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Scientific/Education Planning Committee   

Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,  Chair
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls,  OH
David Provenzano, MD; Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care, Sewickley, PA


Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,  Chair
Maged Guirguis, MD; Ochsner Health, New Orleans, LA 
Rajnish Gupta, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Sherif Mossad, MD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Jennifer Noerenberg, MD; Southern California Permanente Medical Group, San Diego, CA
Judith O’Donnell, MD; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
Ron Wasserman, MD, FRCPC; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE, is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is the director of the section of Orthopedic and Regional Anesthesiology. Dr. Elkassabany completed his anesthesia residency training at Cleveland Clinic and did his regional anesthesia training at the University of Florida. He earned his master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in December 2012 from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interest focuses on patients’ outcomes after regional anesthesia. He is currently the editor of the ASRA News. [top of page]

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.[top of page]

Rajnish Gupta, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. In addition to clinical work in anesthesia and acute pain management, Dr. Gupta spends a significant amount of time teaching trainees. His research interests include work as co-Investigator on a National Institute of Health-funded study evaluating the impact of endogenous opioid activity on variable responses to morphine. Additionally, Dr. Gupta has a passion for innovation and has developed several smart-phone based apps for ASRA and other medical organizations. [top of page]

 Sherif Beniameen Mossad, MD, graduated from Cairo University school of medicine in 1987. He completed internal medicine residency followed by infectious diseases fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in 1996. He has since served on the faculty of Cleveland Clinic, and is currently a staff physician in the department of Infectious Diseases, section of transplant infectious diseases, Respiratory Institute & Transplant Center, and a Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a fellow of the American Society of Transplantation; serving on its Infectious Diseases Community of Practice Executive Committee 2015 – 2017, a founding member of the Infectious Diseases Special Interest Group of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and a member of the Transplantation Society, Infectious Diseases section. He authored or co-authored 121 published manuscripts, 12 book chapters, 3 online educational programs, and presented 159 lectures at local, national, and international venues. His current research interests focus on infectious complications and vaccinations in bone marrow and solid organ transplant recipients. [top of page]

Samer Narouze, MD, PhD, is clinical professor of anesthesiology and neurological surgery at Ohio University in Athens and Ohio State University in Columbus. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, as well as neurology headache medicine. He is the chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Dr. Narouze is on the board of directors for ASRA. He recently founded the American Interventional Headache Society (AIHS) and serves in many committees for national and international headache and pain organizations. He has published about 200 research papers, review articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He frequently speaks and serves as a visiting professor both nationally and internationally. [top of page]

Jennifer Noerenberg, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed a fellowship in regional anesthesia and perioperative pain management at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. She completed residency at the University of California, Davis. She is an associate physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and works for the San Diego region. Her interests include working to develop perioperative pain protocols for several types of surgical applications and developing tools to educate both patients and physicians of resources for multimodal and regional anesthesia techniques.  [top of page]

Judith O’Donnell, MD, FIDSA, is a professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where she is also the hospital epidemiologist and director, Department of Infection Prevention and Control and Healthcare Epidemiology. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1989 at Temple University School of Medicine. Her internal medicine residency training and infectious diseases fellowship training were both completed at Temple University Hospital. She has continuously served as a steering committee member and lecturer for the regional STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Department of Public Health since 1995. She has been recognized as a Fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and in the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Dr. O’Donnell has won several teaching awards over her career. Since joining Penn Medicine in 2007, Dr. O’Donnell has won several quality awards around a variety of aspects of prevention of healthcare-associated infections, including the Delaware Valley Healthcare Association’s Quality and Safety Award in 2010.  [top of page]

David Provenzano, MD, is the President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University, In New York, 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. He has extensive interests and expertise in the conservative treatment of pain originating from the cervical and lumbar spine, neuromodulation, and the use of ultrasound for interventional pain management procedures. [top of page]

Ronald Wasserman, MD, FRCPC, is a clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as the associate chief clinical officer (Neuroscience), chief of pain services for the department of anesthesiology, as well as the Medical Director for the Back and Pain Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Manitoba School of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Calgary in Canada. He subsequently went on to complete a regional fellowship at Virginia Mason in Seattle, followed by a pain medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Wasserman is board certified in anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in pain medicine through the American Board of Anesthesiology. [top of page]