For 30 years, my neurology practice and research has focused on chronic pain, especially neuropathic pain. I’ve been a leader in treatment development and evaluation via novel trial designs, including the lidocaine patch, gabapentin, opioids, antidepressants, and experimental compounds. Recently, I led all research at Sutter Health, the 8th largest US health care system with five research institutes. Mentoring clinical researchers, promoting ethics in research, and increasing clinical research transparency remain core focus areas.
Interests: trial design/methodology, neuropathic pain mechanisms, human experimental pain models, zoster/PHN, therapy development, opioid hyperalgesia and addiction, ethics and transparency in clinical research.