The International Neuromodulation Society Board of Directors


Executive Officers

Simon J. Thomson, MBBS, FRCA, FIPP

Simon Thomson



Dr. Simon Thomson is a consultant in Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation and was appointed at Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Trust since October 1992. Since 2014 he also is on the staff of Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He works in a private capacity at Nuffield Health Brentwood, Spire Hartswood and The Chelmsford. He holds an interest in multidisciplinary pain management, pain and neuromodulation education, and clinical research. Since 2012 he is fulltime in pain medicine and neuromodulation.

In September 2009 he was elected as president of the International Neuromodulation Society and re-elected to serve a second term until September 2015. He was elected onto council of the British Pain Society and served from 2005 to 2008. He became a fellow of interventional pain practice (FIPP) in 2002.

He has created the INS Education and Public awareness strategy. Further INS developments that he instigated include an Endorsement Policy for workshops, statements, trainings and INS Research initiative (

He has developed and commissioned the UK neuromodulation registry project.

To do these projects he has raised over $500,000 in grants from industry partners.

He has been chief of the scientific committee for two large successful international congresses in London in 2011 and Berlin in 2013. He created the popular Neuromodulation Innovations symposia that bring leading scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, clinicians and consolidating companies together.

Key scientific contributions have been through the PROCESS and EPOS studies. Both his current research interests are of high quality randomised clinical trials of spinal cord stimulation for chronic refractory angina pectoris (RASCAL), prospective observational studies of outcomes after spinal cord stimulation (SCS), investigational studies of the effects on quantitative sensory testing in patients with neuropathic pain treated with SCS and the differential effects of supra and sub-threshold stimulation on SCS outcomes.

He was specialist adviser to ScHARR (University of Sheffield) on a Health Technology Assessment concerning SCS in refractory neuropathic and ischaemic pain (2007 to 2008) and contributed to the NICE technology assessment (TA159) in that capacity.

He was the first in the UK to publish long-term outcomes of SCS in a large personal series of patients with neuropathic and ischaemic pain syndromes and has contributed chapters to textbooks on pain management and neurostimulation for pain. He serves on editorial boards of four international medical journals.

He is involved in specialist training for pain management generally and SCS and IT drug delivery training specifically.

His colleagues regard him as a leader in the field of pain medicine and neuromodulation.

Neuromodulation and spinal cord stimulation are transforming chronic illness management. The worldwide progress in gaining patient access to neuromodulation has been significantly helped by the efforts of Dr. Thomson.

When not working he enjoys his family and likes to ski, play tennis both real and lawn, cycle, cook and entertain. He is husband to Liz and father to Ben, Jonny and Beth.

Timothy Deer, MD, FIPP

Timothy Deer


Timothy Deer, MD, was born and raised in Chesapeake West Virginia, USA.  During the last decade, he has originated many ideas which have been incorporated in the mainstream of present day theory and practice of Interventional Pain Management.

Dr. Deer completed his medical school education at West Virginia University where he was an Alpha Omega Alpha honor student at the top of his class.

After medical school Dr. Deer attended the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine where he did his training in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Pain Medicine.

Over the past thirteen years Dr. Deer has held numerous appointments including the Chairman of the American Society of Anesthesiologist committee on Pain Medicine. This forty two thousand member group represents more pain clinicians than any other organized body. Dr. Deer has also been President of the West Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists, President of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and Representative to the Carrier Advisory Committee to Medicare for Ohio and West Virginia.

In addition to those activities Dr. Deer is on the Board of Directors for the North American Neuromodulation Society. He is also on the editorial committee for the journals Neuromodulation, Pain Medicine and Pain Physician.

Dr. Deer has taught extensively on the topic of neuromodulation. He has lectured on the topic of spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug infusions throughout the United States, and also in Europe, Australia and Asia. He has taught cadaver techniques to hundreds of fellows and numerous practicing physicians. Dr. Deer is currently involved in studies approved by the FDA on stimulation for occipital induced migraine, stimulation for peripheral nerve disorders and stimulation for patients after stroke. He is also involved with new product design on a number of new devices.

Dr. Deer's future plans are focused on the advancement of the field of Pain Medicine.

Marc Russo, MD

Marc Russo


Dr Marc Russo was born in Sydney, Australia and commenced medical studies at Sydney University graduating in 1989.   He undertook training in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine with postgraduate qualifications as a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

He setup in 1999 a large multidisciplinary pain clinic in Newcastle, NSW that now employs over 40 clinical/allied health/administrative and research individuals making it one of the largest such units globally. He has been involved in neuromodulation since 1999 with spinal cord, peripheral nerve, occipital, sacral nerve stimulation and intrathecal therapy for both pain and spasticity.

He established the Australian chapter of the INS and has served as Secretary and President.

He established the Australian Pain Research Center and has been run over 40 trials including device and analgesia trials for pain relief.

He is a reviewer for the journals Neuromodulation and Anaesthesia & Intensive Care.   He has lectured nationally and internationally and led teaching courses in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand.   He is an active member of the Australian Pain Society.

His current interests are in CRPS management, new frontiers in neuromodulation and combination pharmacology of neuropathic pain.

He has a son James whom he hopes may someday be a future Wallaby and enjoys music, skiing and wine but not necessarily all at the same time.

