Professor of Neurology
Albany Medical College
Director, Comprehensive Pain Center
Albany Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Dr. Charles Argoff specializes in pain management and chronic headaches, predominately treating patients with chronic and neuropathic pain. He has expertise in several types of pain treatments, including interventional pain management and botulinium toxins.
Dr. Argoff is part of a team of specialists who offer a comprehensive approach to care, while constantly exploring new and innovative ways to diagnose and treat chronic pain. Dr. Argoff’s goal is to offer patients a better quality of life through proper diagnosis and effective treatment. Internationally renowned for his work, Dr. Argoff is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Academy of Neurology, among other professional organizations. He also serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Pain.
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Legal Side of Pain
Ms. Bolen is an Assistant US Attorney with the Department of Justice and a regulatory compliance consultant in pain management. A nationally recognized expert in the pain and clinical drug testing industry, Ms. Bolen founded The Legal Side of Pain® in 2002 and entered private practice in 2003 to educate healthcare providers on medico-legal issues on the use of controlled substances to treat pain. She is a litigation consultant and expert in administrative and criminal cases against physicians. She serves on several national advisory boards, is widely published, and serves on the editorial board for various professional journals. She is a founding member of the Pain Education Institute, and educates corporate sales and marketing staff on ethics and regulatory compliance. Ms. Bolen also found the Pain Law Institute™ and the Legal Pain Lab™, and is a member of the Policy & Advocacy Committee of the American Academy of Pain Management; American Health Lawyers Association; Health Care Compliance Association, American Bar Association; and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is on the ASPE board of directors.
Consultant/Independent Contractor: Alere Toxicology; eLab Solutions; Quest Diagnostics
Speakers Bureau: eLab Solutions; Quest Diagnostics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Pain Treatment Programs
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Michael R. Clark, MD, MPH, MBA, is the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He oversees all aspects of the clinical programs, faculty productivity, and departmental operations. Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is trained as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist with subspecialization in disorders of the special senses such as chronic pain and vestibular and balance dysfunction. Dr. Clark is the Director of the Adolf Meyer Chronic Pain Treatment Programs in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and has joint appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery in the School of Medicine and in the Department of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is an international lecturer and course director for CME programs on topics relating to patient-centered care, case formulation, rehabilitation for chronic illnesses, interdisciplinary program building, and concepts of medical education.
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PGY2 Pharmacy Pain Residency
Samuel Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center
CEO and Founder
Jeffrey Fudin practices as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Director, PGY2 Pharmacy Pain Residency Programs at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, New York, and is CEO and Founder of NOVAPAIN Consultants in Delmar, New York. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and also Western New England University College of Pharmacy, and is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. He has been an Instructor of Pharmacology at SAGE Graduate School of Nursing for several years and has several other academic affiliations. He is Chair and Founder of PROMPT (Professionals for Rational Opioid Monitoring and Pharmacotherapy) and has over 100 publications including contributing author to the APS-AAPM Opioid Treatment Guidelines for the Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain.
Consultant/Independent Contractor: AstraZeneca; Millennium Health; Zogenix, Inc.
Speakers Bureau: AstraZeneca; Millennium Health
Pain and Chemical Dependency Division
Wasser Pain Management Centre
Doug Gourlay is former Director, Pain and Chemical Dependency Division, Wasser Pain Management Center, Ontario Canada. He did his medical training at McMaster University, completing his fellowship in anesthesiology in 1990. Following a fellowship in addiction medicine he focused his practice on the assessment and management of risk in the treatment of chronic pain. He has written extensively and speaks on the topic of patient centered strategies in the management of risk.
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Coding, Billing, and Compliance Consultant
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Southern Illinois University Pharmacy Practice
Christopher M. Herndon is Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy, and Clinical Associate Professor at St. Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri. In his current role, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain patients in a multidisciplinary setting within a large family medicine residency clinic where he trains medical and pharmacy students, as well as pharmacy and physician residents on appropriate opioid and adjuvant prescribing, monitoring, and assessment. His scholarship interest focuses primarily on pain and palliative care education and he is the Co-PI for the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Pain Education at SIUE. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Pain Society, the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for the American Pain Society, and the Section Advisory Group on Pain and Palliative Care for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In 2012, he received the Academic Pain Educator of the Year award from the American Society of Pain Educators. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Opioid Management, International Journal of Palliative Care, and Pain Medicine and he is an ad hoc reviewer for American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Neurology, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, and Pharmacotherapy.
