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International Neuromodulation Society Expert Panel
As a special benefit to members, the INS offers secure areas for members-only discussions and resources. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of online moderated discussions.
January - February 2017 Panel: Pelvic Pain and Neuromodulation
From Monday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, International Neuromodulation Society Director-at-Large Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD, will moderate a panel on "Pelvic Pain and Neuromodulation". He explains:
"While the anatomical landmarks for utilization of neuromodulation are clear, complexity of chronic pain originating from the pelvis and pelvic floor still present a great therapeutic challenge. Despite the fact that we still do not have evidence-based literature to support steps in the algorithm for treatment of pelvic pain, this panel is assembled to discuss and clarify indications, patient selection, selection of approaches and hardware for chronic pelvic pain neuromodulation. Novel approaches and waveforms will also be discussed."
Voted by his peers as a "Best Doctor in America," Dr. Kapural is a professor of anesthesiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Interventional Pain Physician at Carolinas Pain Institute. Dr. Kapural has published more than 100 journal articles, 100 abstracts and 25 book chapters regarding his interests, which center on discogenic low back pain, visceral abdominal pain, and spinal cord/peripheral nerve stimulation.
More about past panels:
The November 2016 panel:
Dr. Konstantina Petropoulou and Dr. Michael Saulino
Konstantina Petropoulou, MD, PhD, heads the Greece National Health System’s 2nd Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Athens. She focuses on neurological rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other diseases. She also provides a breadth of outpatient consultations. She and her department have accreditation -- both nationally and through the European Union of Medical Specialists -- to train PRM medical residents. A past president of the Hellenic Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, in 2013 Dr. Petropoulou wrote a comprehensive review for the INS newsletter on “Managing Spasticity with a Focus on Rehabilitation”. (Her abbreviated curriculum vitae provides a list of more publications she has authored on the subject.)
Michael Saulino, MD, PhD, co-authored a number of papers on best practices in intrathecal drug delivery in the August 2016 issue of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. Dr. Saulino, a physiatrist at MossRehab, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and Pain Management. His areas of clinical and research interest include pain management, spasticity management, and intrathecal therapy. Dr. Saulino has published a number of scientific articles in prestigious medical journals including the PM&R, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Neurology, Spinal Cord and Neuromodulation.
The October 2014 panel:
"Neuromodulation and Ischemic Pain"
INS President Dr. Simon Thomson, Dr. Shoaeddin Damirchi, and Dr. Gianni Colini Baldeschi
Dr. Damirchi, Chief Vascular Surgeon, Evangelisches Krankenhaus Herne, Director of the Vascular Center Herne / Castrop-Rauxel, Germany, remarked, "As a vascular surgeon in a high-volume center my daily routine is to revascularize patients with critical limb ischemia, if necessary in open, endovascular or hybrid procedures down to the foot. But despite all efforts there is a certain percentage where no or no more revascularization is possible. I always looked out for possibilities to save those patients from major amputation. In 2010,I started using neuromodulation in non-reconstructable limb ischemia and would not want to miss this effective treatment in well-chosen cases. I look very much forward to a stimulating discussion with colleagues sharing our experiences with more than 80 cases."
The August 2014 panel:
"How do we take neurostimulation beyond the Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee (NACC)?"
The January 2014 panelists:
Dr. Peter Goadsby and Dr. Richard L. Weiner
Co-moderators Dr. Peter Goadsby and Dr. Richard L. Weiner addressed the evidence for, and challenges of, occipital nerve stimulation for medically refractory primary headache in a discussion that coincided with publication in Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface 16:6 of a retrospective case series, "Long-Term Outcome in Occipital Nerve Stimulation Patients With Medically Intractable Primary Headache Disorders."
INS President Dr. Simon Thomson and INS Director-at-Large Dr. Konstantin Slavin
A discussion on the pros and cons of percutaneous vs. paddle leads for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) was co-moderated by Dr. Thomson, consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Trust, along with INS Dr. Slavin, professor of neurosurgery and head of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Thomson has been using SCS for 21 years and has extensive experience placing percutaneous cylindrical SCS leads. He has also been involved in research, guideline writing, training, teaching and clinical audit. With a keen interest in spinal cord stimulation becoming a standard of practice to manage refractory pain of neuropathic, ischaemic or visceral origin, he has worked to ensure there is high quality clinical evidence for the effectiveness and safety of this therapy at an affordable cost. Dr. Slavin has treated hundreds of patients with SCS over the past 15 years, and was selected to co-host this discussion because of his expertise in both percutaneous and laminectomy-type SCS electrodes. Among other publications, Dr. Slavin co-authored “NANS Training Requirements for Spinal Cord Stimulation Devices: Selection, Implantation, and Follow-up” in Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface in 2009 and a recent paper on “Incidence and avoidance of neurologic complications with paddle type spinal cord stimulation leads”, published in Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface in 2011.
