Medical Advisory Board

Julian Ungar-Sargon M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon MD PhD is a practicing Neurologistin Indiana with an interest in Interventional Pain Management. He trained in the UK at the Royal London Hospital Medical College and was awarded the George Riddock Prize in neurology. He won the Duke Scholarship and came to the USA for his residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He was awarded the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Fellowship at The Neurological Institute of New York and participated in neuronal plasticity research with Michael Golberger at the Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1979-1984. (The research was supported by a grant from the paralyzed Veterans of America.)

He then became instructor at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Neurophysiology Lab at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He was commissioned into the Indiana Guard Reserve and currently holds the rank of MAJOR. He is the medical director of the Medical Command and Physician’s Company of the IGR.

He was awarded the Order of Merit by the Sovereign Order of the Templars of Jerusalem in 2014, and in 2016 received the Sagamore of Wabash, Indiana’s highest civilian award, by Governor (now VP ) Pence.

His articles are published in the Journal of Neuroscience (see for more.


Eugene Lipov M.D.
Chief Science Officer

Dr. Eugene G. Lipov is a world-renowned board certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. After completing his M.D. at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 1984, he went on to complete advanced anesthesiology training both at The University of Illinois- Chicago and at Rush University’s Medical Center. Dr. Lipov has practiced in the field of pain medicine for over 20 years and was on academic faculty at Rush St. Luke’s for more than five years.

Dr. Lipov is a founding member and the first president of The Illinois Chapter of The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). Additionally, he is a member of The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He is a sought after consultant and has served as an instructor and professional resource for both the ISIS and NASS.
Dr. Lipov has lectured internationally:

  1. Netherlands 2008 “Long-Duration Pulsed Radiofrequency for the Treatment of Upper Extremity Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” Congress EuroNeuro Congress; Maastricht
  2. Norway 2009 and 2010, Utilizing Stellate Ganglion Block to treat Hot flashes, on the invitation of the government. Dr Lipov perfumed 30 injections in Oslo, Norway
  3. Spain 2011 Improving Health-Related Quality of Life for Patients with Refractory Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  4. Singapore 2012, Invited lecturer, ”PARA-anesthetic utility of SGB in Oncology .Clinical Uses and Neurobiology” at Asian Oncology Summit His utilization of conventional anesthetic procedures for new application has set him apart from most of his colloquies. The “para anesthetic“ indications such use of SGB to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and hot flashes. Those lines of research has lead him in directions very uncommon for a pain specialist such as speaking in front of a US Congressional Committee on veterans affairs in 2010. ( as well as presenting out side conventional pain practice.
  5. Seattle Washington, Amsus (a military equivalent of American Medical Association meeting) November 2013 “The role of Stellate ganglion Block in treating PTSD”
  6. New York City, NY American Psychiatric Association (APA). May 2014 The role of Stellate ganglion Block in treating PTSD
  7. See Appendix B for Bibliography

Frank Ochberg M.D.
Senior Advisor

Frank M. Ochberg, M.D., served in uniform during the Vietnam era and advises several nonprofit veterans organizations. He is a founding board member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and recipient of their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. He edited the first text on treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder after serving on the committee that defined PTSD. He was associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health and director of the Michigan Department of Mental Health. At Michigan State University, he is clinical professor of psychiatry, formerly adjunct professor of criminal justice, and adjunct professor of journalism. Ochberg developed, with colleagues, the Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Gift From Within (a nonprofit for persons with PTSD), and the Committee for Community Awareness and Protection (responding to serial-killer threats). For the latter activity, he is the first physician to receive the Law Enforcement Medal of the Sons of the American Revolution. Ochberg founded the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as its first chairman and now helps journalists understand traumatic stress and traumatic stress experts understand journalists. As a Red Cross volunteer, Ochberg assisted families at sites of earthquakes, floods, fires and aircraft disasters.

Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, M.D., MPH COL (Ret)
Senior Advisor

My name is Elspeth Cameron Ritchie. I am a long-time Army psychiatrist now serving as the chief clinical officer for the District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health. Before retiring from the Army in 2010, I spent the last five of my 24 years in uniform as the top advocate for mental health inside of the Office of the Army Surgeon General. Before that, I served in other leadership roles including the psychiatry consultant to the Army Surgeon General at the Department of Defense Health Affairs. I trained at Harvard, George Washington University, Walter Reed, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. I am a professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences – the U.S. military’s medical school — in Bethesda, Md.; I am also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University.

Above is from Dr COL Ritchie Testimony in the US Senate, 11.19.14

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