Speakers

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

Beth D. Darnall, PhD -- Clinical Associate Professor

Beth D. Darnall, PhD Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Beth Darnall is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. Past roles include President of the Pain Society of Oregon and Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine. In 2015 she received a Presidential Commendation from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, cognitive behavioral therapy for pain, and a targeted psychological intervention she developed for pain. She is also investigating an online psychological intervention she developed for post-surgical pain and opioid use reduction in various surgical populations at Stanford Hospital. Finally, she is investigating effective opioid tapering strategies in community-based outpatients with chronic pain. She is author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016 and Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014. Beth's work and viewpoint has been featured by multiple media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, MORE Magazine, Forbes, and Scientific American.

Facility
Stanford University
Location
Palo Alto, CA
Abhishek Datta, PhD -- Scientist

Abhishek Datta, PhD Scientist

Dr. Abhishek Datta is Scientist/CTO at Soterix Medical, Inc (SMI). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Master's in Translational Medicine program at City College of New York. Dr. Datta co-invented a targeted and non-invasive scalp electrical stimulation approach called HD-tDCS during his graduate training. At Soterix Medical, he led the full development and transition of HD-tDCS technology into the investigational and commercial market. He specializes in electrical brain stimulation, computational modeling, and multiple aspects of medical technology translation from design, development, to regulatory clearance. He is currently the PI of a NIH SBIR Phase 2 grant on HD-tDCS to treat Stroke Aphasia. He is also part of a DARPA effort to develop a portable system to boost learning during waking and memory consolidation during sleep.

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

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Neuromodulation

Dirk D. De Ridder, MD PhD -- Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery

Dirk D. De Ridder, MD PhD Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery

Dr. Dirk De Ridder is the Neurological Foundation Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Otago, Dunedin School of Medicine in New Zealand. He is founder and director of the BRAI²N (Brain Research consortium for Advanced, Innovative & Interdisciplinary Neuromodulation). His main interest is the understanding and treatment of phantom perceptions (sound, pain), especially by use of functional imaging navigated non-invasive (TMS, tDCS, tACS, tRNS, LORETA neurofeedback) and invasive (implants) neuromodulation techniques. He has developed “burst” and “noise” stimulation as novel stimulation designs for implants, and is working on other stimulation designs. He has published 35 book chapters, co-edited the Textbook of Tinnitus, and has authored or co-authored 221 papers of which 199 pubmed listed papers. 100 papers deal with phantom sound perception. He is reviewer for more than 60 journals.

Facility
University of Otago
Location
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Tim Denison, PhD -- VP of Research and Core Technology

Tim Denison, PhD VP of Research and Core Technology

Designer of multiple research tools used in first-in-man feasibility trials (Activa PC+S, Nexus, etc). Also, an active participant in the BRAIN and SPARC initiatives.

Facility
Medtronic, Inc.
Location
Minneapolis, MN
Mehul J. Desai, MD MPH -- Physician

Mehul J. Desai, MD MPH Physician

Dr. Mehul J. Desai is board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Desai completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Georgetown University Hospital. During residency, he spent 6 months completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health conducting groundbreaking research into mechanisms of muscle pain. Upon completion of residency, he went on to a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the Department of Anesthesiology. His clinical interests include neuromodulation–specifically spinal cord stimulation and targeted drug delivery, dipsogenic pain, and intradiscal therapies including biologics, complex spinal conditions, pelvic pain, outcomes-based research, and healthcare economics. Formerly, Dr. Desai was Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine and of Neurosurgery at the George Washington University Medical Center and served as the director of Pain Medicine and Non-Operative Spine Services of the GW Spine & Pain Center and as the director of Sibley Pain Center at the Sibley Memorial Hospital. Furthermore, he was the director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at the George Washington University Hospital. He also served as a clerkship director for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the George Washington University School of Medicine and mentored residents in both Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 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. He serves as a member of the steering committee of the largest clinical trial investigating the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation in chronic low back pain following spine surgery. Dr. Desai has published articles in Pain Practice, Neuromodulation, Pain Physician, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. He has authored several book chapters and has two textbooks in progress. Dr. Desai presents annually at many international and national pain medicine meetings, traveling to Hong Kong, Dubai, China, Italy, and across the United States last year. Furthermore, he serves as a peer educator, hosting physician visits and teaching advanced pain medicine techniques to physicians both nationally and globally.

Facility
International Spine, Pain & Performance Center
Location
Washington, DC
Session(s)

Coding & Billing Workshop

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

Teresita Devera, MSN CRNP ANP-BC Nurse Practitioner

Dr. 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.

