Jointly Provided by The Pain Society of the Carolinas and Amedco

Earn CME, AANC, and ACPE credits!

The 2017 Annual Meeting Program is again outstanding, thanks to the tireless work by the Education Committee (Richard Boortz-Marx MD MS (Co-Chair), Scott Runyon MD (Co-Chair), Brook Chidgey, MD, Ryan Nobles, MD, Andy Lebonc MD, Mike Bartosek, MD, Amanda Zimmerman PA-C, Joan Southern Priddy NP-C, Scott Clingan PA-C, and Emily Davis PA-C.  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, 2017 deadline.  

Welcome to the December 1-3, 2017 Annual Meeting and we are glad that you will join us  in Charleston to learn more about your society!  Remember, if you register for the full weekend, your 2018 membership dues are included in your registration fee!

Annual Meeting Co-Chairs:   Richard Boortz-Marx MD MS and Scott Runyon MD


Joseph Aloi MD, Winston-Salem, NC

Gerald Aronoff MD, Charlotte, NC

Alex Asbun, Raleigh, NC

John Batson MD, Hardeeville, SC

Deb A. Bhowmick, MD, Raleigh, NC

Thomas Buchheit MD, Durham, NC

Trip Buckenmaier MD, Durham, NC

Erin Carey, MD, Durham, NC

Marissa Carvalho DPT, Durham, NC

Brooke Chidgey MD, Chapel Hill, NC

Scott Clingan PA-C, Chesapeake, VA

Dan Doleys PhD, Birmingham, AL

Ingrid Harm-Ernandes PT, Durham, NC

James Finch MD, Durham, NC

Anne Marie Fras MD, Durham, NC

Christopher Gilmore MD, Winston-Salem, NC

Leonardo Kapural  MD, PhD, Winston-Salem, NC

Carol Knowles PA-C, Greensboro, NC

David Lindsay MD, Durham, NC

Meg Lineberger PhD, Durham, NC

Matt Mauck MD, Chapel Hill, NC

Andrea Nackley PhD,  Chapel Hill, NC

Ryan Nobles MD,  Mt. Pleasant, SC

James North MD,  Winston-Salem, NC

Jongbae Jay Park KMD PhD Lac, Durham NC

Raj Patel MD, Winston-Salem, NC 

Seema Patidar, PhD, Chapel Hill, NC

Steven Prakken MD, Durham, NC

Yawar Qadri MD, Durham, NC

Richard Rauck MD, Winston-Salem, NC

Lance Roy MD, Durham, NC

Paola Sandroni, MD, PhD, Rochester, MN

Nicole Schram-Sapyta PhD, Chapel Hill, NC

Thomas Van de Ven MD, PhD, Durham, NC

Todd Warrick MD, Sumter, SC

Robert Wilson MD,  Salisbury, NC



Thursday, November 30, 2017

5:00 – 7:00 PM      PSOC Board Meeting

7:00 - 9:00 PM       Industry Advisory Committee Meeting and Dinner

Friday, December 1, 2017

7:30 AM                   Registration Opens – Continental Breakfast

7:55 AM                   Welcome and Opening Remarks – Thomas Buchheit MD, President

Session One:  PSOC Legal Update                                

8:00 -8:30 AM       NC Law and NCMB Update – Brooke Chidgey, MD

8:30 – 9:00 AM     SC Law and SCMB Update – Todd Warwick, MD

9:00 – 9:30 AM     Opioids, Guidelines and the CSRS / PMP – Alex Asbun

9:30 – 10:00 AM   Central Neuropathic Pain Syndrome – Paola Sandroni, MD PhD

10:00 – 10:30 AM                    Break with Exhibitors          

Session Two:  Presidents Session

10:30 AM – 12:00    Chronic pain after nerve injury: significance, diagnosis and new treatments w/ Thomas                

Buchheit MD, Trip Buckenmaier MD, Thomas Van de Ven, MD

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

Session Three:  Addiction and Pain Management

1:00 – 1:30 PM      Neurobiology of Addiction – Nicole Schram-Sapyta, PhD

1:30 – 2:00 PM      The Psychology of Addiction –  Dan Doleys, PhD

2:00 – 2:30 PM      Treatment of Addiction – James Finch, MD

2:30 – 3:00 PM      The Interface of Addiction and Pain Treatment –  Steven Prakken, MD

3:00 - 3:15 PM       Panel Discussion Q&A

3:15 – 3:30 PM      Break with Exhibitors

Session Four:  Pelvic Pain

3:30 – 3:50 PM      Etiologies of Pelvic Pain – Andrea Nackley, PhD

3:50 – 4:10 PM      Medical Management for Pelvic Pain – Female – Anne Marie Fras, MD

4:10 – 4:30 PM      Medical Management for Pelvic Pain -Male– David Lindsay MD

4:30 – 4:50 PM      Pelvic PT for Pain of MSK Origin – Ingrid Harm-Ernandes, PT

4:50 – 5:10 PM      Surgical Treatment for Pelvic Pain – Erin Carey, MD

5:10 – 5:30 PM      Complimentary Treatments - Jongbae Jay Park KMD PhD LAc

5:30 – 6:00 PM      Panel Discussion Q & A

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


Saturday, December 2, 2017

7:30 AM                   Registration Opens

7:45-8:30 AM        Corporate Member Showcase with Gold Corporate Member Boston Scientific

                                    Breakfast Provided by the Society (No CME provided)

Session Five:  Lifestyle and Pain

8:30 – 9:00 AM     Pain and Anxiety – Expanding Beyond Benzodiazepines - Raj Patel MD

9:00 – 9:30 AM     Pain and Sleep – How to incorporate CBTI- Meg Lineberger, PhD

9:30 - 10:00 AM    Pain and Intimacy – Relationships are Affected by Chronic Pain – Richard Rauck, M.D.

