Meet the Faculty

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Keynote Speakers

Ramsin Benyamin, MD

Ramsin Benyamin, MD

Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD

Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD

Gabor B. Racz, MD

Gabor B. Racz, MD

Grover Murray Professor and TTUHSC Endowed Chair
Professor and Chairman Emeritus Department of Anesthesiology
Past President of Texas Pain Society
Founder and Past President of World Institute of Pain

Dr. Racz graduated The University of Liverpool Medical School, completed his residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center and served at SUNY from 1966-1977 when he moved to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he served until 2016 as co-director of Pain Services at Grace Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.  Dr. Racz is a founder and past president of World Institute of Pain and Texas Pain Society.  He is the first Grover E. Murry Professor named after the first President of the Texas Tech University School of Medicine.   He was director of the TTUHSC Pain Symposium since its inception 33 years ago and is also Director of the annual Budapest Conference since it began 23 years ago.  He was the first President of the Texas Pain Society.

Dr. Racz board certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Anesthesiology subspecialty in Pain Medicine, and holds the certificates of Diplomat with the American College of Pain Medicine, Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice awarded by the World Institute of Pain and the Diplomat American Board of Interventional Pain Practice  (DABIPP) certification awarded by ASIPP and WIP.  He is an advocate for high standards of certification and training among pain physicians and works toward the advancement of those goals.

He has received numerous recognitions and awards from organizations around the world including Distinguished Professor Award for Lifetime Achievement from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the Lifetime Achievement Award(s) from American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, ASIPP keynote speaker lecture series named for Raj/Racz, and the MORICCA AWARD, the highest award presented by the Italian Pain Society.  He educated over 1,000 Pain Physician visitors during tenure at Texas Tech.

He has published over 200 book chapters and journal articles and three books describing his techniques in spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, neurolysis, radiofrequency thermocoagulation and other interventional procedures.  Today, Dr. Racz continues to practice in Dallas, Texas, hosts Racz Labs Interventional workshops, and travels around the world presenting lectures and workshops.

Kenneth Candido, MD

Kenneth Candido, MD

Kenneth D. Candido, MD Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Dr. Kenneth D. Candido 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 ten years there.

Dr. Candido spent the first two years of medical school in Tampico, Mexico, then completed the educational curriculum at The New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He took an internship and residency in Anesthesiology at The Metropolitan Hospital in New York. During that time, Ken met Dr. Alon P. Winnie, one of the founding fathers of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and one of the nation’s leaders in education regarding pain medicine who at the time was Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He offered Dr. Candido a Fellowship spot there, which Dr. Candido completed in 1988. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his roots on the East Coast, landing a position in the Department of Anesthesiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

At Lenox Hill, Dr. Candido established a pain clinic, which he staffed daily after completing his anesthesiology duties in the operating rooms. In the eight years at Lenox Hill, Dr. Candido treated more than 20,000 patients suffering from a variety of both routine as well as complex pain entities.

In 1997, Dr. Candido was asked by Dr. Winnie, to rejoin his faculty at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and the two collaborated on a number of successful and highly regarded projects and publications. As Dr. Winnie prepared for retirement in 2001, however, Dr. Candido determined his future lay elsewhere, and so joined the prestigious Anesthesiology and Pain Management Department at Northwestern University Medical Center, where he was quickly promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and was placed in a Director Role over the Acute Pain Program. In 2005, Dr. Candido joined Loyola University Medical Center as Program Director of the Pain Management Fellowship Program and as Chief of the Pain Division. At Loyola, Dr. Candido was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Candido has published extensively on areas of acute and chronic pain management, and to date has written more than one hundred fifty-five original peer-referenced papers on a variety of topics related to controlling pain. He has also written more than eighty-five 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.

Dr. Candido was born in New Jersey, attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating in 1979. He lives in the Chicago metropolitan area with his family including four children ranging in age from 12 to 35.

Robert Levy, MD

Robert Levy, MD

Doug Beall, MD

Doug Beall, MD

Douglas P. Beall, MD, attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Following residency, he was Chief of Interventional Services at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. He then completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was trained in interventional spine techniques before returning to the US Air Force as Division Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology. Following the service in the US Air Force Dr. Beall was chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology and Fellowship Director at the Univiersity of Oklahoma prior to entering private practice as the Chief of Services. 41 In addition to his expertise in musculoskeletal imaging and interventional spine care, Dr. Beall is actively involved in teaching and research. He is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology, has an added fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology, is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice and board certified by the World Institute of Pain. He is currently in private practice focused on interventional pain management and orthopedic imaging. Dr. Beall has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored four textbooks and 11 textbook chapters, given more than 500 invited lectures and scientific presentations and has participated in 37 clinical research trials. He is currently the Chief of Radiology Services for Clinical Radiology of Oklahoma as well as the Division Head of Interventional Spine Care and Director of Pain Management Fellowship Programs at the Spine Fracture Institute and Summit Medical Center.

Timothy Deer, MD

Timothy Deer, MD

Dr. Deer 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.
Dr. Deer has been a leader in the field of interventional techniques and neuromodulation for more than two decades. His rich research career has included many pivotal studies to achieve FDA approval, and many “first in man” approved devices. Dr. Deer has provided cadaver based training to over 1000 physicians in novel methods of pain relief without the need for opioids. His work has led to more than 100 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters, and full text books. Dr. Deer’s publications have included guidance for the proper use of Neuromodulation to improve safety and efficacy. His text books have included comprehensive guidance on pain, implantable devices, and his current project Deer’s Illustrated Guide to the Treatment of Pain has become a text for many of those doing implantable therapies. His new book, Deer’s Treatment of Pain, will be inclusive of other interventional options as well as the physiology and noninvasive treatment of pain.
Dr. Deer has held many national and international society positions including his current roles as the Chairman of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience, Past President of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), and President of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP). He is he Past Chairman of the American Society of Anesthesiologist Committee of Pain Medicine and a Member of the West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program, and has been involved in the peer review process to improve the quality of research in the international arena.

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Steven Fulop
Mayor of Jersey City

Steven Fulop
Mayor of Jersey City

Steven M. Fulop is the current Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey.  Prior to running for office, he worked in financial services at Goldman Sachs but left financial services in the days after 9/11 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq.  He received a BA from Binghamton University, MPA from Columbia University, and MBA from New York University. He is an avid tri-athlete competing in the Ironman 140 mile competitions.

Paul Bellan-Boyer, MDiv, DRCC
Director of the Division of Injury Prevention

Paul Bellan-Boyer, MDiv, DRCC
Director of the Division of Injury Prevention

Paul Bellan-Boyer, MDiv, DRCC is Director of the Division of Injury Prevention for the Jersey City Department of Health & Human Services. As such, he develops, implements, and coordinates Jersey City’s public health response to violence, community mental health, overdose prevention, and Vision Zero traffic safety. Prior to joining HHS, Paul worked as a technology systems analyst, chaplain in the 9/11 recovery and at Beth Israel (NYC), and ran NJ’s largest HIV/AIDS supportive housing program.

Paul Bellan-Boyer

Director, Division of Injury Prevention

Department of Health & Human Services

Division of Injury Prevention

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City Hall Annex

1 Jackson Square

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Faculty

Adnan Al Kaisy, MD

Adnan Al Kaisy, MD

Dr Al-Kaisy is currently Clinical Lead of the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS trust. He trained in Chronic Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool. He has a fellowship in Chronic Pain Management at University of Toronto Hospital, Canada. Dr Al-Kaisy has an international reputation as a leading expert in Pain Management and has extensive experience in working toward the advancement of electrical neuromodulation techniques within this specialty. Dr Al-Kaisy led the first multicenter and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz SCS in the management of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). He has subsequently clinically pioneered the use of this novel therapy in the management of different chronic pain conditions including the feasibility study on chronic back patients without prior surgery. He has successfully designed groundbreaking research including a randomized double blind placebo control study examining different frequency in the management of FBSS. He is the innovator of a number techniques including transgrade dorsal root ganglion stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation. Dr Al-Kaisy continues to teach and lecture on essential and pioneering topics in pain management in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is the chair of the biannual London Spine Pain Symposium at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital.

