Speakers

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.

Michael S. Leong, MD--Stanford University

Michael S. Leong, MDStanford University

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.

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General Session II: Pardon the Interruption: Rapid-Fire Neuromodulation (103)

Title
Director of Neuromodulation
City/State
Redwood City, CA
Sean Mackey, MD PhD--Stanford University, School of Medicine

Sean Mackey, MD PhDStanford University, School of Medicine

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, is Redlich Professor and Chief of the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. He received his BSE and MSE in Bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as MD from University of Arizona. He is author of over 200 journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and popular press pieces in addition to numerous national and international lectures. Dr. Mackey uses research tools such as big data, psychophysical, neurobehavioral and neuroimaging tools to investigate chronic pain and opioids. 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. He has served as principle investigator on multiple NIH awards. Under Dr. Mackey’s leadership, the Stanford Pain Management Center has been twice designated a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society for the Center’s innovative approach in comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and outcomes-based care. He was a member of the Institutes of Medicine committee that issued the report on Relieving Pain in America. Recently, he was Co-Chair of the Oversight Committee for the NIH/Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy (NPS). While working with Dr. Sean Mackey, 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. He has overseen efforts to map the specific brain and spinal cord regions that perceive and process pain, which has led 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.

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The 'Newish' Skill of Measuring Pain Care in Routine Clinical Practice and Outcomes So Far

Title
Redlich Professor
City/State
Redwood City, CA
Gagan Mahajan, MD--University of California Davis Medical Center

Gagan Mahajan, MDUniversity of California Davis Medical Center

Dr. Mahajan is the Clinical Medical Director of the Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (Hershey, PA). He did his internship in Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center (Loma Linda, CA) and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX). He completed his Fellowship training in Pain Medicine through the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center (Sacramento, CA). Dr. Mahajan is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Pain Medicine, both through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Mahajan has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, book chapters, and other scholarly reviews.

Aram Mardian, MD--Phoenix VAHCS

Aram Mardian, MDPhoenix VAHCS

Aram Mardian, M.D. is clinical assistant professor of Family, Community, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, is a board certified family physician, and holds additional certifications in pain medicine and medical acupuncture. He is the founding Chief of the Chronic Pain Wellness Center at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, which has developed into a model for interprofessional whole person care for patients with pain and opioid use disorder. Dr. Mardian was a contributor for the Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines published in 2014 and 2018 and a workgroup member for the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline “Management of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain” published in February 2017. He serves as Co-Chair for the Health Care Advisory Team for the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse Initiative and Co-Chair for the Arizona Pain and Addiction Curriculum Workgroup.

Ben Marshall, DO--UC School of Medicine, Department of PMR

Ben Marshall, DOUC School of Medicine, Department of PMR

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.

Zachary L. McCormick, MD--University of Utah

Zachary L. McCormick, MDUniversity of Utah

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.

Neel D. Mehta, MD--Weill Cornell Medicine

Neel D. Mehta, MDWeill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Neel Mehta is both board-certified in Anesthesia, and fellowship trained, board- certified in Interventional Pain Medicine. He holds several positions including: Medical Director of Pain Medicine at the Weill-Cornell Pain Medicine Center, and New York Presbyterian Hospital, overseeing outpatient and inpatient services together with a large team of dedicated Pain and Regional Anesthesia Physicians. Co-Director, Weill Cornell Multi-Disciplinary Spine Center Associate Program Director of the Tri-Institutional Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship Dean's Healthcare Leadership Fellow Quality Assurance Officer for Pain Medicine Weill Cornell Physician Organization Operations and Planning Committee Member Weill Cornell Medical School, Course Director in Pain Medicine.

Jee Youn Moon, MD PhD--Seoul National University Hospital College of Medicine

Jee Youn Moon, MD PhDSeoul National University Hospital College of Medicine

Dr. Moon is an Associate Professor at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul. She is Director of the International Cooperation of the Korean Pain Society and Korean Chapter Chair of the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU). Her clinical and research interests include sympathetic blocks in pain medicine, procedural ultrasonography, and opioid use disorders in cancer and non-cancer patients. Dr. Moon is currently appointed as Director, Cancer Pain Management Center at Seoul National University Cancer Hospital.

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Ultrasound-Guided Acute and Chronic Pain Medicine Interventions Preconference (002)

Title
Associate Professor
City/State
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Susan M. Moeschler, MD--Mayo Clinic

Susan M. Moeschler, MDMayo Clinic

Dr. Susan Moeschler is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She is the Program Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship. She is Co-director of GRIT for Women in Medicine Conference.

She is involved in several national pain societies including co-chair of the American Academy of Pain Medicine – Women in Pain Medicine SIG- in its inaugural year and co-chair of the abstract committee. She is a board member of the Society of Pain Program Directors, member of the NANS education committee, member of the ASA Ad-Hoc Social Media Committee and women in medicine committee. She has clinical interests in neuromodulation, management of cancer related pain and graduate medical education.

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Poster Research Highlights #2

Title
Anesthesiologist
City/State
Rochester, MN
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.

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.

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Controversial Topics in Neuromodulation

Title
Associate Professor/Clinical
City/State
San Antonio, TX
Samer N. Narouze, MD PhD--Summa Western Reserve Hospital

Samer N. Narouze, MD PhDSumma Western Reserve Hospital

Dr. Narouze is currently the chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is considered an expert consultant in Pain wellness and headaches and has served as an editor and medical reviewer in several Headache and Pain Medicine journals. He is also a clinical professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at OUCOM, and a clinical professor of Neurological Surgery at OSU. Dr. Narouze is board certified in pain medicine, neurology headache medicine, interventional pain management, as well as anesthesiology. He founded the American Interventional Headache Society (AIHS) in 2015 and he is on the board of executive directors for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and serves in many committees for the American Academy of Pain Medicine and other national and international headache and pain organizations. He frequently speaks and serves as a visiting professor both nationally and internationally. He published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.

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Obesity and Chronic Pain

City/State
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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.

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

Title
Professor Researcher
City/State
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Sagar Parikh, MD--JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Sagar Parikh, MDJFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Dr. Sagar Parikh is dual board-certified in Pain Medicine and Physiatry.  He is currently the pain fellowship director at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Pain Fellowship, and is also director of the Center for Sports and Spine Medicine, a division of the JFK Rehabilitation Department.  Dr. Parikh emphasizes a multi-modal approach to pain including interventional procedures (both fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided), exercise therapies, appropriate medication management, and mind/body medicine. 

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.

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Managing Complex Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Title
Professor of Neurosurgery
City/State
Albany, NY
Jason E. Pope, MD--Evolve Restorative Center

Jason E. Pope, MDEvolve Restorative Center

Dr. Pope is the President and CEO of Evolve Restorative Center in Northern California. He is the President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and serves the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) as a Director-at Large, Advocacy and Policy Committee Co-chair, and is the Annual Meeting Co-Chair. He serves as a Director at Large for the International Neuromodulation Society, is the Co-Chair for the CME committee, the Co-Chair for the Pre-Conference Training Workshop in the biennial Meeting in Sydney, Australia, and the Cho-Chair for the Young Neuromodulation Committee. He also is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair for the Special Interest Group in Neuromodulation for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA).

Heather Poupore-King, PhD--Stanford University Medical Center

Heather Poupore-King, PhDStanford University Medical Center

Heather Poupore-King is a pain psychologist whose clinical work focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of adults suffering from chronic pain conditions. She currently serves as the Pain Psychology Fellowship Director through the Stanford Pain Division, one of the few academic pain psychology fellowships in the United States. She specializes in the development of interdisciplinary treatments and cognitive and acceptance based behavioral therapies including biofeedback. She also serves as the master CBT trainer for multiple NIH grants and serves as the Director of Behavioral services for the PCORI-funded Stanford EMPOWER study.

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I’m Exhausted! Physician Burnout and What to Do About It

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

Ravi Prasad, PhDStanford University School of Medicine

Ravi Prasad is a licensed psychologist and is currently a clinical associate professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University. His clinical work focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. He is the program director of the Stanford Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Pain Program (SCIPP), one of the few academic inpatient pain programs in the United States. He developed a Pain Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program that is presently fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and is the previous Chief of Psychological Services for the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. Outside of the arena of pain, Dr. Prasad takes 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.

Scott Pritzlaff, MD--Stanford University

Scott Pritzlaff, MDStanford University

Scott Pritzlaff, MD, CIPS, FIPP, is a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Clinical Pain Medicine Fellowship and Associate Chief of Education within the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford. His clinical interests including opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve stimulation, and innovative use of ultrasound for pain procedures.

David A. Provenzano, MD

David A. Provenzano, MD

Dr. David Provenzano is the President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and became a Phi Beta Kappa member. 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 the effects of preinjected fluid on monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency lesioning. He has lectured at numerous international and national meetings on the management of acute and chronic pain. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the North American Neuromodulation Society. He has extensive interests and expertise in the conservative treatment of pain originating from the cervical and lumbar spine, neuromodulation and in the utilization of ultrasound for interventional pain management procedures. Dr. Provenzano resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Title
President of PDIC
City/State
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.

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

Title
Director, Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Pain Medicine
City/State
New York, NY
Alan M. Rapoport, MD--UCLA

Alan M. Rapoport, MDUCLA

Dr. Alan M. Rapoport is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, where he teaches medical students, neurology residents and fellows.

He is a Past President of the International Headache Society (IHS) and the founder and Director-Emeritus of The New England Center for Headache, in Stamford, Connecticut. Board-certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine, he has co-authored more than 300 articles, chapters and posters on headache and other neurological diseases. He has lectured around the country and internationally to general physicians and headache specialists on all aspects of headache pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment and has appeared many times on national radio and television programs, such as Today and Good Morning America.

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Pain Debate! CGRP Dugs, Ketamine, and Opioids for Back Pain

Title
Clinical Professor of Neurology
City/State
Los Angeles, CA
Kevin I. Reid, DDS--Mayo Clinic

Kevin I. Reid, DDSMayo Clinic

Dr. Kevin Reid is on staff of Mayo Clinic Rochester in the Division of Orofacial Pain, Department of Dental Specialties. He earned the Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Kentucky in 1988, completed residency in Orofacial Pain at the University of MN in 1990 and then a three year Orofacial Pain Research Fellowship at NIH/NIDCR. After three years on staff at University of Kentucky Orofacial Pain Center, Dr. Reid joined the staff at Mayo Clinic Rochester where his practice is limited to diagnosis and treatment of chronic orofacial pain. He teaches "Fundamentals of Pain Physiology in Complex Persistent Pain" at the Mayo Pain Rehabilitation Program and is the former Chair of the Department of Dental Specialties, Mayo Clinic, Rochester. His research explores ethical issues relevant to pain treatments. He is Chair of Transplant Ethics, a member of Mayo Clinic Enterprise Ethics Committee, and a consultant on the Clinical Ethics Service at Mayo Rochester. 

M. Cary Reid, MD PhD

M. Cary Reid, MD PhD

Dr. Cary Reid is an Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Geriatric Research in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reid obtained his medical degree from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Reid has received many research awards over the years, including a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Scholar Award and a highly coveted Paul Beeson Faculty Scholar on Aging Research Award. He is also a section editor of the journal Pain Medicine. Dr. Reid’s work at TRIPLL supports translational research on pain and aging in New York City. His research focuses on improving the management of pain among older persons. 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 persons. Additional areas of interest include the epidemiology and treatment of substance use disorders in older persons. Institutional partners include Cornell University (Ithaca), Weill Cornell, Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Columbia University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Council of Senior Centers & Service of NYC, Inc. and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

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Treating Pain in the Elderly

City/State
New York, NY
Jack Rentz, MD--Denver Diagnostic Pain

Jack Rentz, MDDenver Diagnostic Pain

Dr. Rentz graduated from the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in cellular biology. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia earning his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) He later pursued a medical residency in Anesthesiology at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans followed by an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at Texas Tech University. He is double boarded in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Rentz has been practicing Pain Medicine full time in the state of Colorado for the past 7 years.

Dr. Rentz is the president and founder of Denver Diagnostic Pain, Denver Diagnostic Surgical Center, and LuxeMD—medical practices using forward-thinking technology and novel treatments. He focuses on regenerative and restorative medicine and the use of multidisciplinary approaches for patient treatments.

Steven Richeimer, MD--USC

Steven Richeimer, MDUSC

Steven Richeimer, MD is trained the fields of pain medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry. He is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry, and the Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). For 20 years, he has been treating patients with various chronic pain conditions, and has been mentoring fellows and students in Pain Medicine. He has published various books and journal articles on the treatment and psychosocial aspects of chronic pain, including “Confronting Chronic Pain,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He is the Director of the USC online Master’s Degree in Pain Medicine, an innovative program that makes advanced pain education available to all clinicians.

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Pain Education: Innovative Solutions

Title
Chief of Division in Pain Medicine
City/State
Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Rispinto, PhD

Sarah Rispinto, PhD

Sarah Rispinto, PhD is a psychologist within the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic working primarily with chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia. Her primary focus is working within a population health management program for low back pain. She completed specialty training and a two year chronic pain fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, later joining as staff in 2016. Her primary interests include group psychoeducation and psychosocial evaluation.

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.