Meet the Faculty

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Faculty

Adnan Al Kaisy, MD

Adnan Al Kaisy, MD

Dr Al-Kaisy is currently Clinical Lead of the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS trust. He trained in Chronic Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool. He has a fellowship in Chronic Pain Management at University of Toronto Hospital, Canada. Dr Al-Kaisy has an international reputation as a leading expert in Pain Management and has extensive experience in working toward the advancement of electrical neuromodulation techniques within this specialty. Dr Al-Kaisy led the first multicenter and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz SCS in the management of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). He has subsequently clinically pioneered the use of this novel therapy in the management of different chronic pain conditions including the feasibility study on chronic back patients without prior surgery. He has successfully designed groundbreaking research including a randomized double blind placebo control study examining different frequency in the management of FBSS. He is the innovator of a number techniques including transgrade dorsal root ganglion stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation. Dr Al-Kaisy continues to teach and lecture on essential and pioneering topics in pain management in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is the chair of the biannual London Spine Pain Symposium at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital.

Fabricio Assis, MD

Fabricio Assis, MD

Director, Singular Pain Management Center – Campinas, SP Brazil

Fabricio Assis, MD is one of the founders of the Brazilian Society of interventional Pain Physicians (SOBRAMID) and its first president 2013-2015. Dr. Assis is involved in lots of educational projects and had trained physicians in interventional pain all over the world in he last 10 years. Nine years ago, he started a very successful training program in Interventional Pain in Brazil, where physicians from all over the country and neighbor ones from Latin America come once a month during a year. This project was replicated in Budapest in 2017 named as Pain School International. Dr. Assis is also one of the directors of the WIP Workshop in Miami.
Dr. Assis became a certified pain specialist at the Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, in 1998. Since that he began his work in interventional pain management and focused his work mainly on chronic pain patients, performing all kinds of procedures. He had participated in courses and traineeships in Hungary, England, Turkey, the Netherlands, the US, and several other countries. In 2007 he became a WIP-certified Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP). Today Dr. Assis works at Singular – Pain Management Center, an EPP (Excellence in Pain Practice) Center in Campinas, SP, and is a member of the pain team at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in São Paulo.

Steve Aydin, DO

Steve Aydin, DO

Dr. Aydin is Clinical Assistant Professor at Hofstra – Northwell Health School of Medicine, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC. In, 2010 after completing an anesthesia-based pain management fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System, he joined the clinical staff at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. He then went on to joining Kayal Orthopaedic Center and developed the Pain and Spine Center with his colleagues.
In addition to specializing and being board certified in pain management, Dr. Aydin is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He completed his training at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, in New Jersey. He is board certified in Pain Management through the American Board of PMR, as well as carries a board certification from American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. Furthermore, he is certified in Regenerative Medicine through the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP).
He has written several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on pain management. He has published journal articles on regenerative medicine, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, phantom pain, and radiculopathy, as well as book chapters on the treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, interventional pain techniques/injections, regenerative medicine treatments, and core strengthening in athletes. He is also PMR section editor for the Pain Physician Journal. And Regenerative Medicine section editor for Interventional Pain Management Reports Journal.
He is an active member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Association of PMR. He participates on the board for ASIPP, as well as a faculty member for ASIPP’s Interventional Pain Management courses.
For his commitment to treating patients, teaching, and research he was given the Teacher of the Year Award in 2014, for the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical School. He has also been awarded the Gold Humanism Honors Award, the University of Michigan’s “Make a Difference Award,” and “The Outstanding Male Senior Award” at Cook College – Rutgers University, for his commitment to community service and patient care. Dr. Aydin has also been recognized for his patient care and practice on the New York Times Magazine’s “Super Doctors.”
Dr. Aydin has given several lectures and workshops, nationally and internationally, in topics in pain management, regenerative medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has an avid interest in interventional pain procedures, as well as regenerative medicine.

Erica Bartoloni, PA-C

Erica Bartoloni, PA-C

Erica is a board-certified, New York-licensed Physician Assistant.  She earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Wagner College in 2011 and began her career as a PA with Manhattan Spine & Pain, working primarily at Lenox Hill Hospital as an inpatient pain management consultant. After 5 years in this position, Erica transitioned to a surgical PA position with Lenox Hill Hospital’s Division of Plastic Surgery and also serves as a student preceptor. This is her fourth year speaking at NY/NJSIPP.

