ORGANIZERS

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

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Andrea Trescot, MD, DABIPP, FIPP, CIPS

Andrea Trescot, MD, DABIPP, FIPP, CIPS 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 was a pain clinic director in private practice for 15 years before she moved to academics. She has returned to private practice, where 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 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 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

May 2017, May 2018, August 2018, July 2019

Fabricio Dias Assis, MD, FIPP

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

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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, ASRA-PMUC

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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).

FACULTY

GABOR B. RACZ, MD, ABIPP, FIPP

February, May, July, August 2018

Gabor Racz

Gabor B. Racz, M.D. was born in Hungary and completed M.B. and Ch.B. degrees from the University of Liverpool Medical School in Liverpool, England. He served as house surgeon and physician at the Royal Southern Hospital in Liverpool before coming to America in 1963 for an anesthesiology residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York.

Dr. Racz filled numerous assignments, such as respiratory consultant in the neurosurgical head injury unit and Associate Professor at SUNY, until 1977 when he moved to Lubbock, Texas to become the first Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He held that position until March 1, 1999 when, as Director of Pain Services, he focused full attention to treatment of patients, expanding the operations of pain services, and the future development of an international pain center in Lubbock, Texas. He continued as professor and chair emeritus and co-director of the pain services at TTUHSC until June 2016.

ANDRE MARQUES MANSANO, MD, PHD, FIPP, CIPS

June, August, November 2017, May 2019

Andre Mansano

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.

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

August 2017, February 2018

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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).

Ana Carolina Braz Lima, MD, FIPP, CIPS, ASRA-PMUC

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Alivair Pain Management Center, Rio de Jeneiro – BRAZIL.

AMY YEATMAN, MD, FIPP, DABIPP

July 2018

Amy

Dr Amy Yeatman has been practicing interventional pain medicine since 2004. She is currently working in a multi-disciplinary pain program as the Interventional Pain Specialist at Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is board certified in Anesthesiology (2004) and Pain Medicine (2006). She is a fellow of the World Institute of Pain (FIPP, 2006) and a diplomat of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr Yeatman is honored to teach for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and act as a board examiner for the American Board of Interventional Pain. She is also honored to have had the opportunity to teach for the Brazilian Singular Pain Fellowship program. Dr Yeatman is also an assistant professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin. She enjoys participating in the education of medical students rotating through anesthesia in the third and fourth years of medical school as well as current Psychiatry Residents.

ATHMAJA THOTTUNGAL, MBBS, FRCA, FFPMRCA, EDRA, FIPP, CIPSD, FIPP

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• Consultant and Trust clinical lead for Pain management – Anaesthetics and Pain management, Kent and Canterbury hospital, East Kent University Hospitals NHS trust
• Course Director and Pain lead-London Society of Regional Anaesthesia (LSORA)
Education
Special Interests
• Pain management- Ultrasound guided interventions, Pelvic pain, shoulder pain, peripheral neuropathies, various types of neuromodulation and pain management programme.
• Anaesthesia- Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia as sole anaesthetic technique or for acute pain management after surgery. Special interest in blocks for breast, upper limb and lower limb surgeries.
• Medical education and research.

Teaching
-Fellow and faculty- World Institute of Pain (WIP)
-Faculty teaching ultrasound guided interventions and regional anaesthesia blocks for anesthesia and chronic pain management nationally and internationally.
-Fellow and faculty European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain medicine- EDPM examination faculty
-Honorary Senior lecturer – Canterbury Christ Church University.
Publication and presentations
• Author of seven chapters for the book “Revision notes in pain medicine” by Oxford press- 2018. In the process of publication.
• Chapter in the book “Ultrasound for interventional pain management” by Springer publication- 2018. Currently being edited for publication.
• Chapter author for “Sciatic nerve blocks”- Royal college of Anaesthetists e-learning platform-2017

More than 70 national and international poster and oral presentations.

LAURA DEMARTINI, MD, FIPP

Dr Laura Demartini

Dr Demartini specialized in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Pavia University in 1991, and in Pain Physiopathology and Therapy at Verona University in 1995. She followed courses on Traditional Chinese medicine in Italy, Sri Lanka and China, and did her FIPP diploma in 2018. From 1989 to 1996 Dr Demartini worked in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Service at Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia. After that she worked in the Pain Unit of Fondazione Maugeri in Pavia where she contributed to the development of the techniques of spinal pharmacological modulation for patients with pain and spasticity and neurostimulation. She was invited to European expert boards on these techniques. In 2009 she organized the Italian edition of ”Intrathecal EFIC Masterclass”.
She has been the Chief of the Pain Unit of Fondazione Maugeri in Pavia (now ICSMaugeri, SpA, SB) since 2012. She has also been lecturing at postgraduate courses on Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Bologna University with a course on Pain Physiopathology and Therapy since 2011, and at Milan University on the same topic since 2018.
Dr Demartini is member of the Directive Board of the Society Federdolore/SICD. She speaks at may Italian congresses and courses as also teaches at Pain School International in Budapest. She published more than 50 studies and translated some chapters of books on Pain Physiopathology and Therapy.

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

May 2018, February 2019

Rubina Ahmad

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.

VINOD MALIK, MD, FIPP

May 2018

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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.

PAUL CHRISTO, MD, MBA

May 2018, May 2019

Paul Christo LR

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 Center 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’ 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.

GEORGE C. CHANG CHIEN, MD

August 2018

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Dr. George C. Chang Chien specializes in musculoskeletal medicine and comprehensive pain management. He was trained in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and completed fellowship training in comprehensive pain medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Anesthesiology Institute.

