Erich O. Richter, MD is the Associate Director of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence (COE), and Director of Surgical Epilepsy. His undergraduate work was performed at the University of Florida in Electrical Engineering. He then pursued his medical school training at the Ohio State University, and returned to the University of Florida for his residency, where he received mentorship in the surgical treatment of Epilepsy under Stephen Roper, M.D. His fellowship training was at the University of Toronto under Andres Lozano, M.D., Ph.D. He held appointments at the University of Florida and Mercer Medical School before coming to LSU in January of 2008.


Sanjeet Narang, MD, MBBS is an anesthesiologist in Boston, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Narang received his medical degree from Armed Forces Medical College Pune and has been in practice for 26 years.

Immediate-past President

Brian M. Bruel, MD has been a practicing pain physician for more than 10 years with a large neuromodulation practice consisting of intrathecal therapy for both pain and spasticity. Dr. Bruel has extensive clinical expertise in the management of Cancer Pain, with years of experience working in NCI-designated Cancer Centers. He is co-leading the development of The Cancer Survivorship and Supportive Care Center at Baylor College of Medicine where he serves as the Director of Pain Medicine.


Lisa J. Stearns, MD founder and medical director of Center for Pain and Supportive Care, is the world’s foremost expert in interventional therapy for cancer pain and is internationally renowned for her research and expertise with intrathecal pumps.


Heather Basara Richter completed her PhD in the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She applied computational and geospatial technologies to study the spatial and temporal relationships between determinants of health and patterns of chronic and infectious disease outcomes.


Amitabh Gulati, MD practices at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and completed his fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His clinical expertise is in anesthesiology, cancer pain management and interventional pain management.

Gladstone C. McDowell II, MD is the Medical Director of Integrated Pain Solutions in Columbus, Ohio. He has authored book chapters regarding Urology and Anesthesiology. Dr. McDowell attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed Residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. McDowell completed a Urologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He performed a Pain Management Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Ohio State Pain Control Center.

Emeritus Members

Founder & President Emeritus

William S. Rosenberg, MD attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1987. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Massachusetts General Hopsital, also located in Boston, in 1993. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Rosenberg joined Midwest Neurosurgery Associates in 2002, out of a desire for greater focus on patient care. It was out of this focus on patient care that Dr. Rosenberg expanded his practice from complex spinal surgery to include the treatment of chronic and cancer-related pain. Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in treating patients with such modalities as neuromodulation, intrathecal pharmacotherapy, neurostimulation of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves and neuroablation to modify the nervous system’s response to pain. He is also very active in training other health care providers, curriculum development and lecturing, as well as designing and supervising clinical trials. Dr. Rosenberg is also a member of the AANS, CNS, AAPM and NANS and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain.

Nora Janjan, MD, MPSA, MBA is a board certified oncologist and one of a few physicians nationally with a Masters in Public Service Administration and Masters in Business Administration. Her expertise includes clinical trials, healthcare economics and outcomes research, healthcare policy, patient reported outcomes, palliative care/pain management. Dr. Janjan’s experience in academic medicine includes that of a tenured Professor in Radiation Oncology and Symptom Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center where I served as Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board, and the Professional Liability Committee, Conflict of Interest Committee and Promotion and Tenure Committee.