Speakers

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

Einar Ottestad, MD -- Clinical Associate Professor

Einar Ottestad, MD Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Ottestad obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. After an internship at UT Health Science Center, Tyler, TX, he completed his residency in anesthesia, followed by a pain medicine fellowship, at Stanford. Dr. Ottestad joined Stanford faculty in 2007 and became director of the Acute Pain Service in 2009. As such, he manages acute, postoperative, and outpatient chronic pain at Stanford University Hospital. He is committed to the Stanford Pain Center’s multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach when treating clinic patients with chronic pain. Dr. Ottestad possesses expertise in ultrasound-guided procedures in treatment of pain. Ultrasound imaging allows accurate imaging of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and nerves that are difficult to identify using only x-ray imaging or anatomic landmarks. This imaging is useful both diagnostically as well as therapeutically when specific, targeted treatment is needed in an area of pain. His practice includes all forms of spinal and peripheral nerve stimulation. Dr. Ottestad is the president of the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography and is a faculty examiner for FIPP (fellow of international pain practice) and CIPS (certified interventional pain sonologist) exams.

Jaclyn Pappas, MSN APRN FNP CDE -- Nurse Practitioner

Jaclyn Pappas, MSN APRN FNP CDE Nurse Practitioner

Jaclyn Pappas is an advanced practice nurse at The Spine & Pain Institute of New York. She practices alongside Dr. Kiran Patel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Long Island in an interventional pain practice focusing on neuromodulatory and intrathecal therapies. Prior to working in pain, Jaclyn specialized in endocrinology and diabetes working as a certified diabetes educator. As an individual with type 1 diabetes, Jaclyn recognized the gaps in communication between healthcare providers and patients. She applies this experience to her work in interventional pain management by blending humanism with the technical aspects of treatment allowing patients to be active participants in their care.

Facility
The Spine & Pain Institute of New York
Location
Seaford, NY
Session(s)

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

Dipan Patel, MD--Interventional Pain Physician

Dipan Patel, MDInterventional Pain Physician

Dipan Patel, M.D. is an Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Physician at Garden State Pain Control Center in New Jersey.Dr. Patel serves as faculty for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), NY/NJ Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NYSIPP/NJSIPP), and an Executive Board Member of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN).Dr. Patel served as a Director at Large for the Residents and Fellows Section of NANS from 2016-2019 working to create educational content and resources for future pain physicians interested in neuromodulation. Dr. Patel has become a well-known educator for pain medicine fellows and an active publisher in the field of interventional pain medicine and neuromodulation. Dr. Patel frequently proctors hands on cadaver labs for spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump therapy at major national and regional conferences and meetings.He is the founder of the Interventional Pain Physicians Social Media Platform.Dr. Patel is a graduate of the prestigious ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.His clinical interests include pain medicine fellow education, neuromodulation, digital marketing, and minimally invasive spine procedures.

Facility
Garden State Pain Control Center
Location
Jersey City, NJ
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Kiran V. Patel, MD -- Director of Neurosurgical Pain

Kiran V. Patel, MD Director of Neurosurgical Pain

Dr. Patel practices interventional and integrative pain medicine at the Spine & Pain Institute of New York and is also the director of neurosurgical pain at Lenox Hill Hospital, located in New York City. Neuromodulation is an integral part of her interventional practice. She has contributed to the education of neuromodulation by participating as faculty for training courses and contributing to neuromodulation textbooks. Dr. Patel is also a clinical assistant professor in anesthesiology and pain medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell and is the coordinator for the anesthesiology pain fellowship and resident pain rotation. Dr. Patel is board certified in pain management and anesthesiology. She completed both her interventional pain medicine fellowship and anesthesiology residency at Columbia University Medical Center-Presbyterian Hospital and her internal medicine internship at Yale University.

