Speakers

The following is a list of all speakers for the NANS 22nd Annual Meeting.

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

Rany T. Abdallah, MD, PhD 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
Devin Adair, B.A. -- PhD Student

Devin Adair, B.A. PhD Student

Devin Adair is a Ph.D student in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience program (with a concentration in biomedical technologies and neurostimulation) at the City College of New York. Her research interests include cranial nerve electrical stimulation and multidisciplinary approaches in the field of neuroscience. More specifically, her work examines how noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation effects cognition as measured by behavior, physiology, EEG, and MRI.

Facility
CCNY
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Octavian R. Adam, MD -- Physician

Octavian R. Adam, MD Physician

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

Facility
Albany Medical College
Location
Albany, NY
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Providers Session

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

Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

Magdalena 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 int his field and in the general field of pain management with special interest in cancer pain and neuromodulation applications in this area.

Ajay Antony, MD -- Assistant Professor

Ajay Antony, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Antony is an Assistant Professor of Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. After completing both residency and fellowship at UF, he stayed on faculty at the institution. He is an active participant in NANS and its subcommittees. His clinical practice and research interests focus on neuromodulation.

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, M.D. 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 mulitple pain management related textbooks.

Facility
Albany Medical College
Location
Loudonville, NY
Session(s)

Neuromodulation of Facial Pain

Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes for Pain

Ralf Baron, MD -- Prof. Dr. med.

Ralf Baron, MD Prof. Dr. med.

Professor Dr med Ralf Baron is Head of the Division of Neurological Pain Research and Therapy at the Department of Neurology, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet Kiel, in Germany. From 1999-2004, he served as General Secretary of the German Interdisciplinary Pain Society (DIVS), from 2005-2016 he served as a Management Committee Member of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and from 2008-2010 as a board member of the Deutsche Schmerzgesellschaft. He has been a Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) from 2010-2016.His main research interest is the pathophysiology and therapy of neuropathic pain states. He has intensive scientific collaborations with several researchers worldwide, e.g., Professor HL Fields, San Francisco, USA, and Professor TS Jensen, Aarhus, Denmark.Professor Baron is associate editor and reviewer for many scientific journals (Advisory Board Member for Nature Reviews Neurology 2005-present, Associate Editor for the European Journal of Pain 2006-2012). He has been the recipient of the German Pain Award, the Heinrich-Pette-Award of the German Neurological Society and the Sertürner-Award. In 1998 he was awarded a Feodor Lynen fellowship by the German Humboldt Foundation and was visiting professor at the Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco.Professor Baron has authored more than 300 publications with his outstanding and motivated research team, and has lectured at numerous conferences and symposia worldwide.

Facility
University of Kiel
Location
Kiel, Germany
Session(s)

Plenary Session III - Opening Our Vision and Insight to Pain

Markus A. Bendel, MD -- Physician

Markus A. Bendel, MD Physician

Dr. Bendel is a board certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His training includes a general surgery internship, anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship, all at the Mayo Clinic. He is currently the Director of Neuromodulation for the pain division.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Anuj Bhatia, MBBS MD FRCA FRCPC FFPMRCA FIPP CIPS -- Associate Professor

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.

Marom Bikson, PhD -- Professor

Marom Bikson, PhD Professor

Dr. Bikson is the Harold Shames Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York. He is known for his work on the cellular mechanisms of electrical stimulation and translational medical device design. He has published over 250 articles on medical device technology and brain stimulation. Technologies invented in Dr. Bikson's lab are in hundreds of medical centers globally.

James J. Brennan, MD -- Neurosurgeon

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
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 more than 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
Baylor College of Medicine
Location
Houston, TX
Session(s)

Management of Cancer Pain

Eric E. Buchser, MD DEAA--Senior Consultant

Eric E. Buchser, MD DEAASenior Consultant

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.

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 -- Professor

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD Professor

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 University Medical Center
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Emerging Science for the Chronic Interventional Pain Physician: An ASRA Update

JA Camprodon, MD PhD MPH -- Chief, Division of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation

JA Camprodon, MD PhD MPH Chief, Division of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation

Dr. Camprodon is chief of the Division of Neuropsychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Clinically, he is the founding director of the MGH Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) clinical service, a member of the Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee and an attending physician in the departments of Psychiatry (Neuropsychiatry) and Neurology (Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology). He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology-Neuropsychiatry.Scientifically, he directs the Laboratory for Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation. His research uses multimodal combinations of neuroimaging and brain stimulation to investigate neural circuitry and plasticity in a translational manner. His laboratory works with a wide range of noninvasive and invasive neuromodulation techniques including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) among others. He also uses functional and structural MRI, EEG and innovative simultaneous combinations of TMS and tDCS with neuroimaging.Dr. Camprodon is interested in understanding basic circuit properties of human neural networks and how maladaptive plastic changes lead to neuropsychiatric disorders. Critical efforts are geared towards applying the paradigms and methods of basic systems neuroscience to develop high-impact clinical tools, identify targets for therapeutic action and design individualized image-guided neuromodulation treatments.

Facility
MGH, Harvard Medical School
Location
Boston, MA
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

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
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Function: Optimizing Outcomes: Time to Pay Attention to the Pre- and Post-Operative Period

Krishnan V. Chakravathy MD PhD -- Assistant Clinical Professor

Krishnan V. Chakravathy MD PhD 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
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

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)

Bioelectric Medicine

Neuromodulation Strategies for Visceral Pain

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD -- Professor and Director

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
Session(s)

Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes for Pain

Eugene Civillico, PhD -- Program Manager

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
Session(s)

Bioelectric Medicine