Honoraria: American Pain Society; American Society of Consultant Pharmacists; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); ASHP Educational and Research Foundation; Aventine Co.; Illinois Pharmacists Association; Midwest Pain Society
Chief Medical Officer
Gary W. Jay is Chief Medical Officer of AdviseClinical, a new CRO in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was Medical Director of DNA Center in Daytona Beach, Florida; Chief Medical Officer at Archimedes and RAPID Pharma; Clinical Disease Area Expert-Pain at Pfizer; and Medical Director at Schwarz Biosciences. During his first 25 years of clinical work, he served as a principal investigator, key opinion leader, and pharmaceutical industry advisor and consultant. Dr. Jay was one of the original 30 founding members of the American Academy of Algology (now the American Academy of Pain Medicine) in 1983 and helped develop the subspecialty of pain medicine; he also founded several pain organizations. He has written over 130 medical articles in peer-reviewed journals dealing with headache, pain (all types), the autonomic nervous system, and mild traumatic brain injury as well as 5 textbooks; he has authored third-party medical textbook chapters. He has multiple certifications including pain, neurorehabilitation, and forensic medicine and has lectured nationally and internationally for more than 30 years. He is currently the President of the Eastern Pain Association.
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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Courtney Kominek completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, OH, and a PGY-2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Currently, Dr. Kominek is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Consultant: Axial Healthcare
Pain Consultants of East Tennessee
Ted Jones, PhD, CPE, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of general mental health, applied research, substance abuse, and chronic pain. He has published numerous articles on opioid risk assessment. He was named Pain Educator of the Year in 2013 by the American Society of Pain Educators. He works in association with Pain Consultants of East Tennessee which was named a Clinical Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society in 2014.
Consultant/Independent Contractor: Ethos Laboratories; Prescription Advisory Systems & Technology, Inc. (PAST)
Grant/Research Support/Royalty: Ethos Laboratories
Pain Consultants of East Tennessee
Clinical Preceptor/Adjunct Faculty
College of Nursing at University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Darren McCoy, FNP-BC, CPE, is a nurse practitioner with Pain Consultants of East Tennessee, a multidisciplinary outpatient pain management center. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Nursing at UT-Knoxville. He was co-presenter of “Treating the Medium-to-High Risk Patient” at PAINWeek 2011, completed his Certified Pain Educator credential in 2012, and presented a variety of sessions in the nurse-practitioner track at PAINWeek 2014.
Speakers Bureau: AstraZeneca
Professor and Vice Chair
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
Hospice Consultant Pharmacist
Mary Lynn McPherson is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. She maintaineds practice in both hospice (local and national) and ambulatory care. Dr. McPherson is the Director of Pharmacotherapy Services at University of Maryland’s UniversityCare Heritage Crossing; teaches extensively in the PharmD curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care; and developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the country. Dr. McPherson serves on the board of the Hospice Network of Maryland and is a fellow and President of the board of directors for the American Society of Pain Educators. She has written 4 books, including Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations; book chapters; and peer-reviewed articles. Dr. McPherson received the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Practice, Maryland Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists W. Purdum Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Citation from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Professor of the Year from the School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Baltimore Founder’s Week Teacher of the Year, and many others.
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Clinical Assistant Professor
Kansas University Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
President and Medical Director
International Clinical Research Institute
Overland Park, KS
Sri Nalamachu is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and staff physician at Eastern Kansas VA Health Care System. Dr. Nalamachu is a visiting professor at Prathima Medical College in Karimnagar, AP, India. He is President and Medical Director, International Clinical Research Institute in Overland Park, Kansas. He is co-director of the Pain Management Institute also in Overland Park.
Consultant/Independent Contractor/Honoraria: Allergan,Inc.; AstraZeneca; Depomed, Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc; Galena Biopharma; Grünenthal USA Inc.; INSYS Therapeutics, Inc.; Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals; myoscience, Inc.; Purdue Pharma L.P.; Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.; Zogenix, Inc.
