The founder of SMART Pain Management, Dr. Kornbluth has spent years providing specialized pain care to patients in Maryland. He is board-certified in Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed a fellowship in pain management at the Washington Hospital Center after his chief residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Kornbluth also is certified to do Independent Medical Exams (IME).
Apart from caring for patients, Dr. Kornbluth often writes and speaks about pain management topics. He frequently gives presentations to physicians and business leaders and his writings have been published in medical journals, textbooks, and medical websites. He also keeps up-to-date on the latest developments in pain care by serving as a reviewer for medical journals related to his specialty.
Dr. Benjamin is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Pain Management. Dr. Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1998, and earned his doctorate degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005.
He is a graduate of the Temple University/Moss Rehab PM&R residency program where he was nominated Chief Resident, and a graduate of the Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at Temple University which is one of only three ACGME accredited physiatry based interventional pain medicine fellowship programs in the country.
Dr. Jari is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Pain Management. Dr. Jari earned his medical degree from University of Nairobi in Kenya and did his Masters degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Nottingham in England in 2000. He worked as a sports physician covering college level and elite athletes at London and Pittsburgh. After completing research fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and University of Pittsburgh, he joined the Johns Hopkins PM&R residency program.
He is a graduate of the Interventional spine and Pain Medicine fellowship at Temple University which is one of only three ACGME accredited physiatry based interventional pain medicine fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Jari enjoys taking care of patients. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family.
Dr. Simmons is board eligible in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and fellowship trained in interventional pain management. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Simmons then received training in General Surgery as a resident at The Washington Hospital Center. He also completed a clinical/ research hand surgery fellowship at The Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, MD where he was certified in advanced microsurgical techniques. Dr. Simmons completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the State University of New York-Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. During his residency he was chosen to serve as Chief resident. Dr. Simmons completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management with Performance Spine and Sports Physicians in Pottstown, PA.
During his free time, Dr. Simmons enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, running, and painting.
Dr. Rankin is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is originally from Maryland, and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a Biochemistry degree. He then attended Temple University’s School of Medicine where he served as Student Council President, and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he was voted “Intern of the Year.” Dr. Rankin then returned to Temple for his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he served as a Chief Resident. Afterwards, he completed a fellowship at ‘Performance Spine and Sports Physicians,’ where he gained additional training in interventional spinal procedures and advanced pain management techniques. Dr. Rankin also works in the field of Addiction Medicine, and has experience in treating patients with coexisting chronic pain and substance use disorders – a topic on which he frequently presents. Dr. Rankin has presented nationally on various topics within rehabilitation medicine and pain management.
Dr. Gurman is a trained Pain Management specialist with a background in Anesthesiology. He grew up in the DC/Baltimore area, where he attended the University of Maryland at College Park obtaining a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. Subsequently he attended medical school at the University of Maryland. During that time Dr. Gurman worked for several biotechnology companies doing scientific research. He spent time training in Internal Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. He then trained in the field of Anesthesiology at the Allegheny/West Penn Health System in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Gurman returned to the area to specialize in Pain Management, completing the prestigious ACGME accredited fellowship at the University of Maryland. He believes the key to managing pain involves an individually structed multimodal approach which consists of medical management, procedural interventions, physical conditioning, and alternative medicine. He closely follows new and developing techniques in the field of Pain Management, and has presented on this topic at an international conference of Pain Physicians.
He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys traveling, and spending time with his family. Dr. Gurman is fluent in Russian.
Dr. Monica Nirschl is a Board Certified Physiatrist and one of the few physicians in the U.S. who is additionally subspecialty boarded in Neuromuscular Medicine. She has extensive training in Electrodiagnostic Medicine (nerve conduction/EMG studies).
Dr. Nirschl completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at Jersey Shore Medical Center in N.J. and her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
In addition to her residency training Dr. Nirschl completed an additional year of training focusing on Electrodiagnostic Medicine in the First Accredited EMG laboratory in the State of Maryland by the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).
During her residency at the University of Pennsylvania, she was honored as the First Place Winner in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Trainee Research Award for her scientific presentation on: “The Immediate and Short Term Side Effects of Lumbar Coblation Nucleoplasty.” In addition, her research with the University of Pennsylvania Spine Center directed by Dr. Curtis Slipman was published in the October 2002 journal, Pain Physician.
Dr. Nirschl has also worked as an attending physiatrist in both acute and subacute rehabilitation facilities. She is a member of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), as well as a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR).
Dr. Behnam Jafarpour is board certified in Neurology and trained in interventional pain management. He completed his residency at State University of New York in Neurology, where he served as chief resident. During his residency, he received patient satisfaction and safety awards. He completed his Interventional Pain Management Fellowship at State University of New York, Upstate University, Department of Anesthesiology.
He has research experiences and publications at the National Institute of Health and was involved in clinical research during his fellowship. Dr. Jafarpour is a member of American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologist, International Spine Intervention Society, American Pain Society, American Headache Society, and the International Headache Society. As a Neurologist and Pain management specialist, Dr. Jafarpour believes that understanding the nature and Neurobiological aspect of pain are fundamental in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of acute and chronic pain disorders.