 Fabian Cesar Piedimonte, MD

Fabián César Piedimonte


Dr. Fabián César Piedimonte was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and graduated from Medical School at 23 years old at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 1988, with an average score of 9 points over 10, obtaining the distinction of “Diploma of Honor”. In 1986, by competition, he obtained the Research Fellowship for the Young Investigator granted by the University of Buenos Aires and the CONICET through which he managed to characterize by immunohistochemistry the serotonergic neurons in the human brainstem and raise their relationship to the endogenous pain control. From that same year, still coursing his studies in medicine, he became involved with functional neurosurgery and neuromodulation, positioning himself as an assistant to Prof. Dr. Jorge Schvarcz and actively participating in deep brain stimulation procedures for pain and spasticity as well as in neurotransplantation protocols for Parkinson disease. In 1994, he completed his neurosurgery residency at the “Hospital de Clínicas José de San Martín” from the University of Buenos Aires subsequently performing as Chief Resident and Resident Instructor at the Neurological Institute “Raúl Carrea” (FLENI). In 1996 he attended a Fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy directed by Prof. Dr. Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira at the “Hospital de Clínicas”, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He courses the University Career in the Official Chair of Neurosurgery at the Teaching Hospital “José de San Martín” getting the title of University Neurosurgeon with a final score of 10 points in 1998. In 1999, he was accepted as a member of the Argentine College of Neurosurgeons. He is a Founding Member of the Argentinean Association of Neurosurgery Residents in which he serves as President during the period 1996/1998.

From 1985 to date, he has continuously served as a lecturer at the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. In 1989, he obtained by competition the position of Teaching Assistant as Head of Practical Assignments, Department of Anatomy, 1st in order of merit. In 1992, he finished the Career of Teachers Education and Training being appointed Staff Professor. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Professor of the Psychophysiology Chair at Salvador University, Argentina. In 2000 he was appointed Director of the Annual Course of Microsurgical Neuroanatomy intended for Neurosurgeons in training at Neurosciences Laboratory, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires. He has been active as a Lecturer, Coordinator and Director in several educational activities for graduate and postgraduate levels and has also chaired meetings in national and international conferences related to his specialty. He was recently appointed President of the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) for the 15h World Congress on Pain, which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October 2014. Also, besides being a Founder and President of the Argentinean Society of Neuromodulation (SANE) - Argentinean Chapter of the International Neuromodulation Society - (INS), he serves as Vice president (President Elect) of the Latin American Federation of Associations for the Study of Pain (FEDELAT), Past President of the Latin American Society of Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy (SLANFE), Past President of the Argentinean Association for the Study of Pain (AAED) - Argentinean Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain - (IASP), and Past President of the Chapter of Functional Neurosurgery of the Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (FLANC). He serves on the Board of Directors of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN), Membership and Chapters Committee of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and as Secretary General of the Inter-American Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SICCMI) - institution in which he also served as Founding Partner in 2007 -, and as titular member of several scientific societies.

He is author of numerous works, having won 10 national and international awards including highlights as “Stimulus to the Future” (1988), “Dr. Julio Aranovich” (1995), “Dr. Raúl Carrea” (1996 and 1998), “Dr. Manuel Balado” (1996), “Dr. Julio Ghersi” (1998) and “American Society of Regional Anesthesia” (1997), among others. He has attended numerous training courses abroad, highlighting among the most recent ones the Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) granted by the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in 2008, in Budapest, Hungary. He served as Staff Neurosurgeon at the Neurological Institute “Raúl Carrea” (FLENI) until 2003 and as Neurosurgeon Physician of the “Movement Disorders and Parkinson Program” at the “Hospital de Clínicas José de San Martín", University of Buenos Aires, until 2007. At present, he acts as Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at the “Hospital Interzonal de Agudos Evita de Lanús”, and President of CENIT Foundation for Research in Neurosciences. He also complements his activities with an intense academic work as Founder and Director of the Biannual Course of Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy correspondent to the Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy Chapter of the Argentinean Association of Neurosurgery (AANC), Director of the Course of Specialists of the Province of Buenos Aires, Founder and Director of the Course for Physicians on Improvement in the Treatment of Pain (e-learning) of the Argentinean Association for the Study of Pain (AAED), and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Functional Neurosurgery, Stereotaxy, Radiosurgery and Pain, named “NeuroTarget”, scientific publication Level 1 (Superior Level of Excellence according to the LATINDEX Catalogue) and official organ of scientific diffusion of the Argentinean Society of Neuromodulation (SANE), the Argentinean Association for the Study of Pain (AAED), and the Latin American Society of Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy (SLANFE). He has been recognized by his peers with the “Francisco Velasco Campos Award” in 2009 in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, and with the Honorary Presidency of the ABCUR Meeting, which he founded in 2002, last year in Montevideo, Uruguay, for his career and support of functional neurosurgery and neuromodulation in Latin America. Dr. Fabián César Piedimonte also performs activity in the government as Coordinator of the Program of Neuromodulation in the Province of Buenos Aires and is involved in the development of Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy in various Latin American Countries, supporting professionals involved in this area, and encouraging the beginning of this field with professionals of Countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Paraguay and Panama, among others.

Robert, M. Levy, MD, PhD

Robert M. Levy

Editor-in-Chief, Neuromodulation

Dr. Levy is Director, Marcus Neuroscience Institute in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.



Tia Sofatzis

Tia Sofatzis

Executive Director & Managing Editor

Tia Sofatzis graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a B.A. in American and English Literature. Tia has been the Managing Editor of Neuromodulation since its inception in 1998, and has worked in her role with the INS since 2001. She is perpetually inspired by the people who are working wonders in this field.

