Course Instructors

The Spine Intervention Society Instructors represent a group of highly motivated physician specialists dedicated to the teaching of their peers and are among the most carefully selected faculty in pain medicine who are dedicated to teaching safe and effective diagnostic and therapeutic interventional spine procedures.

We recognize and thank our volunteer instructors for their enthusiasm, dedication, and contribution to the Society. Each instructor is paramount to our accomplishments.

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Ahmed
 

Shihab Ahmed, MD, MPH

Lincoln, MA

Dr. Shihab Ahmed is a board certified Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Specialist. After completing his anesthesiology (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston) and pain medicine training (Massachusetts General Hospital) he began his academic career at the MGH Center for Pain Medicine (MGHCPM). At the MGHCPM he teaches pain fellows, residents and medical students the pathophysiology of pain, specific pain syndromes including cancer pain, and advanced interventional pain therapies such as implantation of indwelling devices. He gives didactic lectures on pain topics to fellows during their training and collaborates with them in his research, case reports and abstracts for presentation at national pain meetings. He is the Multidisciplinary Pain Service Course Director and is responsible for overseeing the medical students’ clerkships at the MGHCPM from the Harvard Medical School. In his clinical practice in the MGH Pain Center he provides care for an average of 50 patients a week. Because of his expertise in interventional pain management techniques, he offers effective and innovative therapy for his challenging patient population. He is an investigator at the MGH Center for Translational Pain Research (CTPR). His current research focuses on the mechanisms of spinal cord stimulation therapy and how pain transitions from acute to chronic pain. He is currently a member of the research committee for North American Spine Society and the Research Division of the Spine Intervention Society.


April
 

Charles Aprill, MD

New Orleans, LA

Dr. Aprill is a board certified radiologist since 1972. He graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School June 1967, completed his internship at Charity Hospital of Louisiana 1968 and a radiology residency at Ochsner Medical Foundation in 1971. After serving in the United States Naval Active Reserves Dr. Aprill went into private practice of radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, and invasive/interventional diagnostic and therapeutic special procedures with Dr. Vincent Collins in Houston.

In May 1993 Dr. Aprill established Magnolia Clinic, the solo private practice where he remained until hurricane Katrina closed the doors. His current practice, Interventional Spine Specialists opened in Kenner, Louisiana in January 2006 where he continues today. Dr. Aprill has dedicated his life's work to the assessment and treatment of adults with spinal disorders and has provided over 30 years of service to the spine community, both locally and internationally.


Assil
 

Kamyar Assil, MD

Thousand Oaks, CA

Dr. Assil is the Medical Director of Conejo Pain Specialists Medical Group, which is a multidisciplinary, interventional, and comprehensive pain practice located in Thousand Oaks, CA. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, fellowship trained, and subspecialty board certified in pain management. He received a Bachelor of Science with honors in Psychobiology from UCLA and Medical Degree from USC Keck School of Medicine. He completed two pain management fellowships, the first at State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY and the second at the Manhattan Center of Pain Management, Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He is an active member of various medical societies, including the North American Neuromodulation Society, American Medical Association, Ventura County Medical Association, and Spine Intervention Society.


Bainbridge
 

J Scott Bainbridge, MD

Greenwood Village, CO

Dr. Bainbridge received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, graduating as an officer of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he served as Co-Chief Resident. Dr. Bainbridge has achieved board certification through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1992), American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (1996), and American Board of Pain Medicine (2010). He co-founded Denver Back Pain Specialists (www.DenverBackPainSpecialists.com) in 2012.

Dr. Bainbridge is a senior spinal injection procedure instructor, and has served on the Board of Directors, and as the Research Committee Chair for the Spine Intervention Society. He has been a board examiner for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Bainbridge's professional organizational memberships include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine Intervention Society, North American Spine Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, AMA, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Bainbridge is actively involved in carrying out clinical research and spine program development. Dr. Bainbridge enjoys time with his family, running, biking, coaching, Tai Chi, and the simple joys of life.


Barbosa
 

Armando Barbosa, MD

Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. Barbosa completed is Medical Degree at Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Lisboa in 1996. After that he attended the General Internship at Hospital Capuchos, Lisbon. He obtained his complementary internship in Anesthesiology Recovery and Pain Management at Hospital Fernando Fonseca (1999-2003) in Lisbon and his Internship in Pain Management at Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain (2001). In 2002, he founded his private pain clinic, Paincare, with two locations across the country.

Dr. Barbosa has been member of the Spine Intervention Society since 2005 and an instructor since 2011. He organized the congress "Spine Pain” in 2008 in Lisbon and co- organized 2009 the Spine Intervention Society's European Congress in Oporto.


Barkow
 

Stephen Barkow, MD

Dana Point, CA

Dr. Barkow is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and has dual boards in Pain Management. Dr. Barkow is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center. He frequently lectures at educational conferences and instructs other Pain Specialists in workshops that apply the most recent and effective modalities available in Interventional Pain Management. He was recently named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association.


Bundschu
 

Richard Bundschu, MD

Bradenton, FL

Dr. Bundschu has been a Master Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society since 2001. He currently practices at Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management in Bradenton, FL. He completed his Transitional Year Internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL then his residency in Anesthesiology and his Fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management by ABA (with added qualification in Pain Management), ABPM, ABIPP, FIPP. He enjoys spending his free time training for triathlons and has completed a full Ironman distance (140.6 mile) as well as two half Ironman’s (70.3 mile).


Calodney
 

Aaron Calodney, MD, FIPP

Tyler, TX

Dr. Calodney earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed a family medicine internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, New York. His residency in anesthesiology and subsequent interventional pain management fellowship was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at the Denver Children's Hospital.

Dr. Calodney is Past President of the Texas Pain Society. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and advisory Board for the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Calodney is board certified in Anesthesiology and carries subspecialty certification in Pain Management through the American Board of Anesthesiology. With particular interest in Spine and special interests including Neuromodulation and Intrathecal Drug Delivery, Biological treatment of the painful degenerative disc, Peripheral nerve injury, and Radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Calodney has presented and published many articles and textbook chapters.


Carrino
 

John Carrino, MD, MPH

New York, NY

Dr. Carrino is an internationally renowned radiologist with particular expertise in diagnostic imaging and percutaneous image-guided intervention. He is a coauthor on over 200 peer reviewed publications in a variety of areas.

Dr. Carrino has strong interests in musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging using multiple modalities (Magnetic Resonance, Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, Radiography), image guided therapy (IGT), medical informatics, and health services research. He has an extensive research background with previous NIH awards and also brings to bear a strong foundation in information technology. Dr. Carrino is an active participant in several medical societies related to musculoskeletal imaging, interventional radiology, MRI and informatics. He has participated in the leadership of several national and international scientific and professional societies. He has served on the Advisory Committee of the FDA Radiology Devices Panel, looking at computer aided diagnosis. He is a formal collaborator in the Laboratory for Imaging in Surgery, Therapy and Radiology at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Carrino received a B.S. degree in biology and an M.D. degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He also had the benefit of a military scholarship with his payback time spent at the U.S. Air Force’s premier medical treatment facility, Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, an academic healthcare enterprise within the Department of Defense. Dr. Carrino performed his Radiology training at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is a member of the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals and an associate editor for Arthritis & Rheumatism.


Cohen
 

Isaac Cohen, MD

Stamford, CT

Dr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from McGill University, where he graduated with Distinction. He received his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training in Spine and Occupational Medicine at Boston's New England Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Cohen has been practicing at The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Trumbull, CT since 2001. Dr. Cohen is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, His professional affiliations include: The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,  Spine Intervention Society, North American Spine Society, and American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Quinnipiac School of Medicine. He has been a member of the Spinal Intervention Society since 2001 and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Spine Intervention Society Education Division.


Costello
 

Thomas Costello, DO

New Hope, PA

Dr. Costello is a Board certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management specialist. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital system and Pain Management fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pa. After completing his fellowship in 1989 he entered into private practice in Philadelphia. He continues practicing Pain Medicine in Philadelphia today and is on the staff of Jeanes Hospital, Temple University Health system. Additionally, Dr. Costello serves on the Board of Governors of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Costello has been a member of Spine Intervention Society since 1992.


