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.

Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD--Tampa VA

Jennifer L. Murphy, PhDTampa VA

Jennifer Murphy, Ph.D. is the master trainer and author of the VA’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) protocol and therapist manual, and has trained hundreds of providers across the VA system. She routinely serves as a consultant for the development and implementation of non-pharmacological treatments for chronic pain in the private and public sector. Dr. Murphy is co-investigator on numerous funded trials focusing on applications and outcomes of CBT-CP, including its use as an aid for those tapering from opioid analgesics. She also serves on the editorial board of Pain Medicine.


The Pain Psychology Imperative: Increasing Access, Improving Care

Supervisory Psychologist
Tampa, FL
Ameet S. Nagpal, MD MEd MS--UT Health San Antonio

Ameet S. Nagpal, MD MEd MSUT Health San Antonio

Dr. Nagpal is a board certified PM&R and Pain Medicine physician who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at UT Health San Antonio. He is the Associate Program Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship at UT Health SA and the Medical Director of the UT Health SA Pain Medicine Clinic as well. He has a Master’s in Science in Biophysics from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Education in Health Care Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Houston. He completed medical school in 2008 from New York Medical College and went on to complete his PM&R Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston/Baylor College of Medicine PM&R Alliance Program and his Pain Medicine Fellowship at UT Health SA. In April of 2017, Dr. Nagpal took over as the Medical Director of Dannemiller, Inc. an international health care education company. Dr. Nagpal speaks regularly at national meetings, including the annual meetings of AAPM&R, ASA, ASRA, SIS, and the Dannemiller Pain Medicine Review Course. His areas of ongoing research include conjoint couples therapy for chronic pain, reduction of abuse potential of opioid analgesics, and novel radiofrequency ablation procedures for sacroiliac complex pain and his primary clinical interest is in chronic pelvic pain in women.


Controversial Topics in Neuromodulation

Associate Professor/Clinical
San Antonio, TX
Einar Ottestad, MD FIPP CIPS--Stanford

Einar Ottestad, MD FIPP CIPSStanford

Einar Ottestad, MD, FIPP, CIPS is clinical associate professor at Stanford University Hopsital where he also is the associate chief of inpatient pain medicine. He is the current president of the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography.

Garielle Pagé, PhD--Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

Garielle Pagé, PhDCentre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

Dr. Pagé is a researcher and clinical psychologist working at the Research center of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal and the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine of the Faculty of medicine, Université de Montréal. Broadly, her research interests focus on the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic pain using methodological approaches that look at intra- and inter-individual risk and protective factors. Recently, she developed an interest in examining the impact of pain comorbidities on patients' quality of life and treatment response.


I Got Them All: Pathophysiology and Treatment of Overlapping Pain Conditions

Professor Researcher
Montreal, Québec, Canada

Kiran V. Patel, MDThe Spine & Pain Institute of New York

Dr. Patel is board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. She completed both her Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship and Anesthesiology residency at the prestigious Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of back and neck pain caused by arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and pain following spine surgery. She also has expertise in treating neuropathic pain, cancer related pain, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) related pain, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), atypical facial pain, pelvic pain, headache and peripheral neuralgias. Dr. Patel offers a variety of treatment options to help eliminate pain intractable to previous therapy, including epidurals, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation and the latest minimally invasive spine procedures. To expand the breadth of treatment options offered to her patients, Dr. Patel completed training in medical acupuncture at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women’s Hospital. She is certified by the State Medical board of New York to practice Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Patel’s practice philosophy is to blend medical innovation, evidence based medicine and compassion to meet each patient’s individual goals. She strives to improve functionality and allow patients to resume an active lifestyle. Dr. Patel believes that the treatment of pain is not only a physical issue but an emotional one as well. She offers patients the personal time and care that is needed to thoroughly evaluate their pain and provide them with the most appropriate treatment. Dr. Patel offers patients the personal time and care that is needed to thoroughly evaluate their pain and provide them with the most appropriate treatment. As a result of her commitment to patient care, Dr. Patel was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Society for Education in Anesthesiology-Health Volunteers Overseas Traveling Fellowship, a grant to teach Anesthesia and Pain Medicine in the developing world. Dr. Patel has also been involved in patient advocacy through medical broadcasting and documentaries in Africa and India. Dr. Patel is proud to serve as Clinical Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

John F. Peppin, DO FACPMarian University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Clinical Adjunct Professor
Hamden, CT
Julie Pilitsis, MD PhD--Albany Medical Center

Julie Pilitsis, MD PhDAlbany Medical Center

Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience at Albany Medical College and Chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During that time, she also obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and became active in both basic science and translational research. She went on to complete a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Her area of expertise is as a functional neurosurgeon specializing in treatment of chronic pain and implantation of 150 spinal cord stimulators (SCS) for control of pain annually. In addition to her research and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Pilitsis is involved in advocating for procedures and creating guidelines through her roles as Immediate Past Chair of the AANS/CNS, Joint Section on Pain, NANS Board of Directors, and Executive Council position for the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. With the support of the NANS Board of Directors, she began the NANS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor. Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 100 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery, is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation and sits on multiple NIH study sections.


