Introducing Practical Pain Management’s Newest Editorial Board Members
Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA
Dr. Christo is a board certified, Harvard-trained anesthesiologist and Hopkins-trained pain medicine specialist. He directed the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for 8 years, and directed the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Hopkins for 5 years.
Dr. Christo is an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, serves on 4 journal editorial boards and reviews for several others, has published more than 90 articles and book chapters, co-edited 3 textbooks on pain, and actively teaches medical students, residents, and pain fellows. He has been a course director or coordinator for many CME (continuing medical education) programs that focus on educating both specialists and generalists on important aspects of pain diagnosis and treatment.
He has served on Advisory Boards for the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society (APS). He has also earned an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Health Care Management.
Dr. Christo specializes in treating patients with persistent pain in the spine, cancer pain, neuropathic pain (reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome), shingles pain (post herpetic neuralgia), post surgical pain, and thoracic outlet syndrome. Further, Dr. Christo is experienced in performing implantations of pain pumps and spinal cord stimulators for the treatment of unrelenting pain. He also has expertise in clinical anesthesia, epidural placement, and spinal anesthesia.
His current areas of research interest include the use of botulinum toxin for thoracic outlet syndrome, pain in older adults, the mechanisms of spinal cord stimulation, and the application of online educational modules for pain education.
Dr. Christo is the host of Aches and Gains, the first nationally syndicated radio show on overcoming pain that airs weekly on Sirius XM Radio. He has appeared on radio/television/and in print: XM Satellite Radio with Dr. Mehmet Oz, Lifetime TV’s–The Balancing Act, Dr. Timothy Johnson–Good Morning America Health, Retirement Living Television, and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation, as well as U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun.
U.S. News & World Report lists Dr. Christo as a Top Doctor and among the top 1% in the nation for Pain Management, Becker’s ASC Review selected him as 1 of the 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in America, and he is listed as a Super Doctor for the Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area. He was 1 of 8 national pain experts to be selected as an AAPM/Pfizer Visiting Professor, and was 1 of 6 experts from the US and Canada to participate in the Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Program, raising awareness about the importance of pain control with the media and policymakers.
Practical Pain Management readers will recognized Dr. Christo as a frequent contributor to the journal.
Srinivas (Sri) Nalamachu, MD
Dr. Nalamachu completed his training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University in Philadelphia, and worked as an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City before moving to the Kansas city area to join an academically oriented, privately owned pain clinic.
He currently is the president and medical director of the International Clinical Research Institute in Overland Park. He also serves as the co-director of the Pain Management Institute, also in Overland Park. His current academic appointments include Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center, where he is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents. He also heads the division of clinical development, data analysis and publication gap planning.
Dr. Nalamachu got involved in clinical research to help patients and to help the advancement of science. In the last 10 years, he has participated as a principal investigator in more than 75 clinical trials and has designed a number of them. He has authored close to 50 publications and more than 70 abstracts that were presented at various national and international pain and physical medicine societies. Since 2000, Dr. Nalamachu has lectured more than 500 times at local, regional, national and international meetings. His research is focused on onobotulinum toxins, cancer pain, neuropathic pain, and abuse-deterrent opiates.
Dr. Nalamachu serves as a consultant for multiple small, medium, and large pharmaceutical companies in the development of new products. He is on the scientific committees of Collegium Pharmaceuticals, Kem Pharm, and many other development stage companies. He is a member of the FDA safe use initiative, which is currently developing the database to educate health care providers on the safe use of medications.
He serves on the editorial board of Pain Clinician, Pain and Therapy and World Journal of Anesthesiology, as well as the current co-chair of scientific session for the PAINWeek.
Jeffrey Fudin, BS, PharmD, FCCP
Dr. Fudin graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS) with his Bachelors Degree and his PharmD. He was awarded and completed an American Cancer Society Sponsored Fellowship in Oncology/Hematology at SUNY/Upstate Medical Center shortly after his undergraduate work.
He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and a member of several other professional organizations. Dr. Fudin is a Section Editor for Pain Medicine, the official journal of AAPM. He is Founder/Chairman of Professionals for Rational Opioid Monitoring & Pharmacotherapy (PROMPT), an advocacy group in favor of safe opioid prescribing by encouraging clinician education, proactive risk stratification, and appropriate therapeutic monitoring.