Doug Beall, MD

Doug Beall, MD

Douglas P. Beall, MD, attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Following residency, he was Chief of Interventional Services at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. He then completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was trained in interventional spine techniques before returning to the US Air Force as Division Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology. Following the service in the US Air Force Dr. Beall was chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology and Fellowship Director at the Univiersity of Oklahoma prior to entering private practice as the Chief of Services. 41 In addition to his expertise in musculoskeletal imaging and interventional spine care, Dr. Beall is actively involved in teaching and research. He is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology, has an added fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology, is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice and board certified by the World Institute of Pain. He is currently in private practice focused on interventional pain management and orthopedic imaging. Dr. Beall has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored four textbooks and 11 textbook chapters, given more than 500 invited lectures and scientific presentations and has participated in 37 clinical research trials. He is currently the Chief of Radiology Services for Clinical Radiology of Oklahoma as well as the Division Head of Interventional Spine Care and Director of Pain Management Fellowship Programs at the Spine Fracture Institute and Summit Medical Center.

Kenneth Candido, MD

Kenneth Candido, MD

Kenneth D. Candido, MD Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Dr. Kenneth D. Candido is Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Candido is a highly visible presence regionally and nationally in the pain management community. Since becoming Chair in 2008, Dr. Candido has spearheaded a pain management program which has realized double-digit expansion in each of his ten years there.

Dr. Candido spent the first two years of medical school in Tampico, Mexico, then completed the educational curriculum at The New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He took an internship and residency in Anesthesiology at The Metropolitan Hospital in New York. During that time, Ken met Dr. Alon P. Winnie, one of the founding fathers of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and one of the nation’s leaders in education regarding pain medicine who at the time was Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He offered Dr. Candido a Fellowship spot there, which Dr. Candido completed in 1988. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his roots on the East Coast, landing a position in the Department of Anesthesiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

At Lenox Hill, Dr. Candido established a pain clinic, which he staffed daily after completing his anesthesiology duties in the operating rooms. In the eight years at Lenox Hill, Dr. Candido treated more than 20,000 patients suffering from a variety of both routine as well as complex pain entities.

In 1997, Dr. Candido was asked by Dr. Winnie, to rejoin his faculty at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and the two collaborated on a number of successful and highly regarded projects and publications. As Dr. Winnie prepared for retirement in 2001, however, Dr. Candido determined his future lay elsewhere, and so joined the prestigious Anesthesiology and Pain Management Department at Northwestern University Medical Center, where he was quickly promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and was placed in a Director Role over the Acute Pain Program. In 2005, Dr. Candido joined Loyola University Medical Center as Program Director of the Pain Management Fellowship Program and as Chief of the Pain Division. At Loyola, Dr. Candido was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Candido has published extensively on areas of acute and chronic pain management, and to date has written more than one hundred fifty-five original peer-referenced papers on a variety of topics related to controlling pain. He has also written more than eighty-five textbook chapters on diverse areas of pain control and has lectured to international audiences on the complex nature of pain and its treatment. Several of his works deal with finding appropriate solutions to dealing with painful conditions in patients who have underlying or iatrogenic addictive diseases which often blurs the distinction between therapy aimed at physiological ailments versus those designed to combat psychological distress.

Dr. Candido was born in New Jersey, attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating in 1979. He lives in the Chicago metropolitan area with his family including four children ranging in age from 12 to 35.

Sheena Chainani Vora, PA-C

Sheena Chainani Vora, PA-C

Sheena C. Vora is a New York native and graduate of the St. John’s University Physician Assistant program, 2003 class. She has practiced Orthopaedic Surgery for eleven years. She currently works at Weill Cornell’s ambulatory surgery center, DHK, as well as at Lenox Hill Hospital in a per diem pain management position with Park Avenue Spine and Pain. Sheena has also worked with the NCCPA as a subject matter expert for the Orthopaedic Surgery CAQ examination.

