Speakers

The following is a list of all speakers for the NANS 23rd Annual Meeting.

Rany T. Abdallah, MD PhD MBA -- Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Rany T. Abdallah, MD PhD MBA Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

I have been in practice since July 2016. I have a diverse practice that includes acute and chronic pain management as well as anesthesia in the operating room.

Clinical Interests:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Adult and pediatric chronic pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Facial pain and headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Implantable pain device therapies

Research Interests:

  • Pathophysiology and treatment of cancer pain
  • Pathophysiology and treatment of neuropathic pain
  • Advancing implantable pain device therapies
  • Medical Cannabis
Facility
Temple University
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Session(s)

Round Table of Essential Neuromodulation Cases

Steven M. Falowski, MD

Steven M. Falowski, MD

Dr. Falowski underwent his neurosurgical residency training at Thomas Jefferson University with a focus on Spinal Cord Stimulation and Pain management. He completed a functional fellowship at Rush University in both movement disorder and epilepsy. He is presently Director of Functional Neurosurgery at St. Lukes University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA with a practice specializing in neuromodulation.

Facility
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Michael A.  Fishman, MD MBA -- Pain Management Physician

Michael A. Fishman, MD MBA Pain Management Physician

Michael Fishman, MD is a board-certified interventional pain management physician with a comprehensive practice including neuromodulation, ablative techniques, and interventions targeting a myriad of painful conditions. Dr. Fishman is actively involved in clinical research, serving as principal investigator on a number of studies. His societal engagements include serving as Director-at-Large for the NANS Resident and Fellow Section, as Co-director of Preconference Workshops for the annual meeting, and is a member of the 2019 NANS Scientific Planning Committee, among others.

Facility
Center for Interventional Pain & Spine
Location
Exton, PA
Michael Hanes, MD -- Physician

Michael Hanes, MD Physician

Board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain medicine physician. Completed pain medicine fellowship in June 2015.

Facility
Jacksonville Spine Center
Location
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Bryan C. Hoelzer, MD -- Pain Management Physician

Bryan C. Hoelzer, MD Pain Management Physician

Dr. Hoelzer is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic's Pain Medicine Fellowship and is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Hoelzer joined the faculty at the Mayo Clinic and served as the Pain Medicine Fellowship Director and the Director of Neuromodulation. In addition, he is the immediate past president the Association of Pain Program Directors. Recently, Dr. Hoelzer relocated to Utah to become a partner in Southwest Spine and Pain.

Facility
Southwest Spine & Pain Center
Location
Provo, UT
Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD PhD--Vice Chair for Research and Education

Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD PhDVice Chair for Research and Education

Dr. Nebojsa Nick Knezevic is the Vice Chairman for Research and Education at Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and also an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago.

Dr. Knezevic has extensive expertise in basic and clinical research, and he has published more than 90 highly-cited, peer-reviewed scientific articles. He also serves as a reviewer for many anesthesia and pain journals. Dr. Knezevic is the Section-Editor of the Pain Physician journal; Associate Editor of the BMC Anesthesiology and Assistant Editor of the Anesthesia & Analgesia journal. Dr. Knezevic is a designated member of the Advocate Healthcare IRB. He is serving as a Vice Chair of the ASA Abstract Review Subcommittee on Chronic and Cancer Pain, and served as Chair or Committee member for many national and international meetings, including NYSORA, AAPM, ASIPP, NWAC, MARC, etc.

Dr. Knezevic has developed many research and educational anesthesia and pain programs for residents, fellows, and attending physicians. Dr. Knezevic manages multiple US and global clinical trials (phases I-IV) for the testing of different pain medications and innovative medical devices for acute and chronic pain.

Dr. Knezevic is a recognized lecturer in many national and international conferences with multiple awards for outstanding academic achievements.

Facility
Advocate Illinois Maonic Medical Center
Location
Chicago, IL
Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD -- Chair and Professor

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD Chair and Professor

Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience at Albany Medical College and Chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During that time, she also obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and became active in both basic science and translational research. She went on to complete a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. To date, she has served as Chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as well as AANS/CNS Chair of Joint Section for Women in Neurosurgery. She is currently an Executive Council Member of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Scientific Program for the AANS, and on the NANS Board of Directors. With the support of the NANS Board of Directors, she began the NANS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor. Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 100 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery, is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation, is on the FDA review panel for neurological devices and sits on multiple NIH study sections.

