Speakers

Learn about speakers who are presenting during the 2020 AAPM Annual Meeting. View the complete list of 2020 planner and faculty disclosures.

Marian G. Acevedo Alvarez, MD--Loyola University Medical Center

Marian G. Acevedo Alvarez, MDLoyola University Medical Center

Dr. Acevedo Alvarez graduated with a Bachelor's degree in science from the University of Puerto Rico. She then moved to New York City, where she completed her MD and OB/GYN residency at New York University, School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospitals. Dr. Acevedo Alvarez pursued a fellowship in urogynecology from Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She is currently a urogynecology attending at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Her interests are recurrent urinary tract infections, surgical outcomes from prolapse and anti-incontinence procedures, and medical education. She is currently pursuing an MPH from Loyola University in Chicago.

Meredith C. Adams, MD MS FASA -- Wake Forest

Meredith C. Adams, MD MS FASA Wake Forest

Dr. Adams is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest Health and is board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Clinical Informatics. She is currently funded by the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (K08) to study opioid response phenotypes for people with low back pain. Dr. Adams is a member of Dr. Jim Eisenach's Pain Mechanisms Lab at Wake Forest. Dr. Adams teaches and practices clinical pain medicine at Wake Forest Health.

Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD -- University of Chicago

Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD University of Chicago

Dr. Anitescu, professor of anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine, is the program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship and the section chief of pain management services at the University of Chicago Medicine. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Iowa and an anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following a pain medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. She is an accomplished national and international educator, author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, and a member of many professional organizations and scientific committees that review the academic curriculum for various pain medicine meetings.

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Neuromodulation Review 1

Title
Professor
City/State
Chicago, IL
Charles E. Argoff, MD--Albany Medical College

Charles E. Argoff, MDAlbany Medical College

Dr. Argoff specializes in pain management with an emphasis on assessing and treating chronic headaches and neuropathic pain at Albany Medical Center. He is a Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and is board certified in neurology and pain medicine. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Dr. Argoff completed an internship in internal medicine at Stony Brook, a residency in neurology at Stony Brook and a fellowship in neurology at the National Institutes of Health. Internationally recognized for his work, he is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, American Academy of Pain Medicine, and American Academy of Neurology, is the Neuropathic Pain Section Co-Editor for Pain Medicine and serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Pain.

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Pharmacologic Management of Pain: Expanding the Options, Improving Outcomes

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Professor of Neurology, Director of Comprehensive Pain Center
City/State
Albany, NY
Meredith J. Barad, MD--Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Meredith J. Barad, MDStanford Hospital and Clinics

Dr. Meredith Barad grew up in Denver, CO. 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, Dr. Barad 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 associate professor of anesthesia, (pain management) and neurology and neurological sciences. She is also the co-director of the Facial Pain Program at Stanford, and the associate division chief of pain education and associate program director of the pain fellowship. At the AAPM. She is the current chair of the Headache and Orofacial Pain Medicine SIG and invites all members interested in these issues to join the SIG!

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Headache Rapid-Fire: Headache Management Pearls for the Pain Provider

The Headache Toolkit: Treating (and Teaching) Headache for Non-Neurologists

Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions

Title
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia (Pain Management) and Neurology & Neurological Sciences
City/State
Redwood City, CA
Inna Belfer, MD PhD--NIH Pain Consortium

Inna Belfer, MD PhDNIH Pain Consortium

Dr. Belfer is a world-recognized expert in human pain genetics and phenomics. She began her career as a neurologist, then received extensive training in neurobiology and human genetics. Her primary research interests have been the relationship between gene polymorphisms and complex phenotypes such as pain, psychiatric disorders, and addictions. Her research focused on biobehavioral aspects of acute and chronic pain, sex influence on pain and analgesia, and genomic predictors of the transformation of acute pain into chronic condition. After serving as a Staff Scientist at National Institutes of Health (NIH) Intramural Pain Program, she joined the University of Pittsburgh as Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Human Genetics and the Director of the Molecular Epidemiology of Pain Program. In 2015, Dr. Belfer joined the Food and Drug Administration as a medical officer for novel analgesics, evaluating clinical trial design and safety data, and analyzed trends and new scientific fields to assess the adequacy of clinical translational pain research including sex-specific factors controlling pain. Dr. Belfer has returned to NIH to direct the extramural pain portfolio at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Robert Bolash, MD -- Cleveland Clinic

Robert Bolash, MD Cleveland 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 pain management and anesthesiology.