Fabricio Assis, MD

Fabricio Assis, MD

Director, Singular Pain Management Center – Campinas, SP Brazil

Fabricio Assis, MD is one of the founders of the Brazilian Society of interventional Pain Physicians (SOBRAMID) and its first president 2013-2015. Dr. Assis is involved in lots of educational projects and had trained physicians in interventional pain all over the world in he last 10 years. Nine years ago, he started a very successful training program in Interventional Pain in Brazil, where physicians from all over the country and neighbor ones from Latin America come once a month during a year. This project was replicated in Budapest in 2017 named as Pain School International. Dr. Assis is also one of the directors of the WIP Workshop in Miami.
Dr. Assis became a certified pain specialist at the Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, in 1998. Since that he began his work in interventional pain management and focused his work mainly on chronic pain patients, performing all kinds of procedures. He had participated in courses and traineeships in Hungary, England, Turkey, the Netherlands, the US, and several other countries. In 2007 he became a WIP-certified Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP). Today Dr. Assis works at Singular – Pain Management Center, an EPP (Excellence in Pain Practice) Center in Campinas, SP, and is a member of the pain team at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in São Paulo.

Steve Aydin, MD

Steve Aydin, MD

Dr. Aydin is Clinical Assistant Professor at Hofstra – Northwell Health School of Medicine, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC. In, 2010 after completing an anesthesia-based pain management fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System, he joined the clinical staff at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. He then went on to joining Kayal Orthopaedic Center and developed the Pain and Spine Center with his colleagues.
In addition to specializing and being board certified in pain management, Dr. Aydin is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He completed his training at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, in New Jersey. He is board certified in Pain Management through the American Board of PMR, as well as carries a board certification from American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. Furthermore, he is certified in Regenerative Medicine through the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP).
He has written several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on pain management. He has published journal articles on regenerative medicine, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, phantom pain, and radiculopathy, as well as book chapters on the treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, interventional pain techniques/injections, regenerative medicine treatments, and core strengthening in athletes. He is also PMR section editor for the Pain Physician Journal. And Regenerative Medicine section editor for Interventional Pain Management Reports Journal.
He is an active member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Association of PMR. He participates on the board for ASIPP, as well as a faculty member for ASIPP’s Interventional Pain Management courses.
For his commitment to treating patients, teaching, and research he was given the Teacher of the Year Award in 2014, for the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical School. He has also been awarded the Gold Humanism Honors Award, the University of Michigan’s “Make a Difference Award,” and “The Outstanding Male Senior Award” at Cook College – Rutgers University, for his commitment to community service and patient care. Dr. Aydin has also been recognized for his patient care and practice on the New York Times Magazine’s “Super Doctors.”
Dr. Aydin has given several lectures and workshops, nationally and internationally, in topics in pain management, regenerative medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has an avid interest in interventional pain procedures, as well as regenerative medicine.

Erica Bartoloni, PA-C

Erica Bartoloni, PA-C

Erica is a board-certified, New York-licensed Physician Assistant.  She earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Wagner College in 2011 and began her career as a PA with Manhattan Spine & Pain, working primarily at Lenox Hill Hospital as an inpatient pain management consultant. After 5 years in this position, Erica transitioned to a surgical PA position with Lenox Hill Hospital’s Division of Plastic Surgery and also serves as a student preceptor. This is her fourth year speaking at NY/NJSIPP.

Ricardo Buenaventura, MD

Ricardo Buenaventura, MD

Rick Buenaventura MD is an interventional pain physician who works in a solo-private practice setting. He completed medical school at Tulane University and an anesthesiology residency at Northwestern University. He then completed a pain medicine fellowship at The Ohio State University. He also obtained an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Economics at Wright State University. He is board certified in Anesthesiology. He has additional certification in Pain Management through the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has additional certification from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. He served 8 years in the U.S. Air Force as a staff anesthesiologist and director of the Pain Clinic at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He is involved in organized medicine as President of the Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is on the Board of the Directors of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the Montgomery County (OH.) Medical Society. He is married and he and his wife have two daughters.

Aaron Calodney, MD

Aaron Calodney, MD

Aaron Kenneth Calodney, MD is Past President of the Texas Pain Society and Past President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He has served on the board of the International Spine Intervention Society for many years and was Director of Education. Dr. Calodney is board certified in Anesthesiology and carries subspecialty certification in Pain Management through the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Calodney earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed a family medicine internship at St Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York. His residency in anesthesiology and subsequent interventional pain management fellowship was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at 31 Houston. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at the Denver Children’s Hospital. With particular interest in Spine and special interests including Neuromodulation and Intrathecal Drug Delivery, Biological treatment of the painful degenerative disc, Peripheral nerve injury, and Radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Calodney has presented and published many articles and textbook chapters. He is actively involved in clinical research and has delivered over 400 invited lectures in the US and abroad. Dr. Calodney is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and many other professional societies. He is an author of the first Evidenced Based Treatment Guidelines in Interventional Pain and Evidenced Based Guidelines for the Use of Opioids published in the Pain Physician journal and on the National Guideline Clearinghouse. Dr. Calodney previously was appointed by the governor of Texas to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Controlled Substances Act.

Jonathan Carlson, MD

Jonathan Carlson, MD

Veronica Carullo, MD

Veronica Carullo, MD

Dr. Veronica Carullo joined the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine this past February as the Director of Pediatric Pain Management.  Prior to her appointment at Cornell, she spent the last nine years at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, NY where she was Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Pain Management, and Program Director for Pediatric Anesthesiology.  She is board-certified in General Pediatrics and Anesthesiology with subspecialty certifications in Pain Management, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Carullo obtained her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine (2002).  She completed residencies in General Pediatrics (2005) and Anesthesiology (2008) at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY followed by a combined Adult and Pediatric Pain Medicine Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Dr. Carullo’s clinical and research interests include management of neuropathic pain syndromes in children, perioperative regional anesthesia and pain management in children, and management of acute and chronic pain in children with sickle cell disease.

Sheena Chainani Vora, PA-C

Sheena Chainani Vora, PA-C

Sheena C. Vora is a New York native and graduate of the St. John’s University Physician Assistant program, 2003 class. She has practiced Orthopaedic Surgery for eleven years. She currently works at Weill Cornell’s ambulatory surgery center, DHK, as well as at Lenox Hill Hospital in a per diem pain management position with Park Avenue Spine and Pain. Sheena has also worked with the NCCPA as a subject matter expert for the Orthopaedic Surgery CAQ examination.

George Chang Chien, MD

George Chang Chien, MD

Dr. George C. Chang Chien specializes in musculoskeletal medicine and comprehensive pain management. He has authored over 100 manuscripts on the diagnosis and treatment of pain and musculoskeletal injuries. He is currently the Director of Pain Management at Ventura County Medical Center, and Director of the GCC Institute where he practices Regenerative Medicine, and Medical Aesthetics.