Vikram B. Patel, MD--Associate Medical Director

Vikram B. Patel, MDAssociate Medical Director

Fellowship trained and board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Past program Director: Pain Medicine Fellowship, Loyola Hospital, Chicago; Past Co-Director Pain Fellowship Program, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo Past Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Loyola Hospital, Chicago Co-chair, INS World Congress Cadaver sessions, Sydney, AU Member, CME and Education committee, INS Member, Examination board ABIPP Examiner for FIPP and DABIPP Practicing interventional pain medicine since 1994. Extensive publications and presentations at many national and international conferences in pain medicine.Trained many physicians in interventional pain medicine since 1994.

Facility
AIM Specialty Health
Location
South Barrington, IL
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Marta Peciña, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor

Marta Peciña, MD PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Peciña has a broad background in psychiatry, with specific training and expertise in neuroscience, neuroimaging, experimental placebo manipulations, and depression. A central theme of her research has been examining individual differences in mechanisms of treatment response. In particular, I am interested in understanding how prior beliefs impact mood improvement, using placebos as experimental probes. Her laboratory collaborates with neuroscientists, engineers, psychologists, physicians, and others to establish neuroimaging biomarkers of antidepressant treatment response in humans. In particular, Dr. Peciña’s lab seeks to delineate a model-based theory of antidepressant placebo effects that explains the biological substrates of the interaction between expectancies, learning, and mood. In particular, her lab seeks to develop a computationally-informed model of antidepressant placebo effects, that can reliably reflect the richness and variability of this complex phenomenon and be applied to other clinical conditions. In addition, Peciña’s lab seeks to identify novel targets for antidepressant effects through the modulation of placebo-related networks. Finally, Dr. Peciña is interested in identifying sources of interindividual variability in mechanisms of treatment response that will help to deliver personalized treatments for depression. Dr. Peciña’s laboratory utilizes a number of neuroimaging methodologies, including task-based and resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), computational approaches to behavior and mood, and biological markers. Her educational interest primarily focuses on training the next generation of physician-scientists and scientists interested in understanding the neural and molecular bases of mood and the prediction of treatment responses.

Erika A. Petersen, MD -- Associate Professor

Erika A. Petersen, MD Associate Professor

Dr. Erika Petersen, MD, FAANS, FACS Department of Neurosurgery University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Petersen directs the Section of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at UAMS Medical Center. She is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UAMS. Dr. Petersen is a board certified neurosurgeon whose clinical practice focuses on neuromodulation, treating movement disorders, spasticity, and chronic pain through surgical procedures and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Petersen's research interests focus on using high-resolution imaging to understand the functional interaction of centers within the brain and on developing new devices, indications and methods for treating chronic pain using neuromodulation. Her collaborations with colleagues in neuroradiology, neurology and psychiatry are aimed toward identifying new applications for the use of deep brain stimulation and in neuromodulation for pain. Dr. Petersen completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University and received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She trained in neurosurgery at the University of Texas Southwestern with a fellowship in deep brain stimulation at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Dr. Petersen is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery and Neuromodulation at UAMS. Dr. Petersen has served on the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the CNS Scientific Programming Committee and serves as secretary on the Executive Board of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience. She serves as associate editor of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery for Operative Neurosurgery, and is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation. Dr. Petersen lectures frequently at national and international meetings on deep brain stimulation, emerging applications of neuromodulation, and chronic pain management. She has authored several articles and book chapters in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and neuroscience.

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.

Matthew J. Pingree, MD -- Assistant Professor

Matthew J. Pingree, MD Assistant Professor

Matthew J. Pingree graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin where he received his MD degree.  He then completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency in 2003 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. This was followed by an EMG/Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Arizona campus in 2004. Dr. Pingree then went into private practice for three years where he was a partner in a spine pain management practice.   In 2007 he returned to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship and during that time was awarded the Mayo Foundation Scholar in 2008. Currently Matt practices pain medicine full time as a Consultant in the division of Pain Medicine and serves as the director of the Ultrasound procedural practice in the Pain Medicine. His clinical interests include advancing the field of ultrasound in pain medicine, peripheral nerve stimulation and developing online platform independent multimedia educational material.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Jason E. Pope, MD DABPM FIPP -- President and CEO

