2016-2018  Board of Directors


  President: Richard Hurley, MD 2016-2018

Dr. Richard Hurley is currently employed with Coryell Memorial Hospital - Pain Clinic Gatesville, TX.  He has been actively involved in all aspects of the pain management, especially spinal cord stimulation. A member of the Texas Pain Society since its inception, Dr. Hurley has a great deal of interest in the legislative affairs that pertain to pain medicine. Curriculum Vitae

 President Elect: Brian Bruel, MD 2016-2018

Dr Brian Bruel is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Pain Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He practices comprehensive pain management with expertise in cancer pain. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. Dr Bruel earned his medical degree from the University of the East in the Philippines. He has bachelors degrees in Physiology and Kinesiology from San Francisco State University. He has recently been distinguished as a "Best Doctor in America" by Best Doctors, Inc.

Secretary: Carlos O. Viesca, MD 2016-2018

Dr. Viesca is a Diplomat American Board of Pain Management with Subspecialty Certification in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is the current Director for  Pain Management Services at  El Paso Pain Management Center and El Paso Orthopaedic Surgery Group. Curriculum Vitae


Treasurer: Tim Zoys, MD 2016-2018

President and Co-Founding medical director of the Pain Diagnostics and Treatment Center, Dr. Zoys was previously Associate Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and held an assistant professor faculty position in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He has been recognized for his physician education programs on pain diagnosis and treatment.

Past President:  Larry C. Driver, MD 2016-2018

Dr. Driver is Professor in the Department of Pain Medicine, and also an Adjunct Ethicist for the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  His undergraduate education was at Austin College followed by medical education at The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.  He completed his Anesthesiology Residency at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and later completed a Clinical Fellowship in Pain and Symptom Management at MD Anderson.  He was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Ethics at Georgetown University, and is a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow.  He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  Professional interests and activities include clinical pain and symptom management for patients with active cancer and advanced cancer, as well as cancer survivors; ethical issues surrounding those clinical efforts; research focused on symptom burden and impact in cancer patients; and pain education and public policy initiatives. Curriculum Vitae 


   Max Eckmann, MD

Dr. Eckmann is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).  He has served on faculty since 2008, becoming the Director of Pain Medicine in 2011.  Dr. Eckmann is active in post-graduate education as the UTHSCSA Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director, as a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Pain and Regional Anesthesia Education Track Committees, and as an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiologist (ABA).  Additionally he holds significant roles in administration, quality improvement, and research.  As the current President of the San Antonio Texas Pain Society Chapter, Dr. Eckmann also serves the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) planning committee, for which he will be the ASRA Pain Meeting Program Chair in 2018.   Curriculum Vitae


Mark White, DO

Dr. White graduated with honors from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from The University of North Texas Health Sciences Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Worth, Texas. He then completed his internship at Rocky Mountain Hospital followed by the completion of residency training in Anesthesiology at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. He later completed the Medical Acupuncture program through The University of California at Los Angeles.  He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

 He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management, the International Spine Intervention Society, the International Neuromodulation Society, the Texas Medical Association, and the Travis County Medical Society. He is a past President of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association – District 7. He has practiced Anesthesiology and Pain Management in the Austin area since 1983 and lives with his wife, Christine, who is a Registered Massage Therapist. Curriculum Vitae

 Directors Emeritus:  

 Miles R. Day, MD, DABPM, FIPP 

Dr. Day is the Pain Fellowship Program Director and Associate Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Texas Tech University Health         Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. He also serves as Examiner for the World Institute of Pain Interventional Pain Practice Exam. Curriculum Vitae 


Cheryl White, MD

 Dr White is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with Fellowship training culminating in Board Certification in Pain Medicine. She has an interest in promoting the specialty of Pain Medicine through educational opportunities in both the field of Medicine as well as at the State Legislative level. She is dedicated to further patient safety, ensure professional awareness and promote appropriate access to care for patients with chronic pain. Curriculum Vitae 

 Graves Owen, MD
Graves T. Owen, MD, graduated with honors from Southwest Texas State University in 
 San Marcos, Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.      
  He earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and 
completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center (Also located in Houston). Dr. Owen also completed residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center. 
Curriculum Vitae 


John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD

John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD, has an undergraduate degree in pharmacy (BS) and was a Registered Pharmacist (RPh), practicing in this field part-time, while completing his medical studies. Following undergraduate training, he completed graduate studies in neuropharmacology (PhD). Dr. Krusz then completed a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship in geriatric neuropharmacology, receiving several academic and teaching appointments, together with consulting activity in advertising, as he completed his medical studies (MD), with specialized training in neurology. Curriculum Vitae

Ralph Rashbaum, MD

Dr. Rashbaum is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialization in spinal surgery. He is the co-founder of the Texas Back Institute and concurrently founder of one of the first back schools in the United States. Dr. Rashbaum has referred complex spine cases from across the country, aiding patients from railroad workers to celebrities like golfer Lee Trevino and country singer Willie Nelson.

