Speakers

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

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

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

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

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

Intrathecal Therapy: Cased-Based Learning

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).

Facility
NSPC
Location
Atlantic Beach, NJ
Session(s)

Plenary Session II: Late Breaking Abstracts

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD -- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Jennifer A. Sweet, MD Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

After completing medical school at Georgetown University and neurosurgical residency at George Washington University, Dr. Sweet underwent a Stereotactic & Functional neurosurgery fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, where she has since joined the faculty in the Departments of Neurosurgery. She is currently an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Her clinical areas of interest include deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and psychiatric diseases, as well as neuromodulation for epilepsy and chronic pain. Dr. Sweet is also highly involved in research. She was awarded two NIH grants, exploring brain connectivity in patients with Bipolar disorder, and she is an investigator in several other clinical trials, aiming to truly impact scientific discovery for the treatment of diverse diseases using cutting-edge technologies. Dr. Sweet is similarly extremely active in organized Neurosurgery, serving on the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee, Board of Directors of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and Board of Directors of the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN). She is also Past President of Women in Neurosurgery, Vice President of the Joint Neurosurgery Section on Pain, and Vice Chair of the Joint Guidelines Review Committee for Neurosurgery, and has regularly served on the SPC for NANS, CNS, and AANS. Dr. Sweet has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, including several neurosurgical guidelines, directed multiple national courses, regularly serving as faculty at international and national meetings, and has mentored undergraduate and medical students, residents, and fellows.

Facility
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Location
Cleveland, OH
Session(s)

Automating Functional Neurosurgical Procedures: From Planning to Programming

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA FASA -- Assistant Professor

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA FASA Assistant Professor

Dr. Stephanie G. Vanterpool is a Targeted Pain Treatment clinician, researcher and advocate. She is the Director of Comprehensive Pain Services, as well as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology for the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Medicine. She received her MD from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completed pain fellowship at Carolina’s Pain Institute/Wake Forest University. She then entered private practice for several years before returning to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to obtain her MBA. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and board certified in both anesthesiology and Pain medicine. Dr. Vanterpool serves on the boards of the Tennessee Pain Society and North American Neuromodulation Societies in various leadership capacities. She is recognized as a regional and national leader in pain management education, practice and policy. Most recently, Dr. Vanterpool was appointed to the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council by the state’s Speaker of the House. She is also a proud native of the British Virgins Islands where she returns regularly to provide specialized pain management services. Her professional passion is to create a paradigm shift in how pain is assessed and treated through awareness, application and advocacy.

Facility
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Location
Knoxville, TN
Session(s)

Plenary Session III: Human Aspect of Neuromodulation - Performance and Burnout

Sean Mackey, MD PhD--Chief, Division of Pain Medicine

Sean Mackey, MD PhDChief, Division of Pain Medicine

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, is Redlich Professor and Chief of the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. He uses research tools such as big data, psychophysical, neurobehavioral and neuroimaging tools to investigate chronic pain and opioids. Dr. Mackey is author of over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is developer of an open-source learning health system—CHOIR (http://choir.stanford.edu)—to transform the care of people with pain, and serve as a platform for research in real-world clinic patients. Recently, he was Co-Chair of the HHS/NIH National Pain Strategy (NPS) to establish a national health strategy for pain care, education and research.Under Dr. Mackey’s leadership, the Stanford Pain Management Center has been twice designated a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society for the Center’s innovative approach in comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and outcomes-based care. He has served as principle investigator on multiple NIH awards where he has overseen efforts to map the specific regions of the brain and spinal cord that perceive and process pain.

