Speakers

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

Fenna T. Phibbs, MD MPH -- Associate Professor

Fenna T. Phibbs, MD MPH Associate Professor

Dr. Phibbs graduated with a B.S. in biology from the Colorado State University in 1996. In 2002, she received her M.D. from the University of Colorado, where she also completed an internship year. In 2003, she started at Vanderbilt University as a neurology resident, and in 2007, she completed a fellowship in movement disorders and has stayed on as faculty. She also serves as the Director of the Movement Disorders Deep Brain Stimulation Program at Vanderbilt.

Facility
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Location
Nashville, TN
Session(s)

Controversies in Neuromodulation for Movement Disorders

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

Dr. 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. Matt currently works as a consultant at the Mayo Clinic and spends most of his time in pain medicine and holds joint appointments in Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine and Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. His interests include advancing the use of ultrasound in pain medicine and interventional neuromodulation. He has been published in Pain Practice, Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, and Muscle & Nerve with a few other projects that have been accepted for publication and will be coming soon.

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

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 the past 7 years. Dr. Poree was a scientific program co-chair for the 2017 NANS Annual Meeting. He has been in private practice for 15 years and academic practice for 2 years. He is also a consultant for various neuromodulation companies.

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

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.

Scott Pritzlaff, MD -- Clinical Assistant Professor

Scott Pritzlaff, MD Clinical Assistant Professor

Scott Pritzlaff, M.D., is a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Clinical Pain Medicine Fellowship and Associate Chief of Education within the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford. His clinical interests including opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve stimulation, and emerging technologies for the treatment of cancer pain.

Facility
Stanford University School of Medicine
Location
Redwood City, CA
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

David A. Provenzano, MD -- President

David A. Provenzano, MD President

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

David Putrino, PT PhD -- Director of Rehabilitation Innovation

David Putrino, PT PhD Director of Rehabilitation Innovation

Dr David Putrino, PT PhDI graduated as a physical therapist in 2004 and have worked in the field of neurorehabilitation since then. In 2009, I completed a PhD in the field of basic neuroscience, studying single neuron activity during skilled motor activity. Following this, I completed five years of post-doctoral training at Harvard, MIT and NYU studying brain computer interface applications. Following completion of my final fellowship, I accepted a position as the Director of Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation at Burke Medical Research Institute and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. In this location, I studied the integration of digital health and other innovative technologies into the practice of neurorehabilitation. Over the course of three years, I conducted many studies related to the implementation of neuromodulation technologies into the practice of neurorehabilitation. Following this, I accepted a position as the director of rehabilitation innovation at the department of Rehabilitation Medicine for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, where I continue to study the implementation of novel technologies in the field of neurorehabilitation.

Facility
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

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.

Sam Quinones--Journalist

Sam QuinonesJournalist

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), for which he traveled across the United States. Dreamland recounts twin stories of drug marketing in the 21st Century: A pharmaceutical corporation flogs its legal new opiate prescription painkiller as nonaddictive. Meanwhile, immigrants from a small town in Nayarit, Mexico devise a method for retailing black-tar heroin like pizza in the US, and take that system nationwide, riding a wave of addiction to prescription pills from coast to coast. The collision of those two forces has led to America's deadliest drug scourge in modern times. Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015.It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon.com, Slate.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Prof. Angus Deaton, of Princeton University. Quinones’ previous two highly acclaimed books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994-2004).

Ahmed Raslan, MD -- Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Ahmed Raslan, MD Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Raslan is an assistant professor of neurological surgery; he manages patients with a broad spectrum of neurosurgical disorders. He is interested in pain surgery, functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, and epilepsy surgery.In 2004, Raslan joined OHSU as a neurosurgical instructor. Already a fully qualified neurosurgeon, in 2012 he completed the OHSU neurological surgery residency program (required for practice in the United States). 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.

Ali R. Rezai, MD -- Director

Ali R. Rezai, MD Director

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, as well as 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 was the PI of the $160M Neurotechnology Innovations Translator (NIT) Center. Dr. Rezai has trained over 50 clinical fellows, 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 US 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 US patents for medical devices and technologies and is the founder of five start-up companies in neuromodulation.

Facility
West Virginia University
Location
Morgantown, WV
Session(s)

Plenary Session IV - The Opioid Epidemic and Neuromodulation: Understanding its Role in Treatment

Jonathan Riley, MD -- Assistant Professor

Jonathan Riley, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Riley, a graduate of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, completed his neurosurgical residency training at Emory University. While there, he completed an enfolded fellowship experience in epilepsy and stereotactic & functional neurosurgery under the mentorship of Drs. Robert Gross, Nicholas Boulis, and Jon T. Willie. He then went on to complete a post-graduate fellowship in the same at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with a continued exposure to emerging techniques and newly developed neuromodulation-based technologies. Mentorship through this fellowship training was under the guidance of Drs. Ashwini Sharan and Chengyuan Wu. Dr. Riley placed emphasis on this subspecialized training to be best positioned to provide a full range of surgical treatment options to patients with afflictions affecting the function of the central nervous system. These include the broad spectrum of Movement Disorders, Epilepsies, pain syndromes, and emerging psychiatric indications. Throughout medical school and residency, Dr. Riley has meaningfully and longitudinally participated in translational and clinical research agendas under the mentorship of Nicholas Boulis, MD. These have included both small and large animal work and have focused on the clinical translation of biologics-based therapeutics with an emphasis on development of approaches to therapeutics delivery to the central nervous system. This has provided a background in all aspects of translation from large animal work through clinical trial completion. Active research interests include the use of small animal epilepsy models to develop and optimize neuromodulation-based candidate therapies for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy. Dr. Riley’s additional professional interests include international neurosurgical outreach and program development.

