Speakers

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

Thomas L. Abell, MD -- The Arthur M. Schoen MD Chair in Gastroenterology

Thomas L. Abell, MD The Arthur M. Schoen MD Chair in Gastroenterology

Thomas L. Abell, a Gastroenterologist who has specialized in GI motility disorders, has been in the American Mid South for 30 years and now is the Arthur M Schoen MD, Chair in Gastroenterology at the University of Louisville. He is interested in all aspects of gastrointestinal motility but especially the treatment of nausea and vomiting with low energy and high frequency electrical stimulation, which his team in Memphis pioneered. Dr. Abell has developed the endoscopic implantation of GI neuromodulation devices and applied electrical mapping to the GI tract. His current work is funded primarily by the NIH Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium and NIH Dia Comp studies as well as ongoing work with industry. Dr. Abell is particularly interested in the pathophysiology of the gastroparesis syndromes as well as predictors of response to electrical stimulation, whether low or high-energy devices, and their mechanisms of action throughout the body.

Facility
University of Louisville Physicians—Digestive & Liver Health
Location
Louisville, KY
Session(s)

Pelvic and Abdominal Pain

Octavian R. Adam, MD -- Physician

Octavian R. Adam, MD Physician

Board certified in Neurology. Medical School: Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania. Residency in Neurology: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Fellowship trained in Movement Disorders: Baylor College of Medicine, Parkinson's Disease Center & Movement Disorders Clinic, Houston, TX.

Adnan A. Al-Kaisy, MD -- Clinician

Adnan A. Al-Kaisy, MD Clinician

Dr. Adnan Al-Kaisy is currently Clinical Lead of the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Trust. He trained in Chronic Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool. He has a fellowship in Chronic Pain Management at University of Toronto Hospital, Canada. Dr. Al-Kaisy has an international reputation as a leading expert in Pain Management and has extensive experience in working toward the advancement of electrical neuromodulation techniques within this specialty. Dr. Al-Kaisy led the first multicenter and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz SCS in the management of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). He has subsequently clinically pioneered the use of this novel therapy in the management of different chronic pain conditions including the feasibility study on chronic back patients without prior surgery. He has successfully designed groundbreaking research including a randomized double blind placebo control study examining different frequency in the management of FBSS. He is the innovator of a number techniques including transgrade dorsal root ganglion stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation. Dr. Al-Kaisy continues to teach and lecture on essential and pioneering topics in pain management in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is the chair of the biannual London Spine Pain Symposium at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital.

Facility
Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London, United Kingdom
Ajay Antony, MD -- Assistant Professor

Ajay Antony, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Ajay Antony joins us as an Assistant Professor for the Division of Chronic Pain. He comes to us from our very own department where he served as Chief Resident and completed his internship and fellowship in Pain Medicine. Dr. Antony was awarded the Michael E. Mahla Outstanding Resident of the Year Award, Best Resident for Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Department, and Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology at “the Gator Nation” and earned his MD at St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Cardiac Life Support and is a member of many professional academic societies such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and many more. Dr. Antony has given many lectures and has presented his research at the International Meeting of the American Thoracic Society, not to mention having published articles abstracts.

Facility
University of Florida College of Medicine
Location
Gainesville, FL
Session(s)

Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop

Charles E. Argoff, MD -- Professor, Director Comprehensive Pain Center

Charles E. Argoff, MD Professor, Director Comprehensive Pain Center

Charles E. Argoff, Professor of Neurology, Albany Medical College, Director, Comprehensive Pain Center, Albany Medical Center—Director, ACGME accredited Pain Management Fellowship- I have practiced pain medicine within an academic setting since 1990 I have authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as multiple pain management related textbooks.

Facility
Albany Medical College
Location
Loudonville, NY
Jeffrey Arle, MD, PhD -- Associate Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery

Jeffrey Arle, MD, PhD Associate Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery

A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Arle completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He subsequently completed a fellowship in epilepsy and movement disorder surgery at New York University. Dr. Arle also holds a doctorate degree in computational neuroscience from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include computational modeling and analysis of neural circuitry and function, specifically with regard to the effects of electrical stimulation on the nervous system. He's also interested in developing novel implantable devices for interfacing with the nervous system and deep brain stimulation for patients with movement disorders and pain.

