Opioid Management: Promising Hospital Practices and Changing the Preoperative Pain Conversation

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Start Date:11/29/2017

Start Time:11:30 AM CST

Duration:60 minutes


Opioid-related overdoses are an epidemic in the U.S.: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die from opioid overdoses every day. In 2016, Vizient™ initiated a call to action to help members join together to actively address opioid management. Through our efforts, we have showcased various subject matter and member experts, developed a resource compendium and brought members together to improve care through better opioid stewardship.


This webcast will present innovative opioid management examples from organizations nationwide, as well as suggest ways in which to rework the preoperative pain conversation with patients.



  • Describe the difference between pain and nociception and how this difference impacts pain management strategies
  • Outline an Integrated Delivery Network’s overall strategy to combat the opioid epidemic




Robert Dean, DO

Senior Vice President, Performance Management



David Ring, MD, PhD

Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care

Professor, Dell Medical School

The University of Texas, Austin


David Ring, MD, PhD is Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care and Professor of Surgery at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.  

He was born in San Diego, double majored in Physics and Biochemistry/Cell Biology at the University of California at San Diego, and graduated from the UCSD school of Medicine in 1993. His surgical internship was at Massachusetts General Hospital, orthopedic residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency, chief residency at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, and hand and upper extremity fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Jesse Jupiter.

Prior to moving to Austin, Dr. Ring was Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Hand Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Chair of the MGH Orthopedic Quality and Patient Safety Committee. He was awarded a PhD for clinical research in psychosocial aspects of arm pain from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. His interests include trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction in the arm, quality and patient safety, common arm illnesses, and psychosocial aspects of arm illness. He has over 550 peer-reviewed original research publications. He is a deputy editor for Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Dr. Ring has influenced the treatment of upper extremity trauma and its sequellae (traumatic elbow instability in particular), nonunions, and common hand illnesses.  He has also increased the appreciation of the importance of both nontechnical skills in orthopaedic surgery and the psychological and sociological influences on musculoskeletal illness.

Monica Morgan, PharmD

System Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services

Ochsner Health System


Monica Morgan graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science then completed my PharmD degree at University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy. She subsequently completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She has been with Ochsner Health System for 2 years where she currently serves as System Director for Clinical Pharmacy Services. In this role, she is responsible for formulary development and cost containment strategies as well as managing clinical initiatives in the ambulatory and inpatient setting, such as antimicrobial stewardship and opioid stewardship for the System. She is a member of the Opioid Stewardship Committee’s core team, which is led by the VP of Pharmacy. On the core team, members lead various projects for opioid stewardship across the continuum of care and monitor the progress of such initiatives while ensuring Ochsner’s providers and patients are equipped with the tools necessary to optimize opioid use. She is committed to advancing pharmacy practice and currently serves on the Board of Louisiana Society of Health System Pharmacists (LSHP) as the President-Elect and in 2016 received the LSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award as well as the Outstanding Service Award in 2017. 

Opioid Management: Promising Hospital Practices and Changing the Preoperative Pain Conversation
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