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Program October 18-20, 2019


Florida Academy of Pain Medicine (FAPM)

American Academy of Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine (AAROM)

with pre-conference workshops



Friday, October 18, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (8 hours of CME)                     Reception in exhibit hall

Workshops run concurrently so chose one.                5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.


7:00 P.M. – Board Meeting Dinner (Sponsored by Medtronic)


Workshop A: Interventional (Newer minimally invasive interventional spinal techniques: SIG Fusion, Laser Facet Ablation, Endoscopic Discectomy.                                                                        Faculty Abraham Rivera, MD.


Workshop B:

Regenerative Injection Therapy and Ultrasound MSK Workshop with Ultrasound Guided Interventional Procedures.

Correlation of physical findings and with ultrasonography: shoulder, knee, hip; demonstrations with PRP, and chemical injectates under ultrasound guidance. (Participants scan each other, faculty demonstrates injections; for scanning hips on each other participants need to wear high cut briefs). 

Faculty: Marc Hirsh, MD, RMSK, Felix Linetsky, MD, Michael Scarpone, DO, Alfredo Ferrera RDMS, ASAR, Charlie Mahl, MD FACS FICS, Raul Monzon, MD


Three cadaver parts stations: shoulder, knee, hip. Receive Hands-On Ultrasound Guidance Training on These Regions: Glenohumeral and Acromioclavicular joints, subacromial bursa, knee joint (menisci, patellar & quadriceps tendons), Femoroacetabular joint, greater trochanter (gluteus medius & minimus tendons), SIJ (if specimen permits). Observe cervical medial branch blocs, Z joint and costotransverse joint injections and much more. Learn how to integrate ultrasound into your practice. 

Workshop C: 

“Where is the Future for Pain Care? — Getting at the Root Causes

8:00 AM –5:00 PM

In today’s climate, the emphasis from Legislators, State Medical Boards, the FDA, the CDC, and  public Foundations is to recommend, encourage, (and soon require?) physicians and providers to utilize multimodal or multidisciplinary approaches to Integrative Pain Management, for acute and chronic pain. Pressure is mounting from these arenas on carriers to improve reimbursement for an integrative care plan, from pain specialists and primary care providers, as well.

            Much of the current pain care in the USA has been utilized to “cover over” the pain, and this includes medications and interventional procedures, the two most reimbursable approaches. These can become expensive to the patient and insurers, yet have time-limited value, often needing repetition or revision of that care with time.

This Course is designed to look into the future of where we are heading with pain care, and much of that emphasis is on getting at the root causes of the pain. Medical literature supports integrative multidisciplinary pain care as having the best LONG TERM outcomes.

We invite you to come and learn from evidenced-based understandings how to assess a person in pain from the root cause approach and to design a treatment plan in accordance with that assessment.

            This year’s faculty are all internationally recognized teachers, and they will cover the following topics:

1.         Integrative Health overview: includes medical, surgical, medication, nutrition, activity and sleep, spirituality, social support, self-care, mind-body therapies, and complementary/alternative approaches.

2.         How the nitro-redox system can offer lasting change to control inflammation, the source of medical illnesses.

3.         Healthy Nutrition is key to controlling inflammation and chronic pain problems.

4.         Appropriate supplements can assist in restoring and maintaining a state of health.

5.         Fascial treatment through manual therapies can change both physical and mental states.

6.         Photodynamic Regenerative Injection and Shockwave therapies can offer more permanent solutions to physical aspects of musculoskeletal disorders.

7.         Intravenous Photodynamic therapies can control Lyme, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and other viral and bacterial mediated illnesses and inflammations.

8.         Mind-body techniques that offer self-care to people in pain.

9.         How Spirituality plays an important role in pain and health.

10.       How you can implement these integrative treatments into your practice now.

11.       Where does Addiction fit in?

12.       Medical cannabis, anyone?

Faculty will include: Steve Wheeler, MD; Carol Davis, DPT, EdD; Salaheldin Halasa, MD; Michael Weber, MD; Michele Weiner, DO; Bert Ray, MD; Jennifer Miele, MS; Rhonwyn Ullmann, MS.






Annual Meeting Lecture Series

Saturday, October 19, 2019



7:00 – 8:00                  Registration & Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


8:00 – 8:15                  Welcome: Stanley Dennison, MD, President FAPM;  
                                    Felix Linetsky, President AAROM.

Program at a Glance: Ultrasound Guided Procedures in Pain & Dysfunctions, Interventional Cadaver Procedures, State Mandated 2h Opioid Course , New Treatments & more.

 8:15 – 9:00                  Newer minimally invasive interventional spinal techniques.
                                    SIJ Fusion, Laser Facet Ablation, Endoscopic Discectomy
                                    Abraham Rivera, MD 

9:00 – 9:45                   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Albert Ray, MD

9:45 – 10:15                Exhibit Hall Break


10:15 – 11:00              New and advanced interventional therapies for cancer pain                                    Dennis Patin MD 

11:00 -11:30                Peripheral Nerve Stimulation TBA  

11:30 - 12:00               Amniotic Fluid versus Umbilical Cord Blood for RIT a review of
                                    200 cases
                                    Susanti Chowdhury MD 

12:00 – 1:00pm         Luncheon & Presentation
Future of Technology in the Business of Health Care 
                                      Rubin Pillay, MD

1:00 – 1:30                FAPM Annual Business Meeting  

1:30 – 2:15                         New Concepts in use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
                                           Charlie Mahl, MD FACS FICS. 

2:15 – 3:00                  DRG stimulation for low back pain Ajay Antony MD ( Abbot)  

3:00- 3:30                  Exhibit Hall Break   

3:30 – 4:30                  Regenerative Injection Therapy updates on research
                                   Michael Scarpone, DO

                                   Formication (insects crawling across or underneath
                                   the skin) treated with RIT two patients case
                                   Felix Linetsky MD

4:30 – 5:10                New Treatment for Vertebral Compression Fractures “Spine Jack”

                                  Sponsored by Stryker

5:10- 6:00                    Reception in exhibit hall                                      

Sunday, October 20, 2019 

7:30 – 8:00                  Registration/Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall 

8:00 – 8:45                  Do You Really Want to Get Into the Medical Cannabis Business
                                    Michele Weiner, DO

8:45 – 9:30                   Functional Medicine for Chronic Pain to Implement in Your
                                    Steve Wheeler, MD  

9:30 – 10:00                Exhibit Hall Break

10:00 – 12:00              Obligatory, state approved, two hours narcotics course,
                                   Joshua Lenchus DO           

12:00 – 12:45              Human Trafficking Course