Facility
Albany Medical Center
Location
Albany, NY
Jason E. Pope, MD DABPM FIPP -- President and CEO

Jason E. Pope, MD DABPM FIPP President and CEO

Dr. Jason Pope is the President and CEO of Evolve Restorative Center in Northern California. He was holds seats for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and International Neuromodulation Society (INS) boards as a Director-at Large and is the President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP).Dr. Jason Pope grew up in West Lafayette Indiana where he attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, then continued on to receive his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Pain Doctor Jason Pope then completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as faculty with a dual appointment at the Veteran Affairs Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. He then later completed fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and was subsequently invited to join the faculty as Associate Staff. He holds licensure in WV, VA, OH, TN, and CA. Dr. Pope served as a fellow to a member of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Sub-committee on Health and was the recipient of the first annual American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Fellow’s Advocacy Grant. He served as a member of the West Virginia Pharmacy Board Advisory Panel of Controlled Substances and Opioid Prescribing and is Secretary of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP).Dr. Jason Pope has also helped foster the educational efforts of NANS, and has helped formalized the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) of NANS, functioning as Co-Chair, and helped create a mentorship program for fellows. He helped develop the NANS Certificate of Attendance (COA) training opportunity to promote safe and efficacious employment of advanced pain care therapies. Dr. Pope is on the Planning Committee and the Scientific Committee for the NANS annual meeting and served as Co-Chair of the Resident and Fellows Section Pre-Conference Workshop, with the development of the first annual RFS Breakout Session during the Conference. Dr. Pope is the co-Chair of the inaugural Neuromodulation Special Interest Group (SIG) for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA). Dr. Pope is well published in peer-reviewed journals, authored many chapters, textbooks and atlases, while presenting at regional, national, and international meetings.

Facility
Evolve Restorative Center
Location
Santa Rosa, CA
David A. Provenzano, MD -- President

David A. Provenzano, MD President

Dr. David Provenzano is the President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and became a Phi Beta Kappa member. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a surgical internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a residency in anesthesiology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He completed a Pain Management Fellowship at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.Dr. Provenzano has served as a principal investigator on multiple research studies and published numerous scientific articles. His research interests include neuromodulation and the effects of preinjected fluid on monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency lesioning. He has lectured at numerous international and national meetings on the management of acute and chronic pain. Furthermore, he serves as an external member of the Robert Morris University IRB, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duquesne University Department of Pharmacology, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physician Assistants Studies at the Duquesne University Rangos School of Health Sciences.He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He is the Vice Chair for the ASRA Neuromodulation Special Interest Group. Dr. Provenzano previously served as the Vice Chair for the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. In addition, he serves on the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has extensive interests and expertise in the conservative treatment of pain originating from the cervical and lumbar spine, neuromodulation, and in the utilization of ultrasound for interventional pain management procedures.

Facility
Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care
Location
Sewickley, PA
Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD -- Director of Neuromodulation

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD Director of Neuromodulation

Dr. Saulino is a physiatrist at MossRehab, and is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury medicine, and pain management. Dr. Saulino earned his PhD (Biological Chemistry) and MD degrees from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1993. He completed residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University in 1997. He was chief resident in his final year of residency training. He has academic appointments at both the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Temple University Medical College. Dr. Saulino’s areas of clinical and research interest include pain management, spasticity management, and intrathecal therapy. Dr. Saulino has published a number of scientific articles in prestigious medical journals including the PM&R, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Neurology, Spinal Cord, and Neuromodulation.

