Pain School International was created by a group of pain practitioners from around the world to help fellow doctors become more informed and better skilled in treating their patients suffering from pain.

Our courses are for board certified physicians who would like to broaden their knowledge and improve their skills in interventional pain management. They are also for doctors who would like to become a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) and/or a Certified Interventional Ultrasound Sonographer (CIPS) issued by the World Institute of Pain (WIP).

Our Team

Meet the Organizing Faculty

Dr Agnes Sogicza
Program Director

Agnes Stogicza

MD, FIPP, CIPS, ASRA-PMUC

Dr. Agnes Stogicza is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain physician more than 15 years of experience in interventional pain management. She completed her pain fellowship at the University of Washington, where she served as 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 Saint 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 and Asia for the World Institute of Pain (WIP), the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU) and other societies.
She is a co-founder of Pain School International (https://painschoolinternational.com/) 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 cancer pain, spinal pain and related conditions (headaches, arm and leg pains) and the application of regenerative medicine (such as PRP, Stem cell and prolotherapy) for various spine and musculoskeletal conditions.
Education Coordinator

Andrea Trescot

MD, DABIPP, FIPP, CIPS

Andrea Trescot, MD is the past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), past fellowship director at the University of Florida and the University of Washington and the current 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 nationally and internationally on topics of pain medicine and interventional pain management.
Medical Coordinator

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.

Training Director

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.

Testimonials

This is what our participants say about us

Dear Organizers, making the decision to leave my family and take 3 planes and fly more than 24 hours was not easy….today I can say that I do not regret it. This experience has helped me to recognize that there is always a chance to learn, share experiences, all to give better alternatives for our patients. Thanks to everyone.

Claudia Cruz Ayalafrom El Salvador

Dear ALL, congratulations for the excellent organization of the course in all aspects! We have seen all your dedication and concern so everything could run perfectly. And it did!! It was a pleasure to meet each one of you. Dear teachers, it is impressive how you make things so easy to understand. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, being patient and caring about us. It was amazing to meet all of you and learn with you. I had a great time! You made it really enjoyable! Thank you all for sharing the knowledge and joy in these 4 days! I liked it very much! See you in May!!! Köszönöm

Raquel Amorim Correiafrom Brazil

Dear Teachers, Thank you for your kind guidance, support and wonderful teaching. The best ever course of my life. Hats off to you all. … Met many wonderful people here. Love you all. Hope we all will serve patients suffering from pain in a better way. Looking forward to meeting you all again in May.

Dr. Shahzad AnwarFrom Pakistan Scholarship Recipient

Great intensive course for pain procedures and FIPP exam. It is well worth. You will not only get hand skill, but also friendship and lifelong supervisors from faculty.

Nuj Tontisirin, Anaesthesiologistfrom Thailand