Speakers

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

Drew T. Simshaw JD LLM -- Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice

Drew T. Simshaw JD LLM Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice

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

Facility
Georgetown University
Location
Washington, DC
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Cybersecurity: How Secure are Wireless SCS Devices?

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH -- Medical Director

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH Medical Director

Dr. Sitzman is medical director of Advanced Pain Therapy, a comprehensive pain clinic located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is an active member of numerous national and international pain societies: president of North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS); past president of American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Southern Pain Society (SPS), Mississippi Pain Society (MPS) and Mississippi Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is the recipient of AAPM’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He has authored more than 75 scientific publications including abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Pain Medicine and Pain Practice. He is actively involved in patient advocacy and postgraduate medical education, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to pain pharmacology and interventional pain therapies. Dr. Sitzman received his medical and master of public health degrees from Tulane University in his native city, New Orleans. He completed postgraduate training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (internal medicine) and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA (anesthesiology and pain medicine). Dr. Sitzman is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Christopher T. Skidmore, MD -- Assistant Professor

Christopher T. Skidmore, MD Assistant Professor

Christopher T. Skidmore, MD is an epilepsy specialist in the Department of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University. He serves as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and the Neurology Residency Director. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has over 10 years experience in the field of epilepsy and has published and lectured on various topics in the field.

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

Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD -- Professor

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD Professor

Dr. Konstantin Slavin is a head of section of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of a fellowship program in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Dr. Slavin was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. After graduation from medical school he completed residency in neurosurgery in Moscow, and then moved to Chicago where he completed research fellowship and residency in neurosurgery, and fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Slavin has been working on staff in UIC since 2001 and went up through the academic ranks to become professor of neurosurgery in 2010.Dr. Slavin has authored and co-authored more than 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. His first book on “Peripheral Nerve Stimulation” was published in 2011; “Principles of Neuromodulation” (co-edited with Prof. Eljamel) came out in 2013; and new book on PNS came out in 2015. Currently, he is an associate editor of “Neurosurgery,” “Neuromodulation” and “Surgical Neurology International” and editorial board member of several other journals including “Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.”Dr. Slavin is the Past President of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Director-at-Large (past Secretary) of NANS. He is also a current Secretary of the International Neuromodulation Society and Secretary of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. For many years, he served on the Executive Council of AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain. Dr. Slavin has taught extensively on more than a hundred professional educational courses sponsored by national and international societies and device manufacturers. As a sign of peer recognition, he is for many years included in the lists of “Best Doctors in America” and “US Top Surgeons” and has received prestigious “Patients’ Choice” and “Most Compassionate Doctor” awards.

Facility
University of Illinois at Chicago
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Neuromodulation of Facial Pain

Jolene Smith, DO -- Pain Management Physician

Jolene Smith, DO Pain Management Physician

Jolene Smith, DO completed her residency in anesthesiology and a 1-year fellowship in pain management at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She has been in private practice at Pain Specialists of Iowa since 2015, where she currently serves as Chairperson of Mercy Hospital's (Des Moines) Pain Committee, is a member of the Executive Board of the practice, and is the creator of an educational lecture series at Mercy Hospital of Des Moines designed to train and inform healthcare providers about what services pain management specialists can offer. Dr. Smith's professional interests and expertise include spinal cord stimulation - she has placed dozens of devices and has lectured previously on the topic.

David Spinner, DO -- Assistant Professor

David Spinner, DO Assistant Professor

David Spinner, DO, RMSK, CIPS, FAAPMRDirector of Pain Management for Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System. I'm one of the first physicians in the country to become certified in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography and I've lectured nationally on musculoskeletal interventions. I am the lead editor for the first textbook on the topic, Atlas of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections. I have numerous publications in various textbooks and journals. I also help administer the CIPS (Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist) board examination for World Institute of Pain.

Facility
Mount Sinai Hospital
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peter S. Staats, MD MBA -- Chief Medical Officer