Facility
MossRehab at Elkins Park
Location
Havertown, PA
Session(s)

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

Challenges in Neuromodulation for Pain

Dawood Sayed, MD -- Associate Professor

Dawood Sayed, MD Associate Professor

Dr. Sayed is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Sayed serves as the chief of pain medicine at the University. He established and serves as the program director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Kansas. Additionally, Dr. Sayed serves as the medical director of interventional pain at the University of Kansas Comprehensive Spine Center as well as the director of the Center of Neuromodulation at University of Kansas Hospital. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Kansas and pain medicine fellowship from the Tri-Institute at Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Sayed serves on the Advocacy and Policy, Education, and CPT Committees of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS). He lectures and serves as teaching faculty for the American Society of Pain Physicians (ASIPP), NANS, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA). His clinical interests include spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, implanted intrathecal drug delivery, vertebral augmentation, cancer-related pain, spinal tumor ablation, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject of cancer-related pain, intrathecal drug delivery, and spinal cord stimulation and has published and written textbook chapters on this subject.

Facility
University of Kansas Hospital
Location
Kansas City, City
Session(s)

Pain Practice: The State of the Art

Jay M. Shah, MD -- Attending Physician – Interventional Pain Medicine

Jay M. Shah, MD Attending Physician – Interventional Pain Medicine

Dr. Jay M. Shah is the founder and CEO of the SamWell Institute of Pain Management in New Jersey. He completed his pain medicine training at the Weill-Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship in NYC. Dr. Shah completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation from Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC, where served as chief resident physician. He currently serves as a director-at-large of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Residents and Fellows Section, and is also the co-chair of the Young Guns Section of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) and is passionate about education and training within the field.

Facility
Garden State Medical Center
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Practice Development

Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS -- Professor of Neurosurgery

Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a professor in the departments of neurosurgery and neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He has been in practice for 15 years and his practice focuses on surgery for epilepsy, neuromoduatory surgery, and spinal neurosurgery. At Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Sharan provides unique expertise in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. His expertise also includes intrathecal pump implantation for spasticity, spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain disorders, and vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy. In addition, he leads the surgical epilepsy program at Thomas Jefferson University, where approximately 100 patients per year are treated with surgery and a majority are cured. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sharan is a true academician. He has been awarded the William H. Sweet Young Investigator Award, the William Buchhiet Teacher of the Year Award, was named by Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star at age 40, and was named one of America’s Top Doctors.  He has completed fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in functional neurosurgery with Ali Rezai and fellowship in spinal neurosurgery with Ed Benzel. Dr. Sharan is a leading researcher in advance functional imaging of the brain for patients with epilepsy. In addition to these responsibilities, he is currently the program director of the Jefferson Neurosurgery residency. He is president for the North American Neuromodulation Society and president-elect for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored more than one hundred publications and given countless invited talks. Dr. Sharan has been a faculty member for several review courses throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Sharan is actively involved in innovation in the field of neuromodulation.  He holds multiple patents in neurostimulation and neurosurgery.  He was part of the founding team member in Intelect Medical and Endius.  He is currently part of the active founding members for Cerebral Therapeutics and Mudjala. He holds board positions in Tiger Labs and Neurotarget.

Facility
Thomas Jefferson University
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (PAs, NPs, Nurses): A to Z in Neuromodulation

Erik Shaw, DO -- Director Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

Erik Shaw, DO Director Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

Dr. Shaw is an interventional pain management specialist and medical director of the Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute. Dr. Shaw is double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine. A Texas native, Dr. Shaw graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in biomedical engineering and earned his medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Shaw completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and his anesthesiology fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Facility
Shepherd Center
Location
Atlanta, GA
Session(s)

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

Damian S. Shin, PhD MSc -- Associate Professor

Damian S. Shin, PhD MSc Associate Professor

Damian Shin is an associate professor in the departments of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics and neurology at Albany Medical College. He has over 19 years of expertise in using in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological techniques. Primary fields of research include neuromodulation, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy.

