All have one goal in mind; to improve research and lives
FRAME’s Board of Directors and Advisors include a diverse group of physicians, researchers, business professionals, and academics. Each member is passionate about the work we do and is committed to improving the lives of those in chronic pain.
He started and co-directed the first pain center in New York City at Montefiore Hospital from 1978-1984, then established and directed the Lenox Hill Hospital Inpatient Pain Center from 1984-1998. From 1995-1998, he also directed the Princess Margaret Pain Treatment and Functional Restoration Center in Windsor, UK. He received a $500,000 grant from Medtronic to study outcomes at pain centers for the American Academy of Pain Medicine in 1990.
He has written two books, Freedom from Pain and End Back Pain Forever and has published numerous journal articles and academic textbook chapters. He has 3 patents on his approach to evaluate and treat muscle pain and is currently working on producing an instrument that will allow most clinicians to identify and treat specific muscles that are the source of common back, neck and shoulder pains.
Dr. Marcus also serves as a Scientific Advisor to FRAME.
He has 25 years of IT experience that includes design work on the International Space Station, development of real-time wired and wireless polling systems, authoring one of the IETF standards on IPv6, and managing a 10,000-site network. Prior to Core infrastructure, he was responsible for distributed infrastructure and networks in Morgan Stanley's Enterprise Computing and ENS organizations.
After taking a messaging security company public in 1996, Steve transitioned into financial services at UBS, where he held multiple roles including Global Head of IT Security, Head of E-Commerce Infrastructure, Head of Distributed Engineering, and Program Management in the London equities business, transforming its high-volume direct market access (DMA) process.
Gayle has held a number of leadership roles within Accenture, most recently within Life Sciences and Products businesses and has over 20 years of experience in Healthcare and Products.
Gayle Sirard also serves as a Scientific Advisor to FRAME.
In 1996, Dr. Hayes received the Long Island University Scholarly Achievement Award for research and education dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. Currently, Dr. Hayes is an advocate for patients addressing chronic pain and trains volunteer facilitators for bereavement groups for the Diocese of Rockville Center on Long Island.
Dr. Gitlin has had a long interest and experience in pain management and is actively engaged in the practice of anesthesiology and pain medicine as well as research. He has lectured at the local, regional, national and international levels. He has been widely published and serves as a reviewer for several journals.
He is a member of numerous societies and has been very active in the organized medicine community for many years. He has served as chairman of numerous committees and task forces. He currently is the Chairman of the Council of Past Presidents of the American Academy of Pain Medicine where he previously served as President, Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pain Medicine in various capacities including as President and Past President. Dr. Gitlin has served as a member of the Louisiana State Pain commission and as Past Chairman of the Louisiana State Cancer Pain Initiative. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives. Dr. Gitlin's experience has encompassed both the private and academic sectors where he has held various senior leadership positions and he has served in government.
Just prior to turning professional he decided to have his left shoulder operated on after approximately the 15th dislocation, but due to over tightening, he tore his posterior capsule within months of starting his career. In 2004, Matthew and two partners started one of the most successful independent golf putter companies called Rife Putters, LLC, which was ranked the 5th largest putter company in the U.S. Following his resignation from Rife in 2010, he was senior VP of Operations for Performance Sports Brands, INC, which he then spun off the NC division into Global Sports Brands, LLC.
He is now Chief Executive officer of Global Sports Brands, LLC, a full-service consulting and sales company designed to give innovative golf companies instant expertise and economies of scale to keep overhead down. He has been heavily involved in the launch of 20+ companies, which has given him experience in just about every facet of running a company.
