Speakers

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

Kiran V. Patel, MD -- Interventional Pain Medicine

Kiran V. Patel, MD Interventional Pain Medicine

Kiran V. Patel MD is an Interventional Pain Management physician board-certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. Dr. Patel practices at the Spine & Pain Institute of New York and is also the Director of Neurosurgical Pain at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Patel oversees the neuromodulation program at Lenox Hill Hospital as well as inpatient pain service. Dr. Patel is an assistant clinical professor at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine as well as the Program Director for Hofstra-Northwell’s ACGME PAIN MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP. She precepts the Pain Medicine rotation for Hofstra Anesthesiology residents and medical students. Dr. Patel participates in clinical neuromodulation research with the goal of improving clinical practice and outcomes. She has published extensively in leading scientific journals and presented her work at premiere scientific meetings. Dr. Patel is most recognized for her expertise in Neuromodulation as it relates to neuropathic pain, cancer-related pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), pelvic pain, headache, atypical facial pain, and peripheral neuralgias.Dr. Patel is an active member of the North American Neuromodulation Society’s Board of Directors. She currently serves as co-chair for the July 2021 NANS Mid-Year meeting.

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

Low Back Pain to Burn or to Stimulate? A Guide to Patient Selection

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)

Neuromodulation Outcome (Spine/PNS/Brain): My worst Complication

Dawood Sayed, MD -- Associate Professor

Dawood Sayed, MD Associate Professor

Dr. Sayed is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Sayed serves as the Chief of Pain medicine at the University. He established and serves as the Program Director of The Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Kansas. Additionally, Dr. Sayed serves as the Medical Director of Interventional Pain at the University of Kansas Comprehensive Spine Center as well as the Director of the Center of Neuromodulation at University of Kansas Hospital. He completed his Anesthesiology residency at the University of Kansas and Pain Medicine Fellowship from the Tri-Institute at Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Sayed serves on the Advocacy and Policy, Education, and CPT committee’s of the North American Neuromodulation Society. He lectures and serves as teaching faculty for the American Society of Pain Physicians (ASIPP), North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA). His clinical interests include spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, implanted intrathecal drug delivery, vertebral augmentation, cancer related pain, spinal tumor ablation, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject of cancer related pain, intrathecal drug delivery, and spinal cord stimulation and has published and written textbook chapters on this subject.

Facility
University of Kansas Hospital
Location
Kansas City, KS
Session(s)

Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Chronic Pain - Update

Marco Capogrosso, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Marco Capogrosso, PhD Assistant Professor

Marco Capogrosso, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. He completed his doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering and Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy and post-doctoral training at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland where he worked on the development of brain spinal interfaces for the restoration of voluntary motor control after spinal cord injury. Before Joining the University of Pittsburgh, he was research faculty at the primate center of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland were he managed the multi-center Platform for Translational Neuroscience. Dr. Capogrosso research interests broadly involve the study of the interactions between electrical stimulation and the dynamics of neural circuits. Specifically, he is interested in the design of neurotechnologies to restore sensory and motor function after neural damage or disease. At the moment his research focuses on the development of neurotechnologies for the restoration of arm and hand functions after motor paralysis.

Facility
University of Pittsburgh
Location
Pittsburgh, PN
Session(s)

Novel Applications of Neuromodulation for Stroke Rehabilitation

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)

Low Back Pain to Burn or to Stimulate? A Guide to Patient Selection

The Multiple Edges of the Conflict of Interest Sword

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 and the Associate Program Director for the Pain Fellowship. She is the chair of the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the chair of the ASRA newsletter and chair of the Women in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (WRAPM) Special Interest Group (SIG) for ASRA During these years, she has committed her time towards the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and health care 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.

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.

Sameer A. Sheth, MD PhD -- Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Sameer A. Sheth, MD PhD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Sameer A. Sheth is currently Associate Professor, Vice-Chair of Research, and McNair Scholar in the Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Neuroscience and Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Physics and Astronomy. He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he received both his M.D. and Ph.D. Dr. Sheth trained in neurological surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sheth specializes in the treatment of patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Sheth is also a neuroscientist, with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in neurophysiology. His research interests are centered on a desire to better understand brain function and develop new therapies for neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Sheth runs the Functional and Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab, with funding from the NIH, McNair Foundation, Dana Foundation, and other sources.

