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.
Pardon the Interruption: Rapid-Fire Neuromodulation
Dr. Amitabh Gulati is a board certified pain medicine specialist at a major cancer center in the US. He has over 10 years experience treating patients in the field of cancer pain medicine.
Dr. Jennifer Hah is an aneshesiologist and pain medicine specialist. She is currently an Instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. After completion of her anesthesiology residency and pain medicie fellowship, she simultaneously completed a postdoctoral research fellowship and obtained her Master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology. Her research interests span the intersection of mood, pain, and medication use. Specifically, she is interested in researching novel interventions to reduce persistent postsurgical opioid use and minimize the risks of opioid misuse after surgery. Her NIH-funded research explores the connection between depression and opioid use after surgery and novel psychotherapeutic interventions to help taper opioids after surgery.
Dr. Michael Hooten is a pain medicine specialist with a particular interest in unintended prolonged opioid use, mitigating the risks of suicide during opioid tapering, and the use of ketamine infusions for chornic pain symdromes. He serves on the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Committee.
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) where she oversees research studying the effectiveness and implementation of interventions for the treatment of substance use disorders in multi-site, nationwide studies that enroll large samples of diverse participants in general medical settings and community-based treatment programs. Dr. Huntley co-leads NIDA’s Dissemination and Implementation Science Interest Group and provides leadership for selected projects conducted through the NIDA CTN Dissemination Initiative. During her tenure at NIH Dr. Huntley has served as a Scientific Review Officer at NIDA and as a Program Director at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) where she managed a portfolio of pain management research grants and led efforts to build collaborations with other federal agencies to encourage research on the use of integrative health approaches and models of care for pain management in military and veteran populations. Prior to working at NIH, Dr. Huntley was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a project director at a research and consulting firm, and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings. Dr. Huntley has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has over 20 years of experience in academic, research, and clinical settings.
The goal of the proposed project is to develop a pragmatic point of care health informatics tools for the elderly patient with chronic low back pain. I have a substantial background in needs assessment, registry development and implementation and education and dissemination. I began work in experimental pain physiology in my undergraduate education at McGill. During my MD and PhD, as well in post-doctoral work, I carried out research examining neurochemical, neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological mechanisms of nociceptive, inflammatory and neuropathic pain focusing on supraspinal regions and nuclei. Following my anesthesiology residency, I pursued a fellowship in clinical pain medicine and began a pain research post-doctoral fellowship pursuing research examining the site of the pain generator and central sensitization in post-amputation pain in the nervous system using quantitative sensory testing. As a faculty member, I have extensive clinical experience with elderly patients with acute, sub-chronic and persistent pain. In addition, as the Executive Director of the WFBMC Comprehensive Pain Program, I provide pain management in patients with acute, sub-chronic and persistent debilitating pain as well as oversee the Health System approach to pain diagnosis, management and education. This approach combines the tenets of implementation science to practical application. The current application builds logically on my prior work developing health informatics tools (HIT) in pain management and family medicine.
David J. Kennedy has been a speaker at AAPM for several years.
Lone Knudsen has a MSc Psych. degree from Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark and a PhD in Psychology from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia where she worked with Professor Peter Drummond and Pain Medicine Specialist Philip Finch. Dr. Knudsen is originally from Denmark and is currently employed at the Danish National Rehabilitation Center for Neuromuscular Diseases, Aarhus, Denmark in a clinical and research position.
Dr. Knudsen has conducted research into pain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) for more than a decade and, as such, she has also been actively involved in the teaching and dissemination of pain matters to a broad audience including international conference delegates, university students, patients and the general public. She is currently holding the position as Chair of the Scientific Committee for the CRPS Special Interest Group under the International Association for the Study of Pain and has played a major role in the organization of international symposia on CRPS. Most of her research work has been based on international collaboration between two or more research centers, and she is a current member of the International Research Consortium for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Dr. Knudsen is an active contributor to the scientific literature in the pain field, both as author and reviewer. She also serves as Co-editor of the Neuropathic Pain Section of the journal Pain Medicine.
