About PBI Faculty
Our Faculty are committed to excellence in education and an individualized approach to teaching. Members are selected based on their clinical, academic, and professional expertise. Clinical faculty are approved through our joint providership with the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
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PBI Faculty Members
Alan Kaye, MD, PhD
Dr. Kaye is the Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Provost; Pain Fellowship Program Director, and Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neurosciences at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA.
Over the previous 15 years, he served as Professor, Program Director, and Chairman of Anesthesiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.
Ann Skipper, MD
Ann Skipper, MD is a graduate of Vanderbilt University who earned her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She conducted her internship and residency at the University of California San Diego, and transitioned afterwards to a fellowship of Child Psychiatry at the Oregon Health Science University.
Dr. Skipper is licensed to practice medicine in Oregon and Alabama and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. She has run her own private psychiatry practice since 2003 and has lectured all over the world about responsibility, relationships and the potential risk factors in the practice of medicine.
Catherine Caldicott, MD, FACP
Catherine V. Caldicott, MD, FACP, is an internist with over 20 years of experience in professional ethics education, remediation, coaching, and research. She served as an invited subject matter expert on the Federation of State Medical Boards Workgroup on Physician Sexual Misconduct, and is on the Advisory Board of a Greenwall Foundation funded project to assist state medical boards to protect patients by removing physicians who engage in egregious misconduct. Additionally, Dr. Caldicott served as the past Program Director of the Professional/Problem-Based Ethics (PROBE) Program with the Center for Personalized Education for Professionals (CPEP). Dr. Caldicott is regularly invited to present on topics relating to professional ethics and boundary remediation by regulators and professional associations across North America in medicine, nursing, chiropractic, occupational therapy, social work, and other healthcare fields.
Dr. Caldicott is a graduate of Princeton University and Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine internship at Yale and residency at the University of Michigan, where subsequently she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Her publications have appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Academic Medicine, Medical Education, and Ethics and Behavior. Her article published in the Journal of Medical Regulation, “A ‘Period of Maladjustment’: Addressing the Novel Dilemmas Presented by the Modernization of Health Care,” was selected by the JMR’s Editorial Committee to receive the 2018 FSMB Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing.
Dan Tennenhouse, MD, JD
Dan Tennenhouse, MD, JD received his MD degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and his JD degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, and has served two terms on the ACLM Board of Governors. Dr. Tennenhouse chaired the Incident Report Review Committee at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center for 13 years, was a primary care staff physician for the UCSF Student Health Service, and currently teaches two different legal medicine lecture courses at the UCSF Medical School in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. Tennenhouse is a medical-legal consultant for California law firms, and was consultant and lecturer in risk prevention education for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program – Northern California Region for 10 years. He has taught legal medicine and risk management at many different continuing education programs in medicine, nursing, and other health care fields.
Dana Shaffer, DO
Dana Shaffer, DO is a Board Certified Osteopathic Family Physician who practiced the full spectrum of rural osteopathic medicine for 22 years. In 2018 Dr. Shaffer transitioned into full-time medical education and university administration; serving as Associate Deans in both undergraduate and graduate medical education. His work in medical education has included mentoring, precepting, and teaching medical students and residents in both the bedside and classroom settings. In addition, Dr. Shaffer has participated in medical peer review and been a member of two state medical licensing boards. His interests include professionals’ use and misuse of social media, professional misconduct, and the evolving use of distance technology in both medicine and medical education.
David Balfour, JD
David Balfour, JD has nearly two decades of experience representing clients in the healthcare sector on a wide range of issues including medical staff peer review proceedings, licensing proceedings, writ proceedings, State and Federal Court civil litigation, and related appellate proceedings. He represents hospitals, health systems, health plans, medical staffs, medical groups, and individual healthcare providers regarding litigation risks and best practices to avoid litigation exposure. Additionally, David has represented numerous healthcare and ancillary care professionals before the various licensing boards of the State of California, including the Medical Board of California, the Board of Psychology, the Board of Behavioral Sciences, the Dental Board, the Board of Registered Nursing, the Pharmacy Board, and others. He has also represented physicians in connection with delistment proceedings by health insurers.
David has been included as an author in the 2019 Update for the CEB California Administrative Mandamus text on the topic of Procedures Unique to Special Writ Proceedings as it relates to Actions Involving the Medical Board of California.
Deborah Kasman, MD, MA
Deborah Kasman MD, MA is board certified Family Physician with expertise in Bioethics. She recently retired from 11 years working as the Bioethics Director at Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park, California. As Bioethics Director, Deborah developed programs educating providers and staff on the ethics of clinical practice, ran an active ethics consultation service, led the bioethics committee, and initiated programs to address moral distress in providers and staff including additional for support for psychological distress during the COVID pandemic.
Deborah grew up in the Chicago area, attended Brown University for undergraduate school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her MD, and the University of Washington in Seattle, WA for her family practice residency as we as her her Masters of Arts in Bioethics. She completed two Primary Care Research Fellowships at Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare and Georgetown University, as well as served as faculty in Bioethics/ Internal Medicine at Georgetown University. Deborah is certified as an Applied Compassion Ambassador, having completed a year long training with CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) affiliated with Stanford University, and endorsed by the Dalai Lama, in November 2021.