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH -- Medical Director

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH Medical Director

Dr. Sitzman is medical director of Advanced Pain Therapy, a comprehensive pain clinic located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is an active member of numerous national and international pain societies: president of North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS); past president of American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Southern Pain Society (SPS), Mississippi Pain Society (MPS) and Mississippi Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is the recipient of AAPM’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He has authored more than 80 scientific publications including abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Pain Medicine and Pain Practice. He is actively involved in patient advocacy and postgraduate medical education, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to pain pharmacology and interventional pain therapies. Dr. Sitzman received his medical and master of public health degrees from Tulane University in his native city, New Orleans. He completed postgraduate training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (internal medicine) and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA (anesthesiology and pain medicine). Dr. Sitzman is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Facility
Advanced Pain Therapy, PLLC
Location
Hattiesburg, MS
Session(s)

Plenary Session II-When It's Time to Say No: Patient Selection

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD -- Professor

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD Professor

Dr. Konstantin Slavin is the head of a section of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of a fellowship program in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Dr. Slavin was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. After graduation from medical school, he completed his residency in neurosurgery in Moscow and then moved to Chicago where he completed a research fellowship and residency in neurosurgery, and fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Slavin has been working on staff in UIC since 2001 and went up through the academic ranks to become professor of neurosurgery in 2010. Dr. Slavin has authored and co-authored more than 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. His first book on “Peripheral Nerve Stimulation” was published in 2011; “Principles of Neuromodulation” (co-edited with Prof. Eljamel) came out in 2013; a new book on PNS came out in 2015. Currently, he is an associate editor of “Neurosurgery,” “Neuromodulation” and “Surgical Neurology International” and editorial board member of several other journals including “Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.” Dr. Slavin is the Past President of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Director-at-Large (past Secretary) of NANS. He is also a current Secretary of the International Neuromodulation Society and Secretary of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. For many years, he served on the Executive Council of AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain. Dr. Slavin has taught extensively on more than a hundred professional educational courses sponsored by national and international societies and device manufacturers. As a sign of peer recognition, he is for many years included in the lists of “Best Doctors in America” and “US Top Surgeons” and has received prestigious “Patients’ Choice” and “Most Compassionate Doctor” awards.

Facility
University of Illinois at Chicago
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Emerging Indications for Deep Brain Stimulation

Redefining Trials in Neuromodulation

Dawn A. Sparks, DO -- Physician

Dawn A. Sparks, DO Physician

Dr. Dawn Sparks currently owns, operates, and runs her private practice called Lighthouse Healing located on the beautiful island of Kaua'i. She serves on the Special Planning Committee for NANS and is honored to have been on this committee for over three years. Dr. Sparks has also published numerous chapters and journal articles. She has reviewed for journals and had articles in the NANS newsletter. Dr. Sparks is pleased to be helping with progression in our field. She recently has attended over seven leadership training programs in furtherance of her expertise. Dr. Sparks is a proud member of the Hawaii Pain Society located in Honolulu. She has been asked to speak in three additional countries as well as the U.S. this year. Dr. Sparks trained at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic with multiple pioneers in pain management. She continues to publish on important topics in the field of pain medicine. Her book chapters are included in Clinical Pain Management, Abdominal Pain, and Spinal Injections and Peripheral Nerve Blocks to name a few. Dr. Sparks has lectured at many conferences across the country as well as having poster presentations internationally.  Historically, Dr. Sparks graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1999. Early in her college career, she did research with a pediatric oncologist and saw the need for effective pain control. Dr. Sparks was perplexed by the ordeals patients faced and hoped to ease the many difficulties patients experience when in unrelenting pain. This early interest in pain medicine led her to Ohio University for medical school, followed by postgraduate training in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, which she completed in 2009. After three years as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dr. Sparks then ventured into private practice. Dr. Sparks is pleased to be a part of various groups promoting the advancement of interventional pain. She is also an active member of Women In Neuromodulation. Dr. Sparks would like to thank everyone who has helped contribute to her growth and success as an aspiring female physician neuromodulator. She is grateful for your guidance and support along the way and looks forward to seeing you soon. Dr. Sparks hopes that she can help other physicians to incorporate neuromodulation as more of a mainstream approach into their practices.  Dr. Sparks is thrilled to be here in Las Vegas for NANS again and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about pain management.