Facility
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Location
Orchard Park, NY
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Neurosurgery Residents and Fellows

Patricio Riva Posse, MD -- Assistant Professor

Patricio Riva Posse, MD Assistant Professor

Patricio Riva Posse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. He earned his Medical Doctor degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He initially trained as a neurologist in Argentina at the 'Instituto de Investigaciones Neurológicas- Dr. Raúl Carrea - FLENI', prior to moving in 2008 to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to specialize in Psychiatry. Since 2012 he is in the faculty as Assistant Professor. He is Medical Director of the Treatment-Resistant Depression Clinic in the Emory Clinic, supervising the evaluation and treatment of severe and complex mood disorders with advanced psychopharmacology, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and experimental treatments like ketamine infusions and deep brain stimulation (DBS). Dr. Riva-Posse is the director of the Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression program at Emory University. His research at Emory is focused on the neurobiology and treatment of mood disorders, primarily treatment-resistant depression. Current methodologies include neuroimaging and focal neuromodulation techniques such as deep brain stimulation.

Facility
Emory University School of Medicine
Location
Atlanta, GA
Session(s)

Role of Neuromodulation in Addiction and Affective Disorders

Joshua M. Rosenow, MD FACS -- Director, Functional Neurosurgery

Joshua M. Rosenow, MD FACS Director, Functional Neurosurgery

15+ years as Director of Functional Neurosurgery at Northwestern University, managing surgical programs in movement disorders, epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, chronic pain, and neurorestoration/neurorehabilitation. 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

Building a Neuromodulation Practice: Brain to Pain, Approvals, Financials & Cases

Erika K. Ross, PhD -- Head of Neural Engineering

Erika K. Ross, PhD Head of Neural Engineering

Erika is Head of Neural Engineering at Cala Health, a California Bay Area start-up company that came out of the Stanford Biodesign program. Cala Health is a medical technology company pioneering a new class of non-invasive electrical medicines that combine peripheral nerve stimulation and sensing modalities to treat human diseases. Prior to joining Cala Health, Erika was an Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As part of the Neural Engineering Laboratories, she investigated both central and peripheral mechanisms associated with nerve stimulation utilizing tools such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and fast scan cyclic voltammetry. During her tenure at Mayo, Erika also served as the Deputy Director of the Innovation Accelerator within the Surgery Research Center for Excellence. In this role, she worked closely with surgery staff across the Mayo Clinic Enterprise to identify unmet patient needs, design novel solutions, create rapid prototypes, and test efficacious medical device concepts. Erika received her Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic in Neurobiology of Disease. She also received her M.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Denver, during which she investigated the mechanisms of reactive oxygen species generation in neurodegeneration and the role of mitochondria in cytoprotection. Prior to this, Erika attended earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Business from the University of Denver.

Facility
Cala Health
Location
Burlingame, CA
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Marc A. Russo, MD -- Pain Specialist Physician

Marc A. Russo, MD Pain Specialist Physician

Dr Russo is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician who has treated over 20,000 patients having established Hunter Pain Clinic, Australia's first multidisciplinary private pain clinic in 1999.He is currently Director of Hunter Pain Clinic and Sydney Pain Specialists as well as Director of Hamilton Day Surgery, Genesis Research Services and Co-Director of Innervate Pain Management Services. He was Co-Founder of NAPS anaesthetic group.He is the founding president of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, a former Secretary of the International Neuromodulation Society and currently is the Scientific Convenor of the INS meeting in Sydney May 2019.He is on the Faculty of Pain Medicine Examination committee, Professional Standards committee, NSW state committee, Research committee and the Interventional working Group.He has published over 50 papers in the field of pain medicine and is a reviewer for National Health and Medical Research Council as well as a number of international journals.He is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong.He has conducted a number of world first implants of Spinal Cord Stimulation as well as First in Man pain studies. His passion is furthering the boundaries of pain medicine and teaching colleagues in state of the art pain management.

Facility
Hunter Pain Clinic
Location
Broadmeadow, NSW, Australia
Session(s)

Loss of Efficacy with SCS Treatment: Methods to Avoid and Solutions

Mavi Sanchez-Vives, MD PhD -- ICREA Research Professor

Mavi Sanchez-Vives, MD PhD ICREA Research Professor

MD, PhD in Neurosciences, Associate Professor of Physiology for 7 years and since 2008 is ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Investigation August Pi i Suyner, at the Clinical Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Her interests and expertise are cortical electrophysiology, brain interfacing and virtual reality. She is also the co-Director of the EVENT Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments in Neuroscience and Technology) and founder of the spin-off Virtual Bodyworks.

