Scientific/Educational Planning Committee   

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD; University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
Jamie Baratta, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Andrea Nicol, MD; University of Kansas School of Medicine, Leawood, KS
Eugene Viscusi, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD; University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
Jamie Baratta, MD; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Karen Boretsky, MD; Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 
Chad Brummett, MD; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
Daniel Clauw, MD; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 
Mitchell Cohen, MD; Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Richard Dart, MD, PhD;
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety, Denver, CO
Maxim Eckmann, MD; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX
Scott Edwards, PhD; LSU Health New Orleans, LA
Nabil Elkassabany, MD, MSCE; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dalia Elmofty, MD; University of Chicago, IL
Hesham Elsharkawy, MD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Andrea Furlan, MD, PhD; University of Toronto, University Health Network-Toronto Rehab, Toronto, ON, Canada
Timothy Furnish, MD; University of California, San Diego, CA
Jeffrey Gadsden, MD, FRCPC, FANZCA; Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC
Tong Joo Gan, MD, MBA, MHS; Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY
Meera Gonzalez, MD; Einstein Medical Center, Jenkintown, PA
Stephen Haskins, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Nadia Hernandez, MD; McGovern School of Medicine at University of Texas Health, Houston, TX
Mohammed Issa, MD; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 
Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD; Columbia University, New York, NY
Lynn Kohan, MD; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Jody Leng, MD, MS; VA Palo Alto, Stanford Hospital, CA
Danielle Ludwin, MD; Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY
Aleeze Moss, PhD; Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA
Ameet Nagpal, MD; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Andrea Nicol, MD; University of Kansas School of Medicine, Leawood, KS
Olga Nin, MD; University of Florida Health, Gainesville, FL
Jennifer Noerenberg, MD; Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Poway, CA
Steven Orebaugh, MD; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD; Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
David Provenzano, MD; Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care, Sewickley, PA
Kristin Schreiber, MD, PhD; Harvard Medical/Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Gary Schwartz, MD; Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Eric Schwenk, MD; Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Shalini Shah, MD; University of California Irvine Health, Irvine, CA
Brian Sites, MD; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Plainfield, NH
Santhanam Suresh, MD; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, IL
Amy Vinson, MD, FAAP; Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Tolga Suvar, MD; Rush University Medical Center, Oak Brook, IL
David Walega, MD; Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care, program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship, and section chief of Pain Management Services at the University of Chicago Medicine. An accomplished national and international educator and author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, Dr. Anitescu focuses her research on improving quality of life of patients with acute, chronic, and cancer pain by multimodal, multifaceted variate interventions. [top of page]

Jaime Baratta, MD, is a clinical assistant 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. [top of page]

 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 has 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.  [top of page]

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

Ki Jinn Chin, MBBS, FANZCA, FRCPC, is the fellowship coordinator and regional anesthesia program director at the Toronto Western Hospital and is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, ON, Canada. He attended medical school at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K., and completed his residency in anesthesiology in Singapore. He subsequently completed two subspecialty fellowships in Canada: the first in neuroanesthesia at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON, and the second in regional anesthesia at Toronto Western Hospital. He is passionate about ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia but is especially interested in ultrasonography of the spine and teaching needle handling and injection techniques. [top of page]

Daniel Clauw, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology, medicine, and psychiatry and director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. At the University of Michigan, he became the first assistant and then associate dean for Clinical Research as well as the first principal investigator of the University of Michigan Clinical and Translational Sciences Award. [top of page]

Mitchell Cohen, MD, is professor, vice chair, and director of the pain medicine program in the department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Cohen’s expertise in pain medicine is nationally recognized with a focus on management of psychiatric comorbidities common in patients with chronic pain. He has served in leadership roles within national societies at the forefront of the pain medicine and is currently president-elect of the American Board of Pain Medicine. [top of page]

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. [top of page]

Maxim Eckmann, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), 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 a working member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and ASRA. [top of page]

Scott Edwards, PhD, is an associate professor of physiology and neuroscience at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Research interests in his laboratory center around the investigation of neurobiological changes associated with altered motivational systems in drug and alcohol addiction.  His work is currently supported by an R01 grant and a medications development contract from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. [top of page]

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 ASRA's Industry Relations and Communication committees and is a member of the ASRA board of directors. [top of page]

Dalia Elmofty, MD, is an associate professor at the University of Chicago. During these years, she has continued to commit her time towards 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. [top of page]

 Hesham Elsharkawy, MD, MBA, MSc, is a staff member in the Anesthesia Institute and Outcomes Research at Cleveland Clinic. He is also associate professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. His clinical and research interest includes ultrasound technology, interfascial plane blocks, quadratus lumborum blocks, and innovation in pain. He has directed many workshops and given lectures nationally and international. He has an MBA degree from Cleveland State University and is board certified by the ABA and NBE. [top of page]