Facility
Lighthouse Healing
Location
Hanapepe, HI
Session(s)

Appropriate and Effective Collaboration with Industry

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD -- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

After completing medical school at Georgetown University and neurosurgical residency training at George Washington University, Dr. Sweet underwent a Stereotactic & Functional neurosurgery fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, where she has since joined the faculty in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Psychiatry. Her areas of interest include deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and psychiatric diseases, as well as neuromodulation for epilepsy and chronic pain. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Sweet is also highly involved in research. She was awarded an NIH grant, exploring brain connectivity in patients with Bipolar disorder, and she is an investigator in several other clinical trials, aiming to truly impact scientific discovery for the treatment of diverse diseases using cutting-edge technologies. Dr. Sweet is similarly extremely active in organized Neurosurgery. She is currently a Member-at-Large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee, Chair of Women in Neurosurgery, Secretary and Treasurer of the Neurosurgery Pain Section, and a Board of Director for the Stereotactic and Functional Section (ASSFN). She has also authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, including several neurosurgical guidelines. Finally, she has served as the director of multiple national courses, and regularly serves as faculty and invited lecturer for international and national meetings.

Facility
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Location
Cleveland, OH
Session(s)

Emerging Indications for Deep Brain Stimulation

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD -- Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD, is a Pain Physician and Director of Research at Millennium Pain Center, Bloomington, IL. He received his medical degree in Univerdidad Libre in Cali, Colombia and a PhD in Immunology at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Vallejo completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) where he was Chief Resident in the Anesthesiology department. He specialized in Pain Medicine at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vallejo is Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a member of the examination board for the World Institute of Pain and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. His academic accomplishments include authoring more than 80 articles published in national and international peer-review journals. He has also been an invited speaker and an abstract contributor in meetings and conferences around the world. He is the inventor of two granted US patents and ten more pending US and international patents. Dr. Vallejo is a member of the editorial boards of international peer-review journals, including Neuromodulation, Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Physician, Journal of Opioid Management, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management, and Revista Mexicana de Anestesiologia. He serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Pain Practice and was the Chief Editor of the journal Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management. Dr. Vallejo is a member of the ASRA scientific committee since 2015, and a member of the NANS scientific program committee, where he co-chaired the abstract selection subcommittee frp, 2017-2019. He is the Scientific Program Chair for the 2020 NANS Annual Meeting. He was also Chair of the Scientific Educational Committee of the 2016 ASRA annual pain meeting. He is Adjunct Research Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA -- Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Dr. Vanterpool is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Comprehensive Pain Services at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Her clinical and academic focus is on Targeted Pain Treatment - the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain using a multi-modal approach. With almost a decade of pain and neuromodulation practice in both private practice and academic settings, Dr. Vanterpool avidly promotes use of Targeted Pain Treatment to help patients with chronic pain reclaim relief and functional quality of life. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Vanterpool is heavily involved in state advocacy initiatives, and is the current President-Elect and scientific program co-chair for the Tennessee Pain Society. Dr. Vanterpool has established a reputation as a leader in Targeted Pain Treatment, most recently being selected as one of 19 members across Tennessee to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education. She is also director of a Targeted Pain Treatment CME Course which will be geared towards non-pain specialists in the East TN region, with a goal of equipping them with tools to combat the opioid crisis while effectively treating pain. She has been active in WIN initiatives at NANS and serves as s member of the NANS Scientific Program Committee.

Facility
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Location
Knoxville, TN
Session(s)

Plenary Session IV - Interpreting New Evidence in the Field of Spinal Cord Stimulation

Round Table of Advanced Neuromodulation Cases

Linda R. Watkins, PhD--Distinguished Professor

Linda R. Watkins, PhDDistinguished Professor

Dr. Linda Watkins received her PhD in Physiology from the Medical College of Virginia. After postdoctoral training there and at the University of California-Davis, she retrained in neuroimmunology. She joined the faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1990 and is currently a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor in Psychology & Neurosciences. She has won numerous research awards, including from NIDCR (Kreshover Lectureship), AAPM, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Foundation, American Pain Society (Kerr Award) and the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society. She has authored over 330 original research papers, and over 100 scholarly refereed review articles and book chapters. She has served on the Editorial Board of Pain, and Journal of Pain, and serves as an Associate Editor of Brain, Behavior & Immunity. Her research interests include immune and glial regulation of pain and drugs of abuse.

