Speakers

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

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.

Facility
Lyerly Neurosurgery Baptist Health
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Session(s)

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

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

Erik Shaw, DO Director Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

Dr. 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)

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

Jay L. Shils, PhD -- Director of ION and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Jay L. Shils, PhD Director of ION and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Jay L. Shils, PhD D.ABNM FASNM FACNS, is currently the director of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring at Rush University Medical School and an associate professor in the department of anesthesiology at Rush Medical Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and both his masters and PhD in bio-engineering at The University of Pennsylvania using with his thesis dissertation subject –“The bispectrum of the human electroencephalogram” to investigate interactions in the visual system and study EEG in epilepsy. He began his work in the field of intraoperative neurophysiology in 1994, then specializing in single-unit recordings during surgery for movement disorders, in the department of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of medicine. Dr. Shils’ research interests include investigating methods for improving real-time intraoperative neurophysiologic techniques as well as theoretical research into neuromodulation mechanisms of action. Dr. Shils has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and multiple chapters on intraoperative neurophysiologic surgical technique, post-operative management of movement disorders patients, and computational modeling as related to neuromodulation effects on various neural circuits. He has given over 100 national and international lectures on neuromonitoring including monitoring during DBS and SCS procedures. He has co-edited three books: “Neurophysiology in Neurosurgery: A modern approach” with Dr. Vedran Deletis; and “Essential Neuromodulation” and “Innovative Neuromodulation” with Dr. Jeffrey E. Arle. Prior to going to graduate school, Dr. Shils was an electrical engineer at the electric boat division of General Dynamics where he was involved in various modifications to existing electrical systems on submarines. Dr. Shils is the past president of the International Society for Intraoperative Monitoring and was the founding secretary of that society. He is a past board member of and past president of the American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring. He is the current secretary of the ASNM. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Neurosurgery and Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Facility
Rush University Medical Center
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Introduction to Intraoperative Neuromonitoring for Spinal Cord Stimulation

Damian S. Shin, PhD MSc -- Associate Professor

Damian S. Shin, PhD MSc Associate Professor

Damian Shin is an associate professor in the departments of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics and neurology at Albany Medical College. He has over 19 years of expertise in using in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological techniques. Primary fields of research include neuromodulation, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy.

Jill Sindt, MD -- Assistant Professor

Jill Sindt, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Sindt specializes in pain medicine and is skilled in procedural, medication and non-medication therapies for pain management. She has particular interest in cancer-related pain and is the Associate Director of Pain Medicine at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. In addition, she specializes in implanted devices for pain and practices at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Utah Pain Management Center.

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 80 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.

Facility
Advanced Pain Therapy, PLLC
Location
Hattiesburg, MS
Session(s)

Plenary Session II-When It's Time to Say No: Patient Selection

Eellan Sivanesan, MD--Assistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation

Eellan Sivanesan, MDAssistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation

Dr. Eellan Sivanesan is faculty and Director of Neuromodulation of the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, neuropathic, cancer, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-amputation, and other pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. Dr. Sivanesan utilizes a wide variety of neuromodulation techniques to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation. He is particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation for cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Work in the Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL) focuses on developing electrical stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discovering novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions. We study mechanisms of all modalities of spinal cord stimulation in the laboratory and aim to rapidly translate these discoveries to patient care. This bench to bedside approach facilitates a unique integration of the latest science with the clinical care of patients. The goal of this multidisciplinary work is to develop optimal stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discover novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions.

Christopher T. Skidmore, MD -- Associate Professor

Christopher T. Skidmore, MD Associate 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.

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD -- Professor

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD Professor

Dr. Konstantin Slavin is the head of a 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 his residency in neurosurgery in Moscow and then moved to Chicago where he completed a 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; a 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.

