Faculty

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Mert Akbas, MD, FIPP (Turkey)

Mert Akbas, MD, FIPP (Turkey)

Mert Akbas,  MD, is an associative professor of Anesthesiologist and Pain management physician at Akdeniz University, School of Medicine in Turkey. He joined the Akdeniz University faculty in 1993. He is the associative proffesor and clinical instructor at division of Algology.
He earned his medical degree at Akdeniz University, School of Medicine in 1999. He completed his anesthesia residency in Akdeniz University, Antalya, and started his pain management fellowship program first as an observer doctor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Pain Management Clinic, Lubbock/TX-USA and later on as an clinical doctor in Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine, Division of Algology, Istanbul/TURKEY between the years 2004 and 2006.
He is Algology Board certified and pain specialist in Turkey is since 2007, and FIPP since 2006.
His areas of clinical interest are neuromodulation and decompressive neuroplasty.
Dr. Akbas is the current chair of WIP Turkish Section and a member of WIP, INS and Turkish Society of Algology.

Adnan A. Al-Kaisy, MB ChB, FRCA, FFPMRCA, FIPP (UK)

Adnan A. Al-Kaisy, MB ChB, FRCA, FFPMRCA, FIPP (UK)

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.

Javier de Andres, MD, FIPP (Spain)

Javier de Andres, MD, FIPP (Spain)

Dr. Javier De Andrés Ares is a board certified Anesthesiologist since 1997. He graduated from Universidad Complutense-Madrid in June 1990, completed his anesthesiology residency at Complejo Hospitalario de Toledo 1996 and is Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice from the World Institute of Pain 2008. He obtained Hassenbusch Award in 2008 from the World Institute of Pain. He currently is the Head of Pain Unit at Hospital Universitario La Paz-Madrid, and is Director at “Clínica Analgesia y Manejo del Dolor -Toledo” and co-director at “Clínica del Dolor Hospital Santa Elena-Madrid”. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Universidad Miguel de Cervantes and collaborates with Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. He is Head of Spanish Pain Radiofrequency Interest Group, from the Spanish Pain Society (IASP). He is an active member of several societies, including the World Institute of Pain, Spine Intervention Society, and Spanish Pain Society.
He has more than 20 years’ experience as a pain clinic director in public and private practice and speaks nationally and internationally on topics of pain medicine and interventional pain management. He has special interest in Spinal and Facial Pain.
Dr. De Andrés Ares is the current Chair of WIP Iberian Section.

Fabricio Dias Assis, MD, FIPP (Brazil)

Fabricio Dias Assis, MD, FIPP (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 as director 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.

Doug Beall, MD (USA)

Doug Beall, MD (USA)

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.

Hemmo Bosscher, MD, PhD, FIPP (USA)

Hemmo Bosscher, MD, PhD, FIPP (USA)

Hemmo Alexander Bosscher was born January 25th 1959 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. He completed his medical school at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam obtaining his medical degree in 1988. He did his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester and pursued a career in anesthesiology in the US. However, interest in the treatment of chronic pain changed his career path. After completing a pain management fellowship at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, he started a pain management practice in Lubbock but kept a clinical appointment at Texas Tech University as adjunct professor at the department of Anesthesiology and the department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry. In 2017, Dr. Bosscher received his PhD degree under Professor Dr. Kris Vissers at the Radboud University in the Netherlands. Dr. Bosscher’s ongoing research involves the endoscopic evaluation and treatment of the spine in patients with low back pain. With the late Dr. James E. Heavner, DVM, FIPP, he published a series of papers and has given a number of presentations on the topic. He is currently a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, World Institute of Pain, and American Association of Anatomists.

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD, FIPP (USA)

Kenneth B. Chapman, MD, FIPP (USA)

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.

Aaron Calodney, MD, FIPP (USA)

Aaron Calodney, MD, FIPP (USA)

Aaron Kenneth Calodney, MD is Past President of the Texas Pain Society and Past President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He has served on the board of the International Spine Intervention Society for many years and was Director of Education. Dr. Calodney is board certified in Anesthesiology and carries subspecialty certification in Pain Management through the American Board of Anesthesiology. 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 31 Houston. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at the Denver Children’s Hospital. 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. He is actively involved in clinical research and has delivered over 400 invited lectures in the US and abroad. Dr. Calodney is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and many other professional societies. He is an author of the first Evidenced Based Treatment Guidelines in Interventional Pain and Evidenced Based Guidelines for the Use of Opioids published in the Pain Physician journal and on the National Guideline Clearinghouse. Dr. Calodney previously was appointed by the governor of Texas to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Controlled Substances Act.

