Speakers

The following is a list of all speakers for the NANS 21st Annual Meeting.

Zhe (Sage) Chen, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Zhe (Sage) Chen, PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Zhe Chen received the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005 from McMaster University, Canada. He was a research scientist in the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (2005-2007) and a senior research fellow in Harvard Medical School and MIT (2007-2014). Since 2014, he became an Assistant Professor at the New York University School of Medicine, with joint appointment at the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neuroscience and Physiology. Meanwhile, he has kept active research collaboration on a few research projects with Professor Matthew Wilson at MIT. His research interests include computational neuroscience, neural engineering, neural signal processing, machine learning, and Bayesian modeling. He is the lead author of the book "Correlative Learning" (Wiley, 2007) and the editor of the book “Advanced State Space Methods for Neural and Clinical Data” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is the Senior Member of the IEEE and the action editor of Neural Networks (Elsevier).

Facility
NYU School of Medicine
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

NIC: Closed Loop Stimulation

Jiande Chen, MD PhD -- Professor of Medicine

Jiande Chen, MD PhD Professor of Medicine

Dr. Jiande D. Chen is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in biomedical engineering. Considered the “father of electrogastrography,” Dr. Chen has conducted pioneering research aimed at observing and measuring the stomach’s electrical system. Dr. Chen received his BS from East China Normal University in Shanghai. He earned his PhD from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

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

Bioelectric Medicine

Neuromodulation Strategies for Visceral Pain

Binith Cheeran, MD PhD -- Clinician

Binith Cheeran, MD PhD Clinician

Dr. Binith Cheeran has 2 years of experience in Neuromodulation and 4 years of experience as Academic DBS Neurologist to Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Unit, Oxford, UK.

Facility
The London Clinic
Location
Lower Basildon, United Kingdom
David Charles, MD -- Professor and Vice-Chairman

David Charles, MD Professor and Vice-Chairman

Dr. David Charles is Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Neuroscience Institute and Director of Telemedicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research interests include the treatment of spasticity and cervical dystonia and he is currently leading the only clinical trial approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to test deep brain stimulation in people with early stage Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Charles also serves as Professor of Neurology, Vice-Chairman for Education of Neurology, Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, and is an attending physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Charles graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 1986 with a B.S. cum laude in Computer Science and Mathematics, and earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1990. He did his internship in the department of Medicine and his residency in the department of Neurology at Vanderbilt. From 1993-94 he was Chief Resident in Neurology, and from 1994-95 he was a Fellow in Movement Disorders and Clinical Neurophysiology at Vanderbilt. In 1996, he completed a Health Care Management course at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, and in 1997 he completed the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Physician Educators at Harvard Medical School.

Facility
Vanderbilt University
Location
Nashville, TN
Barbara Kelly Changizi, MD -- Assistant Professor

Barbara Kelly Changizi, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Barbara Kelly Changizi is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH. She attended Duke University Medical School and then went on to do residency training in neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She did her fellowship training in movement disorders at Albany Medical Center and then was promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Deep Brain Stimulation. She was recruited by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to co-direct the Center for Neuromodulation. She now has dual professorships in psychiatry and neurology at the Ohio State University, where she sees patients with movement disorders such as tremor and Parkinson’s disease in the Center for Neuromodulation.

Facility
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Location
Columbus, OH
Edward F. Chang, MD -- Faculty, Center for Integrative Neuroscience

Edward F. Chang, MD Faculty, Center for Integrative Neuroscience

Dr. Edward Chang is Professor of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is surgical therapies for intractable epilepsy, trigeminal neuralgia, pain, hemifacial spasm, and adult brain tumors. He specializes in advanced neurophysiologic brain mapping methods, including awake speech and motor mapping, to safely perform neurosurgical procedures in eloquent areas of the brain. He also specializes in laser thermal ablation to treat epilepsy. Dr. Chang is a New York Stem Cell Foundation - Robertson Investigator. Dr. Chang was awarded the 2015 Blavatnik National Laureate in Life Sciences in 2015.His groundbreaking work has been featured by the US News and World Report ('Secrets of Your Brain' 2011 special issue), San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Facility
University of California, San Francisco
Location
San Francisco, CA
John Chae, MD -- Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