Andrea Furlan, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist and associate professor at University of Toronto, Canada.  Her research focuses on chronic pain management — diagnosis, treatment, and education.  She was the team leader who developed the 2010 Canadian Opioid guideline.  She is the author of the Opioid Manager and My Opioid Manager, tools to help prescribers and patients use opioids safely for chronic non-cancer pain.  Dr. Furlan is co-chair of ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship – a telementoring project aimed at teaching clinicians in rural/underserved areas how to help patients with chronic pain live better lives. [top of page]

 Timothy Furnish, MD, is clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at UC San Diego where he is director of the pain medicine fellowship program and the inpatient pain service. His practice includes high-risk peri-operative pain, cancer-related pain, and chronic pain management. Dr. Furnish has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed both his anesthesia residency and pain medicine fellowship at UC San Diego. He has studied, published, and lectured on post-operative pain management, gabapentin and opioid-related risks in inpatients, intrathecal drug delivery, the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of pain, and potential analgesic mechanisms of classical psychedelics. [top of page]

Jeffrey Gadsden, MD, FRCPC, FANZCA, is a staff anesthesiologist at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. He graduated with an MD in 1999 from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada, and undertook training in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Dr. Gadsden holds fellowships with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (anesthesia) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and he is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. After working in both Canada and Australia, he decided to return to the United States to focus on his teaching and research interests of ultrasound-guided nerve blockade, the monitoring of regional anesthesia, trauma, and education.  [top of page]

Tong Joo Gan, MD, MBA, MHS, is professor and chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Stony Brook Medicine in Stony Brook, New York.  Dr. Gan is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a fellow of both the Royal College of Anaesthetists of England.  Dr. Gan has been the recipient of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia Young Investigator Award and the International Anesthesia Research Society Clinical Scholar Research Award.  He serves as the ambulatory anesthesia and perioperative management section editor of anesthesia and analgesia and is on the editorial board of perioperative medicine.  Dr. Gan is also the Founding President of the American Society for Enhanced Recovery (ASER), a Past President of The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) and International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP).  He has published over 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and numerous books and books chapters.  Dr. Gan has served as an invited speaker for many national and international professional conferences and as principal investigator or co-investigator for over 100 clinical trials. [top of page]

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. [top of page]

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, lung, abdominal, and gastric ultrasound. Dr. Haskins is the co-founder and co-chair of the 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 the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine journal. [top of page]

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. [top of page]

Mohammed Issa, MD, is the current 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. [top of page]

 Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD, EdD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She serves as the program director of the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship and the co-Director of the Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program in the department of anesthesiology.Dr. Hastie is a graduate of the American University of Beirut School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hastie joined the faculty at Columbia University in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology in 2005. She has served as associate fellowship director since 2007 and as ACTA Fellowship Program Director since 2017. With her work and her research, she aims to create a positive impact on the work environment, so women and minorities can achieve equity in an environment free of biases.  [top of page]

Lynn Kohan, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  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 radiofrequency techniques, medical and interventional treatments for acute and chronic pain, and resident/fellow education. [top of page]

Jody Leng, MD, MS, attended medical school at the University of Miami, and completed her anesthesiology residency and RAAPM fellowship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Prior to her medical career, she worked as an R&D engineer at a biomedical device startup in Silicon Valley. She currently serves as the director of RAAPM at the VA in Palo Alto, the associate program director of the RAAPM fellowship, and the co-director of the Peer Support and Resiliency in Medicine (PRIME) wellness program at Stanford. [top of page]

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. [top of page]

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. [top of page]

Aleezé Sattar Moss, PhD, is the associate director of the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Jefferson Health. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and teaches MBSR to groups, individuals, healthcare professionals, and medical students. She also offers professional training to those who wish to teach mindfulness. In addition to teaching, she conducts qualitative research on the effects of MBSR on physical and psychological health and has published in peer-reviewed journals. [top of page]

Ameet Nagpal, MD, is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physician who is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at UT Health San Antonio.  He is associate program director of the pain medicine fellowship and medical director of the UT Health SA Pain Medicine Clinic. He has an MS in biophysics from Georgetown University and an MEd in health care curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. Dr. Nagpal speaks regularly at national meetings, including the annual meetings of ASRA, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Dannemiller Pain Medicine Review Course. [top of page]

Samer Narouze, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology and surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University 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. [top of page]

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. [top of page]

Olga “Kiki” Nin, MD, is an assistant professor at the University of Florida, UF Health in Gainesville and the medical director of UF’s outpatient Florida surgery center. She is fellowship trained in acute pain and perioperative pain medicine at UF Health. She is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and completed her medical degree in Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, and her anesthesia residency and fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Some of her medical interests are nerve microanatomy, opioid free surgery, and enhanced recovery after anesthesia. [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]

Steven Orebaugh, MD, has been performing and teaching regional anesthesia (peripheral nerve blockade) at a busy orthopedic center for 15 years. He serves as the rotation director for regional anesthesia for residents and is also the co-chairman of the curriculum committee. He serves as well on the program evaluation committee for the regional anesthesia fellowship. His areas of interest are ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blockade, anatomy, and education in regional anesthesia. For the past five years, he has served as faculty for ASRA and for the New York School of Regional Anesthesia for their annual meetings. [top of page]

Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC, is a professor of anesthesia at the University of Toronto and staff anesthesiologist at the Toronto Western Hospital.  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 executive editor of the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. [top of page]

Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD; is a professor of neurosurgery and of neuroscience at Albany Medical College and chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. To date, she has served as chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as well as AANS/CNS Chair of Joint Section for Women in Neurosurgery. She is currently an executive council member of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and on the NANS Board of Directors. With the support of the NANS Board of Directors, she began the NANS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor. Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 145 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery, is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation and Journal of Neurosurgery, and sits on multiple NIH study sections. [top of page]

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. He serves as treasurer 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. [top of page]

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, cognitive behavioral therapy) may modulate pain. [top of page]

 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. [top of page]

Eric Schwenk, MD,  is fellowship-trained in regional anesthesia and acute pain. He is trying to improve patient outcomes through the use of regional anesthesia and alternatives to opioids perioperatively.  Dr. Schwenk's academic interests are ketamine in acute pain, regional anesthesia outcomes, academic social media, and perioperative hip fracture management. He is a Christian, enjoys teaching residents and medical students, and is married with a 5-year-old boy. He is also a huge Philly sports fan and lifelong North Carolina Tar Heel. [top of page]

Shalini Shah, MD, serves as associate professor and vice-chair (Pain Medicine) for the department of anesthesiology & perioperative care and enterprise director of pain services for University of California Irvine Health. Dr. Shah completed her residency in anesthesiology from NY Presbyterian-Cornell University and a combined fellowship in adult and pediatric chronic pain at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, and Children's Hospital of Boston, Harvard Medical School. She is the founder of the pediatric pain program at University of California, Irvine and has previously served as associate program director for the pain medicine fellowship. Dr. Shah is the recipient of the ASRA Chronic Pain Grant Award in 2017 for her work in onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®) use in pediatric migraine pain. She currently leads several industry and peer-reviewed funded clinical trials in pediatric and adult pain medicine and is energized by collaborating with other eager physician scientists. Dr. Shah currently serves as the founding chair of the Committee of Pain Medicine at the California Society of Anesthesiologists and is strongly committed to pain advocacy and regulatory reform both in the state of California and nationally. [top of page]

Brian Sites, MD, MS, received his MD from the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI, with the Outstanding Graduate Award. He performed his surgical residency at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, and his anesthesiology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Hanover, NH. Recently, Dr. Sites received his master’s of science degree with a concentration in clinical and health services research at The Dartmouth Institute.  Recently, Dr. Sites was promoted to professor of anesthesiology and orthopedics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He developed and directs the DHMC Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship Program. Last year, he was appointed to the position of associate dean of Continuing Medical Education at DHMC. After being heavily involved in creating the ASRA/ESRA-recommended credentialing criteria in regional anesthesia with ultrasound guidance, he defined the credentialing requirements for DHMC. Dr. Sites has authored more than 70 publications on regional anesthesia and sonopathology and developed numerous educational videos. [top of page]

 Santhanam Suresh, MD, is the Arthur C. King Professor and chair of the department of pediatric anesthesiology at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL.  He is a director of the American Board of Anesthesiology.  He also serves as co-chair of the SmartTots Steering Committee, chair of the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pediatric Anesthesia for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Anesthesia Research Society. [top of page]

 Amy Vinson, MD, FAAP, is trained in pediatrics, anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology and is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  She is the current chair of the ASA's Committee on Physician Well-being following years of service as the vice chair of the ASA’s advisory group on physician well-being.  She is the director of wellness for the department of anesthesiology, critical care and pain medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as the department’s co-director of the Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program. She has published and spoken widely on topics related to wellness, burnout and peer support and keeps balance by time with family, music, and home improvement projects. [top of page]

Eugene Viscusi, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and the director of acute pain management in the department of anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Viscusi developed a novel, nurse-driven model for acute pain management with specially trained nurses in the early 1990s that has served as a model for healthcare delivery. Dr. Viscusi has lectured extensively and contributed more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in journals including JAMA, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He currently serves on the editorial board of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Clinical Journal of Pain,and American Journal of Orthopedics. Dr. Viscusi has served on the ASRA board of directors since 2011, currently serving as president. Dr. Viscusi is also an avid musician and specialist in early music, and he performed and conducted in the Philadelphia area until the late 1990s. [top of page] 

David Walega, MD, is currently the chief of the division of pain medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, IL, and has practiced interventional pain medicine for 20 years in both the private and academic practice domains. His clinical interests include enhancing patient safety, novel applications of pain management techniques, and emerging applications of neuromodulation.  He has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters on pain related topics and is on the AMA Opioid Task Force.  His research is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging with an RO1 grant. [top of page]