Speakers

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

Arthur Cukiert, MD PhD -- Neurosurgeon

Arthur Cukiert, MD PhD Neurosurgeon

Arthur Cukiert was born in Santo Andre, Brazil in July 23rd, 1963. He graduated at Sao Paulo University in 1986 and finished his neurosurgical training at the Hospital das Clinicas of Sao Paulo University in 1991. He spent a year at the Montreal Neurologic Institute as a Clinical & Research Fellow. Back in Brazil, he worked at Sao Paulo Hospital das Clinicas, developed the Hospital Brigadeiro neurosurgical service and was a medical assistant at the ABC Faculty of Medicine in Sao Paulo. He received a PhD degree in Neurophysiology in 1996 from the Biological Sciences Institute of the Sao Paulo University. He is presently the Director of the Sao Paulo Epilepsy Clinic, and Head of its Epilepsy Surgery Program. He is part of the ILAE Pediatric Surgery Task Force and had organized several Epilepsy Surgery Techniques Meetings over the years. He was President of the Brazilian Functional Neurosurgery Society and of the Brazilian Congress of Update in Neurosurgery. He presented more than 400 lectures worldwide, attended to 350 meetings, presented 800 abstracts and published 150 peer reviewed papers and 8 books. His activities center on the surgical treatment of refractory epilepsy and pituitary tumors.

Facility
Sao Paulo Epilepsy Clinic
Location
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Session(s)

Neuromodulation in Epilepsy Case Discussions

Alexandre F. DaSilva, DDS DMedSc -- Associate Professor

Alexandre F. DaSilva, DDS DMedSc Associate Professor

Alexandre DaSilva, D.D.S., D.Med.Sc., is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. DaSilva received his Doctorate in Medical Science degree in Oral Biology with clinical training in Orofacial Pain at Harvard University. He is the founder and director of H.O.P.E. (Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort) lab. The H.O.P.E. Lab focuses on the development of neuroscience driven tech-innovations for human neuroimaging (PET [opioids/dopamime], MRI, fNIRS, EEG), neuromodulation, mobile technology, 3D neuronavigation, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, and their integration for pain research, education and treatment. Dr. DaSilva has been a speaker for multiple national and international scientific meetings such as the International Association for the Study of Pain, American Pain Society, National Institutes of Health, and educational initiatives of the National Science Foundation. He is awardee of several U.S. governmental grants for clinical trials in pain relief and frequently serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, including the Brain Initiative. His publications have received broad media coverage by national and international venues, for instance, Discovery Channel, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American Mind, and others.

Facility
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Neuromodulation of Facial Pain

Abhishek Datta, PhD -- Scientist and CTO

Abhishek Datta, PhD Scientist and CTO

Dr. Datta is Scientist / CTO at Soterix Medical,Inc (SMI) and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the City University of New York. He specializes in multiple aspects of medical technology translation from design, research and development of new medical devices, to regulatory clearance. His work in the area of neural engineering focuses on non-invasive electrical stimulation with expertise in computational modeling and validation. He co-invented a targeted and non-invasive electrical stimulation approach called HD-tDCS. At Soterix Medical, he led the full development and transition of HD-tDCS technology (hardware, software, accessories) and the home-tDCS platform into the investigational (research) and clinical market.

Facility
Soterix Medical, Inc
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Timothy R. Deer, MD -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Timothy R. Deer, MD President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Deer received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and received his training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The University of Virginia. He currently holds the position of clinical professor of Anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Deer is the president and chief executive officer of Center for Pain Relief/The Spine and Nerve Center of the Virginias in Charleston, West Virginia. The center currently treats more than 3400 chronic pain patients per month, many with unique conditions that require an algorithmic approach to their management. Dr. Deer is the president of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) and the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP). Dr. Deer is a former member of the board of directors of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), and is a past Chairman of the Pain Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He has published over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts, several book chapters and three widely used text books. Dr. Deer has taught interventional techniques throughout North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Facility
Center for Pain Relief, Inc.
Location
Charleston, WV
Session(s)

