Speakers

Learn about the speakers who will present at the NANS 2021 Mid-Year Meeting.

Eellan Sivanesan, MD -- Assistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation

Eellan Sivanesan, MD Assistant Professor and Director of Neuromodulation

Eellan Sivanesan, M.D. is Director of Neuromodulation, Assistant Professor, and a Clinician-Scientist at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He treats patients with cancer, back, joint, facial, neuropathic, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-amputation, and complex pain conditions at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center. He is an active committee member of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS). He specializes in advanced interventional techniques including neuromodulation with Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS), field stimulation, craniofacial stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDS). In the laboratory, his overlapping research investigations are aimed at discovering the mechanisms of action involved in pain relief with electrical stimulation, particularly for cancer pain conditions such as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
Laboratory: https://anesthesiology.hopkinsmedicine.org/research-home/research-programs/sivanesan-lab/
Clinic: https://anesthesiology.hopkinsmedicine.org/pain-medicine-and-pain-research/eellan-sivanesan-md/

Facility
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Location
Baltimore, MD
Session(s)

PAIN Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD -- Professor

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD Professor

Dr. Konstantin Slavin is a head of section of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of a fellowship program in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Dr. Slavin was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. After graduation from medical school he completed residency in neurosurgery in Moscow, and then moved to Chicago where he completed research fellowship and residency in neurosurgery, and fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Slavin has been working on staff in UIC since 2001 and went up through the academic ranks to become professor of neurosurgery in 2010. Dr. Slavin has authored and co-authored more than 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. His books on “Peripheral Nerve Stimulation”, “Principles of Neuromodulation” (co-edited with Prof. Eljamel), 'Stimulation of Peripheral Nervous System' and 'Neuromodulation for Facial Pain' were published during the last 10 years. Currently, he is an editor-in-chief of 'Progress in Neurological Surgery', associate editor of “Neurosurgery,” “Neuromodulation” and “Brain Sciences” and editorial board member of several other journals including “Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.” Dr. Slavin is the Past President of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and past Secretary of NANS. He is also a current Secretary of the International Neuromodulation Society and Vice-President of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. For many years, he served on the Executive Council of AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain. Dr. Slavin has taught extensively on more than a hundred professional educational courses sponsored by national and international societies and device manufacturers. As a sign of peer recognition, he is for many years included in the lists of “Best Doctors in America” and “US Top Surgeons” and has received prestigious “Patients’ Choice” and “Most Compassionate Doctor” awards.

Facility
University of Illinois at Chicago
Location
Chicago, IL
Session(s)

S06 Neuromodulation vs. Lesioning for the Management of Pain

Jolene Smith, DO DABA DABA-PM -- Pain Management Physician

Jolene Smith, DO DABA DABA-PM Pain Management Physician

Jolene Smith, DO, completed her intern year, anesthesiology residency, and pain medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since 2015, she has been in private practice in the Des Moines metropolitan area. Dr. Smith has served in numerous leadership roles within her proactive group and at local hospitals. She lectures widely on the topics of cannabinoids and pain management, and developed a lunch and learn series at the local hospital. Dr. Smith also codeveloped a special topics course about pain and related topics at Des Moines University, where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Specialty Medicine. Dr. Smith’s professional interests include cannabinoids, neuromodulation, and regenerative medicine.

Facility
Pain Specialists of Iowa
Location
Des Moines, IA
Session(s)

PAIN Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

 

David Spinner, DO -- Assistant Professor

David Spinner, DO Assistant Professor

David Spinner, DO, RMSK, CIPS, FAAPMR - Director of Pain Management for Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at Mount Sinai Health System. Also Director for Westchester Pain Management. I'm one of the first physicians in the country to become certified in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography and I've lectured nationally on musculoskeletal interventions. I am the lead editor for the first textbook on the topic, Atlas of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections. I have numerous publications in various textbooks and journals. I also help administer the CIPS (Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist) board examination for World Institute of Pain.

Michael D. Staudt, MD MSc -- Functional Neurosurgeon

Michael D. Staudt, MD MSc Functional Neurosurgeon

Michael D. Staudt, MD MSc FRCSC FAANS, is a Functional Neurosurgeon at Michigan Head and Spine Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He completed a Master’s degree in neurobiology and neurosurgical training at the Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. During residency, he completed an enfolded fellowship in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University, followed by a second post-graduate fellowship at Albany Medical Center. His clinical practice and research interests primarily include neuromodulation for pain, movement disorders, and epilepsy.