Nancy Garcia

Nancy Garcia

Public Education & Website Manager

Nancy Garcia received an honors bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s in journalism from the University of Michigan, where she studied print and broadcast journalism. She joined the INS in 2011 as the public education and website project manager.

With a background in carrying out lab projects as well as science writing, she enjoys the international nature of research collaborations. Having served on an educational policy committee in high school, and received college credit for conducting patient education, then starting a professional association as a member of the news media, and finds the INS position merges many of those interests.




Mary Bockman Price

Mary Bockman

Editorial Assistant

Mary Bockman Price graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in business management, and a master of arts degree in counseling psychology from Argosy University. Mary has served as the Editorial Assistant of Neuromodulation since 2009. Mary currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama. She greatly enjoys working for the Society and the journal during this time of growth.




National Chapter Presidents

Argentina  I  Australia  l  Benelux Countries  l  Brazil  l  Canada  l  China  l  Germany  l  Italy  l  Japan  l   Korea  l Nordic  l
North America  l Poland l  SE Europe  l  Spain  l  Switzerland  l  UK & Ireland

Juan Carlos Mario Andreani, MD
Juan Carlos Andreani


Dr. Juan Carlos Andreani
-       Medical graduate of National Buenos Aires University, 1976; University Neurologist degree from the Medical School of National Buenos Aires University, 1984.
-       Neurosurgeon certified by the Argentinian College of Neurosurgeons since 1988.        -       Lecturer of Neurology and Neurosurgery of the faculty of medicine and neurosurgery of the faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires since 2003.

-       Argentinean College of Neurosurgeons.
-       Argentinean Association of Neurosurgery.
-       International Federation of Electrical Stimulation Societies. (IFESS).
-       International Neuromodulation Society (INS).
-       Vice-president, 2009 – 2011 of the Argentinean Society of Neuromodulation (SANE) – chapter of the INS.
-       Vice-president, 2011 – 2013 of SANE.

-       Emergency neurosurgery
-       General neurosurgery (mainly brain tumors and spine)
-       Neurosurgical and Neuromodulative techniques for chronic pain and spasticity.
-       Biomedical research

-       Foreign physician assistant of the neurosurgical service of the Hospital Henri Mondor Paris (France), Head Prof. Jean Pierre Caron, 1985 - 1986.
-       Foreign physician assistant of the neurosurgical service of the Hospital Rangueil - Toulouse (France), Head Prof. Jean Pierre Caron del Prof. Ives Lazorthes, 1991 - 1994.
-       Scientific Representative for Clinical test of  “WALKAIDE” project peroneal stimulation for foot drop syndrome. University of Alberta, Canada. Prof. Richard Stein (work in progress).
-       Teaching Assistant of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires since 2003.
-       Managing Physician of the Department of Disability in “Zona Sanitaria VII A de la Pcia. De Bs. As”, in charge of Dr. Guillermo Alonso, since 2004.

-       Head of the Hospitalization room of the neurosurgical unit at the Hospital     “Vicente Lòpez y Planes” – General Rodrìguez – Pcia Buenos Aires – Argentina
-       Director of the Provincial Program of Neuromodulation, - Since December 2010. Information at:, website from the Ministery of Public Health of the Province of Buenos Aires – Argentina.
-       President of the Foundation INEUREA  – Buenos Aires – Argentina

-       Secretary in the free oral presentation sessions. 36th Argentinean Congress of Neurosurgery – AANC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 18 - 21, 2000.
-       Speaker, "New Model of Intrathecal Infusion Pump with Void System of Security." University of Moròn 2006 – City of Moròn October 2006.
-       Speaker in the biannual course of the Functional and stereotactic Neurosurgical Chapter – Argentinean Association of Neurosurgery – Módulo Spasticity. “Surgery of the DREZ.” June 21, 2008 – Buenos Aires – Argentina
-       Official representative of the SANE (in formation at the time) in the 15th Congress of the American Chapter of the IASP, Napa – California October 3 – 5, 2008, written report in the revue Neurotarget. Vol 3 N 3. pp 64 – 65.
-       Coordinator of SANE – Argentinean Congress of Pain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 8 – 10, 2009.
-       Official representative of the SANE (in formation at the time) in the 9th World Congress of INS in Seoul, Korea, September 11 – 19, 2009; written report in the revue Neurotarget. Vol 4 N 3. pp 57 – 8.
-       Speaker in the meeting of the “Sociedad Latinoamericana de neuromodulación y estereotaxia” in the XIX Argentinean Congress of Pain – Universidad Católica Argentina – Buenos Aires – Argentina, October 8 - 10, 2009.Title of the conference: “ Update in Surgery of the Nucleus Accumbens in Behavioral Troubles”.
-       Coordinator of SANE – Argentinean Congress of Pain, Buenos Aires – Argentina, October 8 – 10, 2009. Universidad Católica Argentina – Buenos Aires – Argentina.
-       Speaker in the XIX Argentinean Congress of Pain – XIX Argentinean Congress of Pain – Universidad Catholic Argentina – Buenos Aires – Argentina. “ Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain Control and “Update of the Nucleus Accumbens in Behavioral Troubles”
-       Speaker of the “ Reunión conjunta de Neurocirugía Funcional y Estereotáxica (ABCUR), April 23rd 2010. Punta del Este – Uruguay. Title of the conference: “The Antispasmogenic Effect of the Lateral Cord Stimulation”.
-       First Joint Meeting of the Argentinean and Brazilian Societies of Neuromodulation (RECOBRAN I) – Goiania – Brazil, November 17 – 20, 2010 – secretary, speaker, “Thermography is an useful tool for diagnosis and prognosis of Unilateral Complex Regional Pain Syndrome of Upper Limbs” and “Focal Spasticity: Surgical Strategy”; moderator in the conference panel entitled: “Cluster Headache and Migraine”.
-       Lecturer “Sociedad Latinoamericana de Neurocirugía Funcional y Estereotáxica (SLANFE)” – IX Congreso Internacional de Cuidados Paliativos de la Asociación Chilena para el Estudio del Dolor, “Opciones neuroquirúrgicas en la espasticidad focal refractaria”. Santiago de Chile – Chile. October 7th 2011; panel moderador.
-       Reviewer of scientific papers at the University of Morón – Pcia Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lateral Cord Stimulation (LCS) to relieve spasticity experimental protocol and results. Proceedings of the 10th Conference of the International Federation of Electrical Stimulation  (IFESS) Montreal-Canada, July 4-8th 2005. pp 153-5.

