Faculty

Scientific/Education Planning Committee      

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD; 2020 Pain Medicine Meeting Co-Chair
Jaime Baratta, MD; 2020 RA-APM Meeting Chair, 2020 Pain Medicine Meeting Co-chair
Bridget Calhoun, DrPH, PA-C; PA Representative
Vincent W.S. Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA; Ex-Officio CME Committee
Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE; 2021 Meeting Chair
Meera Gonzalez, MD; Member-at-Large
Carrie Guheen, MD; Resident Section Advisor
Maged Guirguis, MD; 2021 Meeting Chair
Rajnish Gupta, MD; Immediate Past Chair
David Hardman, MD, MBA, FASA; Member-at-Large
Zohra Hussaini, NP; NP Representative
Kellie Jaremko, MD, PhD; Resident Section Chair 2019-2020
Rebecca Johnson, MD; 2022 Meeting Chair
Lynn Kohan, MD; Member-at-Large
Jinlei Li, MD, PHD, FASA; Member-at-Large
Stephen Macres, MD, PharmD; Member-at-Large (Local Faculty)
Andrea Nicol, MD, MS; Immediate Past Chair
Jennifer Noerenberg, MD; Practice Management Committee
Amy Pearson, MD; 2022 Meeting Chair
Carlos Pino, MD, FASA; Ex-Officio CME Committee Co-Chair
Steven Porter, MD; Member-at-Large
David Provenzano, MD; Board Liaison
Rene Przkora, MD; Member-at-Large
Hariharan Shankar, MBBS; Resident Section Advisor
Brian Sites, MD, MS; Ex-Officio Editor-in-Chief
Eugene Viscusi, MD; Ex-Officio President
Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA; Practice Management Member-at-Large
Gina Votta-Velis, MD, PhD; Member-at-Large
Anna Woodbury, MD, CAC; Member-at-Large
Jon Zhou, MD; Member-at-Large

Faculty

Derek Amanatullah, MD, PhD; Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD; University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
Jamie Baratta, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Barrington, MBBS, FANZCA, PhD; University of Melbourne, Australia
Martha Bentley-McLachlan, BSN, RN, OCN; Roswell Park Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY
Honorio Benzon, MD; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Karen Boretsky, MD; Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Chad Brummett, MD; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Thomas Buchheit, MD; Duke University, Durham, NC
Kenneth Candido, MD; Advocate Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Ki-Jinn Chin, MBBS, FANZCA, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
May Chin, MD; George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC
Jeffrey Ciccone, MD; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
David Clark, MD, PhD; Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Steven Cohen, MD; Johns Hopkins & Walter Reed, Clarksville, MD
Alane Costanzo, MD; Naval Medical Center of San Diego, CA
Michele Curatolo, MD, PhD; University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Richard Dart, MD, PhD; Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety, Denver, CO
Jose de Andres, MD, PhD, FIPP, EDRA; Valencia University School of Medicine, Valencia, Spain
Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD; University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Timothy Deer, MD; The Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias and the Center for Pain Relief, Inc., Charleston, WV
Dan Dirzu, MD, PhD; Emergency County Hospital Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Tina Doshi, MD; Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD
Maxim Eckmann, MD; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX 
Samuel Eldabe, MD; The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Dalia Elmofty, MD; University of Chicago, IL
Hesham Elsharkawy, MD; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Robert Goldstein, MD; University of Virginia, Keswick, VA
Meera Gonzalez, MD; Einstein Medical Center, Jenkintown, PA
Jay Grider, DO; University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 
Jennifer Grimmer, DNP, FNP-BC; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Lockport, NY
Maged Guirguis, MD; Ochsner Health, New Orleans, LA 
Amitabh Gulati, MD; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Padma Gulur, MD; Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Rajnish Gupta, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
David Hardman, MD, MBA, FASA; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Brian Harrington, MD; Billings Clinic Hospital, Billings, MT
T. Kyle Harrison, MD; Stanford University, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Los Altos, CA
Stephen Haskins, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Salim Hayek, MD, PhD; University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/ Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
Nadia Hernandez, MD; McGovern School of Medicine at University of Texas Health, Houston, TX 
Marc Huntoon, MD; Virginia Commonwealth University, Montpelier, VA 
Mohammed Issa, MD; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Heather Jackson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 
Hari Kalagara, MD, FCARCSI, EDRA; University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD; Carolinas Pain Institute, Winston-Salem, NC
Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD; Advocate Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL 
Lynn Kohan, MD; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 
Sree Kolli, MD, EDRA; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Sandra L. Kopp, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Jinlei Li, MD, PhD, FASA; Yale University, Woodbridge, CT
Timothy Lubenow, MD; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Danielle B. Ludwin, MD; Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY
Jonathan Lurie, MD, MS; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Sean Mackey, MD, PhD; Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Stephen Macres, MD, PharmD; University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Colin McCartney, MBChB, PhD; University of Ottawa, Canada
Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX 
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Andrea Nicol, MD, MS; University of Kansas School of Medicine, Leawood, KS
Amy Pearson, MD; University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City
Philip Peng, MBBS; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
Carlos Pino, MD, FASA; Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Steven Porter, MD; Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
David Provenzano, MD; Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care, Sewickley, PA
Rene Przkora, MD, PhD; University of Florida, Gainesville
Maunak Rana, MD; University of Chicago, IL
Meg Rosenblatt, MD; Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and West Hospitals, New York, NY
Richard Rosenquist, MD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Kristin Schreiber, MD, PhD; Harvard Medical and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Eric Schwenk, MD; Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Hariharan Shankar, MBBS; Medical College of Wisconsin, Brookfield, CA
Sanjay Sinha, MBBS; St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
Brian Sites, MD, MS; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Plainfield, NH
Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH; Advanced Therapy, PLLC, Hattiesburgh, MS
Konstantin Slavin, MD, FAANS; University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Ellen Soffin, MD, PhD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Dmitri Souza, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital and Ohio University, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Vivianne Tawfik, MD, PhD; Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Ban Tsui, MD; Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA; Executive Cortex Consulting, Houma, LA
Eugene Viscusi, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA; Duke Raleigh Hospital, Durham, NC
Gina Votta-Velis, MD, PhD; University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago
Michael Weinstein, MD, MBE, MPH; LiveWell Clincians, Narbeth, PA 
Anna Woodbury, MD, CAC; Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA
David Yeomans, PhD; Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


Derek Amanatuallah, MD, PhD, originally aspired to be an oncologist, however, he shifted his interests to orthopaedic surgery after sustaining an acetabular labral tear and undergoing hip arthroscopy. Even though his clinical interests shifted, his passion for innovation and science remained. As an orthopaedic resident, he characterized the differential gene expression of chondrocytes in the different zones of articular cartilage and isolated a compression responsive element in the COMP promoter. His personal and scientific interest in arthritis formed the foundation of his fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic and current arthroplasty practice at Stanford University. Dr. Amanatuallah applied his scientific background and created the orthopaedic microbiology laboratory at Stanford University, where they are currently developing novel diagnostic and non-antibiotic therapeutics targeting periprosthetic joint infection.  To date, he has published 161 manuscripts on topics ranging from fracture fixation, cartilage gene expression, total joint replacement outcomes, periprosthetic joint infection, and artificial intelligence. [back to top]


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. She is the co-chair of the 19th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting. [back to top]


Jaime Baratta, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and director of regional anesthesia as well as the director of the regional anesthesia and acute pain fellowship in the department of anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. After serving five years as a medical officer in the United States Navy, she completed her residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. She was the chair of the 2020 Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting and is the co-chair of the 19th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting. [back to top]


Michael Barrington, MBBS, FANZCA, PhD, is an anaesthetist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and professor, faculty of medicine, dentistry and health sciences, University of Melbourne. Clinical and academic interests include evaluating the quality and safety of regional anaesthesia, clinical registries, education, point-of-care ultrasound, and novel research methodologies. [back to top]


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, where is currently serves as 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. [back to top]


Honorio Benzon, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines, and took his residency at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained in neurophysiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has written 70 articles and 98 book chapters and has presented 95 abstracts. He is the editor of three books, deputy editor-in-chief of Pain Practice, editor of Anesthesia and Analgesia, and associate editor of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha at Northwestern. He was a recipient of the 1994 “Golden Apple Teaching Award” from the Department of Anesthesiology of Northwestern, the "Deans Award for Teaching Excellence 2003" from Northwestern School of Medicine, and the 2010 “Distinguished Service Award” and the 2016 “John J. Bonica Award” from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.  [back to top]


Karen Boretsky, MD, is trained in pediatric anesthesia, critical care, and regional anesthesia. She practiced pediatric and adult anesthesia for many years. In 2012, she became the director of the regional anesthesia program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research interests include evaluating the role of regional anesthesia in managing pain and recovery in children. She authored articles on novel regional anesthesia techniques and presents nationally and internationally.  She is passionate to find ways to minimize pain and improve safety using regional anesthesia in children. [back to top]


