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.

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Program Agenda

PAIN AFFECTS MORE LIVES THAN THOSE AFFECTED BY HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND DIABETES COMBINED.

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.

NPC22 | FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
7:00 AM Registration, Exhibits, Breakfast, and Networking
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

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Neurostimulation: Core Science and New Techniques
Mechanisms of Action- Stim Elliot Krames, MD

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

BURST Stimulation - From Bench to Patient Allen Burton, MD

Houston Pain Associates, Houston, TX

High-Frequency Stim David Caraway, MD, PhD

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


10:00 AM Exhibits and Networking Break
10:15 AM - 12:30 PM Targeted Drug Delivery
Resniferatoxin Michael Leong, MD

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

Novel Therapeutics for Neuropathic Pain Stephen Collins, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery, University of California at San Francisco

Intrathecal TDD Michael Saulino, MD

Clinical Director, Intrathecal Therapy Services, Moss Rehab

Training, Safety, Efficacy, Patient Selection for TDD Lawrence Poree, MD, PhD

Professor and Director of Neuromodulation Service, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California at San Francisco

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch with Industry Presentation (non-CME)
1:45 PM - 4:00 PM Open Surgery and Minimally Invasive Treatments for Pain
ASRA Guidelines Marc Huntoon, MD


Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Vanderbilt University

Tendinitis and Treatments Tim Davis, MD

Physiatrist, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center


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


4:00 PM Exhibits and Networking Break
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM Pain Medicine: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities
The Future of Pain Medicine and Tele-medicine 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

Global Innovation Sten Lindahl, MD

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


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, John Hopkins University

5:45 PM Education Adjourn for the Day
6:00 PM Wine Reception in the Exhibit Hall
NPC22 | SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
7:00am Registration, Exhibits, Breakfast, and Networking
8:00am-9:45am Neurostimulation: Novel Applications
TBD 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

TBD Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

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

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

9:45am Exhibits and Networking Break
10:00am-11:45am Neurostimulation: Clinical Innovations
DRG Stim – The European Experience James Fitzgerald, MA, BM, BCh, FRC(SN), PhD

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Oxford University Hospitals, England

TBD Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

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

High Density Stim Faculty: TBD

Chief Scientist PainStim; Medtronic, Inc.

11:45am-12:15pm Winning Poster Presentations (3)
12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch with Industry Presentation (non-CME)
1:30pm-3:30pm Targeted Drug Delivery vs. Pump / Appropriate Prescribing
TBD Lawrence Poree, MD, PhD

Professor and Director of Neuromodulation Service, Department of AnesthesiaProfessor and Director of Neuromodulation Service, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California at San Francisco
and Perioperative Care, University of California at San Francisco

Legal Landscape of Opioid Prescribing Scott Fishman, MD

Charles and Patricia Fullerton Endowed Chair in Pain Medicine
Professor and Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Executive Vice Chair, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

2014 Appropriate Prescribing Guidelines – Panel Discussion Dale A. Ferranto

Law Enforcement Liaison, LexisNexis Risk Solutions; Assistant Chief, CA DOJ (Ret.); Captain, USNR (Ret.)

Scott Fishman, MD

Charles and Patricia Fullerton Endowed Chair in Pain Medicine
Professor and Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Executive Vice Chair, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Peter Staats, MD, MBA

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

3:30pm Exhibits and Networking Break
3:45pm-4:30pm Lindahl Lecture Reception
4:30pm-5:45pm Lindahl Lecture featuring Bruce Beutler, MD
5:45pm Educational Conference Adjourns
6:15pm Buses depart Meritage Hotel for Vineyard Celebration Dinner

Invited Faculty List

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