Learn about AAPM Annual Meeting speakers, who are experts in the pain medicine field from around the country, below, and view a full list of the planning committee and faculty disclosures.

Charles E. Argoff, MD--Albany Medical College

Charles E. Argoff, MDAlbany Medical College

Dr. Charles Argoff has spent over 20 years in an academic position and in a clinical care setting of patients wtih acute and chronic pain. In addition, Dr. Argoff has authored numerous published papers and books regarding this subject and has also trained numerous medical students, residents and other trainees.

James W. Atchison, DO--Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

James W. Atchison, DOMayo Clinic Jacksonville

Dr. James Atchison has been a nationally recognized teacher and researcher in PM&R and Pain Management throughout his career. He has presented courses, lectures and workshops nationally and internationally on pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management, care of spinal injuries and spinal manipulation. More locally he won teaching awards at the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida, while developing and directing a PM&R Spine Fellowship at the University of Florida that lasted 13 years and graduated 19 specialists. He served on the Program Planning Subcommittee for the AAPM&R Annual Assembly for 13 years, and chaired the committee for meetings in Philadelphia, Honolulu, and Boston. He developed and co-chaired the AAPM&R National Meetings on Pain Management in 2004 and 2005, and in 2012, he chaired the Academy's Opioid/REMS Task Force. Dr. Atchison has led and participated in countless research projects including some funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has published numerous research papers, book chapters and abstracts, been a reviewer of articles for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and previously served on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. In 2010 he was recognized by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) with their 'Distinguished Clinician Award'. He continues to serve the Academy as a Co-Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee and the Medical Education committee.

Meredith J. Barad, MDStanford Hospital and Clinics


Headache for the Pain Practitioner

Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia (Pain Management) and Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Redwood City, CA
William Becker, MD--Yale University School of Medicine

William Becker, MDYale University School of Medicine

William C. Becker, MD: Core Investigator, Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities & Education (PRIME) Center of Innovation, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Becker is a general internist additionally trained in addiction medicine and pain management who co-directs the Integrated Pain Clinic and Opioid Reassessment Clinic at VA Connecticut and co-chairs Yale School of Medicine's Pain Curriculum Committee. Dr. Becker's VA, NIH, FDA and PCORI-funded clinical research uses observational and experimental methods to examine and improve the quality of chronic pain treatment in primary care, particularly at the interface between high impact chronic pain and opioid use disorder. Increasingly, his work focuses on de-implementing high-dose, long-term opioid therapy and improving patient's access to and use of non-pharmacologic pain treatments.


Cutting Edge Science and Clinical Practice: Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
West Haven, CT

Inna BelferNIH Pain Consortium

Bethesda, MD
Robert Bolash, MD--Cleveland Clinic

Robert Bolash, MDCleveland Clinic

Dr. Robert Bolash is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Departments of Pain Management and Evidence Based Pain Research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and trained in Interventional Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a Fulbright Scholar and is Board Certified in both Pain Management and Anesthesiology.

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD--Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhDCleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Jianguo Cheng is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Cheng was recognized by Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors Inc.) and 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in the US (Becker's ASC Review). He has also directed and conducted laboratory and clinical research that is supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, and other funding agencies. He has published more than 240 research papers, review articles, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Cheng has trained more than 140 clinical pain fellows and postdoctoral research fellows and has frequently given lectures in premier international conferences and institutions. As a recognized leader, Dr. Cheng is President-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). Dr. Cheng has served as a member of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Expert Work Group to develop, specify, and maintain clinical quality measures. In addition, Dr. Cheng plays active leadership roles in the Association of University Anesthesiologists, American Board of Anesthesiology, and American Society of Anesthesiologists. He also serves as Senior Editor, Associate Editor, and Section Editor for the scientific journals of Pain Medicine, Pain Practice, and Pain Physician.

Professor & Program Director
Cleveland, OH

Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MDHJF Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management

Rockville, MD

Marzena Buzanowska, MDCleveland Clinic Foundation

Marzena Buzanowska, MD is a staff physician at the Center for Spine Health at the Cleveland Clinic and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine. Dr Buzanowska is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty training in Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine, from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Buzanowska's work has focused on improving the quality of spine care and workforce diversity and inclusion. She is involved with strategic initiatives in the Center for Spine Health, which target the identification of appropriate and timely care paradigms for patients with spine conditions.

David J. Casarett, MD MA

May L. Chin, MD--George Washington University Medical Center

May L. Chin, MDGeorge Washington University Medical Center

Dr. May Chin is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is the Co Director of the GW Spine and Pain Center and Director of the Pain Medicine Resident Rotation and Medical Student Clerkship at the George Washington University Medical Center. Her current interests include innovative pharmacological approaches as well as interventional and neuromodulatory techniques for the management of chronic and neuropathic pain. Dr. Chin has served on the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Pain Medicine Committee and is on the American Medical Association (AMA) advisory board for the development of continuing medical education series on pain management. She has published a book on Pain in Women, written numerous articles and authored book chapters on pain medicine and is a reviewer for several pain journals. She has presented and lectured at numerous national meetings including ASA, ASRA and AAPM on acute pain and chronic pain.


Chronic Post-Surgical Pain: Which Patients? Why? What Can Be Done?

Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Washington, DC
Steven P. Cohen, MD--Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology

Steven P. Cohen, MDJohns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Steven P. Cohen obtained his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed an anesthesiology residency at Columbia University, and a pain management fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, he is Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, as well as Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also Director of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center, Medical Education and Quality Assurance for the Pain Management Division at Johns Hopkins, and Director of Pain Research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Dr. Cohen has been very active in teaching and pain research in recent years, having published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters in the past 15 years. Among his major contributions are the development of an FDA-approved technique for treating sacroiliac joint pain (lateral branch radiofrequency denervation), inventing the intravenous ketamine test to help guide treatment in patients with chronic pain, and performing the first studies evaluating the epidural administration of biological agents for pain. These articles have been featured in some of the top general medical journals including “Lancet”, “CMAJ”, “BMJ”, “Annals of Internal Medicine” and “JAMA-Internal Medicine”. His research has been the subject of articles in the Science Section of the New York Times on 4 separate occasions. He has been the first author on the “Pain” chapter in the last 2 editions of “Cecil Textbook of Medicine”, and was listed in 2014 as one of the top 10 experts in the world for back pain based on quantitative analysis of publications.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Cohen is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, and was deployed 4 times in support of operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also serves as the Reserve Liaison to the Pain Management Consultants to the U.S. Army and Navy Surgeons General. Dr. Cohen has previously presented data on pain management in service members to the U.S. Congress, FDA and General Officers. His research was instrumental in the passage of the 2008 Military Pain Care Act, and he served as an inaugural member of the U.S. Army Medical Advisory Board. His previous awards include the American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine John J. Bonica Award, ASIPP Public Service Award, Donlin M. Long Pain Award, Michael J. Cousins Award Lecture, American Academy of Pain Medicine Founder’s Award, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Legion of Merit.

Beth D. Darnall, PhD--Stanford University School of Medicine

Beth D. Darnall, PhDStanford University School of Medicine

Beth Darnall, PhD is Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is principal investigator for $13M in federally funded research projects on pain and opioid reduction. She investigates patient-centered outpatient opioid tapering, mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, targeted pain psychology treatments she has developed, prevention of post-surgical pain. She delivers pain psychology and opioid reduction lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. She has authored 3 books: The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016; Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014; and Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain ©2018 (American Psychological Association Press). In 2018, she presented on 'The Psychology of Pain Relief' at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She is the former Co-Chair of the AAPM Pain Psychology Task Force, and in 2015 received a Presidential Commendation from AAPM. She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Forbes, Scientific American Mind, The Washington Post, BBC Radio and TIME Magazine.

Sara Davin, PsyD MPH--Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

Sara Davin, PsyD MPHCleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

Sara Davin, Psy.D., MPH is the Director of Behavior Medicine for the Cleveland Clinic’s population health management program for back pain and a Staff Psychologist within the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic. She also is an Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine through Case Western Reserve University. Her academic background includes close to a decade of specialty training in the area of chronic pain, including a post-doctoral psychology fellowship within the Cleveland Clinic’s Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, an interdisciplinary program that treats individuals with severe, intractable non-cancer pain. Her clinical acumen includes developing a fibromyalgia clinic within the Cleveland Clinic, being the former training director for pre and post-doctoral psychology students and developing the behavioral medicine intervention for the Cleveland Clinic’s newest population health management program for individuals with low back pain. As a pain psychologist Dr. Davin’s background is unique and complemented by her experience in the field of public health. She gained a strong academic foundation in graduate level public health training from the University of Michigan, with a focus on health behavior and program development. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in clinical psychology, she worked as a public health professional, developing health prevention and promotion programs at IU Health in Indianapolis (formerly Clarian Health) and in the area of population health for two employee based wellness companies. Dr. Davin’s passion lies in the interface between public health and pain psychology, specifically developing population level interventions aimed at preventing the chronification of pain. Her research interest centers broadly upon identifying patient factors and interventions that reduce the risk for chronification from pain, brief pain psychology interventions and the use of patient centered outcomes to inform clinical care. Dr. Davin is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Behavioral Medicine Committee and is also an active member of the American Pain Society, American Psychological Association and Ohio Psychological Association.


The Power of Groups: How, Why, When and Where to Start a Pain Psychology Group


Cleveland, OH
Larry C. Driver, MD--University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Larry C. Driver, MDUniversity of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Larry Driver is a professor in the department of pain medicine and section of integrated ethics, as well as an adjunct ethicist for clinical ethics consultation, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. His undergraduate education was at Austin College, followed by medical education at The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. His anesthesiology residency was completed at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and he completed a clinical fellowship in pain and symptom management at MD Anderson. Dr.Driver is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. He was a visiting research scholar in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics and is a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow .He was the founding chair and medical director of the Texas Pain Advocacy and Information Network (TxPAIN), is past-president of the Texas Pain Society, and is chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. He has served on numerous state and national organizations’ boards and committees. He has been recognized in several “Best Doctors,” “Top Doctors,” “Super Doctors,” and “Who’s Who” listings, and has received numerous state and national awards for his advocacy efforts. He is an elected fellow of the Texas Academy of Science, an elected member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Educators, and is a designated UT Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr.Driver chairs AAPM’s Professional Education and CME Oversight Committee.

Houston, TX
Alexander Feoktistov, MD PhD--Diamond Headache Clinic

Alexander Feoktistov, MD PhDDiamond Headache Clinic

Dr. Alexander Feoktistov is Board certified in Internal Medicine by ABIMBoard, and certified in Headache Medicine by UCNSDiplomat of American Board of Pain Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Pain Management at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Feoktistov currently serves as a co-director of Diamond Headache Clinic and director of clinical research at the Diamond Headache Clinic. He is President-elect of the American Interventional Headache Society.

David A. Fishbain, MD--Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

David A. Fishbain, MDMiller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Dr. David Fishbain is the author of 2 papers on opioid tapering. During his professional career he has tapered over 3000 chronic pain patients from various drugs. Dr. Fishbain is the author of numerous papers on suicide risk in chronic pain patients.


Chronic Pain Patient-Physician Scenarios Which Can Lead to Violence

Professor, Psychiatry/Anesthesiology/Neurological surgery
Miami, FL

Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH