Richard L. Stieg, M.D., MHS

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Listed in Addiction Medicine, Disability Evaluation, Pain Management

Education and Credentials:
1955-1959 C.W. Post College, Brookville, New York.
Major: Biology, Chemistry. B.S., Cum Laude, 1959

1959-1963 University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
Major: Medicine, M.D., 1963

1963-1964 USAF Hospital, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Internship, Rotating

1964-1967 Walter Reed General Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland.
Resident, Neurology Service

1996-1999 University College, Denver University, Denver, Colorado
Masters Degree in Healthcare Systems

1964 Diplomat National Board of Medical Examiners

1971-Present State of Colorado

1971 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

1992 American Board of Pain Medicine

2009 American Board of Addiction Medicine
Following completion of neurological training in 1967 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Stieg served as Chief of Staff of the Neurology Department and as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force Medical Corp at Wilford Hall Hospital in San Antonio Texas until 1971. Duties included clinical practice and medical education of interns and residents as well as attending to the needs of flight personnel.

From 1971 to 1977 Dr. Stieg was in private clinical practice of general neurology in Boulder and for 3 years concurrently served as Assistant Chief of the Neurology Department at Denver General Hospital (now Denver Health), a half-time paid academic position.

In late 1977 Dr. Stieg founded the Boulder Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic, the first multidisciplinary outpatient and inpatient pain treatment program in the state of Colorado. Duties included patient care, medical education of nurses and other allied healthcare givers, program development, clinical research and medical supervision of the pain treatment teams. After leaving the Boulder Memorial Hospital 5 years later Dr. Stieg founded the Colorado Rehabilitation Institute in Boulder, an outpatient multidisciplinary pain treatment center. Duties continued to be care of patients, program development, and training of allied health personnel, clinical research, and medical supervision of the treatment teams.

Over the subsequent years Dr. Stieg has founded, directed, seen patients and taught in a variety of other clinical settings and geographical locations in Boulder, Broomfield and Denver, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and (currently) Aurora, Colorado, serving patients with traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain and related addiction disorders. This included service as the Medical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Spalding Hospital in Denver for several years. Professional duties and clinical private practice has continued the same throughout these settings, which have been privately owned, hospital based, or within academic institutions (University of Pittsburgh 1987 to 1989). Currently Dr. Stieg sees patients in a private practice in Aurora, Colorado 3 days per week and recently served as Co-Medical Director of the Centennial Rehabilitation Associates, a private institution in Aurora that offered several outpatient programs for patients with traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain and concurrent psychiatric disorders, including addiction to prescription and illicit drugs.

Dr. Stieg continued academic teaching on a volunteer basis until 2007 when he retired from the neurology staff at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. While at
The University of Pittsburgh as an Associate professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology Dr. Stieg maintained residences in Pittsburgh and Berthoud, Colorado and continued to consult with those Colorado clinics which he had established.

In 1994 Dr. Stieg was recruited by The Colorado Compensation Insurance Authority as Medical Director of that quasi-governmental insurance company, providing workers' compensation benefits to Colorado employees. The company changed its name to Pinnacol Assurance during his 8-year tenure. During that time Dr. Stieg's duties included development of a statewide PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) -like organization consisting of primary care and specialty
physicians specially trained to offer workers' compensation care in Colorado. He also greatly expanded the in-house nursing and large part-time Physician Advisory Panel at Pinnacol Assurance. He has served the Division of Workers' Compensation in the state of Colorado as a taskforce member of four different committees that developed medical treatment guidelines for Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for the workers' compensation system. Throughout his 8 years at Colorado Compensation Insurance Authority and Pinnacol Assurance, Dr. Stieg maintained a clinical practice , seeing pain patients in various clinical settings.

Dr. Stieg has been a strong advocate of volunteerism and has spent much of his career serving a variety of not for profit organizations (see curriculum vitae for details) as a writer, editor, website developer, teacher, researcher and member of numerous committees and boards of directors. In 1994 he served as the 10th president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
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