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD

Dr. Kenneth Chapman is the director of pain management at Staten Island University Hospital, part of the Northwell Health System, and is an assistant clinical professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. He completed his Interventional Pain Management Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and his Anesthesiology residency at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, New York.
Dr. Chapman directs the fellowship program at the Spine and Pain Institute of NY and is actively involved in teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally. Dr. Chapman also frequently serves as a pain management Board Examiner for certification on the Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice Pain Boards. He has won numerous peer validated awards including ‘America’s Best Anesthesiologists’ and ‘Most Compassionate Doctors,’ and was one of the youngest physicians to ever be named as both a NY Times ‘Super Doctor’ and NY Magazine ‘Top Doctor’ when he first received the recognition in 2014. While at the Cleveland Clinic Dr. Chapman also received the “Ethlene R. Smith’s Most Outstanding Fellow” award. He is Vice President of the NYS Interventional Pain Society and on the advisory board to the NYS Worker’s Compensation Board responsible for writing the NYS Worker’s Compensation Guidelines, which all injured workers in the state are treated by.
Dr. Chapman’s interests include translational research pertaining to spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation mechanism of action, and studies involving the use of DRG-S to treat conditions traditionally considered to be mechanical pain syndromes.

Grant H. Chen, MD

Grant H. Chen, MD

GRADUATE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University, New York, NY
Pain Management Fellowship 07/2015 – 06/2016
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Pain Management Fellowship 07/2015 – 06/2016
Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY
Pain Management Fellowship 07/2015 – 06/2016
Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
Anesthesiology 07/2012 – 06/2015
Chief Resident 07/2014 – 06/2015
Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
Medicine/Surgery Internship 06/2011 – 06/2012

EDUCATION
New York University Stern Business School, New York, NY
M.B.A Expected 01/2021
Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX
M.D. 05/2011
Rice University, Houston, TX
B.S. Electrical Engineering, concentration Computer Engineering 05/2004
PROFESSIONAL
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 07/2015 – present
New York Tri-Institute Pain Fellowship Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University, New York, NY 07/2015 – 06/2016
Pain Management Fellow
Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO 06/2011 – 06/2015
Anesthesiology Resident
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2009 – 2010
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, TX 2002 – 2006
Electrical Engineer / Materials Engineer
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PUBLICATION
Chen GH, Mangram YC, Richards TG, Clement, K, Baig E, Gulati A. Dosing Strategies for Intrathecal
Bupivacaine Infusion for the Treatment of Cancer Pain Syndromes. Submitted for review to Regional
Anesthesia and Pain Medicine on in August 2019.
Spiegel MA, Hingula L, Chen GH, Legler A, Puttanniah V, Gulati A. The use of L2 and L3 lumbar
sympathetic blocade for cancer related pain, an experience and recommendation in the oncologic
population. Pain Med. 2019 Jul 5.
Hunter CW, Stovall B, Chen G, Carlson J, Levy R. Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Interventional
Therapies for Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Review. Pain Physician. 2018 Mar;21(2):147-167.
Zocca JA, Chen GH, Puttanniah VG, Hung JC, Gulati A. Ultrasound-guided serratus plane block for
treatment of post mastectomy pain syndromes in breast cancer patients: A case series. Pain Pract. 2016
Sep 2.
Walker EJ, Su H, Shen F, Choi EJ, Oh SP, Chen G, Lawton MT, Kim H, Chen Y, Chen W, Young WL.
Arteriovenous malformation in the adult mouse brain resembling the human disease. Ann Neurol. 2011
Jun;69(6):954-62.
Chen G, Hunter CW. “Spinal Cord Stimulation: Pelvic Pain.” Advanced Procedures for Interventional Pain
Management: A Step-by-Step Atlas. Sudhir Diwan, Timothy Deer. Springer, 2018. 243-54. Print.
Hunter CW, Chen G. “Sacral Stimulation for Pelvic Pain.” Advanced Procedures for Interventional Pain
Management: A Step-by-Step Atlas. Sudhir Diwan, Timothy Deer. Springer, 2018. 331-46. Print.
Chen GH. “Medications in Intrathecal Pumps.” Essentials of Interventional Cancer Pain Management.
Amitabh Gulati, Vinay Puttanniah, et al. Springer, 2019. 287-92. Print.
Brar J, Chen GH. “Radiation-Induced Pain Syndromes.” Essentials of Interventional Cancer Pain
Management. Amitabh Gulati, Vinay Puttanniah, et al. Springer, 2019. 37-46. Print.

Yu Chiu, MD

Yu Chiu, MD

Dr. Yu Chiu, D.O.

Dr. Yu has 2 college degrees in Chemistry and Biological Sciences and has over 7 years of experience in a research laboratory with a focus on Nanotechnology, Automated Technology, Next-level Diagnostics Research, and has trained with experts in Cancer Immuno-therapy at the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He has received multiple awards in research, chapter-textbook writing, publications, and was featured in multiple newsletters and magazines.
Dr. Yu graduated from medical school in Pennsylvania, completed a Medicine & Surgical internship in Camden, NJ, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan, New York City. He is currently a Comprehensive and Interventional Pain Fellow at an Anesthesia and ACGME-accredited fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Dr. Yu is the founder of ReGenMed101.com, EPA Director at Large, Technology and Communications Liaison, ASIPP Resident & Fellow Section Chair, Social Media IT Solutions for multiple organizations and companies, and NANS trainee Mentorship.

Ashley Comer, NP

Ashley Comer, NP

Ashley Comer is an AANP Board Certified Nurse Practitioner at The Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias.

Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Ashley attended WVSCTC where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Continuing her education, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University. Graduating with honors, she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner specialization from Walden University.

Ashley’s professional interests include implantable therapies, minimally invasive procedures, and research.

Harold Cordner, MD

Harold Cordner, MD

Saurabh Dang, MD

Saurabh Dang, MD

Dr Saurabh Dang is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  A graduate of Hamilton College, in Clinton, NY, Dr Dang completed his first year of residency training in General Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY. He then went on the receive his training in Anesthesiology at New York Medical College, in Valhalla, NY. During his Anesthesiology training, Dr Dang was elected and served as Chief Resident and received the “Resident of the Year Award” during his final year of training. He went on to complete a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at The University of Toledo, in Toledo, OH.
Since completing his training, Dr Dang has been in private practice in New Jersey.  He has specialized in neuromodulation, specifically the implementation of spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery systems in chronic pain.  He has been a faculty member for multiple fellowship labs throughout the United States, teaching physicians in training and consultant physicians on implantation techniques of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps.
In his private practice Dr Dang offers multiple therapies including: Intrathecal drug delivery system implantation, Dorsal Colum Spinal Cord Stimulation implantation, Dorsal Root Spinal Cord Stimulation implantation, Insertion of interspinous spacer for spinal stenosis, SI joint arthrodesis, kyphoplasty, minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild procedure) for spinal stenosis, and percutaneous tenotomy among others.  He employs the multimodal approach for treating patients with chronic pain.
Dr Dang is an active member in many organizations including the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the North American Neuromodulation Society.

Samyadev Datta, MD

Samyadev Datta, MD

Sukdeb Datta, MD

Sukdeb Datta, MD

Emily Davis, ACNP-C

Emily Davis, ACNP-C

Emily Davis, a nurse practitioner, is the Spinal Cord Stimulator Coordinate at Duke Pain Medicine in Durham, NC.
Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI, with a B.S. in Biology and from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, with her Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner.  Additionally, she is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ANCC).
Emily’s professional interests involve implantable pain therapies with an emphasis on SCS.  Emily speaks nationally on spinal cord stimulation and has authored and co-authored numerous publications.

