Speakers

The following is a list of all speakers for the NANS 21st Annual Meeting.

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 the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain using a multi-modal approach. With almost a decade of pain and neuromodulation practice in varying clinical settings, Dr. Vanterpool avidly promotes and supports the use of targeted pain treatment to help patients with chronic pain reclaim relief and functional quality of life.
Facility
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Location
Knoxville, TN

Sean Mackey, MD PhD Chief Division of Pain Medicine

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, is Redlich Professor and Chief of the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. He uses research tools such as big data, psychophysical, neurobehavioral and neuroimaging tools to investigate chronic pain and opioids. Dr. Mackey is author of over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is developer of an open-source learning health system—CHOIR (http://choir.stanford.edu)—to transform the care of people with pain, and serve as a platform for research in real-world clinic patients. Recently, he was Co-Chair of the HHS/NIH National Pain Strategy (NPS) to establish a national health strategy for pain care, education and research.Under Dr. Mackey’s leadership, the Stanford Pain Management Center has been twice designated a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society for the Center’s innovative approach in comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and outcomes-based care. He has served as principle investigator on multiple NIH awards where he has overseen efforts to map the specific regions of the brain and spinal cord that perceive and process pain.
Facility
Stanford University Medical Center
Location
Palo Alto, CA

Susan Harkema, PhD Professor

Susan J. Harkema, PhD, Professor, holds the Owsley B. Frazier Rehabilitation Chair in Neurological Surgery and is the Associate Director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville. Over the last 20 years, her research has focused on neural plasticity of spinal networks and recovery of function after spinal cord injury. Her more recent studies have shown that people with chronic paralysis can regain the ability to voluntarily move their legs and stand independently with epidural stimulation. This broadened the scope of the translational research program to include technology development to improve implantable epidural stimulators. Dr. Harkema has maintained an NIH funded research program since 1998 in neuroplasticity after human spinal cord injury and served as the Director of an NIH-funded program project grant from 1998-2008. Dr. Harkema has published more than 180 scholarly manuscripts and book chapters. She has delivered over 100 worldwide lectures and keynotes, has been a grant reviewer for the NIH, Roman Reed, Mission Connect, FISM Society, and has sat on numerous advisory boards and review panels. Many of her 28 mentored graduate students and post-doctoral fellows have excelled in their careers. Dr. Harkema has co-authored seven United States patents and has received several honors and awards throughout her career. In 2007, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association nominated her into the SCI Hall of Fame for Achievement in Research in Quality of Life, and in 2008, Dr. Harkema was a co-recipient of the Reeve-Irvine Research Medal, awarded to individuals who have made critical contributions to promoting repair of the damaged spinal cord and recovery of function. In 2011, Dr. Harkema received the Difference Maker Award from the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics. She received the John Stanley Coulter Award for significant contribution to the field of rehabilitation by the ACRM in 2012 and received the Innovator of the Year award from Business First in 2014.Dr. Harkema earned her Bachelor of Science and PhD from Michigan State University and conducted her postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Facility
University of Louisville
Location
Louisville, KY

Drew T. Simshaw J.D., LL.M. Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice

Drew Simshaw is a Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice, at Georgetown Law. He previously taught at Elon University School of Law, and practiced and taught in Georgetown Law's Communications and Technology Law Clinic as an attorney with the Institute for Public Representation. Simshaw is a former fellow with Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and served as a law and policy analyst with Indiana University's Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information. He researches the regulation of emerging technologies in especially sensitive areas of life, including the use of robots and artificial intelligence in healthcare. He earned his B.A. from the University of Washington, his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and his LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown Law.

Facility
Georgetown University
Location
Washington, DC

Leslie A Saxon, MD Execuetive Director

Dr. Saxon Bio An interventional cardiologist, Leslie Saxon, MD is a professor of medicine and clinical scholar at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She specializes in wirelessly connected implantable and wearable devices that treat and diagnose heart conditions and prevent sudden death. Board-certified in cardiology, electrophysiology and heart failure, Saxon has authored more than 100 articles in various medical journals. She is an active member of several organizations and is a fellow at the Heart Rhythm Society.Saxon is also the executive director of the internationally acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing (CBC). The CBC is a place for all USC schools, including medicine, engineering, business and cinematic arts, to form interdisciplinary relationships and accelerate the future of fully integrated, “connected” medicine. Saxon participates in the preclinical and clinical development and testing of wearable and implanted technology, including networked devices used in medicine, wellness and performance. Her active research programs involve connected sensors with elite athletes, military groups and patients. Her work is dedicated to providing users with continuous and protected information about their health or performance status. She leverages her clinical expertise to develop device models and software solutions that offer engaging user feedback–based real-time physiologic data. Saxon has spoken at various forums, including TEDMED, SXSW and WIRED Health. She is regularly quoted in popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC and Fast Company.
Facility
University of Southern California
Location
Playa Vista, CA

