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The 2023 Schade-Hill Public Policy Award Honors A Hero: Stefanie Turner Of Texas Against Fentanyl

This year, the Texas Pain Society was honored to present the Schade-Hill Public Policy Award to Stefanie Turner, founder of the nonprofit Texas Against Fentanyl. 

Texas Against Fentanyl Founder Stefanie Turner receiving award at Texas Pain Society annual conference

Each year at its annual conference, the Texas Pain Society (TPS) gives out awards to distinguished individuals in the pain industry. One such honor is the Schade-Hill Public Policy Award, which was inspired by the countless hours that Drs. C.M. Schade and Stratton Hill dedicated to TPS, in order to help craft the pain medicine laws that govern Texas today. In its eleventh year, the award recognizes outstanding work that has made a positive change in the world of pain medicine, and this year – during the TPS 15th Annual Scientific Conference – it went to Stefanie Turner.

Turner lost her 19-year-old son, Tucker Roe, after he purchased one illicit fentanyl pill from a peer on social media. After he passed, she began sharing his story and educating others on the deadly effects of this dangerous drug. Texas Against Fentanyl (TXAF), a 501c3 nonprofit, was born.

Her work didn’t stop there, though.

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Feature Friday: President-Elect Ralph G. Menard, MD

Dr. Menard of Hill Country Memorial will step into the role of president as the Texas Pain Society (TPS) on October 29, 2022. Recently, he discussed how he started working in the pain medicine industry, as well as his goals for the organization. 

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I have always been interested in pain, even during medical school and residency and before pain fellowships were a thing. I did a rotation at Fort Gordon, the US Army hospital in Georgia, with an anesthesiologist who treated pain, which helped me pursue that path. After my residency, I went back on active duty in the US Navy, as they paid for my medical school. I was primarily stationed in Orlando and opened a small pain clinic in the hospital with the help of a couple other physicians, including one of our own Texas Pain Society physicians, Dr. Ashley Classen. 

I moved to Lubbock, Texas, after leaving the Navy, specifically because they had an opportunity open for a combined anesthesia and pain doctor. For most of my time in Lubbock, I was a solo practitioner and was affiliated with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Fortunately, my association with TTUHSC was during a time when Dr. Prithvi Raj was still there. Both he and Dr. Gabor Racz provided indispensable professional and personal guidance. In fact, I was there when they brought up the idea of the Texas Pain Society and was one of the founding members, donating $1,000 to help get it started. There were probably only 20-30 or so of us attending those early pain conferences at TTU back then, and many of them were residents and fellows.

As to my goals as the new president of TPS, I would like to expand on what my predecessor, Dr. Maxim Eckmann, started by expanding our use of social media (Be sure to follow TPS on Twitter and LinkedIn!). I would like to see an expanded use of the TPS forum to include articles of best practices for members. I would also like to see more use of the TPS educational offerings, such as IPOC and the online modules that offer CME courses. Another thing I want to emphasize to members is how important it is to attend First Tuesdays, in order to get to know your legislators and talk to them on a personal basis. Pain medicine has some big problems looming this next year during the legislative session, and we need to start working on them now. As Dr. CM Schade, our leading expert on legislative affairs, says, "If you aren’t at the table, then you are on the menu.”

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Where are they now? See Previous Winners!

 Where are they now? Read what previous Case Study and Scholarship winners have been up to...

Previous Winner of the 2020 Hassenbusch Continued Learning Case Study Presentation and 2021 Hassenbusch Continued Learning Scholarship

George Polson MD Case Study and Scholarship WinnerGeorge Polson MD
Case Study (2020) – PM&R Residency at Baylor College of Medicine
Scholarship (2021) – PM&R Residency at Baylor College of Medicine (Accepted to MD Anderson Pain Medicine Fellowship)

In what ways have you used what you presented in your recent practice?
While the case study I presented involved the use of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain, during my fellowship training we have found a multitude of other clinical uses for this new technology, all of which ultimately has led to better patient outcomes. It is exciting to be a part of all the innovation and treatment options that neuromodulation has to offer!

What professional development have you gone through since your award? 
              As of July 2022, I have begun my Pain Fellowship training at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Where are you working now? 
              The Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX

What's one piece of advice you'd give to a Fellow going into PM? 
Take advantage of opportunities such as Texas Pain Society’s Annual Conference! The ability to meet various individuals within the practice of pain management, all gathered in a familiar setting here in the great state of Texas (Hook em Horns!), has definitely served as the foundation of many relationships that I will continue to hold on to as I begin my own career within this field.

