20th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting

“Pain 2021: A Whole New World”

November 18-20, 2021 | San Francisco, CA, and Virtually

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Dr. Magdalena Anitescu


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.

Dr. Chad Brummett


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 US 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-PI 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 CDC.

Dr. Nabil Elkassabany


Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE, is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is the director of the sections of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesiology and he is also the director of the regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship. His research interest focuses on improving patients’ outcomes after regional anesthesia. He currently chairs the industry relation and communication committees, and he is a member of the board of directors of ASRA.

Dr. Hesham Elsharkawy


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. Elksharkawy 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.

Dr. Johnathan Goree


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 #QualityofLife physician who is focused on improving #function through opioid sparing interventional care. His research interests include complex regional pain syndrome (#CRPS), 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.   

Dr. Maged Guirguis


Maged Guirguis, MD, serves as the chief system lead of the pain management department at Ochsner health system. He is an associate professor for The University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School where he also serves as the pain/palliative medicine rotation director as well as serving as a clinical assistant professor in 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, where he also completed his residency in anesthesiology and clinical fellowship in pain management. Dr. Guirguis is triple board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine and headache management. He is the meeting chair of #ASRAFALL21.

Dr. Raj Gupta


Rajnish Gupta, MD, is an associate 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.

Heather Jackson


Heather J. Jackson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, is a pain specialist nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center where she also serves as the administrative director of advanced practice and instructor for the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Dr. Jackson’s research interests include the use of #acupuncture to treat pain and relieve symptoms of withdrawal in the adult, pediatric, and neonatal populations.

Dr. Kellie Jaremko


Kellie Jaremko, MD, PhD, completed a combined MD-PhD program at Thomas Jefferson University. She will complete her residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General hospital and begin a regional anesthesia and acute pain fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Fall 2020. Kellie is pursuing a mix of clinical time and research focused on perioperative stress, pain, and optimization of management with regional and multimodal analgesia. She has been an active member of ASRA for many years including leadership within the resident section committee, social media team, and is the founding chair of the Resident and Medical Student Education SIG.



Lynn Kohan, MD, is an associate 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 #AIHS, novel RF techniques (#FUS), medical and interventional treatments for acute and chronic pain (#painmed), and resident/fellow education #meded.

Dr. Samer Narouze


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. He recently founded the American Interventional Headache Society (@aihsHeadache) 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, #DiversityandInclusion, #wellness, #obesity, and #ultrasound.

Dr. Amy Pearson


Amy Pearson, MD, is a board-certified pain medicine physician and anesthesiologist practicing at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is the Annual Meeting Chair for ASRA Fall 2022 and also serves as the president of Women in Anesthesiology. She has a keen interest in pain and anesthesiology workforce development and in finding interventional and integrative approaches for managing chronic pain. She has presented her research nationally and internationally. 

Dr. Gary Schwartz


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 and the ASA.

Dr. Jarna Shah


Jarna Shah, MD, is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed her interventional pain fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University and her anesthesiology residency at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Services. She serves on the ASRA Public Relations Committee as well as the Chronic Pain Residency Rotation Director at UAMS. Her interests are in #neuromodulation, obstetric related chronic pain, and graduate medical education. 

Dr. Shalini Shah


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 University of California Irvine Health. Dr. Shah completed her residency in anesthesiology from Cornell University and a combined fellowship in adult and pediatric chronic pain at Harvard Medical School. She has been featured in Time Magazine, The Doctors, NBC Nightly News, Business Insider, and is a frequent guest on NPR on the topic of safe pain care options. Dr. Shah currently serves as the Founding Chair on the Committee of Pain Medicine at the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) and is President-Elect of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CALSIPP). She completed her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management with a certificate of distinction in finance and entrepreneurship. Dr. Shah is strongly committed to #painadvocacy and healthcare regulatory reform both in the state of California and nationally to improve healthcare experiences for patients.

Dr. Eellan Sivanesan


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. His hashtags include #neuromodulation, #hcsm, #foamed, #painmedicine, #ASRAFALL21, and #meded.

Dr. Natalie Strand


Natalie Strand, MD, earned her medical degree at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and went on to complete a residency in anesthesiology at University of California, Los Angeles. She then completed a pain medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic and has been practicing 100% pain management since that time. She is currently on staff in the pain medicine department at Mayo Clinic. She is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is a board member of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience and on the Website and Social Media committee for American Society of Regional Anesthesia.

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