Kathryn L Holloway, MD Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Holloway has a long history in the field of movement disorders and DBS surgery. She has been an implanting surgeon since 1997. She served as the principal investigator for the Richmond site in the CSP #468 Study: A comparison of Best Medical Therapy to Deep Brain Stimulation of Subthalamic Nucleus and Globus Pallidus for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and for CSP #468 Study: A comparison of Best Medical Therapy to Deep Brain Stimulation of Subthalamic Nucleus and Globus Pallidus for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. She served as a co-investigator for the Broaden Study evaluating Cg 25 Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression. Additionally she has been an innovator in the surgical technique of deep brain stimulation, serving as a key member of the team that developed the Nexframe method of frameless stereotaxy for DBS placement. She continues to innovate in this area with further refinements in this technique using intraoperative imaging. She has been involved in exploring sub-regions of efficacy in the zona incerta and subthalamic region and the effect of trajectory on outcome. She is working in conjunction with collaborators at Vanderbilt on the creation of a population based atlas to consolidate patient data in a transformed image space. She has performed over 500 DBS surgeries and is currently implanting ~6 patients per month mostly for Parkinson’s disease. In summary, Dr. Holloway is uniquely qualified to serve as the primary investigator of this project. She is very excited about investigating methods of treating the devastating dementia which negates the motoric improvement of pallidal DBS.
Facility
VCU Health
Location
Richmond, VA

Martin Monti, PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Martin M Monti is associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neurosurgery at UCLA. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, in 2011, he received his doctorate in Psychology and Neurosciences at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA), and spent three years as a Career Development Fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. His research focuses on the mechanisms by which consciousness is implemented in the human brain, and why/how consciousness is lost and (sometimes) recovered after severe brain injury. In addition, Dr Monti's work also includes potential non-invasive interventional techniques such as thalamic Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound.

Facility
UCLA
Location
Los Angeles, CA

Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD Associate Professor and Vice-Chair

Dr. Nader Pouratian specializes in surgeries to restore and preserve brain function, including deep brain stimulation for movement disorders (and other emerging indications) and surgeries that require brain mapping. In addition, he treats peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries and tumors. His research focuses on developing novel interventions and technologies for neurological restoration.

Facility
UCLA
Location
Los Angeles, CA

Aryn H Gittis, PhD Associate Professor

Aryn Gittis is a researcher at Carnegie Mellon whose lab studies the neural circuitry of the basal ganglia. Her lab uses genetics tools to discover therapeutic pathways in the basal ganglia that can provide long-lasting recovery of movement in mouse models of Parkinson's disease.

Facility
Carnegie Mellon University
Location
Pittsburgh, PA

Jason L Gerrard, MD PhD Director, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery

Jason Gerrard, MD PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine. Following the completion of his MD and PhD in Neuroscience, Dr. Gerrard completed his neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital. His post-graduate training included a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery with Dr. Emad Eskandar and a fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery with Dr. Dennis Spencer at Yale. Following his Epilepsy Surgery Fellowship, Dr. Gerrard joined the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and obtained a secondary appointment in Neuroscience. Dr. Gerrard is the Director, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery, Director, Neurotrauma at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Co-Director of the Epilepsy & Functional Fellowship at Yale. He specializes in epilepsy surgery and functional surgery and directs the Neural Systems, Memory & Epilepsy Laboratory that conducts basic science and translational research into the neural systems mechanisms of epilepsy and the development of brain-computer interface devices for neurotherapeutics.
Facility
Yale University School of Medicine
Location
New Haven, CT

Robert D Foreman, FAHA,PhD George Lynn Cross Research Prof Emeritus

Dr. Robert D. Foreman PhD is George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physiology at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has published more than 200 articles in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals, and was supported by the National Institutes of Health throughout his career. Dr. Foreman is Past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society and Past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society Foundation. He is Section Editor of Basic Science for Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface Journal.

