Nationally Recognized Faculty

Lynn Webster, MD, FACPM, FASAM

Dr. Lynn Webster has dedicated more than three decades to becoming an expert in the field of pain management. He developed the Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), which is the standard in multiple countries and thousands of clinics worldwide. Dr. Webster lectures extensively on the subject of preventing opioid abuse and criminal diversion in chronic pain patients and has authored more than 300 scientific abstracts, manuscripts, journal articles and a book entitled Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners.

Dr. Webster received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and completed his residency at the University of Utah Medical Center’s Department of Anesthesiology. He is the author of The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why it Matters to Each of Us (Webster Media LLC) and co-producer of the documentary The Painful Truth, to be released in 2016.

Michael C. Barnes, Esq.

Michael Barnes is the managing partner at DCBA Law & Policy in Washington, DC. He has served as a strategic advisor to executives at multinational corporations, primary legal counsel to national health care service providers, and compliance officer for multi-state providers of behavioral health care. Mr. Barnes has authored more than 10 scholarly articles, presents frequently at conferences nationwide, and performs legal analysis for radio and TV networks, including CNN, HLN, and FOX News. Mr. Barnes is also the executive director of the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD), a national non-profit working to reduce prescription drug abuse. He previously served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Leah J. LaRue, PharmD, PMP

As Associate Director, Clinical Affairs, Dr. LaRue provides education on Millennium Health’s offerings with a goal of providing information to health care providers that may help them improve clinical outcomes and patient safety. She has considerable experience in the areas of pain management and addiction, including a background in medical advocacy for pharmaceutical products, where she focused on initiatives to address the safe use of opioid pain medication and issues surrounding misuse, abuse, and diversion. She was named the 2013 Industry Pain Educator of the Year by the American Society of Pain Educators and was the 2013 recipient of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Dr. LaRue earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and is a licensed registered pharmacist in Missouri.

Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD

Dr. Fudin is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Director of the PGY-2 Pharmacy Pain Residency Programs at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. He holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Western New England University College of Pharmacy, and Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. A renowned lecturer, writer, and researcher, Dr. Fudin has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally, and served as a Task Force member for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) for role delineation study/practice analysis of pain and palliative care pharmacy. He was recently awarded the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Presidential Commendation, in recognition as “a voice for scientific integrity and an advocate for people in pain.” He is consultant to the national panel developing consensus guidelines for proper use of urine testing in addiction medicine, a collaborative effort with the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD), and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Fudin is owner and managing editor for paindr.com.

Howard Heit, MD, FACP, FASAM

Dr. Heit is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and a diplomat in addiction medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Heit is the recipient of the Marie Nyswander Award given by International Pain and Chemical Dependency Conference to an individual who has helped to further communication between pain and addiction medicine. He was also the recipient of Clinical Pain Educator of the Year Award in 2009 by the American Society of Pain Educators.

Dr. Heit is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has lectured and published extensively on the interface of pain and addiction medicine including co-authoring two chapters in Bonica’s Management of Pain- Fourth Edition.

Douglas L. Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FASAM

Dr. Gourlay is a Medical Consultant, educator, international leader and mentor in pain and chemical dependency. He received his MD from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, completed his Fellowship in Addiction Research Fellowship and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Gourlay is former Director, Pain and Dependency Division, Wasser Pain Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario and University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, Toronto, Canada. He served as the Medical Review Officer, Toronto Drug Treatment Court and is a mentor for the Medically Mentored Addiction and Pain (M.M.A.P) program – a Joint program between Ontario College of Family Physicians and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – to enhance primary care involvement in treatment of pain and substance use disordered patients in their practice.

Dr. Gourlay’s prior professional experiences include anesthesia practice and consulting, pain and chemical dependency care and consultation, serving as an assessor for various programs in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, reviewer or editor for several peer review pain and addiction journals, served on and chaired several national and international advisory groups, special project committees and task forces focusing on pain pharmaceuticals and addiction.

Contributing as lead or co-author on over 40 peer review journal articles and hundreds of professional presentations, Dr. Gourlay is a well-known expert in pain and chemical dependency. He has also served as a key expert witness in legal cases. Dr. Gourlay, in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Howard Heit, are well known for their contribution of “Universal Precautions” approach to pain management, and their “UDT Monograph” which is widely published and utilized in practice and academia.

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, FASAM

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, FASAM, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the global health care and policy-consulting firm EMGlobal LLC and Director at Two Dreams. President George W. Bush nominated and the United States Senate confirmed her to serve as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from January 2002-July 2004. As a member of the President’s sub-cabinet, Dr. Barthwell was a principal advisor in the Executive Office of the President (EOP) on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs. Dr. Barthwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Barthwell is a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and in 2003 she received the Betty Ford Award, given by the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse.

Maria G. Guevara, PharmD, CPE

Maria Guevara is the Director of Clinical Strategy & Programs at Millennium Health and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Dr. Guevara has considerable experience in pain management. She served as a Clinical Specialist in Pain Management as part of a pharmacy-based consult service for inpatient pain management. Here Dr. Guevara managed various types of acute and chronic pain, including patients with comorbid psychiatric and substance use disorders. She is passionate about education and has given many lectures on a national, regional, and local level on pain management and related issues to pharmacists, nurses, midlevel practitioners, and physicians. Dr. Guevara earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and has completed specialty residency training in pain management and palliative care. She is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Colorado and Florida.

Javier Velasco, PhD

Dr. Velasco obtained his BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a licensed Clinical Toxicology Scientist with nearly 30 years of experience and as such, lectures and publishes in the area of toxicology. He is a current member of the Society of Forensic Toxicology, Inc. and has been a past member of other organizations, such as the California Association of Toxicologists, the SoCal SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Velasco is a Laboratory Inspector for the National Laboratory Certification Program, NLCP (SAMHSA formerly NIDA) and the College of American Pathologists. He also has significant experience as an expert witness regarding narcotics, toxicology and DUI in civil and criminal cases. In Javier’s spare time, he works in environmental conservation, with a particular focus on protecting endangered sea turtles.

William Bundy, PharmD

William Bundy, PharmD, is a Clinical Toxicologist at Millennium Health. He received his PharmD from the University of Florida College Of Pharmacy and subsequently completed a specialty pharmacy residency in pain and palliative care at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, FL. Following his residency, Bill was the lead clinical pharmacist for the Pain and Palliative Care Service and the Co-director of the Pain and Palliative Care residency program. He then joined Carillion Regional Medical Center in Roanoke, VA as an oncology pharmacist. Dr. Bundy has published in the area of pain management and palliative care and has lectured nationally on these topics as well.