Speakers

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

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD -- Chair and Professor

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD Chair and Professor

Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience at Albany Medical College and Chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics and Division Chief of Functional Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During that time, she also obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and became active in both basic science and translational research. She went on to complete a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery with Roy Bakay at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. To date, she has served as Chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as well as AANS/CNS Chair of Joint Section for Women in Neurosurgery. She is currently Treasurer of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS). She began the NANS and INS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor. Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 170 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as specialty editor of Neuromodulatory Interventions for Frontiers in Pain Research, section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery, is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation and Journal of Neurosurgery, and sits on multiple NIH study sections.

Facility
Albany Medical Center
Location
Albany, NY
Session(s)

Brain Neuromodulation - Where Is the Evidence for What We Do? (CNS Session)

Matthew J. Pingree, MD -- Assistant Professor

Matthew J. Pingree, MD Assistant Professor

Matthew J. Pingree graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin where he received his MD degree. He then completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency in 2003 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. This was followed by an EMG/Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Arizona campus in 2004. Dr. Pingree then went into private practice for three years where he was a partner in a spine pain management practice. In 2007 he returned to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship and during that time was awarded the Mayo Foundation Scholar in 2008. Currently Matt practices pain medicine full time as a Consultant in the division of Pain Medicine and serves as the director of the Ultrasound procedural practice in the Pain Medicine. His clinical interests include advancing the field of ultrasound in pain medicine, peripheral nerve stimulation and developing online platform independent multimedia educational material.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for the Treatment of Craniofacial Pain

Thomas P Pittelkow, DO MPH - Consultant

Thomas P Pittelkow, DO MPH - Consultant

Thomas P. Pittelkow, DO, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Pain Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Pittelkow is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Neuromodulation and Neurosurgical Mentorship and Educational Development

Lawrence Poree, MD PhD MPH -- Director of Neuromodulation

Lawrence Poree, MD PhD MPH Director of Neuromodulation

Dr. Poree is director of the neuromodulation service in the department of anesthesia at the University of California at San Francisco. He has been in private and academic practice for over 20 years and has served on both the national and international neuromodulation societies. He is also a consultant for various neuromodulation companies.

Facility
UCSF Medical Center
Location
San Francisco, CA
Session(s)

Dosing and the Spinal Cord: The Role of Cycling

S.A.F.E.

Plenary Session II

Nader Pouratian, MD PhD -- Professor and Chair

Nader Pouratian, MD PhD Professor and Chair

Dr. Nader Pouratian specializes in surgeries to restore and preserve brain function, including deep brain stimulation for movement disorders (and other emerging indications) and surgeries that require brain mapping. In addition, he treats peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries and tumors. His research focuses on developing novel interventions and technologies for neurological restoration.

Facility
UT Southwestern
Location
Dallas, CA
Session(s)

Brain Neuromodulation - Where Is the Evidence for What We Do? (CNS Session)

Scott Pritzlaff, MD -- Associate Clinical Professor

Scott Pritzlaff, MD Associate Clinical Professor

Scott G. Pritzlaff, MD, CIPS, FIPP, is an interventional pain specialist at the University of California, Davis. He currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Program Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship. His clinical interests include opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve stimulation, and innovative use of ultrasound for pain procedures. As a former Navy combat physician, he also has a passion for treating military veterans and those affected by trauma.

Facility
University of California, Davis
Location
Carmichael, CA
Session(s)

Advances in Neuromodulation in Cancer Pain

Nicole Provenza, PhD -- Postdoctoral Associate

Nicole Provenza, PhD Postdoctoral Associate

Nicole Provenza is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Sameer Sheth’s laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine. Nicole completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in Dr. David Borton’s laboratory at Brown University in 2021, where she was awarded the Draper Fellowship for her graduate research. Her graduate work focused on developing adaptive deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder. As part of her graduate work, Nicole developed a research platform to collect intracranial local field potentials synchronized with disease-relevant behavior at home to aid in identification of neural biomarkers of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in natural environments.
Facility
Baylor College of Medicine
Location
Millersville, MD
Session(s)

Advanced Neuromodulation for Psychiatric Disorders

David A. Provenzano, MD -- President

David A. Provenzano, MD President

Dr. David Provenzano is the President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and became a Phi Beta Kappa member. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a surgical internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a residency in anesthesiology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He completed a Pain Management Fellowship at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Provenzano has served as a principal investigator on multiple research studies and published numerous scientific articles. His research interests include neuromodulation and monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency lesioning. He has lectured at numerous international and national meetings on the management of acute and chronic pain. Furthermore, he serves as an external member of the Robert Morris University IRB. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine as the President-Elect and the North American Neuromodulation Society as the Secretary. In addition, he serves on the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has extensive interests and expertise in the conservative treatment of pain originating from the cervical and lumbar spine, neuromodulation and in the utilization of ultrasound for interventional pain management procedures. Dr. Provenzano resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Facility
Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care
Location
Sewickley, PA
Session(s)

Dosing and the Spinal Cord: The Role of Cycling

Ahmed Raslan, MD -- Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Ahmed Raslan, MD Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Raslan is an associate professor of neurological surgery; he manages patients with a broad spectrum of neurosurgical disorders. He is interested in pain surgery, functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, and epilepsy surgery.in 2012 he completed the OHSU neurological surgery residency program (required for practice in the US). Dr. Raslan joined the faculty of neurological surgery in July 2012.The Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery Program encompasses a broad spectrum of surgical treatments to manage and restore neurological function. Special programs include surgical management of movement disorders, surgical pain management, epilepsy surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, surgery for spasticity, surgical treatment of psycho-affective disorders and stereotactic computer assisted neurosurgery.Dr. Raslan's research interests are concerned with the physiology of nociception and pain modulation in the brain stem, image guided surgery and functional neurological localization during surgery using neuromonitoring.Visit the Department of Neurological Surgery's website for information about academics, conferences, residency and fellowships.

