Speakers

Learn about the speakers who will present at the NANS 2022 Annual Meeting.

Rany T. Abdallah, MBA MD PhD -- Medical Director, Southern Delaware

Rany T. Abdallah, MBA MD PhD Medical Director, Southern Delaware

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: 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
Center for Interventional Pain and Spine
Location
Wilmington, PA
Session(s)

Plenary Session I: The Next Generation

Rushna Ali, MD -- Clinical Assistant Professor Neurosurgery

Rushna Ali, MD Clinical Assistant Professor Neurosurgery

Dr. Rushna Ali earned her medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed neurosurgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and her Stereotactic, Functional and Epilepsy surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.Her clinical interests include stereotactic and functional neurosurgery including DBS, epilepsy surgery, microvascular decompression for pain, radiofrequency lesioning, brain tumors and advance surgical treatments to treat chronic and cancer-related pain.

Facility
Spectrum Health Medical Group
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Session(s)

Intrathecal Drug Delivery: From Pharmacy to Pumps

Neuromodulation for Neurologic Recovery

Daria N. Anderson, MS PhD -- Graduate Fellow

Daria N. Anderson, MS PhD Graduate Fellow

Dr. Daria Anderson completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah with a focus on identifying strategies to improve neural selectivity in deep brain stimulation. Daria is currently a postdoc for Dr. John Rolston in Neurosurgery and Dr. Karen Wilcox in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and she is interested in translational research focused on neuromodulation therapies for epilepsy in human and pre-clinical models. Using pre-surgical electrophysiological data and neuroimaging, her work aims to identify patient-specific neural circuits that may serve as more effective targets for neuromodulation therapy. She is also interested in uncovering functional and structural correlates to therapeutic outcomes through computational modeling approaches to enable future improvements in surgical therapies for refractory epilepsy.

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

Engineering Challenges to Incorporate Brain Circuits in Device Designs

Chad Andresen, MS -- Vice President of Innovation

Chad Andresen, MS Vice President of Innovation

Chad is coinventor and cofounder of Stimwave Technologies. Chad started his neurostimulation university research in 2009 with the design of a closed-loop phrenic nerve pacing system for SCI victims. Chad founded a number of startups that developed novel enhancements for enhancing SCI patients’ lives which led him to join the Stimwave team in 2011. As Vice President of Innovations at Stimwave Technologies, Chad currently leads a team of engineers, physicians, neurosurgeons, and innovators to design next-gen neuromodulation devices. Chad’s work focuses around the patient experience through high-frequency electromagnetic coupling.

Magdalena M. Anitescu, MD PhD -- Professor

Magdalena M. Anitescu, MD PhD Professor

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

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

Identifying Alternative Cells Involved in SCS Therapy

Francis Bambico, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Francis Bambico, PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Francis Bambico is an assistant professor in neuroscience. His laboratory specializes in translational neurobiology, and his research program employs neurophysiology-based approaches and rodent behavioural models of cognitive and affective disorders. For over ten years now, he has been investigating the mechanism of action of antidepressant drugs and of therapeutic brain stimulation including deep brain stimulation and transcranial current stimulation, with goals of refining region and cell selectivity. He also spearheads projects geared towards the development of novel rapid-acting pharmacotherapy. He completed his PhD in neuroscience at McGill University, and obtained postdoctoral training at Yale University and at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Facility
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Location
St. John's, Canada
Session(s)

New Targets and Paradigms for Psychiatric Neuromodulation

Meredith J. Barad, MD Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology (Pain)

Dr. Meredith Barad grew up in Denver, CO. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin summa cum laude in 1998 and graduated from Stanford University Medical School in 2003. She completed her internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA and then went on to a neurology residency at Stanford University. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology (Pain Management) and Neurology & Neurological Sciences as well as the Associate Division Chief of Education and Program Director for the Pain Fellowship. She is board certified in headache and pain, and currently co-directs the Facial Pain program at Stanford. She is the chair of the headache and facial pain special interest group for the American Academy of Pain Medicine. She is on the board of the American Interventional Headache Society, a director-at-large of the American Pain Program Directors and on the Editorial Board of Pain Medicine.
Markus A. Bendel, MD -- Physician

Markus A. Bendel, MD Physician

Dr. Bendel is a board certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His training includes a general surgery internship, anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship, all at the Mayo Clinic. He is the former Director of Neuromodulation and current Clinical Practice Chair for the pain medicine division.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Abstract Session II

Abstract Session III

Theresa L. Bender Pape, Dr.PH MA CCC-SLP/L Clinical Neuroscientist

Dr. Theresa Bender Pape (Pape) is a Clinical Neuroscientist and Speech-Language Pathologist with a clinical background in providing therapeutic services to persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She received her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and extensive post-doctoral training at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Her post-doctoral training led to three consecutive Veterans Administration (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Career Development Awards during which time she received concentrated training in TBI outcomes measurement, research design, statistics, neurosciences and neural plasticity. Integrating this extensive training with her clinical expertise in TBI, Dr. Pape has served Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSM) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL) for the past 20 years. She is the Founding Director of the Hines VA-Northwestern Neuroplasticity in Neurorehabilitation Lab. The research in her lab has been and is currently funded by multiple VA, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health (NIH) research and training awards.

