schaffer is an active member of many professional societies including the American College of Physician Executives, the American Orthopedic Association, the American Society for Quality and the American Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is also active with public safety forces including his services to his community as an on-call firefighter and police department surgeon. A frequent lecturer at regional, national and international information technology and medical meetings, Dr. Schaffer has authored more than 125 articles, book chapters and textbooks. In addition, he has developed a number of multimedia programs and computer software applications on patient outcomes, process engineering and patient education. He and his teams have received several awards for medical Web site development.
Dr. Schmidt is Immediate Past President of the Eastern Pain Association, the largest regional affiliate of the American Pain Society. He has over 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience with a special emphasis on the discovery and development of novel analgesic and narcotic antagonist drugs. He is the co-editor of Pain: Current Understanding, Emerging, Therapies, and Novel Approaches to Drug Discovery (Marcel Dekker, 2003; 2nd edition in preparation). Dr. Schmidt received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of California, San Francisco. Following his postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Schmidt joined DuPont Pharmaceuticals (later the DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company) where he helped to develop Nubain, Trexan, ReVia and the oxycodone-ibuprofen formulation used in Combunox™
Dr. Shinohara is an expert in prostate imaging, diagnosis of prostate cancer, and image-guided treatment of prostate cancer including brachytherapy and cryosurgery. He has many publications regarding transrectal ultrasonography, prostate biopsy, and minimally invasive prostate cancer treatments.
Dr. Singla also serves as Director of Clinical Research, Vice Chairman of the Institutional Review Board and Chairman of the Clinical Research Committee at Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Southam joined ALZA Corporation in 1984 and most recently held the position of Vice President of Technology Assessment. Prior to that she held the position of Research Fellow / Executive Director of Clinical Development. She is currently a clinical consultant in the Pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Southam has published in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, Psychosomatic Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology as well as other journals.
Dr. Viscusi is Director of Acute Pain Management at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His research interests include development of new pain management techniques, outcome studies with pain management, and the development of novel agents and delivery systems for pain management. Dr. Viscusi directs a busy acute pain service with an emphasis on inpatient orthopedic surgery. Dr. Viscusi has been a primary investigator of many emerging technologies in the perioperative arena. Dr. Viscusi has lectured extensively at national and international meetings.
The Acute Pain Management Service of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital employs a strong emphasis on the role of nurses. Specially trained pain nurses play a critical role assessing and managing patients on the service. Utilizing carefully designed protocols and education, nurses are able to improve patient care and cost effectiveness.
Dr. Viscusi has published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine as well as other journals. He has been featured and quoted in articles appearing in Newsweek, Philadelphia Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Dr. Viscusi currently serves on the editorial board of Seminars in Pain Medicine and The Clinical Journal of Pain, and reviews for Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Techniques in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Management.