Dr. Farshad Ahadian is a Co-Chair of the Pain Medicine Best Practices Conference, and has served as a co-chair of several past AAPM Annual Meeting Essential tools.
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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.
Dr. Farshad Ahadian is a Co-Chair of the Pain Medicine Best Practices Conference, and has served as a co-chair of several past AAPM Annual Meeting Essential tools.
Dr. Antony is Assistant Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Pain Medicine at University of Florida, College of Medicine. During his residency, he served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Michael E. Mahla Outstanding Resident of the Year Award, Best Resident for Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Department, and Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. He earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida and earned his MD at St. George University School of Medicine. He is double-board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Antony is a member of many professional academic societies such as the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) and the International Neuromodulation Society (INS). He has lectured both nationally and internationally on neuromodulation and other topics in pain medicine. Dr. Antony teaches national training courses for fellows and practicing physicians on both spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation. His clinical practice and research at the University of Florida has a focus on neuromodulation and minimally invasive advanced treatments for pain.
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.
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.
Dr. Meredith Barad grew up in Denver, C0. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin summa cum laude in 1998 and graduated from Stanford University Medical School in 2003. She completed her internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA and then went on to a neurology residency at Stanford University. After residency, Meredith was the first neurologist to be admitted to the pain fellowship at Stanford. She is board certified in headache and pain. Currently, Meredith is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia. (Pain Management) and Neurology & Neurological Sciences. She is also the co-Director of the Facial Pain Program at Stanford.
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.
Dr. Edward Benzel is an internationally recognized thought leader in spine surgery and biomechanics. His clinical interests include cervical spondylosis, cervical spine deformity, and spine tumors. He has authored 10 and edited 27 textbooks. In addition, he has authored well more than 400 book chapters and 300 peer-reviewed publications.
André was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After completing high school he entered Medical School at the University of Pretoria and completed a 6-year Bachelor’s degree with Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgery as main subjects. He was awarded the M.B.Ch.B degree. He was awarded a Dux Medal by the University. In 1973 and completed his Intern year in Surgery, Obstetrics and gynecology and anesthesiology at the University of the Orange Free State. After that he started working at a Dutch reformed Mission Hospital (Letaba Hospital) in the Northern rural parts of South Africa. He was the only physician in a 300-bed hospital.
During 1975 he was conscripted into the South African Defense Force and was part of Operation Savannah as part of the Angolan Civil War. He was awarded the Pro Patria medal with Cunene Clasp. Upon returning he, after spending a few more years at the mission hospital, entered private General Practice with his brother Louis, first in Sabie in the then Eastern Transvaal and later in Tzaneen in the then Northern Transvaal province of South Africa. During the next seven years he, through part-time study, obtained a three-year Masters degree in Family Medicine from the University of Pretoria (M.Prax.Med), with Clinical Medicine and Practice management as main subjects.
Dr. Brian Boies is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician who is appointed as an Assistant Professor/Clinical in the Department of Anesthesiology at UT Health San Antonio. He is the Assistant Program Director for the Anesthesiology residency program and the Director of the Acute Pain Service. Currently, Dr. Boies divides his time between anesthesiology, acute pain, and outpatient chronic pain management. Dr. Boies also is an advocate for the use of evidence-based medicine and is a strong proponent of neuromodulation to treat complex pain conditions.
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.
Arnold I. Caplan, Professor of Biology and Director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University. He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Caplan is a national and international scholar focusing on experimentation in the area of musculoskeletal and skin development. He has published over 450 papers and manuscripts and has long been supported by the NIH and other non-profit and for-profit agencies for his efforts in trying to understand the development, maturation and aging of cartilage, bone, skin and other mesenchymal tissues and for his pioneering research on Mesenchymal Stem Cells.
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. A recognized leader, Dr. Cheng is President 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.
Doctor Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) is the Program Director and Principal Investigator for the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) under the department of Military Emergency Medicine. He is Program Director Emeritus of the National Capital Consortium’s Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Professor in Anesthesiology at the USU and a Diplomat, with the American Board of Anesthesiology. He attended Catawba College, on a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, graduating with a degree in Biology in 1986. He then attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., receiving a Master in Science in Biology in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, completing his Anesthesia Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In addition, he completed a one year Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Duke University in 2002, resulting in the creation of the only Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Defense, based at Walter Reed. In September 2003, he deployed with the 21st Combat Support Hospital to Balad, Iraq, and demonstrated that the use of advanced regional anesthesia can be accomplished in a forward deployed environment. He performed the first successful continuous peripheral nerve block for pain management in a combat support hospital. In April 2009, he deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the British military and organized the first acute pain service in a theatre of war. Author and Co-Editor of the Acute and Perioperative Pain section in Pain Medicine, he is extensively published in pain medicine, particularly as it relates to combat wounded. He also serves as the Editor-in- Chief of US Medicine with a monthly column on topics of federal medicine interest.