Chad Brummett, MD, is an associate professor at the University of Michigan where he is the director of Pain Research and Clinical Anesthesia Research. He also serves on the editorial boards for Anesthesiology and Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. His research interests include predictors of acute and chronic post-surgical pain, personalized pain medicine, and opioid use and misuse. [back to top]


Thomas Buchheit, MD, serves as director of the Regenerative Pain Therapies Program in the Duke Center for Translational Pain Medicine and practices pain medicine at both Duke University and the Durham VAMC. His research focus is on the local and systemic inflammatory mechanisms that drive pain in arthritis and nerve injury. He has led and participated in several multicenter research projects that have studied patients at Duke, the Durham VAMC, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, clarifying neuropathic pain phenotypes after injury, and mechanisms that drive pain chronification. [back to top]


Kenneth D. Candido, MD, is chair of the department of anesthesiology 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. 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. [back to top]


Ki Jinn Chin, MBBS(Hons), FRCPC, is a professor in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada. He completed medical school at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, and his anesthesiology training in Singapore. He has fellowship training in neuroanesthesia (University of Western Ontario) and regional anesthesia (Toronto Western Hospital). He has a deep interest in anything to do with ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, particularly where it improves patient care, comfort and, outcomes. [back to top]


May Chin, MD, is professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington DC.  She is director of the GW Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and codirector of GW Spine and Pain Center. She earned her medical degree at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Her interests include innovative pharmacological, interventional, and neuromodulatory techniques for management of chronic neuropathic pain. She served on the ASA Pain Medicine Committee, AMA advisory board for CME on pain, A&A editorial board, and the ABA as associate board examiner. In 2020, she was named one of eight ASRA Trailblazers, a one-time award given to women pioneers in pain medicine. [back to top]


Jeffrey Ciccone, MD, is assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain management in the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He specializes in interventional spine, sports and musculoskeletal medicine and procedures, with particular interest in advancing the field of neuromodulation. He is part of the sub-department of integrative pain management and is interested in employing multimodal therapies, including interventional, complimentary, and alternative medicine in conjunction with physical therapy.  [back to top]


David Clark, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology at Stanford University where he also serves as the vice-chair for research. He has a long-standing interest in understanding the factors affecting the persistence of pain including immunological, genetic, and environmental factors. He has a basic science laboratory dedicated to these questions. In addition, Dr. Clark is involved in clinical trials evaluating treatments for chronic back pain and pain in veterans suffering from war-related illnesses. [back to top]


Steven P. Cohen, MD, obtained his medical degree at Mount Sinai and completed an anesthesiology residency at Columbia University and a pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation 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 the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins and a retired U.S. Army colonel. [back to top]


Alane Costanzo, MD, is an anesthesiologist who specializes in multidisciplinary pain management and has expertise in fitness and nutrition.  She is a physician contractor with Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Costanzo completed her pain fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she was the Longwood Fellow. She earned her medical degree from St. George's University and completed her internship/residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She has an undergraduate degree in fitness/cardiac rehabilitation and exercise science. [back to top]


Michele Curatolo, MD, PhD, is endowed professor in medical education and research at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been the chief of the Division of Pain Therapy at the University of Bern, Switzerland, as well as acting chair of the Anesthesiology Department. Current editorial responsibilities include roles as section editor for the European Journal of Pain, associate editor of Pain, and section editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Pain.[back to top]


Richard Dart, MD, PhD, is a toxicologist and serves as the director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. He is the executive director of Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS®) System. He has published more than 250 papers and edited two books. In 2002 he was recognized with a special citation from the Commissioner of the FDA. He was the 2004 recipient of the Matthew J. Ellenhorn Award for Excellence in Medical Toxicology.  He is the 2017 recipient of the AACT Career Achievement Award. He is also a deputy editor of the medical journal Annals of Emergency Medicine. [back to top]


Jose De Andres, MD, PhD, FIPP, EDRA, is a professor of anaesthesiology at the Valencia University School of Medicine and chairman of the anaesthesia, critical care, and multidisciplinary pain management departments in the Valencia University General Hospital, Valencia, Spain. He is a past president of the board of directors of the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, editor of Pain Practice, and associate editor for Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, The Clinical Journal of Pain, and European Journal of Pain-Supplements. Dr. De Andres is an examiner for the European Diploma of Anaesthesia of the European Society of Anaesthesia. [back to top]


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.  [back to top]


Timothy Deer, MD, is the president and CEO of The Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias and the Center for Pain Relief, Inc. He is also a clinical professor of anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown. [back to top]