Facility
Stanford University Medical Center
Location
Palo Alto, CA
Session(s)

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

Nader Pouratian, MD PhD -- Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery

Nader Pouratian, MD PhD Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery

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 Medical Center
Location
Dallas, TX
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Psychiatric Disorders

Timothy R. Deer, MD -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Timothy R. Deer, MD President and Chief Executive Officer

President and CEO, The Spine & Nerve Centers of the Virginias
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, West Virginia University
Chairman and Founder, The American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN)

Dr. Deer is a renowned expert in pain management who has lobbied for the safe utilization of pain therapies and improving access to care for patients. As an educator, he has instructed physicians and clinicians on effective pain control, minimally invasive spine advancements and the judicious and proper use of technology to treat pain conditions. More recently, Dr. Deer cofounded ASPN, a community of specialists in pain and neuroscience dedicated to improving patient outcomes, education, and research.

Dr. Deer has published extensively on a wide range of topics, including injection techniques, minimally-invasive spine procedures, intrathecal drug delivery, and spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation. He is a frequent editorial board member, author and series editor for textbooks on interventional techniques. He has served as faculty, moderator and presenter at numerous national and international meetings. He has held the role of president at the International Neuromodulation Society and the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and served as a board director for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He is a past Chairman of the Pain Division of the American Society of Anesthesiology.

In addition to his work in medicine, Dr. Deer is a committed endurance athlete, inspiring his friends to add exercise to their lives as a form of stress reduction and healthy lifestyle. His endurance life has included many Ironman World Championships, the Badwater135 Endurance run, and marathons throughout the world.

Facility
The Spine & Nerve Centers of the Virginias
Location
Charleston, WV
Session(s)

Plenary Session III: Human Aspect of Neuromodulation - Performance and Burnout

Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Chronic Pain - Update

Lauren Cimino, MSN APRN AGPCNP-BC -- Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Cimino, MSN APRN AGPCNP-BC Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Cimino, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC is a nurse practitioner working at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, IL. She completed her BSN from Illinois State University and her MSN from University of Illinois Chicago. She has been part of Northwestern's Neurosurgery Department for the past eight years working specifically in functional neurosurgery as an outpatient nurse practitioner. Lauren has been apart of the NANS APP faculty for six years and enjoys mentoring APPs that are new to neuromodulation and neurosurgery.

Krishnan V. Chakravathy MD PhD -- Assistant Professor

Krishnan V. Chakravathy MD PhD Assistant Professor

Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD is an assistant clinical professor who specializes in multi-modal pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain. Dr Chakravarthy completed sub-specialty fellowship training in pain management at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and residency training in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He interned in general medicine at Griffin Hospital (Yale Affiliate) in Derby, Connecticut. He earned his MD, PhD degrees at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY. Dr Chakravarthy’s research interests in pain medicine include incorporating new technology into advancing pain care. He is currently focusing on using nanotechnology as an novel system to develop new drug delivery and point of care device platforms to manage chronic pain. Prior to joining UCSD, he has served as a contractor at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he researched host immunity to influenza virus as a way of developing novel therapeutic and vaccine strategies. His research work has been published in top journals including Anesthesiology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Pain Medicine. His research work has been also featured in Times of India, International Business Times, Futurity, NewsMedical and other national and international venues. Dr Chakravarthy is also a founder of several biotechnology startup companies in the nanotechnology space, and new drug development focusing on commercializing paradigm-shifting technology in the field of chronic pain. He is an active entrepreneur and believes industry plays a critical role in seeing translational science make it to patients. Dr Chakravarthy currently serves on the editorial board of several national and international peer reviewed journals, and committees on organizations such as the International Neuromodulation Society.  He is also the recipient of several national awards including the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience Young Innovator Award.

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

Spinal Neuromodulation for Pain: Mechanisms of Action

Anuj Bhatia, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

Anuj Bhatia, MD PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Bhatia is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and Clinical Director, Chronic Pain at University Health Network, Toronto, Canada. He is the Chair of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group of the Canadian Pain Society, Treasurer of the Canadian Neuromodulation Society, a member of the NANS Education committee and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Pain Medicine Specialty committee. His clinical and research interests include the use of epidemiological tools for assessing outcomes of treatments for pain, assessment, and treatment of neuropathic pain, fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guided procedures for chronic and cancer pain, and neuromodulation. He has published over 75 papers, 6 book chapters, and co-authored two books on ultrasound-guided interventional pain procedures.

