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2019 Faculty


Howard L. Fields, MD, PhD

Founder, UCSF Pain Management Center, Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Physiology, UCSF Center for Integrative Neuroscience

In the late 1970s, Dr. Fields provided the first insights into the neural circuits through which endogenous opioids (endorphins) can prevent pain.
He discovered and elucidated a pain modulating neural circuit that is required for opioids to produce analgesia. He also discovered that placebo analgesia is blocked by an opioid antagonist.

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

Svante Pääbo, PhD

Director, Max Planck Institute For Evolutionary Anthropology

Professor Svante Pääbo, PhD is known as one of the founders of paleogenetics, a discipline that uses the methods of genetics to study early humans and other ancient populations. In 1997, Dr. Pääbo and colleagues reported…

Program Committee

B. Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH
President, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
Charles De Mesa, DO, MPH
Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, UC Davis
Christopher Gharibo, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, NYU School of Medicine
Gail McGlothlen, DNP, RN-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Napa Pain Institute
Harold J. Cordner, MD
Founder, Florida Pain Management Associates
Lawrence Poree, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor & Director of Neuromodulation Service, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care, University of California San Francisco
Roger B. Fillingim, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Director, University of Florida, Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence; Immediate Past President of the American Pain Society
Sten Lindahl, MD, PhD, FRCA
Chair Emeritus of the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine


Aaron K. Calodney, MD
Anesthesiologist & Interventional Pain Specialist, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital
Avinash Ramchandani, MD, MBA
Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician, Redwood Pain Institute
Christy Davies, MBA
Business Strategist, Physicians Success Rx
Corey W. Hunter, MD
Executive Director, Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management
Daniel S. Choi, MD, MBA
Lead Physician, Spine & Pain Center of Kaua'i
David J. Copenhaver, MD
Director, Cancer Pain Management & Supportive Care, UC Davis Health
David Provenzano, MD
President, Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care
Fadel Zeidan, PhD
Director, Brain Mechanisms of Pain & Health Lab, UCSD
Henry K. Lee, DO
Medical Director, Integrative Sports and Spine
Hilary Cromwell, RN, BSN
Manager, Napa Surgery Center; Manager, Neurovations Clinical Research
Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, FIPP
President, American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
Joseph Shurman, MD
Anesthesiologist, Chair of Pain Management/Palliative Care, Scripps Memorial Hospital
Karl Zarse, MD
Founder, Idaho Spine and Pain
Katy Moncivais, PhD
Independent Regenerative Medicine Consultant
Kimberlee Bayless, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Nurse Practitioner, Anesthesia Department, George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Linda L. Porter, PhD
Director, Office of Pain Policy, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS)
Lisa J. Stearns, MD
Founder & Medical Director, Center for Pain and Supportive Care
Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD
Professor & Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Marko Bodor, MD
Founder, Bodor Clinic, Regenerative Spine & Sports Medicine
Michael Saulino, MD, PhD
Clinical Director, Intrathecal Therapy Services, MossRehab
Nancy E. Lane, MD
Endowed Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, and Aging Research, Director for the Center for Musculoskeletal Health, UC Davis
Parag G. Patil, MD, PhD
Associate Chair, Clinical and Translational Research, Restorative Neuroengineering Group, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA, FIPP
Chief Medical Officer, National Spine & Pain Centers
Ramesh M. Singa, MD, MHS
Lead physician, Napa Pain Institute
Samir Sheth, MD
Assistant Professor, Pain Medicine and Co-Director of Neuromodulation, UC Davis
Steve M. Aydin, DO
Chief of PMR & Interventional Pain Management, Kayal Orthopaedic Center
Timothy Lubenow, MD
Program Director, Section of Pain, Department of Anesthesiology, Rush University Medical Center
Tor Wager, PhD
Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience, Dartmouth
Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM
Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)