ORGANIZERS

ANDREA M. TRESCOT, MD, DABIPP, FIPP, CIPS

(Course/Module 1-4)

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.

FABRICIO DIAS ASSIS, MD, FIPP

Director, Singular Pain Management Center – Campinas, SP Brazil

(Course/Module 1-4)

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

(Course/Module 1-4)

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

(Course/Module 1-4)

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.

FACULTY

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.

CHARLES OLIVEIRA, MD, FIPP, CIPS, ASRA PAIN MSK

(Course/Module 3)

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).

ANDRE MARQUES MANSANO, MD, PhD, FIPP, CIPS

(Course/Module 4)

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.

JAVIER DE ANDRES ARES, MD, FIPP

Madrid, 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.

VINOD MALIK, MD, FIPP

Dr. Vinod Malik is double board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is active in teaching, and is currently an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University and is an on-site trainer for Medtronic neurostimulation and intrathecal pumps. Dr. Malik brings the latest in medical technology to those who suffer from severe chronic pain conditions.

RUBINA I AHMAD (MBBS, MCPS, MSC PAIN MEDICINE (UK), FIPP (USA)

Dr Rubina I Ahmad (MBBS, MCPS, MSc Pain Medicine (UK), FIPP (USA) is a Consultant in Chronic Pain Medicine & Anaesthetics in the UK. She is running independent pain clinics and performs interventional pain procedures for chronic pain conditions with special interest in managing patients with Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP), Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), Pelvic pain, Neck pain and Frozen shoulder, pre & post operated knee & Hip pain, Headaches & Migraines and Chronic Refractory Angina.

Dr Ahmad moved to the UK in 2000 where after completing her anaesthetic training programme with the Royal College of Anaesthetic – UK, she worked as a senior anaesthetist and developed an interest in pain medicine (2005). She then completed her Masters in Pain Medicine (MSc Pain Medicine – Cardiff University UK, 2010), followed by Advanced Fellowship training programme in Pain Medicine (2011) at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital. UK. Later she also worked as a locum consultant in pain medicine at Bart’s and Royal London University hospital NHS Trust for some time.

She was then offered a Lead Pain Consultant position at North Devon Hospital – UK, where she developed a complete pain unit and established the integral facilities for physiotherapy, CBT, Occupational health and psychologist to address all facets of chronic pain management.

Dr. Ahmad is a Fellow Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP – USA) and member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) and an Associate Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetist – UK.

PAUL CHRISTO, MD, MBA

Dr. Paul Christo is one of the world’s leading pain specialists and author of Aches and Gains, A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain. He’s an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program for 8 years, and the Blaustein Pain Treatment Centre for 5 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called, Aches and Gains®. Naomi Judd, Joe Montana, and Maya Angelou have all been guests. His show has earned him the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society, recognizing distinguished contributions to the field of pain medicine through public education, dissemination of information, and public service.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine awarded him their prestigious Patient Advocacy Award as well. Dr. Christo was selected as a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow, and named a “Hero” by The Pain Community, a patient advocacy association for his work on Aches and Gains. He was also honored by the American Society of Pain Educators as Pain Educator of the Year for his transformational work on public education through the media.

Dr. Christo is an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, serves on 4 journal editorial boards, has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, co-edited 3 textbooks on pain, and actively teaches medical students, residents, and pain fellows. He’ s a member of Men’s Health Magazine medical advisory board, serving as their first pain specialist.
He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pain Management, and has served on Advisory Boards for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, The International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society. He has also earned an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Health Care Management.