Managing Complex Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Professor of Neurosurgery
Albany, NY
Heather Poupore-King, PhD--Stanford University Medical Center

Heather Poupore-King, PhDStanford University Medical Center

Dr. Heather Poupore-King is a Clinical Pain Psychologist, who has also presented previously in an AAPM Annual Meeting.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Preoperative and Pain managment
Redwood City, CA
Ravi Prasad, PhD--Stanford University School of Medicine

Ravi Prasad, PhDStanford University School of Medicine

Ravi Prasad is a pain psychologist whose clinical work focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. He currently oversees all psychological services offered through the Stanford Pain Division, and is the program director of the Stanford Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Pain Program (SCIPP), one of the few academic inpatient pain programs in the United States -where he developed a Pain Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program that is presently fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Outside of the arena of pain, Dr. Prasad take an active role in wellness initiatives. He is a member of the Stanford Center for Physician Wellness and Professional Fulfillment and co-director of Peer Support and Resiliency in Medicine (PRIME), the Anesthesia Resident Wellness Program.

David A. Provenzano, MD

President of PDIC
Sewickley, PA
Vinay Puttanniah, MD--Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Vinay Puttanniah, MDMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Vinay Puttanniah is a board-certified anesthesiologist with additional expertise and training in pain medicine. As a member of both the Anesthesiology Service and the Pain Service in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, his clinical work involves delivering anesthesia as well as treating postoperative pain. He also treats cancer pain using medications, nerve blocks, intrathecal drug delivery systems, radiofrequency techniques, and neurolytic blocks. In addition, Dr. Puttanniah regularly supervise and teach clinical fellows.


Oncologic Treatment Related Pain: Updates and Paradigms for Management of Cancer-Treatment Related Pain

Director, Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Pain Medicine
New York, NY
Vafi Salmasi, MD

Vafi Salmasi, MD

Vafi Salmasi, MD, is an anesthesiologist sub-specialized in pain medicine with specific clinical interest in neuromodulation and advanced minimally invasive spine procedures. His overarching career goal is to be an independent physician-scientist designing and conducting pragmatic clinical trials that can direct decision making process of pain medicine physicians facing real life clinical choices. Dr. Salmasi is currently a Pain Medicine Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Michael Schatman, PhD CPE--Tufts University School of Medicine

Michael Schatman, PhD CPETufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Schatman is a clinical psychologist who has spent the past 33 years working in multidisciplinary chronic pain management. He is currently on the adjunct teaching faculty of the Department of Public Health & Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and serves as Director of Research and Network Development for Boston Pain Care in Waltham, MA. Dr. Schatman is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of chronic pain management, and lectures regularly on pain management on local, national and international bases. He is also the editor of Ethical Issues in Chronic Pain Management and Chronic Pain Management: Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Program Development, both of which were released by Informa Healthcare in 2007. Dr. Schatman is a member of the Editorial Boards of numerous journals. For the past 5 years, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain Research. He is the past-Chairperson of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the American Pain Society, is a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Pain Society, the Ethics Council and the Opioid Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Pain Educators – which named him 2011 Clinical Pain Educator of the Year.

Judith Scheman, PhD--Cleveland Clinic

Judith Scheman, PhDCleveland Clinic

Dr. Judith 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 1995. Prior to her present position she served as the Director of Psychology, Research and Education and 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 an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University and holds an adjunct faculty position at Cleveland State University. Dr. Scheman is a member of the American Pain Society and is the co-founder and co-chair of the Pain Rehabilitation Special Interest Group. She is also a member for the American Academy of Pain Medicine and co-chair of the Pain Psychology task force and co-founder and co-chair of the Pain Psychology Special Interest Group. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Washington and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Kent State University in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.

Byron Schneider, MD--Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Byron Schneider, MDVanderbilt University Medical Center

Byron J. Schneider, MD Nashville, TN Dr. Schneider joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as anassistant professor with the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) in 2016. 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. He has over 25 publications, an additional 25 published abstracts has given over 30 national and international lectures. His academic focus is on safety and effectiveness of spine injections. He currently serves on multiple national committees for the Spine Intervention Society and North American Spine Society (NASS). SpineLine recently named him one of the top 20 spine physicians in the country under the age of 40.