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

Neuromodulation for Psychiatric Disorders

Kelly R. Bijanki, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Kelly R. Bijanki, PhD Assistant Professor

I am a translational and affective neuroscientist with 15 years of experience in psychiatric neuromodulation and neuroimaging. I run the Translational Neuromodulation Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine which focuses on leveraging the setting of epilepsy intracranial monitoring to provide insights into neural mechanisms and novel neuromodulation targets for refractory psychiatric disorders.

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

Neuromodulation for Psychiatric Disorders

 

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.

Andrew Ko, MD--Assistant Professor

Andrew Ko, MDAssistant Professor

Dr. Ko is a UW Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. He joined the UW faculty after completing a fellowship in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at the Oregon Health & Sciences University. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the UW, and earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He specializes in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and other surgical treatments for Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, and Pain. His research interests include cortical electrophysiology and Brain-Computer interfaces; the development of patient-responsive DBS; and the use of novel imaging techniques to improve targeting accuracy and develop new targets for DBS.

Facility
University of Washington
Location
Seattle, WA
Session(s)

Neuromodulation Outcome (Spine/PNS/Brain): My worst Complication

Eellan Sivanesan, MD -- Assistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation

Eellan Sivanesan, MD Assistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation

Dr. Eellan Sivanesan is Director of Neuromodulation and faculty of the Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, facial, neuropathic, cancer, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-amputation, and other pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. He performs fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided interventions such as injections of peripheral nerves, spine, muscles, joints, thermal radiofrequency ablation, pulsed radiofrequency ablation, and various chemodenervation procedures.Dr. Sivanesan is an expert in advanced neuromodulation and minimally invasive spine techniques, which he uses to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. He is specialized in all modalities of spinal cord stimulation. He is also an expert in Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, craniofacial stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery. He has introduced numerous new pain treatment modalities to The Johns Hopkins Health System, including minimally invasive lumbar decompression, indirect decompression device/interspinous spacers, temporary peripheral nerve stimulation, ‘wireless’ spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, and multiple other neuromodulation and minimally invasive spine advancements.Dr. Sivanesan serves on the editorial boards of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine (Section-Neuromodulation and Minimally Invasive Spine) and Frontiers of Pain Research. He is also an Ad-Hoc reviewer for Neuromodulation, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Neuromodulation, Physical Therapy, Anesthesia and Analgesia Case Reports, Pain Practice, Pain Reports, and multiple other pain and neuromodulation journals. He also serves on committees of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).Funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation. His lab is particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation for cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Work in the Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL) focuses on developing electrical stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discovering novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions. His work has been published in the Lancet, Anesthesiology, Neuromodulation, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, Pain Reports, Pain Medicine, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Neuroscience Bulletin, Molecular Pain, and on the cover of Anesthesia and Analgesia.Laboratory: https://anesthesiology.hopkinsmedicine.org/research-home/research-programs/sivanesan-lab/Clinic: https://anesthesiology.hopkinsmedicine.org/pain-medicine-and-pain-research/eellan-sivanesan-md/

Facility
Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine
Location
Baltimore, MD
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Cancer-Related Pain

Do Outcomes of Spinal Cord Stimulation Differ By The Etiology of Pain?

Jonathan M. Hagedorn, MD -- Physician, Director of Clinical Research

Jonathan M. Hagedorn, MD Physician, Director of Clinical Research

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, MN
Session(s)

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

Christopher A. Gilmore, MD -- Attending Physician

Christopher A. Gilmore, MD Attending Physician

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. 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. He followed that with a Pain Medicine Fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, gaining subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine in 2007.Dr. Gilmore is a partner at the Carolinas Pain Institute in Winston-Salem. He is well versed in medication management, interventional techniques, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.y.

Facility
Carolinas Pain Institute
Location
Winston-Salem, NC
Session(s)

PNS: A Critical Review

Jacek Dmochowski, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Jacek Dmochowski, PhD Assistant Professor

Jacek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the City College of New York (2015-present), where he is investigating ultrasonic neuromodulation and photobiomodulation as new approaches to non-invasive brain stimulation. His formal academic training is in electrical and biomedical engineering.

