Richard Stieg, MD, MHS
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
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
Major: Medicine, M.D., 1963
USAF Hospital, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Walter Reed General Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland.
Resident, Neurology Service
University College, Denver University, Denver, Colorado
Masters Degree in Healthcare Systems
APPOINTMENTS AND POSITIONS
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology and
Medicine University of Colorado Medical Center,
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology,
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center,
National Pain Foundation
A non-profit Colorado based corporation that provided Web- based information for pain
patients and care givers
Founding member, Treasurer, & Board of Directors
Vice-Chair, Board of Clinical Directors
Co-Chair for Programs, Board of Directors
Website Editor – In Chief
A non profit Colorado based corporation providing drug and alcohol
Numerous fund-raising committees/functions
CO-President, Foundation Board
Pain Consortium, COPIC Insurance
A non profit group that provides education to health care providers
about pain treatment
Participating member and guest lecturer
American Pain Foundation
2010 – Executive Advisory Board Member
LICENSURES AND BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Diplomat National Board of Medical Examiners
State of Colorado
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Board of Pain Medicine
American Board of Addiction Medicine
MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
Member, American Academy of Neurology
Member, Colorado Medical Society
1994 Member, Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee
Member, Denver Medical Society
Alternate Delegate to Colorado Medical Society
Member, American Medical Association
A.M.A. President’s Council
COLORADO SOCIETY OF CLINICAL NEUROLOGISTS
WESTERN U.S.A. PAIN SOCIETY
AMERICAN PAIN SOCIETY
Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for the Directory of Pain
Chairman, Publications Committee
Chairman, Long-Range Planning Task Force
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PAIN MEDICINE
Liaison Secretary to American Pain Society
Fellow, American College of Pain Medicine
Clinical Journal of Pain
Director of Development
Liaison with past President’s Council, Board of Directors
Member International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Surveyor, Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities
Member, Ad Hoc Committee to rewrite standards for pain treatment
facilities, Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities
Member, American Association for the Study of Headaches
Member, Colorado Head Injury Foundation
Member, National Head Injury Foundation
Fellow, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians
Editor in Chief,
Journal of Disability
Member, American College of Physician Executives
HONORS AND AWARDS
Phillip M. Lippe Award, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Pioneer in Pain Medicine, Western Pain Society
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin
Grant No. 1 RO1AR38698-01. Co-investigator, Project Title: “Chronic
Low Back Pain: Biobehavioral Factors and Maintenance and Treatment.”
Baltimore Therapeutic Company. Associate Investigator, Project Title:
“Evaluating the Clinical Utility of the Work Simulator for Chronic
Stieg, R.L., Double Blind Study of Belladonna - Ergotamine - Phenobarbital for Interval
Treatment of Recurrent Throbbing 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,
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.
Of Occupational Medicine, 23,
Stieg, R.L. & Williams, R., Chronic Pain as a Biosociocultural Phenomenon: Implications for
Seminars in Neurology
, 3, 370-376, 1983.
Stieg, R.L., Pain and the Disability Process.
Colorado Trial Talk, 27,
Brenna, S.F., Crue, B.L. & Stieg, R.L., Comments on the Classification of Chronic Pain: Its
Bulletin of Clinical Neurosciences, 49,
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,
Stieg, R.L. & Turk, D.C., Chronic Pain Syndrome: Demonstrating the Cost-Benefit of
Pain Management, 2,
Stieg, R.L., Why be Concerned with Chronic Pain Treatment.
Risk Management, 1,
Turk, D.C., Rudy, T.E. & Stieg, R.L., Chronic Pain and Depression: I. “Facts”.
Pain Management, 1,
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)
(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.
Turk, D.C., Rudy, T.E. & Stieg, R.L., The Disability Determination Dilemma: Toward a
Multiaxial Solution. .
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”.
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.,
Rudy, T.E., Turk, D.C., Stieg, R.L. & Brody, M.C., “Quantification of Biomedical Findings of
Patients: Development of a General Pain-Specific Physical Pathology Index”.
Stieg, R.L. “Advances in the Management of Chronic Pain”.
Internal Medicine for the
Stieg, R.L. “The Cost-Effectiveness of Pain Treatment: Who Cares?”
Clinical Journal of Pain
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”,
. (12) 39-41, 1994.
Stieg, R.L. “Pain and the 4
Ed. of the A.M.A. Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent
Impairment: A Fresh Look at an Old Problem”.
, 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
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
Cl. J. Pain 10
(4): December 1994.
Stieg, R.L. & Shepard, T.A. “Health Care Reform: Pain Medicine and the Insurance Industry”
In: Cohen MJM, Campbell JN (Eds). Pain Treatment, Centers at a Crossroads: A
Practical and Conceptual Reappraisal. Progress in Pain Research and Management.
Stieg, R.L. “Workers’ Compensation”,
, April 1995.
Stieg, R.L. “Managed Care in the Workers’ Compensation Arena”,
Pain Medicine Network
Stieg, R.L. “ Measuring Outcomes: The Key to Quality Management.”
J. Back Musculoskeletal
Stieg, R.L. “Access to Health Care: A Key Issue in Understanding Healthcare Policy.”
, March 1998.
Stieg, R.L., Lippe, PM & Shepard, T.E. “Roadblocks to Effective Pain Treatment.”
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),
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
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”.
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
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”.
. 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.
Webster, L.R., Stieg R.L., et. al. “An analysis of the root causes for opiod-related overdose
deaths in the United States”
, 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
. McGraw-Hill. Pub. Div. Philadelphia, 2014 (in press).