Speakers

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

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

Sam S. Eldabe, MB, ChB FRCA FFMPRCA 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
James Cook University Hospital
Location
Midlesbrough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Session(s)

Identifying Alternative Cells Involved in SCS Therapy

Dalia H. Elmofty, MD -- Associate Professor

Dalia H. Elmofty, MD Associate Professor

Dalia H Elmofty, MD, is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Chicago. She is board certified in Pain Medicine and has been practicing at the University of Chicago since 2009. She is the Associate Program Director for the Pain Fellowship. During these years, she has continued to commit her time towards the education of young physicians, residents, fellows, practitioners, being involved in many educational sessions at conferences locally, regionally, and nationally. She has authored and co-authored several textbook chapters and peer-reviewed publications.

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

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

Dr. Englot is the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and the Surgical Director of Epilepsy at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Radiology, Electrical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt. Dr. Englot leads the Brain Imaging and Electrophysiology Network (BIEN) lab at Vanderbilt, which studies brain network dysfunction in epilepsy and other neurological disorders using human neuroimaging and electrophysiology techniques.

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

Adaptive and Closed Loop Brain Neuromodulation

Megan A. Filoramo, APN-C, AP-PMN, IHWNC-BC -- Nurse Practitioner

Megan A. Filoramo, APN-C, AP-PMN, IHWNC-BC Nurse Practitioner

Megan Filoramo, APN has been part of the pain team at New Jersey Pain Consultants/Altair Health for the last 21 years. She specializes in the care and maintenance of the chronic pain patient through medication management, referral for interventional procedures, complementary modalities, and neuromodulation selection and education. In addition, she serves as Master Faculty for the American Society of Pain Management Nursing, as Co-Chair for the Pain Management Specialty Practice Group for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and recently obtained board certification as an Integrative Health and Wellness Nurse Coach. As a dedicated educator, she actively seeks out opportunities to add to the pain management knowledge base of her peers and her patients.

Facility
Altair Health
Location
Hillsborough, NJ
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

Lee E. Fisher, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Lee E. Fisher, PhD Assistant Professor

Lee Fisher, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed his doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in 2012. His PhD work focused on the use of multi-contact stimulating electrodes to restore standing function after spinal cord injury. Dr. Fisher’s research interests involve the development of neuroprostheses to restore sensory and motor function after neural damage or disease, as well as exploration of the role of somatosensation in maintaining balance control during standing. He was the winner of the 2021 NANS Kumar New Investigator Award.

Facility
University of Pittsburgh
Location
Pittsburgh PA
Session(s)

Emerging Technologies and Indications: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Priyanka Ghosh, MD -- Interventional Pain Physician

Priyanka Ghosh, MD Interventional Pain Physician

Dr. Priyanka Ghosh is in private practice in San Francisco, California at Remedy Medical Group. After graduating Brown University with her dual degree with Honors in both Neuroscience and Literary Arts, she completed her M.D with Distinction at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During medical school, she completed a yearlong National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research fellowship, in which she independently designed and executed a clinical trial utilizing novel technology to treat pain in patients with head and neck cancer. She continued on to complete her residency at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and completed her training at the Weill Cornell Tri-Institute Pain Fellowship, where she trained at three of the nation's leading hospitals: Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She recently received “Fellow of the Year” Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) 2020, which is awarded annually to only one fellow in the country. In addition, given that New York was the epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, her fellowship time also uniquely included time as an intensive care unit physician in the COVID-19 ICUs in Manhattan while continuing her pain medicine training! She is very involved in numerous organizations, with leadership positions in multiple national and international societies including NANS. Her research is published in numerous prestigious journals, and she also serves as a reviewer on editorial boards of multiple pain journals. Her clinical and research interests include conducting cutting edge research on novel advanced, interventional techniques combined with research interests in advancing health technology to better serve her patients and the medical community as a whole!

Facility
Remedy Medical Group
Location
San Francisco, CA
Session(s)

Abstract Session III

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.

Facility
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Location
Weston, MA
Session(s)

S.A.F.E.

