NSANZ 2019 and INS Cadaver Workshop

The International Neuromodulation Society (INS), in partnership with the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ), will be offering a hands-on Cadaver Workshop in Neuromodulation on 
Sunday, 26 May 2019 in Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University, immediately preceding the INS 14th World Congress. 

Cadaver Workshop Information

Date: Sunday, 26 May 2019

Time: 07:30 – 17:30

Venue: Macquarie University Hospital

Earn 8 CME Credits

To register, please click here.

The Cadaver workshop will showcase various neuromodulation technologies and implanting skills which will include:

  • Burst stimulation  
  • High frequency stimulation
  • Dorsal root ganglion stimulation
  • Sacral stimulation
  • High density stimulation
  • Multi waveform technology
  • Wireless stimulation with wearable technology
  • Intrathecal drug delivery systems
  • Cervical spinal cord stimulation
  • Minimally invasive peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Surgical skills

The panel of educators includes both local and international faculty member of INS. The program combines didactics sessions covering a broad spectrum of neuromodulation with practical hands-on training in a cadaver laboratory with leaders of neuromodulation. 


Moderators for lecture sessions - Steven Falowski and Jason Pope

Lecture Sessions:

Novel Waveforms- Steven Falowski

NACC Guidelines - Ganesan Baranidharan

Peripheral Stimulation- Vik Patel

Objective Measurements- Frank Huygen

New Technology- Jan Vesper

Complication Avoidance - Jason Pope

PANEL   Best Practice


Moderators for Cadaver labs - Vik Patel and James Yu

Cadaver Labs:

Epidural access and surgical implant technique - Sean Li & Murray Taverner

High Frequency SCS (Cervical SCS) - Adnan Al-Kaisy & Dan Bates           

Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation (Thoracic or Lumbar DRG) - Richard Sullivan & Timothy Lubenow    

Multi-wave Stimulation (Sacral NR & Sacral Hiatus) - Ramo Naidu & Thierry Vancaillie      

Intrathecal Pump / High Density SCS  - Rany Abdallah & Tillman Boesel   

IPG-less Stimulation – Philip Finch & Sunil Panchal               

Minimally invasive Peripheral Nerve Stimulation - Einar Ottestad & Peter Georgius

The aim of the workshop is to:

  • Provide delegates with the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques.
  • Educate delegates on best practice, patient selection and implementation of novel neuromodulation techniques in their clinical practice.
  • Improve existing skills and/or develop new skills in the delivery of Neuromodulation.
  • Showcase current technology available in a non-biased manner to both local and international implanters.
  • Promote industry collaboration and foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking opportunity.


Who attends

Local and international delegates from the following disciplines have attended previous neuromodulation cadaver workshops:

  • Anaesthetists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Pain Medicine fellows
  • Interventional Pain Physicians
  • Gynaecologists
  • Urologists



Rany Abdallah, MD PhD is a Clinical Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Divisions of Acute and Chronic Pain, at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He runs an active practice that treats patients with many types of chronic pain syndromes including cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, atypical facial pain and headaches, among others. He is a member of multiple professional societies and serves on multiple committees in the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, North American Neuromodulation Society, and the International Neuromodulation Society. 

Adnan Al-Kaisy

Dr Al-Kaisy is currently Clinical Lead of the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS trust. He trained in Chronic Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool.  He has a fellowship in Chronic Pain Management at University of Toronto Hospital, Canada.


Dan is a Sports and Exercise physician and works full time in chronic pain. His research career has been broad, covering exercise induced asthma, examination techniques, osteoarthritis, chronic pain and neuromodulation. 

Tillman BOESEL

Associate Professor Tillman Boesel worked as a junior doctor at Liverpool Hospital and subsequently qualified as a specialist anaesthetist through Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's training scheme. Following his appointment as a staff specialist at the Nepean Hospital in 2004, he undertook further advanced training in pain medicine with a special focus on interventional treatments with Professor Raj Sundaraj.

He has held an academic appointment at Macquarie University's Australian School of Advanced Medicine since 2007.His special interests include neuropathic pain, interventional pain therapies and medical education.

Steven Falowski

Steven M. Falowski MD
Board Certified Functional Neurosurgeon. Secretary, North American Neuromodulation Society. Board-Executive Pain Committee, Congress Neurological Surgeons/American Association Neurological Surgeons. Executive Officer of the Board, American Society Pain and Neuroscience.


Philip Finch is currently the Medical Director of the Perth Pain Management Centre in Western Australia. He has extensive experience in the treatment of trigeminal, neuropathic and other pain states with radiofrequency procedures and neuromodulation.

Peter Georgius

Dr. Georgius has been in private practice on Queensland's Sunshine Coast since 2008 and has extensive experience in all aspects of musculo-skeletal and neurological rehabilitation. His scope of practice includes pain management and the rehabilitation of patients with complex conditions. He has expertise in advanced pain management procedures including diagnostic blocks, radiofrequency neurotomies, dorsal column stimulators and peripheral nerve stimulators. He also has expertise in complex pain conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and employs the latest techniques in assessment and therapy, including neuroplasticity therapies such as Graded Motor Imagery.