Facility
ICREA- Institute of Biomedical Investigation
Location
Barcelona, Spain
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

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..

Leslie A. Saxon, MD -- Executive Director

Leslie A. Saxon, MD Executive 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
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Cybersecurity: How Secure are Wireless SCS Devices?

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 committee’s of the North American Neuromodulation Society. He lectures and serves as teaching faculty for the American Society of Pain Physicians (ASIPP), North American Neuromodulation Society (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.

Susan Schellinck, OT -- Occupational Therapist

Susan Schellinck, OT Occupational Therapist

Susan Reid Schellinck is an Occupational Therapist who works exclusively with people with chronic pain. She received her first science degree from University of Victoria, and her OT degree from University of British Columbia. She is a longstanding education committee member for Pain BC, and tours Canada teaching other OT’s about assessment and treatment of chronic pain. She was one of the initiating members for the creation of an inter-disciplinary pre-rehabilitation program for spinal cord stimulation at the NRGH Pain Program in 2010. Her hope is to increase awareness of the importance of pre and post rehab to increase efficacy the of neuromodulation for people with pain.

Suzanne B. Schwartz, MD MBA -- Associate Director for Science & Strategic Partnerships

Suzanne B. Schwartz, MD MBA Associate Director for Science & Strategic Partnerships

Suzanne B. Schwartz, MD, MBA is the Associate Director for Science & Strategic Partnerships at FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH). She chairs CDRH’s Cybersecurity Working Group and co-chairs the Healthcare and Public Health Government Coordinating Council. Suzanne graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, trained in General Surgery and Burn Trauma at Weill Cornell Medical Center; an executive MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, and completed Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Suzanne was recently recognized for Excellence in Innovation at FDA’s Women’s History Month for her work in Medical Device Cybersecurity.

Facility
US Food & Drug Administration
Location
Silver Spring, MD
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Cybersecurity: How Secure are Wireless SCS Devices?

Laura Schwietzer, PhD -- Vice President for Health Sciences

Laura Schwietzer, PhD Vice President for Health Sciences

About Dr. Laura SchweitzerLaura Schweitzer, Ph.D. is the University at Albany’s Vice President for Health Sciences. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. to ever 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/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 creation of a new two-year medical campus model, designed to respond to the dangerous physician shortage in rural New York. Prior to that assignment. Prior to that, she served simultaneously as Vice President for Academic Affairs/SUNY Upstate Medical University and Vice Provost/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)

Leadership Course

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

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

Dr. Jay Shah is an attending pain physician at Garden State Medical Center in New Jersey. He is a recent graduate of Weill-Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship in NYC. Dr. Shah completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation fromMontefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC, where served as Chief Resident Physician. He currently serves as a Director-at- Large and Co-Chair of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)Residents and Fellows Section, and is passionate about education and training within the field.

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

The First Year Out

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

Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS Professor of Neurosurgery

Ashwini Sharan, MD, FACS is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as the Division Director of Functional and Epilepsy Surgery and the Neurosurgery Residency Program Director. Dr. Sharan is an internationally recognized authority on functional neurosurgery, particularly for his contributions to the growing field of epilepsy surgery. Dr. Sharan also takes a keen interest in spine surgery, deep brain stimulation, intrathecal pumps and spinal cord stimulators.As an active researcher, Dr. Sharan has been the recipient of three NIH grants, investigating the safety of MRI for patients with implanted DBS systems, genetic influences of human epilepsy and neuronal dysfunction in AIDS. His work has been published in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Spine, Epilepsia, Neuromodulation and Orthopedics, among others, and has been cited over 4,700 times. Dr. Sharan is also the largest surgical enroller in DARPA’s Restoring Active Memory (RAM) project, a multi-institutional, expansive endeavor which seeks to build multi-scale computational models with high spatial and temporal resolution that describe how neurons code declarative memories. Dr. Sharan currently serves as the Past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and is the current President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). His principal interest in professional service is improving the quality of neurosurgical training, both in the United States and worldwide. He is also the founder of several neuromodulation companies, including Cerebral Therapeutics, Mudjala Medical and Intellect Medical. Dr. Sharan is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Medicine of Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and his fellowship in spine and functional neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife, a breast cancer oncologist, and two children. He has been in practice for over 17 years.

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

Plenary Session II - Targeted by Neuromodulation the Sequalae of Brain Injury

Neuromodulation of Facial Pain

Andrew B. Shaw, MD -- Clinical Associate Professor

Andrew B. Shaw, MD Clinical Associate Professor

Andrew Shaw, MD is a graduate of the Ohio State University. He trained in neurosurgery at the Ohio State University. Dr. Shaw serves on the website committee for the North American Neuromodulation Society, the resident/fellow committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Neuroscience Signature program quality committee. Dr. Shaw is a member of the North American Neuromodulation Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Ohio State Medical Association.

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

Erik Shaw, DO Director Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

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

Facility
Shepherd Center
Location
Atlanta, GA
Session(s)

Simplifying IT Therapy: A Solution to the Opioid Crisis