Facility
OHSU
Location
Portland, OR
Session(s)

Advanced Neuromodulation for Psychiatric Disorders

Travis Rieder, PhD -- Director

Travis Rieder, PhD Director

Travis Rieder, PhD, is a bioethicist, philosopher, and leading voice on the ethical and policy implications of America’s opioid crisis. A research scholar and director of the Master of Bioethics degree program at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, he has published on a wide variety of topics in various academic journals, including Health Affairs and the American Journal of Bioethics. His work has appeared in The Guardian and The Washington Post and on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.”

In his memoir, In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids, Rieder recounts his terrifying experience with opioid dependence which began with a motorcycle accident. Rieder endured half a dozen surgeries during which opioids were prescribed. His most profound suffering came several months later when he went into acute opioid withdrawal while following physician’s orders and learned what it means to be “dope sick”—to suffer the physical and mental agony caused by opioid dependence. Clueless how to manage his opioid taper, doctors suggested he go back on the drugs and try again later. Instead, Rieder continued the painful process of weaning himself. Rieder’s experience exposes a dark secret of American pain management: a healthcare system so conflicted about opioids, and so inept at managing them, that the crisis currently facing us is both unsurprising and inevitable.

Facility
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Session(s)

Plenary Session II

John D. Rolston, MD PhD -- Director of Functional Neurosurgery

John D. Rolston, MD PhD Director of Functional Neurosurgery

Dr. John Rolston is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at the University of Utah, where he is the Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. 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.

Nathan C. Rowland, MD PhD -- Assistant Professor

Nathan C. Rowland, MD PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Nathan Rowland received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University. He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He pursued additional fellowship training in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. His clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, as well as psychiatric disorders such as addiction, treatment-resistant depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anorexia.
Facility
Medical University of South Carolina
Location
Charleston, SC
Session(s)

Brain Neuromodulation - Where Is the Evidence for What We Do? (CNS Session)

Sridevi V. Sarma, PhD -- Associate Professor

Sridevi V. Sarma, PhD Associate Professor

Sridevi Sarma received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca NY, in 1994; and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in, Cambridge MA, in 1997 and 2006, respectively. From 2000-2003 she took a leave of absence to start a data analytics company. From 2006--2009, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. She is now an associate professor in the Institute for Computational Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD. She is also Vice Dean for Graduate Affairs in the Whiting School of Engineering. Her research interests include modeling, estimation and control of neural systems using electrical stimulation. She is a recipient of the GE faculty for the future scholarship, a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow, a L'Oreal For Women in Science fellow, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Careers at the Scientific Interface Award, the Krishna Kumar New Investigator Award from the North American Neuromodulation Society, and a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the Whiting School of Engineering Robert B. Pond Excellence in Teaching Award.

Facility
Johns Hopkins University
Location
Baltimore, MD
Session(s)

Emerging Technologies and Indications: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD -- Chair of PMR

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD Chair of PMR

Dr. Michael Saulino is chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cooper University Hospital. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and Pain Management. Dr. Saulino earned his PhD (Biological Chemistry) and MD degrees from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1993. He has an academic appointment in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Saulino’s areas of clinical and research interest include pain management, spasticity management, neuromodulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and intrathecal therapy.

Facility
Cooper University Hospital
Location
Haverton, PA
Session(s)

Controversies in Targeted Drug Delivery

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

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.

Maricela C. Schnur, MBA MD -- Interventional Pain Physician, Clinical Director of MSK Division

Maricela C. Schnur, MBA MD Interventional Pain Physician, Clinical Director of MSK Division

Dr. Maricela Schnur is fellowship trained chronic pain physician in a hospital based practice in Duluth, MN. She earned her bachelor’s degree from NYU and her medical degree from Weill-Cornell Medical College. After taking care of a sick family member during medical school she realized she needed further training in finance and accounting and obtained her MBA from the Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. After medical school she traveled to Boston for residency training in anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital. During her time there she presented at several conferences and was a lead editor of a book titled, “ Anesthesia Review: 1000 Questions and Answers to Blast the BASIC and Ace the ADVANCED.” She graduated from the chronic pain fellowship program at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Campus and practices at St. Luke's Hospital. She is on the board of The Society of Women Innovators in Pain Management where she was also a founding member. Dr. Schnur consults for several medical device companies and recently took on an administration role to become director of the musculoskeletal division at her hospital which encompasses neurology, neurosurgery, interventional pain, PMR and orthopedic surgery.

Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD -- Associate Professor and Associate Clinic Director

Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD Associate Professor and Associate Clinic Director

Dr. Nathaniel Schuster is a pain and headache neurologist and Associate Clinic Director at the UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine. He is section editor for the Neuropathic Pain section for the journal Pain Medicine and is the recipient of the Migraine Research Foundation 2018 Impact Award. He graduated from University of Michigan Medical School and completed neurology residency at UCLA, headache fellowship at Montefiore Headache Center, and pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Facility
UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine
Location
La Jolla, CA
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for the Treatment of Craniofacial Pain

Erik Shaw, DO -- Director Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

Erik Shaw, DO Director Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute

Dr. Shaw is an interventional pain management specialist and medical director of the Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute. Dr. Shaw is double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine. A Texas native, Dr. Shaw graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in biomedical engineering and earned his medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Shaw completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and his anesthesiology fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Damian S. Shin, PhD  -- Associate Professor

Damian S. Shin, PhD Associate Professor

Damian Shin is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics and Neurology at Albany Medical College. He has over 22 years of expertise in using in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological techniques. Primary fields of research include Neuromodulation, Parkinson's disease and Epilepsy.

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).

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

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)

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

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