Jason E. Pope, MD DABPM FIPP President and CEO

Dr. Pope is the President and CEO of Evolve Restorative Center in Northern California, USA with offices across Sonoma County. He is the President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and serves the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) as a ex-officio director-at large, Advocacy and Policy Committee co-chair, and is the Annual Meeting co-chair. He serves as a director at large for the International Neuromodulation Society, is the co-chair for the CME committee, the co-chair for the preconference Training Workshop in the biennial meeting in Sydney, Australia, and the co-chair for the Young Neuromodulation Committee. He also is the co-founder the Special Interest Group in Neuromodulation for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA). Dr. Pope has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, while working with medical device start companied and established industry partners up to provide strategic planning and execution for patient-centric adoption and supportive patient outcomes.

Facility
Evolve Restorative Center
Location
Santa Rosa, CA
Session(s)

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Basics, Science, Coding

Practice Development

Emerging Technology Forum

Lawrence Poree, MD MPH PhD -- Director of Neuromodulation

Lawrence Poree, MD MPH PhD Director of Neuromodulation

Director of the neuromodulation service in the department of anesthesia at UCSF and on the NANS board of directors for past 7 years and scientific program co-chair for the 2017 NANS meeting. In private practice for 15 years and academic practice for 2. Consultant for various neuromodulation companies.

Facility
UCSF Medical Center
Location
San Francisco, CA
Session(s)

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Basics, Science, Coding

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

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

Nader Pouratian, MD PhD 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.

Scott Pritzlaff, MD -- Assistant Clinical Professor

Scott Pritzlaff, MD Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Scott Pritzlaff is a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship at UC Davis. His clinical interests include opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve stimulation, and innovative use of ultrasound for pain procedures. As a former Navy combat physician, he also has a passion for treating military veterans and those affected by trauma.

Facility
University of California, Davis
Location
Carmichael, CA
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Steven A. Prescott, MD PhD -- Senior Scientist

Steven A. Prescott, MD PhD Senior Scientist

Steven Prescott received his MD and PhD from McGill University and pursued postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute. He is now a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and associate professor at the University of Toronto. His lab combines electrophysiology, imaging, and computational neuroscience to study neural coding in relation to chronic pain. His lab is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Facility
The Hospital For Sick Children
Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Session(s)

Novel Methods to Restore Sensory and Motor Function

Revealing Circuits of Pain and Itch: From Molecules to Networks

Theodore J. Price, PhD -- Eugene McDermott Professor

Theodore J. Price, PhD Eugene McDermott Professor

Theodore (Ted) Price is the Eugene McDermott Professor and director of the systems neuroscience program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at University of Texas (UT) at Dallas. He is also the director of the Center for Advanced Pain Studies at UT Dallas. He completed his PhD work with Chris Flores and Ken Hargreaves at UT Health San Antonio and a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University with Fernando Cervero. He started his independent laboratory in 2007 at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and moved to UT Dallas in 2014. His lab is interested in molecular mechanisms driving the transition to chronic pain with a focus on drug development for chronic pain disease modification and on peripheral and central mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in response to injury. He has won numerous awards including the John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award from the American Pain Society and The Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain. Ted serves on editorial boards for leading pain and neuroscience journals such as Pain and Journal of Neuroscience, and is a standing member of the Somatosensory and Pain Study Section for NIH.

Facility
University of Texas at Dallas
Location
Dallas, TX
Session(s)

Revealing Circuits of Pain and Itch: From Molecules to Networks

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. Dr. Provenzano previously served as the vice chair for the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. 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.

Antonio Quidgley-Nevares, MD--Associate Professor and Chair

Antonio Quidgley-Nevares, MDAssociate Professor and Chair

Dr. Antonio Quidgley-Nevares is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School and the director the Pain Medicine Fellowship. He obtained his MD at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1999, he then completed a residency in Physical medicine in Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia in 2003 and a Pain Medicine Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004. He joined Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2004 where he created the Pain Management program.