Facility
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location
Aurora, IL
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Neurologic Recovery

Marom Bikson, PhD -- Professor

Marom Bikson, PhD Professor

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

Tim M. Bruns, PhD -- Associate Professor

Tim M. Bruns, PhD Associate Professor

Tim Bruns received a PhD from Case Western Reserve University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is now an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Graduate Education in the Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Michigan. He directs the Peripheral Neural Engineering and Urodynamics Lab in the Biointerfaces Institute. His lab focuses on developing interfaces with the peripheral nervous system to restore pelvic organ function and to examine systems-level neurophysiology.

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

Emerging Technologies and Indications: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Ryan Budwany, MD MPH -- Physician

Ryan Budwany, MD MPH Physician

Background in pain and occupational medicine and disability prevention with a focus on functional medicine.

Facility
WVU Medicine
Location
Morgantown, WV
Session(s)

Abstract Session I

Tracy Cameron, PhD -- Clinical Consultant

Tracy Cameron, PhD Clinical Consultant

Tracy Cameron PhD. Dr. Cameron has over 25 years experience in the field of neuromodulation and over 18 years of industry experience in business leadership and team building, clinical and basic research, and regulatory affairs. Dr. Cameron has held senior positions in both start-ups and large multi-national corporations and provided scientific and clinical input to corporate leadership regarding new indications, products and acquisitions. Dr. Cameron is recognized as an expert in clinical trial design and execution and has direct experience with regulatory agencies having successfully negotiated IDE and PMA approvals in the US and CE Marks in Europe. During her time with St Jude Medical Dr. Cameron established SJM’s Neuromodulation division as a competent and serious clinical and scientific research company by providing clinical data for over 100 reviewed poster presentations and 5 pivotal papers. Dr. Cameron has personally authored over 50 peer reviewed journal publications and books chapters and holds 10 patents in the area of neuromodulation.

Facility
Neurotechnology Innovations Translator
Location
Toronto, Canada
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

Antonietta Canna, PhD -- Post Doc

Antonietta Canna, PhD Post Doc

I am a biomedical engineer, graduated at the University of Naples Federico II. After my degree, I specialized on image and signal processing, completing an additional Master course regarding the Advanced techniques for Neuroimaging studies at University of Salerno. I received a PhD in Translational Medicine and, after that, I spent almost one year of my post-doc at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) where I worked on several projects including the study of MRI relaxations as markers of abnormalities in clinical populations, the application of orientation selective stimulation in different deep brain stimulations studies (OSS-DBS) in rats and swine and I am involved in several clinical studies like the Multiple System Atrophy and Diabetes. I also conducted numerous studies about the use of high spatial resolution fMRI to investigate the brain processing of human gustatory perception.

Facility
University of Naples Luigi Vanvitelli
Location
Naples, Italy
Session(s)

Spinal Cord Stimulation Mechanisms: Results from Animal Studies

Lauren Cimino, APN-CNP -- Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Cimino, APN-CNP Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Cimino, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC is a nurse practitioner working at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, IL. She completed her BSN from Illinois State University and her MSN from University of Illinois Chicago. She has been apart of Northwestern's Neurosurgery Department for six years working specifically in functional neurosurgery as an outpatient nurse practitioner. She has been a registered nurse for twelve years with a background treating patients with neurological diseases. Lauren has been apart of the NANS APP faculty for three years and enjoys mentoring APPs that are new to neuromodulation and neurosurgery.

Facility
Northwestern Medicine
Location
Oak Park, IL
Session(s)

Device Troubleshooting for APPs

 