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 Casarett MD MA is a palliative care physician and health services researcher whose work focuses on improving systems of care for people with serious, life- threatening illnesses. He a professor of Medicine at Duke University and the Chief of Palliative Care in Duke Health. Dr. Casarett is the author of more than 100 articles in journals including JAMA and The New England Journal of Medicine, and his writing has appeared in print and online in Salon, Esquire, Discover, Newsweek, the New York Times, and Wired. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the US government to researchers in the early stages of their careers. Dr. Casarett is also the author of three non-fiction books, the most recent of which was Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, published in 2015 by Penguin Random House. His first novel in the Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency series, Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness, was published in September 2016. The second book in the series, The Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel, was published in December of 2017.
Dr. Clark is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research at Stanford University. His research interests involve both basic and clinical investigations. Persistent pain after trauma, immunological contributions to pain and maladaptations to opioid use are amongst his research interests.
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.
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.
Dr. Stephen Coleman grew up in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from University of Wisconsin and attended the Medical College of Wisconsin. He later went on to an Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After a number of years in the pharmaceutical industry in clinical research working on Recombinant Factor VIII and Dexmedetomidine, he entered an anesthesia residency at Stanford University and then a pain fellowship at Stanford. Currently Stephen is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. His interests include therapeutic infusion for pain management as well as GI pain. Recreationally, he has sailed extensively sailing on the west coast.
Rob Cowan, MD, FAAN, FAHS is the Higgins Family Professor of Neurology, Chief of the Division of Headache Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Headache at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has authored over 100 articles and abstracts, books and chapters, and speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to headache medicine. He is past president of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific and sits on the boards of AHDA and HCOP. His current research focuses on the chronification process in primary headache disorders and the use of technology in diagnosis and treatment of headache and other chronic diseases.
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, 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.
Dr. Elise De is an Associate in Urology at Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School in Boston MA. She is the Chair of the Education Committee of the and a member of the Ethics Committee for the International Continence Society, serves on the Publications Committee of IUGA, and has served within the AUA and SUFU over the years. Her residency was in Urology and fellowship in Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery under Lenaine Westney, John Hairston, and Gazala Siddiqui. Along with Dr. Philippe Zimmern, she co-edited the book Native Tissue Repair in Incontinence and Prolapse, a surgical atlas with over 20 chapters and videos comprising the full repertoire of native tissue vaginal reconstruction. Her clinical practice is composed of incontinence, prolapse, neurogenic bladder, pain and voiding dysfunction in men and women. She has spoken at meetings throughout the societies nationally and internationally. Her current research includes systems of care in pelvic floor disorders.
Dr. Deer is the President and CEO of The Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias and the Center for Pain Relief, Inc. He is also a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Deer has been a leader in the field of interventional techniques and neuromodulation for more than two decades. His rich research career has included many pivotal studies to achieve FDA approval, and many “first in man” approved devices. Dr. Deer has provided cadaver based training to over 1000 physicians in novel methods of pain relief without the need for opioids. His work has led to more than 100 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters, and full text books. Dr. Deer’s publications have included guidance for the proper use of Neuromodulation to improve safety and efficacy. His text books have included comprehensive guidance on pain, implantable devices, and his current project Deer’s Illustrated Guide to the Treatment of Pain is currently in development. Dr. Deer has held many national and international society positions including his current roles as the President of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), and President of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP). He is he Past Chairman of the American Society of Anesthesiologist Committee of Pain Medicine and a Member of the West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program, and has been involved in the peer review process to improve the quality of research in the international arena.
Eric Dentler joined Faces & Voices of Recovery after a long career in high technology and software marketing, sales and service innovation. After experiencing the impact of substance use disorders firsthand, he began researching the potential for mobile technology to help close gaps between formal treatment and social recovery. His work includes thousands of hours “on the ground”, learning, observing and collaborating with young adult peer leaders, addiction medicine specialists and leadership within public and private treatment centers and recovery communities in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. Eric is also an expert in leveraging cloud, mobile content management, digital therapeutics and workforce automation to help bring scale to care providers and communities. His vertical industry expertise includes smart cities and Internet of Things and has been focused on Software as a Service long before the term was coined.
