Speakers

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

Ralf Baron, MD Prof. Dr. med.

Professor Dr med Ralf Baron is Head of the Division of Neurological Pain Research and Therapy at the Department of Neurology, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet Kiel, in Germany. From 1999-2004, he served as General Secretary of the German Interdisciplinary Pain Society (DIVS), from 2005-2016 he served as a Management Committee Member of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and from 2008-2010 as a board member of the Deutsche Schmerzgesellschaft. He has been a Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) from 2010-2016.His main research interest is the pathophysiology and therapy of neuropathic pain states. He has intensive scientific collaborations with several researchers worldwide, e.g., Professor HL Fields, San Francisco, USA, and Professor TS Jensen, Aarhus, Denmark.Professor Baron is associate editor and reviewer for many scientific journals (Advisory Board Member for Nature Reviews Neurology 2005-present, Associate Editor for the European Journal of Pain 2006-2012). He has been the recipient of the German Pain Award, the Heinrich-Pette-Award of the German Neurological Society and the Sertürner-Award. In 1998 he was awarded a Feodor Lynen fellowship by the German Humboldt Foundation and was visiting professor at the Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco.Professor Baron has authored more than 300 publications with his outstanding and motivated research team, and has lectured at numerous conferences and symposia worldwide.
Facility
University of Kiel
Location
Kiel, Germany

Devin Adair, B.A. PhD Student

Devin Adair is a Ph.D student in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience program (with a concentration in biomedical technologies and neurostimulation) at the City College of New York. Her research interests include cranial nerve electrical stimulation and multidisciplinary approaches in the field of neuroscience. More specifically, her work examines how noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation effects cognition as measured by behavior, physiology, EEG, and MRI.

Facility
CCNY
Location
New York, NY

Rany T Abdallah, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

I have been in practice since July 2016. I have a diverse practice that includes acute and chronic pain management as well as anesthesia in the operating room.

Clinical Interests:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Adult and pediatric chronic pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Facial pain and headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Implantable pain device therapies

Research Interests:

  • Pathophysiology and treatment of cancer pain
  • Pathophysiology and treatment of neuropathic pain
  • Advancing implantable pain device therapies
  • Medical Cannabis
Facility
Temple University
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Armamdo Villarreal, MD MBA -- Assistant Professor

Armamdo Villarreal, MD MBA Assistant Professor

Graduate of Medical School, University of Panama; residency in Anesthesiology at Temple University and Fellowship in Pain Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University.  Member of NANS since fellowship, participated on various Pain Society Committees, including the Special Interest Group in Neuromodulation from IASP, where I am currently the treasurer.  Also the ASRA Neuromodulation SIG, where I am the Newsletter liaison. 

Facility
University of Rochester Medical Center
Location
Rochester, NY
Session(s)

Plenary Session IV: Show Me the Evidence

Ellie F. Hobson, RN, BSN -- DBS Coordinator

Ellie F. Hobson, RN, BSN DBS Coordinator

Ellie Hobson is a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She attended SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated in 2011 with honors. She started her nursing career at Albany Medical Center shortly after graduating college on the neuro progressive-care unit where she worked for 4 years before switching to an outpatient neurosurgery setting. She has been working with the functional neurosurgery team since July 2015, focusing her efforts in the multidisciplinary pain and movement disorder clinics. She serves as the DBS coordinator. 

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

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

Neil Jolly, MD -- Interventional Pain Physician

Neil Jolly, MD Interventional Pain Physician

Dr. Neil Jolly joined Louisiana Pain Specialists in July 2016. He was born and raised in the New Orleans area before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin with honors. He attained his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and then completed a transitional year internship at the University of Texas-Southwestern in Austin. Dr. Jolly pursued his anesthesiology residency at the distinguished Yale University School of Medicine. His training concluded with an interventional pain fellowship at the well-respected Wake Forest/Carolinas Pain Institute program in North Carolina. While training across the country with leaders in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Jolly acquired advanced skills in neuromodulation/surgical techniques, innovative spinal cord and peripheral nerve interventions/ablation, and both ultrasound-guided and fluoroscopically-guided procedures. At the core of his practice lies the profound ability to educate his patients on a multimodal approach utilizing both pharmacological and procedural treatments. He is an active member in several pain societies, and he continues to be a passionate speaker on a range of topics, including safe opioid prescribing and novel neuromodulation therapies.