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

Nathaniel Marc Schuster, MDUC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine

Dr. Schuster is an an assistant professor of anesthesiology 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, MA. He is the section editor of the Teaching Images section in the journal Pain Medicine and holds appointed positions on several national and international committees and workgroups. His research interests are in biomarkers, precision medicine and clinical trial design, with current ongoing projects studying biomarkers in headache disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, multiple sclerosis, and lumbosacral radicular pain.

Steven P. Stanos, DO--Swedish Health System

Steven P. Stanos, DOSwedish Health System

Steven P. Stanos, DO is currently Medical Director of Swedish Pain Services and Medical Director of Occupational Medicine Services at Swedish Health System in Seattle, Washington. At Swedish, besides directing pain management services, he is also working to develop a pain rehabilitation continuum of care for Swedish and the Providence Health System. From 2002 to 2014 Dr Stanos served as medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), as well as directing workers compensation medical services for the hospital system. While in Chicago, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Assistant Program Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and subspecialty boarded by the American Board of Anesthesia.

Dr. Stanos presently serves on the Board of Directors and is Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. As a Board Member of the AAPM, he also chairs the Pain Ethics Committee. He is active with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and has served as the co-chair of education for the Pain and Neuromuscular Council and as a panel member on the academy’s Opioid Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies (REMS) task force. He has also served on a number of committees for the American Pain Society and as a board member for the Midwest Pain Society.

He is active with ongoing educational initiatives for primary care, pain medicine, and physical medicine specialists around the United States and abroad. Dr. Stanos has been involved in the development and publication of treatment guidelines related to rehabilitation approaches for chronic pain and low back pain conditions and serves as a reviewer for pain and PM&R related scientific journals. Dr Stanos has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters related to pain management. A Mayday Foundation Advocacy fellow in 2013, his advocacy project focuses on increasing awareness for multi- and inter-disciplinary pain care.

He has served on numerous FDA panels related to chronic pain management and opioid therapies and presently serves as a panel member on the Public Health Service Delivery and Reimbursement Working Group for the National Pain Strategy (NPS) Task Force. The NPS was tasked to make recommendations to the US Department of Health and Human Services related to improvement in pain assessment, management, and population-based service focusing on increasing coordinated, multidisciplinary care, pain research, and education. He also served as an invited expert to the Centers for Disease Control Opioid Guidelines for Primary Care.

Dr. Stanos received his BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and DO degree from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, FL. He completed an internship in the Department of Medicine at Chicago Osteopathic Hospitals & Medical Centers, a PM&R residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and a pain fellowship at the Northwestern University School Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Steven Stanos is a Pain Management specialist and a current board member and President of AAPM. He was a Co-Chair of the Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling in the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient Preconference at the 2016 and 2017 AAPM Annual Meetings, and has multiple years of involvent with the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Vivianne Tawfik, MD PhD--Stanford University School of Medicine

Vivianne Tawfik, MD PhDStanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Vivianne Tawfik is a physician-scientist practicing clinical pain management in an academic setting and conducting clinically-informed basic science to further understand the mechanisms of chronic pain. Her clinical expertise is in peripheral nerve injury, complex regional pain syndrome and chronic post-surgical pain. Her research uses animal models of these conditions to further understand the neuroimmune contribution to persistent pain.


Pain Debate! Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Radiofrequency Ablation for Back Pain, and Sacral Stimulation

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Preoperative & Pain Medicine
Redwood City, CA
Patrick J. Tighe, MD MS--University of Florida

Patrick J. Tighe, MD MSUniversity of Florida

Dr. Patrick Tighe serves on an acute and perioperative pain medicine service at the Univsrsity of Florida. His research involves investigations of postoperative pain trajectories, as well as the relationship between acute postoperative pain and postoperative cognitive difficulties. Dr. Tighe's team applies a range of machine learning, deep learning, and process modeling techniques in our research investigations. Dr. Tighe has served on both the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Committee and the Scientific Poster Abstract Committee.

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Gainesville, FL
Thomas Van de Ven, MD PhD--Duke University Medical Center

Thomas Van de Ven, MD PhDDuke University Medical Center

Dr. Thomas Van de Ven has a translational pain laboratory at Duke and his main interest is understanding the transition from acute to chronic pain. His work is currently focused on post-amputation pain in both military personnel after traumatic injury and in civilian patients after trauma or secondary to diabetes or vascular disease.


Oncologic Treatment Related Pain: Updates and Paradigms for Management of Cancer-Treatment Related Pain

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Durham, NC