Dan Sebastian Dîrzu, MD, PhD, is an anesthesia and intensive care consultant active in the field of regional anesthesia, acute and chronic pain treatment. He is the founder and president of the Romanian chapter of ESRA. He is the first representative from his country elected in the ESRA board. As “pain therapy” is not a registered specialty in his country, he traveled abroad to get formal training and he graduated the inaugural class of “Pain School International” in Budapest, a WIP initiative. He is involved in projects to increase awareness and education about chronic pain and its treatment. [back to top]


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 WRAPM SIG. [back to top]


Maxim Eckmann, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he completed his pain fellowship in 2008 and serves as the Pain Fellowship Program Director and Executive Director of Pain Medicine.  As a full time, academic physician, Dr. Eckmann practices actively in outpatient and hospital-based interventional pain management. His research interests include radiofrequency ablation dynamics, shoulder/knee/hip joint denervation, peripheral neuromodulation, and intravenous pharmacotherapy for pain.  Dr. Eckmann is active in mentorship, post-graduate medical education, and advocacy as president elect for the Texas Pain Society and working member of the ASA and ASRA societies. [back to top]


Sam Eldabe, MD, FRCA, is a senior consultant in Pain Management at The James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough and honorary professor of pain medicine at University of Exeter Medical School in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom. His main interest within chronic pain management is neuromodulation for management of pain and spasticity. He has extensive experience with a number of indications of neuromodulation including vascular and neuropathic pain, cancer pain, and spasticity of cerebral and spinal origins. He is the co-author or author of more than 60 papers in the area of pain management and neuromodulation and has contributed to a number of book chapters. His current research interests include the use of neuromodulation for rehabilitation of back pain sufferers, spinal cord stimulation for refractory angina, as well as the utility of screening trials in spinal cord stimulation.  [back to top]


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 ASRA Industry Relations and Communication committees, and he is a member of the ASRA Board of Directors. [back to top]


Dalia Elmofty, MD, is an associate professor at the University of Chicago. During these years, she has continued to commit her time toward the education of young physicians, residents, fellows, and 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. [back to top]


Hesham Elsharkawy, MD, MBA, MSc, is an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University. His clinical interest includes, interfascial plane blocks, innovation, and the transition from acute to chronic pain. Dr. Elsharkawy’s research focuses on interfascial plane blocks, blocks, and recent advances in pain medicine. He has directed many workshops and given lectures nationally and international. [back to top]


Robert  Goldstein, MD, is an associate professor at University of Virginia (UVA) Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and section chief and medical director of the UVA Pain Management Center. After Case Western Reserve University (Anesthesiologist Asst),  Medical College of Ohio at Toledo (MD),  anesthesiology residency at Yale, and private practice in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, he joined the faculty of UVA. He is board certified (ABA) in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and hospice/palliative medicine and continues to practice in all three disciples. [back to top]


Meera N. Gonzalez, MD, has experience as a key educator for residents in acute pain/regional anesthesia. She was instrumental in developing a perioperative clinical pathway for patients with hip fractures. She is currently the medical director of perioperative services at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, whose focus is orthopaedic, bariatric, and robotic surgery. She has taught ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia at several courses for residents and attending physicians. She has earned awards for excellence in resident education and mentorship. [back to top]


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, 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, ASIPP, and the NANS. [back to top]


Jennifer Grimmer, DNP, FNP-BC, is clinically practicing as a nurse practitioner in the Pain Clinic at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, with a focus on chronic cancer-related pain.  Previous clinical practice includes experience in the hospice and palliative care settings.  Her education was completed at the State University of New York at Buffalo. [back to top]


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. [back to top]


Amitabh Gulati, MD, is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician currently practicing in New York City.  He is an associate professor and director of Chronic Pain, specializing in interventional cancer pain management, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is currently the program director of the Weill Cornell pain management fellowship in New York City.  He regularly gives lectures and teaches at workshops on topics involving ultrasound-guided pain procedures, interventional procedures in cancer pain management, and neuromodulation techniques for oncologic pain.  [back to top]


Padma  Gulur, MD, is recognized for her work in acute and chronic pain management. Her research and practice focuses on the safe delivery of pain management services for high-risk populations, including opioid tolerant and pediatric patients. Dr. Gulur is known for her development of pain assessment tools and her investigation of risk factors and risk reduction methodologies, utilized to improve patient outcomes.  The goal of Dr. Gulur’s practice and research is to improve the quality of life for her patients, especially for patients who are at high risk. [back to top]


Rajnish Gupta, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) 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. [back to top]


