2017 Faculty

Conference Director

Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA

Conference Director & Founder, Napa Pain Conference

Founder, CEO of The SpectrumCare Group:
Napa Pain Institute, Spine and Pain Center of Kauai, N3 Laboratories, Redwood Pain Institute, Neurovations Education, Neurovations Clinical Research, and the Napa Surgery Center

Program Committee

Aaron K. Calodney, MD

2017 Regen Med Pre-conference, Co-Chair; Faculty

Anesthesiologist & Interventional Pain Specialist, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital
President – American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)
Board of Directors – Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
Chairman of Education Committee – Spine Intervention Society (SIS)

B. Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH

Program Committee, Faculty

Medical Director, Advanced Pain Therapy, PLCC
President-Elect, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)

David Provenzano, MD

Program Committee, Faculty

President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care

Gail McGlothlen, DNP, RN

2017 IDD Pre-Conference Chair

DNP RN-BC has specialized in cancer and chronic pain management

George Chang Chien, DO

2017 Regen Med Pre-Conference , Chair

Director of Pain Management at Ventura County Medical Center – UCLA, and Director of Center Regenerative Medicine at Southern California University

Harold J. Cordner, MD

Program Committee

Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management Physician, Florida Pain Management Associates
Second Executive Vice-President, ASIPP

Lawrence Poree, MD, PhD, MPH

Program Committee, Faculty

Professor & Director of Neuromodulation Service, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care, University of California San Francisco
Treasurer, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians BOD

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Program Committee, Faculty

Pain Physician, Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research; Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine

Lisa J. Stearns, MD

Program Committee, Faculty

The world’s foremost expert in interventional therapy for cancer pain.
Founder & Medical Director, Center for Pain and Supportive Care

Penney Cowan

Program Committee, Faculty

Founded and is CEO of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)

Samir Sheth, MD

Program Committee, Faculty

Assistant Professor, Pain Medicine and Co-Director of Neuromodulation, UC Davis

Sten Lindahl, MD, PhD, FRCA

Lindahl Lecture

2009 Chair of the Nobel Assembly
2001-2002 Chair of the Nobel Committee
Member of the Nobel Assembly for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1996-2012. Vice chair, 1999-2000

Timothy T. Davis, MD

Program Committee, Faculty, 2017 Regen Med Pre-con Faculty

Founder & Medical Director of Orthopedic Pain Specialists

Conference Faculty

Angella Barr, MD


Internist and Addiction Medicine Specialist, Chemical Dependency Treatment Associates (CDTA)

Avinash Ramchandani, MD, MBA


Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician, Redwood Pain Institute

Charles De Mesa, DO, MPH


Director of Pain Medicine Fellowship, Director of Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine, Assistant Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis

Corey W. Hunter, MD

Faculty, 2017 Regen Med Pre-conference Faculty

Founder and Executive Director, The Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management

Elliot S. Krames, MD

2017 Legacy Lecture

Pioneer and one of the leading experts in the field of intraspinal analgesia

Erich Richter, MD


Associate Director of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence (COE), and Director of Surgical Epilepsy

Gregory Scherrer, PharmD, PhD

Faculty, Plenary Speaker

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Hilary Cromwell, RN, BSN

2017 IDD Pre-Conference Faculty

Manager, Napa Surgery Center

Howard Pitluk, MD, MPH, FACS


Vice President for Medical Affairs; Chief Medical Officer, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

Jason L. Dragoo, MD


Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center

Julie Burch, MEd


Leads the Yoga+ division at Center for Pain and Supportive Care

Kim Bellows, PA-C

2017 IDD Pre-Conference Faculty

Pain Management Physician Assistant, Napa Pain Institute

Kimberlee Bayless, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN

2017 IDD Pre-Conference Faculty

Nurse Practitioner in the Anesthesia Department at George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Kimberly Schwartz, MSN, FNP-BC

2017 IDD Pre-Conference Faculty

Nurse Practitioner, Napa Pain Institute

Linda Watkins, PhD

Faculty, Plenary Speaker

Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director, Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhD Program, University of Colorado

Line Jacques, MD, FRCS(C)


Chief of Peripheral Nerve & Pan Surgery, Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery

Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD


Professor and Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

Matt Murphy, PhD

2017 Regen Med Pre-Conference Faculty

Regenerative Medicine Scientist and Engineer

Michael Amster, MD


Founder & Director, Wellness for DoctorsRx
Interventional pain specialist at the NorthBay Center for Pain Management

Michael J. DePalma, MD


President & Medical Director of Virginia iSpine Physicians

Michael Saulino, MD, PhD

Faculty, 2017 IDD Pre-Conference Faculty

Clinical Director, Intrathecal Therapy Services, MossRehab

Mirian Paik, PharmD

2017 IDD Pre-Conference Faculty

Pharmacist specializing in interventional pain management

Nandan Lad, MD, PhD


Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center

Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA


Chief Medical Officer of the largest pain practice in the US: National Spine and Pain Centers; Past President of: the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), the NJ Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NJSIPP), and the Southern Pain Societies.

Ramana Naidu, MD

2017 IDD Pre-Conference Faculty

Director of Acute Pain Services and Chair of the UCSF Pain Committee

Richard Rosenthal, MD

2017 Regen Med Pre-Conference Faculty

Founder, President, and Medical Director of Nexus Pain Specialists

Sigurd H. Berven, MD


Professor in Residence , UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

Steve M. Aydin, DO

2017 Regen Med Pre-Conference Faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor at Hofstra –Northwell Health School of Medicine, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chief of Interventional Pain Management at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC

Susan Verba, MFA


Director of the University of California, Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design

Tim Furnish, MD


Pain Management Specialist, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, UC San Diego Health

Warren M. Zapol, MD

Lindahl Lecture, Plenary Speaker

Director, Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research and emeritus Anesthetist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital; Reginald Jenney Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Zachary McCormick, MD


Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF
Double-board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Pain Medicine