Speakers

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

Einar Ottestad, MD -- Clinical Professor

Einar Ottestad, MD Clinical Professor

Dr. Ottestad obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. After internship at UT Health Science Center, Tyler, TX, he completed his residency in Anesthesia, followed by a Pain Medicine fellowship, at Stanford. Dr. Ottestad joined Stanford faculty in 2007 and became Director of the Acute Pain Service in 2009. As such, he manages acute, post-operative pain, acute-on-chronic inpatient pain consults, and cancer pain at Stanford Hospital. He is committed to the Stanford Pain Center’s multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach when treating clinic patients with chronic pain. Dr. Ottestad possesses expertise in ultrasound-guided procedures in treatment of pain. Ultrasound imaging allows accurate imaging of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and nerves that are difficult to identify using only x-ray imaging or anatomic landmarks. This imaging is useful both diagnostically as well as therapeutically when specific, targeted treatment is needed in an area of pain. His practice includes all forms of spinal and peripheral nerve stimulation. Dr. Ottestad is the past president of the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography and is a faculty examiner for FIPP (fellow of international pain practice) and CIPS (certified interventional pain sonologist) exams.

Facility
Stanford University
Location
Menlo Park, CA
Session(s)

S.A.F.E.

 

Jaclyn Pappas, MSN APRN FNP CDE -- Nurse Practitioner

Jaclyn Pappas, MSN APRN FNP CDE Nurse Practitioner

Jaclyn Pappas is an advanced practice nurse at The Spine & Pain Institute of New York. She practices alongside Dr. Kiran Patel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Long Island in an interventional pain practice focusing on neuromodulatory and intrathecal therapies. Prior to working in pain, Jaclyn specialized in Endocrinology and Diabetes working as a certified diabetes educator. As an individual with Type 1 Diabetes, Jaclyn recognized the gaps in communication between healthcare providers and patients. She applies this experience to her work in interventional pain management by blending humanism with the technical aspects of treatment allowing patients to be active participants in their care.

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

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

Beth Parente, PA-C -- Physician Assistant

Beth Parente, PA-C Physician Assistant

Beth is a Physician Assistant at Duke Health. She has worked with Dr. Nandan Lad to create a patient-focused, research-based functional neurosurgery practice since Dr. Lad joined Duke in 2011.Beth is often the first person patients meet during their initial consultation and their main point of contact for post-surgery needs. She manages preoperative and postoperative visits and assists Dr. Lad as needed during surgical procedures. She enjoys working directly with patients to support a smooth surgical journey and ensure the best possible outcomes. Beth also collaborates on research to understand and improve treatment approaches. She holds a Master of Health Sciences from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program and a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Smith College. She has been affiliated with Duke since 2005.

Facility
Duke University Center
Location
Durham, NC
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (NPs/PAs/Nurses)

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.

Parag G. Patil, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

Parag G. Patil, MD PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Patil is currently Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is Associate Chair for Clinical and Translational Research and leads the Program in Restorative Neuroengineering. His NIH-funded research applies engineering, and imaging techniques to better understand the neurophysiology and clinical efficacy of neuromodulation for movement disorders, depression, and pain. Dr. Patil is a former member of the NANS Board and served on the Annual Meeting Committee from 2014-2017.

Facility
University of Michigan
Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Session(s)

Innovations in Patient and Provider Education to Improve Access to Neuromodulation

Erika A. Petersen, MD -- Professor

Erika A. Petersen, MD Professor

Dr. Erika A. Petersen directs the Section of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at UAMS Medical Center. She is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UAMS. Dr. Petersen is a board certified neurosurgeon whose clinical practice focuses on neuromodulation, treating movement disorders, spasticity, and chronic pain through surgical procedures and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Petersen's research interests focus on using high-resolution imaging to understand the functional interaction of centers within the brain and on developing new devices, indications, and methods for treating chronic pain using neuromodulation. Her collaborations with colleagues in neuroradiology, neurology, pain, and psychiatry are aimed toward identifying new applications for the use of deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation for pain. Dr. Petersen completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University and received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She trained in neurosurgery at the University of Texas Southwestern with a fellowship in deep brain stimulation at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Dr. Petersen serve on the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the ASSFN Scientific Programming Committee and sits on the Executive Board of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience where she is President-elect. She is associate editor of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery for Operative Neurosurgery, and is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation and the Journal of Pain Research. Dr. Petersen lectures frequently at national and international meetings on deep brain stimulation, emerging applications of neuromodulation, and chronic pain management. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, neurmodulation, and neuroscience.

