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Snyder appoints members of Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
P: 517-335-6397 or E: wurfels@michigan.gov 

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management.

"These are highly skilled appointees who will lend their expertise to help the board aid those who manage chronic pain," Snyder said.

The committee is charged with addressing issues pertaining to pain and symptom management, holding public hearings to gather information from the general public and making recommendations to the Legislature.

Dorothy Deremo, Lisa Gigliotti, Carmen Green, Jody Kohn and Sunitha Santhakumar are appointed and Lawrence Prokop and Steven Roskos are reappointed.

Deremo, of Northville, is president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan, the largest statewide nonprofit end-of-life care provider in the nation. She is also a registered nurse and has both clinical and administrative experience in end-of-life care. Deremo earned a diploma from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing, bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Wayne State University and a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan. She represents the Michigan Hospice Association and replaces Marie Jose Silviera.

Gigliotti, of East Lansing, is an administrative law manager with the Michigan Administrative Hearing System. She has managed severe rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years. Gigliotti developed With Courage I Can LLC, and has written four books designed to encourage people to live a life of purpose and optimism despite chronic pain. Gigliotti earned a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles and a law degree from the University of Detroit Law School. She represents chronic pain sufferers and replaces Frenchie McCall.

Green, of Ann Arbor, is a professor in anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and health management policy at the University of Michigan Health System. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Michigan - Flint, a medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Green represents the University of Michigan Medical School and replaces Dr. Daniel Clauw.

Kohn, of Ann Arbor, is a psychotherapist/clinical social worker specializing in chronic pain syndromes and disability and also leads the Michigan Chapter of the American Pain Foundation Action Network. She previously served as the director of public relations and publicity and promotions for Borders Group Inc. Kohn earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. She represents the general public and replaces Mildred Friend.

Santhakumar, of Rochester Hills, is an assistant professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and is the Neurology Clinic medical director. She also co-chairs the Michigan Stroke Initiative and is an associate at the Karmanos Cancer Center. Santhakumar earned a degree from the Indira Gandhi Medical College, completed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, completed a neurology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed a vascular neurology fellowship at Wayne State University. She represents Wayne State University School of Medicine and replaces Dr. Michael Stellini.

Prokop, of Mason, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan State University. He has been evaluating and treating pain for 30 years. Prokop earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Western Michigan University, a bachelor's degree in biology from Ferris State University and a medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He represents Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Roskos, of East Lansing, is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Michigan State University where he serves as chair of the Clinical Peer Review Committee. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College and a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Roskos represents Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Appointees will serve two-year terms expiring July 1, 2013, and are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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