Czuk-Smith
 

Diane Czuk-Smith, MD

Saginaw, MI

Dr. Czuk-Smith is a graduate of Adrian College and was honored as "Young Alumni of the Year” in 2005. Dr. Czuk-Smith earned an M.D. as a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed a residency in internal medicine and anesthesiology followed by a sub specialization year in pain medicine at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Czuk-Smith is a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiology, with sub specialty and certification in pain medicine. She also holds board certification from the American Academy of Pain Medicine and is defined as an algiatrist.

Dr. Czuk-Smith has served as a Spine Intervention Society instructor since 2001 and a clinical instructor for the University of Michigan and Society of Pain Practice Medicine. In 2010 she was honored for patient advocacy and elected by the governor to become a” Kentucky Colonel”. In the same year, Dr. Czuk-Smith presented and published clinical data from a 4 year study at Matrix Pain Management titled;"Pulse Radiofrequency vs. Epidural Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Refractory Radicular Pain”. Serving patients for over 20 years has been an everyday passion and privilege.


DeFrancesch
 

Fred DeFrancesch, MD

LaPlace, LA

Dr. Fred DeFrancesch, graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in May 1995 and followed at LSU with a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury and Pain Medicine, and has served 10 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor at both LSU and Tulane Schools of Medicine. During that time he also served as active faculty in the ACGME accredited Pain Fellowship at LSU.

Dr. DeFrancesch is the founder of NeuroMuscular Medical Associates, a private, multi-specialty group with multiple locations serving southeast Louisiana. He has also founded a private, twelve month fellowship training physicians in spinal interventions and advanced techniques, in association with Interventional Spine Specialists, which includes instruction from the esteemed Dr. Charles Aprill. Dr. DeFrancesch is an active member of various medical societies including, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Pain Medicine and the Spine Intervention Society.


Derby
 

Richard Derby, MD

Daly City, CA

Dr. Derby is the Medical Director of Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Center and CEO of Comprehensive Spine Diagnostics Medical Group in Daly City, CA. He is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Derby received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Medical Degree from the University of California at Irvine. He completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Derby is currently on the Executive Board, Past President and Founding Member of the Spine Intervention Society. He is an active member of several professional societies including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, North American Spine Society, International Intradiscal Therapy Society and the World Institute of Pain. He holds journal, editorial and review committee memberships for several professional publications including Pain Medicine, The Spine Journal, Spine, The Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Practice, and Pain Digest. Awards received include: Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Best Doctor in America (2007-2008), Friend of ASIPP Award (2007), and Sofamor-Danek Posterior Award (1998).

Further, Dr. Derby has given more than 250 invited lectures, presentations and workshops and is a prolific author with over 130 publications including 20 invited book chapters.


Diehn
 

Felix Diehn, MD

Rochester, MN

Dr. Diehn is a Consultant and Assistant Professor in Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1998 with an AB in Biochemical Sciences. He received his MD from Mayo Medical School in 2003, including a one-year appointment as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. He completed a transitional internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Diehn returned to Mayo for radiology residency, as well as a neuroradiology fellowship as a Mayo Clinic Scholar. He received his diagnostic radiology board certification in 2008, and his certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology in 2010.

Dr. Diehn joined the Mayo Clinic neuroradiology staff in 2009. He interprets neuroimaging examinations and performs image-guided procedures in the spine and head and neck. He is actively involved in clinical research and teaching trainees at all levels. Dr. Diehn regularly lectures at local, national, and international meetings. He is an active member of several societies, including the Spine Intervention Society, American Society of Neuroradiology, American College of Radiology, American Society of Spine Radiology, and Radiological Society of North America.



 

Vlad Djuric, MD

Toronto, Canada

Dr. Djuric received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After obtaining his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio, he completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University, followed by fellowship training in Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine at Louisiana State University Medical Center. While there, he had the privilege of training with the esteemed Dr. Charles Aprill.

Dr. Djuric developed an interventional pain practice in Northeastern Ohio, where he worked for 15 years and served as Clinical Assistant Professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine.  He currently practices in Toronto, Ontario and also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine/PM&R at McMaster University. In addition to the interventional management of spinal pain, Dr. Djuric’s clinical interests include regenerative medicine.


Dreyfuss
 

Paul Dreyfuss, MD

Kirkland, WA

Dr. Dreyfuss earned his undergraduate and medical training from The Ohio State University with honors. He completed his PM&R residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 1992. He is currently in practice in Kirkland, WA at Evergreen Healthcare while also a Clinical Professor with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.

Dr. Dreyfuss has earned several honors including the "Richard and Hinda Rosenthal” and "Distinguished Clinician” Awards from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He won the "Excellence in Research Writing” award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists. He won the "Outstanding Paper” award from the North American Spine Society for this work on the IDET randomized controlled trial.

Dr. Dreyfuss has been strongly involved in basic science and clinical research while in private practice. He has completed and published 30 primary research projects. Additionally, he has written 30 book chapter or review papers on spinal interventions. Additionally, Paul was a contributor to the Spine Intervention Society Practice Guidelines. He has lectured nationally and internationally for more than 18 years.

Dr. Dreyfuss taught his first Spine Intervention Society cadaveric course in 1993. His loyalty to the society is self-evident through his cadaveric lab teaching, annual meeting lectures, completion of Spine Intervention Society funded research, and previous research and annual meeting chairmanship positions as well as a Spine Intervention Society presidency.

Dr. Dreyfuss has been very involved in advocacy efforts the last few years to allow patients access to interventional care. He has helped address non-coverage policies for both worker's compensation and private payers and currently is the co-chair of a multi-society workgroup, which provides recommendations for future Interventional Pain LCDs.


Endres
 

Stephen Endres, MD

Eau Claire, WI

Dr. Endres received his American Board of Anesthesiology certificate in 1987 and his American Board Subspecialty in Pain Management in 1994. Dr. Endres completed his Anesthesiology Residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN in 1985. Dr. Endres was the first physician in western Wisconsin to use fluoroscopy when performing spinal injections and procedures.

He has continued to be a Master Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society with the course instruction internationally for the last fifteen years in all aspects in diagnostic intraspinal and extraspinal diagnostic and therapeutic radiographic techniques. Dr. Endres has also served as the Spine Intervention Society President and Education Committee Chair.

It has always been Dr. Endres' mission to see patients with chronic pain problems as quickly as possible and in the process, develop a relationship with them to sort out the cause of their pain and identify other issues involved in the suffering.


Frazier
 

Lewis Frazier, Jr, MD

Plano, TX

Dr. Frazier is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Fellow of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, having completed his residency training at Stanford University PM&R program in 1995. His practice is focused on the clinical, electrodiagnostic, and interventional diagnosis of musculoskeletal and peripheral nerve related pain and has included serving in numerous teaching capacities for some 15 years, including all of the Spine Intervention Society courses multiple times, various intradiscal therapies, and has been invited to speak at NASS, various medical schools and residencies, as well as other venues as a recognized expert in the field of interventional spinal procedures including neuromodulation trials and permanent implantation in all spinal regions. He currently serves on the Spine Intervention Society education committee and has a great passion for teaching and learning spine related medicine. Dr. Frazier has been voted D Magazine "Best Doctor" in Dallas as voted by his peers multiple times and is a leader in providing precision spinal diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures.


Fuller
 

Nicholas Fuller, MD

Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Fuller is a partner of Westside Anesthesia Services and provides pain management and intraoperative anesthesia to patients in Beverly Hills, California.He is a diplomat of the American Boards of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.His undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at Austin and his medical degree was obtained at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School) and pain management fellowship at the University of Washington. He is a past Director of In-patient Pain Management at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and attending physician at the Cedars-Sinai Pain Clinic in Los Angeles, California. He has been a member of the Spine Intervention Society since 1998 and an instructor since 2003 attaining Master level in 2013.


Fuller
 

Michael Furman, MD

York, PA

Michael B. Furman, MD, MS is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with sub-specialization in Pain medicine and Sports medicine. He earned his BSE and MS in Chemical Engineering respectively from University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, received his Medical Degree from Temple University, finished internship at York Hospital followed by residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital. He completed his Interventional Pain fellowship at Georgia Pain Physicians, Atlanta.

