Speakers

Learn about the speakers who will present at the NANS 2021 Virtual  Annual Meeting.

Rushna Ali, MD -- Clinical Instructor Neurosurgery

Rushna Ali, MD Clinical Instructor Neurosurgery

Dr. Rushna Ali earned her medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed neurosurgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and her Stereotactic, Functional and Epilepsy surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.Her clinical interests include stereotactic and functional neurosurgery including DBS, epilepsy surgery, microvascular decompression for pain, radiofrequency lesioning, brain tumors and advance surgical treatments to treat chronic and cancer-related pain.

Facility
Spectrum Health Medical Group
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Session(s)

Neurostimulation in Epilepsy: Thinking Outside the Box

Kasra N. Amirdelfan, MD -- Director of Medical Research

Kasra N. Amirdelfan, MD Director of Medical Research

Dr. Amirdelfan is one of the founding partners at IPM Medical Group, Inc. in Walnut Creek, California. Regarded as one of the foremost key opinion leaders in the field of neuromodulation, Dr. Amirdelfan has been the primary investigator in several recent pivotal clinical research projects, such as Dorsal Root Ganglion SCS, HF10 and Burst technologies which have developed into new platforms in our space. He continues to perform extensive research and lectures on neuromodulation at national and international levels.

Facility
IPM Medical Group, Inc.
Location
Walnut Creek, CA
Session(s)

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Claudia Angeli, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Claudia Angeli, PhD Assistant Professor

Dr. Claudia Angeli is the Director of the Epidural Stimulation Program and Assistant Professor at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, University of Louisville and Bioengineering Department at the University of Louisville. Her research background and interests are focused in understanding mechanisms of control of human locomotion following neurologic injury. She has over ten years of experience utilizing a combination of epidural stimulation and activity based training for the restoration of function following motor complete spinal cord injury. Her publications have generated a pivotal paradigm shift providing evidence for the potential of functional recovery following motor complete spinal cord injuries.

Facility
University of Louisville
Location
Louisville, KY
Session(s)

Engineering - Mechanistic Studies and Novel Indications of Spinal Cord Stimulation

Magdalena M. Anitescu, MD PhD -- Professor

Magdalena M. Anitescu, MD PhD Professor

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, professor of anesthesia and critical care, is the program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship and the section chief of pain management services at the University of Chicago Medicine. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Iowa and an anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following a pain medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. She is an accomplished national and international educator, author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, and a member of many professional organizations and scientific committees that review the academic curriculum for various pain medicine meetings. As program director of pain medicine at the University of Chicago, Dr. Anitescu created novel educational experiences for the curriculum by organizing and hosting interdisciplinary and multi-institutional and regional meetings. Among them are the annual Chicago Pain Summit, the bi-annual Regional Collaborative Case Pain Medicine Conference, and multi-disciplinary rounds. The aim is to give pain fellows access to the practices at other institutions, to exchange ideas, or to present scholarly work or clinically challenging cases. As the president of the Association of Pain Medicine program directors, Dr. Anitescu’s efforts were directed to the pain medicine match and to the development of educational materials for pain fellows nationwide. Dr. Anitescu focuses research on improving the quality of life of patients with acute, chronic, or cancer pain through multi-modal, multi-faceted interventions. She is also the chair of Subspecialty Program Directors in the Association of Academic Anesthesiologists. Dr Anitescu is significantly involved in advancing the field of neuromodulation and serves as the chair for the Women in Neuromodulation. She is committed to fellows education in this field and in the general field of pain management with special interest in cancer pain and neuromodulation applications in this area.

Victoria Bains, RN -- Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Victoria Bains, RN Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Victoria Bains, is a Registered Nurse with the Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at Toronto Western Hospital. She completed her Bachelors in Science in Nursing at the University of Windsor and has worked in a variety of roles including palliative care, post chemo symptom management, chronic pain management and roles within management and teaching. Emphasis of her practice in the last eight years has been on pain and symptom management and more recently in spinal cord stimulation.