Intrathecal Therapy: Current and Future Best Practice

Mehul J. Desai, MD MPH -- Managing Partner

Mehul J. Desai, MD MPH Managing Partner

Mehul J. Desai, MD, MPH is board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. During residency he spent 6 months completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health conducting groundbreaking research into mechanisms of muscle pain. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal disease (tendon injuries, osteoarthritis), discogenic pain and intradiscal therapies including biologics, neuromodulation; specifically, spinal cord stimulation and targeted drug delivery, complex spinal conditions, pelvic pain, outcomes-based research and healthcare economics. Dr. Desai is the Founder and Medical Director of the International Spine, Pain & Performance Center, a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice located in Washington, DC. Formerly, Dr. Desai was Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine and of Neurosurgery at the George Washington University Medical Center and served as the Director, Pain Medicine and Non-Operative Spine Services of the GW Spine & Pain Center, Director, Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at the George Washington University Hospital and Director, Sibley Pain Center at the Sibley Memorial Hospital. Dr. Desai maintains an avid interest in research, serving as the principle investigator on multiple ongoing clinical trials including studies on radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation. Dr. Desai has published articles in Pain Practice, Neuromodulation, Pain Physician, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Pain Medicine. He has authored multiple book chapters and is currently completed his second textbook. Dr. Desai currently served as a Leadership Fellow for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the 2016 Legislative Fellow for the North American Neuromodulation Society.

Teresita Devera, MSN CRNP ANP-BC -- Nurse Practitioner

Teresita Devera, MSN CRNP ANP-BC Nurse Practitioner

Teresita DeVera is a nurse practitioner in the department of neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She has over 15 years of experience in both spinal and functional neurosurgery, starting as a nurse in the ICU setting, now working as a nurse practitioner directly under the guidance of Dr. Ashwini Sharan. She collaborates with her physicians, managing and educating patients with chronic pain, epilepsy, and movement disorders. One of her goals as a nurse practitioner is to improve patient outcomes by increasing APP involvement and bridging the gap in communication between treating physicians.

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

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

Jennifer Durphy, MD -- Assistant Professor

Jennifer Durphy, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Durphy is a fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist. She completed her medical school training at Indiana University in 2007 and went on to complete a neurology residency at Georgetown University in 2011. In 2012 she completed a fellowship in movement disorders at Albany Medical Center, where she has stayed on as assistant professor of neurology. Her practice is composed of patients diagnosed with conditions including Parkinson's Disease, essential tremor, Huntington's Disease and dystonia. She has a special interest in intraoperative monitoring of deep brain stimulation surgery as well as post-operative deep brain stimulation management.

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

Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop

Maxim S. Eckmann, MD -- Associate Professor

Maxim S. Eckmann, MD Associate Professor

Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Medical Director of a practice with five faculty and six fellows annually. Full time academic physician active in interventional pain medicine and neuromodulation including implantation of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal drug delivery devices. Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (2008).

Facility
UT Health San Antonio
Location
San Antonio, TX
Session(s)

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

Sam S. Eldabe, MB ChB FRCA FFPMRCA -- Professor

Sam S. Eldabe, MB ChB FRCA FFPMRCA Professor

Consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine at the James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough and Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Exeter and Durham Universities.My interests include the use neuromodulation for the treatment of neuropathic pain particularly Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, which has led me to an interest in medication management with particular reference to opioids I have published more than 60 articles on the subjects of pain relief and cost effectiveness of various pain procedures.I am currently Chief Investigator of 8 research projects.

Facility
South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Session(s)

Plenary Session I - Paradigm Shifts in Neuromodulation: Beyond Programming and Frequency

Plenary Session III - Opening Our Vision and Insight to Pain

Jason S. Eldrige, MD -- Assistant Professor

Jason S. Eldrige, MD Assistant Professor

I am a pain & anesthesia boarded physician, who is versed in all interventional percutaneous procedures and implantable pain technologies (SCS, IDDS). I trained at Mayo Clinic Rochester, and have served on staff since 2009. Academic and clinic interests include the management of cancer pain, treatment of medically intractable primary headache (interventional), use of implantable neuromodulation devices (SCS, IDDS, other), and the application of regenerative medicine technologies for pain indications.

Dario J. Englot, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery & Biomedical Engineering

Dario J. Englot, MD PhD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery & Biomedical Engineering

I am Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, and Surgical Director of Epilepsy. I also lead a research laboratory investigating brain network dysfunction in epilepsy and other neurological disorders using various neuroimaging and electrophysiology techniques.

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

Neuromodulation in Epilepsy Case Discussions

Jason M. Erickson, DO MSPT -- Physician

Jason M. Erickson, DO MSPT Physician

I am entering my sixth year in practice with St. Luke's Spine & Pain Associates in Allentown, PA. I completed a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program at Mayo Clinic where I also served as Chief Resident. I also completed a Pain Medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic. I incorporate traditional spinal cord stimulation as well as dorsal root ganglion stimulation in my practice. This is my third year as faculty for the NANS fellows cadaver course.

Steven M. Falowski, MD

Steven M. Falowski, MD

Dr. Falowski underwent his neurosurgical residency training at Thomas Jefferson University with a focus on Spinal Cord Stimulation and Pain management. He completed a functional fellowship at Rush University in both movement disorder and epilepsy. He is presently Director of Functional Neurosurgery at St. Lukes University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA with a practice specializing in neuromodulation.

Bin Feng, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Bin Feng, PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Feng is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Connecticut (UConn). Dr. Feng received his baccalaureate and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he started to gain interests in neural engineering and neurophysiology of the sensory systems. Afterwards, Dr. Feng conducted his post-doctoral training in visceral pain-related neuroscience at Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. In 2015, Dr. Feng joined the faculty in the School of Engineering at UConn to lead a multi-disciplinary research team that brings in engineering approaches to advance the field of visceral pain and management. Dr. Feng has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal publications, 2 book chapters, and 41 conference publications/abstracts. Dr. Feng’s ongoing research is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Science Foundation (NSF) and healthcare industry (i.e., Unilever Inc. and Allergan Inc.).

Facility
University of Connecticut
Location
Storrs, CT
Session(s)

Neuromodulation Strategies for Visceral Pain

Michael A.  Fishman, MD MBA -- Pain Management Physician

Michael A. Fishman, MD MBA Pain Management Physician

Michael Fishman, MD is a board-certified interventional pain management physician with a comprehensive practice including neuromodulation, ablative techniques, and interventions targeting a myriad of painful conditions. Dr. Fishman is actively involved in clinical research, serving as principal investigator on a number of studies. His societal engagements include serving as Director-at-Large for the NANS Resident and Fellow Section, as Co-director of Preconference Workshops for the annual meeting, and is a member of the 2019 NANS Scientific Planning Committee, among others.

Robert D. Foreman, FAHA PhD -- George Lynn Cross Research Prof Emeritus

Robert D. Foreman, FAHA PhD George Lynn Cross Research Prof Emeritus

Dr. Robert D. Foreman PhD is George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physiology at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has published more than 200 articles in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals, and was supported by the National Institutes of Health throughout his career. Dr. Foreman is Past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society and Past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society Foundation. He is Section Editor of Basic Science for Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface Journal.

Facility
University of OK Health Science Center
Location
Oklahoma City, OK
Session(s)

Neuromodulation Strategies for Visceral Pain

Damean W. Freas, DO MDA--CEO

Damean W. Freas, DO MDACEO

Damean Freas, D.O., is the Chief Executive Officer for KureSmart Pain LLC. He is board certified and fellowship trained in pain medicine. Dr. Freas attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his medical residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. His fellowship training was completed at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.In 2016, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Dr. Freas as the Chairman, Maryland Board of Physicians. The Maryland Board is the third largest in the country in terms of the number of licensed professionals that they oversee. Dr. Freas is the youngest Chairman in the Board’s history.Dr. Freas is listed as one of the “150 Pain Management Physicians to Know” by Becker’s ASC Review. He was also rated one of the “Rising Stars of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” for Washington DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia by Washington Post Magazine. In 2011, Dr. Freas was voted What’s Up Annapolis and What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine TOP DOC by his peers.

Facility
KureSmart Pain Management
Location
Annapols, MD
Session(s)

Advancement of Pain Practice: Understanding Administrative, Healthcare Policy and Economic Factors

Halena M. Gazelka, MD -- Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Halena M. Gazelka, MD Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Dr Halena Gazelka attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, then completed an anesthesiology residency and both pain and palliative medicine fellowships at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN. She practices medical and interventional pain management, serving as the Director of Mayo clinic inpatient acute and chronic pain services. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to palliative medicine and serves as one of the medical directors of the Mayo Hospice in Rochester. Dr Gazelka chairs the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program, dedicated to improving patient care and reducing opioid diversion and addiction. Further, Dr Gazelka serves on the Mayo Ethics Subcommittee, teaches in the medical school and serves on the multiple committees with national pain organizations. She is an appointee to and member of the US Health and Human Services Pain Management Task Force by Alex Azar, Secretary, HHS.

Jason L. Gerrard, MD PhD -- Director, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery

Jason L. Gerrard, MD PhD Director, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery

Jason Gerrard, MD PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine. Following the completion of his MD and PhD in Neuroscience, Dr. Gerrard completed his neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital. His post-graduate training included a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery with Dr. Emad Eskandar and a fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery with Dr. Dennis Spencer at Yale. Following his Epilepsy Surgery Fellowship, Dr. Gerrard joined the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and obtained a secondary appointment in Neuroscience. Dr. Gerrard is the Director, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery, Director, Neurotrauma at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Co-Director of the Epilepsy & Functional Fellowship at Yale. He specializes in epilepsy surgery and functional surgery and directs the Neural Systems, Memory & Epilepsy Laboratory that conducts basic science and translational research into the neural systems mechanisms of epilepsy and the development of brain-computer interface devices for neurotherapeutics.