Surgically Brain Damaged Pig as a model to investigate FES’s applications on spasticity of cerebral and related diseases. Proceedings of the 10th Conference of the International Federation of Electrical Stimulation  (IFESS) Montreal-Canada, July 4-8th 2005. pp 156-8.

New void system for intrathecal pump infusion functioning. “In vitro” test. Revista Argentina De Bioingeniería, Vol 13 N1 Jun 2007; pp 17-21.

New animal model to mimic spastic cerebral palsy: the brain damaged pig preparation. Neuromodulation, vol XI N 3, pp 196-201

Lateral cord stimulation decreases spastic electromyographic spreading. Responses in a brain- damaged pig preparation.  Neuromodulation, vol XI N 3, pp 202 – 207. The basic idea of this work of research is protected for the “National Direction of scientific author´s rights”. Buenos Aires, Argentina N 82298, date October 11th, 1995.

-       Chief of Clinics of the Neurosurgical Service of Neurosurgery – Hospital Vicente López y Planes – General Rodriguez – Pcia de Buenos Aires – Argentina
-       Director – coordinator of the “Programa Provincial de Neuromodulación” – Ministry of Public Health – Pcia de Buenos Aires – Argentina
-       Hospital General Neurosurgical activity (Hospital Churruca – Visca – Buenos Aires – Argentina)
-       General Neurosurgical private activity.
-       President of the Argentinean Society of Neuromodulation (SANE) – Official Chapter of the International Neuromodulation Society since September 1, 2013), 2013 – 2015.
-       Employment in neurosurgical private area, of the specialized neurosurgical techniques chronic pain and spasticity treatments.
-       Indirect cerebellar stimulation to treat refractory Spastic Cerebral Palsy. Clinical trial phase 3. This work is the clinical continuation of previous research of the author and it is protected by scientific author`s right N 448953, since 11/10/1995.
-       Development of a new prototype of mechanical infusion pump for intrathecal administration of morphine in intractable cancer pain.
-       Consulting advisors of the department of Health and Disability of the INTI (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial) from April 2009 to the present.
-       Member of the editorial committee of the Revue Neurotarget.

Paul Verrills, MD
Paul Verrills



Musculoskeletal physician Paul Verrills, MBBS FAFMM GDMM(Hons) MPainMed FIPP, is a full-time Interventional Pain Management Physician and is the co-medical director of Metro Spinal Clinic in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine and completed a Masters in Pain Medicine under Professor Bogduk at the University of Newcastle. He has also been awarded his International Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice. In addition to his role with the INS and chapter leadership of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, he spent nearly a decade on the Research Committee of the International Spine Intervention Society. Dr. Verrills continues to lead a dedicated team undertaking cutting-edge research and data collection. He regularly presents in Australasia and the United States on interventional techniques and his special interest is Neuromodulation. He is an editorial reviewer for the journals Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface and Pain Medicine, as well as a past faculty member for INS. He is also an active member of the International Spine Intervention Society, World Institute of Pain, The International Association for the Study of Pain, and the Spine Society of Australia.

Mike JL DeJongste, MD, PhD
Mike JL DeJongste, MD, PhD


Benelux Countries

Mike JL DeJongste works at the University Hospital of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he obtained his medical degree in 1976. As a cardiologist, he served as Head of the Coronary Care Unit (CCU), Head of the Pacemaker Department, as a consultant for both peripheral clinics and chest surgeons, and as acting Chief-of-Staff. To date, he serves as Head of the Outpatient Clinic. Dr. DeJongste is also a fellow of European Society of Cardiology and member of the editorial board of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. He has served on the INS Executive Board as both secretary and treasurer. His cardiology interests relate to his former experiences. Being involved in the pacemaker department he wrote articles on clinical experiences with artificial cardiac pacemakers and as head of the CCU he investigated new strategies for interventions in patients suffering from myocardial ischemia. A Heart Foundation grant in 1991 has enabled him to link his former experiences with a new challenge: neuromodulation for angina. He embedded the investigation of neurostimulation in a broader scope of studies on brain-heart interactions, coordinated by a local and international working group on neurocardiology. The latter is meant for basic neurocardiological research. Dr. DeJongste published many articles in the field of neurocardiology and is leading expert in neurostimulation for angina. His 1994 PhD thesis was entitled: " Neurostimulation as an Adjuvant Therapy for Patients with Intractable Angina." In addition to serving as thesis advisor for seven other PhD candidates (three regarding neuromodulation), he has served on dissertation panels beyond the Netherlands.