George Chang Chien, DO

George Chang Chien, DO

Dr. George C. Chang Chien specializes in musculoskeletal medicine and comprehensive pain management. He has authored over 100 manuscripts on the diagnosis and treatment of pain and musculoskeletal injuries. He is currently the Director of Pain Management at Ventura County Medical Center, and Director of the GCC Institute where he practices Regenerative Medicine, and Medical Aesthetics.

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD

Dr. Kenneth Chapman is the director of pain management at Staten Island University Hospital, part of the Northwell Health System, and is an assistant clinical professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. He completed his Interventional Pain Management Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and his Anesthesiology residency at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, New York.
Dr. Chapman directs the fellowship program at the Spine and Pain Institute of NY and is actively involved in teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally. Dr. Chapman also frequently serves as a pain management Board Examiner for certification on the Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice Pain Boards. He has won numerous peer validated awards including ‘America’s Best Anesthesiologists’ and ‘Most Compassionate Doctors,’ and was one of the youngest physicians to ever be named as both a NY Times ‘Super Doctor’ and NY Magazine ‘Top Doctor’ when he first received the recognition in 2014. While at the Cleveland Clinic Dr. Chapman also received the “Ethlene R. Smith’s Most Outstanding Fellow” award. He is Vice President of the NYS Interventional Pain Society and on the advisory board to the NYS Worker’s Compensation Board responsible for writing the NYS Worker’s Compensation Guidelines, which all injured workers in the state are treated by.
Dr. Chapman’s interests include translational research pertaining to spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation mechanism of action, and studies involving the use of DRG-S to treat conditions traditionally considered to be mechanical pain syndromes.

Ashley Comer, NP

Ashley Comer, NP

Ashley Comer is an AANP Board Certified Nurse Practitioner at The Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias.

Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Ashley attended WVSCTC where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Continuing her education, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University. Graduating with honors, she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner specialization from Walden University.

Ashley’s professional interests include implantable therapies, minimally invasive procedures, and research.

Harold Cordner, MD

Harold Cordner, MD

Sukdeb Datta, MD

Sukdeb Datta, MD

Miles Day, MD

Miles Day, MD

Miles R. Day, MD (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock). Dr. Day is the medical director of The Pain Center at Grace Clinic, pain fellowship program director at Texas Tech, and the Traweek-Racz Endowed Professor in Pain Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. He also serves as an examiner for the World Institute of Pain. Previously, he served as the director and associate professor at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He serves on the editorial boards of Pain Practice and Pain Physician. He is the past-president of the Texas Pain Society and past-chair of the Board of Examination for the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Day received his medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Science Center in College Station and completed his general surgery internship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He completed his anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship at Texas Tech as well. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in well-known publications. He has educated physicians globally to further the specialty of interventional pain medicine.

Timothy Deer, MD

Timothy Deer, MD

Dr. Deer is the President and CEO of The Spine and Nerve Centers of the Virginias and the Center for Pain Relief, Inc. He is also a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Dr. Deer has been a leader in the field of interventional techniques and neuromodulation for more than two decades. His rich research career has included many pivotal studies to achieve FDA approval, and many “first in man” approved devices. Dr. Deer has provided cadaver based training to over 1000 physicians in novel methods of pain relief without the need for opioids. His work has led to more than 100 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters, and full text books. Dr. Deer’s publications have included guidance for the proper use of Neuromodulation to improve safety and efficacy. His text books have included comprehensive guidance on pain, implantable devices, and his current project Deer’s Illustrated Guide to the Treatment of Pain has become a text for many of those doing implantable therapies. His new book, Deer’s Treatment of Pain, will be inclusive of other interventional options as well as the physiology and noninvasive treatment of pain.
Dr. Deer has held many national and international society positions including his current roles as the Chairman of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience, Past President of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), and President of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP). He is he Past Chairman of the American Society of Anesthesiologist Committee of Pain Medicine and a Member of the West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program, and has been involved in the peer review process to improve the quality of research in the international arena.

