Journal Club…

ImageDr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare Centers’ CEO/Owner announced that the monthly Journal Club meeting had two presenters, Megan Taylor, RNA, APRN and Charles Deibelbis, MD, at the meeting on Wednesday, June 25, 2013.  Daniel Grauber, MD, moderated both sessions.  The presenters are providers at PainCare’s ‘family’ of practices.

Megan Taylor presented a case recorded by Andrew J. Engel, MD, from Medicos Pain and Surgical Specialists, Chicago, Illinois concerning the “Utility of Intercostal Nerve Conventional Thermal Radiofrequency Ablations in the Injured Worker after Blunt Trauma.”  Intercostal nerve blocks have shown to offer short-term relief and when utilized for long-term pain, relief of intercostal neuralgia.  There had been no historical evidence as to the efficacy of the procedure until Dr. Engel performed a case study with six patients participating.  Ultimately, four of the six patients were pain free by their final visit.

Charles Dreibelbis, MD, gave a presentation, “Buprenorphine and Buprenorpine/Naloxone Diversion, Misuse, and Illicit Use,” and noted that opioid abuse and dependence are major medical concerns throughout the world.  The dire consequences of misuse are written about in the newspapers, seen on television, heard about on the radio, but it is a more widespread problem than in Hometown, America.  Dr. Dreibelbis went on and spoke about the extent of dependence, safe use and clinical efficacy, as well as abuse, and illicit use of Buprenorphine just one of the drugs in the opioid family.  The medical benefits and non-medical use were discussed along with the negatives that accompany it and behaviors that cause overdosing with it.  Dr. Dreibelbis addressed the novel delivery systems for Buprenorphine that could represent innovative ways to prevent diversion of the drug.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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