Grant/Research Support: Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Honoraria: Lilly USA LLC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Comprehensive Primary Care
Health expert Brett Badgley Snodgrass is a practicing family nurse practitioner specializing in family practice, pain management, and palliative care. She is a national speaker and award winning healthcare blogger known as the NP Mom, with more than 5,000 readers each month, offering “answers to questions patients often forget to ask.” Brett has received numerous awards and serves on several pharmaceutical and medical advisory boards. She is a clinical expert and guest lecturer for CO*RE REMS LA/ER chronic opioid safe prescribing, the spokeswoman for “Know Your Dose” Acetaminophen Awareness, and American Association of Nurse Practitioner national conference speaker.
Speakers Bureau: Depomed, Inc.; Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Clinician and Owner
Veract Intractable Pain Clinic
Practical Pain Management
West Covina, CA
Dr. Tennant is a former US Army Medical Officer and Public Health Physician and founder, Medical Director, Veract Intractable Pain Clinic in West Covina, California. He started a pain clinic for cancer and post-polio patients in eastern Los Angeles County, was co-author of the “Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights” section 2241.5 of the CA Division of Health and Safety code, and instrumental in passing the “CA Intractable Pain Act.” Dr. Tennant was a professor at UCLA School of Public Health, and Drug Advisor for the National Football League, LA Dodgers, and NASCAR. His handbooks, poster presentations, and editorials number in the hundreds, including over 300 scientific articles on addiction, pain, and laboratory testing. His current research interests are inflammatory markers in pain states and the role of hormones in pain care. Dr. Tennant started “The Hormones and Pain Care Information Network” received by about 700 healthcare professionals all across America. He is the president of the Tennant Foundation which awards charitable gifts within the local community for educational, cultural, and historical endeavors.
Speakers Bureau: AutoGenomics; Ethos Laboratories; INSYS Therapeutics, Inc.; Regenesis Biomedical, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C.
Arnold J. Weil, MD, is the Chief Executive Officer of Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C., one of the premier orthopedic and pain management practices in the metro Atlanta area. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, also in Atlanta. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As an active lecturer, Dr. Weil speaks nationally and internationally on the nonsurgical management of back and neck pain, as well as new advances in pain management. He is the medical director of clinical research at Georgia Institute for Clinical Research.
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University of Texas
Amy Welborn is a lawyer at Chamberlain McHaney, where she represents doctors and other medical professionals in administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings, in state and federal courts throughout Texas. She is an adjunct professor, teaching trial advocacy skills to law students at the University of Texas.
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Faculty Clinical Instructor
SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Department of Preventive Medicine
Stony Brook, NY
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Kevin Zacharoff is a faculty Clinical Instructor at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine in New York, and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Inflexxion in Newton, Massachusetts, providing oversight of pain and opioid risk projects, clinical direction, and risk management programs. He has been a faculty member and presented at PAINWeek since 2007, authored articles for clinicians and patients on pain management, rational polypharmacy, fibromyalgia, pediatric pain, and other topics. Dr. Zacharoff is a member of the board of the American Society of Pain Educators.
Grant/Research Support: painACTION.com; PainEDU.org; Zogenix, Inc.
Indiana University—Purdue University
Fort Wayne, IN
Stephen J. Ziegler, PhD, JD, is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Trained as both a social scientist and attorney, Dr. Ziegler conducts research, provides continuing medical education, and consults on the topics of opioid risk management and the impact of drug regulation and enforcement on the treatment of pain.
He serves as a reviewer for several journals such as the Journal of Opioid Management, Pain Medicine, Cancer, and the Journal of Medical Ethics. He has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals in the United States and Europe with scholarship appearing in Pain Medicine, Swiss Medical Weekly, Journal of Medical Regulation, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and the BMJ (British Medical Journal).
Dr. Ziegler was a Mayday Pain Scholar in 2003, a research fellow at the Institute of Legal Medicine in Zurich, Switzerland in 2005, and became a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow in 2014. Dr. Ziegler has worked as an assistant prosecutor, defense attorney, and Pre-hearing attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Prior to obtaining his law degree and PhD, Dr. Ziegler worked as a police detective and as a Task Force Officer for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Dr. Ziegler has given invited talks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the World Institute of Pain in Barcelona, Spain, and at various regulatory and medical conferences throughout the United States.
Consultant/Independent Contractor: Depomed
Other/Royalty: Drug & Health Policy Consulting, LLC, Mayday Pain & Society Fellow