Facility
UAMS
Location
Little Rock, AR
Session(s)

Plenary Session III-Late-Breaking Clinical Trials

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

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.

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

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)

Joshua Prager, MD MS DABPM -- Executive Director

Joshua Prager, MD MS DABPM Executive Director

Dr. Prager is a founding member of NANS and has served two terms as President of the Society. He has been the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012) and the Distinguished Service Award (2018) from NANS. A Harvard (MGH), UCLA, and Stanford trained physician, he has been recognized by the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) for outstanding contributions and dedication (2013) and has received three awards (2007) (2018) (2019) from complex regional pain syndrome organizations for his contributions to the field of CRPS and his care of patients. He was the lead author of a for a Best Practices for Intrathecal therapy publication in Neuromodulation summarizing the findings of a blue ribbon inter-disciplinary international panel.

Facility
Center for the Rehabilitation of Pain Syndromes
Location
Santa Monica, CA
Session(s)

Intrathecal Drug Delivery: From Pharmacy to Pumps

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

Plenary Session I: The Next Generation

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

Ali R. Rezai, MD -- John D. Rockefeller IV Chair in Neuroscience

Ali R. Rezai, MD John D. Rockefeller IV Chair in Neuroscience

Dr. Ali Rezai is a renowned neurosurgeon whose pioneering research and clinical practice has advanced brain health for patients around the country and internationally. Dr. Rezai was recruited to WVU to build and lead the new Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI), a world class patient care and research hub in the heart of Appalachia, to tackle public health challenges. Dr. Rezai earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Southern California and underwent neurosurgical training at New York University.  He completed his subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. He then joined the neurosurgical faculty at New York University Medical Center, becoming the director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery until 2000, when he joined the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Rezai was the director of the Center for Neurological Restoration, as well as the Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2009, Dr. Rezai joined the faculty at the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio.  At OSU, Dr. Rezai was the Associate Dean of Neuroscience and the Director of the Neurological Institute until 2017, when he joined West Virginia University as the Executive Chair of the new Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI).  Since taking the helm in 2017, the RNI has grown to five departments with 180 faculty and over 1,100 team members, providing an integrated neurological and mental health care model across WV and surrounding states. The Institute’s 27 telestroke and 21 telepsychiatry partners provide care for remote areas across Appalachia. A board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Rezai’s clinical areas of expertise are functional neurosurgery and the neurosurgical management of patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, chronic pain, brain injuries, addiction and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors for 20 consecutive years from 2001-2021. Dr. Rezai has over 200 scientific publications with an H-index of 85 (Google Scholar) including publications in Nature, Lancet Neurology, JAMA Neurology, and PNAS.  He has served on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals, edited a book on surgery for psychiatric disorders and the two-volume textbook, Neuromodulation. Dr. Rezai has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-investigator on seven NIH grants. He has trained over 50 neurosurgical fellows and delivered more than 500 lectures.   Dr. Rezai has presented his work to the President of the United States as well as to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill and four Governors. Dr. Rezai is the past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the largest neurosurgical society in the world, as well as the past president of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN).

Dr. Rezai’s research focuses on population health and innovations in the use of brain stimulation and focused ultrasound technology for treating Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain and addictions.   Dr. Rezai has received the Bottrell Neurosurgical Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship award, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William Sweet Investigator Award. He has received multiple innovation honors and received the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University innovator of the year awards.  Dr. Rezai holds 60 issued US patents for medical devices and technologies.

Dr. Rezai’s work has been in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, MIT’s Technology Review magazine, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail.  He has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television broadcasts including CBS’ 60 Minutes, The Charlie Rose Show, Good Morning America, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, BBC, HBO, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS Nightly News and The Discovery Channel.

Facility
West Virginia University
Location
Morgantown, WV
Session(s)

Plenary Session II: The Future of Neuromodulation

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

Louis J. Raso, MD -- CEO

Louis J. Raso, MD CEO

Louis J. Raso, MD, specializes in Interventional Pain Management and holds board certifications in both Pain Management and Anesthesiology from the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is CEO of The Raso Pain Center. He received his MD degree in 1985 from Rutgers Medical School and completed his training in Anesthesiology and Pain Management Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has published numerous Journal Articles and Book Chapters. He has traveled throughout the country and abroad giving lectures on multiple topics in Interventional Pain Management. He also participates in multiple research studies in his practice.

Facility
The Raso Pain Center
Location
Jupiter, FL
Session(s)

Identifying Alternative Cells Involved in SCS Therapy

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.