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About the Authors

Michael J Brennan, MD
Dr. Brennan is chief medical officer and owner of the Pain Center of Fairfield in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Dr. Brennan earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York. Dr. Brennan served as chief resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the New York Hospital of Cornell University Medical College in New York, New York.

He is a nationally recognized leader in the pain management field as well as cancer-related disabilities and lymphedema. Dr. Brennan is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a diplomate of the American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, International Association for the Study of Pain, Connecticut Pain Society, Connecticut State Medical Society, Fairfield County Medical Association, and Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation.

Dr. Brennan has served on national consensus panels for the American Cancer Society and has been a consultant to several pharmaceutical companies. He has lectured internationally, and he often speaks about pain assessment and pain management. In addition, Dr. Brennan has authored numerous abstracts, articles, and book chapters on pain management.

Jeffrey Fudin, RPh, PharmD, BS, DAAPM, FCCP
Dr. Jeffrey Fudin graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in 1981, and he completed his PharmD there in 1998. He was awarded and completed an American Cancer Society-sponsored fellowship in oncology/hematology at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center shortly after his undergraduate work.

Dr. Fudin is a diplomate to the American Academy of Pain Management, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and a member of several other professional organizations.

He has been a peer reviewer and/or a panel member for the establishment of various guidelines, including the American Pain Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer pain and palliative care, and for the guidelines developed collaboratively by the American Pain Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine, addressing "Use of Chronic Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain."

Dr. Fudin is also a member of the task force for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties for role delineation study/practice analysis of pain and palliative care pharmacy.

He is a reviewer for publications and poster submissions for ACCP, ASHP, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and other recognized professional pharmacy, medical, and nursing organizations.

He is a two-time past chair and founder of the ACCP Pain Pharmacy Practice Network group, and he is a Medical Advisory Board consultant for the Danmiller Memorial Education Foundation (an online public service for pain practitioners and patients).

Dr. Fudin practices as a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Albany Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany, New York. He has been employed there since 1982. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and has been an instructor of pharmacology at Sage Graduate School of Nursing for several years. He is CEO and founder of NovaPain Associates, a private Internet-based pain resource, and he is a clinical pharmacy consultant to Homedical Associates, an innovative home-based academic patient care service dedicated to medically complex patients in their homes.

Dr. Fudin has been an invited speaker for various pain management topics to medical professionals across the US and internationally. He has presented symposia at local and regional forums and at national meetings for the ACCP, the American Pharmacists Association, and several other meetings for physician, nurse, and osteopathic medicine groups. He is an active lecturer, writer, and researcher on pain management issues.

In 2010, Dr. Fudin was named a "Parata/Pharmacy Times Next-Generation Pharmacist Lifetime Achievement Honoree."

For further information about Dr. Fudin, please visit his website.

Ruth J Perkins, PharmD, MA, BS
Dr. Perkins completed her bachelor of science in biology at Harpur College, University Center at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, in 1985.  She then completed her master’s degree in pharmacology at Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Science in 1987. In 1997, she completed a bachelor of science in pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and she completed her PharmD at the same institution in 1998.

Since 2001, Dr. Perkins has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York. Dr. Perkins specializes in pain management, critical care, and endocrinology. She’s an integral part of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee with focus on formulary management and pharmacoeconomics.  She is an adjunct faculty with the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, precepting Doctor of Pharmacy students.

She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and has presented at various professional medical society meetings.