Gabor B. Racz, MD

Dr. Racz filled numerous assignments, such as respiratory consultant in the neurosurgical head injury unit and Associate Professor at SUNY, until 1977 when he moved to Lubbock, Texas to become the first Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He held that position until March 1, 1999 when, as Director of Pain Services, he focused full attention to treatment of patients, expanding the operations of pain services, and the future development of an international pain institute in Lubbock, Texas. Curriculum Vitae

 C. M. Schade, MD, PhD

Dr. Schade is Board Certified in Pain Management and currently practices in Garland, Texas. He is a past president of the Texas Pain Society and currently serves on the Board as a Director Emeritus. Dr. Schade is also the Texas Pain Society representative for the Texas Medical Association's House of Delegates. Curriculum Vitae

Aaron K. Calodney, MD
Dr. Calodney has served on the Board of Directors with the International Spine Intervention Society. Dr. Calodney is on the Board of Directors with the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Calodney co-authored the first set of Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in the Management of Chronic Spinal Pain. He has also co-authored Evidence-Based Guidelines for the use of Opioids in the Management of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. He is a member of the coalition invited by the North American Spine Society. Curriculum Vitae

Distinguished Life Members

P. Prithvi Raj, MD

Dr. Raj has done extensive postgraduate work.  He has held many positions in the medical field from house surgeon to Orthopedic Registrar in India and England.  Dr. Raj did Rotating Internship in Connecticut and his Residency in Anesthesiology in Texas.  He has also held positions in Anesthesiology in Norway, England, Texas, California, Ohio and Georgia.   His last position before retiring was Professor of Anesthesiology and Co-Director of the International Pain Institute at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  He is past president of the World Institute of Pain and an active member of many other professional organizations and committees.

Dr. Raj has earned numerous awards and honors and is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” in Chronic Pain Management.  He has contributed to over 100 articles, edited numerous editorials, and is the past Chief Executive Editor of Pain Practice and past Editor in Chief with MD Consult Pain Medicine.  To add to his credits are books, movies, videotapes, models and exhibits.

Dr. Raj is currently retired but still involved in many new projects and travels all over the world lecturing and promoting the World Institute of Pain.

C. Stratton Hill, Jr., MD

Texas Pain Society is saddened that one of our founders and a leading advocate for pain care has passed away.  Dr. C. Stratton Hill was a founding member and the second president of TPS from 1992-96.  He was a prominent figure in public policy supporting treatment for chronic pain, and was a humanitarian in the highest sense.  Dr. Hill authored the Texas Intractable Pain Treatment Act, which was the first state statute of its sort, and which served as the model for the rest of the USA.    

 C. Stratton Hill, Jr., M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine, joined the faculty of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, in 1963.  Dr. Hill early established a formal Pain Treatment Service at MD Anderson.  Dr. Hill was a founding member of the Texas Cancer Pain Initiative as well as the Texas Pain Society, both organizations dedicated to improving pain treatment education for health care professionals and public policy facilitating access to care.  Dr. Hill was appointed to two terms on the Texas Cancer Council.  He served on pain treatment guidelines and curriculum committees for the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Texas Cancer Council.  He also served on the Advisory Committee for Pain Relief of the American Cancer Society.  He was the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Humanitarian Award in 1995, and shared the 1997 National Drug Policy Foundation’s Norman Zinberg Award for Excellence in Medicine and Treatment with Kathleen Foley of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  In recent years, he had facilitated health care for the underserved in Houston as Vice President for Health Affairs of the Open Door Mission, for which he received Mayor Anise Parker’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.

 The Schade-Hill Public Policy Award is an annual award created by the Texas Pain Society to recognize the outstanding work of an individual or group of individuals who have helped make positive changes in the world  of pain medicine. This award is inspired by the countless hours that  Drs. C.M. Schade & Stratton Hill dedicated to Texas Pain Society to help craft the pain  medicine laws that govern Texas today.

 Dr. Hill will be missed, but his memory and his legacy will fuel progress in our efforts in clinical care, research, education, and public policy for the future of the practice of Pain Medicine.  


 William Willis, Jr., MD, PhD

 Bill was well known in the field of neuroscience and highly influential in the field of pain research. He conducted pioneering work in sensory physiology, mapping and studying pain pathways in the spinal cord and brain. He  was also a pioneer in elucidating the process of central sensitization, a phenomenon that underlies many chronic pain states. 

