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The advisory committee consists of experts from a variety of specialties who share unique perspectives on how to improve patient care, especially for those with chronic, non-cancer pain. These experts not only provide knowledge of the best practices in pain management, but also have the clinical experience to back up the importance of this type of program. This group represents the greatest advocates in the field for addressing the current opioid epidemic.  

Kathryn L. Mueller MD, MPH, FACOEM​


Dr. Mueller’s career began as a board certified emergency medicine physician and in that capacity she served first as an EMS medical director in south Chicago and then for the state of Colorado.  Her specialty shifted when she became board certified in occupational and environmental medicine, which she practiced clinically at the University of Colorado.  She has held the positions of President of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Secretary –Treasurer for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and on the Board of Directors for both organizations.  From 2002-2007 she served as Residency Director for the occupational medicine residency.  Currently she continues as the Medical Director for the Division of Workers Compensation in Colorado, a post she has held since 1992.  In that position she has worked to develop evidence-based guidelines that are used in this state and several others as basis for care for work related injuries.  Dr. Mueller also directs the state workers compensation accreditation program for physicians.  She was one of the six section editors for the AMA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 6th edition and has numerous publications relating to interstate variation of practice in workers compensation, use of practice guidelines, and impairment rating.

Dr. Mueller declares no conflict of interest in this program. 

Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, FCCP, FACOEM


Lee S. Newman, M.D., M.A., FCCP, FACOEM is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, in the Colorado School of Public Health, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center, Director of a National Institutes of Health-funded research program in immunotoxicology.

Dr. Newman is also a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, for 20 years, Dr. Newman’s pulmonary medicine practice focused on the diagnosis, management and prevention of occupational and environmental lung disorders, especially granulomatous disorders and other interstitial lung diseases related to work, including chronic beryllium disease, asbestos-related lung conditions, silicosis, and other dust-induced pulmonary disorders. He is founder and Chief Medical Information Officer of Axion Health, Inc., a health informatics company that develops web-based software for occupational health practice (Denver, CO).

Dr. Newman conducts research and teaches environmental and occupational health in the Colorado School of Public Health. His clinical research, epidemiologic studies, and immunotoxicology laboratory research focus is on the immune basis of sarcoidosis, chronic beryllium disease, granulomatous and fibrotic disorders, mechanisms of fibrosis, mechanisms of asbestos carcinogenesis, metal and fiber immunotoxicology, the relationship between genetics and environmental exposures, as well as translational studies of the clinical, laboratory, pathologic, and radiologic methods of diagnosing lung disorders. He is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, 9 books, and more than 100 scholarly reviews, chapters, and white papers.

Dr. Newman consults for government agencies, corporations, labor organizations and community and employee groups. This has included consultation for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors, the Department of Labor (DOL), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a member of the Pulmonary and Allergy Drug Advisory Committee (PADAC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) special emphasis panels and study sections, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), U.S. EPA, among others.

Dr. Newman received a BA in psychology from Amherst College and a Masters of Arts degree in social psychology from Cornell University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He earned his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and his pulmonary fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver/National Jewish Health (Denver, CO), which included three years post-doctoral research in both Immunology and Occupational Medicine. He joined the faculty of National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado in 1987. From 1996 – 2005, he served as Chair of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Health, prior to accepting his current position at the University of Colorado.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini.

Dr. Newman declares no conflict of interest in this program.  

Gary M. Franklin, MD, MPH


Research ProfessorUniversity of Washington

Medical DirectorWashington State Department of Labor and Industries

Dr. Franklin obtained the M.D. degree from George Washington University, and the M.P.H. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a board-certified neurologist whose current positions are 1) Research Professor, Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Medicine (Neurology), University of Washington School of Public Health, and 2) Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. 

Dr. Franklin is the chair of the Washington State Agency Medical Directors Group, and has led efforts by the state agencies in Washington in the development of evidence-based health policy. His current research interests include population-based outcome studies for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, health care delivery research, and research to predict disability and generate models of disability prevention in workers’ compensation.

Dr. Franklin declares no conflict of interest in this program. 

Lori Szczukowski, MD ​


Dr. Lori Szczukowski is an Internal Medicine specialist and Occupational Physician at Denver Health and Hospital Authority in the Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Medicine. She is an Instructor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health.

Dr. Szczukowski has been in medical practice in Colorado since 1984. Board-certified in Internal Medicine since 1983, Dr. Szczukowsi is also a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO), an FAA aviation medical examiner and is Level II accredited in worker’s compensation in the state of Colorado. She is a clinical preceptor for preventive medicine and for occupational medicine residents from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.

A magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Szczukowski completed her medical education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1980. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in 1983, where she was recognized for her resident research on the risk factors for post-sternotomy mediastinitis. She practiced internal medicine with The Denver Clinic/Accord Medical Center from 1984 to 1990.  From 1990-1998, she practiced internal medicine with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Denver, CO. She joined Denver Health in 1998, initially at their Occupational Health and Safety Clinic at Denver International Airport, and more recently at Denver Health.

