Dr. Donnino is the founder/director of the Psychophysiologic Research Group. Dr. Donnino was the first in the country to complete a residency/fellowship program leading to board certification in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and critical care. He began his career as a biomedical physician-scientist with over 250 publications in areas such as metabolism and critical illness when he suddenly developed severe, persisting back pain. After months of unrelenting pain, he found the work of Dr. John Sarno and rapidly improved within weeks. Dr. Donnino was so inspired by his own experience and surprised by the lack of evidenced-based research in this area that he founded the Psychophysiologic Research Group and led one of the first randomized trials supporting the work of Dr. Sarno. He is now dedicated to pioneering ongoing research in this area with the overarching goal of bringing this work into mainstream medicine.