Donato Barillo, MD, JD, MS, Medical Director
Rick Iarussi, MD
Michael Meng, DC RMSK RN FNP-BC


Parishioner Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Ocala FL.

Catholic Bible School of Michigan, presently enrolled, Jackson, MI.

Sacrament of Baptism, St. Mary of Redford Church, Detroit MI.

Dr. Borrillo has deployed on humanitarian medical missions to El Salvador, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with FEMA/DMAT, he volunteers at the Mother Teresa House for the care of the terminally ill. He regularly teaches medical students at The University of Toledo Medical Center community free clinic.


Doctor of Medicine

SUNY Buffalo, 1990

Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine

NASA Grant Program, 1996

Aerospace and Occupational Medicine Residency

Board Certified by American Board of Preventive Medicine

Juris Doctorate

Case Western Reserve School of Law, 1994 DJB 1/1/2022

Master of Science in Immunology

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 1990

Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry

Canisius College, 1986


Visiting Scholar, Cambridge University, England, 1998 -1999

Faculty staff, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1999-2000

Adjunct faculty, Wright State University, Dayton Ohio 2002 – 2010

Adjunct faculty, University of Toledo Medical Center, 2012 – 2018

Volunteer Attending UTMC free clinic, 2012 – present

Medical Director Minutemen MCO, Cleveland Ohio, 2018 – present

Medical Director, Reliable Drug Testing clinic, Toledo Ohio, 2015 – present

Certified Medical Review Officer


Concentra urgent care clinics in Florida. Medical staff physician, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan, McLaren St Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, Ohio, and The Toledo Hospital, Ohio. Collaborating physician with Everside healthcare system with midlevel providers; delivering individualized care across the continuum of home care, urgent care, assisted living, and extended care facility patients.





Major, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

Flight Surgeon, Honorable Discharge, 1996 – 2001

Awards and Service: Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Award, Kosovo Medal, Society of USAF Flight Surgeon’s Julian E. Ward Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art and Science of Aerospace Medicine, Resident of the Year Award (across civilian and all military branches), Special Operations Flight Surgeon of the Year with 30 Combat Sorties.

Consultant, Judge Advocate General’s Office, 1996 – 2001

SummaryBoard Certified Anesthesiologist with 31 years professional experience including 20 years administrative experience as department director and 2 ½ years as system-wide Director of Medical Operations.  Recruited 3 times to revamp and revitalize struggling departments with successful achievement of objectives each time. Proficient in all types of anesthesia with particular interest and substantial experience in regional techniques and obstetric anesthesia.

Education1977-1983   Youngstown State University   ​​​B.S.

1979-1983  Northeastern Ohio Universities COM  ​​M.D.

Professional1983-1984   Youngstown Hospital Association     ​​Internship        Training​​       Northeastern Ohio Universities COM

1984-1986   University Hospitals of Cleveland​​Residency

​​       Case Western Reserve University

Professional 2015-presentDirector of Medical Operations

Experience ​​​ProMedica Physicians Anesthesiology

​​​Toledo, Ohio

2014-presentVice Chairman of Anesthesiology

2014 – 2015Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology

​​​The Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio

2012-presentStaff Anesthesiologist

​​​ProMedica Anesthesia Consultants

​​​ProMedica Physicians Anesthesiology

​​​Toledo, Ohio


2004 – 2012Medical Director of Anesthesiology

​​​Staff Anesthesiologist

Parkview Whitley, Huntington and Noble Hospitals,

Fort Wayne, Indiana

​​​Director of Pain Management Center

​​​Parkview Whitley Hospital

​​​Columbia City, Indiana

1997 – 2004Department Chairman of Anesthesiology Services

​​​Director, The Pain Management Center

​​​Staff Anesthesiologist

​​​St John Westshore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio

1997 – 2004Staff Anesthesiologist

​​​The Surgery Center, Middleburg Heights, Ohio

1993 – 1997Co-Director, The Pain Management Center

​​​Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights, Ohio

1992 – 1997Department Chairman, Anesthesiology Services

​​​Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights, Ohio

1990 – 1997 Staff Anesthesiologist

​​​Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights, Ohio

1986 – 1997Staff Anesthesiologist

​​​Meridia Euclid Hospital, Euclid, Ohio


Indiana    ​​Active                                                                                                                                                  

North Carolina      Active                                                                               

Board Anesthesiology​​ ABA ​​1988

CertificationVoluntary RecertificationABA​​ 2009

AccreditationsBLS, ACLS and PALS recertified 5/2016


American Society of Anesthesiologists​​​​​​​

Ohio Society Of Anesthesiology

Curriculum Vitae


D.C. Doctoral Degree in Chiropractic.  Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City, Missouri.  2003.