Professor Frank Huygen is an Anesthesiologist pain specialist in the University Hospital "Erasmus Medical Centre" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This centre is a multidisciplinary pain clinic specialised in acute, chronic benign and oncologic pain and palliative care (including the treatment of congenital and acquired spasticity with intrathecal Baclofen).


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 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 160 journal articles, more than 200 abstracts, two books and 30 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the "Best Doctors in America".

Sean Li

Sean Li, M.D. sees patients in Premier Pain Center's Shrewsbury, Freehold, and Brick New Jersey offices, where he specializes in interventional pain management. His clinical interest is in neuromodulation therapy such as spinal cord stimulation, high frequency stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. "Advancements in neuromodulation therapy is offering new hope and freedom to patients who have been imprisoned by their pain," Dr. Li said.


Timothy Lubenow, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology, chair for the Section of Pain Medicine and program director for the esteemed pain fellowship training program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  He has many awards including: Castle Connolly Guide to “Top Doctors in the Nation” New York Times 2010, 70 of the Best Pain Management Physicians in America Beckers ASC Review 2011, U.S. News Top Doctors, selected by U.S. News Media Group 2011, Patients’ Choice Award” by Patients Choice.org. 2012, Distinguished Service Award Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists 2013, Selected Chicago Super Doctors 2013, and Chicago Top Doctors 2014, 2015, 2016,2017, 2018 and 2019.


Ramana K. Naidu

Dr. Ramana K Naidu is a pain physician/anesthesiologist from the San Francisco Bay Area.  He I s an interventional Pain physician for California Orthopedics & Spine and Director of Pain Management for Marin General Hospital.


Einar Ottestad

Dr. Ottestad joined Stanford faculty in 2007 and became Director of the Acute Pain Service in 2009. As such, he manages acute, post-operative pain, acute-on-chronic inpatient pain consults, and cancer pain at Stanford Hospital.

 Sunil Panchal

Sunil J. Panchal, M.D. , President and CEO  of the National Institute of Spine and Pain in Tampa, FL, is an interventional pain specialist who is extensively published in the field and has lectured internationally on neuromodulation, endoscopic spine surgery and sacroiliac joint fusion. He previously was the Director of the Division of Pain Medicine at Cornell University and the Chronic Pain Service at Johns Hopkins University, and the Founder of the Interventional Pain Service at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Current research activities focus on outcomes of minimally invasive decortication and fusion of the sacroiliac joint.

Vikram B Patel

Vikram B. Patel, MD, FIPP, DABIPP
Advisor: AIM Specialty Health
Director: Phoenix Interventional Center for Advanced learning
Examiner: ABIPP, FIPP, Member of the examination board for ABIPP.

Dr Patel has more almost 25 years of experience in interventional pain practice and has trained many pain physicians in USA and abroad. He has authored numerous chapters for pain medicine text-books and published many articles on interventional pain including guidelines for interventional pain procedures and opioid management.


Jason Pope

With over a decade of experience and regarded as one of the most influential key opinion leaders in the field of pain medicine and neuromodulation.


Murray Taverner

Dr Taverner is an Australian anesthetist, pain medicine specialist and researcher with over 30 years' experience in anesthesia, acute and chronic pain management.

He is a visiting pain medicine specialist at Frankston Hospital and at surrounding private hospitals. He is also the medical director of Frankston Pain Management.

He is lead author of a number of peer reviewed, published research projects.

He has trained, lectured and demonstrated a range of interventional and holistic pain management techniques both in Australia and overseas."


Thierry G. Vancaillie

 Dr. Vancaillie is a gynaecologist and pain medicine specialist. He is clinical professor in Women's Health at the university of New South Wales, as well as founder and director of the Women's Health and Research Institute of Australia in Sydney.  

Ever since his internship at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, Dr. Vancaillie has been interested in pelvic pain.  He co-authored a textbook "Chronic Pelvic Pain", published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

His most recent publication "Pain after vaginal prolapse repair surgery with mesh needs to be treated" was published by the Australian New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in December 2018.


Jan Vesper

Full Professorship for Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy and Head of Department of Functional Neurosurgery and Stereotaxy University Clinic, Head of the Center of Neuromodulation, Düsseldorf, Germany


James Yu

Dr. James Yu is the Medical Director of Sydney Spine and Pain with several established pain clinics across Sydney. He is the Director of REGAIN Multidisciplinary Pain Management Program and a founding member of the Australian Medical Research in Sydney.

He is a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA). Dr Yu has been certified and awarded the Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) in 2015. He serves at the NSANZ executive board and has been organising the cadaver workshops for the last 3 years. He has a special interest in advanced and novel neuromodulation techniques.

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