Miles Day, MD

Miles Day, MD

Miles R. Day, MD (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock). Dr. Day is the medical director of The Pain Center at Grace Clinic, pain fellowship program director at Texas Tech, and the Traweek-Racz Endowed Professor in Pain Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. He also serves as an examiner for the World Institute of Pain. Previously, he served as the director and associate professor at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He serves on the editorial boards of Pain Practice and Pain Physician. He is the past-president of the Texas Pain Society and past-chair of the Board of Examination for the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Day received his medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Science Center in College Station and completed his general surgery internship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He completed his anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship at Texas Tech as well. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in well-known publications. He has educated physicians globally to further the specialty of interventional pain medicine.

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

As a fellowhip trained Interventional Pain Management physician, Dr. DeGregoris is an Anesthesiologist who takes pride in providing compassionate, customized care to his patients.  A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he completed Medical School at the University of Michigan, and residency at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he was voted Chief Resident by his peers and faculty.  After residency he completed the competitive Tri-Institute Fellowship Program at Hospital for Special Surgery, Sloan Kettering, and Weill Cornell.  He has published numerous manuscripts in both peer reviewed journals and textbooks and he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine.  He is an expert in minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic pain.  Dr. DeGregoris remains active in medical societies, serving as a Director at Large of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.  He also routinely lectures fellow physicians, residents, and medical students on topics related to Anesthesiology and Pain Management.  When he isn’t treating patients or spending time with his growing family, he enjoys skiing in Colorado and sailing with his racing team in the Long Island Sound.

Oscar de Leon Cassasola, MD

Oscar de Leon Cassasola, MD

Dr. Oscar de Leon-Casasola 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 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 in the Editorial Board of Seminars in Pain Medicine, the Journal of the Spanish Society of Pain, and the Journal of the Argentinean Society of Anesthesiologist.
Dr. de Leon-Casasola received his medical training at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala after obtaining a degree in Music with Specialty in Piano.  He then underwent surgical residency SUNY at Downstate, followed by anesthesia residency at SUNY-Buffalo.  He is board certified in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Management.  He has served as Director of the Acute Pain Service, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  He has received many honors and awards and has served as Visiting Professor at several Universities in the US, Latin-America and Europe.
Dr. de Leon-Casasola has lectured at more that 150 academic institutions and hospitals throughout North and South America, and Europe.  He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in major scientific journals, and has been a chapter contributor in many books.   He has published the books Cancer Pain – Pharmacological, Interventional, and Palliative Care Approaches (Elsevier) and the book Acute Pain Management (Cambridge University Press), Interventional Techniques for the Treatment of Chronic Pain (Glosa), and The Science of Pain: An Illustrated and Clinically Oriented Guide (iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/the-basic-science-of-pain/id1174147456?mt=11

Dr. de Leon-Casasola is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (ASRA) where he currently serves as Past-President, and has served as the Chair of the Scientific Committee for that Society’s pain meeting.  He is also a member of the Pain Medicine Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Adult Cancer Pain Panel. He served as the Chair of the Regional Anesthesia Committee of the ASA until 2010.  He served as a member in the Task Force of the ASA that created the Society’s Guidelines for the treatment of Chronic Pain Management that were published in 2010.  He also served as the Co-Chair of the Committee drafting the Acute Pain Guidelines for the ASA and the American Pain Society that were published in 2016.
Dr. de Leon-Casasola has been honored with many awards; the most recent ones include “Top Doctors in the US”,“Best Doctors in the US” and “100 Top Docs in Buffalo” for the last 15 years.

Sudhir Diwan, MD

Sudhir Diwan, MD

Dr. Sudhir Diwan, nationally and internationally recognized as a key opinion leader in the field of pain management, is the President, Park Avenue Spine and Pain, New York, Associate Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Dr. Diwan was the former Director of the Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship Program and Division of Pain Medicine at Ivy League Weill Medical College of Cornell University for more than a decade, where he also served as associate professor of clinical anesthesiology, and on the faculty at the world renowned New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Diwan has published extensively in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals and medical books on a variety of pain management topics. He is on the Editorial Board for the Pain Physician – an official journal of the American Society of Pain Physicians (ASIPP) since 2008, and Pain Practice – official journal of World Institute of Pain (WIP) since 2009. He was invited Guest Editor for Journal of Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management 2009. Dr. Diwan is the Examiner for the Certification Board for American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) offered by the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Diwan is Co-Editor for Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Pain and Spasticity, Vol 2, Timothy Deer, Series Editor, Elsevier-Saunders 2012, and Co-Editor for Diwan-Staats’s Atlas of Pain Medicine Procedures, McGraw Hill Education 2015, and Advanced Procedures for Pain Management, A step-by-step Atlas, Springer US, 2018.

In addition to his busy pain management practice in New York City, Dr. Diwan lectures extensively and interacts regularly with experts in the field of pain medicine nationally and internationally.  He has been guest speaker for many noteworthy organizations including the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), and State Societies Pain Meetings, the World Institute of Pain, NANS, INS, and numerous International pain specialty societies and congresses nationally and internationally. Currently he is Executive Director of NYSIPP and Course Chairman of the Annual NYSIPP/NJSIPP Pain Medicine Symposium, and President of ASIPP.

Brian Durkin, MD

Brian Durkin, MD

Steven Falowski, MD

Steven Falowski, MD

Steven M. Falowski MD
Board Certified Functional Neurosurgeon
Secretary, North American Neuromodulation Society
Board-Executive Pain Committee, Congress Neurological Surgeons/American Association Neurological Surgeons
Executive Officer of the Board, American Society Pain and Neuroscience

Dr. Falowski underwent his neurosurgical residency training at Thomas Jefferson
University in Philadelphia with a focus on Spinal Cord Stimulation and Pain management, complex spinal procedures, and treatment for movement disorders such as deep brain stimulation. He completed a functional neurosurgical fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. His practice specializes in neuromodulation and spinal procedures. He is board certified in Neurosurgery.

He is a board member and secretary for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), as well as annual meeting program chair. He is faculty of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), as well as Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)/American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He additionally serves as a board member of the CNS/AANS Executive Pain Committee. He also serves as an executive officer of the board for the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience.

His major focus in society and industry revolves around education, integration of specialties, and practice management. Roles include implementing and directing the resident-fellows section and mentorship program through NANS. He has been the course director of the annual NANS spinal cord stimulation/neuromodulation workshop that is the largest training course available. He also serves as course director for the International cadaver workshops. He is chair of the certification committee for NANS to ensure the proper and safe training of new physicians. He collaborates with numerous companies and industry parners on product development, education, and strategy. Dr. Falowski is involved in numerous clinical research studies and novel developments for spinal cord stimulation, pain management, deep brain stimulation, and spinal procedures.

He won the research award at the PAN Philadelphia Neurosurgical Conference in 2009 for his work dealing with DBS in a depression model and its effect on neuroplasticity. His latest publications and specialty interest deals with utilizing intra- operative neuromonitoring for the asleep placement of spinal cord stimulators, as well as developing new technologies and stimulation platforms.

His practice is primarily based on neuromodulation, pain management and its applications, and spinal procedures. This includes Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, Spinal Cord Stimulation for the treatment of various pain syndromes, peripheral nerve stimulation for headache disorders, and radio- frequency ablation for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Falowski has an established track record for establishing a nationally recognized functional neurosurgery program that included a Pain Center, Movement Disorder Center, and neuroscience research division.

Orlando Florete, MD

Orlando Florete, MD

Paulo Renato Fonseca, MD

Paulo Renato Fonseca, MD

Ira Fox, MD

Ira Fox, MD

After completing his residency in anesthesiology and pain at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey, Ira B. Fox, MD, DABPM, FIPP, ABIPP founded Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants. The former chief anesthesia resident has spent more than 30 years treating patients with acute and chronic pain.