B.S. Biology, Minor Chemistry.  Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri 1999.

RMSK   Registered Physician of Musculoskeletal Radiology. 2005.  American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

A4M/MMI Board Certification in Integrative and Anti-aging Medicine – currently enrolled. 2023.  George Washington University.

R.N. Registered Nurse.  International College of Health Sciences, 2019.

B.S.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing. University of Texas at Arlington, 2001.

FNP. Family Nurse Practitioner. United States University – 2023.


  • United States Olympic Committee.  Physician of Musculoskeletal Imaging

2018 – 2020

  • Chula Vista Sports Medicine and Wellness,

   Owner / Partner


  • Darrow Wellness, and Sports Medicine Institute.   Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine    Consultant


  • Advanced Pain Management Consultants. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • San Diego Pain Consultants. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • San Diego Arthritis Medical Clinic.  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • Michael Meng Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Consultant.  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • Orthohealing Institute.  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant

2009 – 2015

  • Care Rheumatology.  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • Arthritis Care and Research.  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • Enliven Aesthetics / San Diego Regenerative Medicine.  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • BioReset Medical. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant


  • Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Interventional Medicine Consultant



Management of Dupuytren Contracture With Ultrasound-Guided Lidocaine Injection and Needle Aponeurotomy Coupled With Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
JAOA. February 2011, Vol 111, No 2.

February 2011

Platelet-rich plasma therapy as a first-line treatment for severe Achilles tendon tear: a case report
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. February 2011, Vol 18, No 2.

February 2011

Injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Patients with Primary and Secondary Knee Osteoarthritis: A Pilot Study.  The American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Nov 20, 2010 online. Print Dec 2010.

December 2010

Phantom bladder Sessation Case Report:  International Journal of anestheiology Research 2014

June 2014

Ultrasound Evaluation of the Rotator Cuff Interval: International Journal of Anesthesiology Research April 2018

March 2018

Comprehensive Ultrasound Imaging Atlas of Painful Conditions. Elsevier publishing.


Comprehensive Atlas of the Foot and Ankle Imaging

Elsevier publishing.


Comprehensive Atlas of Ultrasound-guided Pain Management Injection Techniques.


Teaching Experience

  • Butler University, Butler KS.

      Professor of Anatomy and Physiology


  • Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson KS.

      Professor of Anatomy and Physiology


  • Sonosite, Toshiba, USMUSK, Mindray, Wisonic, GE Health systems, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Instructor

2004 – Present

  • Boston Biolife, Regenerative medicine and ultrasound training

2016 – Present

  • Society of Pain Practice Management, Ultrasound procedure training.

2014 – Present

  • Genoxite.  Interventional Radiology for Regenerative Medicine Training

2023 – Present

  • American Academy of Osteopathic Sports Medicine.  Chief Instructor of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.

2020 – Present

  • Ruma Academy.  Fascial and Aesthetics Injections Instructor.

2022 – Present


Part I: Introduction to the Ethics and Science

This winter the General Assembly will consider legislation on stem cell research here in NC

Many are pushing for the state to fund human embryonic stem cell research

We as Catholics need to educate ourselves and respond to this serious issue

Catholic Teaching on Life

The starting point for evaluating stem cell science

Life is sacred

The central fact at the core of our Church’s teaching on life is that life is sacred. God created us “in his

image” and called His creation “very good” (Gn 1: 27, 31); from the beginning of each person’s existence

God has given that person the remarkable gift of life, which reflects His own life. Elaborating on this gift, the

Catholic Church teaches that “human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves ‘the creative action

of God’ and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator” (Donum Vitae, intro 5). This core

value of human life cannot be removed by any circumstance; every patient dying of cancer, every prisoner on

death row, every mentally handicapped person, every embryo frozen in a fertility clinic, every person in

poverty is beloved by God and each of their lives is sacred.