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

Gerry DeGregoris, MD

As a fellowhip trained Interventional Pain Management physician, Dr. DeGregoris is an Anesthesiologist who takes pride in providing compassionate, customized care to his patients.  A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he completed Medical School at the University of Michigan, and residency at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he was voted Chief Resident by his peers and faculty.  After residency he completed the competitive Tri-Institute Fellowship Program at Hospital for Special Surgery, Sloan Kettering, and Weill Cornell.  He has published numerous manuscripts in both peer reviewed journals and textbooks and he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine.  He is an expert in minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic pain.  Dr. DeGregoris remains active in medical societies, serving as a Director at Large of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.  He also routinely lectures fellow physicians, residents, and medical students on topics related to Anesthesiology and Pain Management.  When he isn’t treating patients or spending time with his growing family, he enjoys skiing in Colorado and sailing with his racing team in the Long Island Sound.

Oscar de Leon Cassasola, MD

Oscar de Leon Cassasola, MD

Dr. Oscar de Leon-Casasola is the Senior Vice-Chair, and Professor of Anesthesiology (Tenure Track), Department of Anesthesiology, and Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  He is also Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Dr. de Leon-Casasola was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management from 2000 to 2011.  He also served in the Editorial Board of Seminars in Pain Medicine, the Journal of the Spanish Society of Pain, and the Journal of the Argentinean Society of Anesthesiologist.
Dr. de Leon-Casasola received his medical training at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala after obtaining a degree in Music with Specialty in Piano.  He then underwent surgical residency SUNY at Downstate, followed by anesthesia residency at SUNY-Buffalo.  He is board certified in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Management.  He has served as Director of the Acute Pain Service, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  He has received many honors and awards and has served as Visiting Professor at several Universities in the US, Latin-America and Europe.
Dr. de Leon-Casasola has lectured at more that 150 academic institutions and hospitals throughout North and South America, and Europe.  He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in major scientific journals, and has been a chapter contributor in many books.   He has published the books Cancer Pain – Pharmacological, Interventional, and Palliative Care Approaches (Elsevier) and the book Acute Pain Management (Cambridge University Press), Interventional Techniques for the Treatment of Chronic Pain (Glosa), and The Science of Pain: An Illustrated and Clinically Oriented Guide (iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/the-basic-science-of-pain/id1174147456?mt=11

Dr. de Leon-Casasola is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (ASRA) where he currently serves as Past-President, and has served as the Chair of the Scientific Committee for that Society’s pain meeting.  He is also a member of the Pain Medicine Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Adult Cancer Pain Panel. He served as the Chair of the Regional Anesthesia Committee of the ASA until 2010.  He served as a member in the Task Force of the ASA that created the Society’s Guidelines for the treatment of Chronic Pain Management that were published in 2010.  He also served as the Co-Chair of the Committee drafting the Acute Pain Guidelines for the ASA and the American Pain Society that were published in 2016.
Dr. de Leon-Casasola has been honored with many awards; the most recent ones include “Top Doctors in the US”,“Best Doctors in the US” and “100 Top Docs in Buffalo” for the last 15 years.

Sudhir Diwan, MD

Sudhir Diwan, MD

Dr. Sudhir Diwan, nationally and internationally recognized as a key opinion leader in the field of pain management, is the President, Park Avenue Spine and Pain, New York, Associate Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Dr. Diwan was the former Director of the Tri-Institutional Pain Fellowship Program and Division of Pain Medicine at Ivy League Weill Medical College of Cornell University for more than a decade, where he also served as associate professor of clinical anesthesiology, and on the faculty at the world renowned New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Diwan has published extensively in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals and medical books on a variety of pain management topics. He is on the Editorial Board for the Pain Physician – an official journal of the American Society of Pain Physicians (ASIPP) since 2008, and Pain Practice – official journal of World Institute of Pain (WIP) since 2009. He was invited Guest Editor for Journal of Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management 2009. Dr. Diwan is the Examiner for the Certification Board for American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) offered by the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Diwan is Co-Editor for Intrathecal Drug Delivery for Pain and Spasticity, Vol 2, Timothy Deer, Series Editor, Elsevier-Saunders 2012, and Co-Editor for Diwan-Staats’s Atlas of Pain Medicine Procedures, McGraw Hill Education 2015, and Advanced Procedures for Pain Management, A step-by-step Atlas, Springer US, 2018.

