Speakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Facility
University of Utah
Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Session(s)

Emerging Role of Neuromodulation for Cancer Pain

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

Laura Schweitzer, PhD -- Vice President for Health Sciences

Laura Schweitzer, PhD Vice President for Health Sciences

Laura Schweitzer, PhD, is the University at Albany’s vice president for health sciences working remotely from Louisville, KY. She is also president emeritus of Union Graduate College where she served as president for seven years. She has a wide range of administrative experience, having served in key roles at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, Columbia University’s affiliate Bassett Healthcare and the University of Louisville. Prior to her administrative career, Schweitzer, a Duke- and Washington University-trained neurobiologist, was known for her contributions to our understanding of the relationship between structural and functional development in the auditory brainstem and deafness. Schweitzer received a PhD in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University in neuroscience and was named research faculty in 1985. Three years later, Dr. Schweitzer moved to the University of Louisville. She has published more than 50 scholarly articles and accumulated grant and contract funding in excess of $5 million primarily from federal sources including NIH, NSF, and HRSA. Laura Schweitzer is believed to be the first female PhD to lead a U.S. medical school. Before her medical school deanship, Schweitzer first served as the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center associate vice president for health affairs and the dean of allied health sciences. During her tenure, the University of Louisville saw a seven-fold increase in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Schweitzer received two national awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges – one as woman of the year and the leadership award from the Group on Faculty Affairs. As chief academic officer and Bassett Healthcare and Founding Regional dean, Cooperstown Campus for Albany Medical Center (Bassett is now a campus of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) Schweitzer pioneered the creation of a new two-year medical campus model, designed to respond to the dangerous physician shortage in rural New York. Prior to that, she served simultaneously as vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University and vice provost at Syracuse University. She has served as national faculty for both the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.

Facility
SUNY University at Albany
Location
Prospect, KY
Session(s)

Professional Development Workshop