The International Neuromodulation Society Board of Directors


Executive Officers

Timothy Deer, MD, FIPP

Timothy Deer


Dr. Timothy Deer was born and raised in the small town of Chesapeake West Virginia, USA. Since the 1990s, in his medical practice and academic endeavors he has originated many ideas that 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.

Since the year 2000, Dr. Deer has held numerous appointments including the Chairman of the American Society of Anesthesiologist committee on Pain Medicine. This 48,000 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.

In 2015, Dr. Deer became President of the International Neuromodulation Society, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the North American Neuromodulation Society and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Dr. Deer is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on the topic of interventional pain treatment, has edited a critically acclaimed atlas on implantable devices, and edited a best-selling comprehensive textbook on multidisciplinary pain treatment. In addition he has been active in peer review and is on the editorial committee for the journals Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, Pain Medicine and Pain Physician. He serves as associate editor for Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.
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 more than 1,000 fellows and practicing physicians. Dr. Deer is currently involved in several pivotal FDA-approved studies and international research collaborations. 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 and globalization of access to new and advanced techniques throughout the world.

Simon J. Thomson, MBBS, FRCA, FIPP

Simon Thomson


Past President

Dr. Simon Thomson is a consultant in Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation at Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Trust since October 1992. He works in a private capacity at Nuffield Health Brentwood, The Chelmsford and Spire Hartswood. 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 June 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 founded the Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland (NSUKI) in 2000.

He led the INS team and executive board to create the INS Education and Public awareness strategy and to establish the INS as a flagship for all matters pertaining to neuromodulation. Under his Presidency INS membership, chapter formations and INS congress attendees more than doubled. He has established INS global regional meetings between biennial congress years.

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 chair of the scientific committee for three large successful international congresses in London in 2011, Berlin in 2013 and Montreal 2015. He created the popular Neuromodulation Innovations symposia that bring leading scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, clinicians and consolidating companies together and the Basic Neuromodulation Science satellite symposia.

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, the effect of frequency on SCS outcomes and the identification of  SCS biomarkers.

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 appraisal (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 board of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.

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

He is an advocate of pain management and neuromodulation specifically and addresses public audiences and writes articles for scientific community and popular newspapers
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.

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 France l Germany l Italy l Japan l Korea l Nordic l North America l Poland l South Africa l SE Europe l Spain l Switzerland l Turkey 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.

Richard Sullivan, MBChB, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA
Dr. Richard Sullivan 


Dr. Richard Sullivan is a Pain Medicine Specialist and Specialist Anaesthetist at Precision Brain, Spine and Pain Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

He has a public position as a pain specialist and specialist Anaesthetist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in East Melbourne and was recently successful in establishing Peter Mac as a centre for fellowship training in pain medicine.

His focus is in clinical practice, research and advancing neuromodulation therapies in the private sector where he sees patients with a diverse range of conditions including post surgical pain syndromes in non-cancer patients and cancer survivors.  

He is a medical director and co-founding company director of a multi-site interstate outpatient pain management program focused around empowering patients in effective self-management, functional and vocational recovery and improved quality of life - The program is Precision Ascend. The program is a Network Provider for Worksafe Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission.

Dr. Sullivan is a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

He assisted with the authorship of the current training curriculum for both the College of Anaesthesia and the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

He obtained a Bachelor of Medicine, & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Otago University, New Zealand (1993 – 1998).

His professional appointments include President of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, Chair of the Scientific Committee, Australian and New Zealand Neuromodulation Society and a number of pharmaceutical and medical device advisory boards. He is a past Victorian Director of the Australian Pain Society.

Dr. Sullivan is an invited national and international speaker on a diverse range of topics in pain medicine.

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.

Tiago Freitas, MD, PhD
Tiago Freitas


Dr. Tiago Freitas was born in Bom Jesus-Goiás, a central state in Brazil and graduated from Medical School at 22 years old with honnors at the Federal University of Goiás in 2000. He completed his residency training in neurosurgery at the “Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal” in Brasília in 2005, being a certified neurosurgeon by the Brasilian College of Neurosurgeons since then. Even in residency he started his interest in functional neurosurgery doing research in awake craniotomy, pain treatment and neuromodulation. He completed his subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA and at the “Hospital de Clínicas” School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil in 2006.

He started his practice as a staff member in “Hospital de Base” in Brasilia and as coordinator of functional neurosurgery department in Brasilia University and the Brasilia Institute of Pain (“INDOR”).

Clinical interests of Dr. Freitas include all applications of surgical neuromodulation, including treatment of pain, movement disorders, and psychiatric diseases. He is particularly interested in treatment of back pain, peripheral nerve stimulation, facial pain, Parkinson`s disease and psychiatric diseases

Since 2007 he has been active as a lecturer, coordinator and director in several educational activities for graduate and postgraduate levels and has also an active colaborator and speaker in national and international conferences related to his specialty. He is also an active author of works  in pain, movement disorders and  neuromodulation as well as a writer of book chapters related to the field. He has adressed numerous training courses abroad, highlighting the Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) granted by the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in 2012, in London, England and the course about Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, by Harvard Medical School.