 David Hardman, MD, MBA, FASA, is a professor of anesthesiology and vice chair for professional affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He previously served as a subspecialty regional anesthesiology faculty member and residency program director at Duke University.  Dr. Hardman has expertise in nerve injury after peripheral nerve block and regularly consults as an expert witness defending anesthesiologists who have experienced neurologic complications after peripheral nerve blocks. [back to top]


Brian Harrington, MD, originally trained in regional anesthesia at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Harrington has been an anesthesiologist in community practice for 30 years in Billings, MT. His pragmatic approach to regional anesthesia seeks to bridge the gap between academic and busy private practice settings. Specific topics of interest include postdural puncture headache, acute pain management, anesthesia history, and physician wellness. He is additionally board certified in Pain Medicine. [back to top]


 T. Kyle Harrison, MD, is a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine/VA Palo Alto Healthcare System in Palo Alto, CA. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1999 and completed both his anesthesiology training as well as a fellowship in medical simulation and crisis management at Stanford University in 2004. He joined the anesthesia staff at the VA Palo Alto in 2004. His professional interests include cardiac anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and perioperative medicine. In addition to his clinical duties, he is also an associate program director for the anesthesia residency training program at Stanford University. [back to top]

Stephen Haskins, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. During his fellowship, Dr. Haskins developed an interest in PoCUS, specifically focused cardiac ultrasound, lung ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound, and gastric ultrasound. Dr. Haskins is the co-founder and co-chair of ASRA Perioperative PoCUS Special Interest Group. He is also lead author for Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) for the Regional Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist Review Series in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine Journal[back to top]


Salim Hayek, MD, PhD, 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. He is well published and serves on the editorial board of most pain journals. Dr. Hayek has had a number of service accomplishments at the local and national levels including being a member of the board of directors (currently secretary) of the North American Neuromodulation Society for two terms.  [back to top]


Nadia Hernandez, MD, completed her anesthesiology residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, NY, followed by fellowship training in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine. She moved back home to Texas where she serves as an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Texas (UT) at Houston McGovern School of Medicine. After one year, Dr. Hernandez revamped the regional anesthesiology fellowship and was promoted to director of regional anesthesiology at UT Houston as well as program chair of the Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Ultrasound Fellowship. She is one of the co-founding members of the ASRA Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group. [back to top]


Marc Huntoon, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and director of Pain Management at the Virginia Commonwealth University Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center in Richmond VA.  [back to top]


Mohammed Issa, MD, is the pain medicine fellowship director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and medical director of the pain clinic at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.  He is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and pain medicine. Dr. Issa’s clinical interest is focused on bridging the gap between psychiatry and chronic pain and treating complex pain patients with psychiatric comorbidities, including substance use problems. His recent academic work has focused on the relationship between chronic pain and addiction, with special interest in opioid use disorder, utilization of buprenorphine for chronic pain patients showing high-risk behaviors, and genetics underlying addiction in chronic pain patients receiving opioid medications. Dr. Issa has been an active member of the scientific abstract and publication committees of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, North American Neuromodulation Society, and Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, which gives him the opportunity to review novel research in the areas of chronic pain and behavioral medicine. Dr. Issa is committed to teaching residents and fellows on the different aspects of chronic pain and psychiatry and has given multiple lectures and presentations highlighting the interface between these fields. Dr. Issa has authored several book chapters, articles, and abstracts in the areas of behavioral medicine, addiction, and chronic pain. [back to top]


Heather J. Jackson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, is a pain specialist nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer 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. [back to top]


Hari Kalagara, MD, FCARCSI, EDRA, 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 Anesthesia and was awarded the ASRA Resident/Fellow of the Year Award for 2017. Dr. Kalagara organizes and serves as primary activity director for the cadaveric regional anesthesia ultrasound workshops held at Cleveland Clinic. He is convinced of the benefits of regional anesthesia for pain relief for various surgical procedures and always tries to incorporate regional anesthesia for patient care. Dr. Kalagara is currently working as assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with special interest in regional anesthesia.  [back to top]


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.” [back to top]


Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD, is the vice chairman for research and education at the department of anesthesiology and pain management at Advocate Illinois Medical Center, and also a clinical professor of anesthesiology and surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago. [back to top]


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, novel RF techniques, medical and interventional treatments for acute and chronic pain, and resident/fellow education. [back to top]

 