He has served in leadership roles within the HL7 Standards Development Organization including as a co-Chair of the Vocabulary Technical Committee and currently as a member of the Architectural Review Board and FHIR Governance Board. He is recognized as a thought leader and international advisor on Health Informatics and has served in advisory roles to the US Centers for Disease Control, the National Cancer Institute, Health and Human Services, and the European Commission Centers for Disease Control. Roles prior to Accenture included the CEO of OntoReason, LLC, a Semantic Web Service company; the Chief Semantic Architect of the National Cancer Institute; Chair of the UC Davis Health Informatics Graduate Group; and Chief of the Office of Informatics and Surveillance for the State of California Department of Public Health. Dr. Lynch is a UCLA trained OB/GYN and was practicing Gynecological Oncology for 10 years before earning his MS in Medical Informatics at UC Davis.
Dr. Lynch also serves as a Scientific Advisor to FRAME.
Desiree is a Solutions Architect with Armis, a breakout Israeli cybersecurity firm. She has spent her career collaborating with technical leaders of the global financials to reduce business risk through technology. She holds a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics.
In her free time, Desiree enjoys exercise, photography, and travel.
Desiree also serves as Chair of our Fundraising Committee.
Previously, Dan served as an aide to Simon Hughes, an MP in the British Parliament. He holds a degree in Political Science and Government from Colby College.
A lifelong athlete, Dan is passionate about the fight against pain and dysfunction from injury, illness, and age. In his free time he enjoys being active with his children and playing golf.
From 1993-2012, Kelly served in various capacities at the American Medical Association. Her AMA career included several years as Director of the AMA’s State Advocacy Resource Center, where, along with a team of health care attorneys, she developed and implemented numerous state legislative and regulatory campaigns on behalf of the AMA and its component medical associations.
Kelly also served as Advocacy Campaign Director for the AMA’s Private Sector Advocacy unit, focusing on administrative simplification, fair contracting and payment and transparency initiatives.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.
She received her BS in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and her MSW from Fordham University. Prior to FRAME, Mandy worked at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where her duties included discharge planning as well as providing emotional support and crisis intervention to patients and their families admitted to the neurology and neurosurgery unit. She also worked with post adopted children and their families at the New York Council on Adoptable Children.
Her personal life experience and professional background make her an ideal liaison between providers, patients, and payers.
He was appointed as the Director of the Emergency Surgical Procedures laboratory in Emergency Medicine at UCLA, the first of its kind in the nation. This led to the development of many new and revised emergency surgical techniques used today, including new techniques for rapid venous access in trauma, new techniques for emergency tracheotomy in patients with massive neck swelling, new technique for subclavian venous access and many other plastic and orthopedic procedures.
Dr. Simon was appointed the first Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, then became the first Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. He is one of the founding members of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He is also the author of six medical texts in emergency medicine. He was instrumental in fostering the development of “observation units” adjacent to emergency rooms, making possible dramatic reductions in length of hospital stay for common short-term medical problems such as asthma and diabetic complications.
Dr. Simon is the founder and continues to be Chairman of the Board of the International Medical Corps (IMC), an organization he founded in 1984, which is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization which specializes in establishing healthcare for villagers primarily in war zones (see internationalmedicalcorp.org). Dr. Simon developed and designed the world’s first Advanced Medic Training program, which in one year trains healthcare medics to diagnose and treat over 90% of the conditions they will encounter in their villages, concentrating on the diagnosis and treatment of only the 8-10 common conditions in each organ system, all without medical supervision. He designed nursing programs with similar outcomes. Today IMC is in 21 nations, almost all areas of conflict around the world.
Dr. Simon’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous awards including the David K. Wagner Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (2003) and the Heritage Medal of Freedom Award (1988), having been nominated for the latter by President Reagan. People Magazine ran a feature story on his work with the IMC and he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
He has held faculty appointments in Anesthesiology, Pharmacology (U of A), Biomedical Engineering (JHU), Physiology (Cornell) and Neuroscience (NYU) at the University of Arizona, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, and New York University. He was Director of Anesthesiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery from 1995 to 2001, and the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at New York University from 2001 to 2013.
He is now Emeritus Professor at NYU. His research, supported by over thirty years of NIH funding, focused on the mechanism of action of inhaled anesthetics and, most recently, on the transition from acute to chronic pain.
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