Wayne Goodman, MD -- Professor & Chair

Wayne Goodman, MD Professor & Chair

Wayne Goodman, MD, D.C and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, specializes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for intractable psychiatric illnesses. He is the principal developer of the Y-BOCS, the gold standard for assessing OCD, and co-founder of the International OCD Foundation. Prior to joining Baylor, he held senior administrative positions at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NIMH and the University of Florida. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency, and research fellowship at Yale School of Medicine where he remained on faculty for 7 years. He is currently a Principal Investigator on grants from NIH’s BRAIN initiative including one on developing Adaptive DBS for OCD.

Facility
Baylor College of Medicine
Location
Houston, TX
Session(s)

Advanced Neuromodulation for Psychiatric Disorders

Johnathan H. Goree, MD -- Assistant Professor/ Director of Chronic Pain Division

Johnathan H. Goree, MD Assistant Professor/ Director of Chronic Pain Division

Dr. Johnathan Goree is the Director of the Chronic Pain Division, Chair of the Opioid Stewardship Committee, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Goree is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. He completed both his medical degree and a residency in anesthesiology at the Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University. Following his time in Manhattan, he completed a fellowship in chronic pain medicine at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, Dr. Goree returned home to Little Rock, Arkansas to join the faculty at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was recently named the 2020 Arkansas Healthcare Hero Physician of the Year and has been recognized as one of the leading experts in opioid sparing, chronic pain treatment in the state of Arkansas.

Emily L. Graczyk, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Emily L. Graczyk, PhD Assistant Professor

Emily Graczyk, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and an Investigator in the Functional Electrical Stimulation Center at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. She earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2013 and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in 2018. Dr. Graczyk’s research examines the coding and processing of somatosensory information and the perceptual and psychological experience of artificial sensation created by neurotechnology. Her lab uses cross-disciplinary approaches to study sensation in humans, including neural stimulation, neural recording, computational modeling, artificial intelligence, psychometrics, behavioral assessments, and qualitative analyses. Her current research funding is from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service.

Facility
Case Western Reserve University
Location
North Royalton, OH
Session(s)

Emerging Technologies and Indications: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Casey Grillo, MSN, FNP-C -- Nurse Practitioner

Casey Grillo, MSN, FNP-C Nurse Practitioner

Casey Grillo is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive pain management to patients of all ages. Casey performs in office pain assessments, minimally invasive pain interventions and medication management. Her current practice site is The Spine & Pain Institute of NY where she has practiced for eight years. Casey received her Bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University and a Masters' degree in Science of Nursing from Wagner College. She is currently a member of The Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS and The American Pain Society. Casey is dedicated to provide compassionate care to all of her patient's in pain.

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

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

Maged Guirguis, MD -- System Chair

Maged Guirguis, MD System Chair

Maged Guirguis, MD, serves as the System Chair 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.

Facility
Ochsner Health System
Location
New Orleans, LA
Session(s)

Connecting with the Future: Neuromodulation Art and Science Made Easy with Technology

Mayank Gupta, MD -- MD

Mayank Gupta, MD MD

Dr. Gupta is President, CEO of Kansas Pain Management, Founder of Neuroscience Research Center, President of Kansas Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (KSIPP), and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Dr. Gupta’s expertise is in neuromodulation therapy for chronic abdominal pain, complex back and neck pain with failed surgery, and a variety of other interventional treatments. His outpatient practice serves four locations with presence in Kansas City metropolitan and surrounding rural areas. Hospital Affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Advent Health Hospital, and St. Luke’s South Surgery Center. His research center conducts multi-center, Phase I-IV pain management focused neuromodulation medical device clinical trials as well as other interventional therapy, drug, and Investigator Initiated studies. He is one of few physicians in the country to perform ultrasound-guided occipital nerve radiofrequency ablation for headaches and radiofrequency of splanchnic nerve for chronic abdominal pain.

Facility
Kansas Pain Management & Neuroscience Research Center
Location
Overland Park, KS
Session(s)

Beyond Pain and Nerves: Applied Neuromodulation for Vascular, Non-Vascular, Visceral and Residual COVID-19 Co-Morbid Conditions

Jonathan M. Hagedorn, MD -- Assistant Professor

Jonathan M. Hagedorn, MD Assistant Professor

I am a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician at iSpine Pain Physicians in Burnsville, MN. I currently serve as Director of Clinical Research for our busy practice. Prior to this, I spent three years at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and led the implantable pain therapies practice as Director of Neuromodulation.

