Richard Stieg, MD, MHS

Medical Director

CURRICULUM VITAE

RICHARD L. STIEG, M.D., MHS

Professional Practice History
Following completion of neurological training in 1967 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Stieg served as Chief of Staff of the Neurology Department and as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force Medical Corp at Wilford Hall Hospital in San Antonio Texas until 1971. Duties included clinical practice and medical education of interns and residents as well as attending to the needs of flight personnel.

From 1971 to 1977 Dr. Stieg was in private clinical practice of general neurology in Boulder and for 3 years concurrently served as Assistant Chief of the Neurology Department at Denver General Hospital (now Denver Health), a half-time paid academic position.
In late 1977 Dr. Stieg founded the Boulder Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic, the first multidisciplinary outpatient and inpatient pain treatment program in the state of Colorado. Duties included patient care, medical education of nurses and other allied healthcare givers, program development, clinical research and medical supervision of the pain treatment teams.

After leaving the Boulder Memorial Hospital 5 years later Dr. Stieg founded the Colorado Rehabilitation Institute in Boulder, an outpatient multidisciplinary pain treatment center. Duties continued to be care of patients, program development, and training of allied health personnel, clinical research, and medical supervision of the treatment teams.

Over the subsequent years Dr. Stieg has founded, directed, seen patients and taught in a variety of other clinical settings and geographical locations in Boulder, Greeley, Broomfield, Aurora and Denver, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and (currently) Frisco, Colorado, serving patients with brain injuries, chronic pain and related addiction disorders. This included service as the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Spalding Hospital in Denver for several years.

He also served from 1990-1995 as Medical Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greeley Center for Independent Living, a non-profit organization providing assisted living and related health services to patients with brain injuries and diseases. Professional duties and clinical private practice has continued the same throughout these settings, which have been privately owned, hospital based, or within academic institutions (University of Pittsburgh 1987 to 1989) and until 2014 served as Medical Director of the Centennial Rehabilitation Associates, a private institution in Aurora that offered several outpatient programs for patients with traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain and concurrent psychiatric disorders, including addiction to prescription
and illicit drugs.

