Speakers

Learn about speakers who are presenting during the 2020 AAPM Annual Meeting. 

Lawrence Poree, MD PhD MPH -- University of California

Lawrence Poree, MD PhD MPH University of California

Dr. Poree holds the position of clinical professor in the department of anesthesia at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) where he serves as the director of the neuromodulation service. He started his neuromodulation career as a basic science researcher at UC Berkeley where he investigated the analgesic properties of CNS hormones as part of his doctoral thesis. He continued his research in neuromodulation at Johns Hopkins University in the department of biomedical engineering where he investigated the neural pathways involved in spinal cord stimulation and the sympathetic nervous system. He decided to apply his research to medical practice and enrolled at Stanford University where he earned his medical degree and completed his residency in anesthesia while continuing to conduct research on the analgesic properties of alpha-2 agonists. He then completed an interventional pain fellowship at UCSF. He founded and served as medical director of a private practice comprehensive pain management clinic and consulted for various neuromodulation companies in the development of novel neuromodulation devices. Later, he returned to academia to head the neuromodulation program at the University Of California at San Francisco Pain Management Center.

Events

Neuromodulation Review 1

Neuromodulation Review 2

Title
Director of Neuromodulation
City/State
San Francisco, CA
Joshua Prager, MD MS DABPM -- Center for the Rehabilitation of Pain Syndromes(CRPS) at UCLA Medical Plaza

Joshua Prager, MD MS DABPM Center for the Rehabilitation of Pain Syndromes(CRPS) at UCLA Medical Plaza

Dr. Prager, a Harvard- and Stanford-trained physician, holds four board certifications including the American Board of Pain Medicine. He specializes in complex regional pain syndrome (chaired the IASP group on CRPS). He also specializes in neuromodulation (two-term president of the North American Neuromodulation Society). He also focuses on precision spinal diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as economic issues in pain medicine and advocacy for access to care. During his career, he has trained more than 80 pain fellows. Dr. Prager demonstrated the effectiveness of transverse tripolar spinal cord stimulation and is the first physician in the medical literature to report the effectiveness of Botulinum toxin in prolonging sympathetic blockade.

Ravi Prasad, PhD -- University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Ravi Prasad, PhD University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Dr. Prasad is a psychologist by training and recently joined the University of California, Davis School of Medicine as the director of behavioral health services and clinical professor in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine. Prior to joining the UC system, Dr. Prasad was an associate chief in the division of pain medicine at Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, he played a critical role in significantly expanding their clinical pain psychology services and served as the program director for the Stanford Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Pain Program, one of only a handful of academic inpatient pain programs in the nation. He established a pain psychology fellowship training program that is now fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and also played an active role in the pain medicine fellowship program. Beyond the realm of pain, Dr. Prasad has a strong interest in clinician wellness: he was the co-director for the Stanford anesthesia resident wellness program and created the pain medicine division’s first wellness program specifically for fellows.

Events

Deconstructing Pelvic Pain: Differential Diagnosis and Interdisciplinary Treatment

Title
Clinical Professor
City/State
Sacramento, CA
David A. Provenzano, MD -- Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care

David A. Provenzano, MD Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care

Dr. Provenzano is President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a surgical internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a residency in anesthesiology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He completed a pain management fellowship at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Provenzano has served as a principal investigator on multiple research studies and published numerous scientific articles. His research interests include neuromodulation and monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency lesioning.

Wenchun Qu, MD PhD -- Mayo Clinic

Wenchun Qu, MD PhD Mayo Clinic

Dr. Qu is an associate professor of PM&R and anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. He is board certified in PM&R, pain medicine, and serves as a consultant in the department of PM&R, division of pain medicine, and Spine Center at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He is the director of Regenerative Pain Medicine Practice, chair of the Spine Research Committee, co-chair of China Regional Development Group, and a member of Augmented Human Intelligence Advisory Group at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Qu received medical education at Second Military Medical University in Shanghai, and received MS in biostatistics and PhD in occupational science at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He completed postdoctoral fellowship training at University of Pennsylvania, residency in PM&R and fellowship in pain medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester.

