“My goal is to improve patient quality of life and restore functionality, through a multimodal approach to pain management. I am also committed to enhancing outcomes and patient safety as it applies to the field of pain medicine.”

Dr. Newmark’s patient care and clinical interests include chronic and perioperative pain management, headache and orofacial pain management, and interdisciplinary / procedural treatment. Dr. Newmark has recently been working closely in a collaborative fashion with primary care at the UHA/Alliance Medical Group in San Pablo near Oakland, California.
Dr. Newmark was born and raised in the greater Philadelphia, PA area. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland—College Park. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine’s Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Newmark then completed his Anesthesia residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Following his medical school and residency training, Dr. Newmark practiced anesthesiology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York City, where he cared for Level 1 Trauma as well as Obstetrical/Laboring patients.
Dr. Newmark is the pain division’s Associate Division Chief of Education, and Pain Medicine Associate Fellowship Director. He holds academic interests in immersive based learning, trainee selection and performance, patient outcomes and safety. He has been involved in this research since his undergraduate studies as a psychology and medical student. As an anesthesia resident, he helped teach and develop several pain pharmacology simulations for medical and dental students at Harvard Medical School. He also helped develop pain medicine crisis management experiences for pain medicine fellows at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Newmark will continue to develop pain medicine simulation scenarios and other educational programs.

Clinical Focus

  • Anesthesia
  • Pain Management

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor (By courtesy), Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Administrative Appointments

  • Faculty Member, Advanced Training in Medical Education (Anesthesia Fellowship) (2016 - Present)
  • Faculty Member, Addiction Medicine Fellowship (Psychiatry) (2016 - Present)
  • Associate Division Chief of Education, Division of Pain Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Chair, Clinical Competency Committee, Pain Medicine (2014 - Present)
  • Associate Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Anesthesia Education Committee (2013 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Chief Fellow, Stanford Pain Medicine Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Stanford Pain Medicine Fellowship (2016)
  • Teaching Scholars Program, Stanford Anesthesia (2013-2014)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Physician Member, Patient Family Advisory Council, Pain Medicine (2016 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology (2014)
  • Board Certification: Anesthesia, American Board of Anesthesiology (2012)
  • Fellowship:Stanford Pain Management (2012) CA
  • Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Anaesthesia (2011)
  • Residency:Massachusetts General Hospital (2011) MA
  • Internship:Hahnemann University School of Medicine (2008) PA
  • Medical Education:Temple University (2007) PA
  • BSc, University of Maryland--College Park, Psychology (2003)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Clinical Interests
- Pain Medicine: Chronic & perioperative pain. Headache & orofacial pain. Interdisciplinary & procedural treatment.
- Anesthesiology: Anesthetic & surgical care for patients with chronic pain. Neurosurgical & orthopaedic spine surgery.

Academic Interests
- Graduate medical education, medical simulation & immersive learning, performance assessment & evaluation, adult learning theory, trainee selection processes, opioid management, patient safety & quality of care.

-ANES 304A: Chronic Pain Management Clerkship
-MED 313A: Ambulatory Medicine Core Clerkship


All Publications

  • Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Chronic Opioid Therapy AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN Lembke, A., Humphreys, K., Newmark, J. 2016; 93 (12): 982-990


    Evidence supports the use of opioids for treating acute pain. However, the evidence is limited for the use of chronic opioid therapy for chronic pain. Furthermore, the risks of chronic therapy are significant and may outweigh any potential benefits. When considering chronic opioid therapy, physicians should weigh the risks against any possible benefits throughout the therapy, including assessing for the risks of opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and overdose. When initiating opioid therapy, physicians should consider buprenorphine for patients at risk of opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and overdose. If and when opioid misuse is detected, opioids do not necessarily need to be discontinued, but misuse should be noted on the problem list and interventions should be performed to change the patient's behavior. If aberrant behavior continues, opioid use disorder should be diagnosed and treated accordingly. When patients are discontinuing opioid therapy, the dosage should be decreased slowly, especially in those who have intolerable withdrawal. It is not unreasonable for discontinuation of chronic opioid therapy to take many months. Benzodiazepines should not be coprescribed during chronic opioid therapy or when tapering, because some patients may develop cross-dependence. For patients at risk of overdose, naloxone should be offered to the patient and to others who may be in a position to witness and reverse opioid overdose.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000377633800003

