Our Team


Ronald A. Wasserman, MD, FRCPC
Chief, Pain Medicine Service
Director of Back and Pain Center
University of Michigan Health System


Training
  • 1982-1986, Medical School, University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • 1986-1987, Rotating Internship, University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • 1993-1994, Regional Anesthesia Fellowship, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • 1998-1999 Pain Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Academic
  • 2001-03, Director, Regional Anesthesia Program, University of Michigan Health System
  • 2003-Present, Chief, Pain Medicine Service, University of Michigan Health System
  • 2003-Present, Director, Back & Pain Center
Clinical Interests
  • Cancer pain, back pain, regional anesthesia and it's applications to chronic pain management.
Research Interests
  • Evidence based medicine for pain management
  • Regional anesthesia and its use in postoperative pain management



Daniel W. Berland, MD, FACP

Training

  • 1973-1977, B.S. with Honors (Zoology and Microbiology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1977-1980, M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • 1980-1981, Intern, Categorical Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, University of Michigan Affil., Detroit, Michigan
  • 1981-1983, Resident, Henry Ford Hospital, University of Michigan Affil., Detroit, Michigan

Academic

  • 2006-present, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2005-2006, Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1997-2005, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science (formerly, The Chicago Medical School), North Chicago, Illinois

Research Interests

  • Clinical pathways development and practice quality, particularly in the area of pain management
  • Variations in delivery of health care



Chad Brummett, MD

Training

  • 1998-2002, Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2002-2003, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, Methodist Hospital Transitional Medicine Internship Program
  • 2003-2006, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Department of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology Residency
  • 2006- 2007,  Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine Fellowship

Academic

  • 2007, Locums Tenens, Anesthesiology, Metro Health Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2007-Present, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Anesthesiology, Back & Pain Center, University of Michigan Health System,  Ann Arbor, MI

Clinical Interests

  • Back and spine pain
  • Spinal cord stimulators and neuromodulation
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS, RSD)
  • Research Interests
  • The effects of opioids on sexual function in pain patients.
  • Needle depth of lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections as it relates to body mass index. 
  • Characteristics and outcomes of chronic pain patients presenting for surgery.
  • The prevalence and predictors of perioperative nerve injury.
  • The use of dexmedetomidine in spine surgery.    
  • Can a fall in baseline heart rate be used as a reliable predictor of successful epidural catheter placement.
  • The effects of intravenous clonidine on pain management after laproscopic tubal ligation.
  • The effect on duration of analgesia and anesthesia of dexmedetomidine as an additive to local anesthetics for interscalene brachial plexus blocks for shoulder surgery. 



Srinivas Chiravuri, MBBS, MD

Training

  • MBBS, Adichunchunagari Institute of Medical Sciences, Mysore University
  • 1998-99, Internship, General Surgery, Metropolitan Group Hospitals, Chicago
  • 1999-02, CA-I, Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • 2000-03, CA-II, III, University of Michigan Health System
  • 2002-03, Fellowship, Pain Medicine, University of Michigan Health System
  • 2003-04, Fellowship, Cardiac Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health System
Clinical Interests
  • Cardiac patients, facial pain; trigeminal neuralgia, refractory angina, PVOD
Research Interests
  • Neuromodulation for chronic pain management
  • Dorsal horn receptors and pharmacology
  • Augmentation/Inhibition of various neural pathways
  • Neuro Anatomy



Carmen Renee Green, MD

Training
  • 1987, M.D., Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
  • 1988, Internship, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • 1989, Residency Program, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • 1989, Residency Program, Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical Center
  • 1992, Fellowship, Pain Management Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical Center
  • 1996, Anesthesiology, Pain Management Certification
Clinical Interests
  • Pain Management (Acute and Chronic), Obstetrical Anesthesiology, Ambulatory Anesthesia, Quality Assurance and education.
Research Interests
  • Health services research, acute pain, chronic pain, gender, ethnic, racial and aging variables
  • Physician education and quality improvement in pain management



Ross Halpern, PhD, LP

Training

  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology from University of Michigan
  • Masters and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit
  • Internships at The Detroit Psychiatric Institute, Oakland University Psychology Clinic and Windsor Western Hospital.

Clinical Interests

  • His interest in chronic pain started when he worked on his PhD dissertation, which involved teaching people relaxation strategies.

Research Interests

  • His research provides understanding that not only does relaxation training reduces anxiety, but also lowers blood pressure and helps patients cope with chronic pain.



Paul E. Hilliard, MS, MD

Training

  • 2000-2004, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton Ohio, MD
  • 2004-2005, Transitional year internship, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, OH
  • 2005-2008, Residency, Anesthesiology, The University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2008-2009, Fellow, Interventional Pain Management, The University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2009-present, Clinical Lecturer, The University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI

Clinical Interests

  • Back and spine pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS, RSD)
  • Acute pain medicine
  • Regional anesthesia techniques and applications
  • Ultrasound guided pain interventions
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Neck related headache disorders

Research Interests

  • Regional anesthetic outcomes
  • Local anesthetic toxicity
  • Complimentary and Alternative medicine in pain management



Herbert Malinoff, MD, FACP, FASAM

Training

  • 1974-78, Doctoral, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1978-79, Internship, Internal Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979-81, Resident, Internal Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1981-83, Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1987-89, Fellow, Nuclear Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1995-96, Associate in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality Review, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan

Academic

  • 1982-83, research Associate, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1983-84, Instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1984-87, Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1985-Present, Clinic Faculty, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical interest in addictive illness, opioid and sedative dependence, nicotine dependence treatment, 12 step recovery process.
Research Interests
  • Medical management of chronic pain syndrome, buprenorphine pharmacodynamics, sedative withdrawal management, multi disciplinary treatment of chronic pain syndromes.



Eugene Owen Mitchell Jr., MD

Training
  • 1985, M.D. Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • 1985-86, Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Illinois
  • 1986-89, Residency, Anesthesiology, University of Illinois
  • 2000, Fellowship, Pain Management Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical Center
Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric pain, cancer pain, head and neck pain and medical legal review.
Research Interests
  • Pain management



Trevor Schack, MD

Training
  • 2004-2008, Doctor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • 2008-2009, Clinical Internship, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2009-2012, Anesthesiology Residency, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2012-2013, Pain Medicine Fellowship, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
Academic
  • 2013-Present, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
Clinical Interests
  • Back and spine pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), cancer pain, spinal cord stimulators and neuromodulation, acute pain and regional anesthesia






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