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.
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.
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.
Ketan Chopra, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain physician who works at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center where he served as chief resident of his class. He completed his interventional pain medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hari Kalagara, MD, is passionate about regional anesthesia and has completed a regional anesthesia fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He has attained European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia (EDRA) by the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy and was awarded the ASRA Resident/Fellow of the Year Award in 2017. Dr. Kalagara served as Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Kalagara holds certifications in perioperative echocardiography and critical care echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE). Dr. Kalagara is currently working as an assistant professor in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic with special interest in regional anesthesia and POCUS. He is currently the Chair of ASRA Pain Medicine POCUS courses.
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 #AIHS, novel RF techniques (#FUS), medical and interventional treatments for acute and chronic pain (#painmed), and resident/fellow education #meded.
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 Masters of Science in Physiology & Biophysics, a Masters in Education in Healthcare Curriculum & Instruction, as well as 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.