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Poster Research Highlights #1

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Assistant Professor
City/State
Cleveland, OH
Staja Q. Booker, PhD RN -- The University of Florida

Staja Q. Booker, PhD RN The University of Florida

Dr. Booker is a nurse scientist, with a passion for understanding pain in aging ethnic minorities and the movement-related changes imposed by chronic joint pain that threaten function and overall well-being. Recent work contributes new knowledge on osteoarthritis pain in older African Americans. Three themes characterize Dr. Booker's work: comprehensive understanding of factors and the experience of osteoarthritis and movement-evoked pain, the development and use of self-management interventions to reduce the burden of joint pain, and the application of smart technologies to measure pain and deliver interventions. Significant contributions include developing the first nursing clinical practice recommendations and a model for pain assessment and pain measurement in older African Americans. An engaged scientist, she has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, research abstracts, and scientific presentations. Dr. Booker has received several awards which denotes her strengths and applicability of her research to practice.

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Innovative Approaches to Providing Quality Pain Care to Under-Served Populations

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Assistant Professor
City/State
Gainesville, FL
Gary J. Brenner, MD PhD -- Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Gary J. Brenner, MD PhD Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Brenner sees patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Pain Medicine and has been the director of the MGH Pain Medicine Fellowship since 2002. He is an associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and has authored more than 50 publications including peer-review articles, reviews, and book chapters; these have related to the pathophysiology of pain, treatment of neurofibromatosis, neuro-immunology and clinical approaches to chronic pain. The major focus of his laboratory is the development of novel treatments for schwannoma. As part of his long-standing commitment to pain medicine education, he has served in the leadership of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD), the Society of Academic Anesthesia Associations, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and on the Pain Medicine Committee of the American Board of Anesthesiologists.

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The Challenge of Translation of Basic Science to New Therapeutics in Pain Medicine

Title
Director, MGH Pain Medicine Fellowship
City/State
Boston, MA
Daniel Bruns, PhD -- Health Psychology Associates

Daniel Bruns, PhD Health Psychology Associates

Dr. Bruns received his PsyD from the University of Northern Colorado and specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pain. In addition to his practice, he is a senior clinical instructor for the University of Colorado Occupational Medicine Program, and a physician educator for the state of Colorado. Dr. Bruns has been involved in development of about 20 guidelines related to pain and injury, is currently co-chair of the ACOEM “MDGuidelines” medical treatment guidelines, and is a past co-chair of the Colorado Medical Treatment Guidelines. He is the coauthor of numerous research articles and book chapters about the assessment and treatment of patients with injuries or chronic pain, and was the principle investigator in a 15-year-long longitudinal study of 29 million injured patients which tested the benefits of the biopsychosocial model.

Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD -- Uniformed Services University - DVCIPM

Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD Uniformed Services University - DVCIPM

Dr. Buckenmaier 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.

Arnold I. Caplan, PhD -- Case Western Reserve University

Arnold I. Caplan, PhD Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Caplan is professor of biology and director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University who received his PhD 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- 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.

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The Promise and Reality of Regenerative Medicine in Pain Management

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Professor
City/State
Cleveland, OH
Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD -- Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Cheng is professor of anesthesiology and director of the Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program; immediate past president of AAPM; immediate past chair of the U.S. Section of World Institute of Pain; member of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pain Management Inter-Agency Task Force to identify gaps and make recommendations in best practice to Congress; member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Expert Work Group to develop, specify, and maintain clinical quality measures; member of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the Opioid Epidemic; played active leadership roles in the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and American Academy of Regenerative Medicine (AARM); served as associate editor of Pain Practice, senior editor and section editor of Pain Physician.