Matthew Smuck, MD -- Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Matthew Smuck, MD Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Matthew Smuck is the chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Stanford University. He is the medical director of rehabilitation services for Stanford Healthcare where he specializes in the comprehensive conservative management of spine disorders. He is currently president of the Spine Intervention Society and has served on the board of directors of the North American Spine Society and the Foundation for PM&R. Dr. Smuck is an award-winning researcher and pioneer in the field of physical performance monitoring. He directs the Wearable Health Lab at Stanford, investigating medical applications of mobile technology to improve musculoskeletal and neurologic disease detection, treatment and prevention. His work is recognized by numerous research society awards and publication awards, including the ISSLS Medtronic Award in 2012, the American Academy of PM&R’s 2014 President’s Citation Award, the PM&R Journal’s 2015 Best Original Research Award, the 2016 ISSLS Prize, and The Spine Journal’s Outstanding Paper Award in 2013, 2016, 2017 & 2018.

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

Spine Intervention Society: Radiofrequency Ablation-Assessing the Current Evidence

Dawn A. Sparks, DO -- Physician

Dawn A. Sparks, DO Physician

Dr. Dawn Sparks currently owns, operates, and runs her private practice called Lighthouse Healing located on the beautiful island of Kaua'i. She serves on the Special Planning Committee for NANS and is honored to have been on this committee for over three years. Dr. Sparks has also published numerous chapters and journal articles. She has reviewed for journals and had articles in the NANS newsletter. Dr. Sparks is pleased to be helping with progression in our field. She recently has attended over seven leadership training programs in furtherance of her expertise. Dr. Sparks is a proud member of the Hawaii Pain Society located in Honolulu. She has been asked to speak in three additional countries as well as the U.S. this year. Dr. Sparks trained at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic with multiple pioneers in pain management. She continues to publish on important topics in the field of pain medicine. Her book chapters are included in Clinical Pain Management, Abdominal Pain, and Spinal Injections and Peripheral Nerve Blocks to name a few. Dr. Sparks has lectured at many conferences across the country as well as having poster presentations internationally.  Historically, Dr. Sparks graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1999. Early in her college career, she did research with a pediatric oncologist and saw the need for effective pain control. Dr. Sparks was perplexed by the ordeals patients faced and hoped to ease the many difficulties patients experience when in unrelenting pain. This early interest in pain medicine led her to Ohio University for medical school, followed by postgraduate training in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, which she completed in 2009. After three years as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dr. Sparks then ventured into private practice. Dr. Sparks is pleased to be a part of various groups promoting the advancement of interventional pain. She is also an active member of Women In Neuromodulation. Dr. Sparks would like to thank everyone who has helped contribute to her growth and success as an aspiring female physician neuromodulator. She is grateful for your guidance and support along the way and looks forward to seeing you soon. Dr. Sparks hopes that she can help other physicians to incorporate neuromodulation as more of a mainstream approach into their practices.  Dr. Sparks is thrilled to be here in Las Vegas for NANS again and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about pain management.

Facility
Lighthouse Healing
Location
Hanapepe, HI
Session(s)

Appropriate and Effective Collaboration with Industry

David Spinner, DO -- Assistant Professor

David Spinner, DO Assistant Professor

David Spinner, DO, RMSK, CIPS, FAAPMR Director 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

