You are Invited to Register for New York State's Comprehensive Educational Program in Pain Management 

Earn Up to 20.75 Physician CME, Nurse CNEs, Pharmacy CPEs and Psychologists CE credits awarded - Jointly Provided by AMEDCO

Open to Physicians (MD, DO, DC, PhD), Pharmacists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Therapists, and Practice Administrators no matter your Specialty.  

Program Highlights (see full program below):

NY Mandatory Prescriber Education Boot Camp Session - Do you Prescribe? Then you must comply with the law. This Workshop provides the required 4 credit hours on mandated NY Law topics.  

Opioids at the Crossroads:  CDC Guidelines, Addiction, and Stewardship

Non-Opioid Options for your Pain Patients: SCS, Ketamine, Intrathecal, PRP, Stem Cells and Other Therapies "from Head to Toe"

Medical Cannabis Workshop

Pain Management Debates - What's in the Literature?

NEW THIS YEAR - Dedicated NP, PA, and Nurse Session

NEW THIS YEAR - Dedicated Pain Psychology for Pain Patients Workshop

NEW THIS YEAR - 3D Simulator Workshop 

Annual Business Meeting of the Membership

TARGET AUDIENCE AND INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL:  No Matter your Specialty, we have Sessions for You!  From student to advanced practice physician, practitioner or therapist, you will find a lectures and workshops that fit your practice.  Target Audience:  Open to Physicians (MD, DO, DC), PhD,  Pharmacists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Therapists, and Practice Administratorsfrom pain management, PM&R, anesthesiology, neurology, primary care, psychiatry, psychology, and chiropractic with a professional interest and/or practice in pain management.  Note:  the Friday Mandatory Prescriber Education Session applies to all healthcare providers with a DEA license to prescribe in the State of New York. For more info, please visit:



  1. Identify risk factors associated with the initiation or maintenance of chronic opioid therapy.
  2. Provide decision-making strategies that consider non-opioid pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies for management of chronic pain.
  3. Apply evidence-based strategies to clinical practice for managing complex patients with chronic pain
  4. Employ key diagnostic and treatment techniques for the management of pain.
  5. Address common clinical challenges in the management of acute and chronic pain.
  6. Evaluate and debate new trends, techniques, therapies, and diagnostic procedures.
  7. Apply evidence-based strategies to clinical practice for performing behavioral evaluations for chronic pain patients who are candidates for spinal cord stimulation.
  8. Assemble a valuable network of colleagues active in the field of pain medicine.


Up to 20.75 Physician CME and Nurse CEUS and Pharmacy ACPE credits Awarded - Jointly Provided by AMEDCO

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.   

Physicians / Nurses / Pharmacists

Accreditation Statement - In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco and the New York State Pain Society (NYSPS). Amedco is jointly accredited by the American 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 designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians, 20.75 contact hours for nurses and 20.75 knowledge-based contact hours for pharmacists. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


               Psychologists   -This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the New York State Pain Society. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content for a maximum of 20.75 hours.  



Early Bird  Registration Fees to March 9, 2018

Register by March 9, 2018 and SAVE up to $100 dollars!

Registration Type  -full meeting                                             Early Bird Rates to March 9, 2018       After March 9, 2018

MD, DO, DC, PhD, PsyD, PharmD (other Doctorate)                $600                                                  $700

PA, NP                                                                                       $350                                                   $450 

Nurse (RN, LPN), Therapist, Administrator                               $300                                                   $400

(Daily Rates also available - click link to register to review all meeting rate options)

**Trainees who submit a poster for presentation can attend the meeting for free!  (Application at


The Society has a special rate of $159 a night at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel.  This room block sells out every year so be sure to book early and before March 1, 2018.  Call the hotel directly and mention the NY State Pain Society.  Telephone:  914-694-5400.