Facility
Michigan Head and Spine Institute
Location
Birmingham, MI
Session(s)

S06 Neuromodulation vs. Lesioning for the Management of Pain

Jordan Tate, MD MPH -- Physician

Jordan Tate, MD MPH Physician

Dr. Jordan Lee Tate MD, MPH is an interventional chronic pain medicine specialist who dedicates herself to comprehensive, holistic care for her patients. She specializes in advanced neuromodulation techniques and focuses on rehabilitation with non-surgical procedures to alleviate pain. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with focused study on Neuroscience and earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Tate obtained a Master’s degree in Health Education from Rollins School of Public Health at the CDC where she dedicated her thesis work to initial research on clinical opioid use, misuse, and diversion. After a residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory, she completed her fellowship in Pain Medicine at The Mayo Clinic. As an active clinician, researcher, and busy mom of three, Dr. Tate is also passionate about traveling, education, and wellness. She practices in North Georgia at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers and directs several research projects on Spinal Cord Stimulation and runs a subspecialty clinic on Chronic Pelvic Pain.

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD -- Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD Director of Research

Ricardo Vallejo, M.D., PhD., is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician and Director of Research at National Spine and Pain Centers. He received his medical degree in Univerdidad Libre in Cali, Colombia and a PhD in Immunology at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Vallejo completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) where he was Chief Resident in the Anesthesiology department. He specialized in Pain Medicine at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vallejo is Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a member of the examination board for the World Institute of Pain and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. His academic accomplishments include authoring more than 150 articles published in national and international peer review journals. He has also been an invited speaker in meetings and conferences around the world. He is the inventor of multiple granted patents. Dr. Vallejo is a member of the editorial boards of international peer review journals, including “Neuromodulation”, 'Clinical Journal of Pain', 'Pain Physician', 'Journal of Opioid Management”, “Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management”, and 'Revista Mexicana de Anestesiologia.' He serves as an Associate Editor of the journal “Pain Practice” and was the Chief Editor of the journal “Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management.” Dr. Vallejo is a member of the ASRA scientific committee since 2015, and a member of the NANS Director's at Large from 2019 to 2020. He was also Chair of the Scientific Educational Committee of the 2016 ASRA annual pain meeting. He is Adjunct Research Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Facility
National Spine and Pain Center
Location
Hallandale Beach, FL
Session(s)

S02 Special Indications and Considerations for Neuromodulation

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA FASA -- Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Stephanie G. Vanterpool, MD MBA FASA Director of Comprehensive Pain Services

Dr. Vanterpool is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Comprehensive Pain Services at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. She earned her medical degree from Duke University School of medicine, completing an anesthesiology residency at the University of North Carolina, and pain medicine fellowship at Wake Forest University Carolinas Pain Institute. She then returned to Duke to complete her Masters in Business Administration with a certificate in Health Sector Management at the Fuqua School of Business. Her clinical and academic focus is on Targeted Pain Treatment - the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of pain using a multi-modal approach. With over a decade of pain and neuromodulation practice in both private practice and academic settings, Dr. Vanterpool avidly promotes the use of Targeted Pain Treatment to help patients with chronic pain reclaim relief and functional quality of life. She is the course director for the annual Targeted Pain Treatment (TPT) Conference in Knoxville TN, geared towards primary care and specialist clinicians to help them 'Treat the Source not the Score' and 'Focus on Function' while helping their patients who live with chronic pain. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Vanterpool is also heavily involved in state and national advocacy initiatives. She is the immediate past President of the Tennessee Pain Society, and also serves on the Board of directors for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and is the Co-Chair of the NANS Diversity and Outreach Committee (DOC) and treasurer for the NANS Women in Neuromodulation (WIN).

Jacqueline S. Weisbein, DO -- Physician

Jacqueline S. Weisbein, DO Physician

I am fortunate to practice in a multi-specialty group in the beautiful Napa Valley. Dually board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management, my areas of expertise involve all aspects of pain management, with particular interests in neuropathic pain syndromes, sports injuries and implantable devices.

Sayed E. Wahezi, MD -- Associate Professor, Pain Medicine Fellowship

Sayed E. Wahezi, MD Associate Professor, Pain Medicine Fellowship

Dr. Wahezi has more than 10 years of experience and is a long-standing member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), New York Pain Society (NYPS), Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), New York Pain Society (NYPS), American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN), and Eastern Pain Association (EPA). He is a nominated AAPMR delegate representative for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Expert Panel on Pain Management, nominated representative on ASIPP’s expert lumbar stenosis panel, serves on the Board of Directors for the NYPS, and is a member of the AAPM Membership Committee Council. He is a graduate of the Academy of Academic Physiatrists’ (AAP) Program for Academic Leadership (PAL), President-Elect for the Academy of Pain Program Directors (APPD), serves on the Leadership Council and Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN), and elected member of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) Evidence Analysis Committee. He is also Reviewer and Editor for the Pain Physician Journal and the Pain Medicine Journal. Dr. Wahezi is also a nominated member of the Associate Professor Promotions Committee at Montefiore/Einstein. In addition, he is a nominated Super Doctor®, as identified by the New York Times Magazine, and included in the list of Best Doctors in America®.

Facility
Montefiore Medical Center
Location
Bronx, NY
Session(s)

F02 Maximizing Neuromodulation Education