Events

The Promise and Reality of Regenerative Medicine in Pain Management

Title
Associate Professor
City/State
Rochester, MN
M. Cary Reid, MD PhD -- Weill Cornell Medicine

M. Cary Reid, MD PhD Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Reid is an associate professor and director of the Office of Geriatric Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Reid’s work supports translational research on pain and aging in New York City. Current projects include testing non-pharmacologic strategies for pain among older persons in both clinical and non-clinical settings, identifying barriers to the use of self-management strategies for pain, and examining optimal strategies for managing pain across ethnically diverse populations of older adults. Other areas of interest include the epidemiology and treatment of substance use disorders in older persons.

Vafi Salmasi, MD -- Stanford University School of Medicine

Vafi Salmasi, MD Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Salmasi is an interventional pain specialist and anesthesiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2004. He completed his anesthesiology training at Cleveland Clinic where he had already completed a research fellowship at the department of outcomes research. He then joined Stanford University for fellowship in pain medicine. Dr. Salmasi’s research interest is focused on advancing clinical knowledge in perioperative and pain medicine by integrating comparative effectiveness research and clinical care. He is an active member of neuromodulation team at Stanford Pain Management Center.

Events

Emerging Applications for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Subacute and Chronic Pain Syndromes

Title
Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Division
City/State
Palo Alto, CA
Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD -- Washington VA Medical Center

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD Washington VA Medical Center

Dr. Sandbrink is the national program director for pain management for the Veterans Health Administration and leads the comprehensive pain program at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. He completed his neurology residency at Georgetown University and fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the NIH. He is clinical associate professor at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD, and assistant clinical professor at George Washington University. He participated in the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines Workgroups for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain (2017) and for Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain (2017), and in the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force established by the Department of Health and Human Services. His interests include collaborative pain care, interdisciplinary pain management, opioid safety, neuropathic pain, and the study of neuroplasticity and placebo/nocebo effects related to pain.

Judith Scheman, PhD -- Cleveland Clinic

Judith Scheman, PhD Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Scheman has been the director of behavioral medicine for the Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute since July 2016. She has been a member of the Cleveland Clinic staff since July, 1995. Prior to her present position she served as the director of psychology, research, and education; director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program in the Center for Neurological Restoration; and held a joint appointment in the Center for Spine Health. In addition, she is a clinical professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Scheman is an AAPM member and the first non-MD to hold a position on the board. She is co-chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force and co-founder and co-chair of the Pain Psychology Shared Interest Group and serves on the Membership Committee. She received her BS in psychology from the University of Washington and her MA and PhD from Kent State University in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine.

Events

Integrating Behavioral Pain Medicine into Patient Care: Science, Practice, and Innovations

Title
Director, Behavioral Medicine
City/State
Cleveland, OH
Byron J. Schneider, MD -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Byron J. Schneider, MD Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Schneider is currently an assistant professor with the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to this, he completed his PM&R residency and interventional spine fellowship at Stanford University. Born in Canada before moving to Lexington, Kentucky in 2002, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and then completed medical school at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Schneider has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and text-book chapters. He has also given over 60 lectures at national and international conferences. His research primarily focuses on safety and effectiveness of interventional spine procedures.

Kristin Schreiber, MD PhD -- Brigham Health/Harvard Medical School

Kristin Schreiber, MD PhD Brigham Health/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schreiber is a regional anesthesiologist and translational pain neuroscientist. Her research focuses on the development of chronic pain after surgical injury, particularly the mechanisms by which individual differences in psychosocial processing and nociceptive sensitivity lead to enhanced pain propensity and longevity in some people, but not others. Using a variety of methods, (quantitative sensory testing, psychosocial testing, fMRI, digital pills), she is investigating how non-opioid analgesic techniques (regional anesthesia, yoga-based exercise, placebo, distraction, music, CBT) may modulate pain.