Facility
Toronto Western Hospital and University of Toronto
Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Session(s)

Plenary Session II - Late-Breaking Abstracts

Rany T. Abdallah, MBA MD PhD -- President, Apico Pain Management

Rany T. Abdallah, MBA MD PhD President, Apico Pain Management

I have been in practice since July 2016. I have a diverse practice that includes acute and chronic pain management as well as anesthesia in the operating room. Clinical Interests: Adult and pediatric chronic pain, Cancer pain, Complex regional pain syndrome, Facial pain and headaches, Abdominal pain, Implantable pain device therapies.Research Interests: Pathophysiology and treatment of cancer pain, Pathophysiology and treatment of neuropathic pain, Advancing implantable pain device therapies, Medical Cannabis

Facility
Apico Pain Management
Location
Wilmington, DE
Session(s)

Challenges of Neuromodulation

The Value of Education for Optimization of Patient Outcomes

SCS Guidelines

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)

Venture Summit

The Practical Challenges of Neuromodulation Research

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, functional and epilepsy 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
Mount Kisco, NY
Session(s)

Onboard New Advanced Practice Providers to Neuromodulation

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD -- Professor

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD Professor

Dr. Konstantin Slavin is a head of section of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of a fellowship program in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Dr. Slavin was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. After graduation from medical school he completed residency in neurosurgery in Moscow, and then moved to Chicago where he completed research fellowship and residency in neurosurgery, and fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Slavin has been working on staff in UIC since 2001 and went up through the academic ranks to become professor of neurosurgery in 2010.Dr. Slavin has authored and co-authored more than 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. His books on “Peripheral Nerve Stimulation”, “Principles of Neuromodulation” (co-edited with Prof. Eljamel), 'Stimulation of Peripheral Nervous System' and 'Neuromodulation for Facial Pain' were published during the last 10 years. Currently, he is an editor-in-chief of 'Progress in Neurological Surgery', associate editor of “Neurosurgery,” 'Surgical Neurology International' and “Brain Sciences” and editorial board member of several other journals including “Neuromodulation” and “Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.” Dr. Slavin is the Past President of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and past Secretary of NANS. He is also a current President-Elect of the International Neuromodulation Society and Vice-President of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. For many years, he served on the Executive Council of AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain. Dr. Slavin has taught extensively on more than a hundred professional educational courses sponsored by national and international societies and device manufacturers. As a sign of peer recognition, he is for many years included in the lists of “Best Doctors in America” and “US Top Surgeons” and has received prestigious “Patients’ Choice” and “Most Compassionate Doctor” awards.

Facility
University of Illinois at Chicago
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

PNS: A Critical Review

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH -- Medical Director

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH Medical Director

Dr. Sitzman is medical director of Advanced Pain Therapy, a comprehensive pain clinic located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is an active member of numerous national and international pain societies: president of North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS); past president of American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Southern Pain Society (SPS), Mississippi Pain Society (MPS) and Mississippi Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is the recipient of AAPM’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He has authored more than 80 scientific publications including abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Pain Medicine and Pain Practice. He is actively involved in patient advocacy and postgraduate medical education, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to pain pharmacology and interventional pain therapies. Dr. Sitzman received his medical and master of public health degrees from Tulane University in his native city, New Orleans. He completed postgraduate training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (internal medicine) and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA (anesthesiology and pain medicine). Dr. Sitzman is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Facility
Advanced Pain Therapy, PLLC
Location
Hattiesburg, MS
Session(s)

SCS Guidelines

Prasad Shirvalkar, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

Prasad Shirvalkar, MD PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Shirvalkar is Associate 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
UCSF Medical Center
Location
San Francisco, CA
Session(s)

Novel Cerebral Targets for Nociception

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

Erik Shaw, DO Medical Director, 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.