In addition to his busy pain management practice in New York City, Dr. Diwan lectures extensively and interacts regularly with experts in the field of pain medicine nationally and internationally.  He has been guest speaker for many noteworthy organizations including the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), and State Societies Pain Meetings, the World Institute of Pain, NANS, INS, and numerous International pain specialty societies and congresses nationally and internationally. Currently he is Executive Director of NYSIPP and Course Chairman of the Annual NYSIPP/NJSIPP Pain Medicine Symposium, and President of ASIPP.

Brian Durkin, DO

Brian Durkin, DO

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD is an Associate Professor with the Departments of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine &  Orthopedics at NYU School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of Pain Medicine at NYU Langone Hospitals Center. He holds editorial position with Pain Physician and Pain Medicine Physician. He is the current past president of NYSIPP and president-elect of the Eastern Pain Association.
Dr. Gharibo obtained his M.D. degree from Rutgers Medical School in 1992 and completed his anesthesiology residency at NYU Medical Center. He served his Pain Medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.
He has acute pain experience with system-wide use of interventional techniques in combination with nonopioids and opioids as part of multimodal acute pain management pathways.

Christopher Gilligan, MD

Christopher Gilligan, MD

Christopher J. Gilligan, M.D.
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Medical School: Yale University, 1996
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Surgery, 1998; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Emergency Medicine, 2007
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Anesthesia/Pain Medicine Fellowship, 2008
Certifications: Emergency Medicine, 2008; Pain Medicine, 2009
Clinical Interests: Back pain; cancer pain

Dr. Gilligan’s original training is in Emergency Medicine, with subspecialty training in Pain Medicine, where he has focused on pain of spinal origin. Dr. Gilligan’s clinical expertise is focused on the treatment of pain related to disorders of the spine. He also treats patients with a wide range of pain conditions, including cancer related pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and post-herpetic neuralgia. Dr. Gilligan’s research focuses on clinical trials of new interventions, devices and medications for the treatment of pain.

Casey Grillo, PA

Casey Grillo, PA

Casey Grillo attended Wagner College in New York where she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She attended Seton Hall University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She has experience as a registered nurse in a multitude of medical settings, including Labor & Delivery, surgery, telemetry and radiology. With clinical experience as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics, Casey has been afforded the opportunity to care for patients in all stages of life. Casey currently works at The Spine & Pain Institute of NY, alongside Dr. Kenneth Chapman and Dr. Kiran Patel and is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her team offers the most cutting edge techniques in pain management. Casey recognizes the importance of listening and understanding each patient’s concern in order to offer the most comprehensive plan to reach the desired outcome.

Semih Gungor, MD

Semih Gungor, MD

Dr. Semih Gungor is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has specialized in interventional pain management since 2001 and has been practicing at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.  Dr. Gungor holds a faculty position at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Gungor earned his medical degree from Hacettepe University, Turkey. He completed his anesthesia residency and fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Weill Medical School of Cornell University, Quad-Institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship program including-New York Presbyterian Cornell University Campus, New York Presbyterian Columbia University Campus, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City.
Dr. Gungor focuses his practice on controlling musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, and joints, neuropathic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/ Reflex Sympathetic Dystorphy (RSD).
Dr.  Gungor’s research focus is on musculoskelatal disorders, persistent postoperative pain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and he has numerous publications in international journals and in several textbooks.
Dr. Gungor is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), International Anesthesia and Research Society (IARS) Spinal Intervention Society (SIS), and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA).

Asya Gutman, PA

Asya Gutman, PA

Asya Gutman is a board certified physician’s assistant. Asya attended Wagner College PA Program. She has been practicing for over 3 years along side Dr. Suelane Do Ouro in a private practice in New York City with a focus on interventional pain medicine.

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Leonardo Kapural, M.D., Ph.D. is a Pain Physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research. He is also member of clinical faculty of Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr Kapural served as Professor of Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western university and Wake Forest University over the last 15 years.   Dr. Kapural’s interests include spinal cord stimulation, discogenic low back pain and visceral abdominal and pelvic pain.
Dr. Kapural is an active member of number of professional organizations including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation Societies and World Institute of Pain. In addition, he is an invited speaker to many national and international meetings. He served as Director-At-Large of American Academy of Pain Medicine and International Neuromodulation Society, currently is Director-At-Large of North American Neuromodulation Society.
Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education, extensive research, and innovations in the area of pain treatments which brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 160 journal articles, more than 200 abstracts, two books and 35 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors in America”.

