Speakers

Learn about the speakers who presented at NANS 23rd Annual Meeting in 2020.

Andrew Ko, MD--Assistant Professor

Andrew Ko, MDAssistant Professor

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

Ru-Rong Ji, PhDProfessor and Co-Director

Dr. Ji received his PhD in Neuroscience from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before joining Duke University, he was a faculty at Harvard Medical School (1998-2012). Currently he is a Distinguished Professor of Duke University and Co-Director of Center for Translational Pain Medicine. He is also a Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, and Cell Biology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Ji began his pain research career by studying mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia. His early work has revealed the brain neurocircuits that are activated by neuromodulation, including electro acupuncture (EA, 1992-1994) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS, 1998). Currently, his lab studies how glial cells (microglia and astrocytes), immune cells, cancer cells, and stem cells regulate chronic pain in the context of inflammation and neuroinflammation. His lab also studies how fish oil-derived specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) control the resolution of pain and inflammation. His lab is also interested in molecular mechanisms of chronic itch. Dr. Ji’s group has revealed a number of novel molecular targets for controlling pain and itch. Dr. Ji has published 190 peer-reviewed papers in top medical and neuroscience journals. He also serves at editorial boards of “Journal of Neuroscience”, “Anesthesiology”, “Pain”, and “Neuroscience Bulletin.”
Facility
Duke University Medical Center
Location
Durham, NC
Session(s)

Revealing Circuits of Pain and Itch: From Molecules to Networks

Thomas L. Yearwood, MD PhD--Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine

Thomas L. Yearwood, MD PhDHonorary Consultant in Pain Medicine

Full-time Pain Physician in London, UK doing clinical research in neuromodulation; 25+ years experience in the US with >2400 implanted Neuromodulation devices; PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with considerable experience in medical device-related design, Development, and consultation; participant in numerous clinical research trials; CEO and Founder, Neurospecs Clinical Research and Development. Very interested in neuroinflammation, novel waveforms and programming principles.

Facility
Nation Health Service, UK
Location
Fairhope, AL
Session(s)

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Basics, Science, Coding

Ofer M. Wellisch, MD MPH--Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Ofer M. Wellisch, MD MPHAssistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Dr. Wellisch began his career in Pain Medicine at The Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. Following his training, he continued to practice clinically and serve as teaching faculty at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.  He is currently Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at Stamford Health in Connecticut and is Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons.Dr. Wellisch takes pride in educating and mentoring his medical students, residents and fellows. He has conducted research in Molecular Neuroscience as well as on the “patient experience.” Dr Wellisch currently conducts research focused on the therapeutic potential of peripheral acting mu opioid receptor antagonists (PAMORA) in cancer as well as on peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS).

Facility
Stamford Health/CUMC
Location
Stamford, CT
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

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

Eellan Sivanesan, MDAssistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation

Dr. Eellan Sivanesan is faculty and Director of Neuromodulation of the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, neuropathic, cancer, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-amputation, and other pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. Dr. Sivanesan utilizes a wide variety of neuromodulation techniques to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation. He is particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation for cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Work in the Sivanesan Neuromodulation Laboratory (SNL) focuses on developing electrical stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discovering novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions. We study mechanisms of all modalities of spinal cord stimulation in the laboratory and aim to rapidly translate these discoveries to patient care. This bench to bedside approach facilitates a unique integration of the latest science with the clinical care of patients. The goal of this multidisciplinary work is to develop optimal stimulation therapies for treating neuropathic pain conditions and discover novel applications for patients suffering from painful conditions.

Vikram B. Patel, MD--Associate Medical Director

Vikram B. Patel, MDAssociate Medical Director

Fellowship trained and board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Past program Director: Pain Medicine Fellowship, Loyola Hospital, Chicago; Past Co-Director Pain Fellowship Program, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo Past Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Loyola Hospital, Chicago Co-chair, INS World Congress Cadaver sessions, Sydney, AU Member, CME and Education committee, INS Member, Examination board ABIPP Examiner for FIPP and DABIPP Practicing interventional pain medicine since 1994. Extensive publications and presentations at many national and international conferences in pain medicine.Trained many physicians in interventional pain medicine since 1994.