He has been in private practice since 1995 with OSS Health in York, PA. He is the Founder and Director of the Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine Fellowship at OSS Health and has trained over 60 fellows. Dr. Furman has been course director and/or instructor at many AAPM&R, PASSOR, NASS, and the Spine Intervention Society’s spinal procedure workshops and courses. He has received several awards for his teaching, service, and clinical care including the PASSOR Distinguished Clinician Award, AAPM&R Musculoskeletal Council Service Award, and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Lectureship Award. He is the lead editor and author of Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures. and has authored numerous original publications and chapters.

He has served on numerous AAPM&R, PASSOR, RPC, NASS, and Spine Intervention Society committees and task forces including non-operative treatments, research, medical education, clinical guidelines, maintenance of certification, credentialing, billing-coding, finance, and bylaws. He was chair of the AAPM&R Resident Physician Council, has served on the PASSOR Board of Governors and the AAPM&R Board of Governors.


Goodman
 

Bradley Goodman, MD

Birmingham, AL

Dr. Goodman is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who practices spinal and musculoskeletal intervention at the Alabama Orthepedic Spine and Sports Medicine Associates in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Goodman has been a Spine Intervention Society instructor since 1998. He has published extensively in spinal intervention in various spine, pain and pm&r journals as well as book chapters. Dr. Goodman and his partners (Drs. Mallempati and Carnel) supervise a spine, sports and musculoskelatal fellowship with an emphasis on fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided interventions.


Gupta
 

Sanjeeva Gupta, FFPMRCA

Leeds, UK

Dr. Sanjeeva Gupta has been a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK, since 1999. He has a special interest in precision diagnosis and management of spinal pain, chronic postoperative pain, CRPS, neuropathic pain and interventions in the presence of acute pathological conditions. He is an editor of two Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Pain Medicine and Oncology - Spinal Interventions in Pain Management and Practical Management of Complex Cancer Pain. He is also an editor of the books “Symptom Oriented Pain Management”, “Interventional Pain Management - A Practical Approach” and a Guest Editor of “World Clinics: Pain Management”.

Dr. Gupta was appointed as the Educational Meetings Advisor to the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, in October 2009 and has organized several courses and meetings. He is an Examiner for the Faculty of Pain Medicine. He developed the only European Course on Imaging and Investigation in Pain Medicine and is the Co-Director of the Leeds Cadaver Course which has been running successfully for several years now (www.paincourse.co.uk/). He is also an instructor for Spine Intervention Society's cadaver courses in Europe.

Dr. Gupta is the Chair of the multidisciplinary spinal pain pathway committee, which developed the British Pain Society and Map of Medicine low back pain and radicular pain pathway (http://bps.mapofmedicine.com/evidence/bps/low_back_and_radicular_pain1.html). He is the Founder of the North England Pain Medicine Group and is an International advisor for the Global Update in Pain Meeting in Mumbai, India (www.painfoundationindia.com).


Hammond
 

Anthony Hammond, MD

Kent, UK

Dr. Hammond graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School in 1980 and trained in general medicine and rheumatology in Bristol, Bath (RNHRD) and London (Hammersmith and St Bart's) gaining an MD in 1991 for research in SLE He was appointed Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at Maidstone Hospital in 1992 and elected FRCP in 1996.

Currently, he is Honorary Consultant and Head of Rheumatology Research at Maidstone Hospital, practices privately in Kent and London and is a founding partner and Clinical Chairman of the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery, a new independent hospital.

Dr. Hammond has specific clinical interests in immunological therapies for RA and inflammatory arthritis as well as the interventional management of back and neck pain, particularly intervertebral disc derangements. He maintains an active interest in research and is Chairman of the NIHR musculoskeletal division of the CLRN in Kent.



 

G Michael Hess, MD

Munich, Germany

Dr. G. Michael Hess, M.D. is board certified for orthopedic surgery and pain therapy. He graduated from Medical School at the University Dusseldorf in 1995, completed his residency in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and at the Spine Center at Orthopaedische Klinik Muenchen-Harlaching. After a fellowship in spine surgery and interventional radiology at the University Hospital in Quebec City, Canada, he was appointed Head of the Back Pain Center at Orthopaedische Klinik Muenchen-Harlaching in 2001. In 2003 Dr. Hess went into private practice and was consultant at the OCM - Orthopedic Center Munich, where he was responsible for minimal-invasive spine surgery and interventional pain therapy until 2015.

Since January 2016 Dr. Hess is consultant at WIM - Wirbelsaeuleninstitut Muenchen and Medical Director of EPC - EuroPainClinics in Bratislava (SK) and Prague (CZ).

Dr. Hess is Master Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) in the US and Europe since 2003. From 2006 to 2015 he served as president of the German Interventional Spine Society (GIW e.V.)

Dr. Hess is an internationally renowned expert in the field of minimal-invasive spine surgery and interventional pain therapy. He is lecturer of more than 100 scientific presentations and is invited world wide as guest surgeon.


Hilgenhurst
 

Graf Hilgenhurst, MD

Brentwood, TN

Dr. Hilgenhurst is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and Rush Medical College in Chicago. He completed an internship in general surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes, and a residency in Anesthesiology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY. He completed a Fellowship in Pain Management at The University of Cincinnati. He was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Tufts Medical School, and on staff at New England Medical Center in Boston before going into private practice. He founded Precision Pain Care in Smyrna, TN (outside of Nashville) in 2006, where he is currently Medical Director. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management, and has been a Spine Intervention Society instructor since 2011. He is an avid bicyclist, and rides with local bike clubs in and around Middle Tennessee. His latest interest is in volunteering and instructing for Street Survival.org, an organization that teaches safe driving techniques to teenage drivers, where he is Chief Instructor.


Hollifield
 

David Hollifield, MD

Snellville, GA

Dr. Hollifield is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. He is a graduate of the University Of Cincinnati School Of Medicine and finished his residency at the University Hospital in Cincinnati OH. He is presently in Private Practice in the greater Atlanta area and has been an Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society since 2004. He has held positions as associate professor at the Emory University and The VA Medical Center in Atlanta and Assistant Professor of PMR at the University Hospital Dept. of PMR in Cincinnati OH.


Hollifield

Scott Horn, DO

Norfolk, VA

Dr. Horn is an interventional spine and musculoskeletal physiatrist at a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He earned his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill. After completing his fellowship training in Interventional Spine Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, he began his service on the Spine Intervention Society's Socioeconomic Committee (now Health Policy Division) and Coding Subcommittee as well as the NASS Coding Committee. He volunteers as faculty for spinal injection and coding courses and holds an appointment as The Spine Intervention Society's Advisor to the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel.


Houden
 

Timothy Houden, MD

Ogden, UT

Dr. Houden is a board certified Anesthesiologist with subspecialty in Pain Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Intermountain Health Care Pain Management Services as well as the President of Utah Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Houden is a Master level Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society and is on the Controlled Substance task force for Utah Medical Association.


Jones
 

Rodney Jones, MD

Wichita, KS

Dr. Jones is Board Certified in Anesthesiology with a subspecialty in pain medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Jones is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas College of Medicine at Wichita, Vice President Kansas Spine Institute, and Medical Director of Midwest Surgery Center. In addition he is an active Spine Intervention Society course instructor and the past Spine Intervention Society Advisor to RUC (Resource Based Relative Value System (RBRVS) Update Committee).


Kaufmann
 

Timothy Kaufmann, MD

Rochester, MN

Dr. Kaufmann is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he specializes in diagnostic neuroradiology and image-guided procedures including spine interventions for pain management. He is active in clinical practice, research, and education, and he lectures and teaches in a variety of contexts locally and nationally. He was recognized for his outstanding clinical work and professionalism with the Mayo Clinic Individual Award for Service Excellence in 2013.