Facility
iSpine Pain Physicians
Location
Apple Valley, TX
Session(s)

Controversies in Targeted Drug Delivery

Jennifer M. Hah, MD MS -- Assistant Professor

Jennifer M. Hah, MD MS Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer Hah is triple boarded in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction medicine. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She has practiced pain medicine over a decade educating trainees and clinicians in ultrasound-guided interventions, neuromodulation, and evidence-based treatments at the cutting edge. As a clinical epidemiologist and physician-scientist, she leads NIH-funded research at the intersection between mood, pain and medication use. She is the director of the Stanford Pelvic Pain program with a clinical focus on treating both men and women suffering from a wide range of conditions including endometriosis, pelvic floor myalgias, vulvodynia and painful bladder syndrome.

Casey H. Halpern, MD -- Associate Professor

Casey H. Halpern, MD Associate Professor

Dr. Casey Halpern has been an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University for 3 years after completing residency training and a stereotactic fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in deep brain stimulation and stereotactic epilepsy surgery, and runs an experimental laboratory exploring the expanding indications of this sub-specialty.

Facility
Stanford University
Location
Stanford, CA
Session(s)

Adaptive and Closed Loop Brain Neuromodulation

Kimberly Heckert, MD -- Clinical Assistant Professor

Kimberly Heckert, MD Clinical Assistant Professor

Kimberly Heckert, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor (2015) at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where she serves as Director of the Spasticity Management Fellowship Program (2018), Co-Director of the Outpatient PM&R Clinical Clerkship (2019) and Director of the Physiatry Consult Service for Powerback (2015) and Promedica Rehab (2021). She completed her medical training at Jefferson Medical College (2003), a Transitional Year at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh (2004), Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University (2007), and Fellowship in Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2008). Prior to joining the Thomas Jefferson University faculty in 2015, she served as Vice-Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Morristown Medical Center (2013-14), Medical Director of the Msgr. John F. Corr Stroke and Neurorehabilitation Center at the Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute (2010-15), and Associate Director of Stroke Services, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute (2009-10).

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

Controversies in Targeted Drug Delivery

Chelsey Hoffmann, PA-C MS RD -- Physician Assistant

Chelsey Hoffmann, PA-C MS RD Physician Assistant

Chelsey has been a PA for nearly 8 years with the Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine, practicing pain management in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She is Clinical Co-Director of Evaluation for the Mayo Physician Assistant Program and she is also Co-Director for the annual Mayo Clinic Physician Assistant Board Review Course. Her current research interests include: student wellness in PA education, PA educator and pain medicine provider burnout, spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain, and management of temporary peripheral nerve stimulators.

Andreas Horn, MD PhD -- Group Leader

Andreas Horn, MD PhD Group Leader

Andreas is interested in connectivity and causality in the brain, the human connectome and its structure-function relationship. As a clinical case of connectomics, he studies effects of deep brain stimulation on aberrant circuitries that lead to movement disorders. Both interests are often realized by furthering development of an openly available processing toolbox (www.lead-dbs.org / www.leadsuite.io). Academic home at www.netstim.org.

Facility
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Location
Boston, MA
Session(s)

Engineering Challenges to Incorporate Brain Circuits in Device Designs

Christine Hunt, DO -- Assistant Professor

Christine Hunt, DO Assistant Professor

Dr. Hunt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pain Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She completed residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation prior to completing a Pain Medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Although she treats a wide variety of pain conditions, she has particular clinical and research interests in regenerative medicine, neuromodulation, and treatment of neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury, brachial plexus avulsion injury and complex regional pain syndrome.
Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Spinal Cord Stimulation Mechanisms: Results from Animal Studies

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)

Using Neuromodulation for the Abdomen, Pelvis and Genitourinary Systems

Mark R. Jones, MD -- Interventional Pain Physician

Mark R. Jones, MD Interventional Pain Physician

Dr. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in screenwriting from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was then awarded a Medical Doctorate degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Following medical school, Dr. Jones completed a general surgery internship and a residency in anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, respectively. He finished his training with a fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine. He is now in private practice in Knoxville, TN, at Pain Medicine of the South.

