Speakers

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

Nader Pouratian, MD PhD -- Professor and Vice-Chair

Nader Pouratian, MD PhD Professor and Vice-Chair

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

Facility
UCLA
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Neurosurgical Neuromodulation

Scott Pritzlaff, MD -- Assistant Clinical Professor

Scott Pritzlaff, MD Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Scott Pritzlaff is a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship at UC Davis. His clinical interests include opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve stimulation, and innovative use of ultrasound for pain procedures. As a former Navy combat physician, he also has a passion for treating military veterans and those affected by trauma.

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

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

David A. Provenzano, MD -- President

David A. Provenzano, MD President

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

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

Plenary Session 3

Mark Richardson, MD PhD -- Director of Functional Neurosurgery

Mark Richardson, MD PhD Director of Functional Neurosurgery

Dr. Richardson completed the MD-PhD program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia and neurosurgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco. His clinical expertise includes both awake and asleep DBS for movement disorders, psychiatric indications, and epilepsy, awake brain mapping, robotic-assisted surgery for both stereo-EEG and DBS implantation, and Responsive Neurostimulation for epilepsy. Prior to joining Mass General, Dr. Richardson was Director of the Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Surgery Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Facility
Massachusetts General Hospital
Location
Boston, MA
Session(s)

Neurostimulation in Epilepsy: Thinking Outside the Box

Patricio Riva Posse, MD -- Assistant Professor

Patricio Riva Posse, MD Assistant Professor

Patricio Riva Posse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. He earned his Medical Doctor degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He initially trained as a neurologist in Argentina at the 'Instituto de Investigaciones Neurológicas- Dr. Raúl Carrea - FLENI', prior to moving to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to specialize in Psychiatry. He is Medical Director of the Treatment-Resistant Depression Clinic in the Emory Clinic, supervising the evaluation and treatment of severe and complex mood disorders with advanced psychopharmacology, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), ketamine infusions, Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). Dr. Riva-Posse is the director of the Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression program at Emory University. His research at Emory is focused on the neurobiology and treatment of mood disorders, primarily treatment-resistant depression. The Emory Ketamine Clinic is a large academic based service, conducting over 800 infusions yearly, as well as intranasal esketamine.

Facility
Emory University School of Medicine
Location
Atlanta, GA
Session(s)

Psychiatry

Evan Rogers, BS -- PhD Candidate

Evan Rogers, BS PhD Candidate

I am a 3rd year PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. My research interests are in computational modeling of spinal cord stimulation.

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

Oral Abstracts - Engineering

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

John D. Rolston, MD PhD Director of Functional Neurosurgery

Dr. John Rolston is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at the University of Utah, where he is the Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Clinically, he specializes in epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders (Parkinson’s, dystonia, tremor), trigeminal neuralgia, and neuromodulation for psychiatric disorders (such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome). Dr. Rolston’s lab investigates how electrical stimulation can be used to map and ultimately rewire the diseased brain. These neural engineering tools are used to better understand neural information processing and how it is disordered in illnesses like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and psychiatric disease.

Facility
University of Utah
Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Session(s)

Open- vs. Closed-Loop Neurostimulation and Enabling Biomarkers

Marc A. Russo, MD -- Pain Specialist Physician

Marc A. Russo, MD Pain Specialist Physician

Dr Russo is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician who has treated over 20,000 patients having established Hunter Pain Specialists (formerly Hunter Pain Clinic), Australia's first multidisciplinary private pain clinic in 1999.He is currently Director of Hunter Pain Specialists, and Director of Hamilton Day Surgery, Genesis Research Services, and Co-Director of Innervate Pain Management Services. He was Co-Founder of NAPS anaesthetic group.He is the founding president of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, a former Secretary of the International Neuromodulation Society and currently is the Scientific Convenor of the INS meeting in Sydney May 2019.He is on the Faculty of Pain Medicine Examination committee, Professional Standards committee, NSW state committee, Research committee and the Interventional working Group.He has published over 50 papers in the field of pain medicine and is a reviewer for National Health and Medical Research Council as well as a number of international journals.He is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong.He has conducted a number of world first implants of Spinal Cord Stimulation as well as First in Man pain studies. His passion is furthering the boundaries of pain medicine and teaching colleagues in state of the art pain management.

