Speakers

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

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.

Nalini Sehgal, MD--University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, UW Health

Nalini Sehgal, MDUniversity of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, UW Health

Dr. Sehgal is Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine in Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, UW Hospitals & Clinics, UW Health, Madison. She is Board certified in PM&R and Pain Medicine. She established the Interventional Pain Program at UW Health in 2001 and its pain medicine fellowship. She is the PD for the ACGME-accredited UW pain medicine fellowship program. For the past 16 years, she has organized a nationally recognized annual review of pain medicine for fellows and practitioners held in Madison, WI. She has participated in developing guidelines for interventional pain procedures and opioid use. Her research interests include assessment of pain, neuropathic pain, chronic spine pain, osteoarthritis and joint pain, radiofrequency ablations for pain management, and exercise-induced hypoalgesia. She has also authored several publications and book chapters.

Events

Maximizing Potential as a Young Pain Practitioner—Special Session Part 1

Maximizing Potential as a Young Pain Practitioner—Special Session Part 2

Title
Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine in Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
City/State
Madison, WI
Michelle Sexton, ND--University of California San Diego

Michelle Sexton, NDUniversity of California San Diego

Dr. Sexton is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of California San Diego. She earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle Washington, 2008. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in the Departments of Pharmacology/Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She conducted NIH-funded pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research on the topic of cannabinoids and their roles in neuro-inflammation and neuro-degeneration, investigated cannabis use in patients with Multiple Sclerosis and impact on inflammatory markers. Dr. Sexton has presented her research internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Pharmacologic Management of Pain: Expanding the Options, Improving Outcomes

Title
Assistant Adjunct 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.

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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.

Dr. Sivanesan is a #AAPM2020 social media ambassador. Follow him on Twitter at @DoctorSivaMD.

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.

Peter S. Staats, MBA MD--National Spine and Pain Centers

Peter S. Staats, MBA MDNational Spine and Pain Centers

Dr. Staats founded the division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the division chief and director for more than a decade. In this capacity, he was youngest major division chief in the history of Johns Hopkins Hospital and was the first anesthesiologist to obtain surgical privileges at any academic university. He is currently the chief medical officer of National Spine and Pain. He has edited or co- authored 11 textbooks on pain medicine and written over 400 articles, book chapters and abstracts. He is the Past President of ASIPP, SPS, NANS and NJSIPP and was the first chair of the American Society of Anesthesia’s committee on interventional pain and is currently President Elect of the WIP.

Events

Neuromodulation Review 1

Title
Chief Medical Officer
City/State
Atlantic Beach, FL
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

AAPM Foundation Spotlight: Opioid Reduction

Title
Medical Director, Pain Medicine and Services
City/State
Seattle, WA
Lisa J. Stearns, MD -- Center for Pain and Supportive Care

Lisa J. Stearns, MD Center for Pain and Supportive Care

Dr. Stearns, founder and medical director of Center for Pain and Supportive Care, provides innovative, personalized and holistic pain management treatments to improve overall function and quality of life for patients. She is an internationally renowned Interventional Pain Specialist board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and pain management. Her passion for changing the face of chronic pain treatment is evidenced by the active research department at CPSC specializing in both chronic and cancer pain research since 2003. Founder of the Valley Cancer Pain Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to cancer pain research, Dr. Stearns raises awareness and educates families, patients and providers on integrating interventional pain treatments. She is also a co-founder and executive committee member of the Cancer Pain Clinical Research Consortium, a group of doctors from across the nation working to find the latest and best treatments for cancer pain. Dr. Stearns has authored numerous articles, actively and frequently speaks at events in her field, continuously imparting her passion for transitioning patients back into life.

Events

Neuromodulation Review 2

Title
Pain Management
City/State
Phoenix, AZ
Patrick J. Tighe, MD MS--University of Florida

Patrick J. Tighe, MD MSUniversity of Florida

Dr. Tighe is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida, and is an affiliate Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management at the Warrington College of Business. His NIH-supported research uses deep learning techniques to examine the temporal dynamics of acute postoperative pain (PI, R01GM114290), as well as the impact of acute pain and anesthetic techniques on postoperative cognition in older adults (Co-PI, R01AG121647).

Events

General Session I

General Session II

General Session III

General Session IV

Title
Associate Professor
City/State
Gainesville, FL
Amy Turner, RN BSN MMHC CPC CHC CHIAP--GlassRatner

Amy Turner, RN BSN MMHC CPC CHC CHIAPGlassRatner

Amy Turner has a widespread background in clinical operations, revenue cycle, internal audit, risk management and health care administration. She is a Registered Nurse as well as a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Healthcare Compliance specialist and a Certified Healthcare Internal Audit Professional. Amy has 19 years of pain management experience. Amy’s unique blend of clinical training, coding education and revenue cycle, with an overlay of regulatory compliance expertise, offer insights that speak well to both the clinician and executive client. Amy’s experience includes working in large and small private practices, academic facilities as well as with hospital-based physicians. She is responsible for proposing, budgeting, staffing, leading and conducting various consulting engagements covering a wide spectrum of healthcare related needs. Amy lives outside of Nashville, TN.

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.

Sayed E. Wahezi, MD -- Montefiore Medical Center

Sayed E. Wahezi, MD Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Wahezi is the program director of the pain medicine fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He is a member of the AAPM Membership Committee and Board of Directors of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD), exercising the strengths of both to advance trainee education and awareness of AAPM.

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.

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.

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.

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 Zhao, MD PhD FACP -- Department of Veterans Affairs

Zirong 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.

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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.