Changing the way we approach acute and chronic pain: how to have hard conversations about new starts and tapers (with patients, with family, with doctors)
Corey Waller, MD, Camden Coalition
Andrea Rubinstein, MD, Chief of Pain Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
Lunch and networking: 12:00 - 12:45 pm PDT
I am an anesthesiologist with a specialty in chronic pain. In my role as Chief of the department of Chronic pain, I see a wide variety of patients each day most of whom have seen several doctors before coming to our clinic. My job is to help patients find creative solutions to difficult pain syndromes. I utilize a multi-disciplinary approach optimizing physical reconditioning and therapy, medications, blocks and injections, and an overall bio-psycho-social approach.
R. Corey Waller MD, MS is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist in Grand
Rapids, MI. He works within the Spectrum Health system, a fully integrated health system
with 11 hospitals and over 1000 employed physicians. He is the Medical Director of the
Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, the Medical Staff Chief of
Pain Medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, as well as SUD Medical Director at
Lakeshore Regional Partners (Community Mental Health-Region 3). Dr. Waller earned a
Master’s of Science in neuromolecular biology at Southwest Texas State University and earned
his Medical Degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller
completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.