Facility
AIM Specialty Health
Location
South Barrington, IL
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Dipan Patel, MD--Interventional Pain Physician

Dipan Patel, MDInterventional Pain Physician

Dipan Patel, M.D. is an Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Physician at Garden State Pain Control Center in New Jersey.Dr. Patel serves as faculty for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), NY/NJ Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NYSIPP/NJSIPP), and an Executive Board Member of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN).Dr. Patel served as a Director at Large for the Residents and Fellows Section of NANS from 2016-2019 working to create educational content and resources for future pain physicians interested in neuromodulation. Dr. Patel has become a well-known educator for pain medicine fellows and an active publisher in the field of interventional pain medicine and neuromodulation. Dr. Patel frequently proctors hands on cadaver labs for spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump therapy at major national and regional conferences and meetings.He is the founder of the Interventional Pain Physicians Social Media Platform.Dr. Patel is a graduate of the prestigious ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.His clinical interests include pain medicine fellow education, neuromodulation, digital marketing, and minimally invasive spine procedures.

Facility
Garden State Pain Control Center
Location
Jersey City, NJ
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Kevin J. Mansfield, MD

Kevin J. Mansfield, MD

Dr. Mansfield focuses his practice on surgical strategies for restoring lost function to patients suffering from neurological dysfunction.  He received his neurosurgical residency training at the University of Louisville, with a special emphasis on stereotactic systems and their applications.  There, he was introduced to the principles of microelectrode recording and brain mapping.  He received fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the Oregon Health Science University under Dr. Kim Burchiel, focusing on asleep, image-guided stereotactic procedures for movement disorders and epilepsy, as well as the physiology and surgical management of pain.  He is currently based in the Midwest, bringing these advanced techniques to medically under-served populations in the Ozarks.

Justin D. Mann, MD--Physician

Justin D. Mann, MDPhysician

Dr. Mann has been in private practice since 2016, employing a wide array of treatments including Neuromodulation and other interventions in the treatment of his chronic and acute pain patients. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, having trained at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Special areas of interest include vertebral augmentation, neuromodulation and education.

Facility
Jax Spine & Pain Centers, PA
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Brian M. Ilfeld, MD MS--Professor, In Residence

Brian M. Ilfeld, MD MSProfessor, In Residence

I am a Board Certified, fellowship-trained Regional Anesthesiologist with 20 years of clinical and research experience in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia/analgesia, such as percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation.  I am currently a Professor of Anesthesiology, In Residence, at the University California San Diego.

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

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Mark F. Hurdle, MD--Consultant

Mark F. Hurdle, MDConsultant

Dr. Hurdle has been working and teaching at Mayo Clinic for over 15 years. His research has been focuses around ultrasound-guided pain procedures. More recently he as developed expertise in the implantation of peripheral nerve stimulators. He has taught at US-guided intervention courses for AAPMR, NANS, WAPMU, Mayo Clinic, ASRA, ISPRM, SIS and WIP.

Facility
Mayo Clinic
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Jonathan M. Hagedorn, MD--Instructor

Jonathan M. Hagedorn, MDInstructor

Dr. Jonathan M. Hagedorn is a board certified anesthesiologist and a graduate of the Mayo Clinic's Pain Medicine Fellowship. After completing fellowship, he joined the faculty at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hagedorn is a member of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience Board of Directors and Chair of the Resident and Fellow Section. He serves on the International Neuromodulation Society Therapy Consensus Committee.

Michael Gofeld, MD--Medical Director

Michael Gofeld, MDMedical Director

Michael Gofeld, MD, PhD, FRCPC (Pain Med) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Current Practice: Medical Director of Clinical Services, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, The Clinic Network,  Professional Societies: Secretary, Canadian Chapter of World Institute of Pain Director, International Chapters at World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography Vise-Chair (Ultrasound), Board of Examination, World Institute of Pain Founder of Interventional Pain Special Interest Group: Canadian Pain Society Associate Editor: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Experience:Clinical: craniofacial pain and headaches, regenerative medicine, peripheral nerve stimulation, spine pain, musculoskeletal and neurological diagnostic and procedural ultrasonography, advanced imaging (high-frequency ultrasound, CT, navigation), personal injury (disability assessment)Research: high intense focused ultrasound, novel radiofrequency methods, preclinical and clinical interventional pain studies including multicenter trials, patient-oriented research. Administration: pain clinic procedures and protocols, design and maintenance of triage and clinic database, quality improvement projects 

Facility
Silver Centre for Pain Care
Location
Toronto, CA
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Christopher A. Gilmore, MD--Attending Physician

Christopher A. Gilmore, MDAttending Physician

Dr. Christopher A. Gilmore, a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He then completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, obtaining Board Certification in Anesthesiology in April of 2006.  He followed that with a Pain Medicine Fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, gaining subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine in 2007.Dr. Gilmore is a partner at the Carolinas Pain Institute in Winston-Salem and serves as a Clinical Adjunct Faculty at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  He actively participates in the training of anesthesia residents and fellows and is well versed in medication management, interventional techniques, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.

