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June 17, 2019


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Goal of the Conference:


To provide health facility medical leadership and medical staff  involved in pain assessment ant management with the knowledge and processes of pain assessment and the use of non-invasive non-pharmacological modalities for effective treatment of pain. 

Conference Objectives: 

  • Review the Joint Commission’s new and revised pain assessment and management standards for accredited hospitals.
  • Provide processes to form a culture focused on pain assessment and management.
  • Describe strategies to educate and engage patients in treatment decision about their pain management
  • Examine select non-invasive non-pharmacological modalities suitable for hospital settings 

Day One: Saturday (November 16, 2019) 

8:00 AM  Welcome and Overview

  • Joint Commission and New Revised Standards for Pain Assessment and Management. (Carl Middleton, DMin.)


8:30 AM  Plenary Session # 1:  The Current State of Pain Assessment and    

                  Management  (Francisco Ward, DO)       


9:30 AM  Plenary Session Patient Panel # 2: The Two headed Monster: Pain and

                   Addiction (Tyler Cymet, DO)


10:45 AM Break


11:00 AM Concurrent Sessions:

  • How Nutrition Can Promote Pain (Francisco Ward, DO)


  • Role of Spirituality in Chronic pain Management (Carl Middleton, DMin)

12:00 PM Lunch


1:00 PM  Plenary Session # 3: A World view on Integrative Pain Management

                 (Carl Middleton, DMin)


2:00  PM  Plenary Session #4: Reinventing Your Pain Practice (Raj Gupta)


3:00  PM  Break


3:15   PM  Plenary Session# 5: Medical Marijuana and Pain Management

                   (Francisco Ward (DO))


4:30 PM Wrap-Up and Social 

Day Two: Sunday (November 17, 2019) 

8:00 AM  Plenary Session # 5  Evidence-based non-pharmacological pain medicine

                   as culture change in practice (Tyler Cymet, DO)

9:00  AM  Plenary Session # 6: Principles of Resiliency and Reduction of Burnout

                    Adaptation of mindfulness-based stress reduction for addiction relapse

                    prevention. (Brooke Buckley, MD, FACS

10:00 AM  Break

10:15 AM   Concurrent Sessions:

  • Treatment of Withdrawal Complications due to Intoxication and Overdose (Francisco Ward, DO)               
  • Effective Use of Energy Modalities: Reiki, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch. (Carl Middleton DMin)

11:30 AM   Next Steps/Evaluation and Adjournment 



Dr. Buckley is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Meritus Health. She is also CMO at CoreLife, Consulting with a patient-centered behavioral change weight loss program focused on developing relationships with physicians in local communities to support their efforts on behalf of patients. Dr. Buckley is a Member of the Committee on Clinical Leadership of The American Hospital Association, on The Board of Trustees of MedChi (the Maryland state medical society), and the Board of Directors of AMPAC.


is a medical educator and futurist.  He trained at the Yale University School of Medicine in Internal Medicine, taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and has written for the New York Times News Syndicate, Untold Stories of the ER, and has authored a number of textbooks including the Ad Diction Ary of Drug User Terms.



Raj Gupta is the Chief Financial Officer of the American College of Healthcare Trustees. He has taught at the Isenberg School of Management and Clark University. Raj has developed Online Courses for the Isenberg School of Management, Office of Head Start and the American College of Healthcare Trustees. Raj recently authored a Financial Literacy and Essential Data Handbook. Raj has published articles on a wide range of financial topics. Raj is a member of the New York Institute of Credit. Raj holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  



Dr. Carl Middleton has been a theologian/ethicist for 45 in Catholic Health Care.  Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, a Master’s Degree in Moral Theology from the University of Detroit, a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, a Master of Religious Education Degree and a Master of Divinity Degree from SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan and a Doctorate in Naturopathy from Clayton School of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama. He has served as a consultant and advisory for hospital pain management programs and has conducted education and training programs in integrative medicine. Dr. Middleton is a noted lecturer and has co-authored five books/manuals: Teaching the Ten Commandments Today, Ethics Committees: A Practical Approach, Integrative Health Care: An Emerging Approach to the Art of Healing, Ethics Committee Resource Manual and Healing Ministry in the Age of Genetics.  




Dr. Ward studied medicine at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Midwestern University), where he graduated in 1992 with 3 different Departmental Awards. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1993. His residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sinai Hospital in 1996.

Francisco Ward, D.O. has been serving as Chief of the Division of Occupational Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine at St. Agnes Hospital since 1999 and also has admitting privileges at Howard County General Hospital & BWMC for physiatry and pain management. Dr. Francisco Ward is the Medical Director and Founder of Seton Pain & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Ward was voted a “Top Doctor” in 2010.

Dr. Ward enjoys mentoring St. Agnes Hospital Residents, and Medical Students. He is an advocate for physicians and for patient safety. Francisco A. Ward, D. O. will serve as the 123rd  president of the Baltimore County Medical Association. Coincidentally, he is the first Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine to be president of the Baltimore County Medical Association. Dr. Ward has served as a Board of Trustee of MedChi, Co-Chair of the Medical Economics Council and Chair of the Medical Cannabis Task Force. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Trustees and a Past President of the Maryland Association of Osteopathic Physicians.

Dr Ward was early to identify the magnitude of the opioid epidemic and has worked with the Maryland Board of Physicians, the DEA and the legislature to curb the proliferation of Pill Mills in Maryland. He is an avid chess player and enjoys watching competitive youth sports, attending professional sports events, and live performances.