His scientific production can be seen in:
Dr. Freitas is a titular member of several societies and recently was added as editor-member 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).

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.

Philippe Rigoard, MD, PhD
Dr. Philippe Rigoard


Prof. Philippe Rigoard is senior surgeon and coordinator of the Spine & Neuromodulation Unit within the Neurosurgical Department at the Poitiers University Hospital in France. He is also an Honorary Consultant in the pain clinic of Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust hospital in London, UK; an Anatomy Conference reader at the Human Morphology Institute, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Poitiers; a researcher at Inserm CIC (Clinical Investigation Center) 802; and the research program director of the N3Lab (Neuromodulation & Neural Networks Lab) in Poitiers. He has expended a lot of effort to rebuild the INS French chapter (Société Française de NeuroModulation, SFNM), which is now represented again in the global community.

While studying anatomy and morphology at National Art Institute, Beaux-Arts, Paris, from 1994-1996, Prof. Rigoard decided to enter into medicine. He received his medical degree as 1st Laureate of the Faculty of Medicine in Poitiers in 2006 and completed postgraduate medical training in spine surgery in 2008 and a fellowship in functional neurosurgery in 2009.

From 2002-2007 he also completed his PhD of Sciences in Poitiers, as well as several degrees including in neuromuscular diseases, acute pain, chronic pain and pain management in emergency conditions, microsurgical techniques and surgical robotics.

His main research interests are neuromodulation and spine biomechanics. He has been involved in intensive scientific collaborations with several researchers worldwide, e.g., Prof. Krishna Kumar (Canada); Dr. Mehul Desai, Prof. Richard North, and Prof. Konstantin Slavin (USA); and Dr. Adnan Al-Kaisy (UK).

Prof. Rigoard is a reviewer for several scientific journals. He is also a member of professional societies, including the International Association for the Study of Pain, International Neuromodulation Society, European Association of Neurosurgeons, French and North American Society of Spine Surgery.

Prof. Rigoard has also published dozens of journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and has lectured at more than 100 conferences and symposia worldwide.

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. 

Byung-chul Son, MD, PhD


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


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

Ashwini Sharan, MD FACS
Dr. Ashwini Sharan 

North America

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a professor in the departments of neurosurgery and neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He has been in practice for 15 years and his practice focuses on surgery for epilepsy, neuromoduatory surgery, and spinal neurosurgery.

At Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Sharan provides unique expertise in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. His expertise also includes intrathecal pump implantation for spasticity, spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain disorders, and vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy. In addition, he leads the surgical epilepsy program at Thomas Jefferson University, where approximately 100 patients per year are treated with surgery and a majority are cured.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sharan is a true academician. He has been awarded the William H. Sweet Young Investigator Award, the William Buchhiet Teacher of the Year Award, was named by Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star at age 40, and was named one of America’s Top Doctors.  He has completed fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in functional neurosurgery with Ali Rezai and fellowship in spinal neurosurgery with Ed Benzel.

Dr. Sharan is a leading researcher in advance functional imaging of the brain for patients with epilepsy. In addition to these responsibilities, he is currently the program director of the Jefferson Neurosurgery residency. He is president for the North American Neuromodulation Society and serves on the board of directors for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored more than 100 publications and given countless invited talks. Dr. Sharan has been a faculty member for several review courses throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Sharan is actively involved in innovation in the field of neuromodulation.  He holds multiple patents in neurostimulation and neurosurgery.  He was part of the founding team member in Intelect Medical and Endius.  He is currently part of the active founding members for Cerebral Therapeutics and Mudjala. He holds board positions in Tiger Labs and Neurotarget.

Prof. dr Wojciech Maksymowicz
Wojciech Maksymowicz


Prof. Wojciech Maksymowicz, MD, PhD was born on the 24th of May 1955 in Włocławek, Poland.

In 1980 he graduated from the Medical University of Warsaw, where he also received his doctorate in the same year and later a post-doctoral degree in 1994. During his 12 years of work in Neurosurgery Clinic at the Medical University of Warsaw he received his 1st and 2nd degree specialization in the range of neurosurgery and neurotraumatology in 1983 and in 1987.

At that time he performed the first implantations of the epidural spinal cord stimulations in Poland in cooperation with Restorative Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He expanded his neurosurgery knowledge during a five-year European Neurosurgery Course organized by European Association of Neurosurgical Societies. He completed the course in 1992 in Jerusalem.

In 1990 he worked scientifically in the Clinic of Neurosurgery Wessex Neurological Center of the University in Southampton. Over the period 1997-1999 he was the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Polish Republic, leading the implementation of the huge healthcare reform.

After that he became the head of Neurosurgery Department in the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior in Warsaw. On a proposal from the Scientific Council of Military Medical Institute in 2006, he received the professor’s degree.

Since 2007 he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, at the same time being the head of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Clinic and Laboratory of Research on Stem Cells at this university.