Facility
Shepherd Center
Location
Atlanta, GA
Session(s)

Spasticity Update

Intrathecal Therapy: Cased-Based Learning

Joshua M. Rosenow, MD FACS -- Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery

Joshua M. Rosenow, MD FACS Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery

Dr. Rosenow has over 15 years as director of functional neurosurgery at Northwestern University, managing surgical programs in movement disorders, epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, chronic pain, and neurorestoration and neurorehabilitation. He also serves as chair of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies and lead national functional neurosurgery advisor for neurosurgical RUC and CPT issues.

Facility
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

PNS: A Critical Review

Plenary Session V - Contemporary Debates in Neuromodulation

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)

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

David A. Provenzano, MD -- President

David A. Provenzano, MD President

Dr. David Provenzano is the President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, Western PA Surgery Center. 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, monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency lesioning, and healthcare safety studies. 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 has clinical teaching appointments including Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Anesthesia – Pain Medicine Fellowship and Adjunct Clinical Instructor Department of Physician Assistant Rangos School of Health Sciences, Duquesne University. Currently, he is an ex officio board member Of the North American Neuromodulation Society and previously served as a Secretary. He serves on the Board of Directors of ASRA Pain Medicine as the President-Elect. He serves on the editorial boards of scientific journals including Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (Editor) and Interventional Pain Medicine (Associate Editor, neuromodulation section). In addition, he is the ASRA Pain Medicine American Medical Association House of Delegates Representative. 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
Bridgeville, PA
Session(s)

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

Jason E. Pope, MD DABPM FIPP -- President and CEO

Jason E. Pope, MD DABPM FIPP President and CEO

Dr. Pope is the President and CEO of Evolve Restorative Center in Northern California, USA with offices across Sonoma County. He is the President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and serves the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) as a ex-officio director-at large, Advocacy and Policy Committee co-chair, and is the Annual Meeting co-chair. He serves as a director at large for the International Neuromodulation Society, is the co-chair for the CME committee, the co-chair for the preconference Training Workshop in the biennial meeting in Sydney, Australia, and the co-chair for the Young Neuromodulation Committee. He also is the co-founder the Special Interest Group in Neuromodulation for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA). Dr. Pope has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, while working with medical device start companied and established industry partners up to provide strategic planning and execution for patient-centric adoption and supportive patient outcomes.

Facility
Evolve Restorative Center
Location
Santa Rosa, CA
Session(s)

Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Chronic Pain - Update

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD -- Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs

Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, MBA, is Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). In her role as dean, she oversees the college’s innovative medical student and graduate medical education programs in partnership with a consortium of five regional hospitals. Prior to joining FAU, Dr. Pilitsis served as division chief of functional neurosurgery and chair and professor of the basic neuroscience department at Albany Medical College (AMC) in New York. As chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at AMC, Pilitsis oversaw departmental teaching programs, including graduate school, research and outreach programs such as community service, translational research efforts, alumni relations and development. During her tenure, the department’s grant funding increased tenfold; academic productivity, as measured by publications, has increased fourfold; and graduate students who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine have increased by 40 percent. 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 President Elect 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 200 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 NIH and FDA panels.

Facility
FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Location
Boca Raton, FL
Session(s)

Plenary Session I: Neural Interfaces for the Brain and Spine

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 member of the NANS Board and is its Chief Compliance Officer.

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

The Multiple Edges of the Conflict of Interest Sword

Samer N. Narouze, MD PhD -- Professor and Chair

Samer N. Narouze, MD PhD Professor and Chair

Dr. Narouze is currently the chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio He is a professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at NEOMED and OUCOM. Dr. Narouze is board certified in pain medicine, neurology headache medicine, interventional pain management, as well as anesthesiology. He founded the American Interventional Headache Society (AIHS) in 2015 and he is the president for American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA Pain Medicine) and serves on many committees for other national and international headache and pain organizations. He published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and few books on #headache #pain #ultrasound #cannabinoids

