Welcome to the Pain Society of the Carolinas

10th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions!

December 6-8, 2019 - Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston SC

Jointly Provided by The Pain Society of the Carolinas and Amedco

The 2019 Annual Meeting Program is again outstanding, thanks to the tireless work by the Program Committee. The Annual Meeting Sessions cover both basic and advanced topics germane to all physicians and practitioners who work with patients in pain.  No matter your specialty, we have sessions for you! 

In an effort to encourage participation from members from all career stages, we will again host our annual Trainee Poster  Competition.   Individuals from all educational programs are encouraged to submit an abstract and compete in this event.  All trainees who are accepted into the competition will be able to attend the annual meeting without a  registration fee.  Please encourage your students, residents, and fellows to submit an abstract by the October 1, 2019 deadline.  

We are glad that you will join us  in Charleston, South Carolina to learn more about your society!  Remember, if you register for the full weekend, your 2019-20 membership dues are included in your registration fee!


Richard Boortz-Marx MD

Christopher Gilmore MD

Scott Runyon MD


Edward Delorey MD

Gabe Hillegass MD

Matthew Mauck MD

Ryan Nobles, MD

Andy Lobonc MD

Merron Selasie MD

Keith Schiff MD

Amanda Zimmerman PA-C

Joan Southern Priddy NP-C

Scott Clingan PA-C

Emily Davis PA-C. 


Steven Cohen MD

Michael Gofeld MD

Mark Wallace MD 


Brooke Chidgey MD

Scott Clingan PA-C

Jeffrey Dolce PhD

Dan Doleys PhD

Robert Duarte MD

James Finch MD

Daniel Frier Esq.

Mark Gwynne DO

Padma Gulur MD

Leonardo Kapural MD

Carol Knowles PA-C

Andy Lobonc MD

Matt Mauck MD PhD

Yeshvant Navalgund MD

James North MD

Dennis Patin MD

Lawrence Poree MD PhD

Steven Prakken MD

Richard Rauck MD

Ezra Riber MD

Scott Runyon MD

William Spillane MD

Reda Tolba MD

Stephanie G. Vanterpool MD MBA

Kevin Wilson PhD



7:30 AM   Registration Opens – Continental Breakfast

7:55 AM   Welcome and Opening Remarks – Ezra B. Riber MD, President

Session One:  Hot Topics - Moderator - Christopher Gilmore MD 

8:00 –  8:30 AM   PSOC's 1st 10 Years - Richard Rauck MD

8:30  – 9:15 AM   Special Guest Lecturer:  Cannabis - Mark Wallace MD

9:15 -10:00 AM    Special Guest Lecturer:  Ultrasound in Pain Medicine: From Barrel to Barrel - Michael Gofeld MD

10:00 – 10:30 AM        Networking Break with Exhibitors

Session Two: Opioid Boot Camp and Mandatory CME Education

for NC and SC -  Moderator - Gabe Hillegass, MD 

10:30 -11:00 AM   Controlled Substance Prescribing Practices for Chronic Pain: Opioid Stewardship - Brooke Chidgey MD

11:00 – 11:30 AM   Recognizing Opioid Use Disorder and Misuse - TBD

11:30 – 12:00 PM   Addiction  –  James Finch MD

12:00 – 1:00 PM    Corporate Member Showcase with Platinum Corporate Member: (Lunch Provided by Society, No CME provided)

Session Three: Psychology of Pain Boot Camp - Moderator - Richard Boortz-Marx MD MS

1:00 - 1:30 PM   Pain Processing - Daniel Doleys PhD

1:30 -2:00 PM    Psychological Approaches - Jefrey Dolce PhD

2:00 - 2:30 PM   Basic Trial and Implantation Procedures - Kevin Wilson PhD

3:00 – 3:30 PM  Newtorking Break with Exhibitors 

Session Four: Hot Topics - Moderator -  Edward Delorey MD

3:30 – 4:30 PM   HHS Interagency Task Force Report 

4:30 – 5:15 PM   The Impact of the Mind on Pain - Steven Prakken MD

5:15 -6:00  PM   Ketamine Guidelines - Steven Cohen MD

6:00 -7:00  PM  Networking Reception and Trainee Poster Competition

7:30 -9:30 PM  SILVER CORPORATE MEMBER DINNERS (Dinner for up to 25 Attendees provided by society, no CME provided)


7:30 AM   Registration Opens

7:45-8:30 AM    Corporate Member Showcase with Gold Corporate Member (Breakfast Provided by the Society.  No CME provided)

Session Five: President’s Session - Moderator- Ezra B. Riber, MD

8:30 – 9:15  AM    Virtual Reality to Manage Pain - Yeshvant Navalgund MD

9:15 -10:00 AM   Monoclonal Antibodies - Richard Rauck MD

10:00 – 10:30 AM  Networking Break with Exhibitors

Session Six: Paralell Sessions

(Option One) Interventional Pain - Update on Neuromodulation - Moderator- Ryan Nobles MD

10:30 -11:00 AM   Closed Loop Spinal Cord Stimulation - Lawrence Poree MD PhD

11:00 - 11:30 AM   Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Abdominal Pain - Leonardo Kapural MD PhD

11:30 -12:00 PM   Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation: Lessons Learned - Dennis Patin MD


(Option Two)  Non-Interventional Pain for the Physician and Advanced Practice Clinician - Moderator - Amanda Zimmerman PA-C