Dr. Szczukowski is the mother of two daughters. Her interests include gardening, international travel, and the natural sciences.

Dr. Szczukowski declares no conflict of interest in this program.  

Jacqueline Stern, MD

Assistant Professor, Rose Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Stern graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1983 and came to Colorado to complete a Family Medicine residency in Denver. She then joined the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, where she practiced for three years before joining Ponderosa Family Physicians in Aurora where she spent the next 10 years practicing the breadth of Family Medicine.  Dr. Stern has now practiced for 12 years as a faculty member of the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, instructing residents in the care of patients at Rose Medical Center; she also played a pivotal role in establishing the Family Medicine Center as a patient-centered medical home.  Currently she is exploring opportunities to embark on a new chapter of practice that emphasizes integrated geriatric care.

Dr. Stern declares no conflict of interest in this program. 

Joseph Saseen, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCPS

Professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine 

Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center - Aurora, Colorado

Joseph Saseen, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCPS, is Professor of Clinical  Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Colorado A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Saseen is a Board- Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, certified Clinical Lipid Specialist, and Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Saseen received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and then completed a fellowship in ambulatory care research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In his current position, Dr. Saseen is chairman of the curriculum committee at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He serves on the board of directors of the National Lipid Association and is the incoming Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. His professional efforts include national recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers, post-graduate pharmacy residency training, and specialty board certification.

Dr. Saseen participates in research related to hypertension, dyslipidemia, and rheumatoid arthritis. He has published pharmacotherapy review articles and textbook chapters related to the management of cardiovascular diseases. He is also the recipient of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award in May of 2011. 

Dr. Saseen declares no conflict of interest in this program.

Caroline Gellrick, MD, MA

Fellow, American Academy of Family Practice
Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine 
Board Certified, American Board of Addiction Medicine

Dr. Caroline Gellrick’s area of specialty is occupational medicine, where she is Level II Accredited with the Colorado Department of Labor Division of Workers’ Compensation. Dr. Gellrick received her medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed her residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Gellrick also served in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps for 8 years.  She served as Medical Director of Jefferson County Detox for over 10 years, and also on on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Physician Health Program for 12 years.  She is the founding President of the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Gellrick currently works in private practice with workers' compensation and addiction medicine patients in Denver and Wheat Ridge.  

Dr. Gellrick declares no conflict of interest in this program. 

L. Barton Goldman, MD


Dr. Goldman joined Rehabilitation Associates of Colorado, P.C. in 2003. From 1996 to 2003, he served as the Medical Director for ten occupational medicine clinics and twenty-three outpatient rehabilitation clinics as well as sixteen primary specialty clinics.  Dr. Goldman has served at the Chairman of the State of Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation Medical Care Advisory Committee. He is also a clinical instructor for the department of occupational medicine at National Jewish Hospital. His clinical expertise includes the areas of Physical Medicine, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Integrated Pain Management & Rehabilitation, Medical Acupuncture, Occupational Health, Forensic Medicine, Complimentary and Lifestyle Medicine, and Electrodiagnosis.

Dr. Goldman is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of the American Association of Medical Acupuncture. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Colorado.

  • B.A. 1977, Pennsylvania State University, University Park- General Arts & Sciences

  • M.D. 1984, Hahnemann University Hospital and Medical College (Drexel University), Philadelphia, PA

  • Internship 1985, Temple University Hospital, Pennsylvania, PA

  • Residency 1987, Temple University Hospital, Pennsylvania, PA

  • Board Certifications:

    • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1988

    • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1985

  • Level II Accreditation, 1992

  • American Board of Independent Medical Examiner (IME), 1995​

Dr. Goldman declares no conflict of interest in this program.

Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM

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Departments of Family and Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine and Mechanical Engineering

University of Utah

Adjunct position:  Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Kurt Timothy Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM is Dr. Paul S. Richards Endowed Chair and Center Director of the University of Utah’s Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.  Dr. Hegmann has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medical Science.  He earned his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1987.  He completed Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine Residencies at the University of Utah.  He is board certified in Preventive Medicine in the specialty of Occupational Medicine.  

Dr. Hegmann’s research interests include musculoskeletal disorders and transportation medicine. He is the lead physician and epidemiologist on 2 of the most extensive cohort studies funded to date, one on the distal upper extremity and the other on lower back pain.  Dr. Hegmann chairs the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM) Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines and leads the development of the ACOEM Evidence-based Treatment Guidelines which incorporate over 15,000 references.  He teaches Occupational Injuries and Diseases, Occupational Epidemiology and Clinical Prevention.  Dr. Hegmann has been in clinical practice for 20 years.

Dr. H

egmann declares no conflict of interest in this program.


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