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Physician Fellowships

Fellowship in Pain Management
The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care

The Pain Fellows are an intrinsic part of the pain practice, with each of the Pain Fellows managing their own panel of patients during the year. In recent years, the practice has performed many types of interventional procedures at three practice sites. These sites include fully-equipped, state-of-the-art procedure rooms, a recovery room, a waiting room, and many other amenities for patients and staff. In 2012, our busy pain practice managed nearly 4,750 chronic pain patients and performed 5,000 interventional pain procedures. As indicated on the attachment of faculty biosketches, our faculty members are board-certified or board eligible and highly qualified members of their profession.

Following completion of the Fellowship in Pain Management, the trainee will be fully trained in the assessment and management of acute pain, chronic non-cancer pain, and cancer pain through acquisition of the following competencies:

  • Perform a comprehensive pain assessment to formulate the pain diagnosis, describe relevant functional and psychosocial outcomes, and integrate information about medical and psychiatric co-morbidities
  • Analyze benefit and burden of multiple treatments for pain and related problems based on the assessment and develop an appropriate multimodality plan of care
  • Appropriately document findings, communicate with other treating professionals, and communicate and educate patients and families
  • Appropriately select and competently perform pain management procedures, including injection therapies, neural blockade, and implant therapies
  • Provide safe and effective administration of non-opioid, opioid, and “adjuvant” analgesics
  • Integrate non-pharmacological approaches into a therapeutic strategy for pain
  • Apply documentation approaches, evidence-based medicine techniques, and quality improvement methods to treatment evaluation and practice management
  • Integrate pain management into broader model of palliative care for patients with cancer or other serious or life-threatening illnesses
7 months Interventional training
1 month Inpatient consultation team
1 month Inpatient Pain, Palliative Care and Hospice Unit
1 month Acute Pain Service and OR procedures
1 month Faculty Teaching Practice
1 month Vacation


The Fellowship in Pain Management has an experienced interdisciplinary faculty. Current members include:

Name / Title Specialty / Interest
Ronald Kaplan, MD
Program Director
Anesthesiology / Attending
Interventional Pain Medicine
Suelane Do Ouro, MD
Assistant Director
Anesthesiology / Attending
Interventional Pain Medicine
Russell Portenoy, MD
Department Chair
Neurology / Attending / Medical Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Ricardo Cruciani, MD
Department Vice-Chair
Neurology / Attending
Medical Pain Medicine
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Co-Director, Fellowship Training Programs
Social Work / Education and Caregiver Burden
Ebtesam Ahmed, PharmD Pharmacy / Clinical Pharmacist Specialist / Drug Treatment for Patients
Sait Ashina, MD Neurology / Attending / Headache Specialist
Marilyn Bookbinder, PhD, RN
Department Director of Nursing
Nursing/Quality Improvement
Madeline Gittelman, PsyD Psychology / Attending / Psychological Issues in Pain Management
Nilufer Guleyupoglu, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation / Attending / Interventional Pain Medicine
Tolga Kapusuz, MD Anesthesiology / Attending / Interventional Pain Medicine
Alyssa Lettich, MD Neurology / Attending / Headache Specialist
Katherine Leonard, MD
Internal Medicine, Pediatrics / Attending / Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Jan Slomba, MD

Anesthesiology / Attending
Interventional Pain Medicine

Eliezer Soto, MD Internal Medicine / Attending / Medical and Interventional Pain Medicine

All Fellows participate in a didactic program including weekly Fellow lectures, clinical conferences, and Pain Division Team meetings, and monthly Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conference, and journal clubs.

Application Process

The Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the year beginning July 2014. This will be the first year of a “Match” in this specialty.

January 1, 2013 – July 31, 2013 Applications accepted online and by mail
June 5, 2013 NRMP Match opens for registration
August 7, 2013 Rank order list entry begins
September 25, 2013 Rank order list deadline
October 9, 2013 Match Day, results posted to website
July 1, 2014 Fellowship start date

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, please download and complete the following forms:

application form (.pdf)
the checklist (.pdf)
the activity sheet (.pdf)

For additional information about the Match and the timeline, please go to the NRMP website at Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine is listed with “Pediatric Anesthesiology” as they share the same dates.

We are currently accepting applications for the July 2014-June 2015 training year. Applications are reviewed by members of the Department’s Education Committee. Owing to the volume of applications, only selected applicants will be granted a face-to-face interview with Department faculty. On-site interviews take place June through September of the prior year, while fellowship offers will be made through the match on Match Day, October 9, 2013.

The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care is unable to support or accept foreign applicants carrying H1B visas.

For information on benefits and terms and conditions of employment, please visit Beth Israel Medical Center's Graduate Medical Education website:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is the deadline for pain fellowship applications?
    We accept applications on a rolling basis from January until June of 2013. Only 25% of applicants will qualify for an on-site interview. Invitations to interview will be generated in April and May, interviews will be conducted primarily in June and July, and applicants will be notified through the Match on October 9th.

  2. Can I apply through NMRP and ERAS?
    We are participating in the Match program through NMRP by following their timeline. However, the program is not registered with ERAS so in the interim, we will accept applications on-line and through regular mail.

  3. How many fellowship positions do you offer?
    We have five ACGME-approved fellowship positions each year.

  4. Do you accept applicants from all specialties or only from anesthesiology?
    Most of our fellows come from anesthesiology and PM&R, but we have also trained fellows from Neurology, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.

  5. What type of interventions do your fellows perform?
    The types and number of procedures performed for the current group of Fellows from the start of their Training July 01, 2013 through February 15, 2013 is in the table at the end of the FAQs.

  6. Do you accept foreign medical graduates?
    Foreign medical graduates will be considered if they have passed the USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, or COMLEX Parts 1-3 and provide score reports, provide an original transcript from the degree-granting undergraduate institution and medical degree-granting institution, provide a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate with valid expiration date of Fifth Pathway certificate, provide a copy of their visa and IAP-66 Form. Please note: We are unable to support or accept foreign applicants carrying H1B visas.

Contact Person

Applications can be sent via e-mail or regular mail. Completed application packets should be mailed to the address below:

If you are interested in applying for the pain fellowship, please contact:

Dr. Myra Glajchen, DSW
Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Beth Israel Medical Center
1st Avenue at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 844-1472
Fax: (212) 844-1503



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