Jeffrey S. Raskin, MD MS -- Assistant Professor

Jeffrey S. Raskin, MD MS Assistant Professor

Jeffrey S. Raskin, MS MD, is a board-eligible pediatric neurosurgeon with special interest in functional surgery in children. He completed residency in the department of neurological surgery at Oregon Health & Science University and fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is a tenure track assistant professor as well as director of the movement disorder program and co-director of comprehensive epilepsy program at Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Raskin is a member of AANS, CNS, AAP, and NANS and associate editor of Operative Neurosurgery.

Ahmed Raslan, MD -- Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Ahmed Raslan, MD Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Raslan is an associate professor of neurological surgery and manages patients with a broad spectrum of neurosurgical disorders. He is interested in pain surgery, functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, and epilepsy surgery. In 2012 he completed the OHSU neurological surgery residency program (required for practice in the U.S.). Dr. Raslan joined the faculty of neurological surgery in July 2012. The Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery Program encompasses a broad spectrum of surgical treatments to manage and restore neurological function. Special programs include surgical management of movement disorders, surgical pain management, epilepsy surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, surgery for spasticity, surgical treatment of psycho-affective disorders and stereotactic computer-assisted neurosurgery. Dr. Raslan's research interests are concerned with the physiology of nociception and pain modulation in the brain stem, image-guided surgery and functional neurological localization during surgery using neuromonitoring. Visit the Department of Neurological Surgery's website for information about academics, conferences, residency, and fellowships.

Richard L. Rauck, MD -- Pain Management Physician

Richard L. Rauck, MD Pain Management Physician

Dr. Rauck graduated from Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1982, after receiving his BS from Davidson College in Davidson, NC, graduating magna cum laude. He completed his residency in anesthesiology in 1985 at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine at Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1986 he completed a fellowship in pain medicine at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine at Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Rauck is board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Rauck has been actively engaged in clinical research in pain medicine, speaks frequently at many national and international professional meetings and has an active clinical practice in pain management. Currently, Dr. Rauck is practicing pain management at Carolinas Pain Institute and is the medical director for The Center for Clinical Research.

Facility
Carolinas Pain Institute
Location
Winston-Salem, NC
Session(s)

Challenges in Neuromodulation for Pain

Ali R. Rezai, MD -- John D. Rockefeller IV Chair in Neuroscience

Ali R. Rezai, MD John D. Rockefeller IV Chair in Neuroscience

Dr. Rezai earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Southern California and underwent neurosurgical training at New York University. He completed his subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. He then joined the neurosurgical faculty at New York University Medical Center, becoming the director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery until January 2000, when he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Rezai was the director of the Center for Neurological Restoration, as well as the Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic until July 2009, when he joined the faculty at the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio. At OSU, Dr. Rezai was the associate dean of neuroscience and the director of the Neurological Institute until November 2017, when he joined West Virginia University as the executive chair and director of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI). The RNI is a multidisciplinary clinical, research and innovation integrated unit consisting of over 150 full time physicians and scientist in the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and behavioral health, and neuroscience. A board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Rezai’s clinical areas of expertise are the neurosurgical management of patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, chronic pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, spasticity, and severe mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle and Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors for 16 consecutive years from 2001-2017. Dr. Rezai has 220 scientific publications with an H-Index of 60 (Google Scholar) including publications in Nature, Lancet Neurology, and JAMA Neurology. He serves on the editorial board of five scientific journals. He has edited a book on surgery for psychiatric disorders and the two volume textbook, Neuromodulation. In addition,

Dr. Rezai has been the principal investigator (PI) and co-investigator on eight NIH grants and is the PI of the $160M Neurotechnology Innovations Translator (NIT) Center. Dr. Rezai has trained over 50 clinical fellows, has delivered more than 500 lectures, and chaired numerous symposia and meetings. Dr. Rezai presented his work to the President of the United States as well as to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. Dr. Rezai is the past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the largest neurosurgical society in the world, as well as the past president of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN).