Dr. Fox maintains five board certifications: Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP); American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP); World Institute of Pain (WIP); American Board of Pain Medicine (DABPM); and the American Board of Anesthesiology with added certification in Pain Management.

He also serves as an examiner for the FIPP Board Certification and prior ABIPP Interventional Practical Examination. As past chairman of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) Committee on Project Development, Dr. Fox’s mission was to help patients across the world find solutions to ease their suffering. In addition, he is a past Chairman of the Advisory Board, Honorary Treasurer, and had been a member of the Executive Board for 7 years. He also served as a trustee for the World Institute of Pain Foundation and is the current president of the World Society of Pain Clinicians, as well as a lifetime member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Dr. Fox holds the distinction of being the Inaugural Executive Examiner at the WIP and American Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (AAPMU) 1st Annual WAPMU International Congress.

On both a national and international level, Dr. Fox has conducted Comprehensive Review Courses and Cadaver Workshop conferences. He co-founded an annual conference and FIPP Board Examination in Miami that is bi-lingual and attracts physicians from throughout the US and southern hemisphere. Dr. Fox has focused on expanding the field of interventional pain management across the world to offer pain relief to citizens of less developed countries by helping train local physicians. That’s why he had organized and sponsored the Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants annual Pro/Am Charity Golf Tournament for six years, raising thousands of needed dollars to provide scholarships to these dedicated physicians. Since 1996, Dr. Fox and his dedicated staff of interventional pain management physicians and paraprofessionals have been committed to providing continuing education for area physicians, healthcare clinicians and workers’ compensation professionals. This will be Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants’ 22nd year conducting the APCC Pain Symposium, which features leaders in the field of pain management, and provides continuing education in the area of pain medicine. The hard work and commitment Dr. Fox and the APCC team devote to helping those who suffer from acute and chronic pain has not gone unnoticed. He was elected “America’s Top Physician” by the Pain Management Consumers’ Research Council of America, and is listed as a Top Doctor in Broward County by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. every year for more than a decade. Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants won the South Florida Business Journal Award for Excellence in Health Care in 2008. He has been published extensively and is frequently called on as an expert by print, television and online media reporters and editors. He lectures internationally and has had numerous media appearances which can be seen on the Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants website.

Vincent Galan, MD

Vincent Galan, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD is an Associate Professor with the Departments of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine &  Orthopedics at NYU School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of Pain Medicine at NYU Langone Hospitals Center. He holds editorial position with Pain Physician and Pain Medicine Physician. He is the current past president of NYSIPP and president-elect of the Eastern Pain Association.
Dr. Gharibo obtained his M.D. degree from Rutgers Medical School in 1992 and completed his anesthesiology residency at NYU Medical Center. He served his Pain Medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.
He has acute pain experience with system-wide use of interventional techniques in combination with nonopioids and opioids as part of multimodal acute pain management pathways.

Christopher Gilligan, MD

Christopher Gilligan, MD

Christopher J. Gilligan, M.D.
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Medical School: Yale University, 1996
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Surgery, 1998; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Emergency Medicine, 2007
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Anesthesia/Pain Medicine Fellowship, 2008
Certifications: Emergency Medicine, 2008; Pain Medicine, 2009
Clinical Interests: Back pain; cancer pain

Dr. Gilligan’s original training is in Emergency Medicine, with subspecialty training in Pain Medicine, where he has focused on pain of spinal origin. Dr. Gilligan’s clinical expertise is focused on the treatment of pain related to disorders of the spine. He also treats patients with a wide range of pain conditions, including cancer related pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and post-herpetic neuralgia. Dr. Gilligan’s research focuses on clinical trials of new interventions, devices and medications for the treatment of pain.

Stanley Golovac, MD

Stanley Golovac, MD

As a board certified Pain Medicine Physician, Dr. Golovac is the former President and CEO of Space Coast Pain Institute, in Cape Canaveral Florida. He has collaborated with, and educated physicians all around the world, on advanced interventional pain procedures, both as a private consultant and as an assistant clinical professor of anesthesia at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Medical Center.    In addition, Dr. Golovac is the editor Image Guided Spine Interventions, of Space Coast Medical News, serves as the medical director of Surgery Partners, is writing a new chapter on spinal cord stimulation (SCS), is a member of seven different medical societies, serves on many committees, has been a visiting professor in places like Brasil, Chile, Norway, Finland, Copenhagen, Belgium, Columbia, and most major US Cities; He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a loving husband to his wife Elena, and their two beautiful children, Alexandra and Conrad – one attended Boston University and the other following in his footsteps at the University of Miami. Dr. Golovac has improved the lives of thousands of patients by offering spinal cord stimulation early in his algorithm of treatment. He has a focus on wellness and healing and defining the root cause of their problems.

Casey Grillo, PA

Casey Grillo, PA

Casey Grillo attended Wagner College in New York where she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She attended Seton Hall University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She has experience as a registered nurse in a multitude of medical settings, including Labor & Delivery, surgery, telemetry and radiology. With clinical experience as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics, Casey has been afforded the opportunity to care for patients in all stages of life. Casey currently works at The Spine & Pain Institute of NY, alongside Dr. Kenneth Chapman and Dr. Kiran Patel and is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her team offers the most cutting edge techniques in pain management. Casey recognizes the importance of listening and understanding each patient’s concern in order to offer the most comprehensive plan to reach the desired outcome.

Amitabh Gulati, MD

Amitabh Gulati, MD

Amitabh Gulati 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 received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed his anesthesiology residency at Emory University School of Medicine, and obtained his pain management fellowship diploma from Weill Cornell School of Medicine in 2007.  Furthermore, Dr. Gulati completed his acupuncture certification at the Helms Medical Institute in 2007, and is licensed to practice in the state of New York.
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.  His current research involves the use of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of neuropathic pain and the study of interventional paradigms for cancer pain medicine.  He is involved in multiple educational societies as teaching faculty or board member in the field of pain medicine.  He is currently the President of the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasound (WAPMU).

Semih Gungor, MD

Semih Gungor, MD

Dr. Semih Gungor is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has specialized in interventional pain management since 2001 and has been practicing at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.  Dr. Gungor holds a faculty position at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Gungor earned his medical degree from Hacettepe University, Turkey. He completed his anesthesia residency and fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Weill Medical School of Cornell University, Quad-Institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship program including-New York Presbyterian Cornell University Campus, New York Presbyterian Columbia University Campus, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City.
Dr. Gungor focuses his practice on controlling musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, and joints, neuropathic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/ Reflex Sympathetic Dystorphy (RSD).
Dr.  Gungor’s research focus is on musculoskelatal disorders, persistent postoperative pain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and he has numerous publications in international journals and in several textbooks.
Dr. Gungor is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), International Anesthesia and Research Society (IARS) Spinal Intervention Society (SIS), and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA).

Mayank Gupta, MD

Mayank Gupta, MD

Dr. Mayank Gupta, MD, President & CEO, Kansas Pain Management and Neuroscience Research Center, LLC

Specialties: Pain Medicine
Board Certifications: Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

Dr. Gupta is a board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional pain management physician. He is the President & CEO of Kansas-ASIPP (American Society of Interventional Pain, Kansas). He has served as President of the House Staff Association at John H. Stroger Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He has also served as Vice President of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (NUHHE). Dr. Gupta has a special interest and experience in the management of facial pain, migraine headaches, and complex back and neck pain with failed surgery. He is President & CEO of Kansas Pain Management. His outpatient practice serves seven locations with presence in Kansas City metropolitan and surrounding rural areas.