Alexandre Novicki Francisco, MD
Alexandre Novicki Francisco, MD



Michel Prudhomme MD, PhD

Michel Prudhomme


Michel Prudhomme MD, PhD, is a neurosurgeon at CHU de Québec, Hôpital Enfant-Jésus and an adjoint professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the Université Laval.

Dr. Michel Prudhomme is neurosurgeon at the Centre Hospitalier Affilié Universitaire in Quebec City and Associate Professor in the department of surgery at Laval University. He is co-chairman for the research in neurosurgery and co-chairman of the division of functional neurosurgery. He is member of the program committee and admission committee in neurosurgery at Laval University.  He is since 2011 the secretary/treasurer of the Canadian Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, division of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation, and president-elect of the Canadian Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Prudhomme received his Certificate of Specialization in Neurosurgery of Province of Quebec (CSPQ) in 2002 and Fellow of Royal College of Surgeon of Canada (FRCSC) in 2011. He received his Ph.D. in neurological sciences and M.D. in 1996 from the University of Montreal and a master degree (MSc.) in neurological sciences in 1989.

Dr Prudhomme has special interest in neuromodulation for pain, movement disorders, spasticity and neuromodulation for walking. He does implantation for peripheral neurostimulation including occipital nerve stimulation, spinal cord, DBS, and intrathecal pump. He is the principal investigator for a new open-loop peripheral neurostimulator for walking and has research projects on the use of intrathecal pump for walking. He participates in the EVIDENCE study comparing the use of neurostimulation versus reoperation for the failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

Guoming Luan, MD, PhD

Guoming Luan


Prof. Guoming Luan is the Vice-President of Beijing Sanbo Brain Hospital of the Capital Medical University, established in Beijing in 2004. He achieved the Medical Degree in 1982 and studied under the guidance of Zhongcheng Wang, considered to be the founder of modern neurosurgery in China, at the Capital University of Medical Science, Beijing culminating in a PH.D in 1989. He gained professional research experience for two years in the University of California, Los Angeles, USA (UCLA). Afterward he devotes himself to clinical and research work about Functional Neurosurgery and focuses on the therapy of Epilepsy. In 2002, he created a technique, which is to use bipolar electrocoagulation to burn superficial cortex when treating refractory epilepsy. The latter was approved by the President of International Functional Neurosurgery later that year. This unique technique has now been adopted worldwide.

Prof. Luan is currently acting editor and sub-editor for more than 9 medical journals including 'Journal of the INS', 'The Chinese Journal of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery' and 'The Chinese Journal of Minimal Invasive Neurosurgery'. He has published more than 100 articles both in national and international journals. He is the ‘Editor in Chief’ of 8 books and has been published in over 10 National and Government led scientific publications. Furthermore, he has worked on 10 national, civic and ministry scientific research programs. He is not only the President of Chinese Neuromodulation Society, but also a vice-chairman of China Association Against Epilepsy and the Secretary-General of Asian Epilepsy Surgery Congress.

Jan Vesper, MD, PhD
Dr. Jan Vesper


Jan Vesper, MD, PhD

Department of Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy University Hospital Duesseldorf Germany

Scientific Education and Employment
1987-1993 Medical School, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
1993 final practical training at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA and        Kantonsspital Frauenfeld, Switzerland
1993–1995 Internship at the Neurosurgical Department, Friedrichshain Hospital, Berlin, Germany
1995-2000 Residency in Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Benjamin Franklin Medical  Center, Free University of Berlin (Director: Mario Brock)
1993 Doctoral degree ( by the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
2000 Board Certification for Neurosurgery
2000–2002 Board-certified Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Benjamin Franklin Medical Center, Free University of Berlin (Director: Mario Brock)
2000-2003 Associate Professor for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Benjamin Franklin Medical Center, Free University of Berlin (Director: Mario Brock)
2003-2007 Associate Professor for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Stereotaxy, Neurocenter, University Clinic Freiburg, (Director: Prof. Dr. med. C.B.  Ostertag)
2004 venia legendi, (PhD) Charité, Berlin
2007-2012 Full Professorship for Functional Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, University Clinic, Duesseldorf
Since 2012 Full Professorship for Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy, University Clinic, Head of the Center of Neuromodulation, Düsseldorf, Germany
Membership: DGNC, ESSFN, German working group for Deep Brain Stimulation, Movement Disorder Society, ESSFN, DGNM

Gianni Colini Baldeschi, MD

Dr. Gianni Colini Baldeschi


Dr. Gianni Colini Baldeschi was  born in Rome in 1954  He lives and works in Rome. He received is degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1979 and completed his residency in anesthesiology, intensive care and pain medicine in the same university. Dr Colini Baldeschi is a “Fellow of International Pain Practice” according to the World Institute of Pain.

1981-1986 Assistant Professor Dept. Anaestesiology S.Camillo-Forlanini Hospital Rome
1986-1995 Deputy Head Dept. Anaestesiology S.Camillo-Forlanini Hospital Rome
1995 – 1999 Head of the Department of Pain Therapy Unit of the Hospital S. Camillo - Forlanini of Rome
1999 - 2004 Head of Pain Invasive Treatments Unit of San Giovanni – Addolorata Hospital in Rome
January 2005 till now Director of the Pain Therapy Department of San Giovanni – Addolorata Hospital in Rome

Takamitsu Yamamoto, MD, PhD

Takamitsu Yamamoto


Dr. Takamitsu Yamamoto was born in 1951. He is professor of Applied System Neuroscience and Neurological Surgery at Nihon University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He has over 30 years experience in deep brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, and motor cortex stimulation. He is the member who first reported MCS for post-stroke pain and DBS for vegetative state patients (with Prof. Takashi Tsubokawa and Yoichi Katayama). He is also interested in the intra-operative neurophysiology, and the cortico-spinal motor evoked potential (D-wave) is his favorite one. 