Andrew Dubin, MD MS -- Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Andrew Dubin, MD MS Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Andrew Dubin Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has been on the staff of Albany Medical Center since 1990. His particular interests are in the area of spasticity and treatment of neuropathic pain.

Facility
Albany Medical College
Location
Albany, NY
David Eagleman, PhD -- Neuroscientist

David Eagleman, PhD Neuroscientist

Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, an internationally bestselling author, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an adjunct professor at Stanford University. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and BBC. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision, and synesthesia; he also studies the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system, and in that capacity he directs the Center for Science and Law. Eagleman is the author of many books, including The Runaway Species, The Brain, Incognito, and Wednesday is Indigo Blue. He is also the author of a widely adopted textbook on cognitive neuroscience, Brain and Behavior, as well as a bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 32 languages, turned into two operas, and named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble. Dr. Eagleman writes for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature. He has been a TED speaker, a guest on the Colbert Report, and profiled in the New Yorker magazine. He has spun several companies out of his lab, including NeoSensory, a company which uses haptics for sensory substitution and addition.

Facility
Stanford University School of Medicine/Neosensory
Location
Stanford, CA
Jason S. Eldrige, MD -- Assistant Professor

Jason S. Eldrige, MD Assistant Professor

I am a pain and anesthesia boarded physician, who is versed in all interventional percutaneous procedures and implantable pain technologies (SCS, IDDS) and who has practiced at Mayo Clinic Rochester for the last 6 years.

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)

Epilepsy Focus Group

Jason M. Erickson, DO MSPT -- Physician

Jason M. Erickson, DO MSPT Physician

I am entering my fifth 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 second year as faculty for the NANS fellows course.

Facility
St. Luke's Spine & Pain Associates
Location
Allentown, PA
Steven M. Falowski, MD

Steven M. Falowski, MD

Dr. Steven Falowski is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon dedicated to the surgical treatment of neurological conditions. He works closely with the St. Luke's Movement Disorders Center to diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease, tremors, Huntington's disease, restless leg syndrome, dystonia, and other movement disorders. In addition, Dr. Falowski provides surgical solutions for epilepsy and related conditions through St. Luke's Epilepsy Center. He received his medical degree from UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and a Functional Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

Alfonso Fasano, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor of Medicine

Alfonso Fasano, MD PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Alfonso Fasano graduated from the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, in 2002 and became a neurologist in 2007. After a 2-year fellowship at the University of Kiel, Germany, he completed a PhD in neuroscience at the Catholic University of Rome. In 2013 he joined the Movement Disorder Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, where he is the co-director of the surgical program for movement disorders. He is also an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto and clinician investigator at the Krembil Research Institute. Dr. Fasano's main areas of interest are the treatment of movement disorders with advanced technology (infusion pumps and neuromodulation), pathophysiology, and treatment of tremor and gait disorders. He is author of more than 170 papers and book chapters and PI of several clinical trials.

Facility
University of Toronto
Location
Toronto, Ontario
Stephanie Fertig, MBA -- Director, NINDS Small Business Programs

Stephanie Fertig, MBA Director, NINDS Small Business Programs

Stephanie J. Fertig is the Director, NINDS Small Business Programs in the Office of Translational Research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Ms. Fertig manages both the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which are congressionally mandated set-aside programs specifically for small-business concerns. In addition, she was also involved in the creation of two translational device programs at NINDS: the Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises (CREATE) program for therapeutic devices and the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative Public-Private Partnership Program. Prior to her position in the Office of Translational Research, she was a member of the Repair and Plasticity cluster in the NINDS Division of Extramural Research. Before coming to NINDS, Ms. Fertig worked as a researcher in the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fertig has a BS degree in Chemistry with a major in Physics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Facility
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Location
Rockville, MD
Howard L. Fields, MD PhD -- Professor of Neurology and Physiology Emeritus

Howard L. Fields, MD PhD Professor of Neurology and Physiology Emeritus

Dr. Howard Fields has over 4 decades of experience in the clinical care of pain patients and in both basic and clinical research. His research work has focused on pain modulatory circuits, opioid pharmacology, and neuropathic pain. He has published over 300 articles and either wrote or edited several books. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Along with Jon Levine, he discovered that placebo analgesia is mediated by endogenous opioids, thus opening the field of the neurobiological study of placebo.