Dr. Gupta is President, CEO and Principal Investigator of Neuroscience Research Center, LLC. He is involved in multi-center clinical research trials and has been recognized as one of the highest enrollers. In addition, he is currently conducting two Investigator Initiated sponsored studies.

Asya Gutman, PA

Asya Gutman, PA

Asya Gutman is a board certified physician’s assistant. Asya attended Wagner College PA Program. She has been practicing for over 3 years along side Dr. Suelane Do Ouro in a private practice in New York City with a focus on interventional pain medicine.

Hans Hansen, MD

Hans Hansen, MD

Corey Hunter, MD

Corey Hunter, MD

Executive Director – Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management Assistant Clinical Professor of Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Icahn School of Medicine | Mount Sinai Medical Center
Corey W. Hunter, M.D. is an interventional pain management physician practicing in New York City, holding board certifications in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine.  Dr. Hunter’s areas of interest include CRPS, pelvic pain, facial pain, regenerative medicine as well as neuromodulation.
Dr. Hunter earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. Thereafter, he completed a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at NYU followed by a Pain Medicine fellowship at the Weill Cornell Medical Center. Shortly after graduating from his fellowship, Dr. Hunter went on to found the Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management in New York City where he serves as the Executive Director.  In addition, he holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Hunter worked as a research assistant at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis investigating the use of embryonic stem cells to treat paralysis, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain. He continued his research on stem cells while in medical school, this studying stromal stem cells (now known as mesenchymal) to treat paralysis. His work on mesenchymal stem cells was amongst the earliest research on this particular cell line, which is now the mainstay of regenerative medicine.
Dr. Hunter continues to be active in research, serving as the principle investigator on a number of clinical trials on emerging neuromodulation technologies and regenerative medicine.  Dr. Hunter also has keen interest in teaching and writing; he is well-published with his work appearing in a number peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on a wide variety of topics that includes DRG Stimulation, pelvic pain, regenerative medicine, amputee pain, advanced spinal cord stimulation techniques, and targeted drug delivery to name a few.

Youseff Josephson, MD

Youseff Josephson, MD

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Leonardo Kapural, M.D., Ph.D. is a Pain Physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research. He is also member of clinical faculty of Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr Kapural served as Professor of Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western university and Wake Forest University over the last 15 years.   Dr. Kapural’s interests include spinal cord stimulation, discogenic low back pain and visceral abdominal and pelvic pain.
Dr. Kapural is an active member of number of professional organizations including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation Societies and World Institute of Pain. In addition, he is an invited speaker to many national and international meetings. He served as Director-At-Large of American Academy of Pain Medicine and International Neuromodulation Society, currently is Director-At-Large of North American Neuromodulation Society.
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 160 journal articles, more than 200 abstracts, two books and 35 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors in America”.

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Robert Kinne, MD

Robert Kinne, MD

Robert Kinne, M.D. is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, after which he completed his residency in PM&R. Following, he completed two fellowships: the first in Interventional Spine and Pain Management and the second in Primary Care Sports Medicine, both with an emphasis on traditional as well as regenerative medicine treatments.
Dr. Kinne has a passion for sports and musculoskeletal medicine, utilizing both fluoroscopy and ultrasound in his daily practice. He has served as a team physician for multiple affiliated minor league hockey and baseball teams as well as NCAA universities. He remains committed to providing both traditional and novel treatment options for his patients and is well versed in many modalities. He has utilized and maintains expertise in various regenerative medicine applications including Platelet Rich Plasma, Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate and Adipose-derived MSCs for treatment of a variety of sports, spine, joint and other musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
Outside of his clinical practice, he remains active in teaching, having provided lectures and hands-on training in ultrasound, fluoroscopic-guided procedures and regenerative medicine throughout the United States for numerous professional organizations including the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine the Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute. He remains active and involved with these societies as well as the Spine Intervention Society, Interventional Orthopedics Foundation and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
When not working, he loves spending time with his daughters and wife and serves as the pitching coach for a local high school baseball team.

Jennifer Kirschenbaum

Jennifer Kirschenbaum

Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq., counsel to the NY/NJ Interventional Pain Symposium, is  the managing partner of K&K’s healthcare department, and represents ASCs and physicians with contracts, compliance, patient and employee issues.    Jennifer is available at the Symposium to discuss employment contracts, buy-ins, practice purchase / sale, ASC syndication, private equity backed initiatives and general practice matters.   Jennifer can be reached at (516) 747-6700 x. 302 or Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com.   To join K&K’s free healthcare newsletter, visit K&K’s booth at the Symposium.

Yury Khelemsky, MD

Yury Khelemsky, MD

Dr. Khelemsky, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Neurology, is the Program Director of The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Pain Medicine Fellowship and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is also the Chair of the Pain Medicine Committee of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists. His clinical practice focuses on the interventional treatment of headache and neck pain.
His recently published book, Academic Pain Medicine, is the standard text for Mount Sinai’s ACGME Accredited Pain Fellowship Program.

Jason Kreiner, MD

Jason Kreiner, MD

Dr. Jason Kreiner grew up on Long Island and attended Cornell University before moving to Israel. He received his Medical Degree at the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv. Dr. Kreiner returned to New York to complete his residency in Anesthesia at Downstate Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.  Dr. Kreiner completed his fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Kreiner joined the Pain Institute of Long Island in 2016 and has offices throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Dr. Kreiner has lectured extensively to academic and community groups.  He is an active member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, New State Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and American Medical Association.  When not working Dr. Kreiner enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing hockey with his three kids.

Eric Lee, MD

Eric Lee, MD

Dr. Eric Lee MD, MA  graduated from Yale University and completed his medical school training at Boston University earning both his MD and MA. He then went on to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University Langone Medical Center at the prestigious Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and his pain medicine fellowship at New York University.

Currently, he is the Director of Musculoskeletal Care at St Charles Spine Institute in California. Dr. Lee is Double Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. He has experience with patients who have numerous sports injuries, and as a former athlete, he understands the importance of returning his patients to maximum functional capacity. He has been consulted at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy.

Dr. Lee has presented at many conferences both nationally and internationally, on wide variety of pain medicine topics, and written numerous chapters and publications. He is involved in cutting edge research and new techniques to improve pain treatment and is involved in several clinical trials. He is continually involved in clinical trials and pioneering techniques to optimize the use of this therapy. He uses novel techniques and to better diagnostically and therapeutically his patients.

His professional interests include pain diagnosis and treatment, muscle and joint pain, with a special interest in advanced interventional techniques and minimally invasive spinal procedures. He has helped advance the field in neuromodulation, radiofrequency ablation, and regenerative therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP).

Dr. Lee has been voted to America’s Top Doctors – Pain Management. He is Director-at-Large American Society of Pain and Neurosciences. He is on board of directors of the California Society Interventional Pain Physicians and co-chair of the annual conference

He is a leader in education and serves as course faculty for the prestigious North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), sits on the Education Committee. He is on the International Neuromodulation Society Education Committee and is co-author and director of the International Neuromodulation Society Education Curriculum

Sean Li, MD

Sean Li, MD

Sean Li, M.D.

Sean Li, M.D. sees patients in Premier Pain Center’s Shrewsbury, Freehold, and Brick New Jersey offices, where he specializes in interventional pain management. His clinical interest is in neuromodulation therapy such as spinal cord stimulation, high frequency stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. “Advancements in neuromodulation therapy is offering new hope and freedom to patients who have been imprisoned by their pain,” Dr. Li said.

Prior to joining National Spine & Pain Centers, Dr. Li served as the medical director of Premier Pain Centers LLC. In addition to his work at National Spine & Pain Centers, Dr. Li continues to serve as an attending physician at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ. He has published numerous professional articles and written text book chapters on the topic of pain and is actively involved in clinical research that will help advance the field of interventional pain medicine.