Facility
The City College of New York
Location
Montclair, NY
Session(s)

Novel Indications of Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Technologies

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, Program Director of the Chronic Pain Fellowship, Chief of Staff-Elect, 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 and his pain fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

John D. Markman, MD -- Vice Chair and Professor Neurosurgery and Neurology

John D. Markman, MD Vice Chair and Professor Neurosurgery and Neurology

John Markman, MD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the University of Rochester, where he also serves as a Vice Chair, Director of the University’s Translational Pain Research Program, and Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine. Markman has led more than sixty clinical trials of new methods and treatments for chronic pain. The University of Rochester program he founded was recognized by the American Pain Society as the nation’s Academic Center of Excellence in 2013 for its innovative, multidisciplinary patient care. In 2022, Dr. Markman received the Mitchell Max Scientific Award for his contributions to pain research by the American Academy of Neurology. The Academy cited the impact of randomized controlled studies led by Markman in furthering the scientific understanding of the efficacy and safety of treatments for chronic low back pain and for chronic pain resulting from nerve injury. Markman currently directs one of the nation’s 12 NIH HEAL Initiative clinical trial hubs pursuing novel, non-opioid treatments for chronic pain. Over the course of his career Markman has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and served as an editorial board member of the Journal of Pain and Pain Medicine, a member of the FDA's AADP Advisory Committee, an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and various leadership roles of professional societies dedicated to the treatment of pain including the International Association for the Study of Pain, The American Pain Society, and The North American Neuromodulation Society. Markman received his MD at the University of Rochester. He completed his training in Neurology at Mass General Brigham and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dan Merrill, PhD -- Principal and Founder

Dan Merrill, PhD Principal and Founder

Dr. Dan Merrill has 27 years of industrial experience in addition to 15 years of university training within the field of neural engineering. He earned his BS and M Eng at Cornell in Electrical Engineering, PhD at Case Western Reserve in Biomedical Engineering at the Applied Neural Control Lab, and Post-Doc'ed at U Utah in tissue engineering. He is a Fellow of the AIMBE. His interests include the mechanisms of charge injection at the electrode/tissue interface and how this informs safe and effective stimulation. For fun he has been an EMT for 30 years and is a former firefighter.

Facility
Dan Merrill Consulting
Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Session(s)

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

Svjetlana Miocinovic, MD PhD -- Dr.

Svjetlana Miocinovic, MD PhD Dr.

Svjetlana Miocinovic is a board-certified neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor and other movement disorders. She graduated from medical school in 2009 at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) where she also obtained a PhD in biomedical engineering. She completed neurology residency and clinical movement disorders fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, Texas). Her post-doctoral training and clinical research fellowship was at the University of California San Francisco Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center. In 2016, she moved to Emory to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Movement Disorders Section. She received NIH K23 grant to study targeted activation of neural pathways during DBS in Parkinson’s disease. In 2021, she became an investigator with Emory's Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence. In 2022, she received NIH R01 funding to evaluate accuracy of computational DBS models for predicting neural activation in human brain. The research focus of her laboratory is on electrophysiology of human motor and non-motor circuits, and development of new device-based therapies. Her clinical focus is on delivering expert patient care and using DBS to treat movement disorders.

Steven A. Prescott, MD PhD -- Senior Scientist

Steven A. Prescott, MD PhD Senior Scientist

Steven Prescott received his MD/PhD from McGill University and pursued postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute. He is now a Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. His lab combines electrophysiology, imaging, and computational neuroscience to study neural coding in relation to chronic pain. His lab is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Facility
The Hospital For Sick Children
Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Session(s)

Neuromodulation Fundamentals: Effects on Neurons

John D. Rolston, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

John D. Rolston, MD PhD Associate Professor

Dr. John Rolston is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Clinically, he specializes in epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders (Parkinson’s, dystonia, tremor), and neuromodulation for psychiatric disorders (such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome). Dr. Rolston’s lab investigates how electrical stimulation can be used to map and ultimately rewire the diseased brain. These neural engineering tools are used to better understand neural information processing and how it is disordered in illnesses like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and psychiatric disease.

