About the Conference

Presented by Neurovations and Napa Pain Institute and benefiting HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health, the 22nd Annual Napa Pain Conference will assemble the finest clinicians, researchers, scientists and industry innovators for two full days of exciting, forward-thinking content.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Napa Pain Institute and Neurovations Education. Napa Pain Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Napa Pain Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Abstract Submission is Closed for NPC22

Accepted Abstracts for NPC22

Program Agenda


The Napa Pain Conference offers a unique forum for sharing advances and standards in pain management and treatment for colleagues in all disciplines of medicine. The appropriate assessment and treatment of pain has a far-reaching impact on morbidity, mortality, quality of life, and economics — of individuals, communities, and across the healthcare system.

We invite physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and other health care professionals to join us for current information about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic pain and associated diseases. Generalists and specialists will benefit from a wide range of topics and faculty presenting basic, translational and treatment advancements.

The Business of Medicine Pre-Conference
7:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM The Global Market for Pain and Neurological Therapies Jim Cassidy

Boston Scientific

8:30 AM A Manufacturer’s Perspective on Ensuring Safe and Appropriate Use of Opioids Ravi Tayi, MD, MPH


9:00 AM Developing a New Medical Device in 2015 Don Deyo 

Medallion Therapeutics

9:30 AM Leading Innovation in Pain and Neuroscience Keith Boettiger

St. Jude Medical

10:00 AM Break — Networking
10:15 AM Reimbursement and Regulatory Issues in Pain Stephanie Wimmer


10:45 AM Professional Liability Trends in Pain Management Dana Faber

The Doctor’s Company

11:15 AM Pain Practice Organization Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA


12:30 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM In-Office Ancillary Services: What’s Allowed? 
 Paul Smith

Hooper, Lundy, and Bookman

2:15 PM Human Resources: Guide for the Physician Greg Walsh

Dickenson, Peatman, and Fogarty

3:00 PM Practice Management Consulting Hour Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA


7:00 - 7:30 AM Registration, Exhibits, Breakfast, and Networking
7:30 - 7:45 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA

Napa Pain Conference Chair
President and Founder, Neurovations Clinical Research and Education Founder and Medical Director, Napa Pain Institute and the Spine and Pain Center of Kauai

7:45 - 10:00 AM Neurostimulation: Core Science and New Techology
7:45 AM Mechanisms of Action: Neurostimulation Elliot Krames, MD

Past President International Neuromodulation Society, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Neuromodulation

8:15 AM High Frequency Neurostimulation David Caraway, MD, PhD

Founder and CEO, The Center for Pain Relief, Tri-State, LLC
Chief Medical Officer, Nevro, Inc.

8:45 AM Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Neuropathic Pain Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Clinical Director, Wake Forest University Health Sciences Chronic Pain Center, Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research

9:15 AM TBD James North, MD

Carolinas Pain Institute
Assistant Professor Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Wake Forest Baptist Health

10:00 AM Q & A / Panel Discussion - Neurostimulation: Core Science and New Technology
10:00 - 10:15 AM Exhibits and Networking Break
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM Targeted Drug Delivery
10:15 AM Intrathecal Baclofen: State of the Art Daniel Moon, MD, MS

Attending Physician, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Moss Rehab

10:45 AM Resiniferatoxin: A Novel Treatment for Cancer Pain Michael Leong, MD

Clinical Associate Professor Clinic Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford

11:15 AM Neuropathic Pain - Enabling Normal Immune Function Through Gene Therapy John Forsayeth, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Neurological Surgery, University of California San Francisco

Q & A / Panel Discussion - Targeted Drug Delivery
12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch with Industry Presentation (not for CME) Sponsored by: Medtronic Anjum Bux, MD; Philip Kim, MD

Topic: Expanding Your Treatment Options

1:30 - 3:30 PM Surgical Considerations in Pain Medicine
1:30 PM ASRA Guidelines for Anticoagulation and Interventional Pain Procedures Marc Huntoon, MD

Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Vanderbilt University

2:00 PM Tendinitis and Treatments Tim Davis, MD

Physiatrist, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center

2:30 PM Etiologies of Failed Spine Surgery Sigurd Berven, MD

Professor in Residence; Director of Spine Fellowship and Resident Education Program; 
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California at San Francisco

