Dr. Peter Staats, MD, MBA

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President, Founder and Co-Chair

Dr. Staats was founder of the Division of Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the director for 10 years. He is internationally recognized for his work in developing and implementing minimally invasive and non invasive procedures for chronic pain. He is currently President of the World Institute of Pain, Chief Medical Officer of National Spine and Pain Centers, the largest pain practice in the United States, Co Founder and Chief Medical Officer of electroCore, a medical advisor for both Survivorcorp and the Wounded Warrior Project. Dr. Staats received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and completed his residency and fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was the founding chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists task force on interventional pain management, is a past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Southern Pain Society

Dr. Staats has written or co-edited 14 books and over 450 articles, abstracts, monographs, and book chapters on pain medicine. He has received numerous awards including the physician of the year and the lifetime achievement awards from the lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience and the North American Neuromodulation society.

Dr. Mark Tager, MD

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Vice President, Founder and Co-Chair

Dr. Tager is known for the synergistic and entertaining approach he takes to educating and training his colleagues and consumers. He has trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners to improve their in-person and on camera skills. Clinically, he is most passionate about complementary treatment for chronic conditions, with personalized nutrition as one of the foundations for integrative care. He has served as the founding Vice President of Marketing for Reliant Technologies, where he launched the Fraxel® laser and has also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Syneron. Along with Dr. Peter Staats, he co-founded The Vagus Nerve Society. Most recently, Dr. Tager created the 40-hour CME course on Personalized Nutrition for Practitioners on behalf of The American Nutrition Association. He is on the faculty of Duke Integrative Medicine. His most recent book is Feed Your Skin Right: Your Personalized Nutrition Plan for Radiant Beauty. He did his medical training at Duke Medical School and Family Practice at the University of Oregon. He lives outside San Diego where he grows impressive tomatoes.

Dr. Anna Woodbury, MD, MSCR, C.Ac

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Anna Woodbury, MD, MSCR, C.Ac currently serves as the Associate Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Anesthesiology at Emory University. She is double-board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and licensed to practice Acupuncture. She is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Emory University School of Medicine and active in research at both Emory and VAHCS. She has been a member of the national Committee on Pain Medicine for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and has served on institutional and federal grant review committees including NIH and VA study sections. She has presented nationally and written book chapters, articles and clinical reviews on integrative medicine and neuromodulation, including applications for chronic pain management, anesthesia and neuroprotection. She has also edited a Pain Management Board Review book. Her clinical expertise and research interests include the use of nonpharmacologic therapies for the management of pain, and she has a specific interest in understanding and treating myofascial pain syndromes.

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