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.

Benjamin Keizer, PhD--Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center

Benjamin Keizer, PhDCenter for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center

Dr. Benjamin Keizer works for the Army Medical Department as a Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI), Fort Sam Houston, Texas. As one of the premier outpatient rehabilitation centers for the Department of Defense, the CFI provides advanced, interdisciplinary care for military service members who sustained serious injuries (e.g.,amputation, limb-salvage, multi-trauma, major surgery). He earned his doctorate at the University of Louisville in Counseling Psychology before completing a two year post-doctoral fellowship in Health Psychology (Chronic Pain specialization) at Brooke Army Medical Center.


Ketamine for Pain, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What Do We Know? (206)

Clinical Psychologist
San Antonio, TX
Ted Jones, PhD--Pain Consultants of East Tennessee

Ted Jones, PhDPain Consultants of East Tennessee

Dr. Ted Jones is a psychologist with 30+ years clinical experience and have been working exclusively in the pain field for 17 years. He is in a private medical practice that treats chronic pain in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Jones have published numerous studies on opioid risk assessment and authored the Brief Risk Questionnaire (BRQ) and the Brief Risk Interview (BRI). He has published one study on the use of virtual reality for chronic pain and have another article under review.


Virtual Reality Has Now Come Online for Chronic Pain (204)

Clinical Psychologist
Knoxville, TN
Paul J. Jannetto, PhD--Mayo Clinic

Paul J. Jannetto, PhDMayo Clinic

Dr. Paul Janetto is a Consultant at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) where he serves as the Co-Director for the Clinical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Clinical and Forensic Toxicology Laboratory and the Metals Laboratory. He is board-certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and American Society for Clinical Pathology. His clinical and scientific interests are centered on laboratory testing for pain management and just recently co-chaired the Laboratory Medicine Practice Guideline on Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients co-sponsored by AACC and AAPM.

Robert W. Hurley, MD PhD--Wake Forest University/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Robert W. Hurley, MD PhDWake Forest University/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Dr. Robert Hurley carried out research examining neurochemical, neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological mechanisms of nociceptive, inflammatory and neuropathic pain focusing on supraspinal regions and nuclei. He began a 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. Dr. Hurley has extensive clinical experience with elderly patients with acute, sub-chronic and persistent pain. As the Executive Director of the WFBMC Comprehensive Pain Program, he provides 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.

Kristen Huntley, PhD--NIH/NIDA

Kristen Huntley, PhDNIH/NIDA

Kristen Huntley, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Center for 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. 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 administered 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.


Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Pain and Opioid Use Disorder (313)

Health Scientist Administrator
Bethesda, MD
Tracy Hull, MD--Cleveland Clinic

Tracy Hull, MDCleveland Clinic

Dr. Tracy Hull received her MD degree from The Ohio State University in 1986. Her surgical residency was done at SUNY Syracuse, New York from 1986-1991 and fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1991-1992. Dr. Hull has authored, or co-authored on over 150 peer reviewed articles and over 60 book chapters and been the editor on two text books covering colon and rectal surgery. She is interested in methods to help patients deal with postoperative pain and became involved in the implementation of the ERAS program that she will be speaking about. This program has improved her facility's ability to manage patient expectations and reduce narcotic pain use postoperatively.

W. Michael Hooten, MD--Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

W. Michael Hooten, MDMayo Clinic College of Medicine

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 chronic pain symdromes. He serves on the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Committee.

R. Norman Harden, MD--Northwestern University

R. Norman Harden, MDNorthwestern University

Dr. Harden served as Assistant Professor in Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Director of the Pain and Rehabilitation Program at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1989 through 1994, and founded the Headache Program and the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy programs there. He is now a Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. Dr. Harden is the past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and is a Senior Editor of Pain Medicine, and Pain Practice and serves on the editorial board of many other journals.


Basic, Translational, and Clinical Perspectives on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (201)

Professor Emeritus, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Chicago, IL
Jennifer Hah, MD MS--Stanford University

Jennifer Hah, MD MSStanford University

Dr. Jennifer Hah is an anesthesiologist 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 medicine 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.

Amitabh Gulati, MD--Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Amitabh Gulati, MDMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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.

Melissa Geraghty, PsyD--Rago & Associates

Melissa Geraghty, PsyDRago & Associates

Dr. Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D. works at Rago & Associates, a private practice located in Naperville, Illinois. Her primary specialties include: chronic pain, chronic illness, physical disabilities, and eating disorders. She is a national speaker and author, presenting workshops around the country (and around the world online) to help better educate healthcare professionals and the public on chronic pain. Dr. Geraghty is the recipient of the 2016 Hero of Hope Award from the International Pain Foundation (iPain). She is also the 2015 recipient of the Midwest Pain Society's Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. Geraghty had the honor of being a faculty member in 2015 at PAINWeek: The National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners. Dr. Geraghty is an iPain Healthcare Advisory Board Member, a GG Chronic Pain Foundation Advisory Board Member, a 2016 iPain Featurette, and was a participant in the U.S. Pain Foundation's 2017 INvisible Project: Migraine Edition. Dr. Geraghty's professional Facebook (@MindfulMomentsByDrG) and Twitter (@MindfulDrG) allow her to spread awareness on physical and psychological difficulties, as well as post information on mindfulness. Dr. Geraghty lives with chronic pain and multiple physical disabilities.

Kimberly George, RN--Sedgwick, Inc.

Kimberly George, RNSedgwick, Inc.

Ms. George is a senior vice president, corporate development, M&A, healthcare at Sedgwick. In this new position, Kimberly will explore and work to improve Sedgwick’s understanding of how health care reform affects its business models and product and service offerings. Kimberly previously served as Sedgwick’s managed care practice lead. She joined Sedgwick in 2001 overseeing integrated disability medical programs and later case management services.

Prior to joining Sedgwick, Kimberly worked as a consultant within the 24-hour health and integrated disability management arena. She also held a leadership position with a large national managed care organization’s case management division. Her career has focused on creating health and productivity programs for employers, impacting quality and cost of risk. Kimberly has been a registered nurse for 20 years. Although she began her career as a neuro-trauma nurse, she quickly transitioned to the insurance and benefits arena. Her experience in the cost containment field spans nearly 20 years. Kimberly’s roles in the property and casualty field include product development, national telephonic case management and utilization review oversight, and integrated disability management as well as her previous position with Sedgwick as managed care practice lead. Her insurance background includes workers' compensation, short- and long-term disability, auto, liability, professional liability, longshore and total absence management.

Kimberly is an excellent presenter and a frequent speaker at national conferences and events. She is often featured in industry journals and publications and is a highly regarded authority in the managed care and workers’ compensation arena.


Opening Session and Award Presentation (101)

SVP, Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Chicago, IL
Halena Gazelka, MD--Mayo Clinic

Halena Gazelka, MDMayo Clinic

Dr. Halena Gazelka is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she received her MD degree. She then completed her Anesthesiology residency in 2010, followed by Pain Medicine Fellowship and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, all at Mayo Clinic Rochester. She currently works as a consultant in Pain and Palliative Medicine and serves as one of the Mayo Clinic Hospice Medical Directors. Dr. Gazelka serves as the Chair of the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program, as Director of the Mayo Clinic Inpatient Pain Medicine Service, and on the Mayo Midwest Ethics Committee, and on the committees of numerous national pain medicine organizations.Dr Gazelka serves on the AAPM Ethics Council and the Opoid Advisory Committee.

Arun Ganesh, MD--Duke University

Arun Ganesh, MDDuke University

Dr. Arun Ganesh practices outpatient chronic pain management, inpatient acute pain management, and general anesthesiology. His academic interests focus on perioperative pain optimization, specifically for patients on chronic opioid therapy. Dr. Ganesh is currently staff a Perioperative Pain Clinic at Duke, where the practice optimizes pain control before and after surgery for select patients.


Extending the Perioperative Surgical Home: Interdisciplinary Strategies to Optimize Perioperative Pain Management (311)

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Durham, NC
David A. Fishbain, MD--Miller School of Medicine

David A. Fishbain, MDMiller School of Medicine

Dr. David Fishbain is the author of 2 papers on opioid tapering. During his professional career he has tapered over 3000 chronic pain patients from various drugs. Dr. Fishbain is the author of numerous papers on suicide risk in chronic pain patients.


Suicidality and Chronic Pain: Research/Risk Factors and Monitoring/Evaluation/Treatment in the Context of Opioid Tapering (211)

Professor, Psychiatry/Anesthesiology/Neurological surgery
Miami, FL
Alexander Feoktistov, MD PhD--Diamond Headache Clinic

Alexander Feoktistov, MD PhDDiamond Headache Clinic

Dr. Alexander Feoktistov is Board certified in Internal Medicine by ABIMBoard, and certified in Headache Medicine by UCNSDiplomat of American Board of Pain Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Pain Management at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Feoktistov currently serves as a co-director of Diamond Headache Clinic and director of clinical research at the Diamond Headache Clinic. He is President-elect of the American Interventional Headache Society.

David A. Edwards, MD PhD--Vanderbilt University

David A. Edwards, MD PhDVanderbilt University

Dr. David Edwards is the Division Chief, Pain Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He directs the Pain and Opioid Oversight Committee for the Vanderbilt Network. His research interest is in perioperative acute and chronic pain, interventional cancer pain. Dr. Edwards started the complex cancer pain clinic at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.

Larry C. Driver, MD--University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Larry C. Driver, MDUniversity of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Larry Driver is a professor in the department of pain medicine and section of integrated ethics, as well as an adjunct ethicist for clinical ethics consultation, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. His undergraduate education was at Austin College, followed by medical education at The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. His anesthesiology residency was completed at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and he completed a clinical fellowship in pain and symptom management at MD Anderson. Dr.Driver is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. He was a visiting research scholar in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics and is a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow .He was the founding chair and medical director of the Texas Pain Advocacy and Information Network (TxPAIN), is past-president of the Texas Pain Society, and is chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. He has served on numerous state and national organizations’ boards and committees. He has been recognized in several “Best Doctors,” “Top Doctors,” “Super Doctors,” and “Who’s Who” listings, and has received numerous state and national awards for his advocacy efforts. He is an elected fellow of the Texas Academy of Science, an elected member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Educators, and is a designated UT Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr.Driver chairs AAPM’s Professional Education and CME Oversight Committee.

Daniel M. Doleys, PhD--Pain & Rehabilitation Institute

Daniel M. Doleys, PhDPain & Rehabilitation Institute

Dr. Daniel Doleys has been involved in patient selection and management of both IT pumps and SCS as of 1986. He has published several articles and chapters on the topic, and participated in multiple neuromodulation training workshops.

Sara Davin, PsyD--Cleveland Clinic

Sara Davin, PsyDCleveland Clinic

Sara Davin, Psy.D., MPH is a clinical staff psychologist in the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Davin is also the director of behavioral medicine for the Neurological Institute's population health management program for low back pain. Dr. Davin's academic background includes close to a decade of specialty training in the area of chronic pain, including a post-doctoral psychology fellowship within the Cleveland Clinic's Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, an interdisciplinary program which treats individuals with severe, intractable non-cancer pain. Her clinical acumen includes developing a fibromyalgia clinic within the Cleveland Clinic, former training director for pre and post-doctoral psychology students and developing the behavioral medicine intervention for the Cleveland Clinic's newest population health management program for individuals with low back pain. Dr. Davin also gained a strong academic foundation in graduate level public health training from the University of Michigan, with a focus on health behavior and program development. Her passion lies in the interface between my public health background and pain psychology, specifically developing population level interventions aimed at preventing the chronification of pain. Dr. Davin's research interests include chronic pain rehabilitation and training/education of mental health professionals in the area of pain.

Beth D. Darnall, PhD--Stanford University

Beth D. Darnall, PhDStanford University

Beth Darnall, PhD is Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is principal investigator for $13M in federally funded research projects on pain and opioid reduction. She investigates patient-centered outpatient opioid tapering, mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, targeted pain psychology treatments she has developed, prevention of post-surgical pain. She delivers pain psychology and opioid reduction lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. She has authored 3 books: The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016; Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014; and Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain ©2018 (American Psychological Association Press). In 2018, she presented on 'The Psychology of Pain Relief' at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She is the former Co-Chair of the AAPM Pain Psychology Task Force, and in 2015 received a Presidential Commendation from AAPM. She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Forbes, Scientific American Mind, The Washington Post, BBC Radio and TIME Magazine.

Carlton Dampier, MD--Emory University School of Medicine

Carlton Dampier, MDEmory University School of Medicine

Dr. Carlton Dampier's areas of interest and research include clinical trials in sickle cell disease, measurement science of patient and parent-reported outcomes, and symptom management in sickle cell disease, particularly pain. He was the Working group co-chair and lead author of the recent ACTTION-APS Pain Taxonomy report on Chronic Sickle Pain. Dr. Dampier is currently a member of the ACTTION-APS-AAPM Acute Sickle Pain Taxonomy. His participation in the AAPM annual meeting is to present this work, and enhance collaboration between the sickle cell and pain medicine communities.

Amy Compton-Phillips, MD--Providence St. Joseph Health

Amy Compton-Phillips, MDProvidence St. Joseph Health

Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., is executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Providence Health & Services. She oversees system-wide improvement in care and safety to enhance health outcomes across the entire five-state health system.

Dr. Compton-Phillips has an extensive background in directing patient care programs and leading health care organizations to broad-based improvements.

Prior to joining Providence in August 2015, Dr. Compton-Phillips served as the chief quality officer at The Permanente Foundation where she focused on improving the value of care delivery. Among many other initiatives, she created infrastructure to lead and implement health care innovation across the Kaiser Permanente system. During her tenure, Dr. Compton-Phillips was a key organizational leader in developing capacity in patient-driven design, enhancing clinical outcomes and the care experience, and addressing the affordability of care.

Dr. Compton-Phillips joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993. While serving in the Washington, DC area, she held a variety of roles including internal medicine service chief, physician director of the Columbia, Maryland geographic region, physician director for population care and guideline director.

Dr. Compton-Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.


General Session I and Award Presentations (102)

Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Renton, WA
Steven P. Cohen, MD--Johns Hopkins Hospital

Steven P. Cohen, MDJohns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Steven P. Cohen obtained his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed an anesthesiology residency at Columbia University, and a pain management fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, he is Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, as well as Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also Director of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center, Medical Education and Quality Assurance for the Pain Management Division at Johns Hopkins, and Director of Pain Research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Dr. Cohen has been very active in teaching and pain research in recent years, having published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters in the past 15 years. Among his major contributions are the development of an FDA-approved technique for treating sacroiliac joint pain (lateral branch radiofrequency denervation), inventing the intravenous ketamine test to help guide treatment in patients with chronic pain, and performing the first studies evaluating the epidural administration of biological agents for pain. These articles have been featured in some of the top general medical journals including “Lancet”, “CMAJ”, “BMJ”, “Annals of Internal Medicine” and “JAMA-Internal Medicine”. His research has been the subject of articles in the Science Section of the New York Times on 4 separate occasions. He has been the first author on the “Pain” chapter in the last 2 editions of “Cecil Textbook of Medicine”, and was listed in 2014 as one of the top 10 experts in the world for back pain based on quantitative analysis of publications.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Cohen is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, and was deployed 4 times in support of operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also serves as the Reserve Liaison to the Pain Management Consultants to the U.S. Army and Navy Surgeons General. Dr. Cohen has previously presented data on pain management in service members to the U.S. Congress, FDA and General Officers. His research was instrumental in the passage of the 2008 Military Pain Care Act, and he served as an inaugural member of the U.S. Army Medical Advisory Board. His previous awards include the American Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine John J. Bonica Award, ASIPP Public Service Award, Donlin M. Long Pain Award, Michael J. Cousins Award Lecture, American Academy of Pain Medicine Founder’s Award, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Legion of Merit.


PRECONFERENCE: Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care (PME)

General Session IV (105)

Professor, Anesthesiology
Baltimore, MD
May L. Chin, MD--George Washington University Medical Center

May L. Chin, MDGeorge Washington University Medical Center

Dr. May Chin is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is the Co Director of the GW Spine and Pain Center and Director of the Pain Medicine Resident Rotation and Medical Student Clerkship at the George Washington University Medical Center. Her current interests include innovative pharmacological approaches as well as interventional and neuromodulatory techniques for the management of chronic and neuropathic pain. Dr. Chin has served on the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Pain Medicine Committee and is on the American Medical Association (AMA) advisory board for the development of continuing medical education series on pain management. She has published a book on Pain in Women, written numerous articles and authored book chapters on pain medicine and is a reviewer for several pain journals. She has presented and lectured at numerous national meetings including ASA, ASRA and AAPM on acute pain and chronic pain.


Ketamine for Pain, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What Do We Know? (206)

Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Washington, DC
Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD--Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhDCleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Jianguo Cheng is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Cheng was recognized by Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors Inc.) and 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in the US (Becker's ASC Review). He has also directed and conducted laboratory and clinical research that is supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, and other funding agencies. He has published more than 240 research papers, review articles, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Cheng has trained more than 140 clinical pain fellows and postdoctoral research fellows and has frequently given lectures in premier international conferences and institutions. As a recognized leader, Dr. Cheng is President-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). Dr. Cheng has served as a member of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Expert Work Group to develop, specify, and maintain clinical quality measures. In addition, Dr. Cheng plays active leadership roles in the Association of University Anesthesiologists, American Board of Anesthesiology, and American Society of Anesthesiologists. He also serves as Senior Editor, Associate Editor, and Section Editor for the scientific journals of Pain Medicine, Pain Practice, and Pain Physician.