Board of Directors
Stephen D. Lande, PhD
Richard M. Sobel, MD
Brenda Byrne, PhD
Martin Cheatle, PhD
Phyllis Goltra, PhD
Leonard Kamen, DO
Carol Ludolph, MD
Bryan O’Neill, MD
Milind Patel, MD, MBA
Meet Our Board of Directors
Steve Lande is President of Interactive Forums, Inc. and an expert in healthcare advisory research and educational program development. In 1997, Steve joined Interactive Forums whose clients have included pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic, medical equipment, and consumer health companies, as well as academic institutions and foundations.
Steve and his colleagues have developed advisory research and medical education programs in a broad spectrum of specialty areas including: addiction medicine, anesthesiology, cardiology, critical care, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, hematology, immunology, infectious disease, oncology, orthopedic surgery, neurology, pain management, pharmacology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, rheumatology, transfusion medicine, and urology. Those programs have focused on clinical practice, clinical research, and payer issues.
Between 1982 and 1999, Steve was in clinical practice as President of Biohealth Behavioral Health Centers, and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Pain Program. He serves as Founding President of the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society, and is former Chairperson of the Managed Care Committee of the American Pain Society. Steve received a PhD in Psychology from Boston University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavior therapy and behavioral medicine at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Temple University School of Medicine. He was previously a member of the clinical faculty at Temple University School of Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Richard M. Sobel, MD is in private practice in Philadelphia. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Pain Medicine. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 with a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism, Dr. Sobel received his MD at the Pennsylvania State University in 1981. Following a year of medical internship at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center, he completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1985 where he was a Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
He has been a member of the faculty of Jefferson Medical School since 1986 and holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He has taught residents at Jefferson since 1986 and he received the annual resident teaching award in 1991. He has also been honored as a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education at Jefferson Medical College.
Dr. Sobel currently serves as liaison between the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society and the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society who named him Practitioner of the Year in 2013. He currently serves as Councilor for the Society and was recently name representative to the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society to the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and Pain Management Work Group of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Dr. Sobel is the author of several articles on the interrelationship between psychiatric conditions (especially depression and anxiety) and medical and neurological illness and a book chapter on personality disorders. He has lectured extensively on the evaluation and management of depression, bipolar illness and chronic pain.
Dr. Sobel’s interest in treating pain patients dates back to when he started his private practice in 1988. As he notes, “patients were extremely grateful to finally find a doctor who believe them when they said they were in pain. It has been both gratifying and challenging work. The fellowship and peer support from my colleagues in the GPPS has been especially helpful.”
Dr. Sobel is married with two children. A major source of pleasure outside of work has been singing in semiprofessional choirs for the past forty year. This outlet has helped provide balance in his life, a lesion he shares with patients who often allow themselves to be defined by their pain.
Dr. Cheatle earned his PhD in psychology at Princeton University. He completed his clinical internship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and founded the Orthopaedic Pain Center at PENN. Currently he is Director of Behavioral Medicine at the PENN Pain Medicine Center; Director, Pain and Chemical Dependency Research at the Center for Studies of Addiction, University of Pennsylvania and Director Behavioral Medicine Center at the Reading Health System. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cheatle specializes in the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective and has been involved in extensive research including a NIH funded 5-year longitudinal study of the development of addiction in patients initiating prescription opioid therapy for chronic pain and as PI of a recently funded NIH study of phenotypic and genotypic markers of prescription opioid abuse. He is co-editor of the Pain Medicine journal Opioids, Substance Abuse and addictions Section. His main focus of research is pain management and addiction in vulnerable populations (HIV/AIDS, psychiatric patients) and pain and suicidal ideation and behavior.
Milind Patel is a Resident Physician in the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems. He is currently a Chief Resident of the University of Pennsylvania PM&R Residency Program. He joined the University of Pennsylvania PM&R Residency in 2014.
His areas of interest include Musculoskeletal Medicine, Pain, Sleep Medicine, Neuromodulation, and Cancer Pain as well as innovation in Medical Devices and Quality Improvement. He is a Founder of SleepStats LLC which focuses on use of an Inpatient Sleep Apnea tool aimed at reducing cost and liability while improving clinical outcomes for at risk inpatients.
He has ongoing research in the areas of Pain Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Quality Improvement. He received his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2014 and his MBA from Drexel University LeBow College of Business in 2012.