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Tufts University School of Medicine

Ronald Kulich

Professor: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
​Lecturer, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Programs: Pain Research, Education & Policy

Ronald Kulich

Professor: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
​Lecturer, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Programs: Pain Research, Education & Policy

Phone 617-636-7000
Campus: Boston

Biography

​Dr. Kulich has responsibilities including development and management of opioid risk assessment protocols for the Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Center and Facial Pain/Headache Center at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Other academic responsibilities include treatment guideline development for work injury with specific focus on opioid therapy risk, Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, membership in the Mass Pain Initiative Public Policy Council, and training committee for the MA Prescription Monitoring Program. Much of his recent work has been focused on CME/CE content development with respect to risk assessment for controlled substances. He has co-chaired the Massachusetts Dental Education Core Competencies Subcommittee for the Prevention and Management of Prescription Drug Misuse, and maintains membership in the Law Enforcement Prescription Monitoring Program Educational Program. His fellowship training responsibilities include supervision of Anesthesia/Pain Medicine and Orofacial Pain Medicine Fellows (Mass General Hospital), management of the behavioral sciences curriculum for Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and supervision of psychology graduate interns within the pain centers. Patient clinical care and assessment activities include evidence-based use of screening/assessment with a range of chronic pain populations, and impact of public policy on access to pain care. His work has resulted in over 100 publications. Most recent publications focus on questionnaire construction, and outcome predictors with chronic opioid therapy.

Publications

Kulich RJ , Backstrom J . Healey, E. Chronic Pain, A Template for Biopsychosocial Assessment. Eds: A. Bonaker, A Sukiennik, Integrative Pain Management, Oxford University Press, February 2016.

Finkelman MD, Kulich RJ, Butler SF, Jackson WC, Friedman FD, Smits N, Weiner SG, An investigation of completion times on the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain – revised (SOAPP-R). Journal of Pain Research, 12/16, 2017.

Maher DP, Carr DB, Hilll K, MCGEeney B, Weed V, Jackson WC, DiBenedetto DJ, Moriarty EM, Kulich RJ. Cannabis for the Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Era of an Opioid Epidemic: A Symposium-Based Review of Sociomedical Science Pain Medicine 2017; 0: 1–13 doi: 10.1093/pm/pnx143

Finkelman MD, Kulich RJ, Butler SF, Jackson WC, Friedman FD, Smits N, Weiner SG. An investigation of completion times on the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain - revised (SOAPP-R). J Pain Res. 2016; 9:1163-1171. PMID: 27980436.

Shaefer J, Barreveld AM, Arnstein P, Kulich RJ. Interprofessional Education for the Dentist in Managing Acute and Chronic Pain. Dent Clin North Am. 2016 Oct; 60(4):825-42. PMID: 27671956.

Finkelman MD, Smits N, Kulich RJ, Zacharoff KL, Magnuson BE, Chang H, Dong J, Butler SF. Development of Short-Form Versions of the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain-Revised (SOAPP-R): A Proof-of-Principle Study. Pain Med. 2016 Sep 07. PMID: 27605589.