Dr. Kaufmann received a B.S. in Biology and an M.D. at the University of Illinois. He received his Diagnostic Radiology residency training at the University of Virginia and was designated a Research Resident there. He also completed an M.S. in Health Evaluation Sciences from the University of Virginia. He then received Neuroradiology fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology. He has been a consulting staff member at Mayo Rochester since 2004. He is an active member of multiple professional medical societies and serves on the editorial boards of two medical journals.


Kennedy
 

D.J. Kennedy, MD

Redwood City, CA

Dr. Kennedy is a Clinical Associate Professor and the PM&R Residency Program Director at Stanford University where his practice focuses on non-operative and interventional spine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle where he served as Chief Resident, and then a Spine and Sports Fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He currently serves as the Treasurer of SIS, and has previously on the research division and as the chair of Standards Division. He has also chaired the Annual Program Planning committee for SIS for several years. He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. He is on the editorial board for Pain Medicine and is a Senior Editor for the PM&R journal. He is on the board of Trustees for the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) as chair of the Membership Committee, and a Member at Large on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).


Klessinger
 

Stephan Klessinger, MD

Ulm, Germany

Dr. Klessinger is a board certified neurosurgeon since 2004. He graduated from Freiburg (Germany) University Medical School 1997. His Ph.D. (Dr. med.) was written 1997 in the field of Experimental Embryology. He completed residencies at the Department of Neurosurgery University of Erlangen, Germany and University of Essen, Germany.

In June 2005 Dr. Klessinger started to work in a practice in Biberach, Germany. The Department of Neurosurgery is run by two neurosurgeons. They are specialized in spinal pain therapy and spine surgery. Patients are treated in a practice setting or in two neighboring hospitals where Dr. Klessinger is consultant neurosurgeon.

Dr. Klessinger is associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Ulm University, Germany. He is leading a research group and is teaching Neurosurgery. A scientific interest of Dr. Klessinger, including international publications, is in radiofrequency neurotomy and zygapophysial joint pain.

In his free time Dr. Klessinger plays violin/viola in chamber music and orchestra or occasionally the church organ.


Koshi
 

Edvin Koshi, MD

Halifax, Canada

Dr. Koshi completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University, Canada, where he was the Chief Resident. He is a Fellow in Pain Medicine from Dalhousie University and Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice from the World Institute of Pain. He is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University. He is a lecturer and OSCE examiner of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University. He is the Founder and the Medical Director of Halifax Spine and Pain Institute.

Dr. Koshi is a Fellow of the American Academy of the Disability Evaluating Physician. He is certified in Evaluation of Disability and Impairment Rating from this Academy. He is a certified Independent Medical Examiner by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He is certified in Evaluation of Functional Capacity Testing by Metrics Education Inc. He is a reviewer for the “Pain Practice”, the official journal of World Institute of Pain. Dr. Koshi is the Chair of Pain and Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is the Chair of the Canadian Section of the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Koshi serves as an instructor for the Spine Intervention Society, Canadian Interventional Pain Course and World Institute of Pain.

Dr. Koshi is the winner of the 2006 Ernest W. Johnson Excellence in Research Writing Award for the best paper written by a resident. He is the winner of the “Best Subspecialty Resident Poster Presentation” at Dalhousie University Department of Medicine Resident Research Day in 2004 and 2005. Dr. Koshi received an “Excellence” in Evaluation of Disability and Impairment Rating from the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians in 2008. Dr. Koshi has been nominated for the Gold-headed Cane Award of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in year 2011 and 2012.

Dr. Koshi is a member of the Education Division and Continuous Medical Education Planning Committee of the Spine Intervention Society. He is also a member of the International Education Task Force of the Spine Intervention Society. He won the Spine Intervention Society “Top Instructor Award” in 2014.


Landers
 

Milton Landers, DO, PhD

Wichita, KS

Dr. Landers has practiced Interventional Pain since 1987. His current practice specializes in Interventional Pain/Non-Surgical Spine with Kansas Spine Institute, Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Landers is currently Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Kansas, School of Medicine-Wichita. He graduated from the University of Oregon with B.S. in Philosophy and Biology, and a M.S. Biology/ Developmental Genetics; University of Vermont, Ph.D. Zoology/Cell Biology; University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.; Tulsa Regional Medical Center, Internship; Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, Anesthesiology Residency. He is Board certified in Anesthesia and Pain Management.

Dr. Landers was the Chief of Anesthesia Services, USAF Regional Medical Center, Elmendorf, Alaska; Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association, Founding member and past member of the Board of Trustees; Spine Intervention Society, Education Committee, Spine Intervention Society Secretary and Chair of Education Committee; the Spine Intervention Society President and Chairman of Board of Directors; and the l Spine Intervention Society Board of Directors, Immediate Past President, Ad hoc member.


Latta
 

Hans Latta, MD

Bayreuth, Germany

Dr. Latta graduated from Medical School at the University in Würzburg, Germany in 1987. He did his residencies at Ospidal d’Engiadina Bassa, Scuol, Switzerland, Stobhill General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland, and Moffit Hospital, University of California. He then specialized in general surgery in Würzburg, Bayreuth and Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Then followed a fellowship in orthopedics and spine surgery at the Orthodedic Clinic of the Hessing-Stiftung in Augsburg, Germany with focus on minimally invasive spine surgery, endoscopic intervertebral disc surgery, intradiscal electric surgery, epidural catheter (Racz) and radiofrequency therapy. He was board certified in orthopedics in 2000. In 2002 Dr. Latta specialized in orthopedic pain management in Munich. Then he was Head of the Department of Interventional Orthopedic Pain Management at the Orthopedic Hospital Vienna-Speising in Austria (Academic teaching hospital of the University of Vienna). He is a member of the teaching staff as associated professor at the University of Oradea, Romania since 2009.

In October 2011 Dr. Latta went into private practice and opened his Orthopedic Center for Pain Management in Bayreuth, Germany. He has been a member of the Spine Intervention Society since 2005 and an instructor for this society for the past 6 years. He has been lecturing on orthopedic pain management since 2004.



David Levi, MD, FAAPMR

Virginia Beach, VA

Dr. David Levi received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as Chief Resident.  Following residency, he completed his fellowship in spine and musculoskeletal medicine in New Orleans at LSU.  In 2003, he joined APM Spine and Sports Physicians and currently practices in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Levi is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is an active member of several organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine Intervention Society, North American Spine Society, American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, and World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography.  He has lectured extensively on back and neck disorders as well as spine injection procedures.

Dr. Levi is an active researcher and published author in the fields of fluoroscopically guided spinal injections, ultrasound guided peripheral joint injections, and novel techniques in regenerative medicine.  He serves as an editorial reviewer for The Spine Journal, Pain Medicine, and PM&R journals.  Dr. Levi is the Vice-Chair of the Spine Intervention Society’s Research Division as well as a SIS bio-skills lab instructor.  In addition, he serves as an instructor and lecturer for the North American Spine Society injection courses.

Other areas of clinical interest and expertise include the use of neuro-musculoskeletal ultrasound.  He is skilled in using ultrasound to diagnose upper and lower extremity disorders as well as in the performance of ultrasound guided injections.  Dr. Levi earned facility accreditation for musculoskeletal ultrasound from the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine.  Dr. Levi was awarded the honor of “Top Docs” in Hampton Roads, Virginia 2013.


Levine
 

Steven Levine, MD

Carmel, IN

Dr. Levine is the founder of Midwest Pain and Spine, an Indiana based practice, focusing on the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of spine pain. He is a founding member and the vice president of the Society for Advanced Spinal Interventions, an organization dedicated to the education, training and professional representation of the emerging field of minimally invasive spinal surgery. He is board certified in pain management by both The American Board of Pain Medicine and The American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Levine is in frequent demand as a speaker, lecturer, and educator in the field of interventional pain medicine and minimally invasive spinal surgery.


Lutz
 

Lon Lutz, MD

St Paul, MN

Dr. Lutz is a board certified anesthesiologist with additional training in pain medicine. He received a degree in Pharmacy from North Dakota State University, where he graduated as a member of Rho Chi honor society. After a short time in practice, Dr. Lutz attended medical school at the University of North Dakota, where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 1985. Following 2 years in general surgery, Dr. Lutz completed an Anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN, and served as junior faculty for 1 year before entering private practice.