I attended medical school at the University of Virginia, where I was awarded the William Herndon scholarship for leadership in medicine. Afterwards I completed an internal medicine internship year at the Medical College of Virginia, and then entered the Air Force as a flight surgeon. I was stationed at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina for four years. While there I deployed to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait in 2007 for 6 months, where I served as commander of the flight medicine clinic. While in the Air Force I received a Commendation Medal for meritorious service and an Iraq Campaign Medal for my service triaging causalities in Iraq. I also flew on 7 combat missions into Iraq to help evacuate wounded soldiers.
I left the Air Force in 2010 and started an anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins. While a resident I published a book chapter on addiction in the chronic pain patient, and had a paper on clinical predictors of success in superior hypogastric plexus blocks published in a peer reviewed journal. My fellowship was at Johns Hopkins in Pain Management. I’m excited to join the SPM team and provide excellent care and service to our patients.
Dr. Sanderson is board eligible in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He is fellowship trained in Interventional Spine & Pain Management. He treats various musculoskeletal disorders and spine conditions. Dr. Sanderson’s approaches patient care from a multi-disciplinary approach with a focus on physical therapy, medications, interventional spine procedures, and alternative therapies.
He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Rutgers University. He then received his medical degree at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Sanderson subsequently went on to complete an internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed an Interventional Spine & Pain Management fellowship at Peformance Spine&Sports Physicians in Pottstown, Pa. During this time he was trained in a various interventional spine procedures including transforaminal and interlaminar epidural injections, facet joint injections, medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablation, minimally invasive lumbar decompression, spinal cord stimulator trials and implantation.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He keeps active and fit by playing tennis, basketball, and running.
Kyana Crawford is a graduate of the Howard University Physician Assistant Program in Washington, DC where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physician Assistant as well as a Certificate of Primary Care. She also received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a focus on Pain Management from the University of Nebraska Distance Learning Program
She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and has served as the Assembly of Representatives (AOR) Student Member for the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
She is committed to serving the health care community and providing the best overall care with a pleasant attitude.
Michelle Brown is a graduate of the Howard University Physician Assistant Program in Washington, DC. She also received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She is a Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
She is dedicated to providing optimal medical care and hope to patients with integrity, compassion, and respect. She works to offer clients comprehensive healthcare through collaboration and research.
Karika Watkins earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Bowie State University and graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with a Certification of Physician Assistant Studies. She has been a PA provider for 3 ½ years working in primary and urgent care medicine.
In addition to healthcare, she has 6 years of experience as a Science Educator and has participated in a multitude of community service projects in the local public school systems. She is an energetic clinician looking forward in providing outstanding healthcare with confidence, loyalty and respect for each patient.
Monica Thomas is a graduate of King’s College, where she earned a BS of Medical Studies, Physician Assistant Program, and Master’s of Science (MSPAS). She is board certified by the NCCPA and a member of the AAPA. She has 2 years of experience in Acute Pain Management and involved in several studies investigating regional techniques and medications in the field of interventional pain management.
She enjoys spending time with family and volunteering for medical mission trips. She is looking forward to providing compassion and state-of-the-art care to all patients.
Lance Burgess is a graduate of the joint Towson University/CCBC’s Physician Assistant Program. Lance completed his undergraduate education at University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Biological Sciences. He has previously held positions at Johns Hopkins University and DHS performing Rheumatology and Biodefense research. Lance was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
Logan Sholley is a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at Pennsylvania College of Technology, located in Williamsport, Pa. He also has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Studies from Pennsylvania College of Technology and an Associate’s degree in Radiography from the Sanford Brown Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and he is nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in the fields of radiography and computed tomography.
Craig Doxey graduated from the AACC Physician Assistant program located in Arnold, Maryland in August of 2013. He has also received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and Masters of Medical Science from St. Francis University. He currently resides in Elkridge with his wife and 3 young boys.
He looks forward to providing quality and compassionate patient care in the specialty of pain management.
Shoshana Sadigh is a graduate of Towson University/CCBC Physician Assistant Program in Baltimore, MD where she received a Masters of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is board certified by the NCCPA and a member of the AAPA and has been practicing as a PA for five years in primary care/internal medicine as well as pain medicine.
As a PA she is committed to delivering the best care for her patients. She is competent, compassionate, and pleasant to work with.
Chaya Levine, CRNP has a broad depth of experience with chronic pain management. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in NY state and is delighted to now be part of the SMART Pain Management team. Her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree was obtained at the Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. She obtained her degree as a Nurse Practitioner at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In her spare time she enjoys writing, teaching and landscape painting in oils.
I love to learn and work with people and have been fortunate to complete a myriad of educational degrees/programs to include Certified Respiratory Technician, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse, Certified Physician Assistant and am a volunteer for the Emergency Response Team of Maryland. I am a US Army veteran with a background in criminal justice/medical malpractice having attended the US Army School of Law and Court Administration. I have over 20 years experience teaching basic, advanced adult/pediatric, and community/prenatal CPR through hospitals, Project Ezra and Lifebridge Health. I hope that my vocational experiences will enhance my understanding of pain management and look forward to learning and practicing in this specialty field.