Andrea M. Trescot, MD, DABIPP, FIPP, CIPS
Dr. Andrea Trescot is chair of the Education Committee of WIP, past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), past president and current director at large of the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP), current president of the Alaska Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (AKSIPP), a former board member of ASIPP, a member of the Board of Directors of the World Institute of Pain (WIP), a former professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and previous director of the pain fellowship programs at the University of Washington and the University of Florida. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, with internship and residency in anesthesia at Bethesda Naval Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at National Children’s Hospital in Washington. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice. Dr. Trescot is board certified in anesthesiology, pain management, interventional pain management and critical care. She has 25+ years experience as a pain clinic director in private practice and currently she splits her time between Alaska and Florida. Dr. Trescot has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and she is the editor and senior author of a new pain textbook (Peripheral Nerve Entrapments – Clinical Diagnosis and Management). She is co-author of PainWise – A Patient’s Guide to Pain Management, and co-editor of the three-volume pain review textbook Pain Medicine & Interventional Pain Management – A Comprehensive Review. She speaks nationally and internationally on topics of pain medicine and interventional pain management.
Fabrício Dias Assis, MD, FIPP
Director, Singular Pain Management Center – Campinas, SP Brazil
Dr. Fabrício Assis is the president of the Brazilian section of the World Institute of Pain (WIP). He is a member of the Board of Examination and member for the New Projects Development Committee, both for WIP. He 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 multiple educational projects and has trained physicians in interventional pain all over the world for the last 10 years. In 2011 he developed a highly regarded year-long training program in Interventional Pain in Brazil, where physicians from all over Brazil and neighboring countries from Latin America come once a month for training during the year.
Dr. Assis became a certified pain specialist at the Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, in 1998. Since then he began his work in interventional pain management and focused his work mainly on chronic pain patients, performing a wide range of procedures. He has 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.
Edit Racz, MD, FIPP
Dr. Edit Racz has 32 years of experience in chronic pain management, with an anesthesia and critical care background. She became involved with the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in 1994 and initiated the yearly Budapest Congress with Profs Prithvy Raj, Gabor Racz and 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. She is the President of the Hungarian Chapter of the WIP, and since 2013 she serves as a board examiner for WIP.
She is the Head of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine in Peterfy Hospital, Budapest. She is a specialist in fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided pain interventional procedures, and teaches more advanced procedures to pain physicians from all over Europe. Regenerative medicine has also been a part of her practice since 2000.
Agnes Stogicza, MD, FIPP, CIPS
Dr. Agnes Stogicza is a board-certified anesthesiologist and critical care physician with 15 years of experience in interventional pain management of acute and chronic pain. She completed her pain fellowship at the University of Washington, where she has been on faculty for the last 7 years. As a clinician-educator she treats pain patients; and teaches minimally invasive interventional pain procedures, regional anesthesia techniques and medication management for medically challenging chronic pain patients to pain fellows and residents.
She is a member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) Education Committee, the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU) 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 minimally invasive pain management procedures in the US, Europe, South America and Africa for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), WIP, WAPMU, Singular and other societies.
She has authored and co-authored many papers and book-chapters in chronic pain management.
GABOR B. RACZ, MD, ABIPP, FIPP
(Course/Module 1-4 in 2018)
Gábor Béla Rácz is a board-certified anesthesiologist and professor emeritus at Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas, where he is also Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Anesthesiology and Co-Director of Pain Services. He has worked in the field of chronic back pain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
In 1982, he designed the Racz catheter, a flexible, spring-wound catheter with a small fluoroscopic probe. In 1989, he developed epidural lysis of adhesions, sometimes referred to as percutaneous adhesiolysis, or simply the Racz procedure. It is a minimally invasive, percutaneous intervention for treating chronic spinal pain often due to scarring after post lumbar surgery syndrome, sometimes called failed back surgery, and also low back and radicular pain from spinal stenosis, a disease of aging.
The Hungarian born Racz graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine, and worked in the UK until 1963 at which time he moved to the United States. He completed his anesthesiology residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He also worked as an associate attending anesthesiologist and respiratory consultant for other hospitals including the Veterans Administration Hospital, and the UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, New York before moving to Lubbock, Texas where he became the first Chairman of Anesthesiology for the then-new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Racz is also one of the founders of the World Institute of Pain.
Dr. Charles Oliveira MD, FIPP, CIPS, ASRA PAIN MSK
Dr. Charles Oliveira is current president of the Brazilian Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (Sobramid), vice-chairman of the Brazilian Section of the World Institute of Pain (WIP), and a member of FIPP Board of Examination. A board-certified anesthesiologist with years of experience in the fields of anesthesia and interventional pain management of acute and chronic pain, he has also spoken and taught pain physicians in Brazil and around the world. Dr. Oliveira has trained and taken courses in Spain, Hungary,England,Turkey,the Netherlands, and the US, to name a few. A specialist in fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided pain interventional procedures, he provides pain care in his private practice and at the Singular Pain Management Center in Campinas, SP, Brazil, which he co-founded in 2009. It was the first multidisciplinary pain clinic in Latin America to become a WIP EPP (Excellence in Pain Practice) award center (2011). His background in continuing pain education includes teaching fellows at his Campinas, São Paulo, pain center and helping to develop a highly regarded year-long training program in Interventional Pain in Brazil, where physicians from all over the country and neighboring Latin American nations come once a month for training during the year. Recently he has also organized hands-on workshops on ultrasound guided pain interventional procedures. He has co-authored a report in “ASIPP Pain Management Reports” (Skin Burn after SI Denervation following RF Procedures) and a chapter on Genitofemoral Nerve Entrapment: Abdominal) in the pain textbook “Peripheral Nerve Entrapment – Clinical Diagnosis and Management” (Trescot).
André Marques Mansano, MD, PhD, FIPP, CIPS
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.
MERT AKBAŞ, MD, FIPP
(Course/Module 1 in 2018)
Mert Akbas is an associative professor of Anaesthesiologist and Pain management physician at Akdeniz University, School of Medicine in Turkey. He joined the Akdeniz University faculty in 1993. He is the associative professor 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.
Sudhir Diwan, MD, FIPP
(Course/Module 4 in 2018)
Dr. Sudhir Diwan, nationally and internationally recognized as a key opinion leader in the field of pain management, is the Executive Director of Manhattan Spine & Pain Medicine, 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 10 years, 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
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, WVSIPP – Pain Meetings, American Cancer Society, the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the World Institute of Pain, and numerous pain specialty societies and congresses in Europe, Brazil and Mexico. Currently he is CEO of NYSIPP and Course Co-Director of the Annuals NYSIPP/NJSIPP Pain Medicine Symposium, and First Executive Vice President, ASIPP.
HUNGARIAN PAIN FOUNDATION
The course is administered by the Hungarian Pain Foundation (Fájdalom Alapítvány) which is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by Hungarian physicians. Its mission is to provide accessible, patient-centered, chronic pain treatment at world standards.
Initially it supported the development of the Pain Clinic at Péterfy Sándor Hospital, Budapest , one of the first facilities in Hungary to provide chronic pain care.
The Hungarian Pain Foundation is currently achieving its mission by:
- Organizing local courses for the continuing education of Hungarian anaesthesiologists and neurosurgeon pain physicians
- Providing local and international physicians chronic pain training at our Pain Clinic
- Providing scholarships to local physicians to attend international courses and congresses
- Supporting research and innovation in new chronic pain treatments and rehabilitation
- Facilitating grant applications for new equipment in the Budapest Pain Clinic