God’s love calls us to action

God loves us. Christ took on human nature out of love, in order to offer salvation to us. However, he calls us

not only to receive His love, but to give love to each other; as he says to the apostles at the Last Supper “love

one another as I love you” (Jn 15:12). This love takes many forms, and among them is love for the sacred life

in each person. In this light, the commandment “you shall not kill” establishes the minimum requirement of

what we must not do, but Christ’s command to love as He loves pushes us to aim for the best we can

accomplish rather than merely avoid the worst. John Paul II captured this when he wrote that the

commandment not to kill “culminates in the positive commandment which obliges us to be responsible for our

neighbors as for ourselves: ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Evangelium Vitae 40).

“Who is my neighbor?” (Lk 10:29)

With regard to the pending legislation in North Carolina, our neighbors are our embryonic brothers and sisters

whom researchers propose to create through cloning or obtain from fertility clinics and to kill in the lab for

embryonic stem cells. Despite the good the researchers hope to accomplish, we can never use evil as a tool to

accomplish good.

Stem Cell Science

What is a stem cell?

A stem cell is a “precursor” cell, an undifferentiated cell, capable of producing more specialized types of

cells; just as the stem of a plant grows and becomes leaves and berries, stem cells give rise to the developed

cells that form the organs and tissues of the body, such as brain cells, heart cells, etc.

What are “embryonic stem cells” vs. “adult stem cells”?

Embryonic stem cells are named for where they come from: embryos. In the first days after conception the

new person develops the embryonic stem cells that develop into all the organs and different types of tissue in

Look for more bulletin inserts on this topic for the next two weeks.

the growing body. Once these embryonic stem cells have made the first steps in developing into specific

types of tissues, they are then called adult stem cells. In the analogy to a plant, an embryonic stem cell would

be at the base of the stem while an adult stem cell would be higher up on the stem, where the stem forks into


Why are researchers interested in stem cells?

The most prominent and most often mentioned reason is treatment of disease. Because stem cells can form

into specialized cell types, the idea is that they could treat illnesses in which diseased cells and tissues do not

work normally. Adult stem cells already are used to treat many diseases (i.e., bone marrow transplants are

actually adult stem cell transplants!)

Where can you obtain stem cells?

Adult stems cells are all over the body: in bone marrow, in blood from a baby’s umbilical cord, in the

liver, in the skin, etc.

Embryonic stem cells come only from embryos, and obtaining these cells involves destroying the

embryo to remove the stem cells. Thus, adult stem cells can come from a tissue sample from a willing

donor, but embryonic stem cells come from killing a human at the earliest stage of life.

Where would researchers obtain embryos?

1. From the many embryos “left over” after IVF (in vitro fertilization). Though frozen in suspended

animation, these youngest of our brothers and sisters are fully human and their lives are sacred.

2. From a process called “somatic cell nuclear transfer”: a scientist removes the genetic material (the

nucleus & DNA) from a woman’s egg and replaces it with the genetic material from a developed cell

(a “somatic” cell) such as a skin cell. This mixed cell acts like a fertilized egg and grows into an

embryo. This is how Dolly the sheep was made; i.e., this is cloning.

􀃆Recognize this important point: somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) equals cloning, and human

cloning would be one of the major sources of embryos for research.

What are the moral issues with stem cell research?

Adult stem cells: the Catholic Church fully supports research and treatment with adult stem cells.

Using adult stem cells for treatment and research is the same as using donated blood or a donated

kidney to study disease or treat a person with kidney failure.

Embryonic stem cells: the Church firmly opposes human embryonic stem cell research because

obtaining embryonic stem cells involves killing embryos and because creating embryos by somatic

cell nuclear transfer means cloning humans. Both cloning and the killing of embryos violate the

sacred life we are given by God and thus are evil.

What can you do about this issue?

To contact your legislators by email or phone start here:


Phone for the State Board of Elections: (919) 733-7173 (they will connect you to your County