Sree Kolli, MD, EDRA, is a regional anesthesiologist and PoCUS enthusiast, trained at the Cleveland Clinic in anesthesia residency and fellowship in acute pain and regional anesthesia. He completed training in the United Kingdom and attained European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia from ESRA in 2011. Dr. Kolli is the organizer and the primary activity director for the Cleveland Clinic's Cadaver Regional Anesthesia and PoCUS Workshops and the Chronic Pain Ultrasound Workshops at Pain Management Symposium. He is currently the associate program director for the regional anesthesia fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic. [back to top]


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 on the ASRA Board of Directors. Her research interests include regional anesthesia and analgesia for orthopedic surgery, peripheral nerve injury, and anticoagulation. [back to top]


Jinlei Li, MD, PhD, FASA, is an associate professor and co-director of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine at Yale University department of anesthesiology and Yale New Haven Health in Connecticut. Dr. Li serves on several committees at ASA and special interest groups at ASRA. She has participated and organized multiple regional anesthesia workshops in USA and internationally.  Her research interests and publications include total joint replacement, hip fracture, rib fracture, local anesthetics adjuvants, regional anesthesia and anticoagulants, and regional anesthesia education. [back to top]


Timothy Lubenow, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  He has received many awards including Castle Connolly Guide to “Top Doctors in the Nation,” New York Times 2010; 70 of the Best Pain Management Physicians in America, Beckers ASC Review 2011; U.S. News Top Doctors, selected by U.S. News Media Group 2011; Patients’ Choice Award by PatientsChoice.org 2012; Distinguished Service Award Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists 2013; Chicago Super Doctors 2013; and Chicago Top Doctors 2014, 2015, 2016.  [back to top]


Danielle B. Ludwin, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY, and the regional anesthesia fellowship director. She graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and received her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. She completed her anesthesiology residency at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY, and a fellowship in regional anesthesia at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. Dr. Ludwin is a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators at Columbia University Medical Center and a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society.  [back to top]


Jonathan Lurie, MD, MS, received a BSE in Geological Engineering from Princeton, an MD from Stanford, and a MS in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth.  He is physician investigator on the SPORT Trial and has served as director of the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit at TDI, co-director of the Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology, and associate director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center in Musculoskeletal Diseases at Dartmouth. [back to top]


Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, is chief of the division of pain medicine and Redlich professor of anesthesiology, neurosciences, and neurology at Stanford University. He is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Mackey received his BSE and MSE in bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in electrical and computer engineering as well as MD from University of Arizona. Dr. Mackey is author of over 200 journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and popular press pieces in addition to numerous national and international lectures. [back to top]


 Stephen Macres, MD, PharmD, is a clinical professor in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of California Davis (UCD) Medical Center in Sacramento. He completed his anesthesia training and fellowship training in pain medicine at UC Davis in 1995. He is currently the director of the anesthesia acute pain service. His professional interests have always focused on improving patient outcomes through the judicious application of multimodal analgesia with an emphasis on regional anesthesia techniques. Dr. Macres is actively involved in continuing medical education and is the director of the annual UCD anesthesiology review course and ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block workshop. [back to top]


Colin McCartney, MBChB, PhD, is a professor and chair of anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa and head of anesthesiology at the Ottawa Hospital, ON, Canada. He completed his anaesthesia and pain medicine training in Scotland before completing a regional anaesthesia and pain fellowship in Toronto in 2000. From 2000-2014, he was a faculty member at the University of Toronto and a staff anesthesiologist at Toronto Western Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals in relation to regional anaesthesia and pain medicine, is an editor of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, and is an associate editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and BMC Anesthesiology. In 2014, he completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on evolution and impact of ultrasound guidance on brachial plexus anaesthesia. In his spare time, he enjoys beer, company of good friends, and sleep. [back to top]


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 ASRA Research Committee, as well as a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Pain Committee.  Dr. Mekhail served as the director and chairman of the department of Pain Management at Cleveland Clinic from 1997-2010.   [back to top]


Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, is division chief of pain medicine at UT Health San Antonio's Joe R. & Theresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, medical director of UT Health Pain Consultants, and an associate professor/clinical in the department of anesthesiology. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine. He has a masters of science in physiology and biophysics and a masters in education in healthcare curriculum and instruction. His clinical and research interests include abuse-deterrent opioid therapy, neuromodulation, and interventional treatment for chronic pelvic pain. [back to top]


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-elect for ASRA. He recently 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. [back to top]


Andrea Nicol, 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.  [back to top]


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 the 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. Follow her at @amypearsonmd. [back to top]


Philip Peng, MBBS, is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology 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 and ESRA-Spain Distinguished Service Award. He has delivered more than 350 lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. He has edited 8 books and published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. [back to top]