Dr. Li serves on the Ethics Committee at the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Education Committee and Young Neuromodulators Committee at the International Neuromodulation Committee, on the Mentoring Committee for the North American Neuromodulation Society, and is secretary of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Dr. Li earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and underwent residency training in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and later in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He completed his fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

“Having trained in general surgery and anesthesiology, interventional pain medicine is a perfect career choice for me to apply my surgical skills and understanding of pain pathophysiology to treat patients suffering from chronic pain,” he said. “It is my job to help patients find a clear diagnosis or cause of their pain and advocate for the best treatment with the most evidence and least risk.”
In his free time, Dr. Li enjoys traveling, playing with his sons and pretending to be a foodie.

Jesse Lipnick, MD

Jesse Lipnick, MD

Jesse August Lipnick, M.D.
Southeastern Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr. Lipnick has practiced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Southeastern Integrated Medicine in Gainesville, Florida since 1995. He is a Fellow of The American Board of PM&R, The American Board of Neuromuscular & Electro-diagnostic Medicine, and he holds added qualification in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesia. He completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, internship in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Lipnick joined a 3-physician group practice in 1995, and since that time, he has worked to establish a medical corporation, now with more than 100 providers working in 8 cities in North Central Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors of Southeastern Integrated Medicine. He is the past President of the Tri-County Health Alliance, and he serves as Member at Large to the Alachua County Medical Society. He currently serves as President Elect of the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Dr. Lipnick is a member of the American Academy of PM&R, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and he is committed to the advancement of pain medicine. He speaks locally, nationally and internationally.

Siobhan Mangan, FNP-BC, RN-BC, ONC

Siobhan Mangan, FNP-BC, RN-BC, ONC

Siobhan Mangan is employed by Lenox Hill Hospital as a nurse practitioner in the orthopaedic department.  Siobhan earned her BA from Providence College.  She earned her BS and MSN in Nursing from Pace University. Siobhan is an ANCC certified family nurse practitioner.  She is also certified in orthopaedic nursing and ambulatory nursing.

Philippe Mavrocordatos, MD

Philippe Mavrocordatos, MD

Neel Mehta, MD

Neel Mehta, MD

Dr. Neel Mehta is both board-certified in Anesthesia, and fellowship trained, board- certified in Interventional Pain Medicine.
He holds several positions including:
Medical Director of Pain Medicine at the Weill-Cornell Pain Medicine Center, and New York Presbyterian Hospital, overseeing outpatient and inpatient services together with a large team of dedicated Pain and Regional Anesthesia Physicians.
Co-Director, Weill Cornell Mutli-Disciplinary Spine Center
Associate Program Director of the Tri-Institutional Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship
Dean’s Healthcare Leadership Fellow
Quality Assurance Officer for Pain Medicine
Weill Cornell Physician Organization Operations and Planning Committee Member
Weill Cornell Medical School, Course Director in Pain Medicine
Dr. Mehta was recently selected by his peers as one of Super Doctors New York ‘Rising Stars’– an honor roll of the top New York doctors in more than 30 specialties who have been fully licensed for 10 years or less.

John Morrone, Esq.

John Morrone, Esq.

John E. Morrone, Esq.

John E. Morrone, Esq., is a partner at Frier Levitt and focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory healthcare law. Mr. Morrone represents a broad panoply of clients from physicians to hospitals to pharmacies and drug manufacturers. He advises clients on matters involving anti-kickback, Stark, HIPAA, FDA and DEA laws and rules and state licensing matters. Mr. Morrone also represents clients in civil matters before the Department of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General, settling dozens of matters during his career. He also structures arrangements among referral sources and providers to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Mr. Morrone received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School, graduating cum laude with a concentration in Healthcare Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College/Mount Sinai Medical School in Hospital and Healthcare Administration, as well as other degrees from New York University and the University of the State of New York.

Prior to joining Frier Levitt, Mr. Morrone spent over twenty years as a senior healthcare executive, holding positions with academic medical centers, and private and publicly-traded physician practice management companies, and healthcare consulting groups. During his tenure as an executive at Maimonides Medical Center he orchestrated the development of the premier cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery programs in New York City.

Mr. Morrone writes and speaks extensively on healthcare legal matters and is often interviewed and quoted by news outlets on healthcare topics. Most recently he was quoted in Bloomberg Business.

Deidre O’Flaherty, NP

Deidre O’Flaherty, NP

Charles de Oliviera, MD

Charles de Oliviera, MD

Vice-chairman, Brazilian Section of the World Institute of Pain (WIP), member of WIP-FIPP Board of Examination, and one of the founders and a former president of the Brazilian Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (Sobramid).

A board-certified anesthesiologist with 20-plus years of experience in anesthesia and interventional pain management of acute and chronic pain, Dr. Oliveira is a regular speaker and instructor at international, and national, pain meetings and training courses.

He furthered his education and trained in Spain, Hungary, England, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the US, among others. Specialized in fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guided pain interventional procedures, in Brazil, he provides pain care in a private-practice setting and at his world-class, multidisciplinary pain clinic (co-founded in 2009), the Singular Pain Center in Campinas, São Paulo –the first WIP-EPP award center in Brazil (2011).

Dr. Oliveira is committed to continuing pain education and helped develop a highly regarded 1-year modular training program in Interventional Pain for doctors from Brazil and neighboring Latin American countries. In 2013, Dr. Oliveira co-organized and taught at the first WIP-Sobramid-sponsored Hands-on Interventional Pain Workshop in Miami-USA, offered in Spanish and English, now an annual fixture.

Currently, he organizes workshops on US-guided pain procedures and, in 2017, he joined the faculty at Pain School International, Budapest. Recent publications include a co-authored report on “Skin Burn after SI Denervation following RF Procedures”, in “ASIPP Pain Management Reports”, and a chapter on “Genitofemoral Nerve Entrapment: Abdominal” in “Peripheral Nerve Entrapment – Clinical Diagnosis and Management”, a reference book.

Marina Perazzo, RPA-C

Marina Perazzo, RPA-C

Marina is a Physician Assistant with the Spine and Pain Institute of NY. She is a PA for 24 years and has spent most of that time specializing in Neurosurgery in NYC. For the last 2 1/2 years, she has focused more of her attention in Pain Management with an outpatient private practice.

Jeffrey Petersohn, MD

Jeffrey Petersohn, MD

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

I am a board-certified anesthesiologist with additional expertise and training in pain medicine. As a member of both the Anesthesiology Service and the Pain Service in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, my clinical work involves delivering anesthesia as well as treating postoperative pain. I also treat cancer pain using medications, nerve blocks, intrathecal drug delivery systems, radiofrequency techniques, and neurolytic blocks. I regularly supervise and teach clinical fellows.

Richard Rosenthal, MD

Richard Rosenthal, MD

Edward Rubin, MD

Edward Rubin, MD

Dr Rubin trained with Dr Diwan at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell. He graduated in 2006. He has been in private practice on Long Island NY since 2008. He is the outgoing President of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and is a board member of the Nassau County Medical Society. He represents Nassau County as a delegate to Medical Society of the State of New York. He has been involved in the NY/NJ pain meeting as a co director and treasurer for the last 6 years.

