Speakers

Learn about speakers who are presenting during the 2020 AAPM Annual Meeting. View the complete list of 2020 planner and faculty disclosures.

Sayed E. Wahezi, MD -- Montefiore Medical Center

Sayed E. Wahezi, MD Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Wahezi is the program director of the pain medicine fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He is a member of the AAPM Membership Committee and Board of Directors of the Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD), exercising the strengths of both to advance trainee education and awareness of AAPM.

Events

Maximizing Potential as a Young Pain Practitioner - Special Session Part 1

Title
Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
City/State
Bronx, NY
Kevin E. Vorenkamp, MD FASA -- Duke Raleigh Hospital Pain Clinic

Kevin E. Vorenkamp, MD FASA Duke Raleigh Hospital Pain Clinic

Dr. Vorenkamp is medical director of pain at Duke Raleigh Hospital. He is associate director of patient safety and quality and associate professor in the Duke Department of Anesthesiology. He has been an AMA CPT editorial panel member since 2015. He is a member of the ASRA Practice Management and CME committees and the former co-chair of the ASRA Headache SIG and pain medicine lead for the ASRA newsletter. He is past chair of the 2017 ASRA pain meeting. He also serves on the ASA committees on economics and pain medicine and is past vice chair of the SIS health policy division.

ToNhu Vu, MD -- Penn State Health, Hershey Medical Center

ToNhu Vu, MD Penn State Health, Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Vu has been in clinical practice for 25 years as a pain management specialist. She has extensive experience with both acute and chronic pain, and has worked in private as well as academic settings. Dr. Vu is the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director at Penn State Health/Hershey Medical Center. For over 15 years, she has led WellSpan Health system’s (WSH) effort in combating the opioid epidemic and she was one of the founding members of the WSH Chronic Pain Clinical Effective Team and Opioid Task Force.

Mark S. Wallace, MD -- University of California, San Diego

Mark S. Wallace, MD University of California, San Diego

Dr. Wallace received his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1987. He completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Maryland followed by an NIH training grant fellowship and a clinical pain fellowship in the department of anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is currently a professor of clinical anesthesiology and the chair, division of pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology, UCSD School of Medicine. He is also the director, division of clinical research in the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute (CTRI) and sub-investigator for the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award which supports the CTRI. Dr. Wallace is past associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain and served as the chair of the University of California San Diego IRB from 2002-2018.

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc -- Anesthesiology and Psychiatry

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc Anesthesiology and Psychiatry

Dr. Wasan is the vice chair for pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in pain medicine and completed fellowship training in pain medicine in the anesthesiology department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also board certified in psychiatry and completed a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Wasan has supervisory responsibility for clinical care across seven pain clinics in the UPMC system, pain medicine clinical faculty, and research within the pain medicine division. He is also co-chair of a system-wide committee to improve pain care across UPMC.

Nafisseh Warner, MD -- Mayo Clinic

Nafisseh Warner, MD Mayo Clinic

Dr. Warner received her medical degree from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine followed by residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and has recently been appointed as a Kern Scholar in the Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Her clinical and research interests include opioid prescribing and chronic pain management. She is the co-director of the Mayo Clinic opioid course and serves on AAPM's Research Committee.

James C. Watson, MD -- Mayo Clinic

James C. Watson, MD Mayo Clinic

Dr. Watson is an associate professor and serves as a vice chair in the department of neurology for analytics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and is the neurology practice chair for the Mayo Clinic Enterprise. He holds a dual appointment in the department of anesthesiology, division of pain medicine. He is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular disease and pain medicine. His clinical practice includes interventional pain medicine, electrophysiology - EMG, and a consultative pain practice with special focus on neuropathic pain, spine related disorders, and headache. For AAPM, Dr. Watson chairs the Ethics Council and serves on the Annual Meeting Program Steering Committee, Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee, and Finance Committee. He also serves on a national Anesthesia Neurologic Complications Practice Advisory Committee and cofounded an interventional headache special interest group.

Kayode A. Williams, MD MBA FFARCSI -- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Kayode A. Williams, MD MBA FFARCSI Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Williams is an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and vice chair for system integration in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also holds a joint appointment as associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where he co-instructs the managing healthcare processes course. He completed his clinical training in anesthesiology and pain medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in Nigeria, the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and at the University of Michigan. In 2004, he completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Events

How to Get Your Research Funded

Pain Medicine Practice Management: Knowledge for Practice Efficiency, Growth, Economic Viability, and Compliance

Title
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for System Integration
City/State
Baltimore, MD
Zirong A. Zhao, MD PhD FACP -- Department of Veterans Affairs

Zirong A. Zhao, MD PhD FACP Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Zhao is chief of interventional pain in the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine and pain medicine. She is an adjunct clinical associate professor in neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Events

Lumbar Facet Block and Radiofrequency Ablation International Consensus Guidelines Part 2

Title
Chief of Interventional Pain
City/State
Washington, DC
Patricia Zheng, MD -- University of California–San Francisco

Patricia Zheng, MD University of California–San Francisco

Dr. Patricia Zheng is a board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) focused on providing non-operative care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. She is an active researcher who is focused on leveraging emerging technologies to optimize personalize care of arthritic conditions. She has received grant funding to develop mobile technologies to deliver personalized physical therapy and to harness machine learning algorithms to improve diagnosis of spinal disorders.