Facility
Toronto Western Hospital
Location
Ancaster, Canada
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Other Top Abstracts

Antje M. Barreveld, MD -- Medical Director, Pain Management Services

Antje M. Barreveld, MD Medical Director, Pain Management Services

Antje Barreveld, MD graduated from the University of California San Francisco Medical School in 2007 and completed her Residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2012. In 2012 she joined the medical staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, where she currently is the Medical Director of Pain Management Services, co-founder and Director of Education and Outreach for the Substance Use Services (SUS), and Anesthesiologist with Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates. She is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Barreveld is also a Clinical Researcher at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Her clinical, leadership, and research interests are in pain management education and safe practices in co-managing pain and addiction. She recently served as Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Brigham and Women's Hospital Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE), designated by the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium. She serves on the editorial board for Pain Medicine, the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Barreveld is an invited member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) technical expert panel for opioid and opioid use disorder, to work towards consensus decisions regarding the current state of opioid-related healthcare quality measures as well as an invited member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia Substance Use Disorder multi-society workgroup.

Anuj Bhatia, MD -- Associate Professor

Anuj Bhatia, MD 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)

Research in Neuromodulation: Trials and Tribulations

Prathima Basa, MBBS -- Research Fellow

Prathima Basa, MBBS Research Fellow

I am a medical graduate, currently pursuing research in Neurosciences. I have 2 years experience in neurosciences research related to Spinal cord injury and neuromodulation (epidural electrical stimulation) in preclinical models as well as translational studies.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Rochester, MN
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Other Top Abstracts

Marom Bikson, PhD -- Professor

Marom Bikson, PhD Professor

Dr. Bikson is the Shames Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York. He is known for his work on the cellular mechanisms of electrical stimulation and translational medical device design. He has published over 250 articles on medical device technology and brain stimulation. Technologies invented in Dr. Bikson's lab are in hundreds of medical centers globally.

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

Oral Abstracts - Engineering

Open- vs. Closed-Loop Neurostimulation and Enabling Biomarkers

Kelly R. Bijanki, PhD -- Assistant Professor - Tenure Track

Kelly R. Bijanki, PhD Assistant Professor - Tenure Track

I am a translational and affective neuroscientist with 13 years of training in psychiatric neuromodulation and neuroimaging. I run a laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine which focuses on leveraging the setting of epilepsy intracranial monitoring to provide insights into neural mechanisms and novel neuromodulation targets for refractory psychiatric disorders.

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

Surgical Therapies for Psychiatric Diseases

David Burdette, MD -- Chief, Epilepsy Section

David Burdette, MD Chief, Epilepsy Section

David E. Burdette, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology and in Neurology with added qualifications in Epilepsy and added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology. Additionally, he is board-certified in Clinical Neurophysiology by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. Burdette serves as section chief for epilepsy in the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Boston University Hospitals. He completed clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy fellowships at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Dr. Burdette’s clinical interests include electroencephalography (EEG), neurotelemetry (long term EEG and video-EEG monitoring), treatment of refractory epilepsy, treatment of status epilepticus, and epilepsy surgery. His research interests include investigational antiepileptic drugs and neuromodulation via neurostimulation (vagus nerve stimulation [VNS], deep brain stimulation [DBS], and responsive neurostimulation [RNS]) in the treatment of epilepsy.

Facility
Spectrum Health System
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Session(s)

Neurostimulation in Epilepsy: Thinking Outside the Box

Kenneth D. Candido, MD -- Chair and Professor

Kenneth D. Candido, MD Chair and Professor

Completed pain management fellowship at UIC under tutelage of Professor Alon P. Winnie. I have spent the past 35 years in education and training of pain physicians. In addition, I have more than 150 peer reviewed publications and more than 90 textbook chapters. I am the Program Director of the Pain Management Fellowship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

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

Clinical Trial Design

Pain - Neuromodulation Waveforms

Quinn Capers IV, MD -- Professor of Medicine

Quinn Capers IV, MD Professor of Medicine

Dr. Quinn Capers IV, is an endowed professor of medicine and associate dean of faculty diversity at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School, and the vice chair of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department of internal medicine at the UTSW Medical Center. As an interventional cardiologist, he has performed over 4,000 coronary stent procedures, and is an expert at performing cardiac interventions through the radial artery in the wrist. His physician peers have named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually from 2009 to 2020.He is a passionate advocate for diversity enhancement in medicine as a strategy to reduce healthcare disparities. Serving as admission dean at The Ohio State University College of Medicine from 2009-2019, he led OSU to become one of the most diverse majority medical schools in the country while keeping the average MCAT score of entering classes above the 90th percentile. His recent study documenting the presence and extent of unconscious racial bias in medical school admissions is highly quoted and has led to invitations to train medical school admissions committees across the nation in strategies to mitigate implicit bias. Dr. Capers speaks widely on bias and racism in medicine and has led workshops that have trained over 1,000 physicians and healthcare providers in strategies to reduce implicit bias. He is a decorated educator, having won numerous teaching and mentoring awards, including Ohio State University’s highest teaching award, the 'Professor of the Year' in 2019. His publications focus on bias, racism, and diversity enhancement in medicine and interventional cardiology procedures. Capers is a graduate of Howard University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology training at Emory University.