Ricardo Plancarte Sanchez, MD

Ricardo Plancarte Sanchez, MD

Specialist in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management.
Chairman and founder of Pain Clinic Department in National Institute of Cancer on México (INCan)
Main Professor of Pain Medicine and Interventional Pain Management postgraduate courses, which are dictate at the National Cancer Institute and endorse by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM).  Contributing to the formation of 5-6 human resources per year in each of the courses, with 180-trained fellows in 34 years from Mexico and different countries of Latin America. Additionally, he has participated as main author or co-author of research works carried out as part of the academic requirements of these two courses.
Academic Director of the Latin American Academy of Pain Interventionists (ALMID). Full member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National System of Researchers, México (SNI). Member of the Editorial Committees of Pain Practice Journal in Spain, Inter Institutional Boding and Divulgation Council of the National Academy of Medicine  and of the submission committee of Surgery for Academy Medicine in Mexico.
He has 82 articles published in various indexed journals, and participated in the broadcasting of his work in workshops, conferences and national and international symposiums.
Author of nine books in the area of ​​anesthesiology, pain medicine and palliative care, as well as 90 chapters of texts to these areas.
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Dawood Sayed, MD

Dawood Sayed, MD

Sana Shaikh, MD

Sana Shaikh, MD

Naum Shaparin, MD

Naum Shaparin, MD

Naum Shaparin, MD,MBA,  is Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Program at Montefiore Medical Center.    He also serves as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Family & Social Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.   After graduating magna cum laude from Boston University, Dr. Shaparin received his medical degree from Rutgers — New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ.  He then completed his residency in anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital and completed a fellowship in pain medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.   Recently, he completed his MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business.  He is the Immediate Past President of the Eastern Pain Association and is a member of numerous organizations and committees.  Dr. Shaparin has lectured and published extensively on various topics related to acute pain medicine and chronic pain medicine.

Ruchi Sharma, MD

Ruchi Sharma, MD

Dr. Ruchi Sharma is a board certified anesthesiologist and fellowship trained, board certified in Interventional Pain Management. She completed her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. She went on to pursue her internship and residency in Anesthesiology at University Hospital/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her fellowship training in Intervention Pain Management at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. Sharma’s goals are to optimize pain control while enhancing functional ability and quality of life. Her interests include, but are not limited to, musculoskeletal pain of the back, joints, neuropathic disorders, and cancer pain. She also specializes in inpatient pain management and regional anesthesia in the perioperative setting.

Abhilasha Solanski, MD

Abhilasha Solanski, MD

Doug Spiel, MD

Doug Spiel, MD

Monique Steegers, MD

Monique Steegers, MD

Prof. dr Monique Steegers, PhD, Anesthesiologist – Pain Specialist, FIPP, Member of the Executive Board of the Department, Amsterdam University Medical Center location VU

In her patient care,  research and education, the daily clinical practice of patients influensing the quality of life of patients with acute and chronic pain and in the palliative care setting is still the starting point. Prof.dr. Steegers focuses mainly on the development of  acute and chronic pain medicine. She focuses on the question of multidimensionality and interdisciplinary action in the chain care of the pain. She works extensively with national and international education groups and will always look for national and international connection in her research.  As full professor dr. Steegers wants to further develop solid networks with professionals working in the field of  pain medicine and palliative care influencing the quality of life.

Agnes Stogicza, MD

Agnes Stogicza, MD

Agnes Stogicza, MD, FIPP, CIPS, ASRA-PMUC

Dr. Agnes Stogicza is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain physician with 15+ years of experience in interventional pain management. She completed her pain fellowship at the University of Washington, where she was on faculty from 2010 to 2017. As a clinician-educator she treated pain patients and taught fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided minimally invasive interventional pain procedures, regional anesthesia techniques and medication management for complex chronic pain patients to pain fellows and residents.

Currently she works in chronic interventional pain and anesthesia in Budapest at St Magdolna Private Hospital.
She is a member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Hungarian Section of WIP and serves as an examiner for the FIPP (Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice) and CIPS (Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist) Board Certification.

She regularly lectures and teaches interventional pain procedures in the US, Europe, South America, India and Africa for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), World Institute of Pain (WIP), American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU), Singular and other societies.

She is a co-founder of Pain School International that provides interventional pain education in Budapest for doctors from all around the world.

She has authored and co-authored numerous book-chapters and papers in chronic pain management.

Her main clinical interests are neck pain and headaches, peripheral nerve entrapments, and regenerative medicine techniques (such as PRP, BMC and prolotherapy for various spine and musculoskeletal conditions).

Harry Sukumaran, MD

Harry Sukumaran, MD

Teddy Theodorakis, NP

Teddy Theodorakis, NP

Teddy Theodorakis is a Family Nurse Practitioner that has worked with Manhattan Spine and Pain for the past 2 years. Teddy obtained his FNP and masters in nursing at Wagner College and has been a registered nurse over the past 9 years. Teddy has worked in various nursing roles including as a nursing instructor/educator, ICU nurse, Floor nurse and home care nurse.

Andrea Trescot, MD

Andrea Trescot, MD

Andrea Trescot, MD is past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), past president of the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP), past president of the Alaska Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (AKSIPP), a former professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and the previous director of the pain fellowship programs at the University of Washington and the University of Florida.

She was a pain clinic director in private practice for 10 years before she moved to academics. She has returned to private practice, where she splits her time between Alaska and Florida. She is also the Chief Medical Officer of Stimwave, a wireless stimulation company.

Dr. Trescot has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and she is the editor and senior author of a 900-page pain textbook (Peripheral Nerve Entrapments – Clinical Diagnosis and Management). She is also co-author of PainWise – A Patient’s Guide to Pain Management, as well as co-editor of the three-volume pain review textbook Pain Medicine & Interventional Pain Management – A Comprehensive Review. She speaks nationally and internationally on topics of pain medicine and interventional pain management.

Amaresh Vydyanathan, MD

Amaresh Vydyanathan, MD

Rick Weiner, MD

Rick Weiner, MD

Dr Richard L. Weiner, MD FACS FANN is a board certified neurosurgeon with Dallas Neurosurgical and Spine Associates and also a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. USA.   He has been involved in developing and implementing   neuromodulation techniques for a variety of chronic pain indications over the past 39 years and pioneered the development of occipital nerve stimulation for headaches which has led to numerous applications of percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation.   More recently he has developed unique surgical approaches to the DRG and peripheral nerves with wireless stimulator devices.

Scott Woska, MD

Scott Woska, MD

Dr. Woska completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital. He completed a fellowship in interventional spine and pain medicine with Dr. Charles Aprill at LSU in New Orleans.  Dr. Woska is in private practice and performs spinal diagnostic injections as well as electrodiagnostic testing.  Dr. Woska is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Woska is the Executive Director Emeritus of NJSIPP and remains active in legislative affairs.

Michael Yang, MD

Michael Yang, MD

Dr. Michael Yang grew up in Southern California and completed his undergraduate degree with Phi Beta Kappa and Psy Chi honors from The Johns Hopkins University with dual majors in Biology and Psychology. He then returned to the west coast where he conducted neurosurgery research at UCLA. He went on to attend UCSF, one of the top five medical schools in the nation, to complete his medical
degree. Throughout his medical education, he continued to be interested in the connection between the physical body and the mind. This led him to graduate with honors in Psychology and Anesthesiology rotations.
After medical school, Dr. Yang moved to New York City where he completed his residency in
Anesthesiology at Cornell University. After residency, Dr. Yang completed ACGME‐accredited fellowship training in the field of Interventional Pain Management from a multidisciplinary approach, working in three of the top hospitals in the nation: Memorial Sloan‐Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital. From his fellowship and his experience in private practice in Santa Rosa, Dr. Yang treats patients with cancer pain, acute and chronic orthopedic injuries, and various chronic neck/back and nerve pains.
In his free time, Dr. Yang enjoys fishing, tennis, hiking, travel and snowboarding.



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