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.

Ravi Shah, MD--Lurie Children's Hospital

Ravi Shah, MDLurie Children's Hospital

Dr. Shah is a pediatric anesthesiologist and medical director of the Pediatric Chronic Pain Treatment Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  He has served as an investigator for institutional and multi-center pain research, including work to elucidate pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic variations in pediatric opioid responsiveness.  As a member of the Lurie Children’s Hospital Opioid Task Force, he has developed a hospital-wide plan for opioid stewardship that includes both patient education and population monitoring.  He has given lectures at national forums and has held workshops to edify both pain practitioners and members of the general public on safe opioid prescribing, multimodal approaches to pediatric pain management, and the use of regional anesthesia as an alternative to opioid pharmacotherapy.  He has published original investigations and reviews of emerging pain management strategies and has extensive experience in clinical education, serving as an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and as lead faculty for several international pain management workshops.

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Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: The Tip of the Iceberg!

Title
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
City/State
Chicago, IL
Sanjog Sharad Pangarkar, MD--VA Medical Center

Sanjog Sharad Pangarkar, MDVA Medical Center

I am currently the Director of the Inpatient and Interventional Pain Service at Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System and serve on the National VA Pain Management Strategy Steering Committee . Additionally, I am a faculty member at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and am an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine.

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Controversial Topics in Neuromodulation

City/State
Los Angeles, CA
Manila Shrestha--University of Caifornia, Davis

Manila ShresthaUniversity of Caifornia, Davis

Manila is a M.S. Health Informatics student at University of California, Davis. With a degree in Health Informatics Manila is interested in improving electronic medical records, data standardization and make use of patient health information for better quality and safer care. Her professional interests are Electronic Health Records, Virtual Reality and Clinical Decision Support. Manila enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling.

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Poster Research Highlights #1

Title
Student Researcher
City/State
Sacramento, CA
Thomas A. Simpatico, MD--University of Vermont

Thomas A. Simpatico, MDUniversity of Vermont

Dr. Thomas Simpatico trained at the University of Chicago and now serves as Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Public Psychiatry for the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He has served in a wide variety of clinical, administrative roles including serving as Chief Medical Officer for the Vermont Medicaid Authority from 2013-2017. He was part of the team that devised and implemented Vermont’s “Hub & Spoke” system as Vermont’s early response to its opioid crisis. Dr. Simpatico and his team at UVM have created a suite of tools and technologies called MHISSION System which connects persons with treatment and service options by creating new paths for information exchange and interoperability among treatment and service providers, outreach agencies, law enforcement, corrections, veterans’ groups, and other entities that typically operate in isolation. He is an active researcher and teacher. He was a panelist for the recent Fred Friendly Seminars production MINDS ON THE EDGE-Facing Mental Illness that aired nationally on PBS. He was the recipient of the 2010 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Featherfist Humanitarian Service Award. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and past president of the Vermont Psychiatric Association. He lives just outside Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two children.

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Mobile-Assisted Treatment: Health-Tech Innovations to Enhance Pain Care and Addiction Treatment

Title
Professor and Division Director, Public Psychiatry
City/State
Burlington, VT
Dmitri Souza, MD PhD--Western Reserve Hospital, Ohio University

Dmitri Souza, MD PhDWestern Reserve Hospital, Ohio University

Dmitri Souza, MD, PhD, FASA graduated from the anesthesiology residency program at Yale University; from the internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University; and from the pain medicine program at Cleveland Clinic. He has authored two books and a number of publications, including on regenerative medicine. He serves as a Director of Clinical Research at Center for Pain Medicine, and a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Western Reserve Hospital, Ohio University.

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.

Santhanam Suresh, MD--Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Santhanam Suresh, MDAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Dr. Suresh is the Arthur C. King Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) and is a professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He previously served as the vice chairman and director of research for the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital and as chair of its Pain Practices Committee.

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Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: The Tip of the Iceberg! (301)

Title
Chair & Professor, Pediatric Anesthesia
City/State
Chicago, IL
Richard L. Stieg, MD

Richard L. Stieg, MD

Dr. Stieg has a private practice of pain and addition medicine in Frisco, Colorado. He has been the medical director of several rehab centers for chronic pain and addiction treatment. He is board certified in Pain Medicine (AAPM), Neurology, (ABN&P) and Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is a founding member, current board member and the tenth President (1994-1995) of the AAPM. He remains very active in medical, legal, regulatory and academic activities for the AAPM.

