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Dr. Toby’s Clinical Research

Dr. Moeller-Bertram

Dr. Moeller-Bertram brings an extensive background of experience in not only the Clinical arena but the Clinical Research arena as well.  The Desert Clinic Pain Institute group is lucky to have him and is excited for the opportunity to serve patients in the Coachella valley area. Here is a list of Dr. Toby’s various research publications.


  1. Warnholtz A, Mollnau H, Kontush A, Moeller-Bertram T, Lav D, Beisiegel U, Marklund SL, Walter U, Meinertz T, Munzel T: Adverse effects of nitroglycerine treatment on endothelial function and vascular nitrotyrosine levels and cGMP-dependent protein kinase activity in hyperlipidemic Watanabe rabbits. J Am Coll Cardiol, 40(7): 1356-63, 2002.
  2. Kuczkowski KM, Benumof JL, Moeller-Bertram T. An initially unnoticed piece of nasal jewelry in a parturient: implications for intraoperative airway management. J Clin Anesth, 15(5):359-62, 2003.
  3. Moeller-Bertram T, Kuczkowski KM, Benumof JL: Uneventful Epidural Labor Analgesia in a Parturient with Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Platelet Count of 26,000/mm3 Unknown Preoperatively. J Clin Anesth., 16: 51-53, 2004.
  4. Buhmann C, Arlt S, Kontush A, Moeller-Bertram T, Sperber S, Oechsner M, Stuerenburg H-J, Beisiegel U: Plasma and CSF Markers of Oxidative Stress are Increased in Parkinson’s Disease and Influenced by Antiparkinsonian Medication. Neurobiol Dis., 15(1):160-70, 2004.
  5. Moeller-Bertram T, Benumof JL, Kuczkowski KM. Tracheal intubation through a laryngeal mask may kink the pilot tube. Anaesthesia, 59(8): 833-4, 2004.
  6. Moeller-Bertram T, Ahadian F, Kuczkowski KM: Labor Analgesia for the Parturient with Harrington Rod: Is Caudal Epidural An Option? Annales Francaises d’Anesthesie et de Reanimation, 23(9): 925-6, 2004.
  7. Kuczkowski KM, Moeller-Bertram T, Benumof JL: Differential diagnosis of shortness of breath and bronchospasm following eclamptic seizures: aspiration vs asthma? Annales Francaises d’Anesthesie et de Reanimation, 23(7): 757-8, 2004.
  8. Bui PK, Kuczkowski KM, Moeller-Bertram T, Sanchez RA. New onset Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome as an unexpected cause of delayed recovery from general anesthesia after thyroidectomy. Annales Francaises d’Anesthesie et de Reanimation, 23(9): 926-7, 2004.
  9. Stratmann, G, Gambling DR, Moeller-Bertram T, Stackpole J, Pue AF, Berkowitz J. A randomized comparison of a five-minute versus fifteen-minute lockout interval for PCEA during labor. Int J Obstet Anesth, 14(3):200-7, 2005.
  10. Scanlon GC, Moeller-Bertram T, Romanowsky BS, Wallace MS. Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections–More Dangerous Than We Think?Spine J., 32 (11):1249-56, 2007.
  11. Moeller-Bertram T, Greenberg M, Schulteis G, Hayes J, Finer N: Drug Delivery Using the Endotracheal Tube: How Much Remains Inside the Tube?The Internet Journal of Anesthesiology, 12(1), 2007.
  12. Modir JG, Kuczkowski KM, Moeller-Bertram T: Peripartum Care of the Parturient with Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy. Acta Anaesthsiol Belg, 59:51-3, 2008.
  13. Moeller-Bertram T, Wallace MS: Fixed and flexible dosing of pregabalin for postherpetic neuralgia: Comparing tolerability and onset of pain relief.Clinical Trials Report for the Neuropathic Pain section of Curr Pain and Headache Rep, 13 (3): 179-180, 2009.
  14. Dawley JD, Moeller-Bertram T, Wallace WS, Patel PM. Intra-arterial injection in the rat brain: evaluation of steroids used for transforaminal epidurals. Spine J, 15:1638-43, 2009.
  15. Afari N, Harder L, Heppner P, Moeller-Bertram T, Madra NJ, Orcutt JL & Baker DG. PTSD, Combat Injury, and Headache In Veterans Returning From Iraq/Afghanistan. Headache, 49(9):1267-76, 2009.