Facility
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Location
Boston, MA
Kari Ashmont, PhD -- Health Program Specialist

Kari Ashmont, PhD Health Program Specialist

Kari Ashmont is a Health Program Specialist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She helps to manage translational device awards at NINDS, as well as those in the trans-NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. She is also involved with the Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program. Prior to joining the NINDS, Dr. Ashmont was a postdoctoral fellow at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where her work focused on using engineering approaches and cutting edge technology to improve clinical care and diagnostics, particularly in pediatric epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Ashmont received her B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biology from Clarkson University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Facility
NIH/NINDS
Location
Rockville, MD
Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD MS -- Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD MS Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart received a Master of Science in Bioengineering and her MD degree from University of Pennsylvania Schools of Engineering and Medicine respectively. Dr. Bronte-Stewart did her internship in medicine and a residency in neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in movement disorders in single unit electrophysicology and motor control with Dr. Stephen Lisberger, at the University of California, San Francisco. Her expertise in single neuronal electrophysiology in primates has been transferred to the operating room where she performs the intra-operative microelectrode mapping of basal ganglia nuclei during deep brain stimulations (DBS) procedures for the treatment of patients with Movement Disorders. Dr. Bronte-Stewart's research focus is on elucidating the mechanisms of abnormal brain activity that contribute to abnormal movement and balance disorders in Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia. She has developed new technology to measure human motor control such as a MIDI keyboard, which has been developed by Intel's division of Healthcare Technology. In the Stanford Human Motor Control & Balance laboratory, Dr. Bronte-Stewart and her colleagues are investing the effects of interventions such as DBS and/or exercise on specific aspects of balance and upper extremity movement in Parkinson's disease. In the operating room, she and her colleagues record electrical signals directly from the human brain and have demonstrated that DBS suppresses an abnormal rhythm in the brain and may act like a brain pacemaker. Dr. Bronte-Stewart's passion for understanding how the brain controls movement comes from a background in classical and modern dance.

Facility
Stanford University Medical Center
Location
Stanford, CA
Brian M. Bruel, MBA MD -- Director of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor

Brian M. Bruel, MBA MD Director of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor

I have been a practicing pain physician for 10 years with a large neuromodulation practice consisting of intrathecal therapy for both pain and spasticity. I have extensive experience in spinal cord stimulation and have contributed to the training of numerous pain fellows. I have clinical expertise in the management of Cancer Pain, with years of experience working in NCI-designated Cancer Centers. I am co-leading the development of The Cancer Survivorship and Supportive Care Center at Baylor College of Medicine where I am also the Director of Pain Medicine.

Facility
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location
Houston, TX
Session(s)

I Just Inherited 100 Pumps Patients: What Do I Do Now? A Case-Based Approach

Mark J. Burish, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor

Mark J. Burish, MD PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Mark J. Burish, who is board certified in neurology and fellowship trained in pain medicine, specializes in the treatment of neck pain, back pain and neuropathic pain. His research interests focus on headaches and facial pain. For 2 years, he has been seeing pain patients, headache patients, and doing translational headache research. A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Burish received his MD/PhD in the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of California at San Francisco, where he was co-chief resident of the UCSF Moffitt-Long Service and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. During his residency, he was also honored with the Core Clerkship Teaching Award, voted by third-year medical students as one of five residents who went “above and beyond in terms of dedication to teaching, mentorship, community-building, patient care and medical student development and support.” He completed his fellowship in interventional pain management in the department of Anesthesiology at UCSF. Dr. Burish is a co-author of articles that have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, The Neurohospitalist, Brain Behavior and Evolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neurophysiology, and the Journal of Neuroscience, among others.

Facility
UT Health Science Center at Houston
Location
Houston, TX
Session(s)

Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop

Adam R. Burkey, MD -- Medical Director

Adam R. Burkey, MD Medical Director

Fifteen years of board-certified interventional pain practice, approximately half of which in an academic setting, with a master's in clinical epidemiology.

Facility
ANESIS Spine and Pain Care
Location
Renton, WA
Asokumar Buvanendran, MD -- William Gottschalk, Endowed Chair of Anesthesiology

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD William Gottschalk, Endowed Chair of Anesthesiology

Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran is an anesthesiologist specializing in Pain Medicine, and his academic activities are divided among research, teaching, and clinical duties in the Rush University Department of Anesthesia (Chicago, IL), and national advocacy for the advancement of pain care. He brings a unique perspective of a very busy clinical practice of acute and chronic interventional pain medicine with research. He is involved in various clinical and basic research in the field of acute and chronic pain. He is also the president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA).

Facility
Rush Medical College
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Coding & Billing Workshop

Jonathan D. Carlson, MD -- Interventional Pain Specialist

Jonathan D. Carlson, MD Interventional Pain Specialist

Dr. Jonathan Carlson completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. Carlson completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California – Davis and a prestigious fellowship in pain management at Texas Tech University. Dr. Carlson was trained by Dr. Gabor Racz, a pioneer in the field of Interventional Pain Management. Through Dr. Racz’s training, Dr. Carlson learned to think about pain management in a comprehensive way and to go above and beyond to help his patients. Dr. Carlson is double board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

John Chae, MD -- Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

John Chae, MD Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. John Chae is Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Dr. Chae received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University and Master of Engineering from Dartmouth College. He received his MD from New Jersey Medical School and completed his PM&R residency training at New Jersey Medical School and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