10:30 - 11:00 AM   Pathophysiology of Pain - Matthew Mauck MD PhD

11:00 - 11:30 AM   Neruoexamination - William Spillane MD

11:30 - 12:00 AM  Script History and Pain Red Flags: Targeted Pain Treatment - Stephanie G. Vanterpool MD MBA

12:00 -1:15 PM   Annual Business Meeting and Corporate Member Showcase with Platinum Corporate Member  (Lunch Provided by the Society, No CME Provided)

1:15 - 2:00 PM   James Crews Memorial Lecturer - William Spillane MD, Past President, PSOC

Session Seven: Headache 

2:00 - 2:45 PM   Interventional Treatments for Headache - Reda Tolba MD

2:45 - 3:30 PM    Medical Management of Headache - Robert Duarte MD

3:30 - 4:00 PM  Networking Break with Exhibitors        

Session Eight - Parallel Sessions 

(Option One) Interventional Pain - Update on Neuromodulation Cont. - Moderator Ryan Nobles MD

4:00 - 4:30 PM   Peripheral Nerve Stimulation - Christopher Gilmore MD

4:30 - 5:00 PM   SCS Device and Patient Selection: Strategies to Improve Long Term Outcomes - Stephanie G. Vanterpool MD MBA

5:00 - 5:30 PM   Spinal Cord Stimulation Parameters: Multiple Waveforms Create Multiple Analgesic Options - James North MD

5:30 - 6:00 PM   Failure of Therapy or Overstimulation - Scott Runyon MD


(Option Two)  Non-Interventional Pain for the Physician and Advanced Practice Clinician - Moderator - Amanda Zimmerman PA-C

4:00 -4:30 PM  Obesity, Nutrition and Self Care - Carol Knowles PA-C

4:30 -5:00 PM   Differential Opioids including Buprenorphine, Tramadol and Others - Steven Prakken MD

5:00 - 6:00 PM  Case Studies

6:00-7:00 PM  - Faculty Reception (By Invitation Only)

7:00 - 9:00 PM  SILVER COPORATE MEMBER DINNERS (Dinner for up to 25 Attendees provided by society, no CME provided)


Session Nine - What Does the Future Hold for our Patients and Our Practices?  Moderator - Robert Wilson MD

7:30 AM      Registration Opens                                  

8:00 – 8:45 AM   The Future of Population Care as the Insurance Model - Mark Gwynne DO

8:45 -9:30 AM   Integrative Pain Program - A Case Study at Duke - Padma Gulur MD

9:30- 10:15 AM  Multi-Disciplinary Pain Rehab Program - A Case Study at MUSC - Kelly Barth DO

10:15 - 11:00 AM  Integrated Grou Practice Business Model - Daniel Frier Esq.

11:00 - 11:30 AM  Private Practices and the Future - Ezra B. Riber MD

11:30 AM  - Closing Remarks and Thank- You  Robert Wilson MD, 2019-2021 President                   


Satisfactory Completion 

Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety.  Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement. 

Physicians / Nurses / Pharmacists

Physicians / Nurses / Pharmacists
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the Pain Society of the Carolinas (PSOC).  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.50 

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and 17.50 contact hours for nurses and 17.50 knowledge-based contact hours for pharmacists. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

NOTE to Pharmacists: The only official Statement of Credit is the one you pull from CPE Monitor. You must request your certificate within 30 days of the activity to meet the deadline for submission to CPE Monitor.
This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and PSOC.  Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  17.50 hours.
Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.
Nurse Practitioners
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as approved accreditors and allow reciprocity for AANPCP continuing education credit.



MEETING VENUE HOTEL - Belmond Charleston Place Hotel - The Belle of Charleston! 
On behalf of the meeting participants, the Society has secured sleeping rooms at The Belmond Charleston Place Hotel at the significantly discounted rate of  $299 per night standard room for up to two people, $379 Premier King, $499 Club King or One bedroom Suite (+ state and local taxes and any destination fees) To ensure availability, please reserve your room as soon as possible by calling the Hotel toll free (800) 831-3490 and mention the Pain Society of the Carolinas Room Block  to obtain the special rate.  You can also reserve online at this link.  

Please reserve by November 1, 2019 to take advantage of the group rate.  Your reservations are subject to the hotel cancellation policy in effect as stated on your confirmation from the hotel.

ALTERNATIVE HOTELS with Society Discounts - New this Year!  The Society has rooms available at deeply discounted rates near the meeting venue hotel as follows:

Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District at $189 a night - Link

Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District at $159 a night - Link

REGISTRATION FEES - EARLY RATES AVAILABLE TO October 1, 2019 - Register today for a discount!

FULL MEETING (Includes Membership)   early bird / regular registration               

MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DC,  PsyD                $600.00 / $650.00

PA/ NP                                                              $400.00  / $450.00

Health Care Practitioner / Administrator           $300.00 / $350.00

Trainee                                                              $75.00 / $100.00

*Military and VA Physicians and Practitioners, please contact the Society office for additional discounts


CANCELLATION POLICY:   Any cancellations or modifications before October 15, 2019 will be charged a cancellation fee of $25.  After that date we cannot honor cancellations and you may instead substitute a colleague. Please email Robin Hoyle at the Society offices if you need assistance in substitution after October 15.  Robin@carolinapain.org.

10th Anniversary Annual Meeting 2019

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  • December 6 - 8, 2019
  • Belmond Charleston Place Hotel
    205 Meeting Street
    Charleston, South Carolina
    United States