Speakers

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

Prasad Shirvalkar, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor

Prasad Shirvalkar, MD PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Shirvalkar is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology and Neurological Surgery at UCSF, with a focus in Pain Management. He completed his MD, PhD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, was chief resident of neurology at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Weill Cornell) and completed a pain management fellowship at UCSF. His research focus is on basic neural mechanisms of chronic pain and developing personalized neuromodulation devices for treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Shirvalkar has helped develop central thalamic deep brain stimulation as a paradigm to augment conscious arousal. He has also made significant contributions to the development of personalized brain stimulation for treating chronic pain. He currently sees patients as a Pain Management attending at UCSF, and is a PI on clinical trials relevant to refractory chronic pain disorders.

Facility
University of California San Francisco
Location
San Francisco, CA
Session(s)

Adaptive and Closed Loop Brain Neuromodulation

Abstract Session I

Abstract Session VI

Peter S. Staats, MD -- Chief Medical Officer

Peter S. Staats, MD Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Staats was the founder of the division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the division chief and director for over a decade. In this capacity he was youngest division chief at Johns Hopkins and the first anesthesiologist to obtain surgical priviliges for neuromodulation therapies at any academic university. In 2003 he became a founding partner in Premier Pain Centers in New Jersey which recently merged with National Spine and Pain Centers (NSPC), the largest pain practice in the United States. He is currently the chief medical officer of NSPC and electroCore.He is boarded by the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the World Institute of Pain (FIPP) and has received fellowship status from both the World Institute of Pain and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He has edited or co- authored 13 textbooks on pain medicine and written close to five hundred articles, book chapters and abstracts on the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems. His publications have appeared in prominent journals including JAMA, Lancet, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and others. He has chaired hundreds of meetings devoted to pain and neuromodulation around the world. He is listed in Americas Top Doctors, New Jersey Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America. He is the Past President of ASIPP, (The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians), the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the southern pain society the New Jersey Society of interventional pain physicians (NJSIPP), and was the first chair of the American Society of Anesthesia’s committee on Interventional pain. He is immediate past chairman of the Board of Examination World Institute of Pain (WIP) and is currently President of the WIP. He is also the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in Pain Management Award from the Southern Pain Society, as well as the Physician of the Year Award from both the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain and the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain. He has received distinguished service awards from AAPM, ASIPP, NANS and NJSIPP, and the Raj award for excellence (2017) and the lifetime achievement award (2018) from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the West Virginia New York and New Jersey societies of Interventional Pain Physicians, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the American Society of Pain and neuroscience His patents and research have led to novel approaches and FDA approvals in pain management and healthcare including novel pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Qutenza, Prialt and Gammacore).

Vishad V. Sukul, MD -- Section Chief, Functional Neurosurgery & Epilepsy Surgery

Vishad V. Sukul, MD Section Chief, Functional Neurosurgery & Epilepsy Surgery

Dr. Sukul is the Section Chief of Functional Neurosurgery & Epilepsy Surgery at Westchester Medical Center. He is board certified in neurosurgery and completed his fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He specializes in deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation procedures for chronic pain, movement disorders and epilepsy.

Facility
Westchester Medical Center
Location
Valhalla, NY
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

Michael D. Staudt, MD MSc -- Functional Neurosurgeon

Michael D. Staudt, MD MSc Functional Neurosurgeon

Michael D. Staudt, MD MSc FRCSC FAANS, is a Functional Neurosurgeon at Michigan Head and Spine Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He completed a Master’s degree in neurobiology and neurosurgical training at the Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. During residency, he completed an enfolded fellowship in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University, followed by a second post-graduate fellowship at Albany Medical Center. His clinical practice and research interests primarily include neuromodulation for pain, movement disorders, and epilepsy.

Facility
Michigan Head and Spine Institute
Location
Birmingham, MI
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Neurosurgical Mentorship and Educational Development

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)

Using Neuromodulation for the Abdomen, Pelvis and Genitourinary Systems

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD -- Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, M.D., PhD., is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician and Director of Research at National Spine and Pain Centers.- He received his medical degree in Univerdidad Libre in Cali, Colombia and a PhD in Immunology at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. - Dr. Vallejo completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) where he was Chief Resident in the Anesthesiology department.- He specialized in Pain Medicine at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital- Dr. Vallejo is Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a member of the examination board for the World Institute of Pain and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. - His academic accomplishments include authoring more than 150 articles published in national and international peer review journals. - He has also been an invited speaker in meetings and conferences around the world.- He is the inventor of multiple granted patents.- Dr. Vallejo is a member of the editorial boards of international peer review journals, including “Neuromodulation”, 'Clinical Journal of Pain', 'Pain Physician', 'Journal of Opioid Management”, “Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management”, and 'Revista Mexicana de Anestesiologia'- He serves as an Associate Editor of the journal “Pain Practice” and was the Chief Editor of the journal “Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management”- Dr. Vallejo is a member of the ASRA scientific committee since 2015, and a member of the NANS Director's at Large from 2019 to 2020. He was also Chair of the Scientific Educational Committee of the 2016 ASRA annual pain meeting. He is Adjunct Research Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Facility
Millennium Pain Center
Location
Hallendale Beach, IL
Session(s)