Facility
Carolinas Pain Institute
Location
Clemmons, NC
Session(s)

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Nomen Azeem, MD--Interventional Pain Specialist

Nomen Azeem, MDInterventional Pain Specialist

Nomen Azeem, MD, FAAPMR is an interventional pain specialist and sports medicine specialist at Florida Spine & Pain Specialists in Riverview and Wesley Chapel, Florida.Dr. Azeem completed his undergraduate education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and graduated from medical school, earning his Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine. After that, he completed an internship at Medstar Harbor Hospital Center in Baltimore and a residency at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Washington, DC, where he was the chief resident.After filling a faculty position at Medstar Georgetown University as a musculoskeletal medicine specialist, he went on to complete an ACGME interventional pain fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, under the guidance of internationally renowned pain physician Dr. Frank J.E. Falco.Dr. Azeem served as a board member for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and held the position of director of neuromodulation in a multidisciplinary pain practice in New Orleans before moving to Florida where he developed the first successful non-opioid based interventional pain clinic in the Sarasota, Florida area.His background helped shape Dr. Azeem’s approach to treating pain, and he includes both patients and their families in developing treatment plans so that everyone involved understands the origin of the patient’s pain as well as their available treatment options.Currently, Dr. Azeem is an associate assistant professor in the pain/neurology department of the University of South Florida, and actively continues to conduct research and author peer-reviewed publications in addition to treating patients. He continues to stay involved with multiple pain societies to help advance the field of interventional pain medicine. He has also been named the inaugural president of the Florida Society for Pain and Neuroscience, the first state chapter of the American Society for Pain and Neuroscience.

Facility
Florida Spine and Pain Specialists
Location
Tampa, FL
Session(s)

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD MPH--Medical Director, UW Pain Services

Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD MPHMedical Director, UW Pain Services

Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH. Medical Director, UW pain services-Medical director, UW pain clinic- Section head, chronic pain management. I have been in practicing since 2009.  Neuromodulation is my area of expertise, I perform all forms of spinal cord simulators and intrathecal pumps.

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

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Megan K. Applewhite, MD MA FACS -- Assistant Professor of Surgery, John A. Balint Chair of Bioethics

Megan K. Applewhite, MD MA FACS Assistant Professor of Surgery, John A. Balint Chair of Bioethics

Dr. Applewhite is an assistant professor of surgery and is the director of the Center for Bioethics Education and Research and John A. Balint Chair of Medical Ethics at Albany Medical College. She completed her general surgery residency at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, and her endocrine surgery fellowship at the University of Chicago. She also completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She now has a busy endocrine surgery practice at Albany Medical Center and spends half her time as the director of the ethics center, where her research has focused on thyroid cancer, surgical outcomes in the inmate population, and the surgeon-patient relationship. She lives in Albany with her husband and two children.

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

Plenary Session II-When It's Time to Say No: Patient Selection

Wael Asaad, MD PhD -- Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience

Wael Asaad, MD PhD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience

Dr. Asaad is associate professor of neurosurgery and neuroscience and the Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Science at Brown University. He earned his PhD from MIT in 2001 and his MD from Yale University in 2003.  He completed neurosurgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and moved to Brown in 2011. His lab studies frontal lobe function related to model-based learning and causal inference in nonhuman primates, and undertakes translational neuromodulation work in humans undergoing functional neurosurgery and epilepsy procedures.

Facility
Brown University
Location
Westwood, MA
Session(s)

What's in the Signal? The Value Underlying Closed Loop Stimulation

Giancarlo Barolat, MD -- Director

Giancarlo Barolat, MD Director

Dr. Barolat finished medical school in 1974 at the University of Torino, Italy. He then undertook a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Torino. Subsequently, he took a fellowship in functional neurosurgery and neurostimulation at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida. Following the fellowship, Dr. Barolat took a second residency in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. At the same institution, he also completed a fellowship in spinal cord injury. Dr. Barolat is certified both by the American and by the Italian Board of Neurosurgery. Dr. Barolat was professor of neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University, director of neurosurgical services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) and director of the Division of Functional Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University until December 2004. Dr. Barolat practiced at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from 1985 to 2004.