Currently Dr. Stieg sees patients in a private practice in Edwards and Frisco, Colorado 3 days per week.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
1955-1959 C.W. Post College, Brookville, New York.
Major: Biology, Chemistry. B.S., Cum Laude, 1959
1959-1963
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
Major: Medicine, M.D., 1963
1963-1964
USAF Hospital, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Internship, Rotating
1964-1967
Walter Reed General Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland.
Resident, Neurology Service
1996-1999
University College, Denver University, Denver, Colorado
Masters Degree in Healthcare Systems
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APPOINTMENTS AND POSITIONS
Academic
1973-1986
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology and
Medicine University of Colorado Medical Center,
Denver, Colorado
1987-1989
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1989-2007
Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology,
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center,
Denver, Colorado
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
National Pain Foundation
A non-profit Colorado based corporation that provided Web- based information for pain
patients and care givers
1999-2003
Founding member, Treasurer, & Board of Directors
2004-2006
Vice-Chair, Board of Clinical Directors
2006
Co-Chair for Programs, Board of Directors
2007-2010
Website Editor – In Chief
Arapahoe House
A non profit Colorado based corporation providing drug and alcohol
treatment centers
1992-Present
Numerous fund-raising committees/functions
2002-2003
CO-President, Foundation Board
Pain Consortium, COPIC Insurance
A non profit group that provides education to health care providers
about pain treatment
2000-Present
Participating member and guest lecturer
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American Pain Foundation
2010 – Executive Advisory Board Member
LICENSURES AND BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
1964
Diplomat National Board of Medical Examiners
1971-Present
State of Colorado
1971
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1992
American Board of Pain Medicine
2009
American Board of Addiction Medicine
MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
1967-Present
Member, American Academy of Neurology
1971-Present
Member, Colorado Medical Society
1994 Member, Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee
1994-Present
Member, Denver Medical Society
1994-1998
Alternate Delegate to Colorado Medical Society
1971-Present
Member, American Medical Association
1994
A.M.A. President’s Council
COLORADO SOCIETY OF CLINICAL NEUROLOGISTS
1973-Present
Member
1975-1976
Vice-President
1983-1984
President
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WESTERN U.S.A. PAIN SOCIETY
1981-Present
Member
1983-1984
President
AMERICAN PAIN SOCIETY
1978-Present
Member
1988
Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for the Directory of Pain
Management Facilities
1987-1990
Membership Committee
1988-1990
Nominating Committee
1990
Chairman, Publications Committee
1990-1992
Treasurer
1992
Chairman, Long-Range Planning Task Force
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PAIN MEDICINE
1983-Present
Founding Member
1983-1992
Liaison Secretary to American Pain Society
1987-1989
Treasurer
1992
Fellow, American College of Pain Medicine
1993
President-Elect
1994
President
1989-1999
Editorial Staff,
Clinical Journal of Pain
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1999-Present
Editorial Staff,
Pain Medicine
2000-2003
Director of Development
2009-Present
Liaison with past President’s Council, Board of Directors
1978-1994
Member International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
1983-1989
Surveyor, Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities
1987-1988
Member, Ad Hoc Committee to rewrite standards for pain treatment
facilities, Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities
1985-1991
Member, American Association for the Study of Headaches
.
1989-1992
Member, Colorado Head Injury Foundation
1989-1992
Member, National Head Injury Foundation
1991
Fellow, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians
1992
Editor in Chief,
Journal of Disability
1984-2001
Member, American College of Physician Executives
HONORS AND AWARDS
1997
Phillip M. Lippe Award, American Academy of Pain Medicine
2009
Pioneer in Pain Medicine, Western Pain Society
GRANTS
1987-1990
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin
Diseases
Grant No. 1 RO1AR38698-01. Co-investigator, Project Title: “Chronic
Low Back Pain: Biobehavioral Factors and Maintenance and Treatment.”
1987-1990
Baltimore Therapeutic Company. Associate Investigator, Project Title:
“Evaluating the Clinical Utility of the Work Simulator for Chronic
Pain
Patients.”
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PUBLICATIONS
Stieg, R.L., Double Blind Study of Belladonna - Ergotamine - Phenobarbital for Interval
Treatment of Recurrent Throbbing Headache.
Headache,
120-124, July 1977.
Stieg, R.L., Williams, R.C., Timmermans-Williams, G., Tafuro, F. & Gallagher, L.,. Cost
Benefits of Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Treatment.
Clinical Journal of Pain, 1,
189-193, 1986.
Stieg, R.L., Chronic Pain. In F. Buerra & J.A. Aldrete (Eds.),
Emotional and Psychological
Responses to Anesthesia and Surgery.
203-222. New York: Grune & Stratton, 1980.
Stieg, R.L., Gallagher, L. & Williams, R., Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment Centers.
Journal
Of Occupational Medicine, 23,
94-102, 1981.
Stieg, R.L. & Williams, R., Chronic Pain as a Biosociocultural Phenomenon: Implications for
Treatment.
Seminars in Neurology
, 3, 370-376, 1983.
Stieg, R.L., Pain and the Disability Process.
Colorado Trial Talk, 27,
3-4. 1983.
Brenna, S.F., Crue, B.L. & Stieg, R.L., Comments on the Classification of Chronic Pain: Its
Clinical Significance.
Bulletin of Clinical Neurosciences, 49,
67-81, 1984.
Williams, R.C. & Stieg, R.L., Validity and Therapeutic Efficacy of Individual Patient Goal