Facility
Hunter Pain Specialists
Location
Broadmeadow, NSW Australia
Session(s)

Pain - A Critical Appraisal of Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation

Stephen E. Saddow, PhD -- Professor

Stephen E. Saddow, PhD Professor

Prof. Saddow works in the nexus of material science and biomedical engineering to enable new materials to significantly enhance the performance and utility of critical health-care devices and systems. His vision is to accomplish this goal by forming, and leading, interdisciplinary research teams with expertise from medicine, engineering and science.

Facility
USF EE
Location
Tampa, FL
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Engineering

Gregory Sahlem, MD -- Assistant Professor

Gregory Sahlem, MD Assistant Professor

Dr. Sahlem is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is board-certified in psychiatry, fellowship-trained in the delivery of brain stimulation based treatments, and has additional training in mood, sleep, and addictive disorders. His primary clinical focus is the treatment of patients with treatment-resistant psychiatric illnesses using brain stimulation techniques such as repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). His primary research focus is on the translational development of new treatments for addictive, mood, and sleep disorders.

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

Psychiatry

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD -- Director of Neuromodulation

Michael F. Saulino, MD PhD Director of Neuromodulation

Dr. Saulino is a physiatrist at MossRehab, and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and Pain Management. Dr. Saulino earned his PhD (Biological Chemistry) and MD degrees from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1993. He completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University in 1997. He was chief resident in his final year of residency training. He has academic appointments at both the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Temple University Medical College. Dr. Saulino’s areas of clinical and research interest include pain management, spasticity management, and intrathecal therapy. Dr. Saulino has published a number of scientific articles in prestigious medical journals including the PM&R, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Neurology, Spinal Cord and Neuromodulation.

Facility
MossRehab
Location
Haverton, PA
Session(s)

Pain - Optimizing Intrathecal Strategies

Dawood Sayed, MD -- Associate Professor

Dawood Sayed, MD Associate Professor

Dr. Sayed is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Sayed serves as the Chief of Pain medicine at the University. He established and serves as the Program Director of The Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Kansas. Additionally, Dr. Sayed serves as the Medical Director of Interventional Pain at the University of Kansas Comprehensive Spine Center as well as the Director of the Center of Neuromodulation at University of Kansas Hospital. He completed his Anesthesiology residency at the University of Kansas and Pain Medicine Fellowship from the Tri-Institute at Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Sayed serves on the Advocacy and Policy, Education, and CPT committee’s of the North American Neuromodulation Society. He lectures and serves as teaching faculty for the American Society of Pain Physicians (ASIPP), North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA). His clinical interests include spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, implanted intrathecal drug delivery, vertebral augmentation, cancer related pain, spinal tumor ablation, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject of cancer related pain, intrathecal drug delivery, and spinal cord stimulation and has published and written textbook chapters on this subject.

Facility
University of Kansas Hospital
Location
Kansas City, KS
Session(s)

Pain - Optimizing Intrathecal Strategies

Judith Scheman, PhD -- Psychologist

Judith Scheman, PhD Psychologist

Dr. Scheman is the Director of Behavioral Medicine Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute and a member of CCF staff since July, 1995. Prior to her present position she was the Director of Psychology, Research and Education and Director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, and held a joint appointment in the Center for Spine Health. She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, is the first non-MD to hold a position on the board, and is co-chair of the Pain Psychology task force and co-founder and co-chair of the Pain Psychology Special Interest Group and serves on the Membership Committee. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Washington, M.A. and Ph.D. from Kent State University in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.

Jason M. Schwalb, MD -- Surgical Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Jason M. Schwalb, MD Surgical Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Dr. Schwalb is the Surgical Director of the Movement Disorder and Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers at Henry Ford Health System and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Wayne State University. He also holds an appointment as a Research Scientist in the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford. He is the past President of the Joint Section on Pain of the AANS and CNS, and serves on the Board of Directors of the ASSFN.

