Scientific/Education Planning Committee
Dmitri Souza, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Co-Chair)
Yasmine Hoydonckx, MD; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada (Co-Chair)
Antoun Nader, MD; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
(subject to change)
Sandeep Amin, MD; Rush University, Chicago, IL
Dalia Elmofty, MD; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Roderick Finlayson, MD; McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Christine Hunt, DO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Yasmine Hoydonckx, MD, MSc; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Antoun Nader, MD; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Jonathan Samet, MD; Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Dmitri Souza, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Invited Associate Faculty
(subject to change)
Ehtesham Baig, MSc, MD, FRCPC; University Health Network, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
CeCe Chen, MD;
Paul Etheridge, MBChB, CCFP; University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada
Troy Henning, MD
Jules Huang-Lionnet, MD, MBA; Greenwich Health, Greenwich, CT
Bhavana Kalamuru, MD
Pranab Kumar, MD
Melinda Lawrence, MD; University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
Jennifer McDonald, MD; Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, ON, Canada
Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown, MD; Emory University School of Medicine, GA
Nimish Mittal, MD; University of Toronto, Canada
Adam Pourcho, MD
Harpreet Sangha, MD, FRCPC; University of Toronto, ON, Canada
Vinita Singh, MD; Emory University School of Medicine, GA
Mercy Udoji, MD
Sandeep Amin, MD, is the chairman of anesthesia at Rush Oak Park Hospital, medical director at Rush Pain Center at Oak Park, and associate attending and associate professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Previously he was the director of pain fellowship education at Rush University Medical Center and assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois Hospitals. He attended medical school at Municipal Medical College in India and completed his residency in anesthesia at the University of Illinois Hospitals, where he was chief resident. He completed a fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center and was a clinical fellow in pain medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. His clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome, low back pain, failed back surgery syndrome, cancer pain, supraorbital and occipital neuralgia, neuromodulation and targeted drug delivery, and radiofrequency denervation.
Qian "Cece" Chen, MD, is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology at NYU. She received her bachelor's degree from MIT, MD from Stanford School of Medicine, completed her residency in anesthesiology at Washington University and completed her fellowship in pain medicine at NYU.
Dalia Elmofty, MD, is an associate professor at the University of Chicago. During these years, she has continued to commit her time towards the education of young physicians, residents, fellows, practitioners, being involved in many hands on educational sessions at conferences locally, regionally and nationally. She has authored and co-authored several textbook chapters and peer-reviewed publications. Her academic interests include procedural simulation for neuraxial procedures, epidural simulations for anesthesiology residents and virtual reality simulation for pain fellowship training.
Paul Etheridge, MBChB, CCFP, is a pain management physician with more than 20 years’ experience in helping patients in chronic pain. He completed the Clinical Pain Fellowship at McGill University in 2012 and is now the Medical Director at the Bill Nelems Pain & Research Centre (BNPRC) in Kelowna, a Regional Pain Centre for the BC Interior. He specializes in ultrasound-guided spine procedures and with multiple publications in the field, he continues to do research to develop new techniques and improve patient outcomes.
Roderick Finlayson, MD, is a professor in the departments of anesthesia of the Universities of British Columbia and McGill. He completed his anesthesia residency at McGill University in 1996, and a fellowship in pain management in 1997. He works at the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre in Kelowna British Columbia, where he practices pain medicine. He is active in the field of ultrasound imaging for interventional pain procedures, where his research focuses on the development and validation of new spine-related techniques.
Yasmine Hoydonckx, MD, MSc, FIPP, is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesia and pain medicine at the University of Toronto. She has a master of science in clinical epidemiology. Her interests are in chronic pain treatments like infusions, image-guided, and neuromodulation procedures. She created the Craniofacial Pain Program at Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute. She has leadership roles in pain organizations and is a member of the Board of the Canadian Neuromodulation Society. She has received the prestigious Canadian Pain Society Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant.
Julie H. Huang-Lionnet, MD, MBA, is a Harvard and Hopkins-trained board-certified anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain management. Committed to patient care, Dr. Huang-Lionnet's clinical interests encompass a wide range of pain conditions. Dr. Huang-Lionnet has clinical and research interests in minimally invasive spine, biologics, targeted drug development, sports medicine, neuromodulation, and regenerative medicine. She continues to be heavily involved in clinical trials and basic science research for drug discovery and technology development. Dr. Huang-Lionnet has published numerous articles in nationally recognized journals and has also been invited to present at numerous national and international conferences.
Christine Hunt, DO, is an assistant professor in pain medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Her clinical and research interests include neuromodulation, regenerative medicine, ultrasound, axial pain, musculoskeletal pain, and neuropathic pain management including in the spinal cord injured population.
Melinda M. Lawrence, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. She is the program director of the pain medicine fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Her interests include education in the field of pain medicine, interventional pain procedures, cancer related pain, and neuromodulation.
Jennifer McDonald, MD, graduated from McGill University with a BSc (Hon). After obtaining her MD from the University of Toronto (U of T) in 2011, she completed her residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa (2016). She is a Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (EMG) diplomate. With a special interest in musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain, Dr. McDonald pursued additional fellowship training in interventional pain medicine at U of T, department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (2017). She is an ASRA Pain Medicine and MSK Ultrasound Certificate (ASRA-PMUC) diplomate. She is also a member of the ASRA-PMUC Exam Editorial Board and teaches at several pain and MSK ultrasound workshops in Canada and the United States.
Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and division chief for the pain division at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Nimish Mittal, MBBS, MD, is an assistant professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He holds cross-appointment in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine and faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Mittal is a clinician-researcher and holds a master’s in health research methodology. His clinical and research interests include advancing innovative best clinical practices in chronic musculoskeletal joint pains using image-guided injections. He has published several articles on image-guided interventions in international peer-reviewed journals. He is an invited speaker at several international physiatry and pain conferences.
Antoun M. Nader, MD, is a professor in the department of anesthesiology and orthopedics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. He is the section chief for regional anesthesia and acute pain management at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the medical director for acute pain medicine. He is also the fellowship co-director for the adult and pediatric regional anesthesia and acute pain management fellowship at McGaw Medical center, Northwestern University. Dr. Nader is board certified in anesthesiology, with a subspecialty certification in pain management. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, ASRA Pain Medicine, and the Association of University Anesthesiologists. With interests in neuroanesthesiology and pain management, he is engaged in numerous activities, including authorship, editorial work, grant review, lecturing for many societies. During his medical career in pain management, he has authored and coauthored more than 150 original peer-reviewed articles, editorials, reviews, books, commentaries, case reports, and technical notes. He is very involved in the development of institutional pathways for regional anesthesia and pain management protocols that have resulted in publications in major anesthesia journals.
Adam Pourcho, DO, ATC, ARDMSK, is a board-certified physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He specializes in the treatment and prevention of sports and musculoskeletal related injuries. His undergraduate education was completed at Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with Specialization in Athletic Training. He graduated from medical school at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, did his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wayne State University, and did his fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Over the last 22 years as an athletic trainer and doctor he has worked as the head team physician for the Seattle Storm Women’s professional basketball team and has worked with the Seattle Reign women’s professional soccer team, Detroit Lions (National Football League), Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Rochester Community Technical College, MHSAA wrestling, AAU wrestling, and athletes of all ages. He has been very active academically, teaching ultrasound to fellow physicians both nationally and internationally, and in research with multiple publications on sports related injuries, regenerative medicine, ultrasound guided carpal tunnel release, and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Jonathan Samet, MD, is an associate professor of radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, primarily based at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, serving as the division head of body imaging, and section head of musculoskeletal imaging. He also works in the adult musculoskeletal radiology section at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He trained in diagnostic radiology at Northwestern University followed by subspecialization in musculoskeletal radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He studies nerve imaging with MRI neurography and ultrasound, bone/soft tissue tumors, and bone marrow composition.
Vinita Singh, MD, is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is the director of Cancer Pain and do-director of research for the Pain Division at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and has a particular clinical and research interest in interventional and non-opioid pharmacotherapy for pain, including ketamine. She was awarded the KL2 junior faculty career development award in research by the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance in 2018, funded via the National Institutes of Health. As part of this program, she did a master’s in clinical and translational research. She has over two dozen publications and presented multiple national/international lectures and ultrasound workshops.
Dmitri Souza, MD, PhD, is a clinical professor of anesthesiology at Ohio University and Western Reserve Hospital. He serves as a faculty and a member of board directors at national physician symposia where he teaches pain medicine. He is a member of the ASRA Pain Medicine Ultrasonography in Pain Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG) and one of the leaders of ASRA Pain Medicine's Regenerative Medicine SIG.
Mercy Udoji, MD, FASA, is a Tennessee native who attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. After, she completed interventional Pain Fellowship training at the Weill-Cornell/ Hospital for Special Surgery/Memorial Sloan Kettering tri-institute fellowship. She is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and has added qualifications in medical quality and patient safety. Her current clinical interests include interventional management of cancer pain, workplace violence in the healthcare system.