Dr. Lutz has practiced interventional pain medicine since 1992, and founded the HealthEast pain clinic in St. Paul, MN where he served as Medical Director for 20 years. He has been a Spine Intervention Society member since 1994, and has participated as an Instructor since 1996 teaching both US and European courses. Dr. Lutz has been a Master's level instructor since 1998, completing the first Master's course held in Newcastle, Australia by Dr. Nikolai Bogduk. He continues to practice in the Minneapolis St. Paul area, and is actively involved in managing 2 multi-disciplinary ambulatory surgery centers.


McCann
 

Michael McCann, MD

Houston, TX

Dr. McCann is board certified in pain management by the ABA since 1994. He graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and did his first 2 years of residency in surgery at Indiana University Medical School. He was Chief Resident at Baylor College of Medicine in anesthesiology before completing a fellowship in spine care at Baylor College of Medicine and pain management at Texas Tech University. Dr. McCann then joined the staff of Baylor College of Medicine and was the Director of the Pain Management accredited fellowship program with Assistant Professorships in the Departments of PM&R and Anesthesiology with NIH grant work in the Department of Neurosurgery focusing on work in spinal cord evoked potentials.

In 1996, he moved into private interventional spine practice at the Texas Orthopedic Hospital, but continues his teaching with the combined University of Texas and Baylor Orthopedic Spinal Surgery fellowship program.


Maes
 

Marc Maes, MD

Zemst, Belguim

Dr. Maes is a full-time pain clinician at AZJanPortaels, Vilvoorde in Belgium. He cares for patients with subacute and chronic pain, with special emphasis on cancer pain and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for back and neck pain. He is a certified Anesthesiologist since 1984 and Acute Medicine in 2003. He completed his fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice in Budapest in 2002.

Dr. Maes has been a Spine Intervention Society member since 2004 and a Board member of the Vlaamse Anesthesiologische Vereniging Pijnbestrijding (VAVP) since 2004. He enjoys walking, biking, tennis and reading.


Marcinowska-Kaliszczak
 

Agnieszka Marcinowska-Kaliszczak, MD

Krakow, Poland

Dr. Marcinowska-Kaliszczak graduated from medical school in 2000, she is board certified anesthesiologist with additional training in pain medicine. She received her PhD in the basic sciences. Since 2007 she is mostly interested in the pain treatment, she developed her skills in the interventional pain management in Delden, Netherlands, where she also had the chance to become a member of the Spine Intervention Society. Her primary goal now is to implement the knowledge and the achieved skills in the Polish pain centre Rugpoli Krakow, where she is the chairman.


Martin
 

Daniel Martin, MD

Richmond, VA

Dr. Martin is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management specialist. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Virginia and practiced Cardiothoracic anesthesiology in academic and private practice for five years. After his wife suffered a debilitating, traumatic cervical spine injury, he completed a Pain Medicine fellowship at the Texas Tech University Hospital in Lubbock, Texas ( the World Institute of Pain).

In 2000 he established Virginia Interventional Pain Specialists, a solo private practice, and in 2006 he joined OrthoVirginia (previously West End Orthopaedic Clinic), one of the largest private practice orthopaedic surgical groups on the United States east coast. He serves as their director of Interventional Pain Services for the Operatory and office based practices. He practices in Richmond, Virginia and specializes in interventional spinal treatments for acute and chronic pain syndromes.


Martinez
 

Kevin Martinez, MD

Metairie, LA

Dr. Martinez has practiced Interventional Pain Management since 2005. He is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as in Pain Medicine. He completed his residency in PM&R in 2004 at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where he received the Academic Excellence Award. He completed his fellowship at LSUHSC the following year under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Aprill.

He has recently moved his practice to Southern Brain and Spine in Metairie, Louisiana. He relishes the challenge of obtaining an accurate diagnosis and selecting the best available treatments. He aspires to always understand the needs of the patient in front of him.


Maus
 

Timothy Maus, MD

Rochester, MN

Dr. Maus graduated from Mayo Medical School in 1981, completed a Diagnostic Radiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1985, and subsequently joined the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology. After several years working primarily in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Dr. Maus completed a Neuroradiology Fellowship in 1994, received his Certificate of Additional Qualification in Neuroradiology in 1996 and remains a Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology.

Fostering an interest in image-guided pain interventions, Dr. Maus founded a section within Radiology to provide image-guided pain management procedures in 1999, working closely with PM&R, Neurology and Surgical colleagues in the Mayo multidisciplinary Spine Center. He has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on spine imaging and interventions, and is the Spine Intervention Society Education Committee Chair. He has been a Mayo Fellows Association Teacher of the Year in Radiology, the recipient of the Mayo Individual Award for Excellence in 2003 and 2009, and received the Carmen Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice in the Mayo Department of Radiology in 2012.


Mawe

Lief Mawe, MD

Karlstad, Sweden

Dr. Mawe graduated from medical school in 1977, specialized in family medicine and practiced for ten years as a GP in the very north of Sweden. Educated in manual medicine and later became interested in spinal injections, which open on to specialization in Anesthesiology and Pain Management in the late 90th. He became a member of the Spine Intervention Society 2001 and European instructor 2004. Practiced in Oslo in a private clinic and at the university hospital Rikshospitalet until 2008. With approval and revenue from the Swedish public health system Mawe started a private practice in Karlstad, where he has a close collaboration with the Spine surgeons and Physiotherapists. The International Spine Intervention Society standard of injections techniques is now honored and appreciated by many colleagues.


Renée S. Melfi, MD
 

Renée S. Melfi, MD

Syracuse, NY

Dr. Renée S. Melfi, graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1998.  She finished internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut.  She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was Co-Chief Resident and received the resident achievement award.  She completed a Musculoskeletal Medicine and Interventional Spine fellowship at Louisiana State University.   Dr. Melfi accomplished further advanced interventional spine training working as a staff physician under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Aprill.

Dr. Melfi is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, and Integrative Holistic Medicine. She is also certified in Medical Acupuncture.  She has been in private practice since 2004 and is the founder of Regenerative Spine & Musculoskeletal Medicine in Syracuse, NY.  Dr. Melfi is an active member in a number of societies including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Pain Medicine, Spine Intervention Society, and North American Spine Society.


Morgan
 

G Thomas Morgan, MD

Amelia Island, FL

Dr. Morgan completed his undergraduate training at Michigan State University, where he graduated from the Honors College, Magna Cum Laude, in 1978 and received President Harden’s "Outstanding Senior Award”. He then attended Wayne State University for his medical training and graduated in 1982 and was awarded the Ciba Company’s "Outstanding Student Award” by his graduating classmates for his academic performance and community service. He completed his internship and residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit in 1985. He served as chief resident during his senior year of residency. He became Board Certified in PM&R in 1986 and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Michigan State University during 1985-1968. Dr. Morgan did his Interventional Spine training with Dr. Rick Derby at the San Francisco Spine Institute in 1992. He then became Board Certified in Pain Medicine. Dr. Thomas Morgan is a member of the Spine Center of Southern Georgia. The Morgan’s now also live on Amelia Island in Florida.


Mylenbusch
 

Heidi Mylenbusch, MD, PhD

Delden, Netherlands

Dr. Mylenbusch is board certified anesthesiologist with sub specialty and certification in Pain Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Diving Medicine. She completed her medical degree at the University of Cologne in 1986 and the internship Anesthesiology and specializations in 1996 at the University of Göttingen (Germany).

Since 2003 Dr. Mylenbusch is working in the Netherlands as independent anesthesiologist and pain therapist. After 10 more years of clinical practice at the Hospital Ziekenhuisgroep in Almelo, she joined in 2012 the team of Dr. Michiel Schepers at the Rugpoli Twente in Delden, Netherlands. In this multidisciplinary spine center, she could intensify her specialization in several spine therapies, including Ortho Manual Therapy. She is a fellow of the Dutch and the German Society of Anesthesiologists, member of WIP, and since 2012 of the Spine Intervention Society.


Naftulin
 

Scott Naftulin, DO

Orefield, PA

Dr. Naftulin received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1987.  After completion of an Internship and Family Practice residency at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York, NY. He then completed his Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Electromyography at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.  