Facility
Case Western Reserve U, MetroHealth System
Location
Cleveland, OH
Edward F. Chang, MD -- Faculty, Center for Integrative Neuroscience

Edward F. Chang, MD Faculty, Center for Integrative Neuroscience

Dr. Edward Chang is Professor of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is surgical therapies for intractable epilepsy, trigeminal neuralgia, pain, hemifacial spasm, and adult brain tumors. He specializes in advanced neurophysiologic brain mapping methods, including awake speech and motor mapping, to safely perform neurosurgical procedures in eloquent areas of the brain. He also specializes in laser thermal ablation to treat epilepsy. Dr. Chang is a New York Stem Cell Foundation - Robertson Investigator. Dr. Chang was awarded the 2015 Blavatnik National Laureate in Life Sciences in 2015.His groundbreaking work has been featured by the US News and World Report ('Secrets of Your Brain' 2011 special issue), San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Facility
University of California, San Francisco
Location
San Francisco, CA
Barbara Kelly Changizi, MD -- Assistant Professor

Barbara Kelly Changizi, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Barbara Kelly Changizi is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH. She attended Duke University Medical School and then went on to do residency training in neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She did her fellowship training in movement disorders at Albany Medical Center and then was promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Deep Brain Stimulation. She was recruited by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to co-direct the Center for Neuromodulation. She now has dual professorships in psychiatry and neurology at the Ohio State University, where she sees patients with movement disorders such as tremor and Parkinson’s disease in the Center for Neuromodulation.

Facility
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Location
Columbus, OH
David Charles, MD -- Professor and Vice-Chairman

David Charles, MD Professor and Vice-Chairman

Dr. David Charles is Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Neuroscience Institute and Director of Telemedicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research interests include the treatment of spasticity and cervical dystonia and he is currently leading the only clinical trial approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to test deep brain stimulation in people with early stage Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Charles also serves as Professor of Neurology, Vice-Chairman for Education of Neurology, Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, and is an attending physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Charles graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 1986 with a B.S. cum laude in Computer Science and Mathematics, and earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1990. He did his internship in the department of Medicine and his residency in the department of Neurology at Vanderbilt. From 1993-94 he was Chief Resident in Neurology, and from 1994-95 he was a Fellow in Movement Disorders and Clinical Neurophysiology at Vanderbilt. In 1996, he completed a Health Care Management course at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, and in 1997 he completed the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Physician Educators at Harvard Medical School.

Facility
Vanderbilt University
Location
Nashville, TN
Leigh E. Charvet, PhD -- Associate Professor

Leigh E. Charvet, PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Leigh Charvet is a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 20 years of clinical research experience. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the NYU Medical School. She received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University, and completed her internship at the West Haven VAMCE and fellowship at Stony Brook Medicine. She is the author of more than 40 scientific papers on the subjects of cognitive functioning and MS. Study of transcranial direct current stimulation for use with multiple sclerosis patients and creation of a remotely-supervised telemedicine approach for at-home stimulation.

Facility
NYU School of Medicine
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Binith Cheeran, MD PhD -- Clinician

Binith Cheeran, MD PhD Clinician

Dr. Binith Cheeran has 2 years of experience in Neuromodulation and 4 years of experience as Academic DBS Neurologist to Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Unit, Oxford, UK.

Facility
The London Clinic
Location
Lower Basildon, United Kingdom
Jiande Chen, MD PhD -- Professor of Medicine

Jiande Chen, MD PhD Professor of Medicine

Dr. Jiande D. Chen is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in biomedical engineering. Considered the “father of electrogastrography,” Dr. Chen has conducted pioneering research aimed at observing and measuring the stomach’s electrical system. Dr. Chen received his BS from East China Normal University in Shanghai. He earned his PhD from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

Facility
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Location
Baltimore, MD
Session(s)

NIC: Autonomic Neuromodulation

Zhe (Sage) Chen, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Zhe (Sage) Chen, PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Zhe Chen received the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005 from McMaster University, Canada. He was a research scientist in the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (2005-2007) and a senior research fellow in Harvard Medical School and MIT (2007-2014). Since 2014, he became an Assistant Professor at the New York University School of Medicine, with joint appointment at the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neuroscience and Physiology. Meanwhile, he has kept active research collaboration on a few research projects with Professor Matthew Wilson at MIT. His research interests include computational neuroscience, neural engineering, neural signal processing, machine learning, and Bayesian modeling. He is the lead author of the book "Correlative Learning" (Wiley, 2007) and the editor of the book “Advanced State Space Methods for Neural and Clinical Data” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is the Senior Member of the IEEE and the action editor of Neural Networks (Elsevier).

Facility
NYU School of Medicine
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

NIC: Closed Loop Stimulation