Mehul J. Desai, MD, MPH is board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Desai completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Georgetown University Hospital. During residency he spent 6 months completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health conducting groundbreaking research into mechanisms of muscle pain. Upon completion of residency he went on to a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in the Department of Anesthesiology. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal disease (tendon injuries, osteoarthritis), discogenic pain and intradiscal therapies including biologics, neuromodulation; specifically spinal cord stimulation and targeted drug delivery, complex spinal conditions, pelvic pain, outcomes-based research and healthcare economics. He is committed to the use of cutting-edge technologies in the treatment of musculoskeletal disease and pain. Formerly, Dr. Desai was Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine and of Neurosurgery at the George Washington University Medical Center and served as the Director, Pain Medicine and Non-Operative Spine Services of the GW Spine & Pain Center and Director, Sibley Pain Center at the Sibley Memorial Hospital. Furthermore, he was Director, Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at the George Washington University Hospital. He also served as a clerkship director for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the George Washington University, School of Medicine and mentored both residents in Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Desai maintains an avid interest in research, serving as the principle investigator on multiple ongoing clinical trials including studies on radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation. He serves as a member of the steering committee of the largest clinical trial investigating the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation in chronic low back pain following spine surgery. Dr. Desai has published articles in Pain Practice, Neuromodulation, Pain Physician, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Pain Medicine and the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. He has authored several book chapters and has two textbooks in progress. Dr. Desai presents annually at many international and national pain medicine meetings, traveling to Hong Kong, Dubai, China, Italy, and across the United States last year. Furthermore, he serves as a peer educator; hosting physician visits and teaching advanced pain medicine techniques to physicians both nationally and globally.
Kaivalya Deshpande is a current resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who will undergo his training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Kaivalya has been involved in studies utilizing an interdisciplinary approach towards management of chronic pain in complex patient populations. He is an advocate of personalized medicine and involved in the development of mobile technology platforms to better tailor pain management strategies for patients with chronic pain.
Luda Diatchenko, MD, PhD is a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia, and Faculty of Dentistry, at McGill University, Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain. She earned her MD and PhD in the field of Molecular Biology from the Russian State Medical University. Dr. Diatchenko started her career in industry, she was a Leader of the RNA Expression Group at Clontech, Inc., and subsequently, Director of Gene Discovery at Attagene, Inc. During this time, Dr. Diatchenko was actively involved in the development of several widely-used and widely-cited molecular tools for the analysis of gene expression and regulation. Dr. Diatchenko’s academic career started at 2000 in the Center for Neurosensory Disorders at the University of North Carolina. Her research since then is focused on determining the cellular and molecular biological mechanisms by which functional genetic variations impact human pain perception and risk of development of chronic pain conditions, enabling new approaches to identify new drug targets, treatment responses to analgesics, and diagnostic. Multiple collaborative activities allow the Diatchenko group to take basic genetic findings all the way from human association studies, through molecular and cellular mechanisms, to animal models, and ultimately to human clinical trials. In total, Dr. Diatchenko have authored or co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed research papers in journals, 10 book chapters, and edited a book in human pain genetics. She is a member and an active officer of several national and international scientific societies, including the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Pain Society.
Felix Diehn, MD Rochester, MN Dr. Diehn is a Consultant and Associate Professor in Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1998 with an AB in Biochemical Sciences. He received his MD from Mayo Medical School in 2003, including a one-year appointment as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. He completed a transitional internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Diehn returned to Mayo for radiology residency, as well as a neuroradiology fellowship as a Mayo Clinic Scholar. He received his diagnostic radiology board certification in 2008, and his certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology in 2010. Dr. Diehn joined the Mayo Clinic neuroradiology staff in 2009. He interprets neuroimaging examinations and performs image-guided procedures in the spine and head and neck. He is actively involved in clinical research and teaching trainees at all levels. Dr. Diehn regularly lectures at local, national, and international meetings. He is an active member of several societies, including the Spine Intervention Society, American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Spine Radiology, and Radiological Society of North America.
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.
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.
Howard Fields, M.D., Ph.D, is Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He received his M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford in 1965-66. After internal medicine training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and clinical neurology training at Harvard Medical School’s Boston City Hospital he joined the faculty at UCSF. His major interests are in the neurobiology of pain and substance abuse with a focus on how endogenous opioids contribute to reward and pain modulation. He was a founder of the UCSF pain clinic and has made major contributions to understanding and treating neuropathic pain. He was the first to demonstrate the clinical effectiveness of opioids for neuropathic pain and of topical lidocaine for post-herpetic neuralgia. In laboratory studies with Allan Basbaum he discovered and elucidated a pain modulating neural circuit that is required for opioids to produce analgesia and showed that descending pain modulation can either inhibit or enhance pain. With Jon Levine he published a landmark study demonstrating that placebo analgesia is mediated by endogenous opioids. He discovered a novel opioid action related to reward, identified nerve cells in the striatum that encode the magnitude of a reward and how the neurotransmitter dopamine contributes to motivation and reward. Dr. Fields has received numerous research awards including a Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 1997 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and in 2010 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.