Lisa Stearns, MD -- Founder and Medical Director

Lisa Stearns, MD Founder and Medical Director

Dr. Lisa Stearns, founder and medical director of Center for Pain and Supportive Care, is a leading expert in interventional therapy for cancer pain and is internationally renowned for her research and expertise with intrathecal pumps. Dr. Stearns is committed to educating patients and healthcare professionals about the most effective pain management and supportive care techniques. Upon receiving her medical degree from the University of Nebraska in 1991 and completing her residency in anesthesiology and her fellowship in pain management, Dr. Stearns became one of only a handful of interventional pain specialists to focus her practice on palliative medicine. In 2007 when Dr. Stearns founded Center for Pain and Supportive Care (CPSC) in Phoenix, Arizona, she set out to tackle what she saw as fragmented and narrow care for patients with chronic pain. Dr. Stearns has diligently worked to create a diverse team of providers, including specialists in cancer-related and chronic pain, supportive care, advanced therapies, interventional pain management, yoga rehabilitation, and medication management, among others. She has sought out talented clinicians whose values naturally follow CPSC's mission of restoring a patient's life by providing the most advanced pain management treatments through a whole-person approach to care. Dr. Stearns has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on pain management and palliative care and is actively involved in research at both the early development and late clinical trial stages. She is frequently a featured speaker at national and international conferences in her field; she has an adjunct faculty appointment at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine where she trains pain management and palliative fellows and preceptor for Midwestern University medical students and allied health professionals. In all her work, Dr. Stearns seeks to raise awareness that pain management can 'build a bridge back to life.' After watching both of her grandmothers pass away from cancer, Dr. Stearns has experienced first-hand that many chronic pain and cancer patients do not receive the proper care they need and often feel neglected throughout the treatment process. Dr. Stearns has made it her life's work to improve her patients’ function and overall quality of life, caring not only for her patients but their families and caregivers as well. Her practice is unique in that she treats the whole person by teaching them how to build healthy behaviors in all aspects of their lives: physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological. Dr. Stearns founded the Valley Cancer Pain Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to cancer pain research, to raise awareness and to educate families, patients and providers on integrating interventional pain treatments. She is also a co-founder and executive committee member of the Cancer Pain Research Consortium, a group of doctors from across the world working to find the latest and best treatments for cancer-related pain.

Facility
Center For Pain and Supportive Care
Location
Phoenix, AZ
Session(s)

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

Emerging Role of Neuromodulation for Cancer Pain

Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD -- Vice Provost Faculty Affairs

Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD Vice Provost Faculty Affairs

Luanne Thorndyke leads the UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs, and oversees all matters related to faculty, including faculty recruitment and hiring, faculty orientation/onboarding and professional development; academic affairs (appointment, promotion & tenure), campus governance and committees; leadership development; gender and equity issues. She is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, with a special interest in women’s health, with experience as a medical entrepreneur, medical director, and physician executive in public, private, and academic health system settings. Thorndyke is a graduate of Duke University (BA) and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine (MD), completing internal medicine residency at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  She joined the Penn State College of Medicine, serving as Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and later Associate Dean for Professional Development before transitioning to UMass.  Scholarly interests include professional and leadership development, mentoring, advancement of women, faculty well-being, resilience and vitality.  She has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics and is a highly sought-after speaker.  She chaired the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs (2012-13), led the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the organization, and created a new member mentoring program that continues today.  She is part of the faculty for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program since 2012, leading the ELAM curriculum related to the Institutional Action Project (IAP). Thorndyke has received multiple campus-wide and national awards for her work, including the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women’s Association, the Individual Leadership Award from the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science, the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee, the Carol J. Bland Phronesis Award from the AAMC GFA, and the Women’s Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Facility
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Location
Worcester, MA
Session(s)

Professional Development Workshop

Nanthia Suthana, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Nanthia Suthana, PhD Assistant Professor

Nanthia Suthana is an assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, neurosurgery, and bioengineering at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She completed her BS and PhD in neuroscience and postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA before joining faculty. Her laboratory studies the neuronal basis of human memory using various methods including deep brain stimulation, single neuron, and local field potential recordings in neurologic and psychiatric patients with brain implants combined with virtual reality. She is currently the Ruth and Raymond Stotter Chair in Neurosurgery and Associate Director of the Neuromodulation Division for the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She also serves as the associate director of neuroscience outreach for the Brain Research Institute.

Facility
University of California, Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Session(s)

Emerging Indications for Deep Brain Stimulation

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

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

After completing medical school at Georgetown University and neurosurgical residency training at George Washington University, Dr. Sweet underwent a Stereotactic & Functional neurosurgery fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, where she has since joined the faculty in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Psychiatry. Her areas of interest include deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and psychiatric diseases, as well as neuromodulation for epilepsy and chronic pain. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Sweet is also highly involved in research. She was awarded an NIH grant, exploring brain connectivity in patients with Bipolar disorder, and she is an investigator in several other clinical trials, aiming to truly impact scientific discovery for the treatment of diverse diseases using cutting-edge technologies. Dr. Sweet is similarly extremely active in organized Neurosurgery. She is currently a Member-at-Large of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee, Chair of Women in Neurosurgery, Secretary and Treasurer of the Neurosurgery Pain Section, and a Board of Director for the Stereotactic and Functional Section (ASSFN). She has also authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, including several neurosurgical guidelines. Finally, she has served as the director of multiple national courses, and regularly serves as faculty and invited lecturer for international and national meetings.