Attainment Procedures in a Chronic Pain Treatment Center.
Clinical Journal of Pain, 2,
219-228.
Stieg, R.L. & Turk, D.C., Chronic Pain Syndrome: Demonstrating the Cost-Benefit of
Treatment.
Pain Management, 2,
58-63, 1988.
Stieg, R.L., Why be Concerned with Chronic Pain Treatment.
Risk Management, 1,
28-30, 1987.
Turk, D.C., Rudy, T.E. & Stieg, R.L., Chronic Pain and Depression: I. “Facts”.
Pain Management, 1,
17-25, 1987.
Turk, D.C. & Stieg, R.L., Chronic Pain: The Necessity of Interdisciplinary Communication
Clinical Journal of Pain, 3
, 163-167, 1987.
Rudy, T.E., Turk, D.C. & Stieg, R.L., Quantifying Medical/Physical Findings in the Assessment
of Chronic Pain Patients. (Abstract)
Pain,
(Suppl. 4): S165, 1987.
Stieg, R.L., Flor, H., Rudy, T.E. & Turk, D.C., Significant Others Perceptions of and Responses
to Chronic Pain Patients (Abstract) Pain
,
(Suppl. 4): S165, 1987.
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Turk, D.C., Rudy, T.E. & Stieg, R.L., The Disability Determination Dilemma: Toward a
Multiaxial Solution. .
Pain. 34:
217-229, 1988.
Rudy, T.E., Lieber, S.J., Turk, D.C. & Stieg, R.L., Evaluating the Clinical Utility of the BTE
Work Stimulator for Chronic Back Pain Patients. (Technical Report). Center for Pain Evaluation
and Treatment Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988.
Sorkin, B., Rudy, T.E., Hanlon, R. & Stieg, R.L, “Geriatric and Younger Chronic Pain Patient:
Differences Appear Less Important than Similarities”.
J. Geront
45:64-68, 1988.
Kinsman, R., Dirks, J., Wunder, J., Carbaugh, R. & Stieg, R.L., “Multidimensional Analysis of
Peak Pain Symptoms and Experiences”. 51:101-112.
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.,
1989.
Rudy, T.E., Turk, D.C., Stieg, R.L. & Brody, M.C., “Quantification of Biomedical Findings of
Chronic Pain
Patients: Development of a General Pain-Specific Physical Pathology Index”.
Pain.
42:167-182, 1990.
Stieg, R.L. “Advances in the Management of Chronic Pain”.
Internal Medicine for the
Specialist.
11:111-113, 1990.
Stieg, R.L. “The Cost-Effectiveness of Pain Treatment: Who Cares?”
Clinical Journal of Pain
6:301-304, 1990.
Stieg, R.L. “The Futility of Physical Testing in the Assessment of Disability”
APS Journal, 3
(3): 185-188, 1994.
Cherington, M. Martoraro, F. Siebuhl, L Stieg, R.L. & Yarnell, P. “Childhood Lightning Injuries
On the Playing Field”,
J.EM.MED
. (12) 39-41, 1994.
Stieg, R.L. “Pain and the 4
th
Ed. of the A.M.A. Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent
Impairment: A Fresh Look at an Old Problem”.
DISABILITY
, 4:1-8, 19
Stieg, R.L. “A.A.P.M. President’s Message” (Ed.)
Cl. J. Pain 10
(2): 95-97, 1994.
Stieg, R.L. “President’s Message: Organized Medicine’s Role in the Health Care Reform
Debate”
Cl. J. Pain 10
(3): September 1994.
Stieg, R.L. “President’s Message: Free Choice of Care: Have We Ever Really Had it? Do We
Want It?”
Cl. J. Pain 10
(4): December 1994.
Stieg, R.L. & Shepard, T.A. “Health Care Reform: Pain Medicine and the Insurance Industry”
(book chapter)
In: Cohen MJM, Campbell JN (Eds). Pain Treatment, Centers at a Crossroads: A
Practical and Conceptual Reappraisal. Progress in Pain Research and Management.
IASP Press,
Seattle, 1996.
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Stieg, R.L. “Workers’ Compensation”,
AAPM Newsletter
, April 1995.
Stieg, R.L. “Managed Care in the Workers’ Compensation Arena”,
Pain Medicine Network
,
August 1995.
Stieg, R.L. “ Measuring Outcomes: The Key to Quality Management.”
J. Back Musculoskeletal
Rehab
7:97-101, 1996.
Stieg, R.L. “Access to Health Care: A Key Issue in Understanding Healthcare Policy.”
Pain
Med. Network
, March 1998.
Stieg, R.L., Lippe, PM & Shepard, T.E. “Roadblocks to Effective Pain Treatment.”
Med. Cl.
N.Am,
83 (3): 809-821, 1999.
Stieg, R.L. “Financing the Treatment of Chronic Pain: Models for Risk-Sharing Among Pain
Medicine Physicians, Health Care Payers and Consumers”.
Pain Medicine, 1 (1),
May 2000.
Stieg, R.L. “Roadblocks to Effective Pain Treatment in the United States”.
The Management of
Acute and Chronic Pain: the use of the “Tools of the Trade”.
Krames,E & Reig,E (eds).
Monduzzi Editore, International Proceedings Division
. Bologna,
pp169-176, 2000.
Stieg, R.L. & Gallagher, L.A. “Gaining Access to Patients when in Worker’s Compensation
Systems in the United States”.
The Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: the use of the
“Tools of the Trade”.
Krames, E & Reig, E (eds).
Monduzzi Editore, International Proceedings
Division. Bologna, pp177-184, 2000.
Stieg, R.L. “Gaining Access to Patients wihin the U.S. Social Security System”.
The
Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: the use of the “Tools of the Trade
”. Krames, E &
Reig, E. (eds). Monduzzi Editore, International Proceedings Division. Bologna,
pp 185-190, 2000.
Stieg, R.L. “Medical/Legal Evaluations”
Pain Medicine and Management: Just the Facts
. Staats,
P. and Wallace, M (eds). McGraw-Hill. Pub. Div. Philadelphia, 2003, pp 368-371, 2005.
Stieg, R.L. “Disability and Impairment in the Patient with Pain”.
Neurosurgical Pain
Management
. Follett, KA (ed) Saunders. Philadelphia, pp 262-264, 2004.
Stieg, R.L. “Transcending Your Pain.” Series of papers for patients in pain. National Pain
Foundation (www.nationalpainfoundation.org), 2003-2010.
Stieg, R.L. Harden, N. & Wilson, P. “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”
(www.nationalpainfoundation.org), 2003 revised July 2006.
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Webster, L.R., Stieg R.L., et. al. “An analysis of the root causes for opiod-related overdose
deaths in the United States”
Pain Medicine
, 12 (2) s26-35, 2011
Dyer, A.R. & Stieg, R.L. “Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical, Interventional
and Integrative Approaches”. Deer, T.R. et al (eds). Springer. New York, pp.927-934, 2013.
Stieg, RL. “Medical Legal Evaluations”
Pain Medicine and Management: Just the Facts (2
nd
ed.)
. McGraw-Hill. Pub. Div. Philadelphia, 2014 (in press).

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