Meet the Faculty

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Session Moderators

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.

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.

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.

Timothy Deer, MD

Timothy Deer, MD

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

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Robert Levy, MD

Robert Levy, MD

Jeffrey Petersohn, MD

Jeffrey Petersohn, MD

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Scott Woska, MD

Scott Woska, MD

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.

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.

Jose De Andres, MD

Jose De Andres, MD

Fabricio Dias Assis, MD

Fabricio Dias 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

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.

Ramsin Benyamin, MD

Ramsin Benyamin, MD

Ricardo Buenaventura, MD

Ricardo Buenaventura, MD

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.

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.

Jonathan Carlson, MD

Jonathan Carlson, MD

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.

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.

Harold Cordner, MD

Harold Cordner, MD

Saurabh Dang, MD

Saurabh Dang, MD

Samyadev Datta, MD

Samyadev Datta, MD

Sukdeb Datta, MD

Sukdeb Datta, MD

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.

Timothy Deer, MD

Timothy Deer, MD

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 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.

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

Casey Grillo, PA

Casey Grillo, PA

Amit Gulati, MD

Amit Gulati, MD

Semih Gungor, MD

Semih Gungor, MD

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

Hans Hansen, MD

Hans Hansen, MD

Corey Hunter, MD

Corey Hunter, MD

Youseff Josephson, MD

Youseff Josephson, MD

Leo Kapural, MD, PhD

Leo Kapural, MD, PhD

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Jennifer Kirschenbaum

Jennifer Kirschenbaum

Yury Khelemsky, MD

Yury Khelemsky, MD

Robert Levy, MD

Robert Levy, MD

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.

Philippe Mavrocordatos, MD

Philippe Mavrocordatos, MD

Neel Mehta, MD

Neel Mehta, MD

John Morrone

John Morrone

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.

Kiran Patel, MD

Kiran Patel, MD

Jeffrey Petersohn, MD

Jeffrey Petersohn, MD

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

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.

Richard Rosenthal, MD

Richard Rosenthal, MD

Edward Rubin, MD

Edward Rubin, MD

Ricardo Plancarte Sanchez, MD

Ricardo Plancarte Sanchez, MD

Dawood Sayed, MD

Dawood Sayed, MD

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Konstantin Slavin, 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

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.

Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD

Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD

Rick Weiner, MD

Rick Weiner, MD

Scott Woska, MD

Scott Woska, MD

Michael Yang, MD

Michael Yang, MD