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

Emerging Indications for Deep Brain Stimulation

Jordan Tate, MD MPH -- Physician

Jordan Tate, MD MPH Physician

Dr. Jordan Lee Tate, MD MPH, is an interventional chronic pain medicine specialist who dedicates herself to comprehensive, holistic care for her patients. She specializes in advanced neuromodulation techniques and focuses on rehabilitation with non-surgical procedures to alleviate pain. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with focused study on neuroscience and earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Tate obtained a Master’s degree in health education from Rollins School of Public Health at the CDC where she dedicated her thesis work to initial research on clinical opioid use, misuse, and diversion. After a residency program in physical medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory, she completed her fellowship in pain medicine at The Mayo Clinic. As an active clinician, researcher, and busy mom of three, Dr. Tate is also passionate about traveling, education, and wellness. She practices in North Georgia at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers and directs several research projects on spinal cord stimulation and runs a subspecialty clinic on chronic pelvic pain.

Facility
Alliance Spine and Pain
Location
Jasper, GA
Session(s)

Matching Pain and Pathology with Device and Technique

Ilknur Telkes, PhD MSc -- Postdoctoral Fellow

Ilknur Telkes, PhD MSc Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Telkes received her BS degree in biological sciences from Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2010. In the same year, she started her graduate work at Informatics Institute, METU, and joined the interdisciplinary working group of Dr. Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru and Dr. Didem Gokcay. She received her MSc degree on phase validation of neurotoxic animal models of Parkinson’s disease and the probabilistic learning paradigms in these models in 2012. She started her PhD work in Biomedical Engineering at University of Houston, TX, and joined Dr. Nuri F. Ince’s clinical neural engineering Lab. Her thesis focused on the investigation of spatio-spectral dynamics of local field potentials and their functional use in movement disorders. She was awarded her PhD degree in August 2017 and joined Dr. Julie G. Pilitsis’s basic science lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Telkes’s current work focuses on the investigation of brain signals in response to spinal cord stimulation in chronic pain and deep brain stimulation in neurological disorders.

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

What's in the Signal? The Value Underlying Closed Loop Stimulation

Simon J. Thomson, MBBS FRCA FIPP FFPMRCA -- Clinical Lead

Simon J. Thomson, MBBS FRCA FIPP FFPMRCA Clinical Lead

Since 1992, he was Consultant clinical lead in Pain Medicine & anesthesia at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHSFT. In 2013 he became full-time pain medicine & neuromodulation. He served on the council of British Pain Society 2004 to 2008. He founded the Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland in 2001 and served two three-year terms as President of International Neuromodulation Society from 2009 to 2015. He was chair and/or co-chair of the scientific and organizing committees of four biennial INS congresses in London 2011, Berlin 2013, Montreal 2015 and Edinburgh 2017. He is the current chair of INS Research Quality Standards committee. Until 2019 he served as elected Emeritus Director of Large of the International Neuromodulation Society. He is an advisor to NHS England and NICE. Since 1993 he has been providing SCS and Intrathecal drug delivery and is active in clinical research, advocacy, training, and publishing.

Facility
Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital
Location
Essex, United Kingdom
Session(s)

Redefining Trials in Neuromodulation

Andrea Toomer, MD -- Physician

Andrea Toomer, MD Physician

Dr. Andrea Toomer is a Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician with Culicchia Neurological Clinic in New Orleans, LA. She is also faculty in the LSU Department of Neurosurgery in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Toomer received her Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA, and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Toomer currently practices in a multispecialty group consisting of neurosurgeons, neurologists, and physiatrists. Her practice includes an in-patient rehabilitation facility consisting of a 24-bed unit, and an outpatient rehabilitation practice that focuses on spasticity management.