Andre G. Machado, MD PhD -- Chairman of the Neurological Institute

Andre G. Machado, MD PhD Chairman of the Neurological Institute

Dr. Machado is the Chairman of the Neurological Institute and the Charles and Christine Carroll Family Endowed Chair in Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Machado performs deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as surgical procedures for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, intractable pain syndromes and spasticity.Dr. Machado is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and has Joint Appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. He is the past Chairman for the Joint Pain Section of the CNS/AANS and Vice-President of the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.Dr. Machado is an Associate Chief of Staff at Cleveland Clinic and leads several enterprise-level projects with the Office of the Chief of Staff, including innovations in the model of care and a new program for professional career development. Dr. Machado received his medical degree from the University of Sao Paulo in 1997. He completed his residency in the same institution in 2003 and obtained his Ph.D. in 2004. He came to the Cleveland Clinic in 2004, completed his fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery in 2006 and has been on the staff of the Cleveland Clinic since then. Dr. Machado leads several deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation clinical trials as well as laboratory research. His research in deep brain stimulation for thalamic pain syndrome was awarded the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator’s Award. His current research is aimed at developing novel treatments to promote rehabilitation after stroke and other acquired brain injuries and is funded by the NIH BRAIN initiative.

Kip A. Ludwig, PhD -- Associate Professor

Kip A. Ludwig, PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Ludwig is the Co-Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Translational Neuroengineering (WITNe) and leads the Ludwig Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin within the WITNe structure. The primary focus of his lab is developing next-generation neuromodulation therapies that use minimally invasive strategies to hack the nervous system to treat circuit dysfunction and deliver biomolecules to target areas with unprecedented precision. Prior to Wisconsin Dr. Ludwig served as the Program Director for Neural Engineering at the National Institutes of Health. He co-led the Translational Devices Program at NINDS, led the NIH BRAIN Initiative programs to catalyze implantable academic and clinical devices to stimulate and/or record from the central nervous system, and led a trans-NIH planning team in developing the ~250 million dollar S.P.A.R.C. Program to stimulate advances in neuromodulation therapies for organ systems. Dr. Ludwig also worked in Industry as a research scientist, where his team conceived, developed and demonstrated the chronic efficacy of a next-generation neural stimulation electrode for reducing blood pressure in both pre-clinical studies and clinical trials. Through his industry work he oversaw Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP studies enabling clinical trials in Europe and the United States, as well as participated in the protocol development and execution of those trials, leading to approval for sale in twenty countries including the United States. Dr. Ludwig connects his academic research to the neuromodulation industry and clinical translation through multiple consulting and advisory roles. He serves as the Chair of the NeuroOne Scientific Advisory Board on Artificial Intelligence, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Abbott, Battelle, Blackfynn, Cala Health, the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies and Presidio Medical. He is a co-founder of Neuronoff, Inc. and NeuraWorx. Dr. Ludwig is also a paid consultant for Galvani Bioelectronics, CVRx, Presidio Medical, and the Alfred Mann Foundation.

Facility
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location
Middleton, WI
Session(s)

Neuromodulation Innovation: From Idea to Market

Robert M. Levy, MD PhD -- Editor in Chief, Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural

Robert M. Levy, MD PhD Editor in Chief, Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural

Robert M. Levy, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon, and currently holds the position of Editor-in-Chief of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. He is the immediate Past-President of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS). He earned his medical degree and Ph.D. in neurosciences from Stanford University and the Stanford University Medical School. He performed post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. During his academic career, he has been a tenured full Professor of Neurosurgery, Physiology and Radiation Oncology at the Feinberg School Medicine at Northwestern University. He has served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of the University of Florida Health Sciences in Jacksonville, Florida. He most recently served as the Founding Director of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Director of the Harvey Sandler Center for Neurosurgery in Boca Raton, Florida. He has been the recipient of many national and international honors and awards and has been listed in the Best Doctors in America. He has authored several textbooks and published over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles. His current research involves novel applications of neurostimulation and targeted drug delivery to the brain. In addition, he has assisted with the design and implementation of multiple neuromodulation technologies and devices.

Facility
International Neuromodulation Society
Location
Boca Raton, FL
Session(s)

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