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Selection Process

Pain management fellows are recruited through the ERAS system. The candidate is expected to satisfactorily complete a residency in anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, or Psychiatry, and be board eligible. Following screening of all candidates by the Director and partial review by other faculty, appropriate candidates are scheduled for interviews. The interview process consists of a panel interview with the Director of Pain Management, one or two other Pain Management Attendings and present Pain Management Fellows. Candidates who express continued interest, after this section of the process are reviewed and subjectively discussed.

The following procedures are available within the institution

  • Radiographic study, fluoroscopy, CAT scanning, laboratory facilities, psychiatric, psychological testing, physiatry, EGG, MRI
  • Conference facilities and research space and opportunity also are abundant within the institution
  • In addition to a comprehensive Anesthesiology library, the fellows have full access to the institution library

Multi-Disciplinary Pain Faculty

  • Vandana Sharma, MD, Associate Professor, Director, Pain Fellowship Program
  • Michael Vertino, MD, Associate Professor, Neurology
  • Dorothy Hwang, MD, Assistant Professor, Pain Attending VA Medical Center
  • Angela Mahajan, MD, Assistant Professor, Pain Attending
  • Susan Samudre, DO, Instructor, Anesthesiology


Multi-Disciplinary Guest Lecturers

  • Michael Vertino, MD, Associate Professor, Neurology
  • Evangeline Koutalianos, MD, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Amar Swarnkar, MD, Professor, Radiology, Neurology & Neurosurgery,
    Director of Neuroradiology & Diagnostic Neuroradiology.
  • Suman Swarnkar, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Medical Director of Palliative Care Service for Adult Advanced Illness, Director of Palliative Care
  • Adam Rufa, PT, DPT, PhD, OSC, Associate Professor, CHP-Physical Therapy, 
    Chair, CHP-Physical Therapy
  • Jeffrey Romans, PT, Physical Therapist 1 of PM&R - Rehab Therapies
  • Theresa Baxter, RN, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner of Advanced Practice Services (Addiction Medicine)
  • Ross Sullivan, MD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Medical Director, Medical Toxicology