Advisory Panel

Primary Authors

Lynette Menefee, Ph.D.
Lynette A. Menefee, Ph.D. has been involved in the multidisciplinary treatment of people with chronic pain conditions for the past 10 years. Dr. Menefee has also published and presented on coping with chronic pain and the use of opioids for chronic pain. Dr. Menefee is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and is the Director of Psychological Services at the Jefferson Pain Center. She is the primary developer of the content for the PainEDU cases currently used for continuing education credits for clinicians and the co-author of A clinical companion.

Kevin Zacharoff, M.D., F.A.C.P.E., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.I.P.
Director of Medical Affairs
Dr. Zacharoff is a licensed, Board Certified, Anesthesiologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine after completing residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College. He is an Emeritus Member of the Medical Staff of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in New York, and currently holds a Faculty Appointment as a Clinical Instructor, and teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical School. Since retiring from clinical practice, Dr. Zacharoff has successfully served as a consultant in the pain management field for 5 years, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He has guided the development of a number of programs including: strategic medical education programs, marketing direction, pharmaceutical sales representative training, and therapeutic relevance initiatives. In addition to guiding content and strategy in Inflexxion’s various pain and risk management projects, Dr. Zacharoff is co-author of the newly published Manual Pocket Guide to Pain Management, 3rd Edition. Dr. Zacharoff is an active member of the American Pain Society, the Pediatric Special Interest Group of the American Pain Society, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Voices Against Brain Cancer Foundation.

Dawn C. Buse, Ph.D.
Dawn C. Buse, Ph.D. is the director of psychology and research at the New England Regional Headache Center in Worcester, Massachusetts and a psychology fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She completed a fellowship in the Pain and Headache Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in the Pain and Headache Program, Children’s Hospital, Boston. She completed her internship in medical psychology at the Boston VA Medical System and Harvard Medical School. She earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah. Dr. Buse is the Vice-chairman of the Women’s Issues Special Interest Section of the American Headache Society; recipient of the 2003-2004 American Headache Society & Merck US Human Health Migraine & Women’s Health Research Award, and has authored many publications. Dr. Buse gives invited talks and other lectures on women, headaches, and pain at local, national and international conferences.

Advisory Panel

Nathaniel Katz, M.D., M.S.
Nathaniel Katz, M.D., M.S. is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Tufts University School of Medicine, and is President of Analgesic Research, a research and consulting firm focused on analgesics. After completing his neurology residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center he entered a Pain Management fellowship in the Department of Anesthesia at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 1990, after which Dr. Katz was appointed Staff Neurologist in the Pain Management Center of Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Subsequently, he founded the Pain & Symptom Management Program at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Pain Trials Center (a clinical analgesics research unit) at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He remained Director of both until 2001. From 2000-2004 Dr. Katz served as Chair of the Advisory Committee, Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Addiction Products Division, United States Food and Drug Administration, during which time he completed a Masters of Science degree in Biostatistics at Columbia University. Dr. Katz’s interests include clinical research methods, analgesic clinical trials, opioids for chronic pain, opioids and addiction, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain. He has completed numerous clinical trials of treatments for pain, both industry-initiated and investigator-initiated, involving pharmaceuticals, non-pharmaceutical analgesics and devices, and has also conducted studies related to opioids, pain, addiction, and other issues related to opioid therapy. Dr. Katz is active on many publications and was an Associate Editor at the Clinical Journal of Pain, and Associate Editor (Pain) for the Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences, and has overseen many local and national educational programs on pain management.

Charles Argoff, M.D.
Charles Argoff is the Director of the Cohn Pain Management Program of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Argoff graduated from the Honors Program in Medical Education of Northwestern University in Chicago and did his residency at SUNY-Stony Brook (Neurology). He did a fellowship in Metabolic and Developmental Neurology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Argoff has publications in both pain medicine as well as metabolic neurology and is currently a member of the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, The American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Argoff is the Chairperson of the Pain Section of the American Academy of Neurology and he is a member of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology.