    View details for PubMedID 27304767

  • Curriculum and Cases for Pain Medicine Crisis Resource Management Education ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA Brenner, G. J., Nemark, J. L., Raemer, D. 2013; 116 (1): 107-110


    Medical crises that may occur in the setting of a pain medicine service are rare events that require skillful action and teamwork to ensure safe patient outcome. A simulated environment is an ideal venue for both acquisition and reinforcement of this knowledge and skill set. Here, we present an educational curriculum in pain medicine crisis resource management for both pain medicine fellows and attending physicians as well as the results of a successful pilot program.

    View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31826f0ae0

    View details for Web of Science ID 000313145300013

    View details for PubMedID 23223099

  • Teaching surgical skills NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Dandolu, V., Newmark, J. 2007; 356 (13): 1381-1381

    View details for Web of Science ID 000245221000034

    View details for PubMedID 17392315

  • Headache Plus: Trigeminal and Autonomic Features in a Case of Cervicogenic Headache Responsive to Third Occipital Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) Giblin, K., Newmark, J. L., Brenner, G. J., Wainger, B. J. 2014


    To describe a case of cervicogenic headache with associated autonomic features and pain in a trigeminal distribution, all of which responded to third occipital nerve radiofrequency ablation.Single case report.Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Pain Medicine.A 38-year-old woman with history of migraines and motor vehicle accident.Right third occipital nerve diagnostic blocks and radiofrequency lesioning.Pain reduction; physical findings, including periorbital and mandibular facial swelling, tearing, conjunctival injection, and allodynia; and use of opioid and non-opioid pain medicines.The patient had complete relief of her pain and autonomic symptoms, and was able to stop all pain medications following a dedicated third occipital nerve lesioning.This case illustrates the diagnostic and therapeutic complexity of cervicogenic headache and the overlap with other headache types, including trigeminal autonomic cephalgias and migraine. It represents a unique proof of principle in that not only trigeminal nerve pain but also presumed neurogenic inflammation can be relieved by blockade of cervical nociceptive inputs. Further investigation into shared mechanisms of headache pathogenesis is warranted.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/pme.12334

    View details for PubMedID 24401103

  • Use of video laryngoscopy and camera phones to communicate progression of laryngeal edema in assessing for extubation: a case series. Journal of intensive care medicine Newmark, J. L., Ahn, Y. K., Adams, M. C., Bittner, E. A., Wilcox, S. R. 2013; 28 (1): 67-71


    Video laryngoscopy has demonstrated utility in airway management. For the present case series, we report the use of video laryngoscopy to evaluate the airway of critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients, as a means to reduce the risk of immediate postextubation stridor by assessing the degree of laryngeal edema. We also describe the use of cellular phone cameras to document and communicate airway edema in using video laryngoscopy for the patients' medical records. We found video laryngoscopy to be an effective method of assessing airway edema, and cellular phone cameras were useful for recording and documenting video laryngoscopy images for patients' medical records.

    View details for DOI 10.1177/0885066612437528

    View details for PubMedID 22337710

  • Radiocontrast Media Allergic Reactions and Interventional Pain Practice-A Review PAIN PHYSICIAN Newmark, J. L., Mehra, A., Singla, A. K. 2012; 15 (5): E665-E675