Facility
University of Texas-Southwestern
Location
Dallas, TX
Session(s)

Plenary Session 3

Marco Capogrosso, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Marco Capogrosso, PhD Assistant Professor

I am an expert in electrical stimulation of the nervous system for applications in sensorimotor disorders. In the last years I have developed computer models and technologies to optimise spinal cord stimulation protocols enabling leg and arm movements after spinal cord injury.

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

Cellular Effects of Neurostimulation

Jacob R. Caylor, MD -- Fellow

Jacob R. Caylor, MD Fellow

After completing medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, I completed my residency in Anesthesiology at UC San Diego, where I was a chief resident. I am currently completing my Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at UC San Diego, with a special research interest in sex-specific responses to spinal cord stimulation. Looking forward, I have an interest in teaching, spinal cord stimulation and targeted intrathecal drug delivery for cancer pain patients.

Facility
UC San Diego Health
Location
San Diego, CA
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Pain/Spinal Cord Stimulation

Jonathan D. Carlson, MD -- Interventional Pain Specialist

Jonathan D. Carlson, MD Interventional Pain Specialist

Jonathan Carlson, MD is an interventional pain specialist, who is ABMS double-board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He is currently in private practice in Hawaii and is founder of Hawaii Pain & Spine. He treats a wide variety of chronic pain disorders and has a strong interest and focus in advanced pain interventions such as neuraxial spine and peripheral nerve radiofrequency ablation, vertebral augmentation, interspinous process spacers, DRG stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, percutaneous sacral fusion, and lumbar endoscopic discectomy. Dr Carlson also enjoys educating on a myriad of different topics within pain management. He has been a clinical associate professor at Midwestern College of Medicine and has been a faculty at several national pain society meetings such as North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN), American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), AZSIPP, CalSIPP, NY/NJSIPP, FSIPP, WVSIPP, Kauai Pain Conference, and The Business of Pain. He has authored several peer-reviewed journal publications, text book chapters, and has been principal investigator in several landmark research studies. The scope has been with best practices for opioid management and advanced procedures for chronic pain such as SCS, DRG, PNS/PFNS, interspinous spacers for lumbar spinal stenosis, percutaneous direct lumbar decompression, sacral fusion, and lumbar endoscopic discectomy. He is the National Treasurer and Executive Board Member for the American Society of Pain and Neurosciences (ASPN). He is on the board of the Pacific Spine and Pain Society. He is the immediate past president of AZSIPP. Dr. Carlson received his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma. He did his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California-Davis. He then completed an interventional pain management ACGME fellowship at Texas Tech University. He was fortunate to be trained under Dr. Gabor Racz, one of the fathers of the pain specialty.

Facility
Hawaii Pain and Spine
Location
Kailua, Hawaii
Session(s)

Pain - Neuromodulation for Back Pain

David Charles, MD -- Professor and Vice-Chairman

David Charles, MD Professor and Vice-Chairman

Dr. Charles is Professor and Vice-Chair of Neurology and Medical Director, Vanderbilt Telehealth. His research interests include the treatment of spasticity and cervical dystonia and he is currently leading the only clinical trial approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to test deep brain stimulation in people with early stage Parkinson's disease.