He is the author of over 120 publications and scientific reports and also the member of Scientific Council to the Health Minister of Poland.

Russell Raath, MBChB MMed FIPP

South Africa

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.

Antonio Pajuelo, MD

Dr. Pajuelo


Dr. Antonio Pajuelo. Head of the Pain Unit at the University Hospital Virgen del Rocío, Sevilla, Spain. Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Seville (subjects: Fundamentals of Anesthesiology, and Pain in medical practice). Director of the Master of Pain Management at the University of Sevilla (5th Edition). In his unit are treated annually over 2,500 new patients in medical consultation and implanted annually over 100 stimulators (SCS, peripheral and dorsal root ganglion) and more than 75 intrathecal infusion pumps.

Christophe Perruchoud, MD

Christophe Perruchoud, MD


Prof. Dr. Gül Köknel Talu
Gul Talu, MD, FIPP


Prof.Gül Köknel Talu,MD, FIPP
Chair of the Department of Algology, Medical Faculty of Istanbul University
Editor-in Chief of the journal of the Turkish Society of Algology, AGRI (pain)

Medical Graduate of İstanbul University, 1991
University anesthesiologist degree from Anesthesiology Department of İstanbul University Medical Faculty, 1997; working in Department of Algology of İstanbul University Medical Faculty since then
Pediatric intensive care unit fellowship at Childrens Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 1994
Pain fellowship at the Department of Algology as a member of the İstanbul University medical faculty, 1997-2002
World Institute of Pain pain fellow (FIPP), 2002, Budapest
Associate professorship in anesthesiology 2003
Pain fellowship at Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Center, 2004-2005
Professorship in anesthesiology 2009
Chair of the Department of Algology, İstanbul University Medical Faculty, since 2011
        Turkish Pain Association (Faculty Member)
        Turkish Anesthesiology and Reanimation Association
        Turkish Regional Anesthesiology Association
Turkish Palliative Care Association (Founder and Faculty Member)
Turkish Pain Board (Founder and Faculty Member)
Turkish Pain Board, Exam Committee (chair)
World Institute of Pain (Faculty member 2007-2011)
International Neuromodulation Society
European Federation of the International Association for the Study of Pain Chapters
Former president of the Turkish Chapter of the IASP, former president of the Turkish Chapter of the WIP, former president of the Turkish Chapter of the EFIC

Regional anesthesia
Pain therapy
Interventional pain therapy

Editor in-Chief of the Journal of AGRI (pain)
Editor of 10 Turkish medical books on pain, more than 40 Turkish pain chapters, two pain chapters in International Pain (Interventional Spine – an algorithmic approach), SAUNDERS, Interventional Pain Management, SAUNDERS.
National and international (SCI and SCI-Expanded) publications on acute and chronic pain management

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

United Kingdom and Ireland

Roger Strachan was born in Dundee Scotland in 1955. His medical training was undertaken at Edinburgh University (1973 -79). His general surgical training was undertaken between 1983 and 1987, leading to an Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) degree awarded by Edinburgh University in 1986. He worked as a neurosurgical registrar in Middlesbrough from 1987 to 1992. During this period, he spent a year in research and completed a medical degree in “Experimental Middle Cerebral Artery Occclusion,” assessing the effects of blood pressure on infract penumbra in a rat model, undertaken at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne bewteen 1990 and 1991 and awarded by Edinburgh University in 1995. He worked as a senior registrar in neurosurgery in the Manchester Hospitals from 1992 to 1995, and was awarded the intercollegiate neurosurgical fellowship (FRCS(SN)) in 1994.

He was appointed consultant neurosurgeon with the NHS at Middlesbrough General Hospital in 1995. He developed special interests in cervical spine surgery; aneurysm surgery (as one of two, and then one of three, neurovascular neurosurgeons); cerebral-spinal-fluid-flow disorders; and paediatric shunt surgery. Most of his publications are in these areas. In 1997, working with Prof. Sam Eldabe, Mr. Strachan developed an interest in pain surgery and neuromodulation, and became a member of the neuromodulation multidisciplinary team thereafter. He was appointed to the Executive Board of NSUKI around 2009, became treasurer from 2011 -13, and was elected president-elect in 2013 and ultimately president 2014. 




Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Leonardo Kapural 

Leonardo Kapural, M.D., Ph.D. is a Pain Physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research. He is also Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr. Kapural’s interests include peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, discogenic low back pain and visceral abdominal pain.

Following his Fellowship in Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, he stayed in Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Management Department for 10 years, serving also as Director of Clinical Research and Professor of Anesthesiology at CCLMC of the Case Western University.
Dr. Kapural is an active member of number of professional organizations including the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation Societies. In addition, he is an invited speaker to many national and international meetings. He served as Director-At-Large of American Academy of Pain Medicine, and currently as Director-At-Large of International Neuromodulation Society.

Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education, extensive research, and innovations in the area of pain treatments which brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 100 journal articles, more than 100 abstracts, two books and 20 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors in America”.

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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