Peter S. Staats, MD MBA Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Staats was the founder of the division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the division chief and director for over a decade. In this capacity he was youngest division chief at Johns Hopkins and the first anesthesiologist to obtain surgical priviliges for neuromodulation therapies at any academic university. In 2003 he became a founding partner in Premier Pain Centers in New Jersey which recently merged with National Spine and Pain Centers (NSPC), the largest pain practice in the United States. He is currently the chief medical officer of NSPC and electroCore. He is boarded by the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the World Institute of Pain (FIPP) and has received fellowship status from both the World Institute of Pain and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He has edited or co- authored 11 textbooks on pain medicine and written over four hundred articles, book chapters and abstracts on the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems. His publications have appeared in prominent journals including JAMA, Lancet, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and others. He has chaired hundreds of meetings devoted to pain and neuromodulation around the world. He is listed in Americas Top Doctors, New Jersey Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America. He is the Past President of ASIPP, (The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians), the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the southern pain society the New Jersey Society of interventional pain physicians (NJSIPP), and was the first chair of the American Society of Anesthesia’s committee on Interventional pain. He is currently chairman of the Board of Examination World Institute of Pain (WIP) and is on the Executive Board of the WIP. He is also the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in Pain Management Award from the Southern Pain Society, as well as the Physician of the Year Award from both the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain and the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain. He has received distinguished service awards from AAPM, ASIPP, NANS and NJSIPP, and the Raj award for excellence (2017) and the lifetime achievement award (2018) from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has been chosen to be the recipient of the 2018 lifetime achievement award from the West Virginia society of Interventional Pain Physicians for contributions to the field of pain and neuromodulation. He is the recipient or co-recipient of numerous grants on the multiple facets of pain management. His research in cancer pain demonstrated how good pain management could lessen side effects and improve life expectancy. He was the co-principle investigator on the largest randomized controlled trial ever performed on intrathecal pumps, and principle investigator on the first large scale trial on a novel intrathecal agent for pain. His patents and research have led to novel approaches and FDA approvals in pain management and healthcare including novel pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Qutenza, Prialt and Gammacore). He was a founding partner and was on the board of directors between 2005 and 2018 and is currently Chief Medical Officer of ElectroCore medical, a medical device company devoted to modifying pain and disease through stimulation of the vagus nerve non-invasively. His research on pain, mechanisms of placebo response, his unified theory of pain termed Psychological Behaviorism theory of pain, and interventional therapies have been highlighted on Good Morning America, Peter Jennings World News Tonight, CBS News, BBC and multiple newspapers including USA Today, the Washington Post Newsweek, Pain Medicine News and the Wallstreet Journal.In addition to clinical and scientific work, his foundation, Positive outcomes worldwide is devoted to improving care around the world through education and training for pain and its treatment.

Facility
Electrocore LLC
Location
Colts Neck, NJ
Session(s)

Intrathecal Therapy: Current and Future Best Practice

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD -- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

After completing a Neurosurgical residency as well as a Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship, I joined the Neurosurgery Department Faculty at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, where I have been practicing for the last 6 years. My clinical practice and research involves neuromodulation for chronic pain, movement disorders, psychiatric diseases, epilepsy, and peripheral nerve disorders.

Facility
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Location
Cleveland, OH
Session(s)

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

Reda Tolba, MD -- Physician

Reda Tolba, MD Physician

Dr. Tolba works as an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem , North Carolina. He is the Program Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship at Wake Forest University .Dr.Tolba completed his residency in anesthesiology followed by a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Tolba specializes in a variety of non invasive and minimally invasive treatment modalities. He has a special interest in treating a variety of pain conditions including chronic neck and back pain, failed back syndrome, joints and spine pain, abdominal pain, peripheral neuropathy, and complex regional pain syndrome. Dr. Tolba has also published papers and book chapters as well as presented various studies at national meetings. His areas of interests are clinical and translational research, education and innovation . His clinical areas of focus and neuromodulation , kyphoplasty and minimally invasive new technologies.

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD -- Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD Director of Research

Dr. Ricardo Vallejo is the Director of Research at Millennium Pain Center and CEO of Stimgenics and Lumbrera. He is deeply committed to discovering new methods and treatments for chronic pain and has several intellectual patents in neuromodulation, radiofrequency and software. Dr. Vallejo is appointed in multiple editorial boards of international peer review journals such as 'Clinical Journal of Pain', 'Pain Physician', 'Journal of Opioid Management”, “Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management”, “Neuromodulation”, and 'Revista Mexicana de Anestesiologia' and served as Chief Editor of “Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management”.Dr. Vallejo has been Chair of the Scientific/Educational Committee for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management Annual Meeting and is Associate Editor of the journal “Pain Practice”. He is also member of the examination board for the World Institute of Pain and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Vallejo has published over 100 articles in international peer review journals and has authored more than 30 book chapters, and edited two books in Chronic Pain Management. He serves as speaker in meetings around the world. He is adjunct research professor at the Illinois Wesleyan University. Research interests of Dr. Vallejo are aimed at understanding the immune mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain conditions and the effects on epigenetics following the application of electro-magnetic stimulation on the central and peripheral nervous system.Dr. Vallejo received his medical degree in Colombia and then pursued his PhD in Immunology at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. During his residency in Anesthesiology at theUniversity of Miami he became Chief Resident of the program and served as resident representative for the Florida Society of Anesthesiology and The American Society of Anesthesiology. Then Dr. Vallejo pursued his fellowship in pain medicine at Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Facility
Millennium Pain Center
Location
Bloomington, IL
Session(s)

