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.

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 and President-elect of AAPM. As a clinician, Dr. Cheng was recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America and one of the 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in America. As a principal investigator, Dr. Cheng has conducted laboratory and clinical research that is supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and other funding agencies. He has published more than 130 research papers, review articles, and book chapters. As an educator, Dr. Cheng has trained more than 130 postdoctoral fellows, clinical pain fellows, and clinical research fellows. As a recognized leader, Dr. Cheng serves as Vice President for Scientific Affairs of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and is the immediate past Chairman of the US Section of the World Institute of Pain. He serves on the Board of Directors of American Academy of Regenerative Medicine. He also serves as Senior Editor of Pain Medicine, Associate Editor of Pain Practice, and executive editor for several other scientific journals. Dr. Cheng has been playing active leadership roles in the Association of University Anesthesiologist, the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Association of Pain Program Directors, and American Pain Association. Dr. Cheng was trained in Pain Medicine at Harvard University, Surgery and Anesthesiology at University of Louisville, Medicine and Neurology at the Qingdao University, and Neurosciences at the Universities of Guelph, Manitoba and Alberta.

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.


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

General Session IV (105)

Professor, Anesthesiology
Baltimore, MD
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.


General Session I and Award Presentations (102)

Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Renton, WA
Beth D. Darnall, PhD--Stanford University

Beth D. Darnall, PhDStanford University