Facility
Louisiana Pain Specialists
Location
New Orleans, LA
Session(s)
The First Year Out
Julie Huang-Lionnet, MD MBA -- Interventional and Cancer Pain Management Specialist

Julie Huang-Lionnet, MD MBA Interventional and Cancer Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Julie H.Y. Huang is a Harvard and Hopkins-trained Board-Certified Anesthesiologist specializing in Interventional Pain Management. She has clinical and research interests in cancer pain, targeted drug development, neuromodulation, and regenerative medicine. Dr. Huang’s passion for cancer pain arose from a combination of her clinical expertise and several years of translational research during college and through the Medical Scientist M.D, Ph.D. Training Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She has published several studies regarding cancer genomics and targeted kinase drug discovery for variety of cancers with collaborations at Stanford, MIT, and UCSF. She also obtained her MBA with honors through the medical leadership program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she discovered her entrepreneurial spirit and has since received small business grant funding and numerous venture competition awards. During her anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Huang spent time as a medical officer at the FDA in drug, device, and biologics regulatory review, with the aim to understand how to bring healthcare advances to the patient’s bedside. She completed her pain medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School - Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she worked alongside oncology, palliative care, surgical and radiation oncology colleagues at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in treating cancer pain. She has a special interest in developing a comprehensive cancer pain program in collaboration with her oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, and palliative care colleagues. Integral to her practice is the pursuit of cutting edge pain treatments, including minimally-invasive fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided interventions, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, and intrathecal therapies. In her field of pain medicine, she has been heavily involved in clinical trials and basic science research for drug discovery and technology development. Dr. Huang has published numerous articles in nationally recognized journals and has also been invited to present at numerous national and international conferences.

Facility
Greenwich Anesthesiology Associates
Location
Greenwich, CT
Session(s)

Round Table of Essential Neuromodulation Cases

Neuromodulation Strategies for Visceral Pain

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD -- Co-Founder, Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD Co-Founder, Director of Research

Dr. Ricardo Vallejo is the Director of Research at Millennium Pain Center. He is deeply committed to discovering new methods and treatments for chronic pain. Dr. Vallejo holds multiple appointments in the editorial boards of international peer review journals such as Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Physicians, Journal of Opioid Management and Revista Mexicana de Anestesiologia. 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 the University 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. Dr. Vallejo then pursued his fellowship in Pain Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was awarded the Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology of Anesthesiology in 2001 and further board certification in Pain Medicine in 2002. After graduation, Dr. Vallejo joined Millennium Pain Center in Bloomington, Illinois.

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

Pain Practice: The State of the Art

JA Camprodon, MD PhD MPH -- Chief, Division of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation

JA Camprodon, MD PhD MPH Chief, Division of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation

Dr. Camprodon is chief of the Division of Neuropsychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Clinically, he is the founding director of the MGH Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) clinical service, a member of the Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee and an attending physician in the departments of Psychiatry (Neuropsychiatry) and Neurology (Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology). He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology-Neuropsychiatry.Scientifically, he directs the Laboratory for Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation. His research uses multimodal combinations of neuroimaging and brain stimulation to investigate neural circuitry and plasticity in a translational manner. His laboratory works with a wide range of noninvasive and invasive neuromodulation techniques including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) among others. He also uses functional and structural MRI, EEG and innovative simultaneous combinations of TMS and tDCS with neuroimaging.Dr. Camprodon is interested in understanding basic circuit properties of human neural networks and how maladaptive plastic changes lead to neuropsychiatric disorders. Critical efforts are geared towards applying the paradigms and methods of basic systems neuroscience to develop high-impact clinical tools, identify targets for therapeutic action and design individualized image-guided neuromodulation treatments.
Facility
MGH, Harvard Medical School
Location
Boston, MA
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Leigh E. Charvet, PhD -- Associate Professor

Leigh E. Charvet, PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Leigh Charvet is a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 20 years of clinical research experience. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the NYU Medical School. She received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University, and completed her internship at the West Haven VAMCE and fellowship at Stony Brook Medicine. She is the author of more than 40 scientific papers on the subjects of cognitive functioning and MS. Study of transcranial direct current stimulation for use with multiple sclerosis patients and creation of a remotely-supervised telemedicine approach for at-home stimulation.

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

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

John R. McGuire, MD -- Professor PM&R

John R. McGuire, MD Professor PM&R

John R. McGuire, M.D. is a Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director of the Comprehensive Spasticity Management Program. He received his MD from the University of Minnesota and completed Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He also completed a Post-Residency Fellowship in Stroke Rehabilitation from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. His research interests include maximizing motor recovery and quantifying motor discoordination after upper motoneuron lesions. He has numerous publications and presentations related to motor control and spasticity management with intrathecal baclofen and botulinum neurotoxins. He has twenty five years of clinical experience managing spasticity.

Facility
Medical College of Wisconsin
Location
Milwaukee, WI
Session(s)

I Just Inherited 100 Pumps Patients: What Do I Do Now? A Case-Based Approach

Jeffrey Arle, MD, PhD -- Associate Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery

Jeffrey Arle, MD, PhD Associate Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery

A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Arle completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He subsequently completed a fellowship in epilepsy and movement disorder surgery at New York University. Dr. Arle also holds a doctorate degree in computational neuroscience from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include computational modeling and analysis of neural circuitry and function, specifically with regard to the effects of electrical stimulation on the nervous system. He's also interested in developing novel implantable devices for interfacing with the nervous system and deep brain stimulation for patients with movement disorders and pain.