Events

Studying the Acute-to-Chronic Pain Transition in Perioperative Patients

Title
Assistant Professor
City/State
Boston, MA
Nathaniel Marc Schuster, MD -- UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine

Nathaniel Marc Schuster, MD UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine

Dr. Schuster is assistant professor of anesthesiology and associate clinic director at the Center for Pain Medicine at UC San Diego, where he practices pain medicine with a special interest in headache. He is board-certified in neurology, pain medicine, and headache medicine. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, and completed neurology residency at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center, headache and facial pain fellowship at Montefiore Headache Center in the Bronx, NY, and pain medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is section co-editor of the Teaching Images section in the journal Pain Medicine and serves as a member of the American Academy of Neurology/American Headache Society Headache Measure Development Work Group, member of the AAPM Migraine Guidelines Consensus Panel, member of the North American Neuromodulation Society Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Consensus Panel, and member of the research division of the Spine Intervention Society.

Events

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

Title
Assistant Professor
City/State
La Jolla, CA
Emily A. Silverman, PhD -- Emily Silverman, LLC

Emily A. Silverman, PhD Emily Silverman, LLC

Dr. Silverman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Baltimore, MD. She did her graduate training in psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed her postdoctoral position at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore. Dr. Silverman is currently in private practice where one of her specialties includes working with members of the LGBTQ community.

Events

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

Title
Clinical Psychologist
City/State
Baltimore, MD
Eellan Sivanesan, MD -- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Eellan Sivanesan, MD Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Sivanesan is faculty and director of neuromodulation of the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine. Dr. Sivanesan also utilizes advanced neuromodulation techniques to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. He is specialized in all modalities of spinal cord stimulation including the latest technologies such as high frequency stimulation, burst stimulation, and high density stimulation. He is also an expert in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, craniofacial stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery. Dr. Sivanesan’s neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation. He is particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation for cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Events

Neuromodulation Pain Therapy from Bench to Bedside: 50 Years of Progress and Future Horizons

Title
Assistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation
City/State
Baltimore, MD
Dmitri Souza, MD PhD -- Western Reserve Hospital, Ohio University

Dmitri Souza, MD PhD Western Reserve Hospital, Ohio University

Dr. Souza graduated from the anesthesiology residency program at Yale University; from the internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University; and from the pain medicine program at Cleveland Clinic. He has authored two books and a number of publications, including on regenerative medicine. He serves as a Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital and an Adj. Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Ohio University.

Events

Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions

Title
Director of Clinical Research; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
City/State
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Brennan Spiegel, MD MSHS -- Cedars-Sinai

Brennan Spiegel, MD MSHS Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Spiegel is the director of health services research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and director of the Cedars-Sinai Master’s Degree Program in health delivery science. Dr. Spiegel directs a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies, including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social media, can improve people’s lives. His team developed among the largest and most widely-documented medical virtual reality pain management programs in the world at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Spiegel has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks, editorials, and more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Steven P. Stanos, DO -- Swedish Health System

Steven P. Stanos, DO Swedish Health System

Dr. Stanos is the medical director of Swedish Health System Pain Medicine and Services in Seattle and leads Swedish's comprehensive pain center, Swedish Pain Services. The center provides interventional pain management, medical management, addiction treatment, and comprehensive interdisciplinary pain services. Prior to joining Swedish, he served as medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from 2002-2014 where he served as an assistant professor at Northwestern University Medical School Feinberg School of Medicine and co-chair of the multidisciplinary pain fellowship. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and by the American Board of Anesthesia. Dr. Stanos is Past President of AAPM and served as a panel member on the service delivery and reimbursement work group for the National Pain Strategy and as invited consultant for the CDC Opioid Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

Events

Pharmacologic Management of Pain: Expanding the Options, Improving Outcomes

Title
Medical Director, Pain Medicine and Services
City/State
Seattle, WA
Kevin E. Vorenkamp, MD FASA -- Duke Raleigh Hospital Pain Clinic

Kevin E. Vorenkamp, MD FASA Duke Raleigh Hospital Pain Clinic

Dr. Vorenkamp is medical director of pain at Duke Raleigh Hospital. He is associate director of patient safety and quality and associate professor in the Duke Department of Anesthesiology. He has been an AMA CPT editorial panel member since 2015. He is a member of the ASRA Practice Management and CME committees and the former co-chair of the ASRA Headache SIG and pain medicine lead for the ASRA newsletter. He is past chair of the 2017 ASRA pain meeting. He also serves on the ASA committees on economics and pain medicine and is past vice chair of the SIS health policy division.

ToNhu Vu, MD -- Penn State Health, Hershey Medical Center

ToNhu Vu, MD Penn State Health, Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Vu has been in clinical practice for 25 years as a pain management specialist. She has extensive experience with both acute and chronic pain, and has worked in private as well as academic settings. Dr. Vu is the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director at Penn State Health/Hershey Medical Center. For over 15 years, she has led WellSpan Health system’s (WSH) effort in combating the opioid epidemic and she was one of the founding members of the WSH Chronic Pain Clinical Effective Team and Opioid Task Force.

Mark S. Wallace, MD -- University of California, San Diego

Mark S. Wallace, MD University of California, San Diego

Dr. Wallace received his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1987. He completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Maryland followed by an NIH training grant fellowship and a clinical pain fellowship in the department of anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is currently a professor of clinical anesthesiology and the chair, division of pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology, UCSD School of Medicine. He is also the director, division of clinical research in the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute (CTRI) and sub-investigator for the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award which supports the CTRI. Dr. Wallace is past associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain and served as the chair of the University of California San Diego IRB from 2002-2018.

Nafisseh Warner, MD -- Mayo Clinic

Nafisseh Warner, MD Mayo Clinic

Dr. Warner received her medical degree from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine followed by residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and has recently been appointed as a Kern Scholar in the Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Her clinical and research interests include opioid prescribing and chronic pain management. She is the co-director of the Mayo Clinic opioid course and serves on AAPM's Research Committee.

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc -- Anesthesiology and Psychiatry

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc Anesthesiology and Psychiatry

Dr. Wasan is the vice chair for pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in pain medicine and completed fellowship training in pain medicine in the anesthesiology department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also board certified in psychiatry and completed a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Wasan has supervisory responsibility for clinical care across seven pain clinics in the UPMC system, pain medicine clinical faculty, and research within the pain medicine division. He is also co-chair of a system-wide committee to improve pain care across UPMC.

James C. Watson, MD -- Mayo Clinic

James C. Watson, MD Mayo Clinic

Dr. Watson is an associate professor and serves as a vice chair in the department of neurology for analytics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and is the neurology practice chair for the Mayo Clinic Enterprise. He holds a dual appointment in the department of anesthesiology, division of pain medicine. He is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular disease and pain medicine. His clinical practice includes interventional pain medicine, electrophysiology - EMG, and a consultative pain practice with special focus on neuropathic pain, spine related disorders, and headache. For AAPM, Dr. Watson chairs the Ethics Council and serves on the Annual Meeting Program Steering Committee, Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee, and Finance Committee. He also serves on a national Anesthesia Neurologic Complications Practice Advisory Committee and cofounded an interventional headache special interest group.

Kayode A. Williams, MD MBA FFARCSI -- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Kayode A. Williams, MD MBA FFARCSI Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Williams is an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and vice chair for system integration in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also holds a joint appointment as associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where he co-instructs the managing healthcare processes course. He completed his clinical training in anesthesiology and pain medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in Nigeria, the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and at the University of Michigan. In 2004, he completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Events

How to Get Your Research Funded

Pain Medicine Practice Management: Knowledge for Practice Efficiency, Growth, Economic Viability, and Compliance

Title
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for System Integration
City/State
Baltimore, MD
Zirong A. Zhao, MD PhD FACP -- Department of Veterans Affairs

Zirong A. Zhao, MD PhD FACP Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Zhao is chief of interventional pain in the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine and pain medicine. She is an adjunct clinical associate professor in neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Events

Lumbar Facet Block and Radiofrequency Ablation International Consensus Guidelines Part 2

Title
Chief of Interventional Pain
City/State
Washington, DC
Patricia Zheng, MD -- University of California–San Francisco

Patricia Zheng, MD University of California–San Francisco

Dr. Patricia Zheng is a board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) focused on providing non-operative care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. She is an active researcher who is focused on leveraging emerging technologies to optimize personalize care of arthritic conditions. She has received grant funding to develop mobile technologies to deliver personalized physical therapy and to harness machine learning algorithms to improve diagnosis of spinal disorders.