Speakers

Learn about the speakers who will present at the NANS 2023 Annual Meeting.

Scott F. Lempka, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Scott F. Lempka, PhD Assistant Professor

My name is Scott F. Lempka, PhD, and I am a biomedical engineer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. My expertise is in the theoretical and experimental evaluation of neural stimulation and recording technologies. As a biomedical engineer, I have a particular interest in multidisciplinary translational research and direct clinical studies. I have more than a decade of experience in the experimental characterization of the interface between implanted neural stimulation and recording electrodes and the surrounding biological tissue. From this experimental knowledge, I have developed sophisticated computer models of neural stimulation and recording technologies to understand the origin of recorded biopotentials and investigate potential therapeutic mechanisms of neurostimulation therapies. My main research focus is the development of novel neuromodulation technologies for chronic pain management.

Tim J. Lamer, MD -- Professor of Anesthesiology

Tim J. Lamer, MD Professor of Anesthesiology

30 years of neurostimulation and pump implant and management experience in an academic medical center. Experience includes clinical practice, research, and teaching residents and pain medicine fellows. Neurostimulation experience includes SCS, DRG stimulation, PNS, & PfNS. IDDS implant and management experience includes noncancer pain, cancer pain, and spasticity (baclofen) management. Member of the INS Therapy Consensus Committee (NACC and PACC), past NANS Scientific Program Committee, Past-President-American Academy of Pain Medicine, Neuromodulation and M.I.S. Section Co-Editor for Pain Medicine, the journal.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Spinal Neuromodulation for Pain: Mechanisms of Action

Wendell B. Lake, MD -- Assistant Professor

Wendell B. Lake, MD Assistant Professor

Wendell B. Lake, MD is an assistant professor of neurological surgery and director of adult functional and stereotactic neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed a fellowship in functional neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. His neurosurgical residency was at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Lake specializes in functional neurosurgery, epilepsy and movement disorders including deep brain stimulation (DBS) and Parkinson’s disease.

Facility
UW-Madison, UWHealth
Location
Madison, WI
Session(s)

Spasticity Update

Leonardo Kapural, MD PhD -- Partner

Leonardo Kapural, MD PhD Partner

Dr. Leonardo Kapural is a Pain Physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research. Following his Fellowship in Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, he stayed in Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Management Department for 10 years, serving also as Director of Clinical Research and Professor of Anesthesiology at CCLMC of the Case Western University followed by 10 years of Full Professorship at the Anesthesia Department of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Kapural is an invited speaker to many national and international meetings. He served as Director-At-Large of American Academy of Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education, extensive research, and innovations in the area of pain treatments which brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 200 journal articles, more than 250 abstracts, two books, and 40 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the 'Best Doctors in America.'

Facility
Carolinas Pain Institute
Location
Lewisville, North Carolina
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for GI Disorders

Do Real World Outcomes Fall Short of Peer Reviewed Research: A Debate/Discussion

Corey W. Hunter, MD -- Executive Director

Corey W. Hunter, MD Executive Director

Corey W. Hunter, M.D. is an interventional pain management physician practicing in New York City, holding board certifications in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine. Dr. Hunter is the Executive Director of the Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management in New York City and also holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Hunter continues to be active in clinical research, serving as the principle investigator on a number of clinical trials on emerging neuromodulation technologies and regenerative medicine. Dr. Hunter also has keen interest in teaching and writing; he is well-published with his work appearing in a number peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on a wide variety of topics that includes DRG Stimulation, pelvic pain, regenerative medicine, amputee pain, advanced spinal cord stimulation techniques, and targeted drug delivery to name a few.

Facility
Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management
Location
New York, NY
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for GI Disorders

Bryan C. Hoelzer, MD -- Pain Management Physician

Bryan C. Hoelzer, MD Pain Management Physician

Bryan Hoelzer completed his medical degree at Tulane University in New Orleans. Following medical school he completed his internship, residency and fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. After completing his training, Dr. Hoelzer was honored to stay on Staff at the Mayo Clinic where worked in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. While at Mayo he served as the Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship, the Director of Neuromodulation, and was the recipient of the Karis Award. Nationally, Dr. Hoelzer has served as the President of the Association of Pain Program Directors and the Co-chair of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Cadaver Workshops. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors for NANS. Dr. Hoelzer has authored over 36 peer reviewed medical articles and book chapters.Dr. Hoelzer has a special interest in utilization of spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation to treat chronic pain. He also serves as a national instructor in minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat spinal stenosis.In 2017 Dr. Hoelzer relocated from Minnesota to Provo Utah where he works at Southwest Spine and Pain Center.

Facility
Southwest Spine & Pain Center
Location
Provo, UT
Session(s)

Ethical Conduct in Clinical Neuromodulation

Christopher Gilligan, MD MBA -- Chief, Division of Pain Medicine

Christopher Gilligan, MD MBA Chief, Division of Pain Medicine

10 years of interventional pain practice preceded by 1 year ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship. Chief, Division of Pain Medicine; Vice Chair of Strategy, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine; Director, Spine CenterBrigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School.

Steven M. Falowski, MD -- Functional Neurosurgeon

Steven M. Falowski, MD Functional Neurosurgeon

Board Certified Functional NeurosurgeonBoard of Directors, International Neuromodulation SocietySenior Advisor Board, North American Neuromodulation SocietySecretary/Treasurer-Executive Pain Committee, Congress Neurological Surgeons/American Association Neurological Surgeons

Facility
Neurosurgical Associates Lancaster
Location
Coopersburg, PA
Session(s)

Venture Summit

 

Dario J. Englot, MD PhD -- Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dario J. Englot, MD PhD Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Englot is a tenured Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Radiology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He is also the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and the Surgical Director of Epilepsy at the Vanderbilt. Dr. Englot leads the Brain Imaging and Electrophysiology Network (BIEN) lab at Vanderbilt, which studies brain network dysfunction in epilepsy and other disorders in functional neurosurgery using neuroimaging and electrophysiology techniques. He also serves as Chair of the Surgical Therapies Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), and on the board of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN).

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

Biomarkers for Neuromodulation in Epilepsy

Emerging Technologies in DBS for Movement Disorders

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: Cased-Based Learning

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
Green Mountains Inc.
Location
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Session(s)

Biomarkers for Neuromodulation in Epilepsy

Edward F. Chang, MD -- Professor of Neurological Surgery

Edward F. Chang, MD Professor of Neurological Surgery

Edward Chang MD is Professor of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Chang’s clinical expertise is surgical therapies for intractable epilepsy, trigeminal neuralgia, pain, hemifacial spasm, and adult brain tumors. He specializes in advanced neurophysiologic brain mapping methods, including awake speech and motor mapping, to safely perform neurosurgical procedures in eloquent areas of the brain.

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

Plenary Session I: Neural Interfaces for the Brain and Spine

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 300 articles on medical device technology and brain stimulation. Technologies invented in Dr. Bikson's lab are in hundreds of medical centers globally.

Markus A. Bendel, MD -- Pain Physician

Markus A. Bendel, MD Pain 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.