 


Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC, is professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Toronto and director of the Clinical Regional Anesthesia Program at the Toronto Western Hospital in Ontario, Canada.  Her research interests include ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and gastric ultrasound. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed original articles and given over 100 lectures nationally and internationally.  Dr. Perlas is an executive editor of the journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine[back to top]

 


Carlos Pino, MD, FASA, is a member of the Board of Directors of ASRA, chair of the Faculty Development Committee, and former co-chair of the CME Committee. He currently works in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine center of the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and is former professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He also serves as a member of the Pain Medicine Committee and Education in Pain Medicine Subcommittee of the ASA. [back to top]


Steven Porter, MD, is assistant professor of anesthesiology in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.  He is the program director for Mayo Clinic Florida’s RAAPM fellowship, the medical director for Mayo Clinic Florida’s Quality Academy, and the chair of his hospital’s controlled substance and pain oversight team.  Dr. Porter has lectured at regional, national, and international meetings on topics related to regional anesthesia and acute pain management. [back to top]


David Provenzano, MD, is the president of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care in Pittsburgh, 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. 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 serves as treasurer of the ASRA Board of Directors and as secretary for the North American Neuromodulation Society board of directors.  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]


Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, is currently a professor and chief of the pain medicine division as well as director of the multispecialty pain medicine fellowship at the University of Florida. 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. He has written more than 54 peer-reviewed publications and is supported by several grants, including from the NIH (EPPIC-NET). Dr. Przkora is president of the Association of Pain Program Directors, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Association of University Anesthesiologists, and is 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, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the corresponding Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has been a junior editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology since 2016 (MOCA® for Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine). [back to top]


Maunak Rana, MD, is the director of pain management at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. He completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. His surgery internship was at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and his anesthesiology residency was at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rana completed a pain medicine fellowship at McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Rana has lectured nationally and internationally on topics in anesthesiology and in interventional pain management. [back to top]

 


Meg A. Rosenblatt, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the chair of the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside and West Hospitals.  She was the chair of the 2020 annual meeting of the ASA and is the general chair for the 2020 PGA.  She is a senior question editor and full examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiologists and lectures and moderated workshops nationally and internationally about orthopedic and reginal anesthesiology topics. [back to top]


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.  [back to top]


Kristin Schreiber, MD, PhD, is a regional anesthesiologist and translational pain neuroscientist. Her research focuses on the development of chronic pain after surgical injury, particularly the mechanisms by which individual differences in psychosocial processing and nociceptive sensitivity lead to enhanced pain propensity and longevity in some people, but not others. Using a variety of methods, (quantitative sensory testing, psychosocial testing, fMRI, digital pills), she is investigating how non-opioid analgesic techniques (regional anesthesia, yoga-based exercise, placebo, distraction, music, CBT) may modulate pain.  [back to top]


Eric Schwenk, MD, completed his fellowship in regional anesthesia and acute pain in 2013 at Thomas Jefferson University, where he then joined the faculty. Dr. Schwenk enjoys teaching residents and fellows and is actively involved in research on subanesthetic ketamine for migraine and other conditions. Other research focuses include outcomes after total joint arthroplasty and social media in medicine. He has been social media vice chair for ASRA and is currently a member of the research committee and guidelines/regulatory advocacy committee. Dr. Schwenk is a Christian and married with an 8-year-old son. He loves the UNC Tar Heels and Philly sports!  [back to top]


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. [back to top]


Sanjay Sinha, MBBS, is the director of regional anesthesia and the program director of regional anesthesia and acute pain fellowship at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT. He has developed a robust regional anesthesia service in a private practice setting. Dr. Sinha is involved in teaching the anesthesia residents from University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has received the Teacher of the Year Award. His current interests are developing innovative ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques for arthroplasty patients and ambulatory surgical patients. [back to top]


Brian Sites, MD, MS, is currently 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 regional anesthesiology editor-in-chief and an associate editor for Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine and is a reviewer and associate editor for numerous organizations. He has spoken nationally and internationally more than 100 times and is considered an international authority on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia.  [back to top]


Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH, is medical director of Advanced Pain Therapy, a comprehensive pain clinic located in Hattiesburg, MS. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, with postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.  Dr. Sitzaman is past president of the North American Neuromodulation Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, Southern Pain Society, and MS Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.  [back to top]


Konstantin Slavin, MD, FAANS, is professor, chief of section, and fellowship director for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Slavin is the past president of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and current vice president of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is also the secretary of the International Neuromodulation Society and past secretary of the North American Neuromodulation Society.   [back to top]