Facility
Vanderbilt University
Location
Nashville, TN
Session(s)

Outcomes and Access to Neuromodulation for Women and Underrepresented Minorities: A Call to Action

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD -- Assistant Clinical Professor

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Kenneth Chapman is the director of pain management at Staten Island University Hospital and is an assistant clinical professor at NYU Langone Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra Medical School. He completed his Interventional Pain Management Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and his Anesthesiology residency at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, New York.Dr. Chapman director of Research and Education at the Hostra Medical School/Spine and Pain Institute of NY pain management fellowship program and is actively involved in teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally. Dr. Chapman also frequently serves as a pain management Board Examiner for certification on the Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice Pain Boards. He has won numerous peer validated awards and was one of the youngest physicians to ever be named as both a NY Times ‘Super Doctor’ and NY Magazine ‘Top Doctor’ when he first received the recognition in 2014. While at the Cleveland Clinic Dr. Chapman also received the “Ethlene R. Smith’s Most Outstanding Fellow” award. He is Vice President of the NYS Interventional Pain Society and on the advisory board to the NYS Worker’s Compensation Board responsible for writing the NYS Worker’s Compensation Guidelines, which all injured workers in the state are treated by.Dr. Chapman’s interests include translational research pertaining to spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation mechanism of action in particular, and studies involving the expansion of the indications for DRG-S.

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

Oral Abstracts - Pain/Spinal Cord Stimulation

Pain - Neuromodulation for Back Pain

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Li Min Chen, MD PhD -- Associate Professor

Li Min Chen, MD PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Li Min Chen is currently a Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA. Dr. Chen obtained her medical degree in 1989 and then finished her post-doctoral training at the Yale School of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Chen uses a combination of multiparametric MRI (including functional MRI, CEST, qMT, and DTI), microelectrode electrophysiology and microsimulation, and tract-tracing histology to study the brain and spinal cord functions in non-human primates. Dr. Chen’s research centers on identifying brain and spinal networks, understanding the neural mechanisms that are responsible for touch and pain perception, developing non-invasive imaging biomarkers for spinal cord injury, and investigating how these mechanisms contribute to the recovery of sensorimotor functions after spinal cord injury in primates.

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

Intracranial Neuromodulation

Shrif J. Costandi, MD -- MD

Shrif J. Costandi, MD MD

Dr Costandi is a staff physician in the Pain management department Cleveland Clinic. He has authored many book chapters, published many papers in esteemed journals and participated in many clinical trials. Main interests are cancer pain, neuromodulation, and pain medicine innovations.

Facility
Cleveland Clinic
Location
Copley, OH
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Pain/Spinal Cord Stimulation

Ashley Comer, MSN APRN FNP-C -- Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Comer, MSN APRN FNP-C Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Comer is an AANP Board Certified Nurse Practitioner at The Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias. Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Ashley attended WVSCTC where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Continuing her education, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University. Graduating with honors, she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner specialization from Walden University. Ashley’s professional interests include implantable therapies, minimally invasive procedures, and research.

Facility
Spine and Nerve Center of the Virginias
Location
Charleston, WV
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider

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

Timothy R. Deer, MD President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Deer received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and received his training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The University of Virginia. He currently holds the position of Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Deer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Spine and Nerve Center of the Virginias in Charleston, West Virginia. The Center focuses on pivotal research and the algorithmic application of Neuromodulation therapies to improve pain and function. Dr. Deer is the founder and Chairman of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience and Immediate Past President of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) and is President Emeritus of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr Deer is a past Chairman of the Pain Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He has published over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts, several book chapters and three widely used text books. Dr. Deer has taught interventional techniques throughout North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. He continues to focus on landmark research to advance the field of Neuromodulation. His latest book, Deer's Treatment of Pain is currently being used as an anchor of pain treatment information throughout the world.

Facility
Center for Pain Relief, Inc.
Location
Charleston, WV
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Pain

Teresita Devera, MSN CRNP ANP-BC Nurse Practitioner

Teresita DeVera is a nurse practitioner in the department of neurosurgery at Jefferson University Hospital. She has 20 years of experience in both spinal and functional neurosurgery, starting as a nurse in the ICU setting, now working as a nurse practitioner directly under the guidance of Dr. Ashwini Sharan and Dr. Chengyuan Wu. She collaborates with her physicians, managing and educating patients with chronic pain, epilepsy, and movement disorders. One of her goals as a nurse practitioner is to improve patient outcomes by increasing APP involvement and bridging the gap in communication between treating physicians.

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

Advanced Practice Provider

Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez, MD -- Physician

Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez, MD Physician

Dr. Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez is a board-certified interventional pain physician in anesthesiology and pain medicine in private practice in Sarasota, Fl. She is a clinical professor at Florida State University College of Medicine and has co-authored and edited multiple book chapters related to anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Diaz-Ramirez serves in the NANS Diversity and Outreach Committee and represented NANS at the 2020 Latino Medical Student Association yearly meeting,  introducing students to the world of pain management and neuromodulation.