Facility
Henry Ford Medical Group
Location
West Bloomfield, MI
Session(s)

Neurostimulation in Epilepsy: Thinking Outside the Box

Asim A. Shah, MD -- Executive Vice Chair & Professor

Asim A. Shah, MD Executive Vice Chair & Professor

Dr. Shah holds the Barbara & Corbin J. Robertson Jr. Chair in Psychiatry, and is Executive Vice Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas, and Chief of Psychiatry for Ben Taub Hospital/Harris Health System. He is also Chief, Division of Community Psychiatry & Director of Mood Disorder Research Program at Ben Taub Hospital. Dr. Shah has done numerous media presentations to National and International Radio/TV/Newspapers and has widely presented both nationally and internationally. He is the only Pakistani psychiatrist who is seen on FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, PBS, and CNN. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications. He has received two Fulbright and Jaworski Awards, one for 'Teaching and Evaluation' in 2012, and other for 'Educational Leadership' in 2014. He further received 'Rising Star Clinician Award' from Baylor in 2014. He also was named by Houstonia magazine in their Top Doctors list for Houston in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He received Castle Connolly's Top Doctor Award for 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020. He received Children Mental Health Champion AWARD from Mental Health America in 2018. He is the first south Asian to be appointed to the Texana Center Board of Trustees in August 2019. He is currently Chair for Mental Health America Houston. He recently received the prestigious “Clark Faculty Service Award”. He is also Chair Mental Health Task Force Fort Bend county, member Health Equity Response Task Force for Mayor and co-chair Public Health Committee for Mayor Houston.

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

Psychiatry

Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS -- Professor of Neurosurgery

Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a professor in the departments of neurosurgery and neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He has been in practice for 15 years and his practice focuses on surgery for epilepsy, neuromoduatory surgery, and spinal neurosurgery. At Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Sharan provides unique expertise in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. His expertise also includes intrathecal pump implantation for spasticity, spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain disorders, and vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy. In addition, he leads the surgical epilepsy program at Thomas Jefferson University, where approximately 100 patients per year are treated with surgery and a majority are cured. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sharan is a true academician. He has been awarded the William H. Sweet Young Investigator Award, the William Buchhiet Teacher of the Year Award, was named by Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star at age 40, and was named one of America’s Top Doctors. He has completed fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in functional neurosurgery with Ali Rezai and fellowship in spinal neurosurgery with Ed Benzel. Dr. Sharan is a leading researcher in advance functional imaging of the brain for patients with epilepsy. In addition to these responsibilities, he is currently the program director of the Jefferson Neurosurgery residency. He is president for the North American Neuromodulation Society and president-elect for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored more than one hundred publications and given countless invited talks. Dr. Sharan has been a faculty member for several review courses throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Sharan is actively involved in innovation in the field of neuromodulation. He holds multiple patents in neurostimulation and neurosurgery. He was part of the founding team member in Intelect Medical and Endius. He is currently part of the active founding members for Cerebral Therapeutics and Mudjala. He holds board positions in Tiger Labs and Neurotarget.

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

Plenary Session 1

Breanna L. Sheldon, BS Medical Student

Breanna is currently a second year medical student working for Dr. Julie Pilitsis, MD PhD, in the Neurosurgery Department. Before becoming interested in neuromodulation, she conducted research with the NGO Floating Doctors in Bocas del Toro, Panama regarding women's health in the indigenous Ngobe population. She also studied healthcare policy at Taipei Medical University and managed a psychiatric outpatient clinic in Los Angeles, California for several years before beginning medical school at Albany Medical College.

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

Oral Abstracts - Neurosurgical Neuromodulation

Sameer A. Sheth, MD PhD -- Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Sameer A. Sheth, MD PhD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Sameer A. Sheth is currently Associate Professor, Vice-Chair of Research, and McNair Scholar in the Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Neuroscience and Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Physics and Astronomy. He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he received both his M.D. and Ph.D. Dr. Sheth trained in neurological surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sheth specializes in the treatment of patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Sheth is also a neuroscientist, with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in neurophysiology. His research interests are centered on a desire to better understand brain function and develop new therapies for neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Sheth runs the Functional and Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab, with funding from the NIH, McNair Foundation, Dana Foundation, and other sources.