 

Facility
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Location
Boston, MA
Session(s)

Automating Functional Neurosurgical Procedures: From Planning to Programming

Simon J. Thomson, MBBS  -- Clinical Lead

Simon J. Thomson, MBBS Clinical Lead

He was appointed consultant clinical lead in Pain Medicine and anaesthesia in 1992 at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHSFT, now since 2019, Mid & South Essex University Hospitals NHS. In 2013 he became full time clinical lead consultant in pain medicine and neuromodulation. Since 1993 he has been providing neuromodulation services and is active in clinical research, advocacy, training and publishing. He founded the Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland in 2001 and served two three-year terms as President of International Neuromodulation Society from 2009 to 2015. He served on INS board in one capacity or another for 20 years. He was chair /co-chair of the scientific and organizing committees of four biennial INS congresses in London 2011, Berlin 2013, Montreal 2015 and Edinburgh 2017. He instigated the INS website, doubled INS membership and started the INS research initiative. He served on council of British Pain Society 2004 to 2008 and is consultant to NHS England, NICE, NIHR, BSI and other industry partners.

Facility
Mid & South Essex University Hospitals NHS
Location
Kelvedon - Essex, United Kingdom
Session(s)

Plenary Session V - Contemporary Debates in Neuromodulation

Chengyuan Wu, MD MSBmE -- Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology

Chengyuan Wu, MD MSBmE Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology

Dr. Wu is currently an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University and Chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Neuromodulation Neurosurgery. He also serves as the Clinical Director of the Jefferson Integrated Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center. Dr. Wu’s research is focused on advanced brain imaging techniques used to analyze functional and structural networks of the human brain. In his work, he continues to explore the widespread networks in movement disorders and epilepsy in order to not only improve medical and surgical outcomes, but also to improve our understanding of the brain altogether.

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

Automating Functional Neurosurgical Procedures: From Planning to Programming

Christy A. Gomez Hupe, APRN -- Advanced Practice Provider

Christy A. Gomez Hupe, APRN Advanced Practice Provider

Christy Gomez Hupe 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 16 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.

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

Damean W. Freas, DO -- CEO

Damean W. Freas, DO CEO

Damean Freas, DO, FAAPMR is the Chief Executive Officer for Clearway Pain Solutions LLC. He is Board Certified and Fellowship trained in Pain Medicine. In 2016, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Dr. Freas as the Chairman, Maryland Board of Physicians. The Maryland Board of Medicine is the third largest in the country in terms of the number of licensed professionals that they oversee. Dr. Freas is the youngest Chairman in the Board’s history. He further serves as the AMA’s multispecialty Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Advisor for North American Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Freas is listed as one of the “150 Pain Management Physicians to Know” by Becker’s ASC Review. He was also rated one of the “Rising Stars of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” for Washington DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia by Washington Post Magazine. Dr. Freas was voted What’s Up Annapolis and What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine TOP DOC by his peers.

Facility
Clearway Pain Solutions
Location
Annapolis, MD
Session(s)

Plenary Session IV - Maintaining Access: The Future Economic Viability of Neuromodulation

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

Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD PhD Clinical Professor and 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 almost 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, that were cited more than 4300 times; including the most recent publication in the Lancet journal with an impact factor of 202.731.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.

Facility
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

The Practical Challenges of Neuromodulation Research

Neuromodulation Fundamentals: Non-Neuronal Effects

Derron K. Wilson, MD FIPP -- Interventional Pain Management Physician

Derron K. Wilson, MD FIPP Interventional Pain Management Physician

Dr. Derron K. Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, and went on to earn his doctorate from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed an anesthesiology residency and a fellowship in pain management at Indiana University. Currently, Dr. Wilson serves as the director of interventional pain management at Goodman Campbell. Dr. Wilson’s focus in interventional pain management is neuromodulation and it is a topic he frequently speaks on at conferences both nationally and internationally, and his ongoing research centers on advancing neuromodulation as an alternative pain management option for refractory pain conditions. He also serves as a faculty member for national courses where neuromodulation techniques are taught to other pain management physicians. Dr. Wilson has been an author and contributor to recent peer-reviewed publications focusing on neuromodulation. He is an active leader in his field through his NANS and INS committee involvement and he is a board member of the American Society of Pain & Neuroscience.

Facility
Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine
Location
Carmel, IN
Session(s)

Neuromodulation: A New Horizon