Facility
Culicchia Neurological Clinic
Location
Metairie, LA
Session(s)

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy

Dustin J. Tyler, PhD -- Kent H. Smith Professor

Dustin J. Tyler, PhD Kent H. Smith Professor

Dr. Tyler’s has more than 25 years of design, development, and clinical implementation of neural interfaces. His expertise and interests include directly connecting humans and technology over neural system to improve human performance and capability. His areas of work include clinical trials of Class III medical devices with emphasis on neural interfaces; acute and chronic pre-clinical studies in small and large mammalian models, and computational neuroscience. His research activity ranges from early technology innovation to clinical implementation of neural interface devices and systems; application of neural interfaces for restoration of natural sensation and control in limb loss; neuromimetic devices and materials; MEMS technology applied to development of advanced neural devices; neuromodulation system development; computational neural modeling; neural prostheses for restoration of lost function in physically intact, but neurologically impaired individuals; and neural prostheses for head and neck applications. Prior to his academic research career, Dr. Tyler spent several years in the commercial sector commercializing neural prosthesis for restoration of function in spinal cord injured and stroke patients. He led research and development efforts for neuromodulation of patients with dysphagia, as well as, managing the development of clinical programming software for Class III medical devices. Dr. Tyler received his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, USA in 1992 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 1999.

Facility
Case Western Reserve University
Location
Cleveland, OH
Session(s)

Novel Methods to Restore Sensory and Motor Function

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD -- Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD, is a Pain Physician and Director of Research at Millennium Pain Center, Bloomington, IL. He received his medical degree in Univerdidad Libre in Cali, Colombia and a PhD in Immunology at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Vallejo completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) where he was Chief Resident in the Anesthesiology department. He specialized in Pain Medicine at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vallejo is Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a member of the examination board for the World Institute of Pain and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. His academic accomplishments include authoring more than 80 articles published in national and international peer-review journals. He has also been an invited speaker and an abstract contributor in meetings and conferences around the world. He is the inventor of two granted US patents and ten more pending US and international patents. Dr. Vallejo is a member of the editorial boards of international peer-review journals, including Neuromodulation, Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Physician, Journal of Opioid Management, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management, and Revista Mexicana de Anestesiologia. He serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Pain Practice and was the Chief Editor of the journal Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management. Dr. Vallejo is a member of the ASRA scientific committee since 2015, and a member of the NANS scientific program committee, where he co-chaired the abstract selection subcommittee frp, 2017-2019. He is the Scientific Program Chair for the 2020 NANS Annual Meeting. He was also Chair of the Scientific Educational Committee of the 2016 ASRA annual pain meeting. He is Adjunct Research Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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 Targeted Pain Treatment - the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain using a multi-modal approach. With almost a decade of pain and neuromodulation practice in both private practice and academic settings, Dr. Vanterpool avidly promotes use of Targeted Pain Treatment to help patients with chronic pain reclaim relief and functional quality of life. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Vanterpool is heavily involved in state advocacy initiatives, and is the current President-Elect and scientific program co-chair for the Tennessee Pain Society. Dr. Vanterpool has established a reputation as a leader in Targeted Pain Treatment, most recently being selected as one of 19 members across Tennessee to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education. She is also director of a Targeted Pain Treatment CME Course which will be geared towards non-pain specialists in the East TN region, with a goal of equipping them with tools to combat the opioid crisis while effectively treating pain. She has been active in WIN initiatives at NANS and serves as s member of the NANS Scientific Program Committee.

Facility
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Location
Knoxville, TN
Session(s)

Plenary Session IV - Interpreting New Evidence in the Field of Spinal Cord Stimulation

Round Table of Advanced Neuromodulation Cases

Paul E. Verrills, MD -- Physician

Paul E. Verrills, MD Physician

Dr. Paul Verrills is a world-renowned interventional pain management physician. He is a director of Metro Pain Group, a clinic widely recognized as Australia’s leading interventional pain practice. Dr. Verrills is a fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine and completed a Masters in Pain Medicine under Professor Bogduk at the University of Newcastle. He was one of the first in the world to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and to be awarded his International Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice. Having a passion for research, Dr. Verrills spent over a decade on the Research Committee of the International Spine Intervention Society and continues to co-lead a dedicated team undertaking cutting-edge research and data collection. Dr. Verrills regularly lectures and instructs hands-on learning of advanced interventional pain techniques in Australia, USA, Europe, and Asia, often focussing on his special interest subject - neuromodulation. He is an Editorial Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals including Neuromodulation and Pain Medicine. Dr. Verrills is a past Australian representative board member for the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) and is immediate past President of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ). Dr. Paul Verrills is an active member of the International Neuromodulation Society, International Spine Intervention Society, World Institute of Pain, The International Association for the Study of Pain, Australian Pain Society and the Spine Society of Australia.