Deborah’s lifelong passion and career has focussed upon provider well-being and ethics within the provider-patient relationship. Deborah has presented on these topics locally and nationally, as well as published in several medical and bioethics journal – such as JGIM, Academic Medicine, and the Journal for Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics- on the emotions of physicians, the ethics of clinical uncertainty, complex clinical ethical cases, and on parents experiences raising children on the Autism Spectrum.
Deborah practices her belief that providers need to be regarded professionally, in order to extend their professionalism to patients and teams.
Eric Pearson, MD
Eric Pearson, MD earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed both his pain medicine and anesthesiology training at UAB (University of Alabama, Birmingham), where he served as Chief Resident. He is also a past president of the Southern Pain Society and the Mississippi Pain Society. Dr. Pearson co-founded Total Pain Care where he practices interventional pain medicine taking care of all types of pain including chronic back, neck pain as well as cancer pain. He also founded Regenerative Cell Therapies which focuses on Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT) that are used to naturally treat and heal the cause of painful conditions, rather than simply masking the symptoms. With a passion for long-distance running, Dr. Pearson has completed more than 25 marathons. He also sponsors many local and regional runs and sporting events, such as the Total Pain Care Anderson’s Cup Run that funds local charities.
Jack Raber, PharmD
Jack Raber, PharmD, is a 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. During a 45-year professional career, he has been a practicing clinical pharmacist, a hospital pharmacy director, a regional hospital pharmacy administrator, and a consultant in private practice. Through his company, Clinipharm Services, he works with both plaintiff and defense attorneys in matters related to pharmacy practice, pharmacy law, pharmaceuticals-related hospital and medical malpractice, and fraud, waste, and abuse issues pertaining to prescription benefits. He has taught classes in site-specific pharmacy practice, pharmacy standards of care, and pharmacy law at the University of Southern California. He also consults to attorneys representing pharmacists and pharmacies in disciplinary proceedings before the California Board of Pharmacy and has served as a practice monitor to pharmacies that were later disciplined by the Board.
Jennifer Schneider, MD, PhD
Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, PhD is a nationally recognized expert in the management of chronic pain with opioids. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Schneider is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is the author of numerous papers in professional journals in the addiction and pain management fields as well as 8 books, including Living with Chronic Pain (Second Edition, 2009). For many years Dr. Schneider practiced internal medicine, addiction medicine, and pain management, and has had extensive experience in speaking to and educating health care providers internationally on the medication management of chronic pain. For several years she has taught a course on appropriate prescribing of controlled substances to physicians and other prescribers who were referred by their medical licensing boards. She has also served as an expert witness in legal cases involving allegations of inappropriate prescribing and has lectured on medicolegal issues of prescribing.
Y.C. Joe Chen, MD
Joe Chen, MD is the Owner of Sun Coast Pain Management Center, PA located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology with Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management. Dr. Chen has been caring for chronic pain patients on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1998. Dr. Chen completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Florida Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. After his fellowship, Dr. Chen held an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Medical Center. Dr. Chen completed his Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College. He has served as President and as Treasurer for the Mississippi Pain Society. He was Chairman of the Pain Management Committee and Cancer Committee at Oceans Springs Hospital. Dr. Chen was also appointed to the Ethics Committee at Ocean Springs Hospital. He has reviewed cases for the US Attorney’s Office, Mississippi State Medical Board of Licensure, Mississippi State Workers Compensation Commission, Texas Workers Compensation Commission, and Genex Services.
Dr. Chen has published articles in pain management peer review journals and speaks frequently nationally regarding various aspects of pain medicine. He enjoys teaching others about pain management as well as teaching the martial arts. Dr. Chen is a 2x International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Champion and International Kung Fu Champion.
Jon Porter, JD
Jon Porter, JD is a partner of the law firm of McDonald, Mackay & Weitz, L.L.P., Austin, Texas. Licensed in Texas since 1999, Mr. Porter has worked as an attorney in both the public and private sectors. He worked as an appellate attorney for a large Houston-based law firm, writing briefs for various courts including the US Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court. In the public sector, Mr. Porter was a legislative aide for Texas Representative Senforia Thompson. He was a licensure investigator for the Texas Medical Board for several years before attending law school. Mr. Porter returned to the Texas Medical Board as a prosecuting attorney and later became the Director of Enforcement and Compliance. Mr. Porter joined as a partner of the law firm of McDonald, Mackay & Weitz, L.L.P in 2003. His current practice focuses primarily on physician licensure defense, health law, general administrative law, and professional licensing for health care providers. He frequently works with health care professionals who are experiencing chemical or mental impairment, standard of care issues, licensure matters and boundary issues. Mr. Porter is frequently called on for speaking on topics of medical regulation and medical-ethical issues.
Matthew Goldenberg, DO
Matthew Goldenberg, DO is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). Dr. Goldenberg is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and is an addiction specialist for adults in his private practice in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Goldenberg is a HIMS train evaluator of Pilots for the FAA and provides expert evaluations and testimony for healthcare providers who are engaged in legal proceedings. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Goldenberg provides addiction psychiatry consultations to residential and outpatient addiction and mental health treatment programs. Dr. Goldenberg is also an active author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences. He also volunteers his time as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA.
Richard Webb, MD, JD
Richard Webb, MD, JD was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. Dr. Webb graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in prelaw/bachelor of arts. He then went on to Mississippi College School of Law for his Juris Doctorate and the University of Florida for his LL.M. in Taxation before returning to work in the Jackson area as a tax attorney. After several years working in private law practice, as well as law clerk for Chief Justice William Waller Jr., Dr. Webb was moved to pursue the field of medicine and returned to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and graduated from Medical School in 2013.
Dr. Webb’s professional training in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management were both completed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center was highlighted by multiple awards and recognitions including the Gold Humanism Award, Resident of the Year Award, Citizenship Award for the Department of Anesthesia, Chief Resident for the Department of Anesthesia and Chief of the Chief Resident’s Council for UMMC. Dr. Webb has a passion for functional improvement and pain reduction in patients and offers various treatments for patients with spinal disorders, joint issues, cancer related pain, complex neurologic conditions as well as general work and athletic related injuries. Additionally, Dr. Webb is involved in the advancement of novel, ultrasound guided procedures for precision guided interventional pain management.
Shari Cook, MEd
Shari Cook, MEd is trained as a secondary educator, guidance counselor, educational administrator, and Master Facilitator.
She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Masters of Educational Administration and Bachelor in Science in Secondary Education and received her school counseling education at Westminster University. She spent fifteen years as a public high school teacher. Additionally, she is a certified Master Facilitator from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and qualified nuclear instructor.
She continued her career in training through adult education in corporate America. Since 2011, after her teaching license was revoked for a professional boundary violation, Shari Cook teaches the Teacher Ethics series for educators.
Sindy Paul, MD, MPH, FACPM
Sindy Paul, MD, MPH, FACPM is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Her career includes leadership roles in public health, medical education and medical regulation. She served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medical Regulation, twice received the Federation of State Medical Board’s (FSMB) Ray L. Casterline Award for Excellence in Medical Writing, represented New Jersey as its FSMB Annual Meeting Voting Delegate, and was an invited expert member of the Greenwall State Medical Boards Panel. She was a member and Past President of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners and its former Medical Director.
Dr. Paul worked in various roles at the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), most recently as the Medical Director and Care and Treatment Director of the Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services. Her teaching experience includes public health students, medical students, residents, fellows and continuing medical education. She was the Residency Program Director for the NJDOH General Preventive Medicine: Public Health Residency Program, received the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey’s Medical Educator of the Year Award and received many teaching awards in addition to the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Paul has published and presented extensively on topics in medical regulation and public health. She served on many Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working groups and committees. She is the Past President of professional organizations including the Infectious Diseases Society of New Jersey, the Institute of Medicine and Public Health of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Public Health Association. She was also the Public Health Regent for the American College of Preventive Medicine, Chair of the Joint Council of Preventive Medicine Residency Program Directors, and was a member of the Executive Committees of The Academy of Medicine of New Jersey and the Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Tim Weitz, JD
Tim Weitz is a founding partner of the Austin-based law firm of McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, L.L.P. Licensed in Texas since 1986, Mr. Weitz has worked as an attorney in both the public and private sectors. He served as the General Counsel for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, now known as the Texas Medical Board, where he also provided legal services to the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners and the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners. His background includes both criminal defense and criminal prosecution as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he has private practice experience in a wide range of general civil matters.
Mr. Weitz is a frequent speaker on a variety of health law related topics, grass roots lobbying, and professionalism. He is Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and his daily practice focuses primarily on physician licensure defense, health law, general administrative law, and professional licensing issues for health care providers of all kinds. He has formal training and extensive experience in mediation, and his practice includes both mediations and contested hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
Mr. Weitz has also been retained as a lobbyist and consultant on health care legislation and has served as adjunct faculty at Texas State University as well as the Texas Health and Science University, formerly the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is an experienced and practical educator and has been an invited speaker at the University of Texas School of Law, the Baylor School of Law, and the Army-Baylor Physical Therapy Program. Additionally, Mr. Weitz is an ASAE certified association executive and has a history of involvement in various projects for non-profit organizations in and outside the health care field.
Tom Curtis, JD
Tom Curtis, JD is a partner with the law firm of Nossaman, LLP, with more than 35 years of experience represents clients in the healthcare sector on a wide range of issues including, medical staff peer review proceedings, licensing proceedings, writ proceedings, State and Federal Court civil litigation, and related appellate proceedings. Mr. Curtis represents medical staffs, medical groups, and other healthcare entities on regulatory compliance issues, drafting of bylaws, policies, procedures and hearing plans, and assisting in the development of long range plans. Mr. Curtis is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. This recognition is limited to one third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. He is also an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell attorney and a frequent lecturer and author on current health law issues.