 

Dr. Naftulin is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by both the American Osteopathic Association and ABPMR.  He has subspecialty certification in Pain medicine.  He is past president of the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He is a clinical professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and at DeSales University.  

 

Dr. Naftulin is a physician partner at NERA Spine, Sports & Pain Medicine in Eastern Pennsylvania. He was recognized as a master instructor for the Spine Intervention Society in 2011.  Dr. Naftulin serves on the education committee and international task force for the Spine Intervention Society. 

 


Patel
 

Nileshkumar Patel, MD, MBA

Bradenton, FL

Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of Wales, UK with an Interventional pain fellowship from the Cleveland Clinic. Over the last 20 years, he has actively pursued his passions of research and teaching. He has over 30 original peer-reviewed publications and in addition, has contributed to book chapters, reviews, and letters to editors. He is active on the teaching circuit, having (lectured and/or cadaver courses) taught at over 200 venues in the US and abroad. This includes teaching for the Spine Intervention Society, ASA, ASIPP, WIP as well as academic programs. Much of his recent teaching has focused on risk mitigation, and managing complications, and on delivery models that demonstrate cost effectiveness of Interventional Pain. He also teaches graduate students in bioethics and bio-economics.


Popescu
 

Adrian Popescu, MD

Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Popescu is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the Site Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship at VAMC Philadelphia and a core faculty for the Pain Medicine Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chief Resident, followed by a Pain Medicine fellowship with the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He fosters a special interest in residents and fellows' education in spine disorders and pain medicine. Dr. Popescu serves on the Spine Intervention Society Standards Division's Evidence Analysis and Patient Safety Committees.


Pupiales
 

Miguel Pupiales, MD

Albuquerque, MN

Dr. Pupiales received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He served two years as a flight surgeon for 3rd of the 3rd SF Group. Completing his anesthesia residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Pupiales was medical director of the pain clinic at Darnell Army Community hospital. After the military Dr. Pupiales practiced interventional pain in Iowa at Covenant Medical Center and at Presbyterian Hospital in New Mexico. Following two years of practice at Interventional Medical Associates of Bellingham, he currently is in private practice at Pain Free NM.


Rittenberg
 

Josh Rittenberg, MD

Oakland, CA

Dr. Rittenberg is Chief of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. He is a Spine Intervention Society Senior Faculty member and has instructed and lectured at numerous of the society's Bio-Skills Workshops. He is the Chair of the Spine Intervention Society Education Division and has served on the Annual Scientific Meeting Planning Committee . Dr. Rittenberg attended medical school at New York Medical College and completed his internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. He received his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed a fellowship in Interventional Spine at the Florida Spine Institute. He spent 10 years on faculty at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has published original research, review articles, and book chapters in the areas of interventional and rehabilitative spine care.


Rosenthal
 

Richard Rosenthal, MD

Provo, UT

Dr. Rosenthal is the author of the recently published app on emergency protocols for the spinal injectionist. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Nexus Pain Care. He has enjoyed lecturing for numerous organizations throughout the world for the past twelve years, including the Spine Intervention Society where he is a Master Instructor. He has a great interest in helping to advance the field of interventional pain management and has developed a private fellowship program in Interventional Pain Management that has trained 17 fellows to date. Dr. Rosenthal has published several articles and book chapters. He is especially interested in the use of radiofrequency for the treatment of pain, and is the author of the widely read chapter on the radiofrequency procedures in Waldman’s Pain Management. Most recently Dr. Rosenthal’s clinic was awarded the World Institute of Pain Excellence in Pain Practice award. Dr. Rosenthal is the Editor for Interventional Pain for the journal Practical Pain Management and a manuscript reviewer for the journal Pain Medicine.


Sabatino
 

Anthony Sabatino, MD

Carmel, IN

Dr. Sabatino earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed an Internship in General Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a Residency in Anesthesiology at University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York. Dr. Sabatino is board certified in Anesthesiology. He has earned three separate pain boards through The American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pain Medicine, and the World Institute of Pain.

Dr. Sabatino is a long standing member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Editorial Board. He holds an Affiliate Professorship in the Department of Neurosurgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He will complete his MBA in 2014. Dr. Sabatino is awaiting patent approval of a novel spine device, and enjoys pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities.

Dr. Sabatino has been a member of the Spine Intervention Society since 1993, and was awarded “Master Instructor” status in 2011. He enjoys teaching other physicians “Evidenced-Based” interventional spinal procedures. Dr. Sabatino is happily married to his high school sweetheart, and has two wonderful sons. He enjoys golf, travel, and music.


Saeger
 

Louis Saeger, MD

Stillwater, MN

Dr. Saeger is a partner with Midwest Spine Institute, LLC, a group of Orthopedic and Neurological spine surgeons and Interventional Pain Physicians serving Minnesota's Twin Cities region and Western Wisconsin, and is Medical Director of Injury Physicians of Minnesota, LLC. His career in pain management began in medical school at the University of Oklahoma, where he worked with Dr. Robert Foreman on mapping viscero-somatic convergence pathways in the spinothalamic tract, and in 1978, co-authored the pain clinic's patient education booklet, Coping with Pain. His anesthesiology residency and a two-year NIH pain research fellowship were in Seattle, at the University of Washington. He was among the last few physicians personally trained in regional anesthesia by both Drs. John Bonica and Danny Moore. As a Senior Fellow, he co-founded the Pain and Toxicity Research Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, where his research included studies on opioid pharmacology, anti-emetics, and the clinical introduction of PCA for bone marrow transplant patients.

Since entering private practice in 1986, Dr. Saeger has been increasingly focused on the diagnosis and treatment of spine-related pain. In the Seattle area, he was an active member of the interdisciplinary Puget Sound Spine Interest Group, serving on its board, and as President 2000-2001. He established the Interventional Division of Midwest Spine Institute in 2003, and has collaborated with Dr. Glenn Buttermann on studies of spinal biomechanics in an animal model for testing artificial discs. He has assumed a leadership role in Minnesota, serving on the chronic pain guidelines working group of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, and as President of the Minnesota Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Saeger is a long-standing member of the Spine Intervention Society, is a Spine Intervention Society instructor, Spine Intervention Society-certified in evidence-based medicine, and serves as a referee for the Pain Medicine journal.


Rosenthal
 

Michiel Schepers, MD

Delden, Netherlands

Dr. Schepers began his study of medicine in Leiden in 1979; he then completed his training in Orthomanual Medicine and Osteopathie Medicine in London. Dr. Schepers has been a member of the Spine Intervention Society since 1999 and is a present member of the Spine Intervention Society European Faculty. Since in 2011, Dr. Schepers has organized the Spine Intervention Society European Courses at the Amsterdam Medical Centre.

Dr. Schepers established the Rugpoli Foundation, multidisciplinary conservative and minimal invasive spine centers that has 3 locations in the Netherlands with 50 employees. His hobbies include spending time with his family, hunting, sailing and flying.


Schepers-Bok
 

Relinde Schepers-Bok, MD

Hengelo, Netherlands

Dr. Schepers-Bok graduated from Leiden University Medical Centre in 1991, completed a Radiology residency at the Leyenburg Hospital in 1996, and subsequently joined a Department of Radiology in four peripheral hospitals in the east part of the Netherlands, MRON. She subspecialised in Musculoskeletal Radiology as well as Spinal Imaging and Intervention.

Dr. Schepers-Bok has a special interest in image-guided pain interventions of the musculoskeletal system as well as the spine, working closely with orthopaedic collegues in one of the bigger orthopaedic centers of the Netherlands (OCON, orthopedic centre Oost Nederland), as well as with the Rugpoli Foundation. She has been a member of the Spine Intervention Society since 2004 and a European instructor since 2006.

Dr. Schepers-Bok hobbies include spending time with her family as well as hunting with hounds on horseback.


