Chief Executive Officer
Jim Robinson brings more than 25 years of healthcare leadership and corporate success to his role as chief executive officer of National Spine & Pain Centers. Prior to joining National Spine & Pain Centers, he served as president of the Hospice Division of Amedisys, Inc., a $1.2 billion publicly traded company, where he oversaw 82 care centers, 2,000 care givers and a 135-person sales team. During the course of his career, he has worked with a wide spectrum of healthcare services including medical devices, e-health, physician-to-patient communication, pharmaceutical CRM services, alternative care delivery sites and payer cost containment services.
As a result of his experience managing the delivery of hospice care and ensuring patients in pain were managed appropriately, Robinson is deeply committed to ensuring that National Spine & Pain Center professionals provide their patients with the most innovative and effective treatments available in pain management today. He has a core respect for patients and caregivers, believing that there is nothing more compassionate and caring than helping patients address and manage their pain. A proven collaborator with extensive success in creating value in healthcare ventures, Robinson works closely with National Spine & Pain Centers’ physician leaders, corporate executives and the entire NSPC team to ensure quality care and service for all patients.
Robinson earned his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Connecticut College in New London, CT.
Since its founding in 2011, National Spine & Pain Centers has cemented its position as the nation’s largest and most respected pain management company, growing from 10 regional locations to 50 locations stretching from Virginia to Connecticut. More than 100 National Spine & Pain Center clinicians annually attend over 300,000 patient visits, seeing 30,000 new patients a year.
Marc Loev, M.D.
Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Strategy Officer
A graduate of Tulane University, Dr. Marc Loev is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Upon receiving his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he went on to complete both his Anesthesia residency training and Pain Management fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Loev remained on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as an instructor in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management until relocating to Maryland in 1998 to co-found The Spine Center.
From 1998 through 2011, Dr. Loev was instrumental in expanding The Spine Center (TSC) from three physicians and one ambulatory surgery center to 16 physicians and 10 ambulatory surgery centers. Dr. Loev is intimately aware of both the clinical requirements of pain management practitioners and their need to be facile in this ever changing regulatory and reimbursement environments. He strongly encourages and teaches physicians on self-advocacy issues.
National Spine and Pain Centers, LLC (NSPC) was created with a vision to unite the nation’s best pain management practices. Dr. Loev currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives and is Vice Chairman of the National Spine & Pain Centers Board of Directors. He continues to lecture at national pain management conferences and is often asked to serve as a consultant for several medical technology companies.
Douglas W. Wisor, M.D.
Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Development Officer
Dr. Douglas Wisor is board certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management. A graduate of Dickinson College and the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at The Medical College of Virginia/VCU Medical Centers. Prior to joining National Spine & Pain Centers in 2002, he served as a Major in the United States Army Medical Corp. While on active duty, he served as Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and brought several new minimally invasive spinal procedures and pain management techniques to both active duty soldiers and military dependents.
Early in his career several of the interventional spinal pain management procedures he routinely performed had been rarely performed on a national level in an outpatient office-based setting. His interventional pain expertise and administrative leadership is extensive and multifaceted.
Dr. Wisor was instrumental in successfully integrating anesthesiologists into the National Spine practice and tactically growing the company from 4 to 13 service locations. Under his financial leadership, National Spine became one of the largest outpatient pain practices in the United States and realizing a 274% increase in growth.
Dr. Wisor is currently the Chief Development Officer and serves on The National Spine & Pain Board of Directors. He has also served on the national clinical advisory board of St Jude Medical for spinal cord stimulation and is often asked to counsel physicians not only on the performance of sophisticated interventional pain procedures, but also on integrating critical aspects of business practice development.
Les A. Zuckerman, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Board of Directors
Raised in New York City, Dr. Les Zuckerman matriculated at CCNY and in 1989 completed an accelerated medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Following graduation, he went on to complete both his Anesthesiology and Pain Management fellowship training at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. Upon conclusion, Dr. Zuckerman was invited to join the faculty at U. Penn as both an Anesthesiology and Pain Management instructor.
By 1996, he returned to NYC to become the Director of Pain Management Services at the prominent Englewood Hospital in Bergen County, New Jersey. In 1998, Dr. Zuckerman recognized a growing need for outpatient pain management services and seized an opportunity to join two like-minded entrepreneurial colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania (Drs. Marc Loev and Bobby Dey) to co-found The Spine Center (TSC) in Rockville, MD.