She graduated from medical school and finished her Internship in Anesthesiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. Then, she completed her Residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University, where she was Chief Resident and, later, faculty. She has lead in the design of multiple pain programs and worked as medical director of the Comprehensive Pain Program for Sarasota Memorial Hospital and her clinic, the Comprehensive Pain Center of Sarasota, which is now part of the Sarasota Pain Relief Centers. Dr. Diaz-Ramirez has focused her practice on a comprehensive approach to her patients' care and led her private clinic to receive the honor of Centers of Excellence from the American Pain Society.

Dr. Diaz-Ramirez has an entrepreneurial spirit, most recently focusing on helping students in all stages to design fruitful and successful careers as physicians. As a sign of peer recognition, she is for many years included in the lists of Top Doctors in Sarasota, FL. She also enjoys helping her community. Has been recognized at the Unity Awards – Hurricane Heroes Awarded by Sarasota Magazine and received a Physician Advocate Award for the Drug-Free Sarasota Initiative.

Jacek Dmochowski, PhD -- Assistant Professor

Jacek Dmochowski, PhD Assistant Professor

Jacek is an assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at the City College of New York. He received his PhD in telecommunications from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Montreal, Canada) in 2008, and was awarded the Canadian Governor General's Academic Gold Medal. Previously to joining the faculty at CCNY, he was a research associate in the lab of Anthony Norcia at Stanford University (2013-2015), and a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Lucas Parra at the City College of New York (2008-2013).

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

Oral Abstracts - Engineering

Dylan J. Edwards, PhD -- Professor

Dylan J. Edwards, PhD Professor

Dr. Edwards leads the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), of 10 Laboratories in Translational Neurorehabilitation science, which is part of a U.S. News and World Report top rehabilitation hospital, MossRehab in Philadelphia. This follows from his work in New York leading a long-standing collaboration he orchestrated in 2007, between Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, and Burke-Cornell Neurological Institute in New York, to bridge engineering, neurology, and rehabilitation medicine. This cross-disciplinary collaboration led to over a decade of extramural funding in studies of human motor recovery in stroke, spinal cord injury, and adult cerebral palsy. This work resulted in scientific advancements in rehabilitation outcome predictors, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, rehabilitation robotics, in method as well as application. Dr. Edwards has led local teams in New York and Philadelphia during multi-site national and international clinical trials in Neurorehabilitation, and has a track-record in inpatient and outpatient-based research.

Dr. Edwards is recognized as a leader in the US in the field of Neurorehabilitation, having served two terms (6 years) on the board of directors, and recently the strategic planning committee, for the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. Dr. Edwards is a thought leader in aiming to enhance defined behavioral treatments in the motor domain, systematically evaluating effects of combinatorial therapies (brain stimulation supplement to behavioral therapy). Dr. Edwards has published in the domains of complex data analysis (brain stimulation mapping methods); patient specification (cross domain effects motor / speech in stroke; sub-clinical connection in spinal cord injury), and precisely defined physical treatments (using standardized robotic therapy). Dr. Edwards co-directed a successful Continuing Medical Education course at Harvard Medical School for a decade (2008 - 2018) in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and has served as an invited reviewer for federal competitive grants in the United States (NIH, NIDILRR), Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Dr. Edwards has given invited lectures at the United States National Academy of Medicine; served on Data Safety Monitoring Boards of NIH funded studies; was invited as a speaker at the NIH on scientific rigor (non-invasive brain stimulation, NIBS); was invited to the international technical training standards committee for NIBS (International Federation for Clinical Neurophysiology), and has been an invited expert on rehabilitation robotics to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Facility
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Location
Elkins Park, PA
Session(s)

Plenary Session 2

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

Sam S. Eldabe, MB, ChB FRCA FFMPRCA Professor

Consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine at the James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough and Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Exeter and Durham Universities.My interests include the use neuromodulation for the treatment of neuropathic pain particularly Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, which has led me to an interest in medication management with particular reference to opioids I have published more than 60 articles on the subjects of pain relief and cost effectiveness of various pain procedures.I am currently Chief Investigator of 8 research projects.

Facility
James Cook University Hospital
Location
Midlesbrough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Session(s)

Clinical Trial Design

Pain - A Critical Appraisal of Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation