- Vincent Galan MD, MBA, DABPM Medical Director
- Paul Chang, MD
- Carl Pulido, MD
- Mitchell Donner, MD
- Akshay Garg, MD
- Niki Patel, NP
- Tonya Ogletree, PA
Dr. Vincent Galan has practiced in the Atlanta area since 1988 and held the distinguished position of Director of Pain Center at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia from 1990 until 2008. Dr. Galan is board certified in Anesthesia; triple boarded in Pain Medicine by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management, and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP); and board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Academy of Addiction Medicine (AAAM). Additionally, Dr. Galan has been contributed to the examination and test writing process for the aforementioned organizations.
Dr. Galan completed his pain fellowship at Downstate Medical Center – SUNY. He then continued on to Hermann Hospital, University of Texas, where he had the distinction to train as a visiting fellow with Dr. P. P. Raj, Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Texas and Director of its Pain Clinic. Dr. Raj is also a founder of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and author of 7 books related to Acute and Chronic Pain. Dr. Raj has earned numerous awards and honors and is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” in Chronic Pain Management, contributed to over 100 articles, edited numerous editorials, and is the past Chief Executive Editor of Pain Digest and past Editor in Chief of MD Consult Pain Medicine. Dr. Raj retired as Professor of Anesthesiology and Co-Director of the International Pain Institute at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Galan is a past contributor to the international journal “Pain Digest” and a past medical reviewer for the publishing company Williams and Wilkins. He served on the U.S. Advisory Board of Nasalfentanyl, a product for breakthrough Cancer Pain from Archimedes Pharmaceutical. Additionally, Dr. Galan has published many articles in regards to his research in various scholarly journals, including the following:
11th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, 7-10 May 2009, Vienna, Austria
- Fentanyl pectin nasal spray (FPNS) with PecSys® is rapid, effective and well tolerated in the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain (BTCP): a multicentre, placebo-controlled double-blind, two-phase crossover study. Russell Portenoy, Allen Burton, Mark Wallace, Richard Rauck, Vincent Galan, Donald Taylor
American Pain Society – 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, 6-9 May 2009, San Diego, CA
- A Multicentre, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Two-Phase Crossover Study of Fentanyl Pectin Nasal Spray (FPNS) with PecSys® in Breakthrough Cancer Pain (BTCP). Russell Portenoy, Donald Taylor, Mark Wallace, Richard Rauck, Vincent Galan, Allen Burton
The Journal of Palliative Medicine – 2009; Suppl. 38.
- Portenoy R, Burton A, Wallace M, Rauck R, Galan V, Taylor D. The efficacy, tolerability and onset of action of fentanyl pectin nasal spray (FPNS) with PecSys® in the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain (BTCP): a multicentre, placebo-controlled, double-blind, two-phase crossover study.
The Journal of Pain – 2009; 10(4):S36
- Wallace M, Portenoy R, Taylor D, Rauck R, Galan V, Burton A. Fentanyl Pectin Nasal Spray (FPNS) with PecSys®: efficacy, tolerability, and onset of action in the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain (BTCP).
The Journal of Supportive Oncology – 2010;8: 184-90
- Taylor D, Galan V, Weinstein SM et al. Fentanyl pectin nasal spray in breakthrough cancer pain.
Dr. Galan is the president of the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (GSIPP). He is serves on the board of the North American Neuromodulation Society’s Advocacy and Policy Committee, and in various committees with the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). Dr. Galan is a member of the American Society Interventional Pain Physicians, International Spinal Injection Society, American Society of Anesthesiology, International Anesthesia Research Society, Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as the American Society of Regional Anesthesia. Additionally, he has served on the members’ committee of the Association of Anesthesia Clinical Directors.
Dr. Galan’s areas of interest in interventional pain medicine include spine-related disorders, sympathetic dystrophies, and cancer pain. His areas of expertise reside in minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical, thoracic & lumbar radiofrequency, spinal cord stimulators, discography, and other procedures used to diagnose or treat internal disc disruption, contained disc herniations, facet joint disease, complex regional pain syndrome (RSD) and neuropathies.
Dr. Galan is actively involved in investigational pharmaceutical studies where he can not only offer his patients some of the latest medications before they get to the market but also help advance our knowledge of the treatment of pain.
Dr. Paul Chang was born and raised in Southern California. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA and completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of California, Irvine. After residency, Dr. Chang completed an accredited Pain Medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University. Dr. Chang is skilled in treating patients with different occupational and sports related injuries including back, neck, nerve, and musculoskeletal disorders. He is proficient in performing minimally invasive
spinal surgeries, fluoroscopic guided spinal injections, discography, radiofrequency neurotomy, spasticity management, and electrodiagnostic testing.
Dr. Chang holds board certifications in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR). His clinical interests include minimally invasive spine surgery, multidisciplinary management of all types of pain, spine, and musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Chang is one of only a handful of physicians who are currently treating lumbar spinal stenosis with the Superion device in the state of Georgia.