Dr. Stieg has 30 years experience in legal work, including arbitration, trial testimony, depositions, IMEs, file reviews and consulting to legal firms and regulatory agencies on disability, workers’ compensation, personal injury and medical malpractice cases.

Drew Sturgeon, PhD--UW Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Drew Sturgeon, PhDUW Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

John (Drew) Sturgeon, PhD is a fellowship-trained, licensed pain psychologist with specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as experience in other psychotherapeutic approaches for people with a wide variety of chronic pain conditions. Dr. Sturgeon has a particular interest in the roles of positive emotions and social relationships and how these factors promote better function and overall quality of life in people with chronic pain. He is currently an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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

Vivianne Tawfik, MD PhDStanford University School of Medicine

Vivianne Tawfik, MD, PhD is a board certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine physician who specializes in the treatment of complex chronic pain disorders including chronic post-operative pain, complex regional pain syndrome and peripheral nerve injury. She obtained her MD and PhD in Neuroscience, with a focus on basic pain mechanisms, at Dartmouth Medical School before joining the Stanford Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine as an anesthesiology resident in the Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine (FARM) program, of which she now serves as the Director. After completion of her subspecialty fellowship training in Pain Medicine, Dr. Tawfik joined the faculty at Stanford and continues to research the immune contribution to persistent pain while treating patients suffering from chronic pain. She enjoys science, sushi and snowboarding in her free time.

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

Title
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Preoperative & Pain Medicine
City/State
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.

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General Session I: Cannabis and Pain

Title
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
City/State
Gainesville, FL
Belinda Udeh

Belinda Udeh

Belinda L. Udeh PhD MPH is the Director of Health Economics, Clinical Transformation/Quality at Cleveland Clinic with joint positions in Neurology Institute Center for Outcomes Research (NICORE), Quantitative Health Sciences, Lerner Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Originally from Australia, Dr. Udeh earned a Bachelors degree in Podiatry from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She worked primarily as a diabetes/vascular podiatrist while completely a Masters in Public Health degree from QUT in Health Services Management,.a graduate degree in health economics from Monash University and a PhD in Health Economics from QUT. Dr Udeh’s research, publications and interests focus on: economic modeling, decision analysis; cost-effectiveness analysis; pharmacoeconomics; health technology/decision systems assessment; cost of illness/economic burden of illness; and indirect costs of healthcare, with a special interest in behavioral economics of health and population health. Dr. Udeh's clinical focus has been within anesthesia, critical care, pain management, neurology and hospital quality and operations. Dr. Udeh has held positions in clinical, administrative and research capacities in Australia, the US, and the US Virgin Islands. She was with the University of Iowa, Public Policy Center before joining Cleveland Clinic in 2011.

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.

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

Title
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
City/State
Durham, NC
Alison M. Vargovich, PhD--WVU Dept of Family Medicine

Alison M. Vargovich, PhDWVU Dept of Family Medicine

Alison Vargovich, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Behavioral Medicine at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. In her current position, she provides direct services to patients suffering with chronic pain, engages in research related to the psychosocial correlates of chronic pain, and teaches pain management and psychological care concepts to trainees and medical providers. She has published peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters within her areas of interest and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on the topics of chronic pain and opioid use/abuse. Dr. Vargovich is passionate about improving graduate medical education regarding the biopsychosocial treatment of chronic pain and providing affordable evidence-based treatment for patients with chronic pain in rural and underserved areas.

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Just the Facts, Ma’am: A Broad Overview of Evidence-Based Pain Psychology Treatments

Title
Assistant Professor
City/State
Morgantown, WV

Sayed E. Wahezi, MDMontefiore Medical Center

Dr. Wahezi earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Buffalo and completed his Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident.  He then completed an Interventional Spine fellowship at Spine Technology and Rehabilitation under the mentorship of Joseph D. Fortin. Following his training he completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, where he cultivated the clinical and academic development of the Pain Program. 

Dr. Wahezi currently serves as Associate Professor of PMR and Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City where he serves as the Program Director of the ACGME accredited Pain Fellowship. He has created a fellowship with an interventional focus and multidisciplinary foundation. His mission is to create an academic environment which fosters the growth of Pain Medicine by education and investigation/development of new devices and techniques.    

Dr. Wahezi is a long-standing member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), New York Pain Society (NYPS), Association of Academic Physiatrists, New York Pain Society (NYPS), and Eastern Pain Association.  He is a nominated AAPMR delegate representative for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Expert Panel on Pain Management, nominated representative on ASIPP’s expert lumbar stenosis panel and the Board of Directors for the NYPS.  He is a graduate of the Academy of Academic Physiatrists’ (AAP)  Program for Academic Leadership (PAL), nominated Board of Director member for the Academy of Pain Program Directors (APPD),  Reviewer and Editor for the Pain Physician Journal, co-director of for American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) membership council.  He is also a nominated member of the Promotions Committee at Montefiore/Einstein. In addition, he is a nominated Super Doctor, as identified by the New York Times Magazine.

Dr. Wahezi has authored more than fifty publications in peer reviewed pain journals, book chapters, abstracts, and posters.  He has presented several lectures at national meetings, and has given more than 150 academic lectures in Pain Management.  He is actively involved in basic science and clinical studies in Pain management. His basic science interests include the physiology of neuropathic and orthopedic pain.  His clinical research interests include innovative percutaneous pain treatments.

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Pain Medicine Trainees Special Session

Title
Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
City/State
Bronx, NY
Mark Wallace, MD--University of California, San Diego

Mark Wallace, MDUniversity 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 where he studied spinal drug delivery and a Clinical Pain Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology, 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.  In 2010, he assumed the position of Director, Division of Clinical Research in the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute (CTRI).  He is sub-investigator for the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award which supports the CTRI.  Dr. Wallace is on Board of Directors for the American Pain Society and has also served on numerous advisory boards for early drug and device development to treat acute and chronic pain.  He is experienced in all phases of clinical trials.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Pain Society Center of Excellence Award, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.  Dr. Wallace has authored and co-authored more than 320 articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters concerning pain research and management, including research on the use of medical cannabis to treat pain.  He has also authored numerous book chapters and review articles on medical cannabis to treat chronic pain.

Mark A. Ware, MBBS MRCP(UK) MSc--Canopy Growth Coporation

Mark A. Ware, MBBS MRCP(UK) MScCanopy Growth Coporation

Dr. Mark Ware is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation. He has taken a leave of absence as Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University from July 2018 to work in this capacity. He previously served as Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre for over 10 years, and was the Executive Director of the non-profit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids since 2007. He has served as co-director of the FRQS-supported Quebec Pain Research Network, and sat on the executive management team of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain at McGill University. His research has been funded and supported by CIHR, FRQS, private foundations and pharmaceutical companies. He has published over 100 papers on cannabis and pain research in academic journals, has written 6 book chapters, and has given hundreds of lectures to health professionals and the public on cannabis over the last 20 years. He has served as a consultant to several large corporate and academic research programs internationally. He has advised the Canadian federal government on cannabis policy since 2001, and 2016, he served as the vice chair of the Federal Task Force on the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada.

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General Session I: Cannabis and Pain

Title
Chief Medical Officer
City/State
Smiths Falls, ON, Canada
Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc--University of Pittsburgh

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MScUniversity of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ajay Wasan supervises clinical care across seven hospital pain clinics in the UPMC system, 10 clinical faculty members, the Department of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, and all Division of Pain Medicine research. This research is funded from a variety of sources, such as the National Institutes of Health and industry funds. Dr. Wasan’s current research interests are in the areas of tracking pain treatment outcomes using electronic records, mechanism-based treatment studies of negative affect in pain, quantitative sensory testing, and in preventing prescription opioid misuse in patients with chronic pain. His publications are in the general area of pain outcomes research, and cover topics such as opioid treatment, interventional treatments, neuropathic pain assessment, the brain physiology of chronic pain, and the impact of psychiatric factors on pain response. Dr. Wasan serves on AAPM’s Board of Directors, is a past co-chair of the AAPM Annual Meeting, and has served on both the Program Committee and Scientific Poster Abstract committees.

James C. Watson, MD--Mayo Clinic

James C. Watson, MDMayo Clinic

Dr. James 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 the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Dr. Watson chairs the Scientific Abstract Committee and serves on the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Steering Committee, as well as the Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee. He also serves on a national Anesthesia Neurologic Complications Practice Advisory Committee and cofounded an interventional headache special interest group.