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2017 Faculty

Conference Director

Eric J. Grigsby, MD, MBA

Founder & Medical Director, Napa Pain Institute, Spine & Pain Center of Kaua'i, Redwood Pain Institute

Founder, CEO of The SpectrumCare Group, Including the Napa Pain Institute, Spine and Pain Center of Kauai, N3 Laboratories, Redwood Pain Institute, Neurovations Clinical Research, and the Napa Surgery Center

Program Committee

Aaron K. Calodney, MD

Anesthesiologist & Interventional Pain Specialist, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital

Anesthesiologist & Interventional Pain Specialist, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital
Past President, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)
Board of Directors, Spine Intervention Society (SIS)

B. Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH

President, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)

Medical Director, Advanced Pain Therapy, PLCC
President-Elect, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)

David Provenzano, MD

President, Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care

President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care

Gail McGlothlen, DNP, RN-BC

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Napa Pain Institute

Bio Gail McGlothlen, DNP, RN-BC has specialized in cancer and chronic pain management for over twenty years, managed patients with TDD for fourteen years, and continues to be Board Certified in Pain Management by…

George Chang Chien, DO

Director for the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Southern California University

Dr. Chang Chien specializes in regenerative medicine with expertise in platelet rich plasma (PRP), bone marrow aspiration for stem cells (BMAC), and adipose derived stem cells (ADSC). He is also an expert in comprehensive pain management, non-surgical orthopedics, and functional restoration.

Harold J. Cordner, MD

Founder, Florida Pain Management Associates

Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management Physician, Florida Pain Management Associates
Second Executive Vice-President, ASIPP

Lawrence Poree, MD, PhD, MPH

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

Professor & Director of Neuromodulation Service, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care,
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Treasurer, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
Board of Directors, California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP)

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine

Pain Physician, Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research

Lisa J. Stearns, MD

Founder & Medical Director, Center for Pain and Supportive Care

The world’s foremost expert in interventional therapy for cancer pain.

Penney Cowan

Founder & CEO, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)

Penney Cowan founded and is CEO of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), which provides peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain and their families and works to build awareness about chronic pain among professionals, decision makers, and the general public.

Samir Sheth, MD

Assistant Professor, Pain Medicine and Co-Director of Neuromodulation, UC Davis

Assistant Professor, Pain Medicine and Co-Director of Neuromodulation, UC Davis

Sten Lindahl, MD, PhD, FRCA

Chair Emeritus of the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine

2009 Chair of the Nobel Assembly
2001-2002 Chair of the Nobel Committee
Member of the Nobel Assembly for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1996-2012. Vice chair, 1999-2000
Professor Emeritus, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Timothy T. Davis, MD

Founder & Medical Director, Orthopedic Pain Specialists

Bio Timothy T. Davis, MD is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) and Pain Medicine. Dr. Timothy Davis MD is the Founder and Medical Director of Orthopedic Pain Specialists and is an…

Conference Faculty

Angella Barr, MD

Internist & Addiction Medicine Specialist, Chemical Dependency Treatment Associates (CDTA)

Bio Angella Barr, MD joined Chemical Dependency and Treatment Associates Inc. in February, 2015 and assumed responsibility for its business administration. Dr. Barr is a fellow-trained and board certified addiction medicine specialist, with a…

Avinash Ramchandani, MD, MBA

Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician, Redwood Pain Institute

Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician, Redwood Pain Institute

Charles De Mesa, DO, MPH

Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, UC Davis

Director of Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine, Assistant Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis Bio Charles J. De Mesa, DO, MPH is a Pain Management specialist in Sacramento, California. He attended and graduated…

Corey W. Hunter, MD

Executive Director, Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management

Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Directors, North American Neuromodulation Society Bio Corey W. Hunter, MD is a pain management specialist at the Ainsworth Institute of Pain…

Elliot S. Krames, MD

Pioneer & One of the Leading Experts in the Field of Intraspinal Analgesia

Recipient of the 2017 Legacy Lecture

Erich O. Richter, MD

Associate Director of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence (COE), & Director of Surgical Epilepsy

2019 President, Cancer Pain Research Consortium (CPRC) Bio Erich O. Richter, MD is the Associate Director of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence (COE), and Director of Surgical Epilepsy. His undergraduate work was performed at…

Gregory Scherrer, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Bio The Scherrer Laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine investigates the identity of the sensory (A), spinal (B), and brain (C) neurons that constitute pain neural circuits, and the molecular mechanisms that control neural…

Hilary Cromwell, RN, BSN

Manager, Napa Surgery Center; Manager, Neurovations Clinical Research

Manager, Napa Surgery Center

Howard Pitluk, MD, MPH, FACS

Vice President for Medical Affairs; Chief Medical Officer, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

Bio As HSAG’s Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Howard Pitluk, MD works closely with healthcare providers and stakeholders to furnish information and guidance on the public reporting of clinical data,…

Jason L. Dragoo, MD

Director of the Stanford Tissue Regeneration Laboratory

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center Bio Jason L. Dragoo, MD is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He specializes in Sports Medicine and currently serves as a…