 During his research career, Bill was elected president of several major scientific societies including the Society for Neuroscience and the American Pain Society. He was a long-time member of IASP, attending every  meeting and contributing at least 12 articles to the Proceedings of the World Congress on Pain and 28 peer-reviewed publications to PAIN. He served as a Council member from 1984 to 1990 and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to advance the association’s mission was named an Honorary Member of IASP.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health throughout his career, Bill wrote numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and textbooks. His legacy, however, is not what he left in journals and books. It is something infinitely more important yet cannot be graphed or quantified. What he leaves behind are trainees, colleagues, and friends who are forever changed by their encounters with him. Bill was a humble man who enjoyed talking about any subject with anybody, be it a student or a Nobel laureate. He was not into the politics of science but into the people of science, forging friendships, collaborations, and life-long bonds. (Original print 09/30/2015 IASP)



Past Presidents

Gabor B. Racz, MD 1990-1992
C. Stratton Hill, Jr., MD 1992-1994
C. Stratton Hill, Jr., MD 1994-1996
Sharon Weinstein, MD 1996-1998
P. Prithvi Raj, MD 1998-2000
C. M. Schade, MD, PhD 2000-2002
Samuel J. Hassenbusch, MD, PhD 2002-2004
Ralph Rashbaum, MD 2004-2006
Aaron Calodney, MD 2006-2008
Allen W. Burton, MD 2008-2010
Judson Somerville, MD, DABPM, FIPP 2010-2011
Miles Day, MD 2011-2012
Graves Owen, MD 2012-2014

In Memory of Samuel J. Hassenbusch, III, MD, PhD A Celebration of His Life

Samuel “Sam” Hassenbusch, III, MD, PhD lost his fight with glioblastoma multiforme on February 25th 2008, at home in the company of his beloved family.  His family and the entire pain community deeply mourn his passing.  We have lost one of our true shining stars.

Samuel was born on February 6th, 1954 in St. Joseph, MO.  As Sam grew up under influence of his parents Samuel and Suzanne, he achieved high marks at school and excelled at everything he tried, including playing both the violin, the trumpet, and becoming an Eagle Scout as he entered high school at Central High School.

In 1970 while in high school he met Rhonda Warner and fell in love. Sam and Rhonda married on May 23, 1972 in St. Joseph, MO.  Sam attended Johns Hopkins University where he excelled obtaining both an MD and PhD.  He stayed at Johns Hopkins to complete Neurosurgical residency and his PhD in pharmacology.  While living in Baltimore, Samuel “Jack” Hassenbusch IV was born in 1978, Jason Arthur was born in 1980, and Amanda Sue was born in 1982.  Sam, Rhonda and family stayed in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins until 1988 where Sam was an Instructor for the Department of Neurosurgery.

In 1988 the family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where Samuel continued his career as a neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation specializing in pain medicine.  He remained at the Cleveland Clinic until 1993 as a neurosurgical pain specialist of distinction.

Finally, in 1993 the Hassenbusch family relocated to Houston, Texas where Sam continued his career at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center which he joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery with a co-appointment in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.  In 1998, he became an Associate Professor with Tenure and from 2001 to the present he was a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the Division of Surgery.   Beginning in 2005 to the present he was also the Medical Director of the Physicians Referral Service at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  From 2006 to the present he was also an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

It is difficult to capture the essence and energy of Sam on paper.  He was at once a scholar, friend, trusted colleague, loving husband and father, wonderful spirited adventurer, patient advocate, philanthropist, evangelist, auto mechanic/enthusiast, gifted surgeon, leader, and – sadly- cancer patient.

He served in so many leadership roles and earned so many, many awards during his too brief 54 years of life, an all encompassing listing of them would go on for pages.  Some selected roles/awards include:  Past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Past president of the Texas Pain Society, Past president of the Texas Society for Neurological Surgeons, Past president of the North American Neurological Surgery Society, with awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the  American Neuromodulation Society, the World Institute of Pain, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies to name a few.

Sam contributed greatly to the scholarship of the pain medicine field and traveled the world speaking and teaching at medical congresses.  He published more than 25 book chapters and 50 peer reviewed articles and in 2002 he aired on the Houston Medical TV show concerning one of his patients (Marnie Rose) with a brain tumor.  Sam subsequently contributed much love, energy, and time to the Marnie Rose foundation.

In May of 2005 Sam was diagnosed with glioblastoma in the right frontal lobe.  After surgery to remove the tumor, Sam embarked on a novel research protocol that he helped design.  Sam was very public with his diagnosis and experiences as a cancer patient appearing in print and media regularly as an outspoken advocate for patient issues and funding for medical research.  His journey as a cancer patient has been inspirational for countless patients and friends.  During his cancer journey many articles were written about Sam including those published in The Houston Chronicle , Texas Monthly Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, and aired on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

Sam was an amazing man that I (AB) had the privilege to work with at MD Anderson since 2000.  He was so completely “in the moment” whether talking about patient care, reimbursement issues, a research project, upcoming family vacation, a grandchild, a bible verse, his beloved Rhonda, his beloved children, or his nearly as beloved Dodge Charger or Victory Vegas motorcycle!  He was loved by so many, and he openly loved them right back.  He truly loved life and is gone too soon.