Global Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Foundation


The Global PTSI Foundation is managed through Chicago Medical Innovations, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating access to the information, research and treatment of post-traumatic stress using the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB). With over 22 veterans taking their lives daily and 259 million suffering from post-traumatic stress symptoms globally, the acute need is clear. Post-traumatic stress symptoms are found with our war veterans, with survivors of military sexual assault, in domestic abuse, in children exposed to violence, and those experiencing horrific events.

As a Foundation, we have a simple goal—to provide relief from post-traumatic stress symptoms for our veterans, and to provide sufficient medically documented, positive outcomes for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to adopt SGB as an accepted protocol.


Why we prefer and use the term PTSI instead of PTSD

PTSI is an acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Injury—replacing the more common acronym PTSD, for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although both terms are used, we feel that the word injury is a better descriptor than the term disorder, thus the decision to incorporate it into the Foundation’s name.

Post-traumatic stress is a biological injury that develops after a person has experienced or witnessed a terrifying event. Many medical professionals believe it is a biological trauma which has a biological treatment—the Stellate Ganglion Block. Through the Healing Hero Fund, our organization provides access to SGB. Learn more about how SGB works.

120 treatments have been provided to date, with 95% of funds raised going directly to treatment with 5% allocated for overhead. Your donation through Healing Hero supports treating veterans and those afflicted with PTSD/PTSI.

With over 1.3 million diagnosed U.S. Veterans and a global epidemic of Veterans and Civilians suffering from PTSD/PTSI, please help us promote and provide the best methods for treatment to achieve a marked impact on those who are suffering.



The Leadership Team

Eugene Lipov M.D.: Chief Science Officer, Founder, Global PTSI Foundation

Dr. Eugene 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 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 is an internationally recognized scholar, authoring articles on needle design, post operative delirium, new uses of implantable neurostimulators for lower back and neck pain, new uses of pulsed radio frequency, and other pain related topics. He was the first in the world to report on treating PTSD/PTSI utilizing the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB). He testified in front of the U.S. Congressional Committee on Veterans Affairs in 2010, discussing the Stellate Ganglion Block. Dr. Lipov also serves as the Chief Science officer of the Global PTSI Foundation Medical Advisory Board.

Richard D. Cantwell, PE: Chairman, Global PTSI Foundation

Richard Cantwell served 20 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1995 as a decorated combat veteran. As MACOM Engineer for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), he was responsible for the Planning, Master Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution of all related training and combat facilities. He also supervised the Long Range Planning, Environmental Assessment and Master Planning for the command, with responsibilities that included briefings and defending these programs before the U.S. Congress. From 1995-1999, Mr. Cantwell was a Managing Partner/Board Member of Odell Associates, Inc. serving as the Principal Liaison/Program Manager for Daily Progress between government staff of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and USA Medical Centers, Specialists, Consultants, and Administrators, with Johns Hopkins Hospital and Partners Hospital (Massachusetts General). He currently serves as a representative of public and private industries as a specialist in subject matter, and Chairman of the Global PTSI Foundation.


Lane Ostrow: CEO/Executive Director

Mr. Ostrow brings a legal background to the Foundation with a focus in tax law and a cadre of entrepreneurial experiences. He served nine years as President of a retail company and four years as President of a technology company he founded. Mr. Ostrow was the co-founder of Products for Good, LLC, and was responsible for creating all business and financial relationships, along with overseeing the day-to- day customer satisfaction, financial management and operations for the company. An avid supporter of our military, Mr. Ostrow has held a number of leadership roles in nonprofits with a concentration on organizations supporting military families, and those suffering from post-traumatic stress injuries. He holds a B.A. from Duke University, a Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Emory University.

Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, M.D., MPH COL (ret): Senior Advisor Global PTSI Foundation Medical Advisory Board

Elspeth Cameron Ritchie is a long-time Army psychiatrist now serving as the Chief Clinical Officer for the District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health. Prior to retiring from the Army in 2010, she spent the last five of her 24 years in uniform as the top advocate for mental health inside the Office of the Army Surgeon General. Prior service includes leadership roles including the psychiatry consultant to the Army Surgeon General at the Department of Defense Health Affairs. She trained at Harvard, George Washington University, Walter Reed, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (the U.S. military’s medical school). She is a professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Heath Sciences and clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University.


Doug Van Poppel: Chief Marketing Officer

Doug Van Poppel joined Snips Media as the Chief Revenue Officer in July 2014. Snips is a revolutionary new social media platform that is monetizing content for publishers while delivering emotional engagement for brands, and named an Entrepreneur 360 TM 2016 Best Privately-Owned Business in America. Mr. Van Poppel served as Vice President of Sales for My BrainWare, and in 2012, delivered the first Neuroscience in Education presentation to the U.S. House and Senate Education Committee. In 2006, Mr. Van Poppel cofounded “4FansSake”, the only fan-owned buyout bidder of the Chicago Cubs approved by Major League Baseball and JP Morgan, where he served as President until 2008.

Glenn Boothe: Chief Technology Officer

Glenn is a veteran entrepreneur with 15 years of web and software development experience. Driven by delivering value to clients, he has innovated experiential activation projects for NASCAR, Sprint, NBA and MLS, and lead development and national rollouts for NASCAR, Ford, Toyota and Goodyear. Glenn serves on the Microsoft Windows Azure Websites Advisory Board and is a member of Microsoft Partner Pilot Program for Enterprise Web. He holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics & B.S. in Physics from State University of New York at Oswego. Glenn is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.


Julian Ungar-Sargon: Chair, Global PTSI Foundation Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon MD, PhD is a practicing Neurologist in 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 residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and was awarded the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Fellowship at The Neurological Institute of New York. He participated in neuronal plasticity research with Michael Golberger at the Medical College of Pennsylvania through a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Dr. Ungar-Sargon became an instructor at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Neurophysiology Labe at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He was awarded the Order of the Merit by the Sovereign Order of the Templars of Jerusalem in 2014.

Frank Ochberg M.D.: Senior Advisor Global PTSI Foundation Medical Advisory Board

Frank M. Ochberg, M.D., served in uniform during the Vietnam era and advises several nonprofit veteran 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/PTSI. 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/PTSI), and the Committee for Community Awareness and Protection (responding to serial-killer threats). 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.


David Sulfridge: Development Director

Mr. Sulfridge is an insurance industry executive with a background in human resource outsourcing including recruiting, assessment, selection, onboarding, training, payroll, and employee benefits. He held senior management positions at AON, including AON Consulting, AON Financial Institutions Alliance, Resource Dealer Group, and Ryan Insurance Group. Most recently, he served as President of RSGUM AfterGuard, part of Ryan Specialty Group Underwriting Managers, where he lead the formation of a new cover holder for extended warranty insurance on utility-scale wind turbines. Prior to RSGUM, David served as Executive Vice President of The Warranty Group and Vice President and Director of Virginia Surety Company. He was responsible for all business units and operations in the Asia Pacific region, and led the formation of a new joint venture marketing TWG’s entry into India, Sri Lanka and Middle East. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies (BLS) from Hillsdale College.