American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Program Authors

Prominent surgeon and nonsurgeon experts in pain management collaborated to create this concise resource.

Authors/Members of the ACS Committee on Pain Management in Surgery

Chair – John A. Weigelt, MD, FACS

Dr. Weigelt is currently a professor of surgery at the University of South Dakota and Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. While he has retired from clinical practice he participates in resident and student education in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD. He also serves as the medical director for SESAP and is Chair of the Steering Committee for the Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course and the General Surgery Resident Review Course.

Bridget N. Fahy, MD, FACS

Dr. Fahy is a professor of surgery in the division of surgical oncology and professor of medicine in the division of palliative medicine at the University of New Mexico. She has been a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Surgical Palliative Care since 2013 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of this committee.

David J. Herrmann, PharmD, BCCCP

Dr. Herrmann is a board-certified critical care pharmacist who over the past 26 years has led clinical pharmacy practice in the surgical intensive care unit within Milwaukee›s level one trauma center at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. His primary areas of academic and research interest include post-traumatic and postoperative pain management, critical care pharmacotherapy, drug treatment of medical emergencies, and medication use in continuous renal replacement therapy. Dr. Herrmann serves as lead clinical instructor for all pharmacy students and pharmacy residents in the surgical intensive care unit and has been providing formal and informal pain management education to physician residents, advanced practice practitioners, nurses, and other pharmacists for more than 20 years.

Paul E. Hilliard, MS, MD

Dr. Hilliard is the associate professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Michigan Medical School. He serves as the medical director of Institutional Opioid and Pain Management Strategy and as the Hospital Pain Committee Chair. His academic interests include developing effective opioid tapering programs prior to surgery and management of patients on medication assisted treatment in the perioperative area. He has been involved with implementation of State of Michigan opioid legislation and policy for large health systems. He practices both acute and chronic pain management.

David A. Kooby, MD, FACS

Dr. Kooby is surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. He serves as chief of surgery at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and as chief of Emory Surgery, Northern Arc. His practice focuses on surgical therapy of neoplasms of the foregut, and his research focus pertains to minimally invasive surgical approaches in this field.

Carolyn Lefkowits, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Lefkowits completed her undergraduate work in life sciences and physical and health education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and then spent a year as a Jesuit volunteer before completing medical school and a masters of public health at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She went on to residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California San Francisco and then became the first gynecologic oncologist nationally to be fellowship trained in both palliative care and gynecologic oncology by completing dual fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since 2015, she has been on faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with a joint appointment in gynecologic oncology and palliative medicine where her research and education work focus on the intersection between palliative care and gynecologic oncology.

Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM

Dr. Napolitano is the Massey Foundation Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, founding division chief of acute care surgery (trauma, burns, critical care, and emergency surgery) in 2005, and director of surgical critical care for the department of surgery. She is a senior director of the American Board of Surgery, a member of the ACS Board of Regents, and master of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Napolitano holds leadership positions in numerous professional organizations in surgery, trauma, and surgical critical care.

Richard W. Rosenquist, MD

Dr. Rosenquist is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician and serves as the chairman of the department of pain management at Cleveland Clinic. He is a past-president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committees on Economics and Pain Medicine, and a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Examination Committee. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from ASRA and the American Pain Society and was recognized for lifetime achievement with the Bonica Award from ASRA.

Travis P. Webb, MD, MHPE, FACS

Dr. Webb is an acute care surgeon and associate dean for curriculum at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, his surgical critical care fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, and joined the Medical College of Wisconsin as faculty in August 2005. He is board-certified in surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Webb also received a masters of health professions education from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 2012. Dr. Webb’s research interests include technical skills assessment, curriculum development and evaluation, injury research and acute care surgery in the geriatric population.

Consultant – Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME

Dr. Sachdeva is the founding Director of the ACS Division of Education, and is adjunct professor of surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is a past president of the Society for Academic CME, Association for Surgical Education, American Association for Cancer Education, Alliance for Clinical Education, and Council of Medical Specialty Societies. Dr. Sachdeva has served on the boards of the ACCME and ACGME. His leadership efforts to enhance quality of surgical care through education have spanned three decades.