Dr. Rezai’s research focuses on neural circuitry, and development of neurological sensors and monitors, surgical tools and technologies, and new therapeutic applications such as neurostimulation for Parkinson’s disease, mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, and addictions. Dr. Rezai has received the Bottrell Neurosurgical Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship award, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William Sweet Investigator Award. He has also received several innovation awards including the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University innovator of the year awards. Dr. Rezai holds 54 issued U.S. patents for medical devices and technologies and is the founder of five start-up companies in neuromodulation. Dr. Rezai’s work has been in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News, and World Report, USA Today, MIT’s Technology Review, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Globe, and Mail. He has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television broadcasts including CBS’ 60 Minutes, The Charlie Rose Show, Prime Time, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, HBO, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS Nightly News and The Discovery Channel.

Facility
WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
Location
Morgantown, WV
Session(s)

Emerging Indications for Deep Brain Stimulation

Emerging Technology Forum

Robert L. Rider, PhD--Clinical Psychologist

Robert L. Rider, PhDClinical Psychologist

Dr. Rider is a clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience in neuropsychological assessment. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in the Department of Neurology in 2014. Dr. Rider has diverse experience in the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive functioning in a variety of disorders and diseases chronic pain, epilepsy, dementia, and sleep disorders. He is also a licensed and practicing psychotherapist and has served as an academic and community educator on many topics related to brain health and neuropsychology.

Facility
Diversified Psychological Resources
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Session(s)

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

John D. Rolston, MD PhD -- Director of Functional Neurosurgery

John D. Rolston, MD PhD Director of Functional Neurosurgery

Dr. John Rolston is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at the University of Utah, where he is the director of epilepsy surgery and director of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Clinically, he specializes in epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders (Parkinson’s, dystonia, tremor), trigeminal neuralgia, and neuromodulation for psychiatric disorders (such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome). Dr. Rolston’s lab investigates how electrical stimulation can be used to map and ultimately rewire the diseased brain. These neural engineering tools are used to better understand neural information processing and how it is disordered in illnesses like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and psychiatric disease.

Facility
University of Utah
Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Session(s)

Neuromodulation in Epilepsy: From Bench to OR to Outcomes

Joshua M. Rosenow, MD FACS -- Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery

Joshua M. Rosenow, MD FACS Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery

Dr. Rosenow has over 15 years as director of functional neurosurgery at Northwestern University, managing surgical programs in movement disorders, epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, chronic pain, and neurorestoration and neurorehabilitation. He also serves as chair of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies and lead national functional neurosurgery advisor for neurosurgical RUC and CPT issues.

Facility
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Providers Session: Guidance on Common Clinical Questions

Round Table of Essential Neuromodulation Cases

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

Laura Schweitzer, PhD -- Vice President for Health Sciences

Laura Schweitzer, PhD Vice President for Health Sciences

Laura Schweitzer, PhD, is the University at Albany’s vice president for health sciences working remotely from Louisville, KY. She is also president emeritus of Union Graduate College where she served as president for seven years. She has a wide range of administrative experience, having served in key roles at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, Columbia University’s affiliate Bassett Healthcare and the University of Louisville. Prior to her administrative career, Schweitzer, a Duke- and Washington University-trained neurobiologist, was known for her contributions to our understanding of the relationship between structural and functional development in the auditory brainstem and deafness. Schweitzer received a PhD in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University in neuroscience and was named research faculty in 1985. Three years later, Dr. Schweitzer moved to the University of Louisville. She has published more than 50 scholarly articles and accumulated grant and contract funding in excess of $5 million primarily from federal sources including NIH, NSF, and HRSA. Laura Schweitzer is believed to be the first female PhD to lead a U.S. medical school. Before her medical school deanship, Schweitzer first served as the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center associate vice president for health affairs and the dean of allied health sciences. During her tenure, the University of Louisville saw a seven-fold increase in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Schweitzer received two national awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges – one as woman of the year and the leadership award from the Group on Faculty Affairs. As chief academic officer and Bassett Healthcare and Founding Regional dean, Cooperstown Campus for Albany Medical Center (Bassett is now a campus of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) Schweitzer pioneered the creation of a new two-year medical campus model, designed to respond to the dangerous physician shortage in rural New York. Prior to that, she served simultaneously as vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University and vice provost at Syracuse University. She has served as national faculty for both the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.

Facility
SUNY University at Albany
Location
Prospect, KY
Session(s)

Professional Development Workshop

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