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The Promise and Reality of Regenerative Medicine in Pain Management

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Professor & Program Director
City/State
Cleveland, OH
May L. Chin, MD -- George Washington University Medical Center

May L. Chin, MD George Washington University Medical Center

Dr. Chin is professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is 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 and School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her current interests include innovative pharmacological approaches as well as interventional and neuromodulatory techniques for the management of chronic and neuropathic pain. Dr. Chin served on the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Pain Medicine Committee and on the American Medical Association advisory board for the development of continuing medical education series on pain management.

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Neuropathic Pain: Pharmacological Trends and Interventional Techniques in Challenging Patients

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Co-Director, GW Spine and Pain Center; Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
City/State
Washington, DC
Steven P. Cohen, MD -- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Steven P. Cohen, MD Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Cohen obtained his medical degree at Mount Sinai, completed an anesthesiology residency at Columbia, and a pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a professor of anesthesiology neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University. He is also chief of pain medicine and director of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Cohen has been active in teaching and pain research, having published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Among his major contributions are the development of an FDA-approved denervation technique for treating sacroiliac joint pain, helping set up the first pain clinic in a war zone, performing the first studies evaluating the epidural administration of biological agents for pain, serving as the Senior Investigator on the Congressionally-mandated study evaluating compounded topical creams for chronic pain, serving as committee chair for the ASRA/AAPM/ASA ketamine guidelines for pain management, and conducting research on facet arthropathy and epidural steroid injections that has changed the way the conditions are viewed and treated.

Luana Colloca, MD PhD MS -- University of Maryland Baltimore

Luana Colloca, MD PhD MS University of Maryland Baltimore

Dr. Colloca is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Nursing and School of Medicine. She is an exceptional young scientist, an inspiring and caring mentor, and an NIH-funded principal investigator who has established an outstanding program of independent research on pain. Her research explores endogenous mechanisms of pain modulation in humans, with a specific interest in placebo analgesia. In these areas, Dr. Colloca has conducted several ground-breaking studies that have advanced scientific understanding of the neurobiological bases of endogenous systems for pain modulation in humans. As a result, she has developed an international reputation as a leading scientist for advancing knowledge of the neurobiological mechanisms of placebo effects with an integrative approach including psychopharmacological, neurobiological, and behavioral approaches.

Edward C. Covington, MD -- Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Edward C. Covington, MD Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Covington is an emeritus staff at Cleveland Clinic. He was trained in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry with added qualifications in pain management and addiction medicine. He is also certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He worked in the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic, where he founded the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program in 1979 and developed a hospital pain consultation service. In 2008 he founded the Neurological Center for Pain. Dr. Covington is an AAPM past president and has chaired the AAPM Opioid Advisory Committee since 2013. He continues to lecture and serves as a consultant for Cleveland Clinic, focused on creating opioid guidelines and educational programs for providers, patients, and families.He is member of the editorial review board of Pain Medicine and an ad hoc reviewer for Pain, The Journal of Pain, and the Clinical Journal of Pain. He served on the FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. He lectures nationally and internationally on subjects related to chronic pain.

Devon Crawford, PhD--National Institutes of Health

Devon Crawford, PhDNational Institutes of Health

Dr. Crawford is a Health Program Specialist at the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), where she focuses on improving experimental rigor and transparency within the broader biomedical research community. She also serves the trans-NIH and trans-agency Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative through policy analysis activities. Before arriving at NIH, she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis and conducted postdoctoral training in synaptic physiology and neurobiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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The Challenge of Translation of Basic Science to New Therapeutics in Pain Medicine

Title
Health Program Specialist
City/State
Rockville, MD
Beth D. Darnall, PhD -- Stanford University School of Medicine

Beth D. Darnall, PhD Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Darnall is associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine. She is affiliated faculty of the Stanford Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and is faculty (by courtesy) in psychiatry and behavioral sciences. She is chief science officer at AppliedVR, a digital health therapeutics company. Dr. Darnall is a pain scientist and principal investigator for NIH and PCORI-funded clinical trials that broadly investigate the benefit of behavioral medicine and self-management strategies to manage acute and chronic pain and reduce need for prescription opioids.