Dosing and the Spinal Cord: The Role of Cycling

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA FASA -- Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA FASA Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Dr. Vanterpool is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Comprehensive Pain Services at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Her clinical and academic focus is on Targeted Pain Treatment - the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain using a multi-modal approach. With over a decade of pain and neuromodulation practice in both private practice and academic settings, Dr. Vanterpool avidly promotes use of Targeted Pain Treatment to help patients with chronic pain reclaim relief and functional quality of life. She is the course director for the annual Targeted Pain Treatment Conference in Knoxville TN, geared towards primary care and specialist clinicians to help them 'Treat the Source not the Score' and 'Focus on Function' while helping their patients who live with chronic pain.In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Vanterpool is heavily involved in state and national advocacy initiatives. She is the current President of the Tennessee Pain Society, and also serves on Board of directors for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and is the Co-Chair of the NANS Diversity and Outreach Committee (DOC) and treasurer for the NANS Women in Neuromodulation (WIN).

Facility
University of Tennessee Graduate School
Location
Knoxville, TN
Session(s)

Innovations in Patient and Provider Education to Improve Access to Neuromodulation

Plenary Session I: The Next Generation

Mark Wallace, MD -- Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Mark Wallace, MD Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Dr. Wallace received his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1987. He completed an Anesthesiology residency at the University of Maryland followed by an NIH training grant fellowship where he studied spinal drug delivery and a Clinical Pain Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is currently a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and the Chair, Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology, UCSD School of Medicine. In 2010, he assumed the position of Director, Division of Clinical Research in the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute (CTRI). He is sub-investigator for the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award which supports the CTRI. Dr. Wallace is Associate Editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain, on numerous editorial boards, chair of the University of California San Diego IRB, Board of Directors for the American Pain Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, San Diego's Top Doctor in Pain Medicine for the past 8 years in a row, American Pain Society Center of Excellence Award, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Wallace has authored and co-authored more than 280 articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters concerning pain research and management. His research interests include human experimental pain, spinal drug delivery and the use of the cannabinoids in pain management.

Facility
University of California San Diego
Location
La Jolla, CA
Session(s)

Identifying Alternative Cells Involved in SCS Therapy

Doris D. Wang, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor

Doris D. Wang, MD PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Doris Wang is an assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF with a clinical and research focus in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Wang’s clinical interest include treating movement disorders using neuromodulation and ablative procedures. Her research is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie human motor control, studying the pathophysiology when these circuits are disrupted in movement disorders, and restoring these diseased circuits to their normal states using neuromodulation. Dr. Wang finished her neurosurgery residency training in 2017, fellowship training in 2018, and has been on faculty at UCSF since 2018.

Facility
UCSF
Location
San Francisco, CA
Session(s)

Engineering Challenges to Incorporate Brain Circuits in Device Designs

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD is a board-certified neurosurgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in stereotactic, functional, and epilepsy surgery. He has been in clinical practice at Emory University School of Medicine since 2012. He is head of the Neurosurgery Laboratory for Behavioral Neuromodulation where his funded research projects include cognitive enhancement and behavioral state control with applications for memory disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and narcolepsy.

Facility
Emory University
Location
Atlanta, GA
Session(s)

New Targets and Paradigms for Psychiatric Neuromodulation

Gregory Worrell, MD PhD -- Professor

Gregory Worrell, MD PhD Professor

Greg Worrell, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology and Physiology & Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is Vice-chair of Neurology Research and Director of Mayo Systems Electrophysiology Laboratory (MSEL). His clinical practice and research are focused on the evaluation and care of patients with drug resistant epilepsy. Dr. Worrell’s research efforts capitalize on advances in neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, and neuroengineering. He is currently pursuing seizure forecasting and brain state tracking devices and the next generation of brain stimulation devices for epilepsy. Dr. Worrell received his Ph.D. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University and MD from University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his Neurology training at Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, American Epilepsy Society, and IEEE.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Adaptive and Closed Loop Brain Neuromodulation

Tianhe Zhang, PhD -- Principal Research Scientist

Tianhe Zhang, PhD Principal Research Scientist

Tianhe Zhang, Ph.D. is a Principal Research Scientist in the Neuromodulation Research and Advanced Concepts (NRAC) team at Boston Scientific. He performed his doctoral research under the advisement of Professor Warren Grill at Duke University on the model-based optimization of SCS and received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. At Boston Scientific, he continues to research the mechanisms of action of SCS through internal work and collaborations with external academic institutions and seeks to translate research findings into novel algorithms on next-generation SCS devices. Altogether, Tianhe has over 12 years of combined experience in SCS research and is a named author on 14 peer-reviewed publications on the subject.

Facility
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation
Location
Studio City, MA
Session(s)

Engineering Principles of DBS and SCS in Clinical Practice: General Introduction and Emerging Concepts