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In memory of Dr. Kim Paterson Lang Crozer-Chester Medical Center presents

9th Annual Kimberly Paterson Lang, MD Symposium 

Taking the Pain Out of Pain Management: The Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain

November 8, 2013

8 am - 12:15 pm (7:30am registration)

James E. Clark Auditorium
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
One Medical Center Blvd.
Upland, PA  19013


Research shows that pain is poorly controlled in both the acute and long-term treatment settings. This conference will explore a number of the latest developments in the field of chronic pain management, including:

  • Pathophysiology of pain
  • Narcotic use and abuse in chronic pain
  • Use of non-narcotic pharmacology
  • Effect of chronic pain on patients and loved ones
  • Epidurals and other invasive pain remedy techniques
  • Hypnosis and non-pharmacologic treatments

The program is intended to provide information which will enable healthcare professionals to make more appropriate referrals to pain specialists, recognize high risk patients before prescribing narcotics, employ multimodal treatment of pain, and improve professional satisfaction in treating ‘difficult’ patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • More safely prescribe narcotics
  • More safely and effectively use non-narcotic pharmacology
  • Discuss the use and availability non-pharmacologic modalities
  • Better describe the complex interaction of the non-medical support system of chronic pain patients

Crozer-Chester Medical Center Planning Committee

Alan Zweben, MD
Planning Committee Chair
Department of Internal Medicine

Michaele Bartenbach
Department of Internal Medicine

Cristy McHugh
Department of Continuing Medical Education

Catherine J. DiGregorio, MD
Department of Anesthesiology

Kathy Hill, CRNP
Department of Primary Care

Robert Lang
Spouse of the late Kimberly Paterson Lang, MD

R. David Mishalove, MD
Former Director Division of Cardiology

Joanne Walchak, BSN
Department of Hospice

Distinguished Faculty

Alan Zweben, MD
Internal Medicine, Crozer-Chester Medical Center
In addition to 29 years of primary care practice, Dr. Zweben is a member of the Core Faculty of Crozer’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.  He is Chair of this symposium’s planning committee.

Michael Clark, MD, MPH, MBA
Associate Professor and Director of the Adolf Meyer Chronic Pain Treatment Programs Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Johns Hopkins Hospitals

Dr. Clark is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, currently devoting his research work to psychiatric aspects of somatic symptoms such as chronic pain, including studies on neuropathic pain and substance abuse. An international lecturer he has, among many accomplishments, consulted as an expert for the US Dept of Defense in the design of Gulf War Specialized Healthcare Centers.

Catherine J. DiGregorio, MD FACPM
Medical Director of the Comprehensive Pain Management Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Brinton Lake Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. DiGregorio is board certified in Anesthesia and also Pain Management.  She specializes in Interventional/Procedural Pain medicine and has been voted a Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctor for Pain Management in 2010 through 2013!

Bruce Eimer, PhD
Director of Behavioral Health and Pain Psychology at the Comprehensive Pain Management Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Dr. Eimer is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified diplomat in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow and Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He maintains a private practice with more than 27 years of experience practicing psychotherapy, hypnosis and hypnotherapy in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, addictions, anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Eimer has authored or co-authored over eight books and teaches workshops on hypnotherapy nationally.

Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD
Director of Behavioral Sciences
Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program

A second time speaker at this symposium, Dr. Jacobs, a Clinical Psychologist, specializes in helping families cope with serious and chronic medical illnesses.  As an educator, he works as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield.  Author of ‘The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers’ he is the national spokesperson on family care-giving for the American Heart Association and a member of the AARP Caregivers Advisory Panel.

William J. Lorman, PhD,MSN,PMHNP-BC,CARN-AP
Associate Dean for Post Licensure Nursing Programs
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professionals
Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Livengrin Foundation in Bensalem PA

In addition to his role at Livengrin, a Chemical Dependency/Dual Diagnosis facility which provides detoxification, residential and outpatient services, Dr. Lorman is an educator at Drexel University’s Graduate Nursing Program and Immaculata University’s Graduate Psychology Department.  Dr. Lorman treats adults in his private practice, specializing in addiction psychiatry using psychotherapy and medication management.


7:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast                

8:00 am 
Narcotic Use and Misuse in the Chronic Pain Patient
William J. Lorman, PhD, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

9:00 am
Pathophysiology and Non-Narcotic Pharmacotherpy of Chronic Pain
Michael Clark, MD, MPH, MBA

10:00 am  
Break and Visit Exhibits

10:15 am
Hypnosis and Other Non-PHarmacologic Treatments of Chronic Pain
Bruce Eimer, PhD

10:55 am
Interventional Techniques for Treating Pain
Catherine J. DiGregorio, MD FACPM

11:25 am
The Effects of Chronic Pain on Loved Ones - and Loved Ones on Chronic Pain
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D

11:55 am
Case Presentations and Q&A
Panel - Alan Zweben, MD, Moderator

12:15 pm

Target Audience

Targeted medical specialties include Adolescent Medicine, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Oncology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, and Surgery.  Other targeted healthcare professionals include Pain Specialists, Pharmacists, Psychiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers, Interns, Residents and Medical Students.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Crozer-Chester Medical Center is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy

All persons in a position to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by Crozer-Chester Medical Center must disclose to the audience whether or not they have any financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to the educational activity. Any identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.


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