Schlimgen
 

Mark Schlimgen, MD

Eau Claire, WI

Dr. Schlimgen obtained his Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1988. He completed his medical school training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and graduated in 1992. He then went on to residency training in anesthesiology, completed his training at the University of Wisconsin in 1996. In 1996, Dr. Schlimgen began working for Eau Claire Anesthesiology working both as an Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician. The Pain Clinic of Northwestern Wisconsin became its own corporate entity in 1999. Dr. Schlimgen has worked as a full-time pain management physician since that transition. He has been a diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine since 1999. He has extensive experience in a full spectrum of interventional pain management techniques and surgical procedures. Dr. Schlimgen is honored to have been a Spine Intervention Society instructor since 2003.




Vinil Shah, MD

San Francisco, CA

Vinil Shah, MD, is an Assistant professor of Clinical Radiology in the Neuroradiology subspecialty in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed a one–year internship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 2007. Dr. Shah did his Radiology residency from 2007–2011 at UCSF, serving as chief resident in 2010. From 2011–2013, he completed a clinical fellowship and a Chief fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. From 2013–2014, Dr. Shah was a clinical fellow in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention at the same institution. In August 2014, Dr. Shah accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology in Neuroradiology at UCSF.

Dr. Shah’s research interests include studying spinal imaging biomarkers to help guide intervention and assessing clinical outcomes of spine intervention. Dr. Shah is also involved in global health and international outreach efforts and is an active member of the International Collaborations Committee of the ASNR. Other interests include structured reporting, teaching, and radiology curricula development.


Schlimgen
 

Manohar Sharma, FRCA

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr. Sharma specializes in Pain Medicine. His special interests include spinal injections including radiofrequency denervation, Trigeminal neuralgia treatment by RF and balloon compression, spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome; cordotomy and spinal neurolysis for cancer pain. His current NHS post is at Consultant Pain Medicine, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust, Liverpool, England, L9 7LJ.

Dr. Sharma’s is the Clinical Director for the Department of Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK. In addition he is Chairman of Interventional Pain Special interest group of British Pain Society and North England Pain Medicine Group. He has completed many publications and text book chapters, and is currently editing a book on Complex Cancer pain management.

Dr. Sharma is a member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, British Pain Society, Spine Intervention Society, and International Association for Study of Pain.


Shnayien
 

Samir Shnayien, MD

Rhein, Germany

Dr. Shnayien finished Medical School in 1984, and had his first encounters with spine intervention and surgery between 1984 and 1997. However it wasn't until 1998, the year he started his own practice in Linz am Rhein, Germany that he intensified his knowledge in spine intervention. During this year he was introduced to several colleagues who attended Spine Intervention Society courses and reported only good things. As his curiosity grew, he decided to visit his first Spine Intervention Society course. Since then he has attended several Spine Intervention Society courses in North America and Europe. Furthermore he found it to be important to invest a great amount of time for the further education of his staff. Through the Spine Intervention Society, his staff was able to acquire knowledge about the indications and contraindications of a certain procedure, in addition to medication, pre- and post-procedure requirements. He is very grateful to the Spine Intervention Society and happy with his practice and its applications for patients suffering from pain.


Sibell

David Sibell, MD

Portland, OR

Dr. Sibell is an Associate Professor in the Oregon Health & Science University Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. His clinical work is primarily in the OHSU Spine Center and Comprehensive Pain Center. He also serves as OHSU's Medical Director of Ambulatory Informatics. He attended University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed Residency in Anesthesiology & Fellowship in Pain Medicine at University of Virginia. When not providing care for patients who have acute and chronic spinal pain, or working to improve patient service and provider utility via OHSU's electronic health information systems, he can be found in Oregon's hills and dales, discovering the bounty that the rain has to offer.


J. Ricky Singh, MD
 

J. Ricky Singh, MD

New York, NY

Dr. Jaspal Ricky Singh is the Director of Interventional Spine in the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine and Co-Director of the Weill Cornell Spine Center. Dr. Singh is a triple-board certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, and Pain Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree at The George Washington University majoring in biology and religious studies. He then attended the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Singh went to on to fulfill a fellowship in Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Singh has been featured in the publications Super Doctors and New York Super Doctors Rising Stars Edition. He was also named the Willibald Nagler Clinical Scholar in Rehabilitation Medicine by Weill Cornell Medical College Dean Laurie Glimcher. This scholarship recognizes Dr. Singh's work in patients with discogenic pain and epidural steroid injections. 


Smuck
 

Matthew Smuck, MD

Redwood City, CA

Dr. Matthew Smuck is the Chief of PM&R and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services for Stanford Hospitals and Clinics where he specializes in the comprehensive conservative management of spine disorders. He is a Deputy Editor of The Spine Journal, Co-Editor of the Orthopedics Knowledge Update in Spine, 4th edition and is on the Assistant Editorial Board of the European Spine Journal. His research interests lie in objective measures of activity and outcomes assessment in musculoskeletal diseases, and in maximizing the effectiveness and safety of percutaneous spine interventions. Dr. Smuck regularly lectures on his research in the U.S. and abroad. His work has received research awards from numerous scientific medical societies, and he won The Spine Journal’s 2013 Outstanding Paper Award for Medical and Interventional Science.


Sorensen
 

Michael Sorensen, MD

Memphis, TN

Dr. Sorensen is a board certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with subspecialty certification in pain medicine. He graduated with a biology major, summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, followed by the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1986. His internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation was completed at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1990. Dr. Sorensen worked in private practice with musculoskeletal and occupational medicine emphasis before joining his current practice in 1998, Spine Memphis-Orthopaedic Clinic, now called OrthoMemphis. This is a multi-subspecialty orthopedic practice with an interventional and surgical spine center where he has practiced conservative and interventional spine care and electrodiagnostics. He is on the medical advisory board for Baptist Germantown Surgery Center; he has been a clinical instructor for the University of Tennessee-Memphis Family Practice Residency Program, and he has been a Spine Intervention Society instructor since 1991.


Stout
 

Alison Stout, DO

Seattle, WA

Dr. Stout is Fellowship Director at Evergreen Sport and Spine Center in Kirkland, WA where she practices full-time. Prior, she was Director of Musculoskeletal and Spine Care for VA Puget Sound and faculty for the PM&R department at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She earned her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing a preliminary year with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. Following her PM&R residency at University of Washington, she completed a musculoskeletal medicine and interventional spine fellowship in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Stout is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and Sports Medicine. She specializes in comprehensive non-operative spine and musculoskeletal care, including fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided interventions. For the Spine Intervention Society, she serves on the Education Division and the Patient Safety Committee. Other organizational involvement includes NASS (Chair of the Exercise Committee, Resident/Fellow Education Committee member), AAPMR (Program Planning Committee), AAPMU (Ultrasound Instructor) and McKenzie Institute USA (Board of Directors).


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Jeffrey Summers, MD

Flowood, MS

Dr. Summers is the Director of Interventional Pain Management Division, NewSouth NeuroSpine, in Flowood, MS. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss"), in Oxford. He attended medical school at University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson. He completed his Internship and Residency in Anesthesiology at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. Dr. Summers completed a Fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and in 1992, underwent further training in advanced pain management interventions at the Pain Relief Institute and Walton Centre for Neurosurgical Sciences, in Walton, England.

Dr. Summers is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, with Added Qualifications in Pain Management. Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review recently selected him as one of 70 of the Best Pain Management Physicians in America. Dr. Summers is currently the President and a Master Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society.


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John Tanner, MD

Oving, United Kingdom

Dr. Tanner qualified in 1977 and trained first as a GP, then an osteopath before specializing in Orthopaedic and sports medicine. He has authored three books ‘Better Back', ‘Your Guide to Back pain' commissioned by the RSM and ‘The BMA guide to Back Pain' DK 2011. He pioneered the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in tendinopathy in the UK, and has a special interest in chronic musculoskeletal and spinal pain, interventional pain relief techniques and psychological management. He is an Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society and sits on the European Faculty for this. He has established a new course for Post Graduate training for doctors in Musculoskeletal Medicine under BIMM, teaching regularly throughout the UK and Europe on minimally invasive spinal pain treatments, diagnostic ultrasound and musculoskeletal assessment. He is now President of the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine. He works at BUPA Health Centre near Bank City of London and runs his own independent multidisciplinary clinic in Chichester, West Sussex. He is also engaged in setting up a multicentred RCT on prolotherapy with Southampton and Warwick University Clinical Trials Unit.