George C. Chang Chien DO, MD, CIPS (USA)

George C. Chang Chien DO, MD, CIPS (USA)

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.

Miles Day, MD, FIPP (USA)

Miles Day, MD, FIPP (USA)

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.

Christ Declerk, MD, FIPP, CIPS (Belgium)

Christ Declerk, MD, FIPP, CIPS (Belgium)

Christ Declerck is board-certified for anesthesiology and intensive care medicine. He did his training for anesthesia at the University of Ghent and he was a cardiothoracic research fellow for one year at Columbia University, NY in the anesthesia Department of Prof. Daniel Thys at St. Luke’s Hospital. During his fellowship he published his work quantification on left ventricular contraction with ultrasound.
His training in intensive care was in the CHU Pitié-Salpetriere Paris with Prof. Jean Jacques Rouby and Brussels University.
Later in his career he went to pain practice where he got the opportunity to follow a fellowship in Pain at the MPC Bruges.
Since he already had experience with cardiothoracic and locoregional ultrasound, he is more involved in ultrasound-guided pain interventions; He is certified FIPP, CIPS and ASRA-PMUC and is active in teaching at WIP US courses.
Christ Declerck is now full-time pain consultant at the Multidisciplinary Pain Center at St-John’s General Hospital, Bruges.
The MPC Bruges is a reference center for cluster and cervicogenic headache.
His interest goes to head and neck pain interventions, ONS and peripheral neuromodulation. Along with the service or physiotherapy there is a program in PRP and stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis.

Marshall Devor, PhD (Israel)

Marshall Devor, PhD (Israel)

Marshall Devor is the Alpert Professor of Pain Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). He was born in Toronto, Canada in 1949. His bachelor’s degree is from Princeton University (1970) and his PhD from MIT (1975). He was a postdoctoral fellow with the pain research pioneer Prof. P.D. Wall at University College London and subsequently at HUJI. There he progressed from Research Associate (1977) to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and finally Professor in 1988. His research has focused on the neurobiology of neuropathic pain, and more recently also on mechanisms involved in loss of consciousness and pain-free surgery. His laboratory has published extensively in the pain field, with work of a notably integrative nature involving neurophysiology, computer simulations, neuroanatomy (light and electron microscopy), genetics, and behavioral models. He is author of ~310 publications, career citations ~24,000, h-index = 77.

Sudhir Diwan, MD, FIPP (USA)

Sudhir Diwan, MD, FIPP (USA)

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.

Serdar Erdine, MD, FIPP (Turkey)

Serdar Erdine, MD, FIPP (Turkey)

Prof. Erdine is a Founder and Past President of the WIP. He is Founder and President of Turkish Society of Algology (1993-2015); Founder and Past President of Turkish Society of Regional Anesthesia (1993- 1995, 1998-2003); and has served in numerous other founding and leadership roles in professional societies through the world. Prof. Erdine is the recipient of the Young Leader in Medicine Award by the Turkish Jaysees (1991); the Lifetime Achievement Award Medical Chamber of Istanbul (2012); and the Trail Blazer award by World Institute of Pain (2017).

Lorand Eross, MD, PhD, FIPP (Hungary)

Lorand Eross, MD, PhD, FIPP (Hungary)

Dr. Lorand Eross is the head of the Functional Neurosurgical Department and Center of Neuromodulation at the National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences in Budapest. He is the Director of Research and Innovation. He leads the Epilepsy Surgery Program at the institute. He got his PhD degree at Semmelweis University in 2010 in epilepsy surgery. His main interest is epilepsy surgery, movement disorder surgery, neurosurgical treatment of pain, spasticity and neuromodulation. He has an active reasearch group in the field of epilepsy, chronic pain. He developed new intraoperative localisation method for invasive recordings in epilepsy surgery. His activity includes research and development of in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological and optical investigation methods. He is a lecturer at the Medical Faculty of the Semmelweis University and at the Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Faculty of Information Technology in bionical sciences.