Previous Winner of the 2021 Hassenbusch Continued Learning Case Study Presentation

Grayson Koval MD Case Study and Scholarship WinnerGrayson Koval, MD

Pain fellow at Texas Tech when award was received. 

In what ways have you used what you presented in your recent practice?
I have used my case study to remind myself of the importance of being a clinician who thoroughly evaluates his patients. 

What professional development have you gone through since your award? 
Since last year, I have finished my fellowship, been board certified in anesthesia, and started a private practice job in Midland, TX. 

Where are you working now? Midland Spine Institute in Midland, TX.

What's one piece of advice you'd give to a Fellow going into PM? Take advantage of every learning opportunity in fellowship

Previous Winner of the 2021 Hassenbusch Continued Learning Case Study Presentation

Adedeji Olusanya DO, MPH Case Study WinnerAdedeji Olusanya DO, MPH
  • At University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio when award was received. 

  • In what ways have you used what you presented in your recent practice? 
    I was able to talk about spinal stenosis and different treatment approaches on rotations 

  • What professional development have you gone through since your award?  Since the last conference, I have been able to attend more national pain conferences where I was able to net work with other fellows, and pain physicians. I also have and the opportunity to join numerous of webinars where I was able to expand my knowledge in pain medicine, patient management, and new innovative procedure to help shape the future of pain medicine.

    Where are you working now? Right now I am PGY-3  at university of Texas Health science Center at San Antonio. This year, I will be applying for the next pain fellowship cycle.

    What's one piece of advice you'd give to a Fellow going into PM? 
    I wouldn’t imagine that I could give a Fellow much advice. But what I would say to a resident or medical student that is interested in pain, is to get into research early! Also networking while attending pain conferences is vital. Interventional pain is a small field, it is important to know your colleagues!

 Previous Winner of the  2021 Hassenbusch Continued Learning Scholarship

Vishal Bansal, MD Scholarship WinnerVishal Bansal, MD 

When award was received, Dr. Bansal was 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 

What professional development have you gone through since your award? 

I've been fortunate to attend the TPS for the past 3 years due to the assistance of the scholarship award. It has been a rewarding experience for me as a resident due to its educational sessions and the ability to network with pain physicians specific to Texas where I plan on practicing in the future. I am applying for pain fellowships this year, and plan to attend this year's TPS again to further network and keep myself up to date. I've been able to follow up with some of the attendees to get mentorship and additional clinical experience and prepare me for my future transition into pain medicine. It has also given me exposure to the broad scope of pain medicine that I have not seen in my residency training and sparking my interest into neuromodulation. 

Where are you working now? 
Resident Physician (PGY-3) and will be applying for Pain Medicine fellowship

What's one piece of advice you'd give to a Fellow going into PM?
One piece of advice I would have for residents considering pain medicine fellowship would be to get involved with research and attend regional and national conferences in Pain Medicine. Research or publications is often a great way for yourself to get familiar with a particular topic and to also form connections with other pain physicians. Conferences are a great way to meet future colleagues and learn about the current practices and latest advances in pain medicine, making you well equipped to start your journey into pain medicine fellowship. 

 Previous Winner of the 2019, 2020 & 2021 Hassenbusch Continued Learning Case Study Presentation

Joseph Liao MD Case Study and Scholarship WinnerJoseph Liao, M.D.

When award was received, Dr. Liao was at the University of Texas - Houston, Department of Anesthesiology

In what ways have you used what you presented in your recent practice? The majority of my studies involved interventional procedures in the treatment of refractory pain conditions. Presenting complex scenarios and receiving feedback from the physician leaders in Texas have shaped how I approach patient care, especially when it comes to patient selection and determining what next steps may possibly be offered to patients. The moderators and seasoned pain physicians at Texas Pain Society have a wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience.

What professional development have you gone through since your award? 
I am an anesthesiologist and pain management fellow at Stanford University. My goal is to offer my patients quality, best-in-class treatments. I am also working towards being more involved in industry and physician leadership. 

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2022 Texas Workers' Compensation Conference


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Registration Opens Texas Workers' Compensation Conference

registration opens april 4

Join us June 27-29 in Austin as we explore emerging trends in comp, and the people and connections that make the system work.

See this year's agenda on the conference webpage.

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Meeting Registration is OPEN!

The Texas Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational conference for pain management physicians in Texas. Each year over 200 physicians attend this one of a kind event.

Notable Pain Medicine-Specific CME Presentations will focus on the most current research and findings in pain medicine. Earn up to 17 AMA PRA Category 1tm and 2.75 hours of ethics/ professional responsibility in one weekend from distinguished state and national speakers.