Jung Yul Park, MD


Kaare Meier, MD, PhD
Kaare Meier, MD, PhD


Dr. Kaare Meier's professional activities are summarized at the following links:

David Kloth, MD
David Kloth, MD 

North America

Dr. David Kloth is medical director and president of Connecticut Pain Care. He has been practicing full-time interventional pain management since 1991, first as a member of the Danbury Hospital Anesthesia Department where he served as director of Acute Pain Management and developed its Chronic Pain Service, then, in 1995, as founder of Connecticut Pain Care, which has offices throughout the state.

Dr. Kloth is the current president of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), a position he will hold until December of 2015. He is an anesthesiologist by background, with certification in the subspecialty of pain management, he has been active in NANS since joining its board in 2005. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology with added qualifications in Pain Management and was the first physician in the state of Connecticut to be certified by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. He served on the board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) from its inception in 1998 until 2014. He is also a fellow of Interventional Pain Practice through the World Institute of Pain.

After graduating Union College in 1983, he went on to medical school at New York University School of Medicine where he completed his training in 1987. He then completed his formal training in anesthesiology and pain management through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, Dr. Kloth helped found the Connecticut Pain Society and was elected their first president, a role he served in for almost 10 years, he continues as their executive director and remains heavily involved in the state society. He served for several years on the Connecticut Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare in Connecticut and now serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Workers Compensation in the State of Connecticut. Dr. Kloth has worked for years with the Connecticut Workers Compensation Committee to help them develop coverage guidelines for pain management treatments, opioid guidelines for the workers compensation patient, and urine testing guidelines. He is the co-author of multiple articles in Pain Physician and helped co-author a book for patients, Pain Wise, in 2011 (all proceeds from online sales go to the ASIPP). 

Dr. Kloth has been active in the political arena on both a state and federal level to try to bring effective change in a number of areas including malpractice reform, coverage for different types of interventional pain treatments, reimbursement related challenges, and prescription drug abuse. Dr. Kloth has worked with state and federal officials on ways to help address the national drug epidemic affecting America today. Through ASIPP, and more recently NANS, he has met with federal officials in Baltimore (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), local carrier medical directors (Medicare intermediaries), and Washington, D.C. (federal legislators), in an attempt to bring about change on issues affecting pain management in the United States.

From 2009 until 2014, Dr. Kloth chaired the ASIPP and NANS Public Relations committees to promote the field of interventional pain management and neuromodulation and to specifically improve the public’s, media’s, insurance carrier’s, and government’s understanding of this evolving and complex field of medicine. He has been quoted on issues ranging from prescription drug abuse to issues healthcare reform in many major media outlets and has been seen on national TV, interviewed on radio and quoted in various publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Wojciech Maksymowicz, MD


Damianos Sakas, MD

Damianos Sakas

South Eastern Europe

Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Athens, Evangelismos General Hospital, Athens, Greece (2000 –). Graduate of Ionnidios School of Piraeus (1972) and Medical School, University of Athens (1978). Certificate of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates USA (1979). Military service in the Greek Navy (1979 -1981).
Specialty Training: Department of Surgery, General Hospital of Mytilene (1981-1982), Department of Neurology, University of Athens, Eginition Hospital (1981-1982) and Department of Neurosurgery, Evangelismos General Hospital, Athens (1983-1986). Completion of Specialty Training in Neurosurgery, Athens (1986). Neurosurgical Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (1986 -1989) M.D. Thesis, University of Athens (1988). Neurosurgical Registrar, Institute of Neurological Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland (1990-1991). Neurosurgical Registrar, National Centre for Neurosurgery, Dublin, Ireland (1991-1993).
Senior Appointments: Consultant Neurosurgeon Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, England (1993), Midland Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Birmingham, England (1994), and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, England (1995-1999). Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Warwick, England (1995-1999). Lead Clinician, Dept. of Neurosciences, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, England (1997-1999).
Editorial Work: Associate Editor, Yearbook of Neurology and Neurosurgery (1997-). Associate Editor, Yearbook of Medicine (2003-), Reviewer in Neuromodulation (2003-) and Acta Neurochirurgica, The European Journal of Neurosurgery (2003-). Editor of the textbook: An Introduction to Neurosurgery, Parissianos Medical Publishers (in Greek), Athens, (2003).
Membership of Societies: President, Hellenic Neurosurgical Society (2001-2003). President, South East European Chapter, International Neuromodulation Society (2004-). Member, Executive Committee, European Society for Functional & Stereotactic Neurosurgery (2000-). American Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1995-). Society of British Neurological Surgeons (1995-), Society for Research into Higher Education (1995-), Training Committee, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (2003-).
Special Neurosurgical Interests: epilepsy surgery, movement disorders surgery, vascular surgery, neurotrauma, skull base surgery and neuromodulation.

David Abejón, MD, FIPP

David Abejón


Dr. Abejón was born in Madrid in 1970; he received is degree in Medicine and Surgery in the University of Alcalá de Henares in 1994 and completed his residency in Anesthesiology, Reanimation and Pain Medicine in the University Hospital “Puerta de Hierro” (Madrid), as well as his PhD studies in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Dr Abejón is “Fellow of International Pain Practice” according to the World Institute of Pain and has been president of the Madrid Pain Society and of Spanish Chapter of Neromodulation. He currently leads the Pain Unit of the University Hospital “Puerta de Hierro” (Madrid) and is a regular collaborator of several private Health Institutions such as Clinica del Dolor de Madrid and M.D. Anderson Clinic.


