Speakers

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.

Kasra Amirdelfan, MD--IPM Medical Group, Inc.

Kasra Amirdelfan, MDIPM Medical Group, Inc.

Dr. Kasra Amirdelfan is one of the founding partners at IPM Medical Group, Inc., in Walnut Creek, California. He received his medical degree from Texas A&M University, College of Medicine. He completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, an affiliated facility with Southwestern School of Medicine. Dr. Amirdelfan completed his fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at Pacific Pain Treatment Centers with Dr. Elliot Krames, in collaboration with California Pacific Medical Centers in San Francisco. He has served as the Department Chair of Pain Medicine at John Muir Medical Center and Doctors Hospitals in his area. He performs extensive research and lectures on spinal cord stimulation and pain management at national and international levels. He is regarded as one of the foremost global key opinion leaders in the field of Interventional Pain Management and Neuromodulation. He also continues to be actively involved in conducting research for the development of new technologies to help improve pain management worldwide. Dr. Amirdelfan has a special interest in Spinal diseases, spinal cord stimulation and stem cell technologies.

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 with 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.

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Neuropathic Pain: Beyond Adjuvants and Opioids: A Look at New and Reemerging Treatments (207)

Title
Director of Comprehensive Pain Center
City/State
Albany, NY
James W. Atchison, DO--Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

James W. Atchison, DOShirley Ryan AbilityLab

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.

Marwan N. Baliki, PhD--Northwestern University

Marwan N. Baliki, PhDNorthwestern University

Marwan Baliki's research encompasses both novel methodological and theoretical constructs that enable us to formulate physiological and behavioral models to study chronic pain. He has extensive expertise in fMRI analysis. He utilize advanced tools such as graph theory analysis that aided in understanding the impact of chronic pain on brain resting state dynamics and how it is modulated within clinical settings.

Teresa Bartlett, MDSedgwick, Inc.

Teresa Bartlett is the Senior Vice President and Senior Medical Officer at Sedgwick CMS since January of 2009. Her background in Family Medicine led to a business career with a large automotive manufacturer. She has experience managing large self-insured, multi-state workers’ compensation programs and the Canadian workers’ compensation program. The short term disability (STD) program which Dr. Bartlett managed was union negotiated. She developed an evidence based medical substantiation process which saved millions of dollars and reversed the escalating STD trend. She led the team that won the Corporate Health Achievement Award from ACOEM in 2005 for the Development and Implementation of a Best Practice Clinical Model. During her career she has had the opportunity to manage and mold wellness and fitness programs which evolved into award winning programs that were integrated into the benefit and claim structure. Dr. Bartlett was the recipient of the Crain’s Detroit Business 2008 Health Care Hero Award for bringing a new and innovative program to address back pain into the workplace. In 2012 she was a Business Insurance recipient of Women to Watch. In 2015 Dr. Bartlett was the recipient of the President’s Honor Roll of the Comp Laude award for Work Comp Central for her work with physicians who had aberrant prescribing patterns in California. In 2017 she was appointed to the inaugural Board for the Women to Watch Foundation. Dr. Bartlett volunteers each week as a crisis counsellor for Crisis Text Line providing help for those in the moments of great need. She is a frequently requested national speaker on various health topics in the industry. As the Senior Medical Officer for Sedgwick, Dr. Bartlett is an advisor in matters affecting the design and delivery of medical management services for the company’s claims clients. She provides strategic counsel and operational support in all areas of medical management including case management, return-to-work, behavioral health interventions, medical outcomes protocols, pharmacy interventions, telemedicine and health and safety matters. Dr. Bartlett also advises on best practices to integrate the delivery of occupational and non-occupational medical services and the matters affecting healthcare as part of the claims services process.

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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care (001)

Title
SVP and Medical Director
City/State
Troy, MI
Fiona Barwick, PhD--Stanford School of Medicine

Fiona Barwick, PhDStanford School of Medicine

As Director of Cognitive Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center, Feona Barwick sees a wide variety of patients with sleep and circadian disorders, a percentage of whom have chronic pain. She also has colleagues at the Stanford Chronic Pain Management Clinic who see patients with various chronic pain conditions, nearly all of whom have sleep problems. Given the significant comorbidity of these two conditions, Dr. Barwick and her colleagues decided to review the studies that report on efforts to treat both conditions simultaneously in preparation for developing her own integrated protocol to address co-occurring chronic pain and insomnia.