John Chae, MD Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. John Chae is Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Dr. Chae received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University and Master of Engineering from Dartmouth College. He received his MD from New Jersey Medical School and completed his PM&R residency training at New Jersey Medical School and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

Facility
Case Western Reserve U, MetroHealth System
Location
Cleveland, OH
Jonathan D. Carlson, MD -- Interventional Pain Specialist

Jonathan D. Carlson, MD Interventional Pain Specialist

Dr. Jonathan Carlson completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. Carlson completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California – Davis and a prestigious fellowship in pain management at Texas Tech University. Dr. Carlson was trained by Dr. Gabor Racz, a pioneer in the field of Interventional Pain Management. Through Dr. Racz’s training, Dr. Carlson learned to think about pain management in a comprehensive way and to go above and beyond to help his patients. Dr. Carlson is double board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD -- Professor

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD Professor

Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran is an anesthesiologist specializing in Pain Medicine, and his academic activities are divided among research, teaching, and clinical duties in the Rush University Department of Anesthesia (Chicago, IL), and national advocacy for the advancement of pain care. He brings a unique perspective of a very busy clinical practice of acute and chronic interventional pain medicine with research. He is involved in various clinical and basic research in the field of acute and chronic pain. He is also the president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA).

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

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

Adam R. Burkey, MD -- Medical Director

Adam R. Burkey, MD Medical Director

Fifteen years of board-certified interventional pain practice, approximately half of which in an academic setting, with a master's in clinical epidemiology.

Facility
ANESIS Spine and Pain Care
Location
Renton, WA
Mark J. Burish, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor

Mark J. Burish, MD PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Mark J. Burish, who is board certified in neurology and fellowship trained in pain medicine, specializes in the treatment of neck pain, back pain and neuropathic pain. His research interests focus on headaches and facial pain. For 2 years, he has been seeing pain patients, headache patients, and doing translational headache research. A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Burish received his MD/PhD in the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of California at San Francisco, where he was co-chief resident of the UCSF Moffitt-Long Service and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. During his residency, he was also honored with the Core Clerkship Teaching Award, voted by third-year medical students as one of five residents who went “above and beyond in terms of dedication to teaching, mentorship, community-building, patient care and medical student development and support.” He completed his fellowship in interventional pain management in the department of Anesthesiology at UCSF. Dr. Burish is a co-author of articles that have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, The Neurohospitalist, Brain Behavior and Evolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neurophysiology, and the Journal of Neuroscience, among others.

Facility
UT Health Science Center at Houston
Location
Houston, TX
Session(s)

Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop

Brian M. Bruel, MBA MD -- Director of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor

Brian M. Bruel, MBA MD Director of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor

I have been a practicing pain physician for more than 10 years with a large neuromodulation practice consisting of intrathecal therapy for both pain and spasticity. I have extensive experience in spinal cord stimulation and have contributed to the training of numerous pain fellows. I have clinical expertise in the management of Cancer Pain, with years of experience working in NCI-designated Cancer Centers. I am co-leading the development of The Cancer Survivorship and Supportive Care Center at Baylor College of Medicine where I am also the Director of Pain Medicine.

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

Management of Cancer Pain

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD MS -- Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD MS Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart received a Master of Science in Bioengineering and her MD degree from University of Pennsylvania Schools of Engineering and Medicine respectively. Dr. Bronte-Stewart did her internship in medicine and a residency in neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in movement disorders in single unit electrophysicology and motor control with Dr. Stephen Lisberger, at the University of California, San Francisco. Her expertise in single neuronal electrophysiology in primates has been transferred to the operating room where she performs the intra-operative microelectrode mapping of basal ganglia nuclei during deep brain stimulations (DBS) procedures for the treatment of patients with Movement Disorders. Dr. Bronte-Stewart's research focus is on elucidating the mechanisms of abnormal brain activity that contribute to abnormal movement and balance disorders in Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia. She has developed new technology to measure human motor control such as a MIDI keyboard, which has been developed by Intel's division of Healthcare Technology. In the Stanford Human Motor Control & Balance laboratory, Dr. Bronte-Stewart and her colleagues are investing the effects of interventions such as DBS and/or exercise on specific aspects of balance and upper extremity movement in Parkinson's disease. In the operating room, she and her colleagues record electrical signals directly from the human brain and have demonstrated that DBS suppresses an abnormal rhythm in the brain and may act like a brain pacemaker. Dr. Bronte-Stewart's passion for understanding how the brain controls movement comes from a background in classical and modern dance.