Facility
University of Colorado-Boulder
Location
Boulder, CO
Session(s)

Plenary Session IV-Interpreting New Evidence in the Field of Spinal Cord Stimulation

Ron L. Alterman, MD Chief, Division of Neurosurgery

Ron Alterman is Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. He has been performing stereotactic surgery for brain tumors and functional disorders for 25 years. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and is a former officer of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

Facility
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Location
Boston, MA
Session(s)

Pediatric Neuromodulation

Magdalena M. Anitescu, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

Magdalena M. Anitescu, MD PhD Associate Professor

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, associate professor of anesthesia and critical care, is the program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship and the section chief of pain management services at the University of Chicago Medicine. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Iowa and an anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following a pain medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. She is an accomplished national and international educator, author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, and a member of many professional organizations and scientific committees that review the academic curriculum for various pain medicine meetings. As program director of pain medicine at the University of Chicago, Dr. Anitescu created novel educational experiences for the curriculum by organizing and hosting interdisciplinary and multi-institutional and regional meetings. Among them are the annual Chicago Pain Summit, the bi-annual Regional Collaborative Case Pain Medicine Conference, and multi-disciplinary rounds. The aim is to give pain fellows access to the practices at other institutions, to exchange ideas, or to present scholarly work or clinically challenging cases. As a council board member of the Association of Pain Medicine program directors, Dr. Anitescu's efforts were directed to the pain medicine match and to the development of educational materials for pain fellows nationwide. Dr. Anitescu focuses research on improving the quality of life of patients with acute, chronic, or cancer pain through multi-modal, multi-faceted interventions. She is also a member of the Committee for Subspecialty Program Directors in the Association of Academic Anesthesiologists. She is committed to the scope of the organization and is hoping to continue to serve as its treasurer. Dr. Anitescu is significantly involved in advancing the field of neuromodulation and serves as the secretary for the Women in Neuromodulation. She is committed to fellows education in this field and in the general field of pain management with special interest in cancer pain and neuromodulation applications in this area.

Facility
University of Chicago
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Opening the Blackbox

Chengyuan Wu, MD -- Associate Professor

Chengyuan Wu, MD Associate Professor

Dr. Wu is currently an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University. He completed medical school at Tufts University. Following medical school, Dr. Wu completed his residency in neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as a fellowship in functional neurosurgery.

Facility
Thomas Jefferson University
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Session(s)

Neuromodulation in Epilepsy: From Bench to OR to Outcomes

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in stereotactic, functional, and epilepsy surgery. He has been in clinical practice at Emory University School of Medicine since 2012. He is head of the Neurosurgery Laboratory for Behavioral Neuromodulation where his funded research projects include cognitive enhancement and behavioral state control with applications for memory disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and narcolepsy.

Facility
Emory University
Location
Atlanta, GA
Session(s)

What's in the Signal? The Value Underlying Closed Loop Stimulation

Joshua Wellington, MD Medical Director, IU Advanced Pain Therapies

Joshua Wellington, MD trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard and completed his pain medicine fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has focused on advanced pain therapies using spinal cord stimulation and targeted intrathecal drug delivery at the Indiana University Medical Center for the past 15 years.

Facility
Indiana University Health
Location
Indianapolis, IN
Session(s)

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

Ajay	D Wasan, MD MSc -- Professor

Ajay D Wasan, MD MSc Professor

Dr. Wasan is the vice chair for pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in pain medicine and completed fellowship training in pain medicine in the Anesthesiology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also board certified in psychiatry and completed a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Wasan has supervisory responsibility for clinical care across seven pain clinics in the UPMC system, pain medicine clinical faculty, and research within the pain medicine division. He is also co-chair of a system-wide committee to improve pain care across UPMC.

Facility
University of Pittsburgh
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Session(s)

American Academy of Pain Medicine: Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes

Tor Wager, PhD Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor

Tor Wager is the Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor in neuroscience at Dartmouth College, as of July 2019. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in cognitive psychology in 2003, served as an assistant and associate professor at Columbia University from 2004-2009, and as an associate professor and professor at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2010-2019. Since 2004, he has directed the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, a research lab devoted to work on the neurophysiology of affective processes—pain, emotion, stress, and empathy—and how they are shaped by cognitive and social influences. Dr. Wager and his lab are also dedicated to developing analysis methods for functional neuroimaging and sharing ideas, tools, and scientific data with the scientific community and public.