1. Learn about the latest state law and rule changes from the Texas Medical Board and Texas State Board of Pharmacy and Drug Trafficking at the border

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13th Annual Scientific Conference

Registration and sponsorship information will be out soon!

3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Pain and Opioid Crisis Seminar on April 23-24, 2021

Dr. Eduardo Bruera, Chair of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine, and Dr. Joseph Arthur, (Conference Chair), Associate Professor in Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine, invite you and your colleagues to join us for this outstanding educational opportunity. We are happy to announce that registration for the 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Pain and Opioid Crisis Seminar on April 23-24, 2021, is now open.

The 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Pain and Opioid Crisis Seminar is CME credited for those attending in real-time. Registration is now open and in line with our mission to present accurate data for a global audience.  We hope you will join us for this outstanding educational opportunity.

This will be a great opportunity for all APRNs who attend the conference to earn credit towards their regulatory controlled substance CE requirement.


Please share the information about this virtual education day with your colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you in April. 


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Breaking news!

Texas Pain Society is excited to release its very own Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses, courtesy of the Texas Pain Foundation. 

 As part of a TPS membership, CME hours are now available at little or no cost, compliments of Texas Pain Foundation. This is just one of the ways we are working to support our members.

Access our new CME Resource Page HERE

Interested in more free CME and benefits from TPS – consider joining today!

2020 Novitas Explore Medicare Education Symposiums

When: May 6 - 7, 2020

Where: Online

Register: Click Here

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Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

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Addiction Medicine Fellowship (AMF) Program

Fiscal Year 2020 Application Due Date: February 25, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2020 Addiction Medicine Fellowship (AMF) Program. The application cycle closes on February 25, 2020.

Please note that modifications have been made to the original Notice of Funding Opportunity. Download the latest version before applying.

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Hassenbusch Continued Learning Case Study Presentations

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: The Texas Pain Society invites members and others to submit case studies to be considered for presentation at the 11th Annual Scientific Meeting.

The call for case study is open to Texas fellows and residents in a pain fellowship. Entries must be received before the cutoff date. All submissions will be reviewed by the committee and the top 5 submissions will be asked to present live at the TPS 11th Annual Scientific Meeting in October.

 2019 Winners!

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TPS & TSA Pain Education Partnership Success

September 6, 2019 marked another successful year of partnership between Texas Pain Society & Texas Society of Anesthesiologist!

Each year TPS presents a 3 hour parallel session regarding pain medicine during the TSA Annual Conference.

This year we had Drs. Max Eckmann, C.M. Schade and Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, MD representing TPS and an interactive crowd that was very engaged in the current standards and best practices for treating chronic pain patients. 

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2019 Case Study & Scholarship Forms Available

Hassenbusch Continued Learning Case Study Presentations

 The Texas Pain Society invites members and others to submit case studies to be considered for presentation at the 11th Annual Scientific Meeting.

 Click here to submit your case study online

Click here to download a paper copy for submission

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2019 TPS Award Winners Announced

 Schade Hill ‐ Public Policy Pain Champion Award - Representative JD Sheffield, MD

Dr. J.D. Sheffield was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012 to serve the citizens of Texas House District 59, which includes Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, and Somervell Counties. He was re-elected to his 4th term in the 2018 March Primary. 

Dr. Sheffield has been practicing family medicine in and around Gatesville for over 25 years. As the only rural physician in the Texas Legislature, Dr. Sheffield has been honored to serve on the House Public Health Committee for all three terms, and currently serves as Vice-Chairman.

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TexMed 2019 Pain Lectures

TexMed 2019 - Texas Pain Society - Pain Lectures Success!

Many thanks to Drs. Tim Zoys & C.M. Schade for co-chairing the 2019 Texas Pain Society Program! Thank you to our amazing speakers for their time and energy and expertise to educate attendees about the most current standards for pain management. Each year this program continues to grow and attract more and more attendees, this year was another full room with over 140 attendees! 


Primary Care Pain Medicine: State-of-the-Art 2019 
Presented by Brian Bruel, MD, Director, Pain Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

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2019 Raj & Racz Excellence Awards

Congratulations to TPS Board Members Dr. Miles Day & Dr. Larry Driver!

On May 4, 2019, during the 2019 ASIPP Annual Conference Drs. Day & Driver were presented with awards. 

Dr. Day (pictured above) received the 2019 Raj Excellence Award and Dr. Larry Driver (pictured below) received the 2019 Racz Excellence Award!

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