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Scientific/Education Planning Committee

Philip Peng, MBBS; Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada (Chair)
Maged Mina, MD; University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Dmitri Souza, MD, PhD; Ohio University, Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyhahoga Falls, OH


Anuj Bhatia, MD, FIPP, FRCPC, CIPS; University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Roderick Finlayson, MD; McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Antoun Nader, MD; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Philip Peng, MBBS; Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
David Provenzano, MD; Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care, Sewickley, PA
Jonathan Samet, MD; Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Neilesh Soneji, MD; University of Toronto, Canada
Dmitri Souza, MD, PhD; Ohio University, Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Associate Faculty 

Rany Abdallah, MD, PhD; Temple University Health System, Philadelphia, PA
Geoff Bellingham, MD, FRCPC; Western University, London, Canada
Yashar Eshraghi, MD; Ochsner Clinic, Laguna Niguel, CA
Vasudha Goel, MD; NURA Pain Clinics St. Paul, MN
Jules Huang-Lionnet, MD, MBA ; Greenwich Institute of Spine and Pain Medicine, Greenwich, CT
Christine Hunt, DO; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Matthew Jaycox, MD; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Jennifer McDonald, MD; Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Ottawa, Canada
Nimish Mittal, MD;University of Toronto, Canada
Gunar Subieta Benito, MD; John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
Paul Tumber, MD, FRCPC; University of Toronto, Canada

 Rany Abdallah, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology, divisions of acute and chronic pain, at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He runs an active practice that treats patients varied types of chronic pain syndromes including cancer pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, atypical facial pain and headaches, among others. He is an active member of multiple professional societies, namely the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, North American Neuromodulation Society International Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Abdallah serves on the Substance Abuse Task force at the medical school and is actively involved in the education of medical students and residents. He is involved in multiple research projects, namely in the characterization of visceral abdominal pain and the pathophysiology of complex regional pain syndrome. [back to top]

Geoff Bellingham, MD, FRCPC,  is a Royal College-accredited pain medicine subspecialist within the department of anesthesia and perioperative medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, ON, Canada. He presently manages patients with chronic non-cancer pain syndromes at the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Pain Clinic in Toronto using a combination of pharmacologic and interventional techniques. As an associate professor, Dr. Bellingham is actively involved in education, research, and administration within the pain clinic. He is the acting program director of the Pain Medicine Residency as well as medical director of the chronic pain clinic at St. Joseph’s Health Care. [back to top]

Anuj Bhatia, MD, FIPP, FRCPC, CIPS,is an assistant professor at University of Toronto and clinical director, chronic pain at University Health Network and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada. He is the chair of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group of the Canadian Pain Society and member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Pain Medicine Specialty committee. His clinical and research interests include use of epidemiological tools for assessing outcomes of treatments for pain, assessment and treatment of neuropathic pain, fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guided procedures for chronic and cancer pain, and neuromodulation. He has published over 30 papers and six book chapters, and he has co-authored one book on ultrasound-guided interventional pain procedures. [back to top]

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 Ocshner Clinic Pain Management Division.  [back to top]

Roderick Finlayson, MD, is a professor of anesthesia at McGill University in Montreal, QC, Canada. He practices at the McGill University Health Centre, where he is is the director of interventional pain management and medical director of the chronic pain network. He has a particular interest in the use of ultrasound guidance for spinal procedures and has been actively engaged in this research field. [back to top]

Vasudha Goel, MD, is a pain management physician practicing at NURA Pain clinics in the twin cities. She found her interest in pain management while completing medical school in India. She went on to complete anesthesiology 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 survivors suffering from chronic pain. After clinical duties, teaching and clinical research she enjoys to paint and spends time with her two young children.  [back to top]

Julie H. Huang-Lionnet, MD, is a Harvard and Hopkins-trained Board-Certified Anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain management with certifications in regenerative medicine. Dr. Huang-Lionnet completed her anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital within their clinical research track. During her time at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Huang-Lionnet served as a medical officer at the FDA in drug, device, and biologics regulatory review, with the aim to understand how to bring healthcare advances to the patient's bedside. She completed her pain management fellowship at Harvard Medical School - Brigham and Women's Hospital. [back to top]