Facility
Pain Medicine of the South
Location
Knoxville, MA
Session(s)

Intrathecal Drug Delivery: From Pharmacy to Pumps

Bryan Johnson, PA-C -- Neurosurgery PA

Bryan Johnson, PA-C Neurosurgery PA

  • Bachelor of Science Biology, University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Midland, TX Board Certification
  • The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Professional Organizations
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Central Texas PA Society
  • NANS Member/Faculty speaker for APPsPersonal Summary
  • Chief Neurosurgery PA for Advanced Pain Care, Neurosurgery department.
  • Physician Assistant for 17 years.
  • Spent entire 17 year career in surgery with experience in Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedic Trauma surgery.
  • Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, he worked in pre-hospital emergency medicine as a Licensed Paramedic with 911 and as a Helicopter Paramedic.
  • Participates in Ironman distance triathlons and marathons.
  • Volunteers as a youth baseball coach.
  • UIC (Umpire in Charge) for a local youth baseball league of over 800 players in age divisions 4-14U, and a high school baseball umpire.
  • Lives in the Austin, TX area with his wife and four children.
Facility
Advanced Pain Care
Location
Round Rock, TX
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

Hemant Kalia, MD MPH FIPP -- Program Director, Interventional Spine & Pain Fellowship

Hemant Kalia, MD MPH FIPP Program Director, Interventional Spine & Pain Fellowship

Dr. Kalia specializes in interventional spine and cancer pain management with special expertise in advanced neuromodulation procedures.He earned his medical degree from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in Indore; India and Master’s degree in Public Health from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. His first residency was in Preventive Medicine & Public Health followed by Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Rochester. He subsequently completed an ACGME approved Pain Medicine fellowship at University of Rochester and additional FIPP (Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice) certification from World Institute of Pain.Dr. Kalia is a member of numerous national/international professional societies and sits on various sub-committees.He is part of the Board of Directors at ASPN (American Society of Pain & Neuroscience) and Monroe County Medical Society. He is the Fellowship director of Interventional Spine & Pain fellowship at Rochester Regional Health and is involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows from other programs. He also is part of the faculty at national and international hands on cadaveric workshops for interventional spine and pain procedures.Dr. Kalia has presented his work on cancer pain and advanced neuromodulation at multiple national and international conferences including publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of Pain Medicine. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Clinical Medical Research & Health Care Delivery open access Journal.

Facility
Rochester Regional Health System
Location
Rochester, NY
Session(s)

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

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
Chronic Pain Research Institute, LLC
Location
Lewisville, North Carolina
Session(s)

Using Neuromodulation for the Abdomen, Pelvis and Genitourinary Systems

Narayan R. Kissoon, MD -- Assistant Professor

Narayan R. Kissoon, MD Assistant Professor

Narayan R. Kissoon, M.D. is an assistant professor with a dual appointment in Neurology and Anesthesia that is board certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, and Headache. His clinical practice primarily involves interventional pain management, but with a focus in interventional management of craniofacial pain and neuromodulation. He has a special interest in the evaluation and management of trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (e.g. cluster headache, SUNCT syndrome, hemicrania continua). He studies the mechanisms of action and clinical outcomes in treatments for headache and chronic pain. This research includes clinical trials investigating the efficacy of medications and minimally invasive percutaneous interventions as well as the impact of pain treatments on nervous system function. Dr. Kissoon also investigates the abnormal function and structural causes of pain disorders. As part of his research, he reviews the clinical features that predict successful treatment outcomes.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for the Treatment of Craniofacial Pain

Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD PhD -- Vice Chair for Research and Education

Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD PhD Vice Chair for Research and Education

Dr. Nebojsa Nick Knezevic is the Vice Chairman for Research and Education at the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and also a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at the College of Medicine, the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the current President of the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Director-at-Large of the North American Neuromodulation Society Board of Directors, and member of Editorial Boards of many prestigious medical journals. Dr. Knezevic has extensive expertise in basic and clinical research and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, that were cited more than 3500 times; including the most recent publication in the Lancet journal with an impact factor of 70.321.Throughout his prestigious academic career, Dr. Knezevic has developed many research and educational programs for medical students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians. Dr. Knezevic manages multiple U.S. and global clinical trials (phases I-IV) for the testing of different pain medications and medical devices for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. He is also a recognized lecturer at many national and international conferences. Dr. Knezevic received multiple recognitions and excellence awards for patient care, teaching, outstanding research, and academic achievements, including the Manchikanti Excellence Award for 2021.