Timothy C. Dawson, MD -- VA Puget Sound HCS and UW School of Medicine

Timothy C. Dawson, MD VA Puget Sound HCS and UW School of Medicine

Dr. Dawson is the chief of anesthesia and pain medicine at VA Puget Sound Health Care System and serves and clinical professor of anesthesia and pain medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He directs the VISN 20 Functional Restoration Center and the VISN TelePain Program.

Felix E. Diehn, MD -- Mayo Clinic

Felix E. Diehn, MD Mayo Clinic

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.

Tina L. Doshi, MD MHS -- Johns Hopkins University

Tina L. Doshi, MD MHS Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Doshi is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, division of pain medicine, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in Maryland. Dr. Doshi attended Duke University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, where she served as chief resident from 2014-2015. She completed a clinical fellowship in pain medicine at Johns Hopkins in 2016. She holds a Master's in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Doshi has been involved in a number of clinical trials for the treatment of neuropathic pain, with a particular interest in craniofacial pain and developing precision pain medicine approaches for pain treatment.

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Do We Still Need Placebo Studies?

Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions

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Assistant Professor
City/State
Baltimore, MD
David A. Edwards, MD PhD -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center

David A. Edwards, MD PhD Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Edwards is chief of the division of pain medicine at Vanderbilt. His approach to the treatment of pain and the opioid epidemic is to use the best evidence where available and to assist in the generation of evidence where it is not. Dr. Edwards collaborates with Dr. Ranapurwala on the epidemiology of the opioid epidemic as measured through big data at Vanderbilt, UNC, and Duke as well as the departments of health of each state. The effect of state laws on prescribing and opioid-related deaths is an outcome of interest in their research.

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Cutting Through the Hype: Marijuana and CBD Oil for Pain

Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions

Title
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
City/State
Nashville, TN
James C. Eisenach, MD--Wake Forest School of Medicine

James C. Eisenach, MDWake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Eisenach's clinical and laboratory research has tried to better understand how pain is perceived, especially in settings where even light touch causes pain, like chronic pain from trauma, surgery, or cancer, and how we might better treat this pain or even prevent it. Work by Dr. Eisenach and colleagues over the years has led to new pain treatment options in settings ranging from women in labor to people suffering from severe pain and cancer. Currently, he is directing research efforts to identify ways to speed up recovery from pain after injury--whether the injury is a battle wound in a soldier or surgery to cure cancer.

Mark E. Epstein, DVM CVPP -- Totalbond Veterinary Hospitals PC

Mark E. Epstein, DVM CVPP Totalbond Veterinary Hospitals PC

Dr. Epstein is medical director and senior partner at TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals PC, a small group of AAHA-accredited practices in Charlotte, NC area; diplomate of American Board of Veterinary Practices (Canine/Feline specialist); certified veterinary pain practitioner (CVPP) from International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management; and past-president of both ABVP and IVAPM. He is co-author of the 2015 American Animal Hospital Association/American Association Feline Practitioners Pain Management Guidelines. He is a speaker and author of various review articles.

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Pain Management in Special Populations

Title
Medical Director
City/State
Gastonia, NC
Steven Falowski, MD -- Neurosurgical Associates Lancaster

Steven Falowski, MD Neurosurgical Associates Lancaster

Dr. Falowski underwent his neurosurgical residency training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a focus on spinal cord stimulation and pain management, complex spinal procedures, and treatment for movement disorders such as deep brain stimulation. He completed a functional neurosurgical fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. His practice specializes in neuromodulation and spinal procedures. He is board certified in neurosurgery. He is a board member and secretary for the North American Neuromodulation Society, as well as annual meeting program chair. He is faculty of the International Neuromodulation Society, as well as Congress of Neurological Surgeons/American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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Neuromodulation Review 2

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Director of Functional Neurosurgery
City/State
Lancaster, PA
Alexander Feoktistov, MD PhD -- Diamond Headache Clinic

Alexander Feoktistov, MD PhD Diamond Headache Clinic

Dr. Feoktistov is a director of clinical research at the world-renowned Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago and he serves as the president of the American Interventional Headache Society. He is a board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also board certified in headache medicine by United Council of Neurological Subspecialties and is a diplomat of American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Feoktistov graduated in 1998 summa cum laude and has a Doctor of Medicine degree from Moscow Medical Academy—the oldest and most prestigious medical school in Russian Federation. In 2000, he completed his residency in neurology at the department of neurology of Moscow Medical Academy and subsequently underwent further specialization in psychotherapy and Eriksonian hypnosis. In 2002, Doctor Feoktistov received a PhD in neurology at the department of neurology at the Moscow Medical Academy. His dissertation was devoted to the problems of medication overuse headaches. As a result of his research, he received a Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and Clinical Research from the President of Russian Federation.