Dr. Abejón is regularly performing the following treatments and procedures:

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Implants
  • Subcutaneous and peripheral neurostimulation implants
  • Implantable drug pumps
  • Urinary Incontinence neurostimulation implants
  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar discograms
  • Standard and Pulsed Radio-Frequency nerve ablation
    • Trigeminal, Sphenopalatine and stellate ganglia
    • Cervical, dorsal and lumbar applications
    • Disc
    • Sacral applications and impar ganglion
    • Peripheral nerves
    • Trigger points
  • Nerve blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions
  • Botulinic Toxin injections for pain relief
  • Discography


  • Abejón D, Feler C: Is Impedance a Parameter to be Taken into Account in Spinal Cord Stimulation? Pain Physician 2007; 10:533-540
  • Abejón D; Reig E; del Pozo C; Contreras R; Insausti J: Dual Spinal Cord Stimulation for Complex Pain: Preliminary Study. Neuromodulation, Volume 8, Number 2, April 2005 , pp. 105-111
  • Reig E, Abejón D, del Pozo C, Wojcikiewicz R: Spinal Cord Stimulation in Peripheral Vascular Disease: A Retrospective Analysis of 95 Cases. Pain Practice vol 1 no. 4, 2001 324-331
  • Reig E, Abejón D, del Pozo C, Insausti J, Contreras R: Thermocoagulation of the ganglion impar or ganglion of Walther: description of a modified approach. Preliminary results in chronic, non-oncological pain. Pain Pract. 2005 Jun ;5 (2):103-10
  • Abejón D, Reig E, Insausti J, Contreras R, del Pozo C: Use of discography for the diagnosis of discogenic pain. Comparison with nuclear magnetic resonance. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor Vol. 11/4, 2004
  • Abejon D, Garcia-del-Valle S, Fuentes ML; Gomez-Arnau, JI; Reig E; van Zundert, J: Pulsed Radiofrequency in Lumbar Radicular Pain: Clinical Effects in Various Etiological Groups. Pain Practice. 7(1):21-26, March 2007
  • Abejón D, Reig D: Is pulsed radiofrequency a neuromodulation technique? Neuromodulation, 2003; 6 (1):1-3.
  • Abejón D, Pérez-Cajaraville J, Romero A, Zúñiga A, del Pozo C, del Saz J: Epidurolysis efficacy in the treatment of failed back surgery. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor vol.14 no.3 , Apr. 2007

Christophe Perruchoud, MD

Christophe Perruchoud, MD


Roger Strachan, MBChB, MD, FRCSE, FRCS(SN)

United Kingdom and Ireland





Eric Buchser, MD

Eric Buchser

Dr. Buchser is currently the head of Anaesthesia and Pain Management Department and Neuromodulation Centre at the EHC-Hôpital de Morges, Switzerland, a clinical Professor at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne and a consultant in anaesthesia at the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland. He specialised in anaesthesia in 1983 after obtaining a federal diploma in medicine in 1977 and a doctorate in medicine in 1983. His postgraduate training included a clinical fellowship at the Pain Clinic, University of Washington, Seattle Washington, and in the Anaesthesia Department at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

His main interest within chronic pain management is neuromodulation whatever the indications. He has extensive experience with a number of other indications of neuromodulation including pain (whether due to vascular or neuropathic mechanisms) urinary and faecal incontinence, and field stimulation. He is the co-author or the author of more than 75 papers in the area of pain management and neuromodulation and have contributed to a number of book chapters.

His current research interests include the study of new stimulation modes for spinal cord stimulation and possibly also the electrical stimulation of other peripheral and central nervous structures. Another area of investigation is the distribution of drugs when administered in the cerebrospinal fluid at very low flow rates. Important practical clinical questions are raised, as it is now clear that intrathecally administered drugs do not spread as readily as previously assumed. Finally his group is part of a long-term project looking at the objective changes in physical activity under usual life conditions both in healthy control and patients with various pain conditions. This programme shows encouraging results supporting the concept that behavioural characteristics can contribute to the evaluation of chronic pain and in some cases may even contribute the diagnosis of the type of pain.

Besides his clinical commitments he has the responsibility of chairing the part II examination of the European Society of Anaesthesiologists and has other teaching duties in Europe and in the Swiss Anaesthesiology training organisation.

He is a member of several national and international societies and a founding member of the Swiss Society of Palliative Care Medicine and the Swiss Chapter of the International Neuromodulation Society of which the President is currently Dr. Christophe Perruchoud.

Curriculum Vitae

Ali Rezai, MD

Ali Rezai

Dr. Rezai earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Southern California and underwent neurosurgical training at New York University.  He completed his subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He then joined the neurosurgical faculty at New York University Medical Center, becoming the director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery until January 2000, when he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Dr. Rezai was the director of the Center for Neurological Restoration, as well as the Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic until August 2009, when he joined the faculty at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.   He is currently Associate Dean of Neuroscience and the Director of the Neurological Institute at OSU.

A board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Rezai’ s clinical areas of expertise are the neurosurgical management of patients with severe movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, psychiatric conditions such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain.  Dr. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle and Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors for 2001-2013.