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

Surgical Therapies for Psychiatric Diseases

Plenary Session 2

Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD PhD -- Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD PhD Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Shivkumar is a physician scientist who serves as the director of the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center & EP Programs (since its establishment in 2002). His is a graduate of the UCLA STAR Program (class of 2000) and his field of specialization is interventional cardiac electrophysiology. He leads a large group at UCLA (comprising a diverse group of fifteen faculty members, several trainees and sixty staff + allied health professionals) involved in clinical care, teaching, research and biomedical innovation. The team provides state of the art clinical care, has developed several innovative therapies (e.g. epicardial ablation, neuromodulation) for the non-pharmacological management of cardiac arrhythmias and other cardiac interventions. The team has a major focus on mechanistic research on the neural control of the mammalian heart. Dr. Shivkumar also serves as the director and chief of the UCLA Cardiovascular Interventional Programs. Dr. Shivkumar’s research work relates to mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias in humans especially the role of the autonomic nervous system and his research work transcends the perspective of a single organ and has implications for neurovisceral sciences in general. The UCLA Neurocardiology Research Program of Excellence was established by him as the specialized research arm of the Arrhythmia Center in 2014. Dr. Shivkumar and his colleagues are actively involved in human mechanistic studies, development of new intellectual property and medical technology for cardiovascular therapeutics. His IP has been incorporated into medical devices that are now FDA approved and in clinical use. He serves on the editorial board for several journals in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, and is a peer reviewer for several basic science and clinical journals. He also serves as a peer reviewer for the NIH in evaluating cardiac arrhythmia & neuroscience research. His research has been supported by grants from the American Heart Association, the Doris Duke Foundation, private donors and from the NIH (continuously since 2006). Currently Dr. Shivkumar oversees a 15-university NIH consortium on neural control of the heart. Dr. Shivkumar has mentored several PhD candidates and has received several teaching awards. He has been appointed to serve on the board of examiners for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Section of the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine). He has been elected to the membership of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and serves as the institutional representative of UCLA for the ASCI. He was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2016 & President of the ISAN (International Society of Autonomic Neuroscience) in 2019. He serves as the Editor in Chief of Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology (2020-2025).

Facility
UCLA Health
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Session(s)

Plenary Session 3

Education, Diversity, and Future Therapies

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)

Placing Leads Elsewhere: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Ilknur Telkes, PhD MSc -- Postdoctoral Fellow

Ilknur Telkes, PhD MSc Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Telkes received her BS degree in biological sciences from Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2010. In the same year, she started her graduate work at Informatics Institute, METU, and joined the interdisciplinary working group of Dr. Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru and Dr. Didem Gokcay. She received her MSc degree on phase validation of neurotoxic animal models of Parkinson’s disease and the probabilistic learning paradigms in these models in 2012. She started her PhD work in Biomedical Engineering at University of Houston, TX, and joined Dr. Nuri F. Ince’s clinical neural engineering Lab. Her thesis focused on the investigation of spatio-spectral dynamics of local field potentials and their functional use in movement disorders. She was awarded her PhD degree in August 2017 and joined Dr. Julie G. Pilitsis’s basic science lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Telkes’s current work focuses on the investigation of brain signals in response to spinal cord stimulation in chronic pain and deep brain stimulation in neurological disorders.

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

Strategies to Personalize Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies

Natasha Thompson, BS -- Medical Student (Class of 2023)

Natasha Thompson, BS Medical Student (Class of 2023)

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Natasha Thompson attended the historic Little Rock Central High School. Following graduation, she became a Razorback at the University of Arkansas where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduating, Natasha gathered clinical experience while being an inpatient pharmacy technician and medical scribe for Baptist Medical Center. Currently, Natasha is in her second year of a dual MD/MPH program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She serves as the President of the Edith Irby Jones Chapter of the Student National Medical Association. Comparable to her role model, Dr. Edith Irby Jones, Natasha has a passion for diversifying the face of medicine and public health education.

