The tragedy of mounting opioid addiction deaths has risen to epidemic proportion. People are dying by the hundreds daily, especially kids, after experimenting with some of the most powerful and addictive drugs we’ve ever seen. But recreational use and experimentation are only part of a widespread problem. A greater, more profound complication is the rampant use of opioids via prescription for pain by those who’ve been overtaken by it’s addictive properties. Our traditional methods of addressing this problem are failing us. A new approach is needed.
An Expert: A New Approach
Jerome Lerner, MD, joined Sierra Tucson’s Medical Team in December 2010 as director of the Pain Recovery Program. He was appointed interim medical director in December 2012 and accepted the position of medical director in September 2013. Wisconsin born and raised, Dr. Lerner received his medical education and specialty training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Lerner has investigated pain from many perspectives.
In addition to his medical and physiatric training and experience, he has studied and trained in myofascial release, cranio-sacral therapy, osteopathic manipulation, mindfulness meditation, nutrition, life coaching, and trauma recovery. His treatment philosophy is to serve as a guide and facilitator, bringing together knowledge and appreciation of medical, surgical, rehabilitation, and alternative strategies to serve individuals with pain, trauma, and disabilities.
Dr. Lerner brings a quarter century of clinical and leadership experience to his work. He is the former medical director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital, Mount Carmel Health and Rehabilitation Center, Performance Enhancement Rehabilitation, and the Integrative Pain & Rehabilitation Center.
He owned and operated a private practice for 15 years, as well as developed and operated Selfcares, a wellness spa. He has been a clinical instructor at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 20 years and has served frequently as a medical-legal expert on cases involving injuries, pain, and disabilities.