Juan Carlos Flores, MD, FIPP (Argentina)

Juan Carlos Flores, MD, FIPP (Argentina)

Prof Dr Juan Carlos Flores is Fellow Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) and Medical Doctor; Director of CAIDBA Pain Center (EPP Award) and President of CAIDBA Foundation; Associate Professor of Anatomy of La Plata School of Medicine Buenos Aires Province, Argentina; Chairman Latin American Section World Institute of Pain; Chief of Pain Medicine of Clínica San Camilo; Director del Workshop Universitario CAIDBA sobre Técnicas Intervencionistas para Tratamiento del Dolor Refractario 2014/2019; Director Postgraduate Universitary Training in Interventional Pain Procedures for Refractory Pain; Autor Textbook: Medicina del Dolor, Perspectiva Internacional. JC Flores Ed Elsevier. Prof Flores works from 2005 with World Institute of Pain globally and specially in the Latin American Section very close with educational objectives in cadaver workshops and examination activities. And works in research developing new techniques and hybrid simulators and finally with CAIDBA Foundation group are helping resourceless patients.

From May of 2001 when Dr Racz visited Buenos Aires Dr Flores is giving Cadaver Workshop every year. Director Centro de Atención Integral del Dolor Buenos Aires CAIDBA www.caidba.com EPP Award 2011-2015 ; Director del Workshop Universitario CAIDBA sobre Técnicas Intervencionistas para Tratamiento del Dolor Refractario 2014/2019 (Workshop with Ultrasonography and Fluoroscopy under Cadaveric and Hybrid Human Simulators) ; Profesor Asociado de Anatomía Cátedra Prof Galli Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina ; Director of Laboratories of Unit Anatomo-Clinic of Pain Cathedra of Anatomy Prof Galli UNLP (La Plata School of Medicine) ; Director del Área de Investigaciones Básicas y Aplicadas en Medicina del Dolor de la UNLP (La Plata School of Medicine) ; Chairman Latin American Section World Institute of Pain ; Past-Chairman WFSA & CLASA Training Center Pain Medicine ; Jefe Sección Medicina del Dolor Clínica San Camilo Miembro del Comité Editorial Pain Practice, Rev Españ del Dolor, Rev Uruguaya de Anestesiología y Reanim y Past – Rev Argentina de Anestesiología ; Past President Argentinian Federation of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Reanimation ; Past President Pain Foundation (Fundación Dolor) Argentina; Past Director Carrera de Médicos Especialistas en Anestesiología de la Universidad de Buenos Aires ; Past Director del Curso Universitario de Expertos en Medicina del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos de la Fundación Dolor y la Universidad de Buenos Aires; and actual President of ADAIDAR Academy.

Ira Fox, MD, FIPP (USA)

Ira Fox, MD, FIPP (USA)

After completing his residency in anesthesiology and pain at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey, Ira B. Fox, MD, DABPM, FIPP, ABIPP founded Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants. The former chief anesthesia resident has spent more than 30 years treating patients with acute and chronic pain. Dr. Fox maintains five board certifications: Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP); American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP); World Institute of Pain (WIP); American Board of Pain Medicine (DABPM); and the American Board of Anesthesiology with added certification in Pain Management. He also serves as an examiner for the FIPP Board Certification and prior ABIPP Interventional Practical Examination. As past chairman of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) Committee on Project Development, Dr. Fox’s mission was to help patients across the world find solutions to ease their suffering. In addition, he is a past Chairman of the Advisory Board, Honorary Treasurer, and had been a member of the Executive Board for 7 years. He also served as a trustee for the World Institute of Pain Foundation and is the current president of the World Society of Pain Clinicians, as well as a lifetime member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Dr. Fox holds the distinction of being the Inaugural Executive Examiner at the WIP and American Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (AAPMU) 1st Annual WAPMU International Congress. On both a national and international level, Dr. Fox has conducted Comprehensive Review Courses and Cadaver Workshop conferences. He co-founded an annual conference and FIPP Board Examination in Miami that is bi-lingual and attracts physicians from throughout the US and southern hemisphere. Dr. Fox has focused on expanding the field of interventional pain management across the world to offer pain relief to citizens of less developed countries by helping train local physicians. That’s why he had organized and sponsored the Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants annual Pro/Am Charity Golf Tournament for six years, raising thousands of needed dollars to provide scholarships to these dedicated physicians. Since 1996, Dr. Fox and his dedicated staff of interventional pain management physicians and paraprofessionals have been committed to providing continuing education for area physicians, healthcare clinicians and workers’ compensation professionals. This will be Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants’ 22nd year conducting the APCC Pain Symposium, which features leaders in the field of pain management, and provides continuing education in the area of pain medicine. The hard work and commitment Dr. Fox and the APCC team devote to helping those who suffer from acute and chronic pain has not gone unnoticed. He was elected “America’s Top Physician” by the Pain Management Consumers’ Research Council of America, and is listed as a Top Doctor in Broward County by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. every year for more than a decade. Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants won the South Florida Business Journal Award for Excellence in Health Care in 2008. He has been published extensively and is frequently called on as an expert by print, television and online media reporters and editors. He lectures internationally and has had numerous media appearances which can be seen on the Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants website.