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Sleep Away the Pain: Whether and How to Treat Insomnia to Improve Chronic Pain (208)

Title
Clinical Assistant Professor
City/State
Redwood City, CA
Christopher Baumgartner, BS--Washington State Department of Health

Christopher Baumgartner, BSWashington State Department of Health

Chris Baumgartner is the Drug Systems Director at the Department of Health. He currently oversees the Prescription Monitoring Program and Medical Marijuana Program. Prior to his appointment in 2015, he served in various capacities for 10 years, including working for the Department as the Prescription Monitoring Program Director and owning a consulting firm that provided training and technical services to federal and state governments. He also worked for the WA State Department of Social and Health Services as an IT Portfolio Analyst and managed the Prescription Monitoring Program for the State of Maine while with the Office of Substance Abuse.

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Cannabis Conundrum! Medical Marijuana Authorization and Integration into the Recreational Marketplace (308)

Title
Prescription Drug Monitoring Director - Drug Systems Director
City/State
Olympia, WA
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.

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Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Pain and Opioid Use Disorder (313)

Title
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
City/State
West Haven, CT
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.

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Multidisciplinary Care Model and Contemporary Strategies for Intrathecal Drug Delivery (203)

Title
Assistant Professor, Pain Management
City/State
Cleveland, OH
Stephen Bruehl, PhD--Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Stephen Bruehl, PhDVanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Bruehl is a clinical psychologist by training, with broad interests in chronic pain research. He has served as Principal Investigator on 7 NIH-funded research projects focused primarily on understanding mechanisms and modulators of chronic pain. Dr. Bruehl currently is research director for the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) - American Pain Society (APS) chronic pain taxonomy project. He previously co-directed the effort that led to development and validation of the current IASP diagnostic criteria for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka 'the Budapst criteria'). Dr. Bruehl has also worked in the past on research seeking to validate diagnostic criteria for migraine and tension-type headache.

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The New Definition(s) of Pain: Update on Pain Taxonomies, HCAHPS Metrics, and Diagnostic Systems (307)

Title
Professor of Anesthesiology
City/State
Nashville, TN
Chad M. Brummett, MD--University of Michigan

Chad M. Brummett, MDUniversity of Michigan

Dr. Brummett specializes in acute and chronic opioid management: Using data from the chronic pain clinic and the perioperative period, this research addresses patient characteristics of acute postoperative opioid consumption and persistent opioid use. Long-term goals are to create guidelines for appropriate prescribing after surgery and behavioral techniques to aid patients in weaning down or off opioids.

Catriona M. Buist, PsyD--OHSU Healthcare

Catriona M. Buist, PsyDOHSU Healthcare

Catriona Buist is trained as a health psychologist and am a licensed psychologist in Oregon and Washington. She was the Clinical Director of a CARF accredited interdisciplinary pain management program in Portland, Oregon for 12 years. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine & Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and work as a pain psychologist in the Comprehensive Pain Center. Ms Buist is the Chair of the Oregon Pain Management Commission and co-Chair of the Improving Access to Chronic Pain Care work group for the Tri-County Prescription Opioid Safety Coalition. She is also on the Oregon Opioid Guidelines and Implementation Taskforce, the Oregon Health Authority Steering Committee to Improve Pain Care in Oregon, and on the HERC Chronic Pain Taskforce. Catriona Buist is helping to organize the upcoming Oregon Opioid, Pain and Addiction conference May 17-19 in Eugene, Oregon, and helps create the new pain intersession for medical students at OHSU and the telemedicine ECHO program at OHSU on pain management for the fall 2018. Her focus is on providing quality pain mangement to patients with a focus on improving their function and quality of life.

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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care (001)

Title
Pain Psychologist
City/State
Portland, OR
Kim D. Bullock, MD--Stanford University

Kim D. Bullock, MDStanford University

Kim Bullock is a neuropsychiatrist interested in combining technology with behavior/lifestyle modification and evidenced based psychotherapies. She founded and direct the Stanford Virtual and Immersive Technology clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her focus is the effects of psychological trauma on the body and emotions in a variety of illnesses but most notably Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder (aka Conversion Disorder). Currently, Dr. Bullock is investigating the influence of emotion dysregulation/interoceptive sensitivity on the application of embodied VR experiences to treat motor and sensory symptoms. She is intensively trained in traditional cognitive behavior therapy as well as dialectical behavior therapy, and enjoys running skills training groups and changing the core beliefs of clients thru exposure, experience, and philosophical shifts. https://www.stanfordmhtech.com/services/

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Virtual Reality Has Now Come Online for Chronic Pain (204)

Title
Neuropsychiatrist, Psychology and Psychiatriy
City/State
Stanford, CA
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.

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.

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Ketamine for Pain, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What Do We Know? (206)

Title
Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
City/State
Washington, DC
Steven P. Cohen, MD--Johns Hopkins Hospital

Steven P. Cohen, MDJohns Hopkins Hospital

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.