 Christy Hunt, DO, MS, is a graduating resident who will be continuing her training in pain medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She has written several publications related to regenerative medicine and discogenic back pain. Her other clinical and research interests include the use of ultrasound in pain applications, neuromodulation, and education. [back to top]

Matthew Jaycox, MD, is a graduate of Rush University residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain medicine. He joined staff upon completion and has been in practice for eight years. He currently practices both anesthesia and chronic pain management and is co-director of Rush's Acute Pain Management Service. He has a keen interest in the education of fellows and residents in the field of pain management, currently runs the pain management rotations for the residents and medical students, and is the associate program director for the pain medicine fellowship. His professional interests include techniques and protocols to improve the acute perioperative experience for patients with chronic pain and to ultimately reduce hospital lengths of stay.  [back to top]

 Jennifer McDonald, MD, graduated from McGill University with a B. Sc (Hon). After obtaining her MD from the University of Toronto (U of T) in 2011. She completed her residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa (2016). She is a Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (EMG) diplomate. With a special interest in musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain, Dr. McDonald pursued additional fellowship training in interventional pain medicine at U of T, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (2017). She is an ASRA Pain and MSK Ultrasound Certificate (ASRA-PMUC) diplomate. She is also a member of the ASRA-PMUC Exam Editorial Board and teaches at several pain and MSK ultrasound workshops in Canada and the US. [back to top]

Maged Mina, MD, was chief resident at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) in Houston in 2000, where he 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 is currently adjunct faculty with UTHSC San Antonio, writing four chapters on pediatric pain in a textbook for the department. He has extensive work experience with chronic pediatric pain in collaboration with pediatric orthopedic surgeons particularly pediatric CRPS.  [back to top]

Nimish Mittal, MD, is a physiatrist at University of Toronto with subspecialty fellowship training in chronic pain management. His expertise involves comprehensive multimodal pain management including USG and fluoroscopy guided interventions and management of complex connective tissue disorders.  He is a the newsletter liaison of the regenerative pain medicine special interest group of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and a committee member of the Pain Group of the International Consortium of the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. [back to top]

Antoun Nader, MD, is a professor in the department of anesthesiology and orthopedics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at 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 at Northwestern University. [back to top]

Philip Peng, MBBS, is a professor in the department of anesthesia of University of Toronto in Toronto, ON, Canada. He is the director of the anesthesia chronic pain program of University Health Network, the largest teaching hospital of Canada. He has played an important role in the education of the pain medicine and established major teaching courses for pain in Canada. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) honored him with Founder designation in pain medicine for his role in establishing the pain medicine subspecialty in Canada. [back to top]

David Provenzano, MD, is the president of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care in Sewickley, PA. 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. He serves on the board of directors of ASRA. In addition, he serves on the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has extensive interests and expertise in the conservative treatment of pain originating from the cervical and lumbar spine, neuromodulation, and the utilization of ultrasound for interventional pain management procedures. [back to top]

Jonathan Samet, MD, is an assistant professor of radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, based at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.  He grew up in Baltimore, MD, and trained in diagnostic radiology at Northwestern University followed by sub specialization in musculoskeletal radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has a particular interest in pediatric musculoskeletal imaging. [back to top]

Neilesh Soneji, MD, completed his medical training and anesthesia residency at the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in chronic pain management at the University Health Network and Wasser Pain Management Centre-Mt. Sinai Hospital where he continues to practice as a staff anesthesiologist.  He specializes in the management of acute and chronic pain with a particular interest in ultrasound-guided interventions for musculoskeletal pain. [back to top]

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 Ultrasonography in Pain Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG) and one of the leaders of ASRA’s Regenerative Medicine SIG. [back to top]

Gunar Subieta Benito, MD, is an attending of anesthesiology and pain management at John H. Stroger Hospital and is a clinical assistant professor for Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. He is board certified in anesthesiology, pain management, internal medicine and geriatrics. He also participates as adjunct faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) regional anesthesia workshop for acute pain.  He graduated from the University del Valle School of Medicine in Bolivia and did his graduate training at the University of Illinois and at Stroger Hospital. [back to top]

Paul Tumber, MD, FRCPC, is the director of chronic pain education and a pain management consultant at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada. He is a former director of the acute pain service and has a special interest in the use of methadone for pain management as well as ultrasound in the use of regional anesthesia and interventional pain medicine. [back to top]