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.

Kim D. Bullock, MD--Stanford University

Kim D. Bullock, MDStanford University

Kim Bullock is a neuropsychiatrist interested in combining technology with behavior/lifestyle modification and evidenced based psychotherapies. She founded and direct the Stanford Virtual and Immersive Technology clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her focus is the effects of psychological trauma on the body and emotions in a variety of illnesses but most notably Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder (aka Conversion Disorder). Currently, Dr. Bullock is investigating the influence of emotion dysregulation/interoceptive sensitivity on the application of embodied VR experiences to treat motor and sensory symptoms. She is intensively trained in traditional cognitive behavior therapy as well as dialectical behavior therapy, and enjoys running skills training groups and changing the core beliefs of clients thru exposure, experience, and philosophical shifts. https://www.stanfordmhtech.com/services/


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

Neuropsychiatrist, Psychology and Psychiatriy
Stanford, CA
Chad M. Brummett, MD--University of Michigan

Chad M. Brummett, MDUniversity of Michigan

Dr. Brummett specializes in acute and chronic opioid management: Using data from the chronic pain clinic and the perioperative period, this research addresses patient characteristics of acute postoperative opioid consumption and persistent opioid use. Long-term goals are to create guidelines for appropriate prescribing after surgery and behavioral techniques to aid patients in weaning down or off opioids.

Stephen Bruehl, PhD--Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Stephen Bruehl, PhDVanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Bruehl is a clinical psychologist by training, with broad interests in chronic pain research. He has served as Principal Investigator on 7 NIH-funded research projects focused primarily on understanding mechanisms and modulators of chronic pain. Dr. Bruehl currently is research director for the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) - American Pain Society (APS) chronic pain taxonomy project. He previously co-directed the effort that led to development and validation of the current IASP diagnostic criteria for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka 'the Budapst criteria'). Dr. Bruehl has also worked in the past on research seeking to validate diagnostic criteria for migraine and tension-type headache.


The New Definition(s) of Pain: Update on Pain Taxonomies, HCAHPS Metrics, and Diagnostic Systems (307)

Professor of Anesthesiology
Nashville, TN
Robert Bolash, MD--Cleveland Clinic

Robert Bolash, MDCleveland Clinic

Dr. Robert Bolash is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Departments of Pain Management and Evidence Based Pain Research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and trained in Interventional Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a Fulbright Scholar and is Board Certified in both Pain Management and Anesthesiology.


Multidisciplinary Care Model and Contemporary Strategies for Intrathecal Drug Delivery (203)

Assistant Professor, Pain Management
Cleveland, OH
William Becker, MD--Yale University School of Medicine

William Becker, MDYale University School of Medicine

William C. Becker, MD: Core Investigator, Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities & Education (PRIME) Center of Innovation, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Becker is a general internist additionally trained in addiction medicine and pain management who co-directs the Integrated Pain Clinic and Opioid Reassessment Clinic at VA Connecticut and co-chairs Yale School of Medicine's Pain Curriculum Committee. Dr. Becker's VA, NIH, FDA and PCORI-funded clinical research uses observational and experimental methods to examine and improve the quality of chronic pain treatment in primary care, particularly at the interface between high impact chronic pain and opioid use disorder. Increasingly, his work focuses on de-implementing high-dose, long-term opioid therapy and improving patient's access to and use of non-pharmacologic pain treatments.


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

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
West Haven, CT
Christopher Baumgartner, BS--Washington State Department of Health

Christopher Baumgartner, BSWashington State Department of Health

Chris Baumgartner is the Drug Systems Director at the Department of Health. He currently oversees the Prescription Monitoring Program and Medical Marijuana Program. Prior to his appointment in 2015, he served in various capacities for 10 years, including working for the Department as the Prescription Monitoring Program Director and owning a consulting firm that provided training and technical services to federal and state governments. He also worked for the WA State Department of Social and Health Services as an IT Portfolio Analyst and managed the Prescription Monitoring Program for the State of Maine while with the Office of Substance Abuse.


Cannabis Conundrum! Medical Marijuana Authorization and Integration into the Recreational Marketplace (308)

Prescription Drug Monitoring Director - Drug Systems Director
Olympia, WA
Fiona Barwick, PhD--Stanford School of Medicine

Fiona Barwick, PhDStanford School of Medicine

As Director of Cognitive Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center, Feona Barwick sees a wide variety of patients with sleep and circadian disorders, a percentage of whom have chronic pain. She also has colleagues at the Stanford Chronic Pain Management Clinic who see patients with various chronic pain conditions, nearly all of whom have sleep problems. Given the significant comorbidity of these two conditions, Dr. Barwick and her colleagues decided to review the studies that report on efforts to treat both conditions simultaneously in preparation for developing her own integrated protocol to address co-occurring chronic pain and insomnia.


Sleep Away the Pain: Whether and How to Treat Insomnia to Improve Chronic Pain (208)

Clinical Assistant Professor
Redwood City, CA
Marwan N. Baliki, PhD--Northwestern University

Marwan N. Baliki, PhDNorthwestern University

Marwan Baliki's research encompasses both novel methodological and theoretical constructs that enable us to formulate physiological and behavioral models to study chronic pain. He has extensive expertise in fMRI analysis. He utilize advanced tools such as graph theory analysis that aided in understanding the impact of chronic pain on brain resting state dynamics and how it is modulated within clinical settings.

James W. Atchison, DO--Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

James W. Atchison, DOShirley Ryan AbilityLab

Dr. James Atchison has been a nationally recognized teacher and researcher in PM&R and Pain Management throughout his career. He has presented courses, lectures and workshops nationally and internationally on pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management, care of spinal injuries and spinal manipulation. More locally he won teaching awards at the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida, while developing and directing a PM&R Spine Fellowship at the University of Florida that lasted 13 years and graduated 19 specialists. He served on the Program Planning Subcommittee for the AAPM&R Annual Assembly for 13 years, and chaired the committee for meetings in Philadelphia, Honolulu, and Boston. He developed and co-chaired the AAPM&R National Meetings on Pain Management in 2004 and 2005, and in 2012, he chaired the Academy's Opioid/REMS Task Force. Dr. Atchison has led and participated in countless research projects including some funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has published numerous research papers, book chapters and abstracts, been a reviewer of articles for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and previously served on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. In 2010 he was recognized by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) with their 'Distinguished Clinician Award'. He continues to serve the Academy as a Co-Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee and the Medical Education committee.

Charles E. Argoff, MD--Albany Medical College

Charles E. Argoff, MDAlbany Medical College

Dr. Charles Argoff has spent over 20 years in an academic position and in a clinical care setting of patients with acute and chronic pain. In addition, Dr. Argoff has authored numerous published papers and books regarding this subject and has also trained numerous medical students, residents and other trainees.


Neuropathic Pain: Beyond Adjuvants and Opioids: A Look at New and Reemerging Treatments (207)

Director of Comprehensive Pain Center
Albany, NY
Kasra Amirdelfan, MD--IPM Medical Group, Inc.

Kasra Amirdelfan, MDIPM Medical Group, Inc.

Dr. Kasra Amirdelfan is one of the founding partners at IPM Medical Group, Inc., in Walnut Creek, California. He received his medical degree from Texas A&M University, College of Medicine. He completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, an affiliated facility with Southwestern School of Medicine. Dr. Amirdelfan completed his fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at Pacific Pain Treatment Centers with Dr. Elliot Krames, in collaboration with California Pacific Medical Centers in San Francisco. He has served as the Department Chair of Pain Medicine at John Muir Medical Center and Doctors Hospitals in his area. He performs extensive research and lectures on spinal cord stimulation and pain management at national and international levels. He is regarded as one of the foremost global key opinion leaders in the field of Interventional Pain Management and Neuromodulation. He also continues to be actively involved in conducting research for the development of new technologies to help improve pain management worldwide. Dr. Amirdelfan has a special interest in Spinal diseases, spinal cord stimulation and stem cell technologies.

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 President-Elect 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.