His practice has encompassed cranial and spinal surgery as well as functional neurosurgery. Dr. Barolat has had extensive involvement with the oncology department in the surgical management of cerebral and spinal metastasis, particularly malignant melanomas. Dr. Barolat also functioned as the main pediatric neurosurgeon at TJUH, operating primarily on newborn infants with hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Dr. Barolat has extensive experience with surgical spine procedures. Dr. Barolat was fellowship trained in spinal cord and spine injuries. He was an integral part of the TJUH spinal cord injury program for over ten years. As such, he has performed hundreds of complex spine operations. He has also been involved in the surgical management of intractable seizures through brain resection procedures and implantation of vagus nerve stimulator devices. Dr. Barolat was president of the International Neuromodulation Society and is on the board of the American Neuromodulation Society and on the editorial board of the journal, Neuromodulation. He is currently director-at-large of the International Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Barolat is also one of the world leaders in the area of neuro-implantable technologies for the management of pain and motor disorders.

Dr. Barolat is one of the pioneers of spinal cord stimulation for spasticity and pain management. His practice is one of the largest in the country, with patients being referred from all over the United States as well as from abroad. Dr. Barolat has performed, in the span of 32 years, over 9,000 neurostimulation procedures. His experience encompasses basically almost every neurostimulation application ever appeared on the market. This includes neurostimulation for pain, paralysis, headaches, spasticity, dystonia, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and bladder dysfunction to name a few. Dr. Barolat has been the author of over 90 medical articles and book chapters. He lectures extensively nationally and internationally. In May 2010 he received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the American Association of Neurological Surgery and, in 2013, by the North American Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Barolat has been practicing neurosurgery and neuromodulation in Denver, Colorado since June 2005. He is affiliated with the Presbyterian/St. Lukes Medical Center.

Facility
Barolat Neuroscience
Location
Denver, CO
Session(s)

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Basics, Science, Coding

Nicole Busch, MSN APRN AGCNS-BC -- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Nicole Busch, MSN APRN AGCNS-BC Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Nicole Busch is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist with a specialty in the adult through gerontology population. She initially completed undergraduate degrees in business management and sociology from the University of Texas at Austin; however, after several years of working in the business world, life guided her towards her passion for working in healthcare. She obtained her Master of Science in nursing in 2015 from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduate school, Nicole began her career as an advanced practice nurse with a focus in internal medicine, working with patients in hospital, physical rehabilitation, and acute mental health settings. Nicole transitioned to pain management in 2017 to help chronic pain patients achieve their daily functional goals through interventional pain treatment as well as medication management. Nicole is committed to helping patients achieve optimum functionality and quality of life by creating comprehensive pain management plans that fit the needs and lifestyles of those she treats.

Facility
Pain Specialists of America
Location
Georgetown, TX
Session(s)

Advanced Practice Provider Course (PAs, NPs, Nurses): A to Z in Neuromodulation

Aaron K. Calodney, MD -- Director of Clinical Research

Aaron K. Calodney, MD Director of Clinical Research

Aaron Kenneth Calodney, MD, is past president of the Texas Pain Society and past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He served on the board of the International Spine Intervention Society for many years and was director of education. He is treasurer of the U.S.A. section of WIP. Dr. Calodney is board certified in anesthesiology and carries subspecialty certification in pain management through the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Calodney earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. His residency in anesthesiology and subsequent interventional pain management fellowship was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at the Denver Children's Hospital. With particular interest in spine and special interests including neuromodulation and intrathecal drug delivery, regenerative therapies and biological treatment of the painful degenerative disc, and radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Calodney has presented and published many articles and textbook chapters. He is actively involved in clinical research and has delivered hundreds of invited lectures in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Calodney is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and many other professional societies. He is an author of the first Evidenced Based Treatment Guidelines in Interventional Pain and Evidenced-Based Guidelines for the Use of Opioids published in the Pain Physician journal. Dr. Calodney was appointed by the governor of Texas to serve on the advisory committee on the Regulation of Controlled Substances Act. 

Marco Capogrosso, PhD -- Group Leader

Marco Capogrosso, PhD Group Leader

Dr. Capogrosso is an expert in electrical stimulation of the nervous system for applications in sensorimotor disorders. In the last years, he has developed computer models and technologies to optimize spinal cord stimulation protocols enabling leg and arm movements after spinal cord injury.