Christopher A. Gilmore, MD -- Clinical Assistant Professor

Christopher A. Gilmore, MD Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Christopher A. Gilmore, a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, in Memphis, TN. He then completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, obtaining Board Certification in Anesthesiology in April of 2006.Dr. Gilmore is a Clinical Associate Professor at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He actively participates in the training of anesthesia residents and fellows and is well versed in medication management, interventional techniques, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.

Facility
Carolinas Pain Institute/Center for Clinical Research
Location
Winston-Salem, NC
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Making Sense of New Technologies and Early Outcomes of Interest

Michael Gofeld, MD FRCPC DEAA FIPP CIPS -- Staff Physician

Michael Gofeld, MD FRCPC DEAA FIPP CIPS Staff Physician

Current appointment: Associate Professor, University of Toronto and McMaster University Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada; Professional Societies: Director of International Chapters: World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography Vise-Chair (Ultrasound), Board of Examination, World Institute of Pain; Creative Professional Activity: Chair, Chronic Pain Registry Committee, Advisory Board, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Peer-Reviewed Journals; Section Editor: Current Headache and Pain Reports (Neuromodulation), Pain Practice (Imaging); Associate Editor: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; Peer-Review Publications: 47 Book Chapters: 41; Experience: Clinical: peripheral nerve neuromodulation, musculoskeletal and neurological diagnostic and procedural ultrasonography, radiofrequency, vertebral augmentation, spinal injections, regenerative medicine, managing complex cancer and non-cancer pain, advanced imaging (high-frequency ultrasound, CT, navigation); Education: medical student curriculum, chronic pain fellowship, CME courses Research: preclinical and clinical interventional pain studies including multicenter trials, patient-oriented research. Administration: Chronic pain clinic protocols, design and maintenance of triage and clinic database, quality improvement projects; Research Interests: Mechanisms of neuromodulation, novel image-guided approaches, joint innervation, chronic pain outcomes; Clinical interests: Non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, nerve injuries, sport injuries, facial pain and headaches, regenerative medicine.

Casey Grillo, APRN -- Nurse Practitioner

Casey Grillo, APRN Nurse Practitioner

Casey Grillo received her Bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University and her Masters' degree in Science of Nursing from Wagner College. She is licensed and board certified in New York State as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of The Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS and The American Pain Society. Casey's experience and background is diverse and specialized. It has included labor & delivery, ICU, telemetry, pediatrics, radiology, operating room and pain management. Her current practice site is The Spine & Pain Institute of NY where she has practiced for five years. She performs new patient evaluations, follow up care, and opioid management as appropriate. She manages intrathecal pumps placed by her practice. Her practice also places and manages spinal cord stimulators. The office practice has an on site procedure room where her patients are referred for a number of pain procedures performed with fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance. The pain procedures include but are not limited to epidural steroid injections, selected joint injections, nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablations. Procedures are performed by her physician colleagues, Dr. Kenneth Chapman and Dr. Kiran Patel.

Facility
The Spine & Pain Institute of NY
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

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

Maged Guirguis, MD--Chief System Lead

Maged Guirguis, MDChief System Lead

Maged Guirguis, MD, serves as the chief system lead of the pain management department at Ochsner health system. He is an Associate Professor for The University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School where he also serves as the pain/palliative medicine rotation director as well as serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Louisiana State University School of Medicine. After completing a residency in internal medicine in his home country. He joined the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for a research fellowship in pain medicine after which he completed his residency in anesthesiology and clinical fellowship in pain management. Dr. Guirguis is triple board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine and headache management Dr. Guirguis published numerous papers and book chapters as well as presented various studies and peer reviewed abstracts on pain medicine at national and international meetings. He serves as a faculty and meeting chairman for the American society of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. Also serves as faculty and member of the pain educational committee for the American society of anesthesiology and in both the research and education committees for the international neuromodulation and North American neuromodulation society. He has a special interest in neuromodulation, headaches management and ultrasound guided interventions for acute and chronic pain.

Padma Gulur, MD -- Vice Chair, Operations and Performance

Padma Gulur, MD Vice Chair, Operations and Performance

Dr. Padma Gulur is an anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain medicine. Board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, she is currently Professor and Vice Chair for Operations and Performance in the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University. In addition to direct clinical care of patients with acute, chronic, and cancer pain, she is active in teaching, research, and inpatient and outpatient operations management. Her national organization work includes the CPT Advisory Committee of the AMA, the FDA Advisory Committee on Pharmacy Compounding, and the committees on Economics and Pain Medicine of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Facility
Duke University
Location
Durham, NC
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Cybersecurity: How Secure are Wireless SCS Devices?