The October 2013 panelist:
Prof. Turo Nurmikko, MD, PhD
"Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Neuropathic Pain" was presented Oct. 8 through Oct. 22, 2013 by Prof. Turo Nurmikko, MD, PhD, professor in Pain Relief, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, and director of the Pain Research Institute. He has led several research projects involving the peripheral and central mechanisms of chronic and experimental pain that involve the use of a variety of techniques such as functional and structural brain imaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, quantitative sensory testing and electrophysiology. This includes a number of studies involving the role of transcranial magnetic and transcranial direct current stimulation of the brain in chronic pain.
The July 2013 panelists:
Prof. Frank Huygen, MD, PhD, FIPP, Marc Russo, MBBS DA FANZCA FFPMANZCA
"Neuromodulation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome" was presented by Prof. Frank Huygen, MD, PhD, FIPP, professor of Pain Medicine and head of the Center for Pain Medicine at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, and INS Secretary Marc Russo, MBBS, DA(UK)FANZCA, FFPMFANZCA, founder, past president and secretary of the Australian chapter of INS. Dr. Huygen is internationally recognized in the field. Dr. Russo directs the Hunter Pain Clinic in New South Wales and Inpatient CRPS Management Program at Lindard Private Hospital in Newcastle, Australia. He has treated more than 700 CRPS patients.
The April 2013 panelists:
Prof. Tipu Aziz, FMedSci, Alex Green, MD
“Deep Brain Stimulation for Neuropathic Pain” was presented by Prof. Tipu Aziz, FMedSci and Alex Green, MD of Oxford University. Together, they have treated some 5% of all patients who have had this procedure, and have published a retrospective study of their results in 59 patients over the course of up to 12 years.
The March 2013 panelist:
Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD
Voted by his peers as a “Best Doctor in America,” Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD is a professor of anesthesiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and clinical director of the Wake Forest University Health Sciences Center Chronic Pain Center, Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research. Dr. Kapural moderated a discussion on "Neuromodulation for Visceral Pain." He has published more than 150 journal articles and abstracts and 20 book chapters regarding his interests, which center on discogenic low back pain, visceral abdominal pain, and spinal cord/peripheral nerve stimulation.
The Winter 2013 panelist:
Krishna Kumar, MD
Krishna Kumar, MD, is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan, School of Medicine, moderated a session on the topic of “Spinal Cord Stimulation Candidacy.”
The founding president of the Canadian Society of Neuromodulation and former director of the North American Neuromodulation Society (INS chapters), Dr. Kumar has presented and published more than 150 papers nationally and internationally, including a seminal paper, “Spinal cord stimulation versus conventional medical management for neuropathic pain: a multicentre randomised controlled trial in patients with failed back surgery syndrome,” published in Pain in 2007 (with co-authors Rod Taylor, PhD, and Line Jacques, MD).
The November 2012 panelist:
Elliot Krames, MD
Dr. Krames, founder and emeritus editor-in-chief of the journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, and past president of the International Neuromodulation Society, moderated an online discussion on “The Choice of Intrathecal Drugs for Pain.”
online biography for Dr. Krames:
The October 2012 panelist:
Timothy Deer, MD
Dr. Deer, International Neuromodulation Society president-elect and lead author of the newly released Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference findings, joined Director-at-Large Eric Buchser, MD to moderate an online discussion on "Evolving Recommendations and Future Considerations Regarding Intrathecal Drug Delivery to Manage Pain".
online biography for Dr. Deer:
The summer 2012 panelist:
Dr. Barolat led a panel from Aug. 29 - Sept. 12, 2012, drawing more than 600 views during the two-week session. His two topics were "Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation" and "Avoiding Lead Migration". A pioneer of spinal cord stimulation for spasticity and pain management, he operates one of the largest neuromodulation practices in the United States, with patients referred from all over the country.
He is certified by both the American and the Italian Board of Neurosurgery. He served from 1994 - 2000 as president and from 2004 - 2007, and again in 2008 - 2011 as director-at-large of the International Neuromodulation Society, of which he is a founding member.
The initial 2012 panelist:
Konstantin V. Slavin, MD
The first Expert Panel hosted in 2012 was moderated by Director-at-Large Dr. Konstantin Slavin, professor in the Neurosurgery Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago, about peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) for pain and other aspects of neuromodulation. During the first year, he took a lead role in organizing and overseeing periodic panels. More on his background:
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