Facility
University of Fribourg
Location
Lausanne, Switzerland
Session(s)

Novel Methods to Restore Sensory and Motor Function

Oguz Cataltepe, MD -- Professor

Oguz Cataltepe, MD Professor

Dr. Oguz Cataltepe is professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and director of pediatric neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery programs at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He had clinical fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY and epilepsy surgery fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. He has been practicing as a pediatric neurosurgeon and epilepsy surgeon since 1998. He has extensive experience in all aspects of epilepsy surgery including stereotactic electroencephalography and other invasive monitoring techniques, awake craniotomy for language and neurophysiological mapping, disconnective and resective surgical interventions as well as neuromodulation techniques. He is a member of many national and international professional societies and serves on editorial boards of several neurological and neurosurgical journals. He is the editor of a well-known textbook on Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery. He is active in educational efforts of international professional societies such as International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) and he is the section editor for the Functional Neurosurgery section of "The ISPN Guide: International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery Electronic Textbook" which is designed to provide up-to-date guidance and to set standards for practicing pediatric neurosurgeons around the world.

Facility
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Location
Worcester, MA
Session(s)

Pediatric Neuromodulation

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD -- Assistant Clinical Professor

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Chapman is the director of pain management at SIUH, Northwell Health Systems and is an assistant clinical professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC. He finished his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2006. He has been with the Spine and Pain Institute of New York since that time, a multidisciplinary pain practice that includes a fellowship program and a research department. His interests involve neuromodulation and clinical research.

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

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Opening the Blackbox

Luana Colloca, MD PhD MS -- Associate Professor

Luana Colloca, MD PhD MS Associate Professor

Dr. Luana Colloca is an NIH-funded associate professor at the University of Maryland and an honorary professor at the University of Sydney School of Psychology. Dr. Colloca holds an MD, a master degree in bioethics and a PhD in neuroscience and completed a post-doc training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and a senior research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Over the last 17 years, Dr. Colloca has conducted pioneering ground-breaking studies that have an advanced scientific understanding of the psychoneurobiological bases of endogenous systems for pain modulation in humans including the discovery that the vasopressin system is involved in the enhancement of placebo effects with a dimorphic effect. As a result, Dr. Colloca has developed an international reputation as a leading scientist for advancing knowledge of the neurobiological mechanisms of placebo and nocebo effects with an integrative approach including psychopharmacological, neurobiological and behavioral approaches. Her research has been published in top-ranked international journals including Biological Psychiatry, Pain, JAMA, and Lancet Neurology. Her research has been also featured on The National Geographic, The New Scientist, Washington Post, Science daily, Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Nature, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, News and World Reports and USA Today. Dr. Colloca has been recently honored with prestigious awards including the 2016 Wall Patrick International Award for basic research on pain mechanisms by the International Association for Study of Pain (IASP).

Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD -- Chief, Division of Pain Medicine

Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD Chief, Division of Pain Medicine

Dr. Oscar de Leon-Casasola is the senior vice-chair, and professor of anesthesiology (Tenure Track) in the department of anesthesiology, and professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He also is chief of the division of pain medicine and professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY. Dr. de Leon-Casasola received his medical training at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala after obtaining a degree in music with a specialty in piano. He then underwent surgical residency SUNY at Downstate, followed by anesthesia residency at SUNY-Buffalo. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and pain management. He has served as director of the Acute Pain Service, director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and chief of critical care medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He has received many honors and awards and has served as visiting professor at several Universities in the U.S., Latin-America, and Europe. Dr. de Leon-Casasola has lectured at more that 150 academic institutions and hospitals throughout North and South America, and Europe. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in major scientific journals and has been a chapter contributor in many books. He has published the books Cancer Pain - Pharmacological, Interventional, and Palliative Care Approaches (Elsevier) and the book Acute Pain Management (Cambridge University Press), and Interventional Techniques for the Treatment of Chronic Pain (Glosa). 

Dr. de Leon-Casasola is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (ASRA) where he currently serves as president and has served as the chair of the scientific committee for that Society's pain meeting. He is also a member of the pain medicine committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Adult Cancer Pain Panel. He served as the chair of the regional anesthesia committee of the ASA until 2010. He served as a member in the Task Force of the ASA that created the Society's Guidelines for the treatment of Chronic Pain Management that were published in 2010 and currently serves as the co-chair of the committee drafting the Acute Pain Guidelines for the ASA and the American Pain Society. Dr. de Leon-Casasola has been honored with many awards; the most recent ones include "Top Doctors in the US," "Best Doctors in the US," and "100 Top Docs in Buffalo" for the last 15 years.

Facility
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Location
Buffalo, NY
Session(s)

Advancing Pain Management Science and Education: ASRA Special Session