Facility
University of California, San Francisco
Location
Berkeley, CA
Michael A.  Fishman, MD MBA -- Pain Management Physician

Michael A. Fishman, MD MBA Pain Management Physician

Pain management physician with comprehensive practice including neuromodulation, ablative techniques, and interventions targeting a myriad of painful conditions.

John T. Gale, PhD -- Acting Associate Professor

John T. Gale, PhD Acting Associate Professor

Dr. John Gale is a faculty researcher and clinical neurophysiologist at Emory University Medical School in the Department of Neurosurgery’s ENTICe (Emory Neuromodulation Technology Innovation Center) program. His laboratory focuses on single-unit electrophysiology of the basal ganglia, pathophysiological mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease, and technology development to improve therapeutic outcomes for patients with medically refractory neurological diseases. Clinically, Dr. Gale serves as an intraoperative electrophysiologist for the Department of Neurosurgery’s deep brain stimulation program. Dr. Gale completed his doctoral training at the Kent State University/Cleveland Clinic Joint Doctoral Program, studying the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation and oscillatory activities of the basal ganglia pathway. He then completed two postdoctoral fellowships in the Georgetown University Department of Neuroscience (mentored by Karen Gale; not related) and the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Department of Neurosurgery (mentored by Emad N. Eskandar). At Georgetown, he examined the neuropharmacology of the basal ganglia in freely behaving nonhuman primates. While at Massachusetts General Hospital he examined the neurophysiology basal ganglia in non-human primates as it relates to learning and reward processing and trained as a human basal ganglia physiologist for deep brain stimulation lead implantation procedures. Following his fellowship training, he has served as an Instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School before advancing to the Cleveland Clinic Department of Neuroscience and Center for Neurological Restoration as an Assistant Professor. He began his current position at Emory University in August of 2016.

Facility
Emory University School of Medicine
Location
Atlanta, GA
Halena M. Gazelka, MD -- Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Halena M. Gazelka, MD Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

I practice Pain and Palliative medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. My training is in anesthesiology, with fellowships in Pain Medicine and subsequently in Palliative Medicine. I am board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and BE in Palliative Medicine (boards are in 2016). Practice is in and outpatient. I implant ITP, SCS, and have a broad interventional practice. I serve as the director of Mayo Rochester's inpatient pain services.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Peripheral Pain

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

Peter J. Goadsby -- Neurologist and Headache Specialist

Peter J. Goadsby Neurologist and Headache Specialist

Dr. Peter Goadsby, a neurologist, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders, including migraines and cluster headache and other forms of chronic daily headache. He is one of the world's leading headache experts and researchers. Goadsby came to UCSF from the Institute of Neurology at University College London, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, England. His research focuses on the mechanisms and management of head pain, with a special interest in migraine and trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias. His studies aim to understand the parts of the brain involved in headache and from this to derive new approaches to treatment. He earned a medical degree at the University of New South Wales School of Medicine, completed a residency in neurology at the Prince of Wales Hospital and completed a fellowship in neurology at the National Hospital for Nervous and Mental Diseases in London. He completed postdoctoral work in laboratories in New York and Paris.

Facility
King's College London
Location
London, United Kingdom
Christy A. Gomez, APN -- Advanced Practice Provider

Christy A. Gomez, APN Advanced Practice Provider

Christy Gomez is an advanced practice nurse at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in neurosurgery with a focus on functional neurosurgery. Christy has over 10 years of experience in this field and participates in the care and management of patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including pain, movement disorders, epilepsy, and brain tumors. Her areas of interest include surgical treatment of pain and movement disorders.

Facility
University of Illinois at Chicago
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Providers Session

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

Eric J. Grigsby, MD -- Chief Medical Officer

Eric J. Grigsby, MD Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Eric Grigsby is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Neurovations, a Clinical Research and Consulting company specializing in pain and neurologic disease. Dr. Grigsby is also the Founder and Medical Director of Napa Pain Institute in Napa, CA. He continues to practice as a board certified Pain Physician, and is among the world’s clinical leaders in the field of neuromodulation. A graduate of Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Economics, he then completed medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and completed residency training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He received his Master’s in Business Administration in Health Sector Management from Duke University. Dr. Grigsby is the Chief Medical Officer of the Alfred E Mann Foundation and Bioness, Inc.

Facility
Bioness, Inc.
Location
Napa, CA
Sam R. Grodofsky, MD

Sam R. Grodofsky, MD

I have double board certifications in anesthesiology and pain medicine. I work in a private practice that performs spinal cord stimulator trials and implants and participates in clinical trials.

Facility
Delaware Valley Pain and Spine Institute
Location
Chalfont, PA