Julie Burch, MEd

Leads the Yoga+ division at Center for Pain and Supportive Care

Bio Julie Burch leads the Yoga+ division at Center for Pain and Supportive Care (CPSC), Arizona’s only pain center with an on-site yoga studio dedicated to treating patients with chronic and cancer-related pain. CPSC…

Kim Bellows, PA-C

Pain Management Physician Assistant, Napa Pain Institute

Bio Kim Bellows graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine.  Her background includes ten years of family practice and military medicine prior to coming to work at the Napa Pain Institute. …

Kimberlee Bayless, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN

Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesia Department, George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Bio Kimberlee Bayless, DNP practices in the Anesthesia Department at George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has practiced pain medicine for multiple years in the…

Kimberly Schwartz, MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Napa Pain Institute

Bio Kimberly Schwartz graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2012 and received her Certificate in Pain Management from the University of Alberta in 2016. She holds…

Linda Watkins, PhD

Director, Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhD Program, University of Colorado

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado Bio Dr. Watkins received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the Medical College of Virginia in 1980 and has been at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1988.…

Line Jacques, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

Chief of Peripheral Nerve & Pain Surgery, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Neurological Surgery, UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Jacques is chief of peripheral nerve and pain surgery at UCSF. She also has extensive expertise in the treatment of chronic refractory peripheral neuropathic pain, including the use of spinal cord stimulation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and peripheral vascular disease; occipital nerve stimulation for the treatment of migraines; and implantable drug delivery systems for the treatment of nociceptive pain and movement disorders.

Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD

Professor & Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

Bio Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco with a clinical, research and educational focus on pain management. He is currently Medical Director of Pain…

Matt Murphy, PhD

Regenerative Medicine Scientist & Engineer

Bio Matthew Murphy, PhD is a regenerative medicine scientist and engineer from Austin, Texas. He earned his bachelors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD in biomedical…

Michael Amster, MD

Founder & Director, Wellness for DoctorsRx

Interventional Pain Specialist, NorthBay Center for Pain Management Bio Michael Amster, MD is a lifelong student of meditation and completed a 2-year meditation teacher certificate training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. With this knowledge…

Michael J. DePalma, MD

President & Medical Director, Virginia iSpine Physicians

Bio Dr. DePalma is President and Medical Director of Virginia iSpine Physicians, PC where he practices Interventional Spine Care. Dr. DePalma completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University…

Michael Saulino, MD, PhD

Clinical Director, Intrathecal Therapy Services, MossRehab

Clinical Director, Intrathecal Therapy Services, MossRehab

Mirian Paik, PharmD

Pharmacist Specializing in Interventional Pain Management

Bio Mirian Paik, PharmD, is a practicing pharmacist specializing in interventional pain management. Dr. Paik began her career as a quality assurance specialist focusing on qualitative and quantitative analysis of opioids and anesthetics. Upon…

Nandan Lad, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center

Bio Nandan Lad, MD, PhD is at the forefront of Neuromodulation and pioneering new approaches to perform surgeries less invasively and more safely. Dr. Lad is currently an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Duke…

Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA, FIPP

Chief Medical Officer, National Spine & Pain Centers

Chief Medical Officer of the largest pain practice in the US: National Spine and Pain Centers; Past President of: the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), the NJ Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NJSIPP), and the Southern Pain Societies.

Ramana Naidu, MD

Director of Acute Pain Services & Chair of the UCSF Pain Committee

Bio Ramana (Ramo) Naidu, MD is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. He serves as director of Acute Pain Services, and is the current chair of the UCSF Pain Committee. He helps patients manage,…

Richard Rosenthal, MD

Founder, President, & Medical Director, Nexus Pain Specialists

Bio Richard Rosenthal, MD is board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Interventional Pain Medicine. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1985. In 1993 he graduated from…

Sigurd H. Berven, MD

Professor in Residence, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

Bio Sigurd H. Berven, MD has a strong clinical interest in spinal disorders of children and adults. He is interested in pediatric and adult deformity, degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal tumors and spinal…

Steve M. Aydin, DO

Chief of PMR & Interventional Pain Management, Kayal Orthopaedic Center

Clinical Assistant Professor at Hofstra –Northwell Health School of Medicine Bio Steve M. Aydin, DO is Clinical Assistant Professor at Hofstra –Northwell Health School of Medicine, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and…

Susan Verba, MFA

Director, UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi)

Associate Professor, UC Davis Department of Design Bio Susan Verba directs the University of California, Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design.…

Tim Furnish, MD

Pain Management Specialist, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, UC San Diego Health

Bio Tim Furnish, MD is Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at UC San Diego where is director of the Pain Management fellowship program and Inpatient Pain service. His practice includes high-risk…

Warren M. Zapol, MD

Emeritus Anesthetist-in-Chief at MGH, Reginald Jenney Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School

Recipient of the 2017 Lindahl Lecture

Zachary McCormick, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF

Bio Zachary McCormick, MD is a double-board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and in Pain Medicine. He focuses on alleviating pain and improving function and quality of life through non-operative spine…