ASC Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Scott Glaser
As a pain management specialist, Scott Glaser, MD, works to help patients with chronic pain restore quality of life, increase function and regain wholeness. He has worked with his Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago co-founder Ira Goodman, MD, for over a decade, treating syndromes ranging from common lower back pain to the severe pain associated with nerve damage. The doctors use various minimally invasive techniques to manage pain, including small joint injections, nerve blocks and medication infusion pumps.
Dr. Glaser graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his anesthesia residency and fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has worked as a pain management specialist in the private practice setting since 1990 and was named to the Becker's ASC Review list of notable ASC physicians in 2009.
Through his work in pain management, Dr. Glaser has become invested in the struggle against controlled substance misuse. He lobbied to ensure passage of the NASPER bill, which aims to protect patients and physicians from substance misuse by setting up prescription monitoring programs. The bill was signed into law in 2005, and Dr. Glaser continues to work to implement a prescription monitoring program in Illinois. He also speaks to physician groups and other health providers about the risks of controlled substance abuse.
In 2008, Dr. Glaser was elected by his fellow specialists to serve as a director on the national board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He also became a diplomat of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians —acknowledged to be the highest level of credentialing in his field — the first year it was offered.
Dr. Glaser is an instructor for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, a society that provides training for interventional pain management specialists and promotes excellence in the field of pain management. He teaches other physicians minimally invasive procedures and lectures on continuing medical education at ASIPP meetings.
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