Dr. Chang Chien has authored over 90 manuscripts on the diagnosis and treatment of pain and orthopedic injuries. He has active research in regenerative medicine and is an expert in the use of ultrasound for diagnostic and interventional procedures.

He is currently the Director of Pain Management at Ventura County Medical Center, Director of Center Regenerative Medicine at Southern California University, and Director of GCCInstitute.org where he teaches Regenerative Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound, and Ultrasound-Guided procedures. He is on the ASIPP Board of Directors, an ABIPP Examiner, and serves alongside Sudhir Diwan MD, as the Regenerative Medicine Section Co-Editor for Pain Physician Journal.

MILES R. DAY, MD

July 2018, July 2019

Dr Miles R. Day

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.

THAIS K. VANETTI, MD, FIPP

August 2018, May 2019

Thais K. Vanetti, MD, FIPP

Dr Thais K. Vanetti is a Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice. She`s a Medical anesthesiologist specialized in Pain Treatment by the Brazilian Medical Association. Dr Thais is also an Assistant physician at Singular Pain Management Center in Campinas, Brazil and works at Hospital 22 de Outubro in Mogi Mirim in Sao Paulo.

SUDHIR DIWAN, MD, FIPP

August 2018

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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.

LIONG LIEM, MD, PhD, FIPP

February 2018, May 2019

Dr Liem

Dr. Liem was born in Leiden, The Netherlands. He graduates at the Free University College of Medicine in Amsterdam. He completed his residency in anesthesiology, intensive care, and pain management at the St Antonius Hospital in Utrecht. He is board certified in Anesthesiology as well as Pain Medicine by the Dutch Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Liem has, since 1981, extensive experience in the use of interventional pain procedures and implanting neurostimulators to treat chronic pain. After leading the multidisciplinary Pain Unit at the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, he now works in Maastricht University as a consultant in MUMC +, Dept Anesthesiology and Pain Management.
Furthermore, he is Fellow of International Pain Practice according to the World Institute of Pain and was founder and president of the Benelux Neuromodulation Society. He has been Treasurer of the International Neuromodulation Society and member of the Editorial Board of the journal Neuromodulation. He has been principal investigator on several clinical trials and is participating in international consensus and appropriateness boards on pain and ¬¬spasticity. He has published several articles and book chapters on pain and neuromodulation and often speaks at national and international conferences in the Netherlands and abroad on pain topics and he is frequently invited to train physicians in the use of pain management techniques. In 2010 dr. Liem received the Sam Hassenbusch prize in Budapest. Over the last years, he has focused on completing his scientific work on stimulation of the dorsal root ganglion for the treatment of chronic pain and obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in January 2016.

CHRIST DECLERCK, MD, FIPP, CIPS

Dr Christ Declerck

Dr Declerck is a doctor of medicine, surgery and obstetrics. He also specialized in anesthesiology and  intensive care. He is a member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA). Dr Declerck is a Fellow of International Pain Practice by the World Institute of Pain (WIP) and he has been working in pain management for several years. He regularly teaches at workshops and presents at conferences, one of which is Pain School International in Budapest.

HAROLD CORDNER, MD, FIPP

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Dr. Cordner completed his residency in Anesthesia at Monmouth Medical Center, is board-Certified in Anesthesia, Pain Management and Interventional Pain Management and has been practicing in Sebastian and Vero Beach, Florida for over 25 years. Dr. Cordner is President-Elect of ASIPP and serves on the Executive Board of ASIPP. Dr. Cordner is on faculty as Associate Clinical Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, and Board Examiner for ABIPP and WIP. He serves on the Board of Directors for ASIPP, FSIPP, is Past-President of FSIPP, and serves on the editorial board of “Pain Physician” and “Neuromodulation”.
Dr. Cordner has published numerous articles, guidelines and chapters in several textbooks. He has presented hundreds of lectures and taught numerous course both nationally and internationally. Dr. Cordner has a special interest in Neuromodulation as well as practice management.

ALAN BERKMAN, MD, MBChB, DA(SA), FRCPC, FIPP, CIPS

Dr Alan Berkman

Originally from South Africa and trained in Cape Town and Pretoria, Dr. Berkman moved to Canada in 1990. Initially he worked as a rural GP Anaesthetist, then completed training at the University of British Columbia. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Anesthesia in 1995. He moved with his young family to Nanaimo, BC where after 3 years as a staff anesthesiologist with a keen interest in regional anesthesia, he was drawn into helping people with chronic pain. In 1998 he initiated the Interventional Pain Program at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. In collaboration with other stakeholders in 2004, he also developed a region wide Vancouver Island Multidisciplinary Pain Program. Dr. Berkman has developed numerous protocols and guidelines for the management of various chronic pain conditions and the management of palliative care patients. He is a life long learner and teacher and continues to treat every day as another opportunity to learn something new. He recently completed the Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice as part of that commitment. Dr. Berkman has held various leadership positions including Head of Department, Anesthesia NRGH, Regional Chief of Anesthesia, Central Island, Site Director Anesthesia Residency Training and Medical Student Training, NRGH, Director VIHA Pain Program, Nanaimo Site, Site Director Pain Residency Training Program and recently elected as Secretary, Canada Section, World Institute of Pain. In 2016, Dr. Berkman qualified as a Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist (CIPS) with the World Institute of Pain Board of Examiners, one of the few people in the world with this qualification.His interests in pain management included optimising treatment for CRPS, promoting interventional treatments for palliative patients, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation and the use of ultrasound in pain management. Alan’s outside interests include family time, kayaking, hiking, learning about wine and trying to stay fit.