  16. Walk D, Sehgal N, Moeller-Bertram T, Edwards RR, Wasan A, Wallace M, Irving G, Argoff C, Backonja M-M. Quantitative Sensory Testing and Mapping A Review of Nonautomated Quantitative Methods for Examination of the Patient With Neuropathic Pain. Clin J Pain, 25:632-640, 2009.
  17. Backonja M-M, Walk D, Edwards RR, Sehgal N, Moeller-Bertram T, Wasan A, Irving G, Argoff C, Wallace M. Quantitative Sensory Testing in Measurement of Neuropathic Pain Phenomena and Other Sensory Abnormalities. Clin J Pain, 25:641-647, 2009.
  18. Pexton T, Moeller-Bertram T, Schilling JM, Wallace MS. Targeting voltage-gated calcium channels for the treatment of neuropathic pain: a review of drug development. Expert Opin Investig Drugs, 20:1277-84, 2011.
  19. Jones C, Moeller-Bertram T, Wallace MS. Safety and Efficacy of Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Pain. Expert Opin Investig Drugs, 2011.
  20. Moeller-Bertram T, Keltner J, Strigo IA. Pain and post traumatic stress disorder – Review and experimental evidence. Neuropharmacology, Vol 62: 586-597, 2012.
  21. Keltner JR, Vaida F, Ellis RJ, Moeller-Bertram T, Franklin DR, Corkran S, Fitzsimmons C, Duarte NA, Robinson-Papp J, Dworkin R, Clifford DB, Gelman BB, McArthur JC, Simpson DM, McCuthan A, Collier AC, Marra CM, Morgello S, Atkinson H, Grant I (CHARTER Group). Health Related Quality of Live in HIV Distal Neuropathic Pain Population is More Correlated with Depression than with Distal Neuropathic Pain. Psychosomatics. 2012 Jul-Aug;53(4):380-6.
  22. Ilfeld BM, Moeller-Bertram T, Hanling SR, Tokarz K, Mariano ER, Loland VJ, Madison SJ, Ferguson EJ, Morgan AC, Wallace MS. Treating intractable phantom limb pain with ambulatory continuous peripheral nerve blocks: A randomized, double-masked, placebo- controlled, crossover pilot study. Pain Med. 2013 Mar 14. doi: 10.1111/pme.12080. [Epub ahead of print].
  23. Muhtz C, Rodriguez-Raecke R, Hinkelmann K, Moeller-Bertram T, May A, Otte C.. Pain Cortisol response to experimental pain in patients with major depression, patients with chronic low back pain and healthy subjects Pain Med 2013 Apr; 14(4): 498-503.
  24. Agorastos, A, Boel, Judith A, Heppner P S, Hager T, Moeller-Bertram T, Haji U, Motazedi , Yanagi M A, Baker D G, Stiedl, O. Diminished vagal activity and blunted diurnal variation of heart rate dynamics in posttraumatic stress disorder. Stress. 2013 Jan 3.
  25. Moeller-Bertram T, Schilling JM, Backonja MM, Nemenov MI. Sensory Small Fiber Function Differentially Assessed with Diode Laser (DL) Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) in Painful Neuropathy (PN). Pain Med. 2013 Mar; 14 (3): 417-421. Epub 2013 Feb 22
  26. Baker DG, Moeller-Bertram T, Patel PM, Barkauskas DA, Clopton P, Patel S, Geracioti TD Jr, Haji U, O’Connor DT, Nievergelt CM, Hauger RL. Characterization of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma NPY levels in normalvolunteers over a 24-h timeframe. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Oct;38(10): 2378-82.
  27. Moeller-Bertram T, Wright LJ, Madra NJ, Afari N, Fink DS, Baker DG. Specific Pain Complaints in Veterans with PTSD Returning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Psychosomatics. 2014 Mar-Apr; 55(2): 172-8.
  28. Moeller-Bertram T, Strigo IA, Simmons AN, Schillig JM, Patel P, Baker DG. Evidence for Acute central sensitization to prolonged experimental pain in post traumatic stress discorder. Pain Med. 2014 May;15(5): 762-71.
  29. Agorastos A, Hauger RL, Barkauskas DA, Moeller-Bertram T, Clopton PL, Haji U, Lohr JB, Geracioti TD Jr, Patel PM, Chrousos GP, Baker DG. Circadian rhythmicity, variability and correlation of interleukin-6 levels in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid of healthy men. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Jun;44: 71-82.
  30. Tejman-Yarden S, Levi O, Beizerov A, Parmet Y, Nguyen T, Saunders M, Rudich Z, Perry JC, Baker DG, Moeller-Bertram T. Heart Rate Analysis by Sparse Representation for Acute Pain Detection. Accepted by Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing.