Scientific/Education Planning Committee
Amy Pearson, MD; Aurora Advocate Health Care, Coralville, IA, 2022 Meeting Chair
Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD; University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL, Resident Section Advisor
Martha Bentley-McLachlan, BSN, OCN, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY, Nurse Practitioner Representative
Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH, FAAPMR, FAAOE; Brown University, Lifespan Physician Group, Providence, RI, 2023 Meeting Chair
Maxim Eckmann, MD; UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, CME Committee Chair for Pain Medicine
Sam S. Eldabe, MB, ChB, FRCA, FFMPRCA; James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
Alex Feoktistov, MD, PhD; Synergy Integrative Headache Center, Northfield, IL
Maged Guirguis, MD; Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA, 2021 Committee Chair, 2021 Meeting Chair
Jennifer Grimmer, DNP, FNP-BC; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY, PA Representative
Christine Hunt, DO; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2024 Meeting Chair
Leena Mathew, MD; Columbia Univeristy, New York, NY
Colin McCartney, MBChB, PhD, FRCA, FFARCSI, FRCPC; University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, CME Committee Chair for Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine
Ameet Nagpal, MD; University of Texas Health San Antonio, TX
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, ASRA Pain Medicine President/Ex-Officio
Keith Newton, MD, Redmond Anesthesia and Pain Treatment, PC, Rome, GA, Resident Section Chair
Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, MMS; University of Florida, Gainesville
Shalini Shah, MD; University of California Irvine
Brian D. Sites, MD; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Plainfield, NH; Editor-in-Chief, Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine
Eellan Sivanesan, MD; Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Mercy Udoji, MD; Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Decatur, GA
Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA, Duke University, Durham, NC, Practice Management Committee
Nafisseh S. Warner, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Rany Abdallah, MD, PhD, MBA; Apico Pain Management, Wilmington, DE
Nirmala Abraham, MD; Kettering Health, Miamisburg, OH
Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD; University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
Maria Arboleda, MD; Sante Cannabis Clinic, Montreal/ Hospital Angeles Pedregal, Mexico City, Montreal, Canada
Amany Ayad, MD, FIPP; Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Kimberlee Bayless, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN; George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Martha Bentley-McLachlan, BSN; Rosewell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY
Amber Brooks, MD, MS; Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC
Chad Brummett, MD; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Aaron Calodney, MD; Precision Spine Care, Tyler, TX
Kenneth Candido, MD; Chicago Anesthesia Pain Specialists, Chicago, IL
Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH, FAAPMR, FAAOE; Brown University, Lifespan Physician Group, Providence, RI
Andrea Chadwick, MD; University of Kansas School of Medicine, Leawood, KS
Christine Chambers, PhD, Rpsych; Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Jinguao Cheng, MD, PhD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Sandy Christiansen, MD; Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Hance Clarke, MD, PhD; Toronto General Hospital/ University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
Steven Cohen, MD; Johns Hopkins & Walter Reed, Clarksville, MD
Jose de Andres, MD, PhD, EDRA; Valencia General University Hospital, Valencia, Spain
Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD; University at Buffalo - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Timothy Deer, MD; Spine and Nerve Center of the Virginias, Charleston, WV
Tina Doshi, MD, MHS; Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD
Shravani Durbhakula, MD; Johns Hopkins University, Clarksville, MD
Maxim Eckmann, MD; University of Texas Health, San Antonio, TX
David Edwards, MD, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Franklin, TN
Sam Eldabe, MD, FRCA; The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough, United Kingdom
Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dalia Elmofty, MD; University of Chicago, Naperville, IL
Hesham Elsharkawy, MD, MBA, MSc, FASA; MetroHealth/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Yashar Eshraghi, MD; Ochsner Health System, Metairie, LA
Alexander Feoktistov, MD, PhD; Synergy Integrative Headache Center, Northfield, IL
Timothy Furnish, MD; University of California San Diego, CA
Vasudha Goel, MBBS; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Johnathan Goree, MD; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Stuart Grant, MD, ChB, MMCI; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Jay Grider, DO; University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Maged Guirguis, MD; Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA
Rajnish Gupta, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Jennifer Hah, MD, MS; Stanford University, Sunnyvale, CA
Afton Hassett, PsyD; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Salim Hayek, MD, PhD; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
W. Michael Hooten, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Yasmine Hoydonckx, MD, MSc, FIPP; University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital, ON, Canada
Christine Hunt, DO, MS; Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Oluwatobi Hunter, DNP, AGACNP-BC; Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
Heather Jackson, MSN, APRN-BC; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD; Carolinas Pain Institute, Winston-Salem, NC
Narayan Kissoon, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Lynn Kohan, MD; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Sandra Kopp, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Sanjeev Kumar, MD; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Imanuel Lerman, MD; University of California, San Diego, CA
Leena Mathew, MD; Columbia University, New York, NY
Zachary McCormick, MD; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Maged Mina, MD; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX
Susan Moeschler, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Jee Youn Moon, MD, PhD; Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
Sergey Motov, MD; Maimonides Medical Center, Staten Island, NY
Antoun Nader, MD; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Ameet Nagpal, MD; UT Health San Antonio, Department of Anesthesiology, San Antonio, TX
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Kate Nicholson, JD; National Pain Advocacy Center, Boulder, CO
Vwaire Orhurhu, MD, MPH; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Lock Haven, PA
Amy Pearson, MD; University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Philip Peng, MBBS; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Erika Petersen, MD; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Carlos Pino, MD; Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Sudheer Potru, DO; Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA
David Provenzano, MD; Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care, Sewickley, PA
Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, MMS; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Meg Rosenblatt, MD; Mount Sinai Morningside and West Hospitals, New York, NY
Richard Rosenquist, MD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Yusef Sayed, MD; VA Texas Coastal Bend, Harlingen, TX
Gary Schwartz, MD, FASA, AABP; Maimonides Medical Center, Melville, NY
Jarna Shah, MD; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Shalini Shah, MD, MBA; University of California Irvine Health, Irvine, CA
Hariharan Shankar, MBBS; Medical College of Wisconsin, Brookfield, WI
Harsha Shanthanna, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC; McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Ashley Shilling, MD; University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Brian Sites, MD; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Plainfield, NH
Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH; Advanced Pain Therapy, PLLC, Hattiesburg, MS
Eellan Sivanesan, MD; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Dmitri Souza, MD; Western Reserve Hospital, Ohio University, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
M-Irfan Suleman, MBBS, MD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Potomac, MD
Reda Tolba, MD; Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emeritas
Stephanie Vanterpool, MD, MBA, FASA; University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN
Eugene Viscusi, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA; Duke Raleigh Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC
Gina Votta-Velis, MD; University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Sayed Wahezi, MD; Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Anureet Walia, MBBS; University of Iowa Health, Coralville, IA
Nafisseh Warner, MD, ScM; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
James Watson, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Anna Woodbury, MD; Emory University and Atlanta VAHCS, Atlanta, GA
Alexander Bautista, MD; University of Louisville, KY
Qian CeCe Chen, MD; NYU Langone Health, New York, NY
Genevieve D’Souza, MD, FASA; Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Priyanka Ghosh, MD; Remedy Medical Group, San Francisco, CA
Florin Orza, MD; Atrium/Soope Anesthesia of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Scott Pritzlaff, MD; University of California- Davis, Sacramento, CA
Tejinder Swaran Singh, MBBS, MD; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Vinita Singh, MD; Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA
Mercy Udoji, MD, FASA; Emory University and Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA
Bhavana Yalamuru, MBBS; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Rany Abdallah, MD, PhD, MBA, is president of Apico Pain Management. He completed his MD and PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina, his anesthesia residency at Rush University in Chicago, and his Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He served as faculty at Temple University Health and chief of the Interventional Pain Division at the University of Vermont Health. He then transitioned to private practice.
Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesia and critical care, program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship, and section chief of pain management services at the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago, IL. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Iowa and an anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following a pain medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. She is an accomplished national and international educator, author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, and a member of many professional organizations, editorial boards, and scientific committees that review the academic curriculum for various pain medicine meetings. She developed and edited a series of textbooks for anesthesiology subspecialties based on the problem-based mode of learning. Dr. Anitescu focuses research on improving the quality of life of patients with acute, chronic, or cancer pain through multimodal, multifaceted interventions as well as use of infusion pharmacology and neuromodulation.
Maria Fernanda Arboleda, MD, is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, located in Bogota, Colombia, where she received her medical degree. Later, she obtained her specialty certificate in anesthesia and following, a pain management and palliative care fellowship diploma from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, located in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Arboleda also accomplished a Spine-Regional Anesthesia Fellowship at the McGill University Health Center and a post-doctoral research fellowship in Supportive Cancer Care and Medical Cannabis at the Department of Oncology, McGill University, and at Santé Cannabis, a leading specialized cannabis clinic in Canada. Presently, Dr. Arboleda is an international consultant and medical advisor as well as the associate research director at Santé Cannabis. Likewise, she is a co-investigator on several research projects that are being developed in Canada and has extensive experience as international speaker and faculty in more than 80 international conferences and medical meetings, contributing to the training and education of more than 6,000 health care professionals in Latin America, Canada, and the United Kingdom, among other countries. She has also participated in international panels and forums dedicated to medical cannabis patients and caregivers.
Amany Ayad, MD, FIPP, is a professor of anesthesia and pain management at Cairo University in Egypt. She is the chair of pain management at El Manyal Specialized Hospital, Cairo University, as well as a consultant of anesthesia and pain management and head of pain management in Dar Al Fouad Hospital, Egypt. Dr. Amany has more than 18 publications in the Egyptian Journal of Anesthesia, Pain Practice Journal, Journal of International Medical Research, and Pain Medicine Journal. She has contributed a chapter in the JHACO book Approaches to Pain Management, An Essential Guide for Clinical Leaders. She is co-founder and general secretary of the African Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain. In April 2011 she was elected secretary of the Middle East Chapter of the World Institute of Pain. She is a member of the Egyptian Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Ayad is co-founder and member of the Egyptian Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, member of the Egyptian Society of Pain Management, member and fellow of the World Institute of Pain, and member of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Alexander Bautista, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Louisville. He works as a practicing anesthesiologist and pain management physician at UofL. He currently serves as the medical director of the Pain Clinic and Fellowship program director. He is an active member of ASRA Pain Medicine and serves as part of the membership committee as well as CME liaison for ASRA Pain Medicine Global Health initiatives. He has been serving as a board member for the Inter Hospital Study Group for Anesthesia Education as well as a question writer for the ABA pain examination.
Kimberlee Bayless, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN, is a nurse practitioner and the director of the transitional pain service at the department at George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. She received her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner and doctorate of nursing practice with an emphasis in micro-dose intrathecal pump guidelines. Dr. Bayless is SAMHSA certified for addiction treatment. She is the vice-chair of the NP/PA/RN Special Interest Group for ASRA Pain Medicine. Dr. Bayless is the 2019 Secretary’s Ward Excellence and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2022 Utah State Award for Excellence.
Martha Bentley-McLachlan, BSN, RN, OCN, is an oncology nurse and coordinator for the Division of Pain at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The focus of her care has been chronic cancer-related pain and symptom management. She is one of the founding members of the ASRA’s NP/PA/RN SIG, currently a co-chair. She also serves as one of the liaison's for the NP/PA/RN SIG’s Newsletter and has lectured at the ASRA Fall NP/PA/Nurse program for the last four years.
Amber Brooks, MD, MS, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and comprehensive pain management physician who specializes in treating a variety of different pain conditions using a multimodal approach that includes treatments such as medication, injection therapies, and movement therapies. She works closely with her patients to develop a treatment plan that focuses on improving physical function and quality of life. Her clinical research focuses on developing non-medication treatments for older adults with chronic pain. She has received 3 grants from the National Institutes of Health to support this research. She currently serves as the associate editor for Pain Medicine journal, Section on Pain & Aging. Throughout her career, she has sought to use medicine as a conduit for justice and equity through her clinical work, teaching, clinical research focused on vulnerable populations, and community engagement. She received the 2019 WFBH Inclusion Award for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives in the department of anesthesiology and across the institution. In July 2020, she was appointed the Justice Thread Director at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. She also serves as the inaugural Vice Chair of Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Anesthesiology at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.
Chad Brummett, MD, is a professor at the University of Michigan where he serves as the senior associate chair for research. He has more than 200 publications, including articles in top journals such as JAMA, JAMA Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Annals of Surgery. He is the co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN), which aims to apply a preventative approach to the opioid epidemic in the United States through appropriate prescribing after surgery, dentistry and emergency medicine. In addition, his research interests include predictors of acute and chronic post-surgical pain and failure to derive benefit for interventions and surgeries primarily performed to treat pain. In particular, Dr. Brummett is interested in the impact of a fibromyalgia-like or centralized pain phenotype on analgesic outcomes. He is the co-principal investigator of four major NIH grants (two NIH RO1s, a P50, and a UM1) studying these concepts, and also receives funding from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Aaron Calodney, MD, is past president of the Texas Pain Society and past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has served on the board of the International Spine Intervention Society for many years and was director of Education. Dr. Calodney is board certified in anesthesiology and carries subspecialty certification in pain management through the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Calodney earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, MO, and completed a family medicine internship at St Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY. His residency in anesthesiology and subsequent interventional pain management fellowship was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at the Denver Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO.
