Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Faculty – 28th Annual Meeting

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AIPM’s 28th Annual Meeting is the only meeting dedicated to Integrative Pain Management and our program includes a variety of evidence based modalities to treat the most common pain conditions. The program represents the newest thinking in team based care, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments, behavioral interventions, patient self-management programs, clinician wellness, regulatory responsibility and accountability. A full day-by-day schedule will be released soon but meeting keynote speakers include:

Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, USA (retired) will open the meeting with a discussion of the value of Integrative Pain Management, which he experienced first-hand after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Iraq cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand . Despite this, Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork.

In 2007, Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coach, asked Col. Gadson to meet with the then-struggling team. Gadson talked to the players about service, teamwork, duty, perseverance and adversity. His message resonated and the New York Giants defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Greg made his silver screen debut in 2012 as a lead actor in the movie Battleship, where he portrayed a war-injured veteran that helped save the world from an alien invasion. In 2015, he completed season one of The Inspectors, a family television series on CBS. Col. Gadson is an entrepreneur and managing partner of Patriot Strategies, LLC, a government services company.

Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran, PhD, MBBS is a neuroscientist known primarily for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and visual psychophysics. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Program in Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. In 2011, Time magazine named Dr. Ramachandran one of the100 most influential people in the world. Thomas Insel said, “Once described as the Marco Polo of neuroscience, V.S. Ramachandran has mapped some of the most mysterious regions of the mind. He has studied visual perception and a range of conditions, from synesthesia (in which viewing black-and-white figures evokes the perception of color) to autism. But Ramachandran, is best known for developing mirror-box therapy for phantom-limb pain. With his simple, creative and innovative ideas, V.S. Ramachandran is changing how our brains think about our minds.”

Ramachandran is the author of several books:  Phantoms in the Brain (1998), A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness (2004, and The Tell-Tale Brain (2010).

Beth Darnall, PhD , is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University, and is on the faculty of the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab. A pain psychologist and scientist, she is a past President of the Pain Society of Oregon and Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, cognitive behavioral therapy for pain, and the effectiveness of a single-session pain catastrophizing treatment she developed. Additional projects are focused on preventing post-surgical chronic pain, and opioid reduction in outpatients with chronic pain. She is author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit (2016) and Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain (2014).

Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh, Vice-President of the Board, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, where he maintains a private practice in family and palliative medicine. He is also the Medical Director of Comprehensive Primary Care, and of Methodist Hospice and Palliative Services. Dr. Jackson is the Associate Fellowship Director of Palliative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is board certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Jackson is a gifted storyteller and frequently presents at national conferences on the treatment of chronic pain. His work has been published in a number of leading academic journals and he is a recipient of numerous teaching honors.

More speakers and session details coming soon!

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