10:00 – 10:30AM   Break with Exhibitors

Session Six: Emerging Therapies

10:30 - 11:00AM  Ketamine Therapy in Your Pain Practice– James North MD            

11:00 – 11:30AM Regenerative Treatments for Chronic Pain– John Batson MD        

11:30 – 12:00PM  THC & CBD – Christopher Gilmore MD                

12:00 – 12:30PM  Implications of Medical Marijuana in a Pain Practice – Gerald Aronoff MD                  

12:30 – 1:45 PM   Annual Business Meeting and Corporate Member Showcase with Platinum Corporate Member             Depomed  Lunch Provided by the Society (No CME provided)      

1:45 – 2:30 PM      James Crews Memorial Lecture – Adnan Al-Kaisy MD, Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospitals, England with introduction by Richard Rauck MD

Session Seven: Parallel Sessions (The State of Neuromodulation for Pain 2017 and APP Session)

The State of Neuromodulation for Pain

2:30 – 3:00 PM      Psychological Evaluation for Neuromodulation – Dan Doleys, PhD                                 

3:00 – 3:30 PM      Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) – James North, MD    

3:30 – 4:00 PM      Break with Exhibitors                              

4:00 – 4:30 PM      -Peripheral Stimulation – Yawar Qadri, MD, PhD

4:30 – 5:00 PM      DRG Stimulation – Leonardo Kapural, MD        

5:00 – 5:30 PM      -Dorsal Column Stimulation – Ryan Nobles, MD                W             

5:30 – 6:00 PM      Panel Discussion Q & A        

APP Session

2:30 – 3:00 PM      Endocrine System- Dr. Oberi MD

3:00 – 3:30 PM      Interventional Approach to Headache Pain - Lance Roy MD

3:30 – 4:00 PM      Break with Exhibitors

4:00 – 4:30 PM      Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy Marissa Carvalho DPT

4:30  - 5:00 PM      Non-Opioid Treatments for Neuropathy-Carol Knowles PA-C

5:00 – 5:30 PM      When to Refer to Neurosurgery– Deb A. Bhowmick MD

5:30 – 6:00 PM      Panel Discussion Q & A

                                                                        Attendees Dinner on own   

Sunday, December 3, 2017

7:30 AM                   Registration opens

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


Session Eight:  Interacting with Difficult Patients – role playing for enhancement of your skillset

8:30 –  9:00 AM  Drug toxicology testing & interpretation - Is there a discrepancy– Scott Clingan PA-C                  

9:00 – 9:30  AM    So, there are red flags with one of your patients – Matthew Mauck MD PhD            

9:30 - 9:45  AM     Coffee Break          

9:45 – 10:15 AM   Bad news on the doorstep - I knew I had one more chance!  How to deliver it!

                                    Seema Patidar, PhD              

10:15 -10:45 AM     Just saying “no”, Not every provider can say this word –  Robert B. Wilson II, M.D.               

10:45 – 11:15 AM    Motivational interviewing to recover the encounter - TBD            

11:15                         Adjourn 




Satisfactory Completion

Participants 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. NOTE: 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.   



Accreditation Statement - This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Amedco and the Pain Society of the Carolinas (PSOC). Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation Statement - Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  



Amedco is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

This course is co-provided by Amedco and PSOC.  Maximum of 18.00 contact hours.




Amedco is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  Successful completion of this program qualifies for up to 18.00 contact hours. Program is co-sponsored by Amedco and PSOC. UANs: 0453-9999-17-312-L04-P (K) through 0453-9999-17-319-L04-P (K), 0453-9999-17-350-L03-P (K) and 0453-9999-17-351-L04-P (K).



On behalf of the meeting participants, the Society has secured sleeping rooms at The Belmond Charleston Place Hotel at the significantly discounted rate of  $289.00 per night standard room for up to two people  (+ state and local taxes and a $1.00 destination fee) To ensure availability, please reserve your room as soon as possible by calling the Hotel toll free (800) 831-3490 or  and mention the Pain Society of the Carolinas Room Block  to obtain the special rate.   Rooms Sell Out Quickly - Rates increase dramatically when they are gone!  VISIT our website at to book your hotel online.

REGISTRATION FEES - EARLY RATES AVAILABLE TO November 1 - 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

Pain Society of the Carolinas Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions 2017

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  • December 1 - 3, 2017
  • Belmond Charleston Place Hotel
    205 Meeting Street
    Charleston, South Carolina
    United States