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Opioids and Surgery: Pain Management and Best Practices

Wed, 3/15/2023 at 11:00 am - Wed, 3/15/2023 at 12:00 pm (MDT)

Join Comagine Health for a learning opportunity addressing opioid best practices and pain management. This learning opportunity is for primary care providers, pain management providers, surgical teams, substance use treatment professionals, anesthesiology teams and any providers interested in opioid best practices.

After this Webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Apply a patient-centered approach to opioid prescribing.
  • Establish procedures to reduce the supply of excess opioids.
  • Discuss opioid risks with patients and co-prescribe naloxone.
  • Describe how a new Transitional Pain Service at the University of Utah coordinates care for patients with substance use disorders.
  • Implement best practices for patients with complex pain management needs.
  • Identify and address a suspected opioid use disorder.

Join us Wednesday, March 15th at:

  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. MT
  • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET


Dr. Lyen C. Huang, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family & Preventative Medicine and Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah. He specializes in complex and minimally invasive intestinal surgery. His research has included peri-operative opioid stewardship, appropriate disposal of unused opioids, and patient recovery after surgery. He is a committee member for the University of Utah Health, Opioid Taskforce.

Dr. Melissa Cheng, MD, MOH, MHS, FACOEM is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. She is a board-certified occupational medicine physician from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Cheng is board-certified in addiction medicine. She also serves as Comagine Health’s Utah Medical Director.

Dr. Evelyn Loose, MD is a board-certified anesthesiologist who provides anesthesia for all types of surgical procedures. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah and has special expertise in the treatment of acute pain and long-standing experience in ultrasound-guided Regional Anesthesia. She is the former director of the Acute Pain Service at the University of Utah. Dr. Loose is the current lead-physician in building up the new Transitional Pain Service at the University of Utah. She has a special interest in the Suboxone management of perioperative patients.

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