Monday, April 2, 2018

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Consciousness, Pain and Addiction                                                     

R. Gelb,  , L. Ditmanson, MD, T. Vanderah MD,  M. Ibrahim MD, A. Patwardhan MD (Salon D)



Ricky Gelb

Addiction, Meditation and Recovery Guide

Addiction Holds No Bounds
Ricky Gelb

Ricky has a profound story of incomprehensible demoralization due to a life of chronic addiction. Born to a mentally ill mother, he was addicted by doctors between age 4 and 12 to opioids, which led to a bad heroin habit by age 18, which led to entering 75 treatment and rehab institutions by age 33, all unsuccessful. At the brink of insanity and suicide, having lost all he loved, he had a profound awakening when an 86 year old man with 45 years of sober living taught him Silent Mantra meditation which transformed and liberated him from the bondage of self. For the past 25 years Ricky has been helping people with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety and depression and having profound success doing so. Ricky Gelb has had vast experience helping people with addiction issues and spiritual blocks over 25 years. He was the founder of a web-based company in  Los Angeles, California called AddictionSolutions that focused on helping people in nine categories of addictions & disorders in 1998. He created the first online database of all models of treatment centers nationwide and brought the leading authors together to make the highest level of content available to the public. Ricky is the founder of Silent Mantra Meditation, Recovery Meditation (.org) and the Meditaining guided meditation experiential. Ricky was an Interventionist and case manager in the music industry for seven years and the founder of Wingtied Wellness Center in Pasadena in 1996 and a consultant for the non-profit The Musician Assistance Program MAP that merged into Musicares (operated by American Music Academy).


Leonard “Lenn” Ditmanson, MD,

Chief Medical Officer, ARC – America’s Rehab Campuses

“Medical Detox”

Dr. Leonard Ditmanson is the Chief Medical Officer for Americas Rehab Campus, an opiate addiction treatment center and rehab, and he is the Medical Director for the Sun Clinic, a women’s addiction treatment center. Simultaneously, Dr. Ditmanson is the co-founder of Tucson Medical Center Perinatal Substance Abuse Treatment Coalition. For the past three years, he has served on the Arizona Governor’s Taskforce for Substance Abuse. As a practicing physician for more than 30 years in Tucson, Arizona, his practice experience includes infectious disease, general internal medicine, hospital medicine and sports medicine. Ditmanson served as Medical Director for 12 years at COPE Community Services in Tucson, Arizona, the largest opioid treatment program in Arizona. Throughout his career, Dr. Ditmanson has received numerous awards for teaching at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, the Tucson Hospital Medical Education Program and local awards for community service. Among his most distinguished awards, he was presented with World Series rings as the Team Physician for Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Additional he has served as the Medical Director for El Tour de Tucson Bicycle Race since 1995 to Present, the Accenture Match play PGA event, 2007-2014, and the Tucson Classic Golf


Todd W. Vanderah, PhD

Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, University of Arizona COM

“Battling Chronic Pain with Non Addictive Compounds”

Dr. Vanderah is Head and Professor of Pharmacology, and is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology. His research interests include mechanisms of cancer pain, neuronal integration in pain pathways, neurochemical release during conditions of neuropathy, neuronal plasticity, opioid receptor pharmacology, and novel targets for drug discovery. He is author of over 135 original research articles.

Mohab Ibrahim, PhD, MD 

Director, Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona COM

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology - (Clinical Scholar Track)

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

Non-Pharmacological Methods for Pain Control | Green Light Therapy”

Dr. Ibrahim's research interests include both pharmacological and non pharmacological methods to manage chronic and cancer pain.

Books include: Synergistic attenuation of chronic pain using mu opioid and cannabinoid receptor 2 agonists. Ibrahim, M. M. (2016) Elsevier.

Amol M. Patwardhan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, College of Medicine,

Co-Director, Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona, COM