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Andrew Kaufman, MD

Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.

Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.

Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq., counsel to the NY/NJ Interventional Pain Symposium, is  the managing partner of K&K’s healthcare department, and represents ASCs and physicians with contracts, compliance, patient and employee issues.    Jennifer is available at the Symposium to discuss employment contracts, buy-ins, practice purchase / sale, ASC syndication, private equity backed initiatives and general practice matters.   Jennifer can be reached at (516) 747-6700 x. 302 or Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com.   To join K&K’s free healthcare newsletter, visit K&K’s booth at the Symposium.

Yury Khelemsky, MD

Yury Khelemsky, MD

Dr. Khelemsky, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Neurology, is the Program Director of The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Pain Medicine Fellowship and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is also the Chair of the Pain Medicine Committee of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists. His clinical practice focuses on the interventional treatment of headache and neck pain.
His recently published book, Academic Pain Medicine, is the standard text for Mount Sinai’s ACGME Accredited Pain Fellowship Program.

Robert Levy, MD, PhD

Robert Levy, MD, PhD

Sean Li, MD

Sean Li, MD

Sean Li, M.D.

Sean Li, M.D. sees patients in Premier Pain Center’s Shrewsbury, Freehold, and Brick New Jersey offices, where he specializes in interventional pain management. His clinical interest is in neuromodulation therapy such as spinal cord stimulation, high frequency stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. “Advancements in neuromodulation therapy is offering new hope and freedom to patients who have been imprisoned by their pain,” Dr. Li said.

Prior to joining National Spine & Pain Centers, Dr. Li served as the medical director of Premier Pain Centers LLC. In addition to his work at National Spine & Pain Centers, Dr. Li continues to serve as an attending physician at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ. He has published numerous professional articles and written text book chapters on the topic of pain and is actively involved in clinical research that will help advance the field of interventional pain medicine.

Dr. Li serves on the Ethics Committee at the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Education Committee and Young Neuromodulators Committee at the International Neuromodulation Committee, on the Mentoring Committee for the North American Neuromodulation Society, and is secretary of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Dr. Li earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and underwent residency training in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and later in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He completed his fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

“Having trained in general surgery and anesthesiology, interventional pain medicine is a perfect career choice for me to apply my surgical skills and understanding of pain pathophysiology to treat patients suffering from chronic pain,” he said. “It is my job to help patients find a clear diagnosis or cause of their pain and advocate for the best treatment with the most evidence and least risk.”
In his free time, Dr. Li enjoys traveling, playing with his sons and pretending to be a foodie.

Neel Mehta, MD

Neel Mehta, MD

Dr. Neel Mehta is both board-certified in Anesthesia, and fellowship trained, board- certified in Interventional Pain Medicine.
He holds several positions including:
Medical Director of Pain Medicine at the Weill-Cornell Pain Medicine Center, and New York Presbyterian Hospital, overseeing outpatient and inpatient services together with a large team of dedicated Pain and Regional Anesthesia Physicians.
Co-Director, Weill Cornell Mutli-Disciplinary Spine Center
Associate Program Director of the Tri-Institutional Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship
Dean’s Healthcare Leadership Fellow
Quality Assurance Officer for Pain Medicine
Weill Cornell Physician Organization Operations and Planning Committee Member
Weill Cornell Medical School, Course Director in Pain Medicine
Dr. Mehta was recently selected by his peers as one of Super Doctors New York ‘Rising Stars’– an honor roll of the top New York doctors in more than 30 specialties who have been fully licensed for 10 years or less.

Deidre O’Flaherty, NP

Deidre O’Flaherty, NP

Charles de Oliviera, MD

Charles de Oliviera, MD

Vice-chairman, Brazilian Section of the World Institute of Pain (WIP), member of WIP-FIPP Board of Examination, and one of the founders and a former president of the Brazilian Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (Sobramid).