Dr. Rezai has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and more than 30 book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of five journals.  He has edited a book on surgery for psychiatric disorders and the two volume textbook, Neuromodulation. In addition, Dr. Rezai has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-investigator on eight NIH grants. Dr. Rezai has trained over 40 fellows, has delivered over 430 lectures and chaired numerous symposia and meetings.  In 2007, Dr. Rezai presented his work to the President of the United States as well as to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Rezai is currently the Past President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the largest neurosurgical societies in the world, as well as the Past President North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN).

Dr. Rezai’s research focuses on mechanisms of neurostimulation, and developing neuromodulation devices and novel therapeutic strategies for treatment of neurological disorders. He has been involved in innovations using brain pacemakers for treating Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and traumatic brain injury.  His current research focuses on developing neuromodulation therapies to treat migraine headaches, asthma, addictions, Alzheimer’s, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorders and autism.

Dr. Rezai has received the Bottrell Neurosurgical Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship award, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William Sweet Investigator Award. He has also received several innovation awards.  Dr. Rezai holds 35 issued US patents for medical devices and technologies.

Dr. Rezai’s work has been in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, MIT’s Technology Review magazine, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail.  He has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television broadcasts including CBS’ 60 Minutes, Prime Time, The Charlie Rose Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS Nightly News and The Discovery Channel.

Konstantin Slavin, MD

Konstantin Slavin

Konstantin V. Slavin, MD, is a professor of neurosurgery in the University of Illinois at Chicago where he heads the section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Slavin obtained his degree in Azerbaijan State Medical Institute in Baku, USSR in 1988, and completed his neurosurgery training in Moscow and then again in Chicago. In addition to neurosurgery residency in University of Illinois (1994-2001), he completed fellowship in functional neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon (1998-1999) and went through special training in Ankara, Turkey and Grenoble, France in 2000.

Clinical interests of Dr. Slavin include all applications of surgical neuromodulation, including treatment of pain, movement disorders, epilepsy and psychiatric diseases. He is particularly interested in treatment of facial pain, cancer-related pain, Chiari malformation, stereotactic radiosurgery, and all aspects of functional neurosurgery. He authored and co-authored more than a hundred of chapters and peer-reviewed articles, edited a book on Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, and presented at countless educational events and professional conferences. He is now an associate editor of Neuromodulation, Neurosurgery, Surgical Neurology International and a member of editorial boards of several other professional journals.
Dr. Slavin’s research interests parallel his clinical expertise and include practical aspects of neuromodulation, multitude of prospective clinical studies and pioneering research in spinal cord stimulation for cerebral vasospasm and deep brain stimulation for tremor, Parkinson disease and depression.

Dr. Slavin has received many clinical and professional awards, including “Most Compassionate Doctor,” and for many years has been included in the prestigious “Top Surgeons” and “Best Doctors” lists in USA. He is currently a Vice-President of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, member of Executive committee of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of  Neurological Surgeons, and Director-at-Large of the North American Neuromodulation Society and the International Neuromodulation Society. He also serves on Medical Advisory Board of the Facial Pain Association (formerly Trigeminal Neuralgia Association).

Elliot S. Krames MD, DABPM

Elliot Krames

Emeritus Director-at-Large

Elliot S. Krames, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who has been practicing pain medicine solely since 1987. He is a pioneer and one of the leading experts in the field of intraspinal analgesia. He is a worldwide-recognized leader and educator in the field of neuromodulation for pain control. He has written extensively on implantable technologies for pain management and has conducted national and international symposia related to this topic.

Dr. Krames, from 1987 to 2014, was the Medical Director of Pacific Pain Treatment Centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, an organization of pain clinics dedicated to interdisciplinary pain medicine. He is co-founder of the National Pain Foundation, a founding member of the North American Neuromodulation Society and has participated on the boards of the North American Neuromodulation Society, the International Neuromodulation Society, the World Institute of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He serves as scientific advisor and is on the speaker's bureaus of several major medical corporations. Among the more than 25 meetings he has chaired, Dr. Krames was the Chairman of the Worldwide Pain Conference of the International and North American Neuromodulation Societies the World Institute of Pain and the World Society of Pain Clinicians, held July 15 - 21, 2000 in San Francisco, California; Co-chairman of the 6th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society, June 25 - 28, 2003, Madrid, Spain; and Chairman of the 7th and 8th INS World Congresses in 2007 in Acapulco, Mexico and 2009 in Seoul, Korea, respectively; as well as co-chair of the inaugural meeting on Electrical Stimulation Of The Nervous System: Mechanisms of Action, held March 28 – 31, 2014 in Orlando Florida.

Among his awards and honors, he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the North American Neuromodulation Society in 2003 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011; the International Neuromodulation Society’s Giant of Neuromodulation Award in 2013, and the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s President’s Award for Promoting the Science of Pain Medicine in 2014.

Dr. Krames has published more than 100 research papers, serves on several editorial boards, and co-edited a number of books, including Operative Neuromodulation: Volume 1: Functional Neuroprosthetic Surgery in 2007 with Professor Damianos Sakas and Brian Simpson, MA, MD, FRCS, and Neuromodulation, Volumes 1 - 2 in 2009 with professors P. Hunter Peckham and Ali Rezai.

Dr. Krames was the founding editor of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, the journal of the International Neuromodulation Society, serving as Editor-in-Chief from 1998 until September 2009, when he became Emeritus Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Krames served as INS President from 2006 to 2009, as Immediate Past President from 2009 to 2011, and since 2011 has been Emeritus Director-at-Large.


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