Dr. Chang is an investigator in the following three ongoing studies: 1. Nevro PPN – involves the use of state-of-the-art high-frequency stimulation in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy; 2. Medtronic Promise Study – a Prospective, Randomized Study of Multicolumn Implantable Lead Stimulation for Predominant Low Back Pain. This is the first-ever, large-scale study comparing the effectiveness of Medtronic neurostimulation therapy with Specify® 5-6-5 multicolumn surgical leads plus optimal medical management (OMM) to the administration of OMM alone in patients with
failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) and predominant low back pain.; 3. Medtronic Options Study – Trial to evaluate the use of subcutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation for chronic back pain.
In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Chang has also participated in mission trips to Lima Peru, Fiji, and South Korea teaching English and helping in medical clinics.
A double Board Certified Physician Dr. Carl Pulido joined Pain Care in 2017 with more than fifteen years of combined experience in the practice of Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management. Due to strong family ties, Dr. Pulido moved to Atlanta in 2012 after completing a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at the prestigious University of Miami School of Medicine Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, 2014 recipient of the “Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award” by the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Pulido completed his Anesthesiology Residency training at The University of Connecticut Health Center in 2004 after receiving his medical degree with honors from Central University of Venezuela. Dr. Pulido then gained extensive experience as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he developed advanced skills in the areas of orthopedics and regional anesthesia, anesthesia for the high risk obstetrical patient, acute post-operative pain management as well as neurosurgical anesthesia.
Dr. Pulido is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Georgia Society of Anesthesiologist, Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the North American Neuromodulation Society.
Dr. Pulido enjoys the opportunity of helping patients facing challenging conditions such as chronic low back and neck pain, joint dysfunction, severe headaches and multiple chronic pain syndromes using a comprehensive and compassionate approach using a combination of advanced minimally invasive interventional techniques and safe, responsible evidence based medication management. He is also skilled in the use of cutting edge neuromodulation techniques for the treatment of neuropathies and complex regional pain syndrome.
As an avid mountain biker, Dr. Pulido has participated recreationally and competitively in the sport for more than 20 years. He also enjoys hiking, trail running and open water swimming and has participated in numerous endurance sport events such as the X-terra series and several triathlons including the Ironman 70.3. He has also devoted his time organizing and volunteering as a mountain biker for “search and rescue” organizations in Connecticut and Georgia and has obtained the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his service to the community. Dr. Pulido loves spending time outdoors with family and friends.
He is a Georgia native that grew up in Conyers, GA and attended Georgia Tech majoring in biomedical engineering. He then attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and completed an internship at Emory University before venturing out to undergo his formal medical training at two of the nation’s top hospitals.
He completed a residency in anesthesiology in Boston through the prestigious Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital. His desire to help patients suffering from chronic pain then led him to complete a pain management fellowship in Los Angeles at UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Donner has been passionately pursuing a career in pain management since medical school and has completed research engagements at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Stanford University investigating ways to improve the treatment of chronic pain. He strives to provide his patients with the most recent, cutting-edge treatments available focusing on multimodal, interventional, and multidisciplinary therapies. Dr. Donner and his wife are eager to return home to Georgia to be closer to family and friends.
Dr. Akshay Garg is a board certified, fellowship trained, Interventional Pain Medicine physician skilled in the management of a wide range of conditions including musculoskeletal pain of the back, neck, and joints, neuropathic disorders, and cancer-related pain. He is adept in utilizing both fluoroscopy and ultrasound image guidance to safely and effectively perform a variety of advanced interventions, including spine and joint injections, radiofrequency ablations, and neuromodulation. His goals are to provide compassionate care to optimize pain control, enhance physical function and psychological well-being, and improve his patient’s overall quality of life.
Originally from Washington D.C., Dr. Garg completed his undergraduate and medical school training as a part of the highly selective seven-year dual B.A./M.D. program at The George Washington University and The George Washington University School of Medicine. He went on to the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for internship, and stayed in New York City to complete his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He served as Chief Resident during his final year and was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the American Pain Society.
Dr. Garg subsequently completed a highly competitive ACGME-accredited Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at the Weill Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Medicine Program. His rigorous training was centered at three prestigious New York institutions: The New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Garg has published extensively in various Pain Medicine journals and textbooks and continues to remain involved in cutting edge research for the advancement of the field through national and international pain societies. He is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR).
Outside of his professional life, Dr. Garg enjoys spending time with his family, traveling domestically and internationally, and cheering on local sports teams.
Tonya Ogletree, PA
Niki Patel, NP
Niki Patel, NP joined Pain Care in 2015. She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Auburn University. Niki is very passionate about helping those who suffer from chronic pain. When she’s away from work, Niki enjoys spending time with her family and the outdoors.