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Lynn Kohan, MD; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Eugene Viscusi, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Elizabeth Bentley, PharmD, MSJ, BCPS; Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR
Lynn Kohan, MD; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Sudheer Potru, DO; Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Michael Sprintz, DO, DFASAM; Sprintz Center for Pain & Recovery, Shenandoah, TX 
Eugene Viscusi, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth Bentley, MSJ, PharmD, is the director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Kaiser Permanente − Northwest Region. She is co-chair of the Kaiser Permanente Controlled Substances Stewardship Workgroup. She earned her PharmD at the University of Illinois (Chicago) College of Pharmacy and completed clinical residencies at NorthShore University Health System and at Kaiser Permanente Drug Information Services. Dr. Bentley also holds a master’s degree in journalism (MSJ) from the Medill School of Journalism. [top of page]

Lynn Kohan, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She obtained her medical degree from Georgetown University, where she also completed her anesthesia residency. She completed her pain medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia and stayed on as faculty. She currently serves as the Pain Management Fellowship Director. Her research and clinical interests include head and facial pain, novel radiofrequency techniques, medical and interventional treatments for acute and chronic pain, and resident/fellow education. [top of page]

Sudheer Potru, DO, is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist who will sit for board certification in addiction medicine this fall. The director of the Atlanta VA’s complex pain clinic and an assistant professor at Emory, he has strong interest in the clinical intersection of pain and addiction and cares for veterans with chronic pain and substance use disorders (SUDs) and those on high-dose opioids requiring tapers. Dr. Potru is the founder and chair of ASRA’s Pain and SUD Special Interest Group and serves on the ASA/ASRA/AAPM/ASAM Substance Use Disorder Workgroup as well. [top of page]

Michael Sprintz, DO, DFASAM, is board-certified in pain medicine, addiction medicine, and anesthesiology. He founded both Sprintz Center for Pain and Recovery, a private practice specializing in comprehensive management of chronic pain and substance use disorders, and Cellarian, Inc., a healthcare IT company. Dr. Sprintz trained at Johns Hopkins, USF, and MD Anderson. He is a member of ASAM’s Pain & Addiction Educational Committee, the ASRA/ASA working group on substance use disorders, and is an FDA Advisory Committee member. Additionally, Dr. Sprintz is in recovery from a substance use disorder for 19 years. [top of page]

Eugene Viscusi, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and the director of acute pain management in the department of anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Viscusi developed a novel, nurse-driven model for acute pain management with specially trained nurses in the early 1990s that has served as a model for healthcare delivery. Dr. Viscusi has lectured extensively and contributed more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in journals including JAMA, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He currently serves on the editorial board of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Clinical Journal of Pain, and American Journal of Orthopedics. Dr. Viscusi has served on the ASRA board of directors since 2011, currently serving as president. Dr. Viscusi is also an avid musician and specialist in early music, and he performed and conducted in the Philadelphia area until the late 1990s. [top of page]