Ellen Soffin, MD, PhD, is an assistant attending anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. She is the chair of the anesthesia spine service workgroup and directs the department’s spine research program. Dr. Soffin’s clinical interests include anesthesia for complex spine surgery, emphasizing applications of regional analgesia to the spine surgery patient. She is a nationally recognized expert on enhanced recovery pathways for spine surgery and has published extensively on opioid-minimizing strategies for orthopedic surgery. [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]


Vivianne Tawfik, MD, PhD, of the Stanford Pain Management Center, will discuss complex regional pain syndrome, a mysterious form of chronic pain that arises after trauma or surgery on a limb. Many of us have twisted an ankle or fallen on an outstretched arm, but for some, a seemingly simple injury can trigger persistent redness, swelling and pain that lasts beyond the expected time for healing. Dr. Tawfik will outline what is known about this rare, but likely under diagnosed, condition and highlight findings from her own laboratory that point to immune system dysregulation. [back to top]


Ban Tsui, MD, has the primary interest and objective of his research to transform regional anesthesia from an "art" into a reliable and reproducible "science" by further exploring the basic scientific and clinical aspects of electrophysiological signal monitoring and integrating this with the latest advances in ultrasound. Dr. Tsui has a strong interest in mentoring and motivating residents and anesthesiologist fellows to incorporate research into their clinical practice. Dr. Tsui has received Clinical Scholar funding from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) since 2002. Dr. Tsui is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. R.A. Gordon Research Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS). He has previously received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and multiple awards from CAS. [back to top]


Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA, is dedicated to the development and implementation of progressive healthcare solutions for modern medical practice, based on hybrid healthcare and business administration analytics. Dr. Visan believes in highly customized, creative, and efficient strategic plans for his business clients who wish to radically improve their practice delivery models and revenues. He is well known to be a promoter of sustainable long-term business solutions, which demand continuous quality improvement programs and training providers to become adapted to a dynamic healthcare economics environment, as well as delivering high-quality medical care. During his previous tenure, as medical director of the Regional Anesthesia Division at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Visan was actively involved in developing a well-organized regional anesthesiology and acute pain management program, as well as improving operating room workflows and clinical enterprise efficiency. Dr. Visan has served as assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology on the faculty of University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Miami. He earned his Executive MBA, with a specialization in health sector management and policy, at the University of Miami Business School, as well as his Six Sigma certification. He completed his residency and a fellowship in regional anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. His medical degree was completed in Europe, while serving as the president and co-founder of a private company, with focus on commercial and industrial real estate analysis, as well as business and project development.  [back to top]


Eugene Viscusi, MD, is professor of anesthesiology, chief of pain medicine and director of acute pain management,  at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. 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 became president of ASRA in 2019. [back to top]


Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA, is chief (interim), Division of Pain Medicine, Duke University Department of Anesthesiology. He is associate director of patient safety and quality and associate professor in the Duke Department of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the ASRA Practice Management and the former co-chair of the ASRA Headache SIG and pain medicine lead for the ASRA newsletter. He is past chair of the 2017 ASRA pain meeting. He also serves on the ASA committees on economics and pain medicine and is past vice chair of the SIS health policy division. [back to top]


Effronssyni (Gina) Votta-Velis, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology and surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and 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. [back to top]


Michael S. Weinstein, MD, MBE, MPH, is board certified in surgery, surgical critical care, neurocritical care, and hospice and palliative medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. In order to help alleviate stigma and support a nationwide discussion regarding physician well-being, Dr. Weinstein publicly shared his own story of depression and suicidal ideation in the New England Journal of Medicine. He speaks nationally about issues of physician well-being, and mindfulness-based strategies for realizing our full potential.  [back to top]


Anna Woodbury, MD, CAC, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine and associate program director for the Emory Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship. She is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and licensed in acupuncture. She founded the Pain Division at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System and is active in research at Emory and the VA, with federally funded grants focusing on non-pharmalogic, integrative, and complementary therapies for pain management.  [back to top]


David Yeomans, PhD, is an associate professor of anesthesia, director of pain research, director of the neuroscience scholarly concentration for medical students, and member of Bio-X and the Stanford Neuroscience Institute. His expertise includes over 30 years of experience in many aspects of pain research. His group focuses on the basic biology of transduction of pain stimuli to neural impulses, as well as potential therapeutics based on this biology, including novel pharmaceutical approaches, neuromodulatory devices, and gene therapy. [back to top]