Q & A / Panel Discussion - Surgical Considerations in Pain Medicine
3:30 - 3:45 PM Exhibits and Networking Break
3:45 - 5:15 PM The Changing Face of Pain Medicine and Global Innovation
3:45 PM State of Interventional Pain Peter Staats, MD, MBA

Premiere Pain Centers, New Jersey
Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Founder Division of Pain Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

4:15 PM Global Innovation Sten Lindahl, MD, PhD, FRCA

Professor, Karolinska Intitutet, Director of Research and Education, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Former Chair, Nobel Committee

Q & A / Panel Discussion - The Changing Face of Pain Medicine and Global Innovation
5:15 - 6:00 PM First Annual "Legends of Pain Medicine Lecture" The History of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD

Vice Chairman Division of Anesthesiology, Pain Management, and Research at The Cleveland Clinic

Q & A - The History of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
6:00 PM Education Program Adjourns for the Day
6:00 PM Wine Reception in the Exhibit Area
7:00am Registration, Exhibits, Breakfast, and Networking
8:00 - 10:00 AM Neurostimulation: Novel Applications
8:00 AM Potential of Closed Loop Feedback in SCS Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Clinical Director, Wake Forest University Health Sciences Chronic Pain Center, Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research

8:30 AM Percutaneous PNS in the Treatment of Low Back Pain John Chae, MD

Professor and Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Director, MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio

9:00 AM Treating the BACK in Chronic Low Back Pain: Design of an RCT for a Novel Neurostimulation Device Christopher Gilligan, MD, MBA

Co-Director, Spine Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Chief; Division of Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Q & A / Panel Discussion - Neurostimulation: Novel Applications
10:00 AM Exhibits and Networking Break
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Neurostimulation: Novel Applications - Continued
10:30 AM BURST Stimulation: From Bench to Patient Allen Burton, MD, PA

Vapogenix, Inc., Houston, TX

11:00 AM DRG Stim: The Australian Experience Paul Verrills, MBBS, FAFMM, MPainMed, FIPP

Metro Spinal Clinic, Melbourne, Australia

11:30 AM High Density Programming for Spinal Cord Stimulation Lisa Johanek, PhD

Chief Scientist Pain Therapies Research, Medtonic

Q & A / Panel Discussion - Neurostimulation: Novel Applicaitons - Continued
12:30 - 1:45PM Lunch with Industry Presentation (Not for CME) Sponsored by: Nevro Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD; Kasra Amirdelfan, MD

Topic: HF10 Therapy

Facilitator: David Caraway, MD

1:45 - 2:00 PM Winning Poster Presentations (3)
2:00 - 2:45 PM Appropriate Prescribing of Opioids and Controlled Substances
2:00 PM Current Climate of Opioid Prescribing Shamir J. Sheth, MD

Assistant Professor, Pain Medicine; Co-Director of Neuromodulation
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Q & A - California's 2014 Prescribing of Opioids and Controlled Substances
2:45 - 3:45 PM The Legal and Regulatory Landscape of Appropriate Prescribing: A Panel Discussion Panelists: Janice Dang, Supervising Inspector, DCA Pharmacy Board; Laura Gardhouse, Medical Board of California, Dept. of Consumer Affairs, Division of Investigation, Health Quality Investigations Unit; Anastasia Martin, DEA Diversion Group Supervisor; Det. Alfonso Ortiz, Narcotics Investigator, Napa Police Department

Facilitator: Dale A. Ferranto
Law Enforcement Liaison, LexisNexis Risk Solutions; Assistant Chief, CA DOJ (Ret); Captain, USNR (Ret)

3:45 - 4:30 PM Lindahl Lecture Reception in Exhibit Area
4:30 - 6:00 PM Lindahl Lecture Featuring Bruce Beutler, MD
6:00 PM Educational Programming Adjourns
6:30 PM Buses Depart Meritage Hotel for the Vineyard Celebration Dinner Tickets required

Proceeds benefit HealthRoots for Global Health

Invited Faculty List

The Napa Pain Conference is honored to welcome the world's finest clinicians, researchers, and scientists to lead our lectures and panel discussions.
Sigurd Berven, MD
Allen Burton, MD
David Caraway, MD, PhD
John Chae, MD
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