From 1998 through 2011, Dr. Zuckerman cultivated a successful outpatient interventional pain practice and his peers in Washingtonian Magazine ultimately recognized his expertise in the well-respected Top Doctor’s edition. His leadership at TSC was instrumental in expanding its multiple centers throughout the state of Maryland. To date, TSC has expanded from the founding members to 16 physicians at 10 joint outpatient office-ambulatory surgical centers.
Currently, Dr. Zuckerman continues his leadership role in ongoing expansion plans with several centers under development. Today, Dr. Zuckerman serves as both Chief Medical Officer and a member of the National Spine & Pain Centers (NSPC) Board of Directors. His professional interests includes management of the NSPC medical staff, expanding the scope of clinical service offerings, EMR implementation, the development and incorporation of patient outcomes measures, and spearheading R&D to promote further development of IPM services.
Mayo F. Friedlis, M.D.
Board of Directors
Since joining National Spine & Pain Centers in 1983, Dr. Friedlis has helped expand the practice into the thriving, nationally recognized leader it is today. He is passionate about the science of pain management and committed to delivering the most effective therapies possible to each of his patients. Throughout his 25+ years of experience he has actively enhanced his knowledge and expertise through continuing education, training and research, a pursuit that has established him in the region as the foremost practitioner of Regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal injuries.
In addition to being skilled in conventional interventional techniques, Dr. Friedlis is one of few physicians in the Washington DC metropolitan area trained to perform Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, and is one of the first doctors in the area to use Stem Cell Therapy for musculoskeletal injuries, in particular knee and hip arthritis. He was responsible for introducing these advanced regenerative techniques, along with prolotherapy, into the arsenal of treatment options now available at National Spine & Pain Centers. Dr. Friedlis has presented findings from his prolotherapy research at two world conferences and is currently studying the effects of stem cell therapies.
He looks forward to leveraging the results of his work into the development of even more advanced regenerative therapies to provide patients with the widest array of non-surgical options possible for disabling conditions.
Dr. Friedlis is passionate about helping people in pain, whether their problem is simple or complex. He believes that “we must always challenge ourselves to stay on the cutting edge of our field. We must evaluate each new treatment option that comes available and gauge if it can help our patients. If it can, then we have a responsibility to do what it takes to bring it into practice, so that our patients can benefit.” His philosophy is to approach each case individually, with the goal of actually curing the patient, as opposed to simply controlling their pain. “Find the cause, then treat for cure” is his motto.
An advocate for global stewardship, Dr. Friedlis coordinated medical mission trips to Central Mexico in 2005, 2007 and 2010 that were sponsored by the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and provided much needed pain management services to poor, rural communities.
In 2011, he served as Program Director for a new medical outreach program that brought nonexistent pain management services to Lima, Peru. In 2005, Dr. Friedlis was voted among WASHINGTONIAN Magazine’s Top Doctors in Pain Management. He is currently serving as Past President of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and is chairman of their educational committee, a post he also holds at National Spine & Pain Centers.
Dr Friedlis is a nationally recognized expert in pain and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on Regenerative Therapies. Dr. Friedlis earned his medical degree from Wayne State University and was selected Chief Resident during his residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. He maintains several active memberships, including the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, American Academy of Pain Management, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the International Spinal Injection Society and Virginia Medical Society.
Assaf T. Gordon, M.D.
Board of Directors
Dr. Gordon joined National Spine & Pain Centers from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he completed advanced fellowship training in Pain Medicine. Using sophisticated non-surgical solutions, he diagnoses and treats acute and chronic pain with a comprehensive approach. He is highly skilled in a variety of interventional pain procedures, including cervical and lumbar epidural nerve blocks, joint injections, radiofrequency neurotomy, sympathetic blockade, spinal cord stimulation, and discography.
Dr. Gordon’s leadership skills and dedication to the medical community have been apparent throughout his career. While earning his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he was voted class president and earned the Senior Merck Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. During his specialty training, he served as chairman of the Association of Academic Physiatrists Residents and Fellows Council, and was selected as the only in-training board member of the Academic Leadership Program.
Dr. Gordon is a published researcher and has lectured to his peers on various pain management topics. An avid athlete, Dr. Gordon has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons. He was a member of Brown University’s cross-county and track teams, and won the bronze medal for triathlon in the 1993 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Today he continues to enjoy running and spending time with his wife, son, and daughters. Dr. Gordon earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University. He completed advanced fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Gordon is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Pain Medicine. He maintains active membership in the International Spine Interventional Society.