A board-certified anesthesiologist with 20-plus years of experience in anesthesia and interventional pain management of acute and chronic pain, Dr. Oliveira is a regular speaker and instructor at international, and national, pain meetings and training courses.

He furthered his education and trained in Spain, Hungary, England, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the US, among others. Specialized in fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guided pain interventional procedures, in Brazil, he provides pain care in a private-practice setting and at his world-class, multidisciplinary pain clinic (co-founded in 2009), the Singular Pain Center in Campinas, São Paulo –the first WIP-EPP award center in Brazil (2011).

Dr. Oliveira is committed to continuing pain education and helped develop a highly regarded 1-year modular training program in Interventional Pain for doctors from Brazil and neighboring Latin American countries. In 2013, Dr. Oliveira co-organized and taught at the first WIP-Sobramid-sponsored Hands-on Interventional Pain Workshop in Miami-USA, offered in Spanish and English, now an annual fixture.

Currently, he organizes workshops on US-guided pain procedures and, in 2017, he joined the faculty at Pain School International, Budapest. Recent publications include a co-authored report on “Skin Burn after SI Denervation following RF Procedures”, in “ASIPP Pain Management Reports”, and a chapter on “Genitofemoral Nerve Entrapment: Abdominal” in “Peripheral Nerve Entrapment – Clinical Diagnosis and Management”, a reference book.

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

I am a board-certified anesthesiologist with additional expertise and training in pain medicine. As a member of both the Anesthesiology Service and the Pain Service in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, my clinical work involves delivering anesthesia as well as treating postoperative pain. I also treat cancer pain using medications, nerve blocks, intrathecal drug delivery systems, radiofrequency techniques, and neurolytic blocks. I regularly supervise and teach clinical fellows.

Gabor B. Racz, MD

Gabor B. Racz, MD

Grover Murray Professor and TTUHSC Endowed Chair
Professor and Chairman Emeritus Department of Anesthesiology
Past President of Texas Pain Society
Founder and Past President of World Institute of Pain

Dr. Racz graduated The University of Liverpool Medical School, completed his residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center and served at SUNY from 1966-1977 when he moved to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he served until 2016 as co-director of Pain Services at Grace Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.  Dr. Racz is a founder and past president of World Institute of Pain and Texas Pain Society.  He is the first Grover E. Murry Professor named after the first President of the Texas Tech University School of Medicine.   He was director of the TTUHSC Pain Symposium since its inception 33 years ago and is also Director of the annual Budapest Conference since it began 23 years ago.  He was the first President of the Texas Pain Society.

Dr. Racz board certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Anesthesiology subspecialty in Pain Medicine, and holds the certificates of Diplomat with the American College of Pain Medicine, Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice awarded by the World Institute of Pain and the Diplomat American Board of Interventional Pain Practice  (DABIPP) certification awarded by ASIPP and WIP.  He is an advocate for high standards of certification and training among pain physicians and works toward the advancement of those goals.

He has received numerous recognitions and awards from organizations around the world including Distinguished Professor Award for Lifetime Achievement from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the Lifetime Achievement Award(s) from American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, ASIPP keynote speaker lecture series named for Raj/Racz, and the MORICCA AWARD, the highest award presented by the Italian Pain Society.  He educated over 1,000 Pain Physician visitors during tenure at Texas Tech.

He has published over 200 book chapters and journal articles and three books describing his techniques in spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, neurolysis, radiofrequency thermocoagulation and other interventional procedures.  Today, Dr. Racz continues to practice in Dallas, Texas, hosts Racz Labs Interventional workshops, and travels around the world presenting lectures and workshops.

Edward Rubin, MD

Edward Rubin, MD

Dr Rubin trained with Dr Diwan at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell. He graduated in 2006. He has been in private practice on Long Island NY since 2008. He is the outgoing President of the New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and is a board member of the Nassau County Medical Society. He represents Nassau County as a delegate to Medical Society of the State of New York. He has been involved in the NY/NJ pain meeting as a co director and treasurer for the last 6 years.

Ricardo Plancarte Sanchez, MD

Ricardo Plancarte Sanchez, MD

Specialist in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management.
Chairman and founder of Pain Clinic Department in National Institute of Cancer on México (INCan)
Main Professor of Pain Medicine and Interventional Pain Management postgraduate courses, which are dictate at the National Cancer Institute and endorse by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM).  Contributing to the formation of 5-6 human resources per year in each of the courses, with 180-trained fellows in 34 years from Mexico and different countries of Latin America. Additionally, he has participated as main author or co-author of research works carried out as part of the academic requirements of these two courses.
Academic Director of the Latin American Academy of Pain Interventionists (ALMID). Full member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National System of Researchers, México (SNI). Member of the Editorial Committees of Pain Practice Journal in Spain, Inter Institutional Boding and Divulgation Council of the National Academy of Medicine  and of the submission committee of Surgery for Academy Medicine in Mexico.
He has 82 articles published in various indexed journals, and participated in the broadcasting of his work in workshops, conferences and national and international symposiums.
Author of nine books in the area of ​​anesthesiology, pain medicine and palliative care, as well as 90 chapters of texts to these areas.
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Dawood Sayed, MD

Dawood Sayed, MD

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Agnes Stogicza, MD

Agnes Stogicza, MD

Agnes Stogicza, MD, FIPP, CIPS, ASRA-PMUC

Dr. Agnes Stogicza is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain physician with 15+ years of experience in interventional pain management. She completed her pain fellowship at the University of Washington, where she was on faculty from 2010 to 2017. As a clinician-educator she treated pain patients and taught fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided minimally invasive interventional pain procedures, regional anesthesia techniques and medication management for complex chronic pain patients to pain fellows and residents.

Currently she works in chronic interventional pain and anesthesia in Budapest at St Magdolna Private Hospital.
She is a member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Hungarian Section of WIP and serves as an examiner for the FIPP (Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice) and CIPS (Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist) Board Certification.

She regularly lectures and teaches interventional pain procedures in the US, Europe, South America, India and Africa for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), World Institute of Pain (WIP), American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU), Singular and other societies.

She is a co-founder of Pain School International that provides interventional pain education in Budapest for doctors from all around the world.

She has authored and co-authored numerous book-chapters and papers in chronic pain management.

Her main clinical interests are neck pain and headaches, peripheral nerve entrapments, and regenerative medicine techniques (such as PRP, BMC and prolotherapy for various spine and musculoskeletal conditions).

Teddy Theodorakis, NP

Teddy Theodorakis, NP

Teddy Theodorakis is a Family Nurse Practitioner that has worked with Manhattan Spine and Pain for the past 2 years. Teddy obtained his FNP and masters in nursing at Wagner College and has been a registered nurse over the past 9 years. Teddy has worked in various nursing roles including as a nursing instructor/educator, ICU nurse, Floor nurse and home care nurse.

Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD

Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD

Scott Woska, MD

Scott Woska, MD

Dr. Woska completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital. He completed a fellowship in interventional spine and pain medicine with Dr. Charles Aprill at LSU in New Orleans.  Dr. Woska is in private practice and performs spinal diagnostic injections as well as electrodiagnostic testing.  Dr. Woska is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Woska is the Executive Director Emeritus of NJSIPP and remains active in legislative affairs.

Michael Yang, MD

Michael Yang, MD

Dr. Michael Yang grew up in Southern California and completed his undergraduate degree with Phi Beta Kappa and Psy Chi honors from The Johns Hopkins University with dual majors in Biology and Psychology. He then returned to the west coast where he conducted neurosurgery research at UCLA. He went on to attend UCSF, one of the top five medical schools in the nation, to complete his medical
degree. Throughout his medical education, he continued to be interested in the connection between the physical body and the mind. This led him to graduate with honors in Psychology and Anesthesiology rotations.
After medical school, Dr. Yang moved to New York City where he completed his residency in
Anesthesiology at Cornell University. After residency, Dr. Yang completed ACGME‐accredited fellowship training in the field of Interventional Pain Management from a multidisciplinary approach, working in three of the top hospitals in the nation: Memorial Sloan‐Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital. From his fellowship and his experience in private practice in Santa Rosa, Dr. Yang treats patients with cancer pain, acute and chronic orthopedic injuries, and various chronic neck/back and nerve pains.
In his free time, Dr. Yang enjoys fishing, tennis, hiking, travel and snowboarding.