Robert Kerns, Ph.D.
Bob Kerns is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology at Yale University and Chief, Psychology Service at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia University in 1974 and his doctorate in Bioclinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1980. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and he holds leadership positions in these and other professional and scientific societies. His primary area of scholarly and academic interest is in the fields of behavioral medicine and health psychology, with a more specific interest and expertise in the area of pain and pain management. He has published over 100 articles in scientific journals, and he has presented over 175 papers at professional and scientific meetings. His research has been funded through the VA and through other federal and private sources for over 20 years. His current research interests include evaluation of innovative psychological interventions for chronic pain and studies of chronic pain and pain-related disability in the elderly, MS-related pain, painful diabetic neuropathy, and women with vulvodynia. As Chief of the Psychology Service at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System he directs a large and diverse staff including specialists in innovative mental health care, clinical neuropsychology, and clinical health psychology. He also directs a multidisciplinary pain center at that institution, and he is extensively involved in the education and training of clinical health psychologists, physicians, and other health professionals.

Shailen Jalali, M.D.
Shailen Jalali, M.D. is a partner in Frank, Jalali, Park and Associates located at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He was formerly an instructor of the Department of Anesthesiology at Jefferson Medical College where he directed an anesthesia fellowship in pain. Dr. Jalali specializes in interventional pain medicine and has been a co-author and co-investigator on investigator-sponsored research and clinical trials in pain management.

Christine L. Lay, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Christine L. Lay, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., is an assistant professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending neurologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, being board certified in Neurology and is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, with specialization in Neurology. Dr. Lay completed her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic and holds fellowships in headache and stroke prevention, from Montefiore and Beth Israel Medcial Centers respectively. She has published numerous papers on headache and hormonal influences and directs the Women’s Comprehensive Headache Center at the Headache Institute in New York City. Dr. Lay speaks internationally on the topic of headache and is involved in a nation-wide migraine education initiative sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Her research interest is in the prevention and treatment of menstrual and other hormonal headaches. Dr. Lay also reviews for the journals Cephalalgia and Headache and is a section editor for the journal Current Pain and Headache Reports.

Jayne Pawasuaskas, Pharm.D.
Jayne Pawasauskas is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from of Rhode Island, where she also completed a specialty residency in geriatrics with a focus on pain management. Shortly after joining the faculty at the University of Rhode Island, she received board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist. At the University she focuses her teaching around pain and palliative care, and has developed one of the few pharmacy-based palliative care courses among US pharmacy schools. She currently serves as a pharmacy consultant to the adult internal medicine and adult pain consultation services at Rhode Island Hospital. She continues to serve on the RI Attorney General’s Task Force to Improve End of Life Care, which was instrumental for establishing the Pain Assessment Act in Rhode Island.

Knox Todd, M.D.
Dr. Todd received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978 and received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1983. He is boarded in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, having completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and in Emergency Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received his MPH in Epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health in 1993. He joined the faculties of the Emory University School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in 1993, achieving tenure in 1996. He served as founding Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the founding Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Center, both established in 1999. He has held past positions as Medical Director of the Emergency Care Center at Grady Memorial Hospital, Medical Officer with the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and Medical Fellow of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He serves on the editorial board for the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Maripat Welz-Bosna, R.N., M.S.N.
Maripat Welz-Bosna is currently the Nurse Specialist Clinical Coordinator for the National Outcomes Research Health Background Questionnaire for Pain ExcelleRx, Inc. Prior to her work with Pain ExcelleRx, she was the Clinical Nurse Coordinator for the Comprehensive Pain/Rehabilitation Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. Ms. Welz-Bosna is a seminar leader to Pain Medicine Fellows and Fourth year residents in psychiatry, teaching “Medication/opioid management”, and “Pain policy and Federal and State Pain Legislation.” She is also a Clinical preceptor for Residents in psychiatry, neurology, PM&R, and internal medicine. Maripat Welz-Bosna serves as the Coordinator for the Uniform Outcome Measures Project for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, a grant support from Janssen Pharmaceuticals and ExcelleRx.