Facility
Stanford University Medical Center
Location
Stanford, CA
Marom Bikson, PhD -- Professor

Marom Bikson, PhD Professor

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

Facility
The City College of New York
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Bioelectric Medicine

Role of Neuromodulation in Addiction and Affective Disorders

Markus A. Bendel, MD -- Physician

Markus A. Bendel, MD Physician

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

Kari Ashmont, PhD Health Program Specialist

Kari Ashmont is a Health Program Specialist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She helps to manage translational device awards at NINDS, as well as those in the trans-NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. She is also involved with the Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program. Prior to joining the NINDS, Dr. Ashmont was a postdoctoral fellow at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where her work focused on using engineering approaches and cutting edge technology to improve clinical care and diagnostics, particularly in pediatric epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Ashmont received her B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biology from Clarkson University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Facility
NIH/NINDS
Location
Rockville, MD
Charles E. Argoff, MD -- Professor, Director Comprehensive Pain Center

Charles E. Argoff, MD Professor, Director Comprehensive Pain Center

Charles E. Argoff, M.D. Professor of Neurology, Albany Medical College, Director, Comprehensive Pain Center, Albany Medical Center- Director, ACGME accredited Pain Management Fellowship- I have practiced pain medicine within an academic setting since 1990. I have authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed articles as well as mulitple pain management related textbooks.

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

Neuromodulation of Facial Pain

Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes for Pain

Ajay Antony, MD -- Assistant Professor

Ajay Antony, MD Assistant Professor

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

Facility
University of Florida College of Medicine
Location
Gainesville, FL
Session(s)

Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop

Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD Associate Professor

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, associate professor of anesthesia and critical care, is the program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship and the section chief of pain management services at the University of Chicago Medicine. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Iowa and an anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following a pain medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. She is an accomplished national and international educator, author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, and a member of many professional organizations and scientific committees that review the academic curriculum for various pain medicine meetings. As program director of pain medicine at the University of Chicago, Dr. Anitescu created novel educational experiences for the curriculum by organizing and hosting interdisciplinary and multi-institutional and regional meetings. Among them are the annual Chicago Pain Summit, the bi-annual Regional Collaborative Case Pain Medicine Conference, and multi-disciplinary rounds. The aim is to give pain fellows access to the practices at other institutions, to exchange ideas, or to present scholarly work or clinically challenging cases. As a council board member of the Association of Pain Medicine program directors, Dr. Anitescu’s efforts were directed to the pain medicine match and to the development of educational materials for pain fellows nationwide. Dr. Anitescu focuses research on improving the quality of life of patients with acute, chronic, or cancer pain through multi-modal, multi-faceted interventions. She is also a member of the Committee for Subspecialty Program Directors in the Association of Academic Anesthesiologists. She is committed to the scope of the organization and is hoping to continue to serve as its treasurer.Dr Anitescu is significantly involved in advancing the field of neuromodulation and serves as the secretary for the Women in Neuromodulation. She is committed to fellows education int his field and in the general field of pain management with special interest in cancer pain and neuromodulation applications in this area.

Facility
University of Chicago Medicine
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Cybersecurity: How Secure are Wireless SCS Devices?

Neuromodulation and Condition Specific Treatment: An Evidence Based Update

Adnan A. Al-Kaisy, MD -- Clinician

Adnan A. Al-Kaisy, MD Clinician

Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy is currently Clinical Lead of the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Trust. He trained in Chronic Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool. He has a fellowship in Chronic Pain Management at University of Toronto Hospital, Canada.Dr Al-Kaisy has an international reputation as a leading expert in Pain Management and has extensive experience in working toward the advancement of electrical neuromodulation techniques within this specialty.Dr Al-Kaisy led the first multicenter and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz SCS in the management of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). He has subsequently clinically pioneered the use of this novel therapy in the management of different chronic pain conditions including the feasibility study on chronic back patients without prior surgery. He has successfully designed groundbreaking research including a randomized double blind placebo control study examining different frequency in the management of FBSS. He is the innovator of a number techniques including transgrade dorsal root ganglion stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation. Dr Al-Kaisy continues to teach and lecture on essential and pioneering topics in pain management in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is the chair of the biannual London Spine Pain Symposium at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital

Facility
Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital
Location
London, United Kingdom
Session(s)

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

Neuromodulation and Condition Specific Treatment: An Evidence Based Update

Octavian R. Adam, MD -- Physician

Octavian R. Adam, MD Physician

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

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

Advanced Practice Providers Session

Kareem Zaghloul, MD PhD -- Investigator

Kareem Zaghloul, MD PhD Investigator

Dr. Kareem Zaghloul received his BSc degree from MIT in 1995 and his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Dr. Zaghloul completed a residency in Neurological Surgery in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania. During this time, he completed postdoctoral research with Dr. Michael Kahana, investigating the neural correlates of human memory encoding, decision, and reward. Dr. Zaghloul has completed clinical fellowships in Epilepsy Surgery and in DBS Surgery. Dr. Zaghloul joined NINDS as a Staff Clinician in 2010, and as an Investigator in 2013. His laboratory is focused on investigating the neural mechanisms underlying human cognitive function.

Facility
Nat'l Inst. of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Location
Bethesda, MD
Michael I. Yang, MD -- Physician

Michael I. Yang, MD Physician

I am founder of a rapidly expanding private practice group with multiple satellite sites. We specialize in implantable technologies as well as all interventional pain procedures. We also participate in various clinical studies involving cutting-edge neuromodulation modalities.

Facility
Summit Pain Alliance
Location
Rosa, CA
Chengyuan Wu, MD MSBmE -- Assistant Professor

Chengyuan Wu, MD MSBmE Assistant Professor

Dr. Chengyuan Wu is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Wu completed medical school at Tufts University. Following medical school, Dr. Wu completed his residency in neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as a fellowship in functional neurosurgery.

Gregory Worrell, MD PhD -- Professor

Gregory Worrell, MD PhD Professor

Dr. Greg Worrell is Professor of Neurology and Physiology & Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is Vice-chair of Neurology Research and Director of Mayo Systems Electrophysiology Laboratory (MSEL). His clinical practice and research are focused on the evaluation and care of patients with drug resistant epilepsy. Dr. Worrell’s research efforts capitalize on advances in neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, and neuroengineering. He is currently pursuing seizure forecasting and brain state tracking devices and the next generation of brain stimulation devices for epilepsy. Dr. Worrell received his PhD in Physics from Case Western Reserve University and MD from University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his Neurology training at Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, American Epilepsy Society, and IEEE.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Adam J. Woods, PhD -- Assistant Professor, Assistant Director

Adam J. Woods, PhD Assistant Professor, Assistant Director

Dr. Adam Woods is Assistant Director of the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory (CAM) in the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. He is the Director of the Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation Research Core in the CAM and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at UF. Dr. Woods is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in non-invasive brain stimulation, cognitive aging and neuroimaging. Dr. Woods’ research focuses on discovery and application of novel non-invasive brain stimulation interventions for enhancing cognitive function in adults with and without neurodegenerative disease. This includes work in a variety of comorbid conditions that may accelerate the brain aging process, including HIV, stroke, obesity, and surgery. He is also the PI of the largest phase 3 RCT using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), the ACT study as well as several Phase II tDCS trials focused on cognitive aging, dementia, and chronic pain. In addition, Dr. Woods is a leader in the field of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and runs an international training workshop for this technology, held in the past in NYC, Singapore, Gainesville, Barcelona and other locations each year. He has trained more than 600 researchers and clinicians around the world to safely and appropriately use tDCS.

Facility
University of Florida
Location
Gainesville, FL
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive 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