Facility
Metro Pain Group
Location
Clayton, VIC, Australia
Session(s)

Challenges in Neuromodulation for Pain

Eugene R. Viscusi, MD -- Professor of Anesthesiology

Eugene R. Viscusi, MD Professor of Anesthesiology

Dr. Eugene R. Viscusi is professor of anesthesiology and chief of pain medicine/director of acute pain management in the department of anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After receiving a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, he completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His research interests include the development of new pain management techniques, outcome studies with pain management, and the development of novel agents and delivery systems for pain management. He has been a primary investigator for most of the emerging technologies in the perioperative arena and has been involved with the major development programs involving pain or related side effects over the last 25 years. Dr. Viscusi developed a novel, nurse-driven model for delivering acute pain management with specially trained nurses in the early 1990s that has served as a model for other institutions. Dr. Viscusi has lectured extensively at national and international meetings. He has authored more than 100 book chapters and abstracts, in addition to co-authoring a textbook on acute pain and contributing more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in journals including JAMA, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He currently serves on the editorial board of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the Clinical Journal of Pain, and the American Journal of Orthopedics, and he regularly reviews for many other journals. Dr. Viscusi’s research has been covered by the major media, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and he has appeared on nationally televised interviews. Dr. Viscusi has served on the board of directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), since 2011 and serves as Society president in 2019-2021.

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

Advancing Pain Management Science and Education: ASRA Special Session

Tor Wager, PhD -- Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor

Tor Wager, PhD Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor

Tor Wager is the Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor in neuroscience at Dartmouth College, as of July 2019. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in cognitive psychology in 2003, served as an assistant and associate professor at Columbia University from 2004-2009, and as an associate professor and professor at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2010-2019. Since 2004, he has directed the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, a research lab devoted to work on the neurophysiology of affective processes—pain, emotion, stress, and empathy—and how they are shaped by cognitive and social influences. Dr. Wager and his lab are also dedicated to developing analysis methods for functional neuroimaging and sharing ideas, tools, and scientific data with the scientific community and public.

Linda R. Watkins, PhD--Keynote Speaker

Linda R. Watkins, PhDKeynote Speaker

Dr. Linda Watkins received her PhD in Physiology from the Medical College of Virginia. After postdoctoral training there and at the University of California-Davis, she retrained in neuroimmunology. She joined the faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1990 and is currently a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor in Psychology & Neurosciences. She has won numerous research awards, including from NIDCR (Kreshover Lectureship), AAPM, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Foundation, American Pain Society (Kerr Award) and the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society. She has authored over 330 original research papers, and over 100 scholarly refereed review articles and book chapters. She has served on the Editorial Board of Pain, and Journal of Pain, and serves as an Associate Editor of Brain, Behavior & Immunity. Her research interests include immune and glial regulation of pain and drugs of abuse.

Facility
University of Colorado-Boulder
Location
Boulder, CO
Session(s)

Plenary Session IV-Interpreting New Evidence in the Field of Spinal Cord Stimulation

Ajay	D. Wasan, MD MSc -- Professor

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc Professor

Dr. Wasan is the vice chair for pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in pain medicine and completed fellowship training in pain medicine in the Anesthesiology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also board certified in psychiatry and completed a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Wasan has supervisory responsibility for clinical care across seven pain clinics in the UPMC system, pain medicine clinical faculty, and research within the pain medicine division. He is also co-chair of a system-wide committee to improve pain care across UPMC.

Facility
University of Pittsburgh
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Session(s)

American Academy of Pain Medicine: Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes

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 15 years.

Facility
Indiana University Health
Location
Indianapolis, IN
Session(s)

Controversies in Intrathecal Therapy