Ludger Gerdesmeyer, MD, PhD, FIPP (Germany)

Ludger Gerdesmeyer, MD, PhD, FIPP (Germany)

Since 2008 Chairman and Professor at the Mare Clinic Kiel Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology.
Since 2006 Senior Consultant and Professor at the Technical University Munich.
Since 2010 Chairman and Professor at the medical University of Kiel – Orthopaedic surgery & Traumatology.

Clinical focus: Joint Arthroplasty, Revision, Surgery, Joint preserving techniques, Tumor Surgery, Spine Surgery, Pain management.

Scientific focus: Clinical Trials, Evidence based Medicine

Awards

  1. SICOT Award 2002
  2. SICOT Award 2003
  3. DIGEST Preis 2003 (Deutschsprachige Internationale Gesellschaft für Stosswellentherapie)
  4. AAOS Award outstanding lecture
  5. DIGEST Preis 2005
  6. Lecture Award outstanding lecture Korean Orthopaedic Association 2006
  7. ACFAS Award 2007

Craig Hartrick, MD, FIPP (USA)

Craig Hartrick, MD, FIPP (USA)

Craig T. Hartrick, MD, FIPP is the Immediate-Past President of the World Institute of Pain. His prior positions included Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology) and Professor of Anesthesiology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Health Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He recently completed 12 years of service as Editor-in-Chief of Pain Practice. His research interests have included both basic and clinical science, with over 70 studies as principal investigator. He is well published, with over 200 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters. As President and Co-founder of Caventure Drug Discovery, Inc., his current investigations are devoted to novel analgesic discovery.

Standiford Helm, MD, FIPP (USA)

Standiford Helm, MD, FIPP (USA)

Dr. Helm is the medical director of The Helm Center for Pain Management, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary pain management center located in Orange County, California. Dr. Helm has been a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice since 2003. He has subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine from the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, the American Board of Pain Medicine and is certified in Addiction Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Helm went to Harvard College and to Tufts University School of Medicine. He did an Internal Medicine internship at Boston City Hospital and did his Anesthesia training at UCLA. Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management in 1982. Dr. Helm is a past President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has published and lectured extensively on a variety of interventional pain management topics.

Phillipe Hernigou, MD (France)

Phillipe Hernigou, MD (France)

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1989 -University Paris XII

Member of the International Hip Society

SICOT (International orthopaedic association) Board member (Treasurer)

Past president of SOFCOT (French orthopaedic society)

Topics:

  • Bone marrow grafting and stem cell research
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery

Stanley Lam, MD, FIPP, CIPS (Hong Kong)

Stanley Lam, MD, FIPP, CIPS (Hong Kong)

Dr Lam is a musculoskeletal, sports and pain physician from Hong Kong. He is a Clinical Associate Professor (Honorary) in the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and he is also the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine, and the Founding President of the MSKUS Asia Pacific. He is also the Honorary Consultant of the Taiwan Association of Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Lam is registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK) credential in United States of America, awarded with RMSK Pioneer Certificate of The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2012. Dr. Lam is also a pain physician with board certification in CIPS (Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist) and FIPP (Fellow of Interventional Pain Physician) by the World Institute of Pain in 2017. Dr. Lam is also certified in POCUS (MSK Tissues) by the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement.
Dr Lam is a Teaching Faculty of MSKUS in United States of America for teaching diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound guided interventional procedures in different Universities of USA since 2011, including University of California San Francisco, University of North Texas, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Dr Lam is a member of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM) and received the first batch of certificate in Prolotherapy in 2010. Dr Lam has been the Teaching Faculty of AAOM since Apr 2013, mainly teaching advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnosis and ultrasound guided intervention in annual conference and hands-on workshop.
Dr. Lam has delivered numerous lectures and hands-on workshops in the following topics: “ultrasound guided hydrodissection of peripheral nerves and deep nerves” in different universities and conferences; “Dynamic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scanning of Different Joints and Nerves”; “US Guided Injection of Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine and Lumbar Spine”; and “Regenerative medicine for managing sports injury, musculoskeletal medicine and chronic pain”.

Dr Lam’s research interests are:

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Hydrodissection/ Hydrorelease of Nerves Impingement or Entrapment problems.
  • Dynamic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound scanning for Assisting Diagnosing and Managing Musculoskeletal problems.
  • Ultrasound guided regenerative medicine treatment for pain from sports injuries, degenerations and chronic neuropathic pain.

Laxamaih Manchikanti, MD (USA)

Laxamaih Manchikanti, MD (USA)

Dr. Manchikanti is a physician specializing in interventional pain management, professor, philanthropist, and author.
He is the founder of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), the Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers (SIPMS), multiple state societies, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP), as well as Pain Physician and Interventional Pain Management Reports medical journals.
He has been credited with advancing the evolution and development of interventional pain management as a specialty. Interventional pain management was recognized as a specialty in 2002 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In March, 2005 interventional pain management was provided with mandatory representation on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee.
He founded the MGM scholarship fund, the Manchikanti Charitable Trust, and sponsored the Manchikanti Library at McCracken County High School. In addition, he also founded and operates the Manchikanti Gopamma Primary School, Manchikanti Gopamma High School, Manchikanti Yadagiry Junior College, and multiple other activities in Bodangparthy, Nalgonda District, Telangana state. He is cofounder of the Gandhi Medical College Global Alliance Global Alliance and sponsored Manchikanti Auditorium at Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, Telangana state.
Dr. Manchikanti has served as clinical professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine since 2012 and professor of Anesthesiology-Research at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine since 2017.
He is serving as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of ASIPP and SIPMS. He has also served as president of ASIPP and SIPMS, before being named chairman of the board of both ASIPP and SIPMS.
He has been in practice in Paducah, KY, since completion of a fellowship in anesthesiology and critical care medicine in 1980. He graduated from Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. He completed his internship and residency in anesthesiology at Gandhi Hospital, Youngstown Hospital Association, (North Eastern Ohio School of Medicine), Allegheny General Hospital, and his fellowship in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Manchikanti has published over 550 publications and serves on several editorial boards. He is also the editor of 12 books designed for interventionalists.

Andre Mansano, MD, FIPP, CIPS (Brazil)

Andre Mansano, MD, FIPP, CIPS (Brazil)

Dr. Andre Mansano is a physician at Singular – Pain Management Center Brazil with anesthesia and pain management background. He obtained PhD degree in 2013. He became a FIPP (Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice) in 2015 and now is a member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) Education Committee. He also serves as an observer for the FIPP exam. He has specialized training in fluoroscopic guided minimally invasive interventional acute and cronic pain procedures as well as regional anesthesia techniques; and medication management for medically challenging cronic pain patients within a multidisciplinary pain clinic. He has been a teacher for Brazilian Singular Fellowship for 3 years, which is the inspiration for the Pain School International.

Bernhard Moriggl, MD, F.I.A.C.A. (Austria)

Bernhard Moriggl, MD, F.I.A.C.A. (Austria)

Univ.-Prof. Bernhard Moriggl started his University career in 1986 and has done Ultrasonography (US) ever since. He serves as Mentor and senior author for many of his US-scholars. Prof. Moriggl’s Clinical Training led to Engagement in RA and Pain. In 2008 he became Founding Father of the SIG US in Pain Medicine (ASRA). Prof. Moriggl is Contributor of the Practical Guide RA, the pocket-book RA: Principals and Practical Implementation, both editions of the Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Procedures in Interventional Pain Management (Spine and GON-chapter) and Co-editor of the iBook Anatomy and Sono-anatomy of US-guided Pain interventions. End of July 2018, the booklet “Solid Nerve Sonography” (Springer Germany) was released (Editor). The English version (Editor) “Sonographic Peripheral Nerve Topography” A Landmark based Algorithm followed this year end of April (Springer International). Over 100 original papers were authored by him. Prof. Moriggl has plenty of international cooperation, e.g. with the Denmark-people around Jens Børglum and Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen. He acted in co-development, support and as inaugural CIPS examiner (WIP-certified) of the WAPMU (and was first Chair of Scientific Committee).

Carl Noe, MD, FIPP (USA)

Carl Noe, MD, FIPP (USA)

Carl Noe, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Pain Management and Anesthesiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and serves as Medical Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management. Board certified with subspecialty certification in pain management, Dr. Noe is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, certified in the subspecialty of pain medicine, and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice. Dr. Noe has published a number of scholarly articles, authored and coauthored more than 30 book chapters, and delivered scores of invited lectures on topics related to pain management. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1991. Dr. Noe earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed an anesthesiology residency and pain management fellowship at Texas Tech University, as well as a cardiothoracic anesthesiology residency and a critical care medicine fellowship at Stanford University. A founding member of the Texas Pain Society, Dr. Noe is a member of other professional organizations that include the American Pain Society, Texas Medical Association, and Texas Society of Anesthesiologists. He has served as a reviewer for publications that include The Spine Journal and Pain Practice. Dr. Noe is married and has two grown children.

Einar Ottestad, MD, FIPP, CIPS (USA)

Einar Ottestad, MD, FIPP, CIPS (USA)

“I decided to devote myself to alleviating pain after watching my father struggle with poorly treated cancer pain when I was a medical student. I had just finished a pain management rotation at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and, as my father’s advocate, I was able to convince his doctors to treat the pain more aggressively. This allowed him to increase his level of function and have a better quality of life with his family,” says Dr. Ottestad.

“This experience motivated me to help alleviate pain in others.”

Dr. Ottestad, a native of Norway, moved to Houston, TX at age ten. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX and a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. After internship at UT Health Science Center, Tyler, TX, he completed his residency in Anesthesia, followed by a Pain Medicine fellowship, at Stanford.
Dr. Ottestad joined Stanford faculty in 2007 and became Director of the Acute Pain Service in 2009. As such, he manages acute, post-operative pain, acute-on-chronic inpatient pain consults, and cancer pain at Stanford Hospital. He is committed to the Stanford Pain Center’s multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach when treating clinic patients with chronic pain. Dr. Ottestad possesses expertise in ultrasound-guided procedures in treatment of pain. Ultrasound imaging allows accurate imaging of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and nerves that are difficult to identify using only x-ray imaging or anatomic landmarks. This imaging is useful both diagnostically as well as therapeutically when specific, targeted treatment is needed in an area of pain. Dr. Ottestad is the president of World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography and the faculty examiner for FIPP and CIPS exams.
Dr. Ottestad enjoys spending time with his family and good friends. He enjoys traveling to meet his Norwegian relatives in other warm climates. He collects and watches films with his wife and friends, is a voracious reader of fiction novels, and he is a connoisseur of food and little-known restaurants.
He is fluent in Norwegian.

Vikram B. Patel, MD, FIPP (USA)

Vikram B. Patel, MD, FIPP (USA)

Dr Vikram B. Patel is an anesthesiologist and a board certified interventional pain specialist with nearly 25 years of experience and has trained numerous pain physicians in USA and across the globe. He is the past program director for pain fellowship at Loyola University Hospital in Chicago and was an associate professor at the Department of Anesthesiology. Currently he is the Director at Phoenix Interventional Center for Advanced Learning near Chicago, USA and Associate Medical Director Clinical Operations for AIM Specialty Health in Chicago, USA. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and has directed cadaver courses for several years at ASA, ASRA-PM, CCF etc. He is an examiner for FIPP and DABIPP examinations and has served as a Board member for the FIPP Board of Examination in the past.

Edit Racz, MD, FIPP (Hungary)

Edit Racz, MD, FIPP (Hungary)

Dr Edit Racz has more than 30 years of experience in chronic pain management, with anesthesia and critical care background. She got involved with the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in 1994 and initiated the yearly Budapest Congress with Professors Prithvy Raj, Gabor Rácz and late Jim Heavner. She was one of the first to establish chronic pain care in Hungary and was the first Hungarian Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice.
Since 2013 she serves as a board examiner for WIP and she is the President of the Hungarian Chapter of the WIP.
She was a Chief Anesthesiologist, Intensivist and Pain physician at Péterfy Hospital, Budapest between 1999 and 2018. Since 2018 she has been practicing in private practice at Saint Magdolna Hospital. She performs most fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided pain interventional procedures, as well as teaches more advanced procedures to pain physicians from all over Europe. Regenerative medicine has been a part of her practice since 2006.
Currently she works in chronic interventional pain and anesthesia in Budapest at St Magdolna Private Hospital.
Her main clinical interests are treatment options for lumbar hernias, failed back surgery syndrome and regenerative medicine techniques (such as PRP and prolotherapy for various spine and musculoskeletal conditions).

Gabor B. Racz, MD, FIPP (USA)

Gabor B. Racz, MD, FIPP (USA)

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.

Raja Reddy, MD, FIPP, CIPS (UK)

Raja Reddy, MD, FIPP, CIPS (UK)

Dr Reddy trained as a specialist registrar in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine from the London south east thames school of anaesthesia and passed the The Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthesia, FRCA. He further completed the advanced pain medicine fellowship training from Guys & St. Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals and was awarded Fellowship of The Faculty of Pain Medicine of
The Royal College of Anaesthetists, FFPMRCA. He passed The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia, EDRA conducted by the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia, ESRA in Bordeaux, France. He later passed his Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, FIPP conducted by the World Institute of Pain, WIP in Budapest,
Hungary and Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist, CIPS conducted by the World
Institute of Pain in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Dr Reddy’s special interest is ultrasound guided interventional pain & musculoskeletal procedures. Dr Reddy is faculty and examiner for the Certified interventional Pain Sonologist CIPS examinations conducted by the World Institute of Pain in Miami & Budapest. He is the clinical director for chronic pain management services and educational director for pain medicine fellowship programme at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent, UK.
He is the course director for the Annual World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasound conference (WAPMU) London and UK chapter chairman of The World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography. Dr Reddy is the President Elect of The World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography, WAPMU.
As invited faculty he helps conduct workshops for World Institute of Pain (WIP), World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU), European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine (ESRA, Innsbruck), London Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine (LSORA, London), Society for Ultrasound in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine (SUA, London) and Pain School International (PSI, Budapest).

Ricardo Ruiz-López, MD, FIPP (Spain)

Ricardo Ruiz-López, MD, FIPP (Spain)

Michael Sommer, MD, FIPP, CIPS (The Netherlands)

Michael Sommer, MD, FIPP, CIPS (The Netherlands)

Dr. Sommer worked at Greifswald University, Germany from 1994 – 2002; thereafter, in 2002, he started working at Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands and is currently employed there.
In 2008, for the first time in the Netherlands, he started ultrasound-guided interventional pain procedures in chronic pain patients. As a faculty member of the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography, WAPMU, he was certified as interventional sonographist as one of the first in 2014 in Miami (CIPS).
He has delivered numerous presentations and lectures, nationally and internationally, on ultrasound in pain medicine, and several lectures to the students at the University of Maastricht. Dr. Sommer is a faculty member of the World Institute of Pain, WIP, and an examiner of the Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, FIPP, as well as for the Certified Interventional Pain Sonographist, CIPS.
He is a permanent faculty member at the chronic pain workshop of the London Society of Regional Anaesthesia, LSORA, held once annually.
He organised and continues to organize various courses on ultrasound in the Netherlands and is a co-organizer of ultrasound workshops nationally for the WIP.
Currently, he is Vice Chair of the Department of Chronic Pain Medicine at the University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Peter Staats, MD, MBA, FIPP (USA)

Peter Staats, MD, MBA, FIPP (USA)

Dr. Staats was the founder of the division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the division chief and director for over a decade. In this capacity he was youngest major division chief in the history of Johns Hopkins Hospital and was the first anesthesiologist to obtain surgical privileges at any academic university. In 2003 he became a founding partner in Premier Pain Centers in New Jersey which merged with National Spine and Pain Centers (NSPC), the largest pain practice in the United States. He is currently the chief medical officer of National Spine and Pain. He serves on the United States Health and Human Services Pain task force subcommittee.
He is boarded by the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the World Institute of Pain (FIPP). He has edited or co- authored 11 textbooks on pain medicine and written over four hundred articles, book chapters and abstracts on neuromodulation and the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems. His publications have appeared in prominent journals including JAMA, Lancet, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and others. He has chaired hundreds of meetings devoted to innovation in pain and neuromodulation around the world.
He is listed in Americas Top Doctors, New Jersey Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America. He is the Past President of (ASIPP), The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the southern pain society the New Jersey Society of interventional pain physicians (NJSIPP) and was the first chair of the American Society of Anesthesia’s committee on Interventional pain. He served as chairman of Board of Examination World Institute of Pain (WIP) and is currently President Elect of the WIP.

Monique Steegers, MD, PhD, FIPP (The Netherlands)

Monique Steegers, MD, PhD, FIPP (The Netherlands)

In Prof.dr Monique Steegers’ patient care, research and education, the daily clinical practice of patients influensing the quality of life of patients with acute and chronic pain and in the palliative care setting is still the starting point. Prof.dr. Steegers focuses mainly on the development of acute and chronic pain medicine. She focuses on the question of multidimensionality and interdisciplinary action in the chain care of the pain. She works extensively with national and international education groups and will always look for national and international connection in her research. As full professor dr. Steegers wants to further develop solid networks with professionals working in the field of pain medicine and palliative care influencing the quality of life.

Agnes Stogicza, MD, FIPP, CIPS (USA-Hungary)

Agnes Stogicza, MD, FIPP, CIPS (USA-Hungary)

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).

Andrea Trescot, MD, FIPP, CIPS (USA)

Andrea Trescot, MD, FIPP, CIPS (USA)

Andrea Trescot, MD is past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), past president of the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP), past president of the Alaska Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (AKSIPP), a former professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and the previous director of the pain fellowship programs at the University of Washington and the University of Florida. She was a pain clinic director in private practice for 10 years before she moved to academics. She has returned to private practice, where she splits her time between Alaska and Florida. She is also the Chief Medical Officer of Stimwave, a wireless stimulation company. Dr. Trescot has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and she is the editor and senior author of a 900-page pain textbook (Peripheral Nerve Entrapments – Clinical Diagnosis and Management). She is also co-author of PainWise – A Patient’s Guide to Pain Management, as well as co-editor of the three-volume pain review textbook Pain Medicine & Interventional Pain Management – A Comprehensive Review. She speaks internationally on topics of pain medicine and interventional pain management.

Giustino Varrassi, MD, FIPP (Italy)

Giustino Varrassi, MD, FIPP (Italy)

Prof. Dr. Giustino Varrassi is the current President of the World Institute of Pain, as well as of the Paulo Procacci Foundation. After studying medicine at the University Roma, Prof. Varrassi spent time as a researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, USA, and at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Prof. Varrassi continued his medical education at the University of Roma, specializing in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care and Pulmonary Diseases. He began his teaching career at the University of L’Aquila, eventually becoming a Full Professor and serving as the Chair of the Department of Anesthesia for 25 years. Prof. Varrassi has also served as President and Founding Member of the European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC), is a Founding Member of the European Society of Obstetric Anesthesiology (ESOA), and is a member of IASP, the Italian Association for the Study of Pain and the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Reanimation and Intensive Care. He has written approximately 500 articles, 46 book chapters and edited 31 books, in addition to being the organizer of more than 40 national and international congresses.

Kris Vissers, MD, FIPP (The Netherlands)

Kris Vissers, MD, FIPP (The Netherlands)

Jan Van Zundert, MD, FIPP (Belgium)

Jan Van Zundert, MD, FIPP (Belgium)

Jan Van Zundert is anesthesiologist, professor in Pain Medicine at the Maastricht University Medical Center and head of the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the Hospital Oost Limburg, Genk/Lanaken Belgium. He obtained the doctoral degree in Medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and completed in 1995 a 5 years residency in anesthesiology and reanimation at the University hospital Antwerp and specialized in pain medicine at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He obtained in 2005 his PhD at the Maastricht University with the thesis: “The use of pulsed radiofrequency in the treatment of chronic pain”. He followed a postgraduate training in Health Policy and Management at the Catholic University of Leuven and wrote a thesis on “The treatment of (chronic) low back pain in a multidisciplinary pain center: effects and costs” He also completed a postgraduate training in Health Law and Health Ethics at the University of Antwerp and wrote a thesis on “The scope and enforceability of practice guidelines” He authored 94 publications in PubMed indexed journals. He was (co)author of 38 book chapters. He holds functions in the editorial board of several journals and is the past editor of the Dutch and English version of the international guidelines “Evidence based interventional pain medicine according to clinical diagnoses”. He is member of the Board of Examination of the World Institute of Pain (WIP).