Kenneth D. Candido, MD, is chair of the Department of Pain Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and clinical professor of anesthesiology and clinical professor of surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Candido is a highly visible presence regionally and nationally in the pain management community. Since becoming chair in 2008, Dr. Candido has spearheaded a pain management program which has realized double-digit expansion in each of his 10 years there, and presently serves as fellowship director of the Pain Medicine Program (ACGME Accredited). Dr. Candido has published extensively on areas of acute and chronic pain management, and to date has written more than 155 original peer-referenced papers on a variety of topics related to controlling pain. He has also written more than 85 textbook chapters on diverse areas of pain control and has lectured to international audiences on the complex nature of pain and its treatment. Several of his works deal with finding appropriate solutions to dealing with painful conditions in patients who have underlying or iatrogenic addictive diseases which often blurs the distinction between therapy aimed at physiological ailments versus those designed to combat psychological distress.
Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH, DABPMR, FAAOE, FFSMB, is dual board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) as well as pain medicine. He is a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery and neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and his fellowship in pain medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He earned certification in Medical Acupuncture from Harvard Medical.
Andrea Chadwick, MD, MS, completed her residency in anesthesiology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), then trained in pain medicine at the same institution. Concurrently with fellowship training, Dr. Nicol conferred a master’s of science in clinical research through the UCLA Department of Biomathematics. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Lawrence where her clinical responsibilities include chronic pain and her research interests include fibromyalgia, centralized pain syndromes, and mechanisms of the chronification of pain.
Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych FCAHS, is an international leader in the study of children’s pain. A clinical psychologist, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, and professor at Dalhousie University, she is passionate about research impact, ensuring her work improves children’s pain in policy and practice. As the scientific director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), she is also a recognized leader and innovator in patient engagement, partnerships, and the mobilization of health research.
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.
Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, is professor of anesthesiology and director of the Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Cheng has published more than 260 articles and two textbooks and has trained more than 180 clinical and research fellows. His achievements in patient care, research, and education were recognized by numerous honors including Best Doctors in America, 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in the U.S., Top Doctors, and Best in Medicine Award.
Sandy Christiansen, MD, is an assistant professor in the anesthesiology department at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR who specializes in chronic pain management. Dr. Christiansen joined the faculty of the comprehensive pain center in 2016 after completing her fellowship in pain medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She specializes in the treatment of cancer, neuropathic and spine related pain advocating a multimodal approach to all patients.
Hance Clarke, MD, PhD, is the director of pain services and the pain research unit at the Toronto General Hospital. He is the Knowledge Translation Chair for the University of Toronto Centre For the Study of Pain and an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Clarke has played a leading role in educating the public about pain control, alternatives to opioids, and the need for further studies on the beneficial and adverse effects of cannabis. He is a champion of evidence-based solutions for the opioid crisis and an advocate for a national pain and addictions strategy. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to speak on pain control, cannabis, and the opioid crisis to the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada, and elsewhere around the world.
Steven P. Cohen, MD, is professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, neurology, physical medicine rehabilitation, and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also chief of pain medicine and director of pain operations at Johns Hopkins and director of pain research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Cohen has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and was listed by ExpertScape as the leading pain expert in the world.
Jose De Andres, MD, PhD, EDRA, is qualified from the School of Medicine at Valencia University and is now its tenured professor of anesthesiology of the Valencia University School of Medicine. Also in the General University Hospital in Valencia, Spain, he is chair of anesthesia, critical care, and the multidisciplinary pain management department. He is involved in ongoing research in pain, on the editorial boards of several national and international journals, and vice chair of the examining board of the European Society of Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy to obtain the European Diploma of Chronic Pain Management (EDPM). Dr. De Andres is the recipient of the 2022 John J. Bonica Award.
Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD, is the senior vice-chair and professor of anesthesiology (tenure track), department of anesthesiology, and professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is also chief of the division of pain medicine and a professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY. Dr. de Leon-Casasola was the editor-in-chief of the journal Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management from 2000 to 2011. He also served on the editorial board of Seminars in Pain Medicine and the Journal of the Spanish Society of Pain. Dr. de Leon-Casasola served as president of ASRA Pain Medicine from 2015-2017.
Timothy Deer, MD, is
the world leader in research, product development, and education in the practice
of interventional spine and pain treatment. he is the president and CEO of The
Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias. He is also a clinical professor of anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Deer has
been a leader in the field of interventional techniques and neuromodulation for
more than two decades. His rich research career has included many pivotal
studies to achieve FDA approval, and many “first in human” approved
devices. Dr. Deer has provided cadaver-based
training to over 3,000 physicians in novel methods of pain relief without the
need for opioids. His work has led to more
than 200 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters, and full textbooks. Dr.
Deer has held many national and international society positions including his
current roles as the chair of the American
Society of Pain and Neuroscience, past president of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS),
and president Emeritus of the West
Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP). He is he past chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologist Committee of Pain Medicine, a member of the West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program, and
has been involved in the peer review process to improve the quality of research
in the international arena. In addition to his many endeavors in medicine, Dr.
Deer is an avid ultrarunner completing several 100-mile races. Dr. Deer is blessed with a more than 30-year
marriage to his wife, Melissa, and has four children.
Tina Doshi, MD, MHS, is an assistant professor in the division of pain medicine in the departments of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and of neurological surgery at Johns Hopkins University. She completed anesthesiology residency at Washington University in St. Louis and pain medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins, where she stayed to complete a T32 fellowship and a master's in clinical investigation. Her research and clinical interests include craniofacial and neuropathic pain, novel pain biomarkers, and ultrasound guidance in chronic pain procedures. She is chair of the Women in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine SIG.
Genevieve D'souza, MD, FASA, is a pediatric pain physician and board-certified anesthesiologist at the department of anesthesia, perioperative and pain management at Stanford University. She is also the director of the pediatric anesthesia resource center (preop Clinic). She is a trained acupuncturist and proceduralist. When she is not working, she loves to travel, craft, and relax at the beach.
Shravani Durbhakula, MD, MPH, MBA, is a double board-certified interventional pain physician and anesthesiologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She directs the medical school’s pain and opioids curriculum—a novel mandatory course for medical students that has attained national recognition due to its public health significance. She is the creator of PainRounds.org, a digital curriculum on neuromodulation devices that answers to a federally-recognized education gap in pain medicine. She is also the host of Pain Matters, which is the official healthcare innovation podcast for AAPM.
Maxim Eckmann, MD, is the ASRA Pain Medicine CME co-chair (Pain), Texas Pain Society president, and ABA examiner. He has special interest in chronic joint pain and peripheral neuromodulation. He is the medical director of the University of Texas Pain Consultants Clinic in San Antonio, TX.
David A. Edwards, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and division chief of pain medicine at Vanderbilt. He oversees care of patients in urban and rural specialty clinics that treat cancer pain, chronic pain, operative pain, and substance use disorder. His research program includes NIH-funded investigations of outcomes after perioperative opioid exposure and trials in drug development of non-opioid options for treatment of pain and opioid use disorder. He teaches a course on pain, policy, and addiction at Vanderbilt Medical School where students learn to impact policy.
Samuel Eldabe, MD, is a consultant in pain medicine at The James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough and Honorary Professor of Pain Medicine at University of Warwick Medical School and visiting professor at Teesside University. He has extensive experience with a number of neuromodulation techniques and indications including vascular, neuropathic pain and cancer pain as well as spasticity of cerebral and spinal origins. He has a strong interest in neuromodulation research particularly issues relating to the placebo effect and sham controlled trials. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 papers in the areas of pain management and neuromodulation. His current research interests include deprescribing opioids and the use of neuromodulation for rehabilitation of back pain sufferers, spinal cord stimulation for refractory angina, use of sham control in spinal cord stimulation as well as the utility of screening trials in spinal cord stimulation.
Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE, MBA, is a professor of anesthesiology and the vice chair of clinical operations in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Elkassabany did his undergraduate and medical education at Alexandria University. He was then appointed as a faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology at Menoufia University, Egypt. He completed his anesthesia residency training at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, and his regional anesthesia subspecialty training at the University of Florida at Gainesville. He earned a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in December 2012 from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA in December 2021 from the Fox School of Business of Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Elkassabany was the division chief of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 2010-2022. His research interest focuses on patients’ outcomes after orthopedic surgery, specifically patients who receive regional anesthesia in different clinical settings. He is especially interested in improving patient outcomes after major joint arthroplasty and defining the value added by regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine to patients’ perioperative experience. Nabil is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He also chairs the educational track subcommittee on regional anesthesia and acute pain at the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
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.
Hesham Elsharkawy, MD, MBA, MSc, FASA, is a staff member at MetroHealth and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Elsharkawy’s research focus has been on development of new technologies, new pain procedures, and the transition from acute to chronic pain. This interest led him to establish the Persistent Postoperative Pain Special Interest Group. He has experience in research, has contributed to the field of regional anesthesia, and has been invited to many lectures and workshops, in national and international conferences, and on numerous grand rounds. Dr. Elsharkawy is also actively involved in multiple research projects and multicenter studies and has received multiple grants to support research projects. The core of his educational activities is teaching residents and fellows in different clinical settings, as well as during formal lectures, journal clubs, simulation sessions, workshops, and problem-based learning discussions. He earned an MBA from Cleveland State University, which helps him to lead many departmental projects.
Yashar Eshraghi, MD, was trained as an anesthesiology resident in the department of anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center and graduated in 2015. Thereafter, he pursued chronic fellowship program in pain medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, before joining the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at University of California, Irvine as a clinical assistant professor from September of 2016 until June 2018. He will soon start as a faculty member and director of research at Ochsner Clinic Pain Management Division.
Alexander Feoktistov, MD, is the founder and the president of the Synergy Integrative Headache Center in Chicago, IL. He is board-certified in headache medicine and is a diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine. He co-authored 9 book chapters and published over 40 articles on the topics of headache and neck pain. In 2015, he was named the recipient of the 2015 National Headache Foundation Lectureship Award. Since 2019, Dr. Feoktistov serves as the president of the American Interventional Headache Society.
Timothy Furnish, MD, is a clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at UC San Diego where he is associate chief of the pain division, associate program director of the pain fellowship, and director of the inpatient pain service. His practice includes high-risk perioperative pain, cancer-related pain, and chronic pain management. Dr. Furnish has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed both his anesthesia residency and pain medicine fellowship at UC San Diego. He has studied, published, and lectured on postoperative pain management, gabapentin and opioid-related risks in inpatients, intrathecal drug delivery, the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of pain, and classical psychedelics and analgesia.
Priyanka Ghosh, MD, is a double boarded interventional pain medicine physician and anesthesiologist in San Francisco, CA, focused on both clinical medicine and research. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University with her dual degree with honors in both neuroscience and literary, her MD with Distinction at the University of California, San Francisco, her residency at Harvard Medical School and fellowship at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She was also ASRA Fellow of the Year 2020!
Vasudha Goel, MBBS, is an interventional pain management physician practicing at the University of Minnesota. She found her interest in pain management while completing medical school in India. She went on to complete residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and pain medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has a special interest in helping the cancer survivor suffering from chronic pain. After clinical duties, teaching and clinical research she enjoys painting and spending time with her two little kids.
Johnathan Goree, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he is the director of the chronic pain division, program director of the pain medicine fellowship, and chair of the opioid stewardship committee. Dr. Goree considers himself a quality of life physician who is focused on improving function through opioid sparing interventional care. His research interests include complex regional pain syndrome, the effects of opioid education, racial disparities in chronic pain care, implementation science, and studying efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field.
Stuart Grant, MBChB, MMCI, graduated from the University of Glasgow, Scotland MB ChB in 1989 and trained in anesthesiology in Glasgow before taking an appointment at Duke University in 2002. He earned his master's degree in management clinical informatics at Duke. He is now chief of the division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has multiple publications on the use of regional anesthesia in major joint replacement, and in ambulatory surgery. His textbook Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia is now in its second edition.
Jay Grider, DO, is the associate chief medical officer for UKHealthCare Ambulatory Services and the medical director for UKHealthCare Pain Services. He is active in ASRA Pain Medicine, NANS, and ASIPP. Additionally, he serves on national committees related to pain medicine in the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Grider has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to neuromodulation, interventional techniques and opioid pharmacology for ASRA Pain Medicine, ASIPP, and NANS.
Maged Guirguis, MD, serves as the system chair of the pain management department at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA. He is an assistant professor for the University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School where he also serves as the pain medicine rotation director as well as serving as a clinical assistant professor in the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. After completing a residency in internal medicine in his home country, he joined the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for a research fellowship in pain medicine, after which he completed his residency in anesthesiology and clinical fellowship in pain management. Dr. Guirguis is triple board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and headache management. Dr. Guirguis has published numerous papers and book chapters as well as presented various clinical studies and peer-reviewed abstracts on pain medicine at national and international meetings. He serves as faculty and member of the Pain Educational Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and in both the research and education committees for the international neuromodulation and the North American neuromodulation societies. He has a special interest in neuromodulation, headache management, and ultrasound-guided interventions for acute and chronic pain.
Rajnish Gupta, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. His clinical focus is on regional anesthesia, acute pain management, and orthopedics anesthesia. He has been the director of the Acute Pain Service and now currently serves as the director of Orthopedics Anesthesia at VUMC. Dr. Gupta’s research focus includes regional anesthesia techniques, resident education, technology integration into clinical practice, smartphone app development, and endogenous mechanisms of pain experience.
Jennifer Hah, MD, MS, is triple boarded in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction medicine. She is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine at Stanford University. She has practiced pain medicine over a decade educating trainees and clinicians in ultrasound-guided interventions, neuromodulation, and evidence-based treatments at the cutting edge. As a clinical epidemiologist and physician-scientist, she leads NIH-funded research at the intersection between mood, pain and medication use. She is the director of the Stanford Pelvic Pain program.
Afton Hassett, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who is an associate professor and director of pain and opioid research in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. As a principal investigator at the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, she conducts highly collaborative research related to exploring the role of cognitive, affective, and behavioral factors in chronic pain populations.
Salim Hayek, MD, is currently the chief of the division of pain medicine at University Hospitals and professor in the department of anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Following a residency in anesthesiology training at Henry Ford Hospital and University Hospitals of Cleveland, he completed a PhD in cellular physiology at Case Western Reserve University in 2000 and subsequently obtained fellowship training in pain medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.He is well published and serves on the editorial board of most pain journals. He is currently president-elect for NANS.
W. Michael Hooten, MD, is a pain medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Clinical research interests include investigating the clinical determinants of unintended prolonged opioid use, the clinical effects of smoking on pain outcomes, and clinical implementation of quantitative sensory testing.
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.
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.
Oluwatobi Hunter, DNP, AGACNP-BC, is an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System. She is an x-waivered provider on the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Service and the Transitional Pain Service. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and master's degree at Columbia University in New York City. She then returned to the University of Pittsburgh to earn her doctorate in nursing practice. She currently services as the Webcast Liaison for the NP/PA/RN SIG.
Heather J. Jackson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, is an internationally recognized pain clinician practicing in the cancer pain and symptom management clinic of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also an assistant professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as well as the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. As a nursing scientist, Dr. Jackson has advanced the use of acupuncture for the treatment of pain and opioid dependence in adult, neonatal, and pediatric populations.
Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology at Carolinas Pain Institute in Clemmons, NC. Dr. Kapural’s interests include spinal cord stimulation and visceral abdominal pain. Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education, extensive research, and innovations in the area of pain treatments which brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 100 journal articles, 100 abstracts, two books and 20 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors of America.”
Narayan R. Kissoon, MD, is an assistant professor of neurology and anesthesia at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is board certified in neurology, pain medicine, and headache, and his clinical practice primarily involves interventional pain management, with a special focus in interventional management of craniofacial pain and neuromodulation. He studies the mechanisms of action and clinical outcomes in treatments for headache and chronic pain. This research includes clinical trials investigating the efficacy of percutaneous interventions and impact of pain treatments on nervous system function.
Lynn Kohan, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Virginia. She obtained her medical degree from Georgetown University, where she also completed her anesthesia residency. She completed her pain medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia and stayed on as faculty. She currently serves as the Pain Management Fellowship director. Her research and clinical interests include head and facial pain, novel RF techniques, medical and interventional treatments for acute and chronic pain, and resident/fellow education.
Sandra L. Kopp, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She received her doctor of medicine degree from the University Of Minnesota School Of Medicine in 1999. Dr. Kopp did her internship, anesthesiology residency, and regional anesthesiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Kopp is currently the vice chair, integration and convergence, department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine; chair, division of community anesthesiology; and chair, surgical and procedural practice in SE Minnesota. As part of her Mayo Clinic enterprise roles, she works clinically providing anesthesia in small community hospitals as well as a large tertiary care hospital. She serves as a Board Member for ASRA Pain Medicine. Her research interests include regional anesthesia and analgesia for orthopedic surgery, peripheral nerve injury, and anticoagulation.
Sanjeev Kumar, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at University of Florida (UF). He is program director of Endoscopic Spine fellowship at UF which is the first of its kind in the country and serve as medical director of Pain Medicine Clinic at UF Health. He pioneered endoscopic spine decompression surgeries at UF Health and put UF Health on the select list of institutions where patients have access to cutting edge minimally invasive spine surgery. His latest grant funded research is in using artificial intelligence to improve the safety and efficacy of pain procedures.
Imanuel Lerman, MD, is an assistant professor at the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine (UCSD) within department of Anesthesiology. He currently directs the Interventional Ultrasound Division at the Center for Pain Medicine at UCSD while also teaching advanced ultrasound techniques to fellows, residents and medical students. Dr. Lerman's research lab explores the mechanisms and efficacy of advanced neuromodulation techniques on pain, headache, stress and mental health disorders.
Leena Mathew, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and the director of the pain medicine fellowship at Columbia University. She completed her anesthesiology training and pain fellowship at Columbia University. Additionally she is a health and wellness coach with training in functional medicine who uses a holistic lens with an integrative approach to treat acute, chronic and cancer pain in adults and children. She is an inductee of Columbia University’s Academy of Clinical Excellence. Her special interests lie in the intersection of chronic pain with metabolic health and women's health.
Zachary McCormick, MD, is a specialist in pain medicine and physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R). He serves as vice chair of PM&R and chief of spine and musculoskeletal medicine at the University of Utah where he is the director of the interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine fellowship. Dr. McCormick's research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint pain and has been funded by the HHMI, NIH, US DOD, medical foundations, and industry partnerships. He is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Pain Medicine and serves on the board of directors of the Spine Intervention Society.
Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD, is a full professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine; he is also the director of Evidence-Based Pain Medicine Research and Education in the Department of Pain Management. An accomplished author, Dr. Mekhail has published more than 163 original articles. In addition, he has instructed at more than 202 CME lectures and 202 lectures as a visiting professor. He has served in leadership positions of professional organizations; as a member of the board of directors and chair of the Examination Board of the World Institute of Pain, a member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Research Committee, as well as a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Pain Committee. Dr. Mekhail served as the director and chair of the department of Pain Management at Cleveland Clinic from 1997-2010. In 2010, Dr. Mekhail was awarded the Carl E. Wasmuth M.D. Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology, and recognized by the Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians as the 1st recipient of its achievement award. He was also recognized by the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians in 2011 and the New York and New Jersey Interventional Pain Physicians in 2016. He was also given the 2019 John J. Bonica award by ASRA. Dr. Mekhail earned several degrees at the University of Ain Shams School of Medicine,
Maged Mina, MD, is adjunct faculty with University of Texas Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) San Antonio, writing four chapters on pediatric pain in a textbook for the department. As chief resident at the UTHSC in Houston in 2000, Dr. Mina was elected as best resident for regional anesthesia. He has been chief of anesthesia at South Texas Spine Hospital since 2007. Dr. Mina has assisted with numerous ultrasound-guided courses for chronic pain. He has extensive work experience with chronic pediatric pain in collaboration with pediatric orthopedic surgeons particularly pediatric complex regional pain syndrome.
Susan M. Moeschler, MD, is an anesthesiologist in Rochester, MN, and is affiliated with Mayo Clinic. She received her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years.
Sergey Motov, MD, is an emergency medicine physician practicing in the department of emergency medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Medical Academy of Latvia and completed his emergency medicine residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Motov is a research director who is passionate about safe and effective pain management in the emergency department. He has numerous publications on the subject of opioid alternatives in pain management and is actively involved in growing this body of work both nationally and globally.
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, 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.
Ameet Nagpal, MD, is the division chief of PM&R at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a professor in the department of Orthopaedics & Physical Medicine. He is board certified in physical medicine & rehabilitation and pain medicine. He has a master's of science in physiology and biophysics, a master's of education in healthcare curriculum and instruction, and an MBA. His clinical and research interests include abuse-deterrent opioid therapy, neuromodulation, and interventional treatment for chronic pelvic pain and chronic shoulder pain. Dr. Nagpal speaks regularly at national meetings, including the annual meetings of AAPM&R, ASRA Pain Medicine, SIS, and AAPM.
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology and surgery at NEOMED and Ohio University. He is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, headache medicine, and interventional pain management. He is the chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Dr. Narouze is the president of ASRA Pain Medicine. He founded the American Interventional Headache Society and serves on many committees for national and international headache and pain organizations. He has published about 200 research papers, review articles, book chapters, and abstracts. His areas of interest are pain, headache, cannabinoids, diversity and inclusion, wellness, obesity, and ultrasound.
Kate M. Nicholson, JD, is founder and executive director of the National Pain Advocacy Center. She is also a civil rights attorney and a nationally-recognized expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She formerly served in the U.S. Department of Justice for 18 years, where she litigated and managed cases, coordinated federal disability policy, and drafted the current ADA regulations.
Vwaire Orhurhu, MD, MPH, is an interventional pain medicine physician at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Williamsport, PA. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at University of Pittsburgh with research interests in healthcare economics, value-based care, shared decision making, and the application of quantitative research methods in government, healthcare institutions, and private industries. Dr. Orhurhu’s research activities have been accepted into highly regarded journals such as JAMA, A&A, RAPM, The Spine Journal, and others.
Florin M Orza, MD, MHA, is an acute regional anesthesiologist at Carolinas Medical Center Main Hospital Charlotte, NC. He started and developed an outpatient/inpatient chronic pain management program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (East Bank) in 2015-2018 and started the first chronic pain fellowship program at University of Minnesota Medical Center 2016. Dr. Orza also started and developed one of the biggest regional anesthesia pain services in the country at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, between 2006-2012. He served as a visiting associate professor of clinical anesthesia and co-director of the regional fellowship program at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago from 2012-2015. Previously, he was an assistant professor at University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and Ohio State University in Columbus. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at anesthesiology meetings.
Amy Pearson, MD, FASA, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain physician at Aurora Advocate Health in Milwaukee, MN. She completed her anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Pearson has published over 30 articles on topics such as interventional cancer pain management, peripheral nerve and spinal cord stimulation, interventional pelvic pain management, and integrative medicine. She has presented her research nationally and internationally and is looking forward to chairing this fall's ASRA Pain Medicine 2022 Meeting.
Philip Peng, MBBS, is the professor in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine of University of Toronto. He is a leader, researcher, educator, and pioneer in the application of ultrasound for pain medicine. His innovative research led to different new procedures in pain intervention. He received numerous educational awards including the John J Bonica award from ASRA Pain Medicine and the Distinguished Service Award from ESRA-Spain and Canadian Pain Society. He has delivered more than 400 lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. He has edited eight books and published 240 peer-reviewed publications.
Erika Petersen, MD, directs the Section of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center in Little Rock. She is a professor in the department of neurosurgery at UAMS and program director for the neurosurgery residency. Dr. Petersen is a board certified neurosurgeon whose clinical practice focuses on neuromodulation, treating movement disorders, spasticity, and chronic pain through surgical procedures and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Petersen's research interests focus on developing new devices, indications, and methods for treating chronic pain using neuromodulation.
Carlos Pino, MD, FASA, is a member of the Board of Directors and co-chair of the Guidelines Committee of ASRA Pain Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA) and professor of anesthesiology at Uniformed Services University. Prior to his current position, he was the director of the Center for Pain Medicine at the University of Vermont. He currently serves in the California Society of Anesthesiologists and is the former president of the Vermont Society of Anesthesiologists.
Sudheer Potru, DO, is a triple-board-certified anesthesiologist, interventional pain physician, and addiction medicine specialist with strong interest in both opioid safety and addiction. In addition to being a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, he is an assistant professor at Emory University and the medical director of the Atlanta VA's complex pain clinic, which specializes in treating veterans who have chronic pain associated with high-dose opioid use or substance abuse problems. He sits on multiple national committees related to pain and substance use disorders and is actively involved with research and advocacy related to these topics, including his recent publication with recommendations related to buprenorphine in the perioperative setting.
Scott G. Pritzlaff, MD, is an interventional pain specialist at University of California, Davis. He currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the department of anesthesiology and program director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship. After graduating from medical school at Georgetown University, he spent five years on active duty as a Naval physician. He completed his internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. From 2008-2010, he deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in support of coalition combat operations. He then finished anesthesiology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a clinical pain management fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Pritzlaff’s research interests focus on use of ultrasound and emerging technologies to treat peripheral neuropathic pain. He is interested in developing novel uses of percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation to treat chronic nerve pain.
David Provenzano, MD, is president of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care in Pittsburgh, PA. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, Western PA Surgery Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and became a Phi Beta Kappa member. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed a surgical internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a residency in anesthesiology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He completed a Pain Management Fellowship at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Provenzano has served as a principal investigator on multiple research studies and published numerous scientific articles. His research interests include neuromodulation and monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency lesioning. He has lectured at numerous international and national meetings on the management of acute and chronic pain. Furthermore, he serves as an external member of the Robert Morris University IRB. He serves on the Board of Directors of ASRA Pain Medicine as the president-elect. He has extensive interests and expertise in the conservative treatment of pain originating from the cervical and lumbar spine, neuromodulation, and in the utilization of ultrasound for interventional pain management procedures.
Rene Przkora, MD, is a professor and chief of the pain medicine division. He is the director of the multispecialty pain medicine fellowship and served as assistant program director of the anesthesiology core residency at the University of Florida from 2016 to 2020. His practice includes acute/chronic pain medicine and operating room anesthesia. Dr. Przkora is active in simulation and curriculum development, and participates in local graduate medical education activities as well as in their evaluations such as mock oral and OSCE exams. His research has resulted in over 54 peer-reviewed publications, and he is supported by several grants, including from the NIH (EPPIC-NET). He serves in various functions at the national level to support the specialty. He was elected by his peers to serve as president of the Association of Pain Program Directors. He was also elected to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Association of University Anesthesiologists and as Councilor of the Association of Anesthesiology Subspecialty Program Directors of the Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. In addition, he serves on the Pain Medicine Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists as well as on committees of ASRA Pain Medicine, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the corresponding Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP). He has been a junior editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology since 2016 (MOCA® for Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine).
Meg A Rosenblatt, MD, FASA, is a professor of anesthesiology and orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and chair of the department of anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside and West Hospitals. She is a member of the ASRA Pain Medicine Board of Directors, past-chair of the 2020 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and general chair of the 2020 and 2021 New York State Society of Anesthesiologist’s Post Graduate Assembly (PGA). Meg is an oral Examinerefor the American Board of Anesthesiologists and writes questions for the SOE. She lectures nationally and internationally about regional anesthesia topics and local anesthetic systemic toxicity and moderates peripheral nerve block workshops.
Richard Rosenquist, MD, is the chairman of the pain management department at Cleveland Clinic. He is a past-president and Board Member of ASRA, a past member of the ABA Pain Medicine Examination Committee and a past member of the ACGME Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee. In addition to his clinical and administrative activities, he currently serves as an Associate Editor for RAPM and the ASA RUC Advisor.
Yusef Sayeed, MD, MPH, MEng, is the director of the Surgical Services at the Texas Valley Coastal Bend VA. He is an interventional pain management physician and also board certified in occupational medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor at the Uniform Services University for the Health Sciences in the departments of PM&R and Family Medicine. He recently arrived at the VA from the National Intrepid Spirit Center at Eglin Air Force Base where he was the director of Pain Medicine and Functional Rehabilitation.
Gary Schwartz, MD, is the director of acute pain management at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. Dr. Schwartz completed an interventional pain fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, after finishing his anesthesia residency at St. Vincent's Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. He received his doctor of medicine from SUNY Upstate College of Medicine and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY. Dr. Schwartz focuses on back pain, neck pain, spinal cord stimulation, nerve pain, joint pain, and failed back surgery syndrome. At Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz focuses on assisting hospitalized patients with postoperative pain and also educates anesthesia residents and medical school students. Dr. Schwartz also serves as a committee member for ASRA Pain Medicine and the ASA.
Jarna Shah, MD, (@JarnaShahMD) is an assistant professor in the division of pain medicine at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. She completed her interventional pain fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and her anesthesiology residency at the University of Illinois Hospital. Her research interests include neuromodulation, medical education, and obstetric related chronic pain. She serves as the social media editor for Anesthesia and Analgesia. She is an ASRA Pain Medicine committee member on the Website and Social Media Committee and the Public Relations Committee.
Shalini Shah, MD MBA, is an associate professor and vice-chair for the department of anesthesiology & perioperative care and enterprise director of pain services for the University of California Irvine Health. She completed anesthesiology residency from Cornell University and a combined fellowship in adult and pediatric pain from Harvard Medical School. She is committed to advocacy and regulatory efforts in pain medicine and is president of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Hariharan Shankar, MBBS, is a professor of anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is one of the pioneers in the use of ultrasound imaging and lectures nationally and internationally about the use of ultrasound imaging in pain medicine. He has to his credit many abstracts, book chapters, and peer reviewed publications. His area of research is in the use of ultrasound imaging for pain medicine interventions and safety.
Harsha Shanthanna, MBBS, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC, FIPP, EDRA, works as an anesthesiologist, pain physician, and clinician researcher at McMaster University, Canada. He has received awards and recognitions from national and international organizations such as the Canadian Pain Society, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, ASRA Pain Medicine, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research and has published nearly 100 peer reviewed publications and 8 book chapters.
Ashley Shilling, MD, is an associate professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center. She attended both medical school and residency at UVA. Her passions include regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine, ambulatory anesthesia, orthopedic anesthesia, and medical education. Her roles include medical director of UVA’s ambulatory surgical center, director of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine division, and program director for UVA’s regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine fellowship.
Tejinder Singh Swaran, MBBS, DNB, MD, has two passions, learning and education, along with being able to take the best care possible of patients under his care. The eagerness to learn pain management was the main driver in his move from India to the United Kingdom and then from the United Kingdom to the United States. This experience provided valuable perspectives into the pros and cons of each of these unique healthcare systems that he has worked in. His clinical work is predominantly chronic pain management, but also focuses on regional anesthesia and acute pain as well as ambulatory anesthesia and orthopedic anesthesia.
Vinita Singh, MD, MS, is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is the director of Cancer Pain and co-director of Research for the Pain Division at Emory 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 NIH. 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.
Brian Sites, MD, MS, is professor of anesthesiology and orthopedic surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is the medical director of the Acute Pain Medicine Service. Dr. Sites’ clinical passion and research centers around the role of image guidance for regional anesthesiology. His public health research centers around the prescription opioid drug crisis as well as value-based care. He is actively involved with best practices for education and training of medical students, residents, and staff. Dr. Sites has authored more than 70 publications on regional anesthesia and sonopathology and developed numerous educational videos. He is the editor-in-chief of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. He has spoken nationally and internationally more than 100 times and is considered an international authority on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia.
Todd Sitzman, MD, is medical director of Advanced Pain Therapy, a comprehensive pain clinic located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dr. Sitzman received his medical and Master of Public Health degrees from Tulane University and received postgraduate medical education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. He is Past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Southern Pain Society, Mississippi Pain Society, and the Mississippi Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Eellan Sivanesan, MD, is faculty and director of neuromodulation of the Johns Hopkins department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, division of pain medicine. He treats patients with chronic back, joint, abdominal, pelvic, headache, neuropathic, cancer, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-amputation, and other pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. Dr. Sivanesan utilizes a wide variety of neuromodulation techniques to treat a range of chronic pain conditions. His neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins aligns with his clinical practice as he investigates the effects of spinal cord stimulation. He is particularly interested in the use of neuromodulation for cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
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.
M-Irfan Suleman, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include multidisciplinary pediatric chronic pain management and pediatric interventional pain management as well as pediatric anesthesia. Dr. Suleman serves as the founding director of the Pediatric Pain Interventional Program at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the founding program medical director of the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Suleman completed his anesthesiology residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital /UAMS in 2009 and a pediatric pain fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University in 2014. Dr. Suleman completed a teaching scholar program at UAMS and serving leader program at Johns Hopkins, and he leads several regional anesthesia and pain workshops as course director in different national and international meeting including annual American Society of Anesthesiology and the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine. He also served as meeting chair for Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine on Feb 26-28, 2020, at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
Reda Tolba, MD, is the chair of the pain department at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a clinical professor of anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. He is currently serving as the founding chair of I-ASPN , the international division of American Society for Pain and Neuroscience, member of the ASA Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine and the workshop director. He also serves on several committees for ASRA Pain Medicine and the North American Neuromodulation Society. Dr.Tolba completed his residency training in anesthesia followed by a fellowship in pain medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is double board certified in anesthesia and pain medicine by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties. He has published numerous papers and book chapters in the field of pain medicine. He directed several workshops at international meetings such as those of ASA and ASRA Pain Medicine. He has lectured extensively at variety of national and international meetings in the field of pain management. His special interests are the use of neuromodulation for the treatment of neuropathic pain. He is also interested in the management of vertebral compression fractures and minimally invasive spine procedures.
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 and workplace violence in the healthcare system.
Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD, MBA, is a targeted pain treatment clinician, researcher, and advocate. She is the director of comprehensive pain services, as well as an assistant professor of anesthesiology for the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Medicine. She received her MD from Duke University School of Medicine; completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and completed pain fellowship at Carolina’s Pain Institute/Wake Forest University. She then entered private practice for several years before returning to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to obtain her MBA. She is a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Vanterpool serves on the boards of the Tennessee Pain Society and North American Neuromodulation Society in various leadership capacities. She is recognized as a regional and national leader in pain management education, practice, and policy. Most recently, Dr. Vanterpool was appointed to the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council by the state’s Speaker of the House. She is also a proud native of the British Virgins Islands where she returns regularly to provide specialized pain management services. Her professional passion is to create a paradigm shift in how pain is assessed and treated through awareness, application, and advocacy.
Eugene Viscusi, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology, the chief of pain medicine, and director of acute pain management at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. His studies include pain management techniques, outcome studies, and novel agents and delivery systems. He has been a primary investigator for most emerging pain technologies in the last 25 years. Dr. Viscusi has lectured extensively and authored over 100 book chapters and abstracts and contributed more than 75 peer-reviewed articles JAMA, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. His research has been covered by Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today as well as nationally televised interviews. Dr. Viscusi served as president of ASRA from 2019-2021.
Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA, is chief of the pain medicine division, associate professor and associate director of patient safety and quality in the Duke Department of Anesthesiology. He is 2021 ASRA Presidential Scholar award. Dr. Vorenkamp was appointed to the CPT editorial panel in 2015 and remains active with the ASA, serving on the committees on economics and pain medicine. He is also past vice chair of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) health policy division and is vice-chair of the ASRA Pain Medicine Practice Management committee. He is past chair of the 2017 ASRA Annual Pain Medicine Meeting
Effronssyni (Gina) Votta-Velis, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology and surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship. She is a member of the ASRA Board of Directors and the vice chair of the ASRA Research Committee. She is an examiner for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine. She received the Carl Koller Research Grant in 2018 and the ASRA Trailblazer Award for her contributions to the field of pain medicine in 2020.
Sayed E. Wahezi, MD, 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. 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, anesthesiology, and orthopedic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City where he serves as the program director of the ACGME-accredited pain fellowship. Dr. Wahezi is a long-standing member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Pain Medicine, New York Pain Society, Association of Academic Physiatrists, New York Pain Society, American Society of Pain and Neuroscience, Eastern Pain Association, and American Society of Pain and Neuroscience
Anureet Walia, MBBS, is an associate professor at the University of lowa with appointments within the departments of anesthesia, psychiatry, and pediatrics. She is board certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and pain medicine. Her primary academic interest is treating chronic pain in the pediatric population. She is the founder and director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Pain Clinic at the University of Iowa, Stead Family Children's Hospital. Besides that, she also provides clinical services in the adult chronic pain clinic and child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient unit.
Nafisseh Warner, MD, ScM, is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is an assistant professor and serves as the associate director of pain research at Mayo. She is also the director of opioid and pain medicine education within Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Nationally, she serves as an associate editor and social media editor for the journal Pain Medicine. She was recent awarded an NIH K23 award through the National Institute of Aging.
James Watson, MD, is the chair of pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and a professor of neurology and of anesthesiology. He holds a dual appointment in the department of anesthesiology, division of pain medicine, and department of neurology. He is board certified in pain medicine, neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and neuromuscular disease. His clinical practice includes interventional pain medicine and a consultative pain practice with special focus on neuropathic pain, spine related disorders, and headache. For ASRA Pain Medicine, Dr. Watson founded the Headache Special Interest Group and served on its anesthesia neurologic complications practice advisory group. Dr. Watson is on the board of directors for the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Anna Woodbury, MD, MSCR, C.Ac, founded the division for pain management at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VAHCS) in Atlanta and is currently the associate program director for the Emory Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship and associate professor of anesthesiology. She is licensed to practice acupuncture in her state and has edited books, book chapters, and lectured nationally on integrative approaches to pain management. She serves on NIH and VA federal review panels and has active federal funding to conduct research in non-invasive neuromodulation and brain stimulation.
Bhavana Yalamuru, MBBS, is an assistant professor, pain division at the University of Virginia. Dr. Yalamuru’s areas of interest are peripheral nerve stimulation, cancer pain management, and neuropathic pain management. She enjoys teaching, writing, and collaborating with others in the field. When Dr. Yalamuru is not at work, she enjoys reading, cooking, and socializing.