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Zeeshan Tayeb, MD

Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Tayeb graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and his PM&R residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He is board-certified with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has also completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain from Nexus Pain Care in Provo, UT.

Dr. Tayeb is committed to the care of his patients and strives to help each patient reach optimal recovery. His training in PM&R makes him the best choice for comprehensive pain management. His approach to pain is multifaceted, beginning with assuring precise diagnosis, implementing a full-range rehabilitation program involving physical therapy, massage, and minimally invasive procedures, and education on what can be done to prevent reoccurrence.

Dr. Tayeb realizes the importance of establishing a positive rapport with each patient. He believes that through individualized treatment plans and empowering his patients he is giving them the tools to better themselves.

Dr. Tayeb holds membership in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine Interventional Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, North American Spine Society and World Institute of Pain. He has also earned various distinctions throughout his training, including the Nemunaitis Award for the highest percentile on board examinations.


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Claire Tibiletti, MD

Tyler, TX

Dr. Tibiletti has practiced Interventional Pain Management in Tyler, Texas for more than 25 years. She and her recently retired partner, David K Fletcher MD, were two of the original six founding members of the Spine Intervention Society. In 2001, Dr. Tibiletti graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health with a Master's degree in Heath Care Management. She continues to use her management skills as an owner and Board member of the physician owned Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler Texas.

Dr. Tibiletti has been a frequent instructor at Spine Intervention Society courses throughout the United States and in Germany. In addition she serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association, and was the first advisor for the Spine Intervention Society to the CPT; and RUC Committees of the AMA. She is past president of the Spine Intervention Society, current Board member, and Chair of the Health Policy Division. She continues to lend her expertise in guiding current Spine Intervention Society representation at CPT, RUC, and PCPI.


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Bradley Vilims, MD

Denver, CO

Dr. Vilims is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine. He completed his Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at the respected Bowman Gray School of Medicine, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Vilims specializes in diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections and advanced interventions, with more than 22 years of experience in interventional pain management.

Dr. Vilims is the immediate, past, CEO and President of the Colorado Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and is a member of the Colorado Pain Society, Spine Intervention Society, the North American Spine Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, the American Board of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is an Spine Intervention Society instructor, and is actively involved in the development of innovative pain medicine techniques, devices, and delivery, through his company, ADX.


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Patrick Waring, MD

Metairie, LA

Dr. Waring grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and is the product of two physician parents. He attended the University of Notre Dame graduating with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine where he received Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was named "Outstanding Graduate Resident in Anesthesiology" and authored and co-authored several papers. He is board-certified in Anesthesiology with sub-specialty certification in Pain Medicine. He practices interventional pain medicine in a solo, office-based facility practice and has been honored by selection to "Best Doctors" for the past five years. More information may be obtained on his website, www.patrickwaring.com.


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Lawrence Weil, MD

Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Weil is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with IPM Medical Group. Dr. Weil holds board certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with special qualifications in pain as well as the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is double boarded. Dr. Weil specializes in interventional pain procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, discography, spinal cord stimulation, epidural injections at all spinal levels as well as other injections and procedures including electrodiagnostic studies. Dr. Weil instructs in the performance of interventional spinal procedures on a national level through organizations including the Spine Intervention Society as well as PASSOR and other organizations. Dr. Weil also is an expert consultant for the California Medical Board. In addition, Dr. Weil is a qualified medical evaluator for the California Workers; Compensation System and CEDIR certified as well.

Dr. Weil is a 1992 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Virginia as well as a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Weil completed his pain medicine fellowship training at UC Davis Medical Center in February 1999.



 

Brian White, DO

Cooperstown, NY

Dr. White is a Physiatrist at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY where his clinical duties include interventional care of spine and musculoskeletal issues as well as electrodiagnostic medicine. In addition to full time clinical responsibilities, he serves as the Director of the PM&R student program for the Bassett-Columbia Medical School and has an appointment at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

Dr. White completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and post-baccalaureate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He attended medical school at Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and received his PM&R residency training at the Kessler Institution of Rehabilitation / UMDNJ program in West Orange, NJ. After completing residency he undertook fellowship training at the University of Massachusetts where his training included both Interventional Spine care and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. White is currently Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. He has further certification and is Board certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. His clinical interests include interventional spine care as well as musculoskeletal pain and injury. He is also interested in the effects of obesity on these clinical issues as well as the social costs and implications of obesity. He serves as the ‘at large' representative to the musculoskeletal council of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Michael Whitworth, MD

Columbus, IN

Dr. Whitworth received his undergraduate and medical education in Oklahoma, surgery internship in West Virginia and anesthesiology residency in Arkansas with an emphasis in pain management. He also holds a master’s degree in surface chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and participated in a one year surgery fellowship program after internship. He subsequently practiced pain medicine and anesthesiology in upstate New York then was on the pain faculty at the University of Kentucky for 6 years teaching pain fellows and performing liver transplant anesthesiology services. After moving to Indiana, he established his current company where he practices full time comprehensive and interventional pain medicine. Having presented advanced interventional techniques in nearly a hundred national and international conferences, he is dedicated to the pursuit of advancement of the science of the profession.


Willard
 

Frank Willard, PhD

Biddeford, ME

Dr. Willard is currently the Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Willard’s expertise is in the area of pain mechanisms; spine pain; cervical and lumbosacral spine anatomy problem-oriented learning in the medical school curriculum. He received his PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1981.

Research interests include the neurovascular anatomy of the cervical and lumbosacral spine; developing problem-oriented learn paradigms for training medical students. Current Research or Scholarship areas are: The use of transforaminal injections to address chronic pain syndromes has resulted in numerous catastrophic accidents involving iatrogenic paralysis and death following inadvertent injection of the spinal cord blood supply. We have been investigating the size and distribution of spinal medullary arteries to help physicians better protect against injuring their patients.


Wilson
 

William Wilson, MD

La Mesa, CA

Dr. Wilson is a pain fellowship trained anesthesiologist specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of pain and painful disability. He has been practicing in pain management over ten years in the San Diego area and volunteers as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the University of California Pain Program. He is a recognized specialty reviewer for group health and workers’ compensation carriers. He is a national CME course instructor on spinal injection techniques and spinal cord stimulation. Dr. Wilson earned his medical degree from Stanford University and completed an Internal Medicine internship at the Los Angeles County Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. He pursued an anesthesiology residency at Stanford University and received his pain fellowship training at the Pain Consortium of Greater Kansas. Dr. Wilson is a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California. Prior to medicine, Dr. Wilson earned a bachelor’s of aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and bioengineering from Stanford University.


Winston
 

Stephen Winston, MD

Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Winston has practiced medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1988. He received his M.D. from the University of Virginia in 1980, completed a surgical internship at the University of Florida in 1981 and then completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Iowa in 1983. After practicing for five years in Staunton, Virginia, he moved with his family to Grand Rapids. His practice has evolved from an early mixture of operative anesthesia and pain management to full time comprehensive pain management. Since 1998 he has practiced with Michigan Pain Consultants. In addition to full time private practice, Dr. Winston has been involved in medical education as an instructor with the Spine Intervention Society and as an Associate Clinical Professor with Michigan State University. Dr. Winston’s practice covers all pain types with a focus on spine related disease and post-surgical pain.


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Robert Wright, MD

Greenwood Village, CO

Dr. Wright is a board certified anesthesiologist with subspecialty training in chronic pain management. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 1983 and subsequently matriculated at Baylor College of Medicine as a "Presidential Scholar”. Following his medical doctorate he completed residency training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Utah. Dr. Wright served in the U.S. Air Force after fellowship and then went on to open Denver Pain Management, which is currently approaching its 20th year of continuous service to the Rocky Mountain Region. For over two decades Dr. Wright has served on the instructor panel of many medical pain societies while teaching techniques and proctoring for various organizations. Throughout his career he has been involved in extensive clinical research. Much of this research has focused on the safety and efficacy of novel devices, resulting in the development of innovative technology for percutaneous discectomy and radiofrequency ablation.

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