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Headache Rapid-Fire: Headache Management Pearls for the Pain Provider

Title
Director of Clinical Research
City/State
Glenview, IL
Grace Forde, MD--North American Partners in Pain Management

Grace Forde, MDNorth American Partners in Pain Management

<p>Dr. Forde is Director of Neurological Services at North American Partners in Pain Management, Lake Success, New York. Previously Dr Forde was Director of the Headache Clinic at North Shore University Hospital, Syosset, New York. She is the current Secretary of the New York State Pain Society. As part of her research, she has conducted multiple clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of medications for the treatment of headache and various neuropathic pain syndromes. She has also published articles on neuropathic pain, myofacial pain syndrome and migraines. She has great interest in medicinal cannabis and has been doing a lot of work in this space.</p>

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Pharmacologic Management of Pain: Expanding the Options, Improving Outcomes

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Director of Neurological Services
City/State
Lake Success, NY
Juliet Gaisey, MD -- Johns Hopkins

Juliet Gaisey, MD Johns Hopkins

Dr. Gaisey is a physical medicine and rehabilitation resident interested in pain medicine. She has a research background in biomedical engineering, orthopedics, and clinical gait analysis. She is attending her first AAPM Annual Meeting, and is looking forward to getting more involved. Dr. Gaisey is excited to use her experience and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment to share our clinical outcomes at this conference.

Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH -- Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Dr. Gallagher, editor-in-chief, Pain Medicine, recently retired as national director for pain management for the Veterans Health Administration, co-chair of the pain management workgroup for the DoD-VA Health Executive Council, and clinical professor of psychiatry and anesthesiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He is an emeritus investigator, Center for Health Equities Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the VA in Philadelphia, and he continues to participate in various research and national policy projects related to pain management such as chair, subcommittee 1, of the HHS's Pain Management Best Practices Task Force. An early academic career in psychiatry/family practice/behavioral medicine at Dartmouth and Vermont focused on leading NIMH-funded biopsychosocial medicine education programs, developing multi-disciplinary behavioral medicine and pain programs, and roles as a residency director and an education dean.

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How to Get Your Research Published

Title
Emeritus Investigator
City/State
New York, NY
Halena M. Gazelka, MD -- Mayo Clinic

Halena M. Gazelka, MD Mayo Clinic

Dr. Gazelka attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, then completed an anesthesiology residency and both pain and palliative medicine fellowships at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She practices medical and interventional pain management, serving as the Mayo Clinic Medical Director for Public Affairs. Dr. Gazelka has chaired the MC Opioid Stewardship Program since its inception in 2016 and is a national expert on the US opioid crisis and responses to it. Further, Dr. Gazelka has served on the Mayo Ethics Subcommittee, teaches in the medical school and serves on the multiple committees with national pain organizations. She was appointed to the federal HHS Pain Management Task Force in 2018. She testified on Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic before the US Senate HELP committee, by invitation of Chair, Lamar Alexander, in February 2019.

Robert W. Gereau, PhD -- Washington University Pain Center

Robert W. Gereau, PhD Washington University Pain Center

Dr. Gereau received a BS in biology from Missouri State University, and a PhD in neuroscience from Emory University. Dr. Gereau is a researcher interested in determining mechanisms that underlie the development of chronic pain conditions. His lab utilizes a combination of behavioral studies, patch clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics, in vivo imaging, molecular and genetic approaches to understand the signaling pathways, cells and circuits involved in nervous system plasticity that underlies pain sensitization. The lab mission is to identify novel approaches to reverse this maladaptive plasticity to provide new therapeutic strategies to reduce pain and its impact on patient quality of life. Work in the lab also includes clinical science aimed at translating findings from the lab into new or improved therapies for patients with pain.