Facility
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Location
Little Rock, AR
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Other Top Abstracts

Carlos F. Tirado, MD MPH -- Chief Medical Officer

Carlos F. Tirado, MD MPH Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Carlos Tirado, Medical Director, is board certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry and in Addiction Medicine. He is a recognized clinical expert in addiction treatment and systems of care. Dr. Tirado spent the first half of his career in academia holding faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He later developed and implemented outpatient addiction treatment services, outpatient chronic pain management and primary care for addiction programs. His consulting work concentrates on medication therapy and clinical trials, health plans, peer recovery support, expert witness and medical board review.Dr. Tirado is President of the Texas Society of Addiction Medicine and has been awarded research and treatment services grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, and National Institutes of Health. He has published work in peer-review, trade, and mass media publications and regularly presents at local and national conferences. He is currently appointed as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UT Dell Medical College and works with CARMAhealth providing primary care for addiction and related behavioral and medical disorders.

Facility
CARMAhealth
Location
Austin, TX
Session(s)

Plenary Session 1

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD -- Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD, is a Pain Physician and Director of Research at Millennium Pain Center, Bloomington, IL. 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 80 articles published in national and international peer-review journals. He has also been an invited speaker and an abstract contributor in meetings and conferences around the world. He is the inventor of two granted US patents and ten more pending US and international 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 scientific program committee, where he co-chaired the abstract selection subcommittee frp, 2017-2019. He is the Scientific Program Chair for the 2020 NANS Annual Meeting. 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
National Spine and Pain Center
Location
Bloomington, IL
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Pain/Spinal Cord Stimulation

Oral Abstracts - Basic Science

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA -- Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Dr. Vanterpool is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Comprehensive Pain Services at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Her clinical and academic focus is on Targeted Pain Treatment - the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain using a multi-modal approach. With over a decade of pain and neuromodulation practice in both private practice and academic settings, Dr. Vanterpool avidly promotes use of Targeted Pain Treatment to help patients with chronic pain reclaim relief and functional quality of life. She is the course director for the annual Targeted Pain Treatment Conference in Knoxville TN, geared towards primary care and specialist clinicians to help them 'Treat the Source not the Score' and 'Focus on Function' while helping their patients who live chronic pain. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Vanterpool is heavily involved in state and national advocacy initiatives. She is the current President of the Tennessee Pain Society, and also serves on Board of directors for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and is the Co-Chair of the NANS Diversity and Outreach Committee (DOC) and treasurer for the NANS Women in Neuromodulation (WIN).

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

Oral Abstracts - Other Top Abstracts

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

Ajay	D. Wasan, MD MSc -- Professor

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc Professor

Dr. Wasan is the Vice Chair for Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in Pain Medicine and completed fellowship training in Pain Medicine in the Anesthesiology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also board certified in Psychiatry and completed a residency in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Wasan has supervisory responsibility for clinical care across seven pain clinics in the UPMC system, pain medicine clinical faculty, and research within the Pain Medicine Division. He is also Co-Chair of a system-wide committee to improve pain care across UPMC.

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

American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Session: Integrating Neuromodulation Into Multimodal Pain Care

Lynn Webster, MD FACPM FASAM -- Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Lynn Webster, MD FACPM FASAM Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Lynn R. Webster M.D. is a physician and researcher with a focus on pain, addiction and drug-induced sleep disorders. Dr. Webster earned his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and completed his residency in the University of Utah’s Department of Anesthesiology. He is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction medicine. Dr. Webster is a senior editor of Pain Medicine and former editor of the sections on Neuromodulation and Opioids, Substance Abuse, and Addiction. He serves as a peer reviewer of several professional journals and is a National Institute of Health grant reviewer.Dr. Webster is Vice President of Scientific Affairs for PRA Health Sciences, a leading clinical research organization that operates in more than 80 countries. He lectures extensively, has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, and has conducted hundreds of clinical trials.Dr. Webster is a past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). He is the author of The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us (Oxford University Press) and co-producer of the video documentary, 'The Painful Truth,' that has aired on Public Broadcasting stations throughout the United States. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife.

Facility
PRA Health Sciences
Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Session(s)

Oral Abstracts - Pain

Kristin E. Wills, BS -- Research Assistant

Kristin E. Wills, BS Research Assistant

I graduated with my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 from Illinois Institute of Technology. Since then, I have been working as a research assistant in Dr. Englot's Brain Imaging and Electrophysiology Network (BIEN) lab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where I manage recruitment of our epilepsy patients and data collection for our research studies. Additionally, I am pursing independent research projects to enhance understanding of brain connectivity in people with epilepsy.

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

Oral Abstracts - Neurosurgical Neuromodulation


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