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PRECONFERENCE: Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care (PME)

General Session IV (105)

Title
Professor, Anesthesiology
City/State
Baltimore, MD
Patricia Cole, PhD--Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Patricia Cole, PhDShirley Ryan AbilityLab

Patricia Cole has 25 years clinical experience treating patients with High Impact chronic pain syndrome as part of an interdisciplinary team.

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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care (001)

Title
Clinical Psychologist, Pain Management Center
City/State
Chicago, IL
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD--Providence St. Joseph Health

Amy Compton-Phillips, MDProvidence St. Joseph Health

Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., is executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Providence Health & Services. She oversees system-wide improvement in care and safety to enhance health outcomes across the entire five-state health system.

Dr. Compton-Phillips has an extensive background in directing patient care programs and leading health care organizations to broad-based improvements.

Prior to joining Providence in August 2015, Dr. Compton-Phillips served as the chief quality officer at The Permanente Foundation where she focused on improving the value of care delivery. Among many other initiatives, she created infrastructure to lead and implement health care innovation across the Kaiser Permanente system. During her tenure, Dr. Compton-Phillips was a key organizational leader in developing capacity in patient-driven design, enhancing clinical outcomes and the care experience, and addressing the affordability of care.

Dr. Compton-Phillips joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993. While serving in the Washington, DC area, she held a variety of roles including internal medicine service chief, physician director of the Columbia, Maryland geographic region, physician director for population care and guideline director.

Dr. Compton-Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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General Session I and Award Presentations (102)

Title
Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
City/State
Renton, WA
Carlton Dampier, MD--Emory University School of Medicine

Carlton Dampier, MDEmory University School of Medicine

Dr. Carlton Dampier's areas of interest and research include clinical trials in sickle cell disease, measurement science of patient and parent-reported outcomes, and symptom management in sickle cell disease, particularly pain. He was the Working group co-chair and lead author of the recent ACTTION-APS Pain Taxonomy report on Chronic Sickle Pain. Dr. Dampier is currently a member of the ACTTION-APS-AAPM Acute Sickle Pain Taxonomy. His participation in the AAPM annual meeting is to present this work, and enhance collaboration between the sickle cell and pain medicine communities.

Beth D. Darnall, PhD--Stanford University

Beth D. Darnall, PhDStanford University

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.

Geralyn Datz, PhD--Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates

Geralyn Datz, PhDSouthern Behavioral Medicine Associates

Geralyn Datz is a licensed clinical health psychologist. She completed a Residency and Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine and has worked in the area of pain education and treatment for the past 15 years. Dr. Datz is currently the Clinical Director of a multidisciplinary behavioral medicine practice, which also hosts a 20 day functional restoration program for chronic pain recovery. She have authored scientific articles and book chapters on the topics of chronic pain, mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, health psychology, and the mind-body connection. Dr. Datz is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on topics related to the assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pain, as well as return to work and evidence based mental health interventions, including CBT. She has given over 100 presentations to legal, medical and industry related audiences in the past five years. Dr. Datz is an immediate Past President of Southern Pain Society, a non-profit educational association representing 18 Southern states and Puerto Rico. She has been active on the Board of the Southern Pain Society for 12 years. Dr. Datz has served on AAPM programming committee and has been an AAPM attendee since 2006.

Sara Davin, PsyD--Cleveland Clinic

Sara Davin, PsyDCleveland Clinic

Sara Davin, Psy.D., MPH is a clinical staff psychologist in the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Davin is also the director of behavioral medicine for the Neurological Institute's population health management program for low back pain. Dr. Davin's 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 which treats individuals with severe, intractable non-cancer pain. Her clinical acumen includes developing a fibromyalgia clinic within the Cleveland Clinic, 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. Dr. Davin also 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. Her passion lies in the interface between my public health background and pain psychology, specifically developing population level interventions aimed at preventing the chronification of pain. Dr. Davin's research interests include chronic pain rehabilitation and training/education of mental health professionals in the area of pain.

Daniel M. Doleys, PhD--Pain & Rehabilitation Institute

Daniel M. Doleys, PhDPain & Rehabilitation Institute

Dr. Daniel Doleys has been involved in patient selection and management of both IT pumps and SCS as of 1986. He has published several articles and chapters on the topic, and participated in multiple neuromodulation training workshops.

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.

David A. Edwards, MD PhD--Vanderbilt University

David A. Edwards, MD PhDVanderbilt University

Dr. David Edwards is the Division Chief, Pain Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He directs the Pain and Opioid Oversight Committee for the Vanderbilt Network. His research interest is in perioperative acute and chronic pain, interventional cancer pain. Dr. Edwards started the complex cancer pain clinic at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.

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.