Dr. Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta has a keen interest in misuse of opioids in the cancer patients and has been doing clinical research in this area. This has helped her provide quality clincial care of this difficult subset of patients.
Michael Leong, MD is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist at Stanford University. He is the director of neuromodulation and treats patients with electrical stimulation and spinal medications to relieve pain as an alternative to opioids. As the first legislative fellow of the North American Neuromodulation Society, Dr. Leong has helped to educate members of Congress about pain care public policy issues, particularly during this opioid epidemic, and the potential for technological innovations to treat chronic pain. He continues this work as a Mayday Fellow of 2018 by informing the media about neuromodulation for pain management. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at University of California, Davis and at Stanford University, where he also completed his fellowship in pain medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Leong is currently the Director of Neuromodulation and Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Stanford University.
Chronic pain afflicts approximately 100 million people in the US, and associated yearly healthcare costs exceed half a trillion dollars. Under Dr. Sean Mackey's leadership, researchers at the Stanford Pain Management Center and the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) have made major advances in the understanding of chronic pain as a disease in its own right, one that fundamentally alters the nervous system. Dr. Mackey has overseen efforts to map the specific brain and spinal cord regions that perceive and process pain, which has lead to the development of a multidisciplinary treatment model that translates basic science research into innovative therapies to provide more effective, personalized treatments for patients with chronic pain. Under Dr. Mackey's leadership, the Stanford Pain Management Center has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society, one of only two centers to receive this honor twice. Dr. Mackey is a past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and in 2012, U.S. News and World Report named him as among the top 1% of pain doctors in the US. In 2011 he was a member of the Institutes of Medicine committee that issued the report on Relieving Pain in America. Dr. Mackey has served as principal investigator and investigator for multiple NIH grants to investigate chronic pain and to investigate novel analgesics for acute and chronic pain. Dr. Mackey has published over 70 articles and book chapters. Dr. Mackey received his BSE and MSE in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona. In 1994 he completed his anesthesia residency and a fellowship in pain medicine at Stanford. Since 2007, Dr. Mackey has served as Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and director of the fellowship program in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine.
Dr. Sean Mackey is Redlich Professor and Chief of the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. He uses research tools such as big data, psychophysical, neurobehavioral and neuroimaging tools to investigate chronic pain and opioids. Dr. Mackey is author of over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is developer of an open-source learning health system-CHOIR (http://choir.stanford.edu)-to transform the care of people with pain, and serve as a platform for research in real-world clinic patients.
Dr. Gagan Mahajan 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. Ben Marshall is a board-certified physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He attended medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was completed at Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s combined program with a fellowship in pain management at the University of Colorado where he is now employed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of PM&R. Dr. Marshalls clinical focus is on the nonoperative treatment of sports and spinal injuries with an emphasis on peripheral nerve injury and electrodiagnostics.
Dr. Zachary McCormick is a board certified specialist in both Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) with expertise in the care of spine and musculoskeletal pain. He received his MD at the University of Pennsylvania, completed a PM&R residency at the Northwestern University (The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Northwestern University. Following sub-specialty training, he served as a faculty member at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. McCormick is currently on faculty at the University of Utah and the Director of Clinical Spine Research in the Division of PM&R. An active researcher, Dr. McCormick's work focuses on the clinical outcomes of minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint pain, specifically radicular, discogenic, zygaphophyseal joint, sacroiliac joint, and knee joint pain. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed medical journal articles and has received research awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive & Kidney Diseases, the Spine Intervention Society, the Midwest Pain Society, and the Foundation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Neel Mehta serves as the Medical Director of Weill Cornell Pain Management in New York, NY. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and a Co-Director of the Pain Fellowship. He has a clinical interest in the use of low dose naltrexone, specifically its use in neuropathic pain and the potential as a tool in opioid use reduction.