    Millions of interventional pain procedures are performed each year in the United States. Interventional pain physicians commonly administer radiocontrast media (RCM) under fluoroscopy for these procedures. However, RCM can cause various types of hypersensitivity or allergic type reactions, in an acute or delayed fashion. Furthermore, some patients report a prior history of hypersensitivity reactions to RCM when presenting to the interventional pain clinic. Both scenarios present challenges to the interventional pain physician.To describe the various types of hypersensitivity reactions to RCM, as well as strategies to prevent and manage these reactions, within the context of interventional pain practice.A review of the literature from 1975 through 2011 regarding allergic type reactions to RCM, as well as iodine, and shellfish allergy, was undertaken in an effort to review and develop recommendations on managing these patients presenting to the interventional pain clinic. Keywords used in the literature search were: radiocontrast media, contrast allergy, contrast reaction, iodine allergy, shellfish allergy, and fluoroscopy. The included articles were concerned with the basic or clinical science of contrast allergy, including the physiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of such reactions. Meta-analysis, review articles, and case reports addressing contrast media reactions were also included. Articles which discussed contrast media reactions in a peripheral fashion were excluded.In reviewing the literature, it is apparent that the mechanisms and pathophysiology of RCM hypersensitivity reactions are still being characterized, which should soon lead to improved screenings, as well as prevention and treatment strategies. Many common themes are described throughout the literature regarding patient risk factors, testing, prevention,diagnosis, and treatment of RCM allergic-type reactions.The current review did not perform a meta-analysis of the available data, as most of the available articles were trials that were randomly controlled. Therefore, the conclusions of the present article are general, and qualitative in nature.Although the mechanisms of various RCM allergic-type reactions are not entirely understood, the interventional pain physician should have a basic understanding of patient risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these reactions. The current review allowed for prevention and treatment strategies for managing patients with RCM hypersensitivity reactions.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000312498100005

    View details for PubMedID 22996860

  • Correlating virtual reality and box trainer tasks in the assessment of laparoscopic surgical skills AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Newmark, J., Dandolu, V., Milner, R., Grewal, H., Harbison, S., Hernandez, E. 2007; 197 (5)


    The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation in the assessment of laparoscopic surgical skills in medical students with the use of a virtual reality laparoscopic trainer and a low-fidelity video box trainer with comparative tasks.Third-year medical students were asked to perform 3 basic skills set modules on LapSim (Surgical Science, Gothenburg, Sweden): coordination, grasping and lifting, and handling the intestines. Each task was set at the easiest level, and each student was allowed a maximum of 10 attempts to complete each task. Similar-appearing tasks were chosen for comparison with the use of a standard video box trainer: pegboard, cup drop and rope pass, respectively. Laparoscopic skills were evaluated with the use of both trainers during 1 session. Pearson's correlation coefficients were used to compare paired data on each student using statistical software.Forty-seven of 65 medical students were assigned to clinical clerkships on-campus at Temple University School of Medicine participated in the study. All 47 students participated in the video box trainer tasks; 34 students completed both the video box trainer and LapSim skills set. Observations that were obtained on the LapSim virtual reality system and video box trainer simulator demonstrated several correlations. The time to completion for the LapSim coordination task and the pegboard task were correlated (r = 0.507; P = .006), as were the grasping and lifting task completion time on LapSim and the comparative box trainer cup drop task completion time (r = 0.404; P = .022). When accounting for errors, the LapSim coordination task tissue damage score was correlated with the sum of all box trainer errors (r = 0.353; P = .040); the average grasping and lifting tissue damage was correlated with the total number of errors during all box trainer tasks (r = 0.374; P = .035).Overall, in evaluating laparoscopic skills, the LapSim and video box trainer were correlated positively with one another. The scoring of laparoscopic skills by both systems appears to be equivalent for the measurement of time to task completion and number of errors.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ajog.2007.07.026

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    View details for PubMedID 17980205

  • Delayed onset of malignant hyperthermia without creatine kinase elevation in a geriatric, ryanodine receptor type 1 gene compound heterozygous patient ANESTHESIOLOGY Newmark, J. L., Voelkel, M., Brandom, B. W., Wu, J. 2007; 107 (2): 350-353

    View details for Web of Science ID 000248471400023

    View details for PubMedID 17667581