Facility
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Location
Boston, MA
Ashwin Viswanathan, MD -- Neurosurgeon

Ashwin Viswanathan, MD Neurosurgeon

7th year of practice as fellowship trained functional neurosurgeon

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

Controversies in Neuromodulation for Movement Disorders

Andrew B. Shaw, MD -- Clinical Associate Professor

Andrew B. Shaw, MD Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Andrew Shaw 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
Ocala Health Neurosurgical Group
Location
Ocala, FL
Session(s)

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

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

Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a professor in the departments of neurosurgery and neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He has been in practice for 15 years and his practice focuses on surgery for epilepsy, neuromoduatory surgery, and spinal neurosurgery. At Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Sharan provides unique expertise in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. His expertise also includes intrathecal pump implantation for spasticity, spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain disorders, and vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy. In addition, he leads the surgical epilepsy program at Thomas Jefferson University, where approximately 100 patients per year are treated with surgery and a majority are cured. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sharan is a true academician. He has been awarded the William H. Sweet Young Investigator Award, the William Buchhiet Teacher of the Year Award, was named by Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star at age 40, and was named one of America’s Top Doctors. He has completed fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in functional neurosurgery with Ali Rezai and fellowship in spinal neurosurgery with Ed Benzel. Dr. Sharan is a leading researcher in advance functional imaging of the brain for patients with epilepsy. In addition to these responsibilities, he is currently the program director of the Jefferson Neurosurgery residency. He is president for the North American Neuromodulation Society and president-elect for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored more than one hundred publications and given countless invited talks. Dr. Sharan has been a faculty member for several review courses throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Sharan is actively involved in innovation in the field of neuromodulation. He holds multiple patents in neurostimulation and neurosurgery. He was part of the founding team member in Intelect Medical and Endius. He is currently part of the active founding members for Cerebral Therapeutics and Mudjala. He holds board positions in Tiger Labs and Neurotarget.

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

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

Neuromodulation of Facial Pain

Reda Tolba, MD -- Physician

Reda Tolba, MD Physician

Dr. Reda 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 and case reports on pain medicine at national meetings. He focuses on residents and fellows education and teaching.

Facility
Ochsner Health System
Location
Kenner, LA
Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD -- Vice Provost Faculty Affairs

Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD Vice Provost Faculty Affairs

Dr. Luanne Thorndyke is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She leads an office responsible for all matters related to faculty, including sponsoring faculty/leadership development; efficiently and consistently administering academic affairs (appointment, promotion, tenure); stimulating faculty recruitment and retention, leading efforts to promote recognition and satisfaction; supporting faculty diversity and inclusion; and spearheading efforts to advance women and promote gender equity. Under her leadership, UMMS was one of five medical schools nationally to receive a $250,000 grant for innovative work in career flexibility for medical faculty from the American Council on Education and Alfred Sloan Foundation. Prior to joining UMMS, she was Associate Dean for Professional Development at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education. She established the Penn State Jr. Faculty Development Program, an initiative nationally recognized as a model for faculty development and mentoring, also implemented at UMMS. A graduate of Duke University and University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Thorndyke has broad experience in academic administration, programmatic development, and clinical leadership. A board-certified internist, clinical interests include women’s health and geriatrics. Following residency training, she launched her career by establishing a community-based, primary care practice in Philadelphia that has continued for over 25 years. Scholarly interests include faculty development, mentoring, leadership and advancement of women, and faculty competencies. A highly sought after speaker, she has influenced many women through numerous workshops, presentations, and mentoring/role modeling. Thorndyke was elected Chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs (2012–13), and is also a member of the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science, and the Group on Diversity and Inclusion. She was recognized by the American Medical Women’s Association with the Elizabeth Blackwell Award in 2012, the Individual Leadership Award from the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science in 2013, and the 2015 Outstanding Mentor Award from the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious 2016 Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award by the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs. This award serves to honor members of the faculty affairs community who exemplify the spirit of phronesis through dedicated and selfless promotion of faculty vitality.

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

Neuromodulation Primer-Advanced Practice Providers & Residents and Fellows

William A. Stuart, RPh -- President

William A. Stuart, RPh President

William A. Stuart, RPh, practicing pharmacist with over 30 years in sterile compounding. Graduate of University of Arizona, certified in Aseptic Compounding from American College of Apothecaries and Bacterial Endotoxin Testing from Associates of Cape Code USA. Mr. Stuart has consulted to Medtronic and presented to various pain societies on the topics of sterile compounding and pharmacology of IT pharmaceuticals.

Facility
Hartley Medical Center Pharmacy
Location
Long Beach, CA
Session(s)

I Just Inherited 100 Pumps Patients: What Do I Do Now? A Case-Based Approach