Facility
University of OK Health Science Center
Location
Oklahoma City, OK

Bin Feng, PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Feng is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Connecticut (UConn). Dr. Feng received his baccalaureate and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he started to gain interests in neural engineering and neurophysiology of the sensory systems. Afterwards, Dr. Feng conducted his post-doctoral training in visceral pain-related neuroscience at Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. In 2015, Dr. Feng joined the faculty in the School of Engineering at UConn to lead a multi-disciplinary research team that brings in engineering approaches to advance the field of visceral pain and management. Dr. Feng has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal publications, 2 book chapters, and 41 conference publications/abstracts. Dr. Feng’s ongoing research is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Science Foundation (NSF) and healthcare industry (i.e., Unilever Inc. and Allergan Inc.).
Facility
University of Connecticut
Location
Storrs, CT

W. Jeffrey Elias, MD Professor

Dr. Elias is a functional neurosurgeon at the University of Virginia. His research interest is in the field of transcranial focused ultrasound therapies. He also has experience with DBS, SCS and intrathecal infusions.
Facility
University of Virginia
Location
Charlottesville, VA

Maxim S Eckmann, MD Associate Professor

Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Medical Director of a practice with five faculty and six fellows annually. Full time academic physician active in interventional pain medicine and neuromodulation including implantation of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal drug delivery devices. Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (2008).

Facility
UT Health San Antonio
Location
San Antonio, TX

Jennifer Durphy MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Durphy is a fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist. She completed her medical school training at Indiana University in 2007 and went on to complete a neurology residency at Georgetown University in 2011. In 2012 she completed a fellowship in movement disorders at Albany Medical Center, where she has stayed on as assistant professor of neurology. Her practice is composed of patients diagnosed with conditions including Parkinson's Disease, essential tremor, Huntington's Disease and dystonia. She has a special interest in intraoperative monitoring of deep brain stimulation surgery as well as post-operative deep brain stimulation management.
Facility
Albany Medical College
Location
Albany, NY

Timothy R Deer, MD President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Deer received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and received his training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The University of Virginia. He currently holds the position of clinical professor of Anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Deer is the president and chief executive officer of Center for Pain Relief/The Spine and Nerve Center of the Virginias in Charleston, West Virginia. The center currently treats more than 3400 chronic pain patients per month, many with unique conditions that require an algorithmic approach to their management. Dr. Deer is the president of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) and the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP). Dr. Deer is a former member of the board of directors of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), and is a past Chairman of the Pain Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He has published over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts, several book chapters and three widely used text books. Dr. Deer has taught interventional techniques throughout North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Facility
Center for Pain Relief, Inc.
Location
Charleston, WV

Alexandre F DaSilva DDS, DMedSc Associate Professor

Alexandre DaSilva, D.D.S., D.Med.Sc., is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. DaSilva received his Doctorate in Medical Science degree in Oral Biology with clinical training in Orofacial Pain at Harvard University. He is the founder and director of H.O.P.E. (Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort) lab. The H.O.P.E. Lab focuses on the development of neuroscience driven tech-innovations for human neuroimaging (PET [opioids/dopamime], MRI, fNIRS, EEG), neuromodulation, mobile technology, 3D neuronavigation, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, and their integration for pain research, education and treatment. Dr. DaSilva has been a speaker for multiple national and international scientific meetings such as the International Association for the Study of Pain, American Pain Society, National Institutes of Health, and educational initiatives of the National Science Foundation. He is awardee of several U.S. governmental grants for clinical trials in pain relief and frequently serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, including the Brain Initiative. His publications have received broad media coverage by national and international venues, for instance, Discovery Channel, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American Mind, and others.
Facility
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Location
Ann Arbor, MI

Eugene Civillico, PhD Program Manager

Eugene Civillico, Ph.D., is the Program Manager for Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC), a program of the NIH Common Fund. Dr. Civillico earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studying the neurophysiology of sensory integration in the rodent cerebral cortex in vivo. Following postdoctoral training in cerebellar physiology and two-photon microscopy, Dr. Civillico joined Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, where he led a small early-stage discovery team. Dr. Civillico moved to FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health in 2011, where he developed a research portfolio addressing roadblocks to the translation of neuroengineering and rehabilitation research concepts into clinical solutions. He joined the Office of the NIH Director in 2016 to lead SPARC, and maintains research collaborations with the medical device laboratories at FDA/CDRH.
Facility
National Institues of Health
Location
Damascus, MD

Lauren Cimino, APN-CNP Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Cimino, APN-CNP with Northwestern's Neurosurgery Department. Working with a functional neurosurgeon in an academic center hospital, primarily outpatient focused. Five years of experience as an APN, eleven years of experience as an RN.
Facility
Northwestern Medicine
Location
Chicago, IL