Pain Practice: The State of the Art

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA -- Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Dr. Vanterpool is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Comprehensive Pain Services at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Her clinical and academic focus is on the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain using a multi-modal approach. With almost a decade of pain and neuromodulation practice in varying clinical settings, Dr. Vanterpool avidly promotes and supports the use of targeted pain treatment to help patients with chronic pain reclaim relief and functional quality of life.

James Watson, MD -- Associate Professor of Neurology

James Watson, MD Associate Professor of Neurology

Has been a member of the Mayo Clinic staff since 2005. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology and serves as a Vice Chair in the Department of Neurology for Analytics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and is the Neurology Practice Chair for the Mayo Clinic Enterprise. He is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Disease and Comprehensive Pain Medicine. He has a dual appointment in the Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine Division. He is active in and chairs several committees and is a regular speaker for several other pain societies.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes for Pain

Joshua Wellington, MD -- Medical Director, IU Advanced Pain Therapies

Joshua Wellington, MD Medical Director, IU Advanced Pain Therapies

Joshua Wellington, MD trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard and completed his Pain Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has focused on advanced pain therapies using spinal cord stimulation and targeted intrathecal drug delivery at the Indiana University Medical Center for the past 14 years.

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD is a board-certified neurosurgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in stereotactic, functional, and epilepsy surgery. He has been in clinical practice at Emory University School of Medicine since 2012. He is head of the Neurosurgery Laboratory for Behavioral Neuromodulation where his funded research projects include cognitive enhancement and behavioral state control with applications for memory disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and narcolepsy.

Derron K. Wilson, MD -- Director

Derron K. Wilson, MD Director

My name is Derron K. Wilson, M.D. and I have been in practice and performing Neuromodulation since 2005. I serve as the Director of the Interventional Pain Management Department at Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine in Indianapolis, IN. In my clinical practice I have performed over 2000 SCS/DRG cases in my career and continue to be involved with physician training, resident training, and research.

Facility
Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine
Location
Indianapolis, IN
Session(s)

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

Christopher J. Winfree, MD -- Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Christopher J. Winfree, MD Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

After completing medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, Dr. Winfree joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University as a resident. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery in New Orleans, LA, and then a second fellowship in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery in Portland, OR. Currently, Dr. Winfree is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where he specializes in peripheral nerve surgery, peripheral nerve cancer surgery, nerve and muscle biopsies, pain neurosurgery, and spasticity. His research interests include the use of peripheral nerve transfers to treat spinal cord injury, and the use of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain disorders. He has been in practice for 13 years. During this time, he has taught numerous cadaver courses for nerve exposures and neuromodulation.

Facility
Columbia University
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Jieyun Yin MD -- Assistant Professor of Medicine

Jieyun Yin MD Assistant Professor of Medicine

I was trained in Medicine and have been performing basic and translational research for more than 10 years. My research has been focused on electrical neuromodulation on functional gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes and obesity.

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

Bioelectric Medicine

David L. Zealear, PhD -- Professor

David L. Zealear, PhD Professor

I am a tenured Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. I am a neuroscientist with expertise in electrophysiology and bioengineering. I have performed innovative basic research on the neural mechanisms underlying laryngeal control in animals. I have also led translational research in animals and humans, focusing on the development of new treatments for laryngeal and facial paralysis. With this background I introduced the idea of using functional electrical stimulation (FES) to reanimate paralyzed muscles of the head, neck, and thorax in 1977. Over the course of studying FES of denervated canine laryngeal muscles, I also discovered that I could influence the pattern of muscle reinnervation to favor reconnection by original over foreign motoneurons. The possibility of controlling the rewiring of targets by the nervous system following injury to prevent faulty or synkinetic reinnervation is a profound discovery. The present line of research is a clinical trial of bilateral reanimation of the bilaterally paralyzed larynx. An Infinity implantable pulse generator (IPG) is used to deliver stimuli via DBS electrodes to activate abductors of the vocal folds. Our previous canine studies have shown that bilateral glottal opening and exercise tolerance can be restored to a normal level without aspiration with this implantable system.

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

Bioelectric Medicine