Eric G. Cornidez, MD MBA -- Chief Medical Officer

Eric G. Cornidez, MD MBA Chief Medical Officer

Eric Cornidez, MD, MBA, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Fellowship Trained Interventional Pain Specialist and Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine in the greater Tucson community. Dr. Cornidez is currently a managing partner at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona, which is conveniently located throughout Southern Arizona.Dr. Eric Cornidez obtained his medical degree at Stanford University and returned temporarily to Tucson at the University of Arizona for his surgical internship. He then pursued his Anesthesia specialty at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale where he became the first Chief Resident in Anesthesiology and further subspecialized in Interventional Pain Management at Mayo Clinic Arizona. He serves as a consultant, investigator, and instructor on advanced pain management techniques such as neuromodulation.He became a managing partner and serves as the Chief Medical Officer at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA), the largest and most respected Pain Management Center in Southern Arizona. To enrich his administrative impact on the success of PISA, he completed the Executive MBA Program through the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona. From a clinical perspective, he is one of the most respected pain physicians in Arizona. From an administrative perspective, he is known to be a compassionate leader who inspires his staff to be their absolute best.He is proud to be heavily involved in the community as shown through several roles such as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and an executive board member for both American Heart Association Southern Arizona and Tucson Metro Chamber. He also participates with Make-A-Wish Arizona and the Knights of Columbus and actively involved in professional organizations, including the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists, the Arizona Medical Association, and the Arizona Society of Interventional Pain Physicians where he holds the state level board position as Director At Large.

Facility
Pain Institute of Southern Arizona
Location
Tucson, AZ
Session(s)

Innovations in Patient and Provider Education to Improve Access to Neuromodulation

Joan Cronin, APRN, CNS, MS -- Advanced Practice Nurse

Joan Cronin, APRN, CNS, MS Advanced Practice Nurse

Joan Cronin is an Advance Practice Nurse with Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist certification currently working in the Pain Division at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota. She received her advance degree through the University of Minnesota. She has worked in pain rehabilitation programs for many years and has developed and implemented pain management programming in the pain clinic setting using cognitive behavioral therapy in groups and individual visits.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

Tammy L. Dann, DO MPH -- Physician

Tammy L. Dann, DO MPH Physician

Tammy Dann, DO, MPH is a Dayton, Ohio based interventional pain physician who is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. She completed her pain fellowship at the University of Iowa in 2013 and has been in private practice in both West Virginia and Ohio since that time. She has served as a speaker for a wide variety of meetings throughout the US and takes an active role in teaching residents and medical students as well. Her passion is the use of intrathecal pumps in the management of chronic pain, as well as targeted spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation.

Facility
Pain Evaluation and Management Center of
Location
Spring Valley, OH
Session(s)

Intrathecal Drug Delivery: From Pharmacy to Pumps

Coralie de Hemptinne, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Coralie de Hemptinne, PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. de Hemptinne is an assistant professor in the Normal Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida. She earned her B.S degree in Biology from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MS and PhD in Neuroscience from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. She worked in Dr. Philip Starr’s laboratory at UCSF as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a research associate from 2010-2020 then joined UF in 2020. The current aim of her research is to understand the pathophysiology underlying motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients, using invasive chronic, multisite recordings. Her ultimate goal is to develop new neuromodulation strategies for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

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

Engineering Challenges to Incorporate Brain Circuits in Device Designs

Mehul J. Desai, MD -- President, Medical Director

Mehul J. Desai, MD President, Medical Director

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.

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

Intrathecal Therapy: Case-Based Learning and Hands-On Skill Training

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 Jefferson University Hospital and has recently transitioned into the role of Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Neuroscience Enterprise. She has 20 years of experience in both spinal and functional neurosurgery, working directly with both Dr. Ashwini Sharan and Dr. Chengyuan Wu. 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 promote the advancement of other APPs, maximizing their roles in the field of neuromodulation and neuroscience as well share her knowledge and experience in order to improve patient outcomes at all points of the healthcare spectrum.

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

Partnering with our Patients to Optimize Outcomes

David Dickerson, MD -- Section Chief, Pain Medicine

David Dickerson, MD Section Chief, Pain Medicine

David M. Dickerson, MD is an anesthesia-trained, pain medicine physician and section chief for pain medicine at the NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is a clinical associate professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and is the current chair of the ASA’s pain medicine committee. He serves as an advisory board member for the National Rx and Drug Abuse Summit and the National MALS Foundation and is a member of the board of directors for the Midwest Pain Society. His primary clinical and research interests are novel applications of neurostimulation, pain care ecosystem transformation, and minimally invasive spine procedures.

Facility
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

Accelerating Non-Pain Physician Awareness of the Role of Neuromodulation: A Discussion in Healthcare Delivery Science

Ryan D'Souza, MD -- Assistant Professor

Ryan D'Souza, MD Assistant Professor

Ryan D'Souza completed his anesthesiology residency training (2020) and pain medicine fellowship training (2021) in Mayo Clinic Rochester. He is currently working as a pain medicine physician and assistant professor at Mayo Clinic Rochester. He is passionate about research in neuromodulation, regenerative medicine, and fibromyalgia patient outcomes. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and is excited to continue pursuing his goal of being a physician-scientist in pain medicine.
Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Partnering with our Patients to Optimize Outcomes

Plenary Session I: The Next Generation