Douglas W. Wisor, M.D.
Interim Chief Executive Officer and President
Dr. Douglas Wisor is the President of National Spine & Pain Centers. A pain practitioner for nearly 20 years, he 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 performs had been rarely performed on a national level in an outpatient office-based setting. His interventional pain expertise and administrative leadership is extensive. Dr. Wisor was instrumental in successfully integrating anesthesiologists into the Virginia division and tactically growing the Virginia division from 4 to now 26 treatment centers. Under his financial leadership, National Spine has become one of the largest and most recognized pain practices in the United States, currently operating in 70 centers in 7 states and Washington DC.
Dr. Wisor has also previously served on the national clinical advisory board of St Jude Medical for spinal cord stimulation and is routinely asked to counsel physicians not only on the performance of sophisticated interventional pain procedures, but also on integrating critical business aspects into their practice.
Peter Staats, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Peter Staats is the Chief Medical Officer of National Spine & Pain Centers. He is recognized as one of the country’s foremost interventional pain management doctors, having been named among the top 1 percent of pain management physicians in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
He founded the division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the director for more than a decade. In 2003, he co-founded Premier Pain Centers of New Jersey which recently joined forces with National Spine & Pain Centers.
Dr. Staats has been board certified by the American Society of Anesthesiology, the Academy of Pain Medicine and the world institute of pain and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is a fellow of the World Institute of Pain and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He is past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the North American Neuromodulation Society and is currently chairman of the board of examination of the World Institute of Pain.
Dr. Staats is widely published, having edited or authored numerous textbooks on pain medicine. He has also written nearly 300 articles, book chapters and abstracts on the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems for prominent publications such as JAMA, Lancet, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and others. He has received research grants from numerous sources numerous and his patents have led to new approaches for pain management.
Dr. Staats earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship in the specialties of anesthesiology, critical care medicine and pain management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland. Dr. Staats also earned an MBA at Johns Hopkins University.
Assaf T. Gordon, M.D.
Director of Clinical Outcomes & Informatics
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.
Regina G. Morano, J.D., C.H.C
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Ms. Morano began her healthcare career as a Jesuit Volunteer and founding staff member of Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless Program, and has served in key legal and compliance positions with physician, hospital, long-term care, laboratory, managed care and regulatory organizations. Ms. Morano most recently served as Chief Legal & Compliance Officer for University of Maryland Faculty Physicians Inc., and Senior Vice President of Compliance & Ethics for Ameritox, Ltd., a national clinical laboratory headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. She also previously held the position of Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel for URMC/ Thompson Health System in New York.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Morano was lead regulatory and compliance counsel for New York State’s largest Blue Cross/ Blue Shield not-for-profit health plan. She was also appointed by then- Governor George Pataki to serve as Special Counsel to the Chairman & Ethics Officer for a New York State agency administering multiple benefits programs for injured workers. She is a frequent presenter at national healthcare compliance and legal conferences. Ms. Morano was also nominated by her peers in the legal community and was awarded a Top Counsel Award by the Daily Record legal newspaper in 2011.
Ms. Morano is an honors graduate and previous member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School of Union University, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from LeMoyne College.
Carol Drescher, DNP, NP-C, CNRN, CRRN, RN-BC
Director of Clinical Quality & Education
Dr. Carol Drescher is a doctorate-prepared nurse practitioner who serves as Director of Clinical Education and Training for National Spine & Pain Centers. In this role, she promotes high quality, evidence-based care by educating and training advanced practice providers in pain medicine. She is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge with other providers to enhance their clinical skills in pain assessment, evaluation and management.
Dr. Drescher comes from a professional background as an in-patient rehabilitation nurse practitioner where she cared for individuals affected by brain injury, neurological disorders, and various other disabilities with attention to treating every patient with the highest degree of dignity and respect. She participated at the leadership level within the nursing and respiratory therapy departments to elevate the quality of care and enhance patient outcomes.
Dr. Drescher brings her enthusiasm for teaching and employing best practices to the pain management field. A primary focus is on ensuring that clinical practice guidelines are disseminated and adopted in order to assist providers in delivering health care based on scientific underpinnings and clinical outcomes studies.
Drescher earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY, by developing an educational program to teach advanced practice providers about interventional procedures for treating spinal pain. She also earned a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from Rivier College in Nashua, NH.; a master’s degree in writing and literature from Rivier College; and a bachelor’s degree in the humanities from Bradford College in Massachusetts.
She is board certified in several specialties, including as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; in pain management nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; as a neuroscience registered nurse by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing; and as a rehabilitation registered nurse by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She is member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Jody Walker, Pharm D
Director of Clinical Pharmacology
Dr. Joseph (Jody) Walker specializes in the pharmacological management of pain. As director of clinical pharmacology, he is responsible for ensuring that National Spine & Pain Centers complies with all federal, state and local drug regulations. He also consults regularly with National Spine & Pain Centers’ physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to ensure their medication plans avoid potential drug interactions, especially in patients who take medications to manage chronic diseases or other health issues.
Dr. Walker has extensive knowledge of opiate management and is responsible for the careful monitoring of all NSPC patients who are being treated with controlled substances. Patient risk, including any history of abuse or addiction, is assessed and if significant risk factors for abuse are present, patients must undergo psychological evaluation and treatment. Dr. Walker works with their prescribing physicians to monitor and reevaluate as necessary.
Dr. Walker has more than 26 years of experience in retail and clinical pharmacy settings, having started his career in 1989 with the Rite Aid Corporation before moving to Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA as the pharmacist in charge of the operating room satellite pharmacy. He has specialized in pain management pharmacology for the last 13 years.
Dr. Walker received his bachelor of pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi in 1989 and completed his doctor of pharmacy at the Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy in 2007.
Marc Loev, M.D.
Founder & Consultant
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.
He continues to lecture at national pain management conferences and is often asked to serve as a consultant for several medical technology companies.
Les A. Zuckerman, M.D.
Founder & Consultant
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. Dr. Zuckerman was instrumental in expanding The Spine Center (TSC) from three physicians and one ambulatory surgery center to 16 physicians and 10 ambulatory surgery centers.
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.