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD Professor and Director

Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. He is the President of American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) and immediate past Chair of the US Section of World Institute of Pain. He has recently been appointed to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pain Management Best Practices Inter-agency Task Force (PMTF) to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. Dr. Cheng is also a member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Expert Work Group (EWG) to develop, specify, and maintain clinical quality measures. As a clinician, Dr. Cheng was recognized by Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors Inc.), 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in the US (Becker's ASC Review), and Top Doctors (International Association of Anesthesiologists). As a physician investigator, Dr. Cheng has directed basic, translational, and clinical investigations of stem cells, opioid tolerance, and chronic pain. His research is supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, and other funding agencies. He has published more than 250 articles including investigations on opioid tolerance and neuropathic pain. As an educator, Dr. Cheng has published two textbooks (Springer-Nature) (Oxford University Press) and has given more than 150 lectures/presentations world-wide. He has trained more than 150 clinical pain fellows and postdoctoral research fellows. In addition, Dr. Cheng has played active leadership roles in the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and American Academy of Regenerative Medicine. He has served as Senior Editor, Associate Editor, and Section Editor for the scientific journals of “Pain Medicine”, “Pain Practice”, and “Pain Physician”. Dr. Cheng was trained in Pain Medicine at Harvard University (Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital), Surgery and Anesthesiology at University of Louisville (Residency), Neurology at the Qingdao University, and Neurosciences at the University of Guelph (PhD, Biophysics), University of Manitoba, and University of Alberta.
Facility
Cleveland Clinic
Location
Cleveland, OH

Krishnan V. Chakravathy M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Clinical Professor

Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD is an assistant clinical professor who specializes in multi-modal pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain. Dr Chakravarthy completed sub-specialty fellowship training in pain management at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and residency training in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He interned in general medicine at Griffin Hospital (Yale Affiliate) in Derby, Connecticut. He earned his MD, PhD degrees at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY. Dr Chakravarthy’s research interests in pain medicine include incorporating new technology into advancing pain care. He is currently focusing on using nanotechnology as an novel system to develop new drug delivery and point of care device platforms to manage chronic pain. Dr Chakravarthy’s research interests also focus on the effect of anesthetics on host immunity. Prior to joining UCSD, he has served as a contractor at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he researched host immunity to influenza virus as a way of developing novel therapeutic and vaccine strategies. His research work has been published in top journals including Anesthesiology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Pain Medicine. His research work has been also featured in Times of India, International Business Times, Futurity, NewsMedical and other national and international venues. Dr Chakravarthy is also a founder of several biotechnology startup companies in the nanotechnology space, and new drug development focusing on commercializing paradigm-shifting technology in the field of infectious diseases, and chronic pain. He is an active entrepreneur and believes industry plays a critical role in seeing translational science make it to patients. Dr Chakravarthy currently serves on the editorial board of several national and international peer reviewed journals, and committees on organizations such as the International Neuromodulation Society.
Facility
University of California, San Diego
Location
San Diego, CA

Eric E Buchser, MD, DEAA

Dr. Buchser is a senior consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management Department and Neuromodulation Centre at the EHC-Hôpital de Morges, Switzerland, and a former Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne and consultant in anaesthesia at the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Facility
EHC Hospital
Location
Morges, Switzerland
Session(s)
Plenary Session I - Paradigm Shifts in Neuromodulation: Beyond Programming and Frequency

James J Brennan, MD Neurosurgeon

Has been implanting spinal cord stimulators through training and in the 18 years of Neurosurgical practice, with specialization in revision surgeries.

Facility
Sentara Neurosurgical Specialists
Location
Virginia Beach, VA

Carol Blyzniuk, RN Clinical Coordinator Deaprtment Neurosurgery

I have worked at Thomas Jefferson University hospital in department of Neurosurgery for 21 years, first in the hospital setting for three years then moved to the Neurosurgery outpatient office. I have have been working specifically in Functional Neurosurgery for the last 15 years.
Facility
Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Location
Philadelphia, PA

Anuj Bhatia, MBBS, MD, FRCA, FRCPC, FFPMRCA, FIPP, CIPS Associate Professor

Dr Bhatia is an Associate Professor at University of Toronto and Clinical Director, Chronic Pain at University Health Network, Toronto, Canada. He is the Chair of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group of the Canadian Pain Society and member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Pain Medicine Specialty committee. His clinical and research interests include use of epidemiological tools for assessing outcomes of treatments for pain, assessment and treatment of neuropathic pain, fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guided procedures for chronic and cancer pain, and neuromodulation. He has published over 40 papers, 6 book chapters, and co-authored one book on ultrasound-guided interventional pain procedures.
Facility
Toronto Western Hospital
Location
Toronto, Canada