Cancellations received before March 9 will recieve a refund less a processing fee of $25.  After March 9 and before April 1, you may modify your registration and also substitute another individual should you be unable to attend.  After April 1, please contact the Society regarding any substition.  There are no refunds after March 9.  Thank you




6:00-7:30 pm  Board of Directors Meeting

7:30-9:00 pm  Industry Advisory Committee Dinner- Corporate Members by invitation only


 FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

7:00 am                       Registration Opens and Exhibitor Setup (7:00-9:30 am)

7:55 am                       Welcome from The President, Robert Duarte MD

8:00 -11:30 am           Session One:  Medical Cannabis Workshop – Grace Forde MD, Moderator

8:00 am                       The Pharmacology of Medical Cannabis – Joseph Morgan MD AACM

8:30 am                       Indication and Dosing, Risk of Cannabis dependency, Opioid sparing effect of Cannabis, and How Cannabis can help with                                        the Opioid crises - Grace Forde MD 

9:00 am                       Contraindications, Adverse effects, Drug Interactions – Robert Duarte MD

9:30-10:00 am                        Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:00 am                     Patient Process – Referring for Use: from initial consultation to the Dispensary and Back  to You.  A Clinical Case Study. Grace Forde MD, Stephen Dahmer MD, Alexander Weingarten MD         

11:00 am                     Panel Discussion, Q & A – All Session Faculty        

11:30-1:00 pm            Session Two – Legislative Update - Phillip Fyman MD, Moderator

11:30 am                     The New Tax Code: What it Means for Your Practice and You – Thomas Flattery CPA     

12:00 pm                     DOJ, HHS, DEA, FBI – Who Does What?  John Schwab Esq.                   

12:30 pm                     From the Physician’s Perspective – Lawrence Kobak DPM JD

1:00 -1:45 pm            Corporate Member Showcase with Platinum Corporate Member Pernix                                                                        Therapeutics - Today's Rational Formulation for Chronic Pain Management with Alexander Weingarten MD (Lunch Provided -No CME Provided)

1:45-6:15 pm             Session Three: Mandatory Prescriber Education Course - Bradley Cash MD, Moderator

1:45 pm                       A Survey of Pain Management –  Grace Forde MD

2:15 pm                       Appropriate Prescribing – Romanth Waghmarae MD

2:45 pm                       Managing Acute Pain – Phillip Fyman MD

3:15-3:45 pm             Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:45 pm                       Palliative Medicine – Dana Robin Lustbader MD

4:15 pm                       Prevention, Screening and Signs of Addiction – Robert Duarte MD

4:45 pm                       Response to Abuse and Addiction – Douglas Cline MD

5:15 pm                       End of Life Care – James D’Olimpio MD

5:45-6:15 pm               Panel Discussion, Q & A

6:15 -7:15 pm            Networking Reception with Exhibitors

7:30-9:00 pm             Trainee Dinner –– Ralph Ortiz DO and Yuriy Ivanov DO, Moderators.  Life After Fellowship: Finding Work and Happiness with Antigone Argyriou MD and Andrew Lederman MD

Workshop Option - Friday– 3D Simulator Hands-on Training Workshop

(limit 10 physicians per 2-hour session – Free)

Richard Gasalberti MD, Isaac Kreizman MD, Alexander Weingarten MD, Sekhaar Upadhyayula MD, and Michael Garbulsky PA

Session One:  11:00 am -1:00 pm       Lumbar Epidurals and Lumbar Facets, SI Joint Injections, Radiofrequency Ablation of Lumbar Spine

Session Two:  1:45 pm – 3:45 pm      Lumbar Epidurals and Lumbar Facets, SI Joint Injections, Radiofrequency Ablation of Lumbar Spine

Session Three:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm    Lumbar Epidurals and Lumbar Facets, SI Joint Injections, Radiofrequency Ablation of Lumbar Spine



7:00-7:45  am              Registration and Exhibit Hall Opens  (Breakfast Provided)          

7:45 -10:15 am           Session Four: Hot Topics with Special Guest Lecturers 

7:45 am                       Mindfulness Exercise with Madeline Gittleman PsyD

8:00 am                       Genetic Testing and Opioid Addiction – Kenneth Blum PhD            

8:45am                        Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain–David Simpson MD

9:30                             Nutrition and Pain – Nancy Cotter MD

10:15-10:45 am          Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:45-12:45 pm         Session Five – The Great Debates – Pain 

10:45 am                     Cannabis for Chronic Pain Pro vs Con

                                    Frank Schirripa MD (Steven Dahmer MD, Mentor)

                                    vs. Michael Schirripa MD (Alexander Weingarten MD, Mentor)

11:15 am                     Opioid Epidemic vs Pain Crisis

                                   Morteza Modaber (Theresa Baxter RN FNP-C, Mentor) 

                                    vs.  Vincent Mezzatesta (Michael Garbulsky PA, Mentor)

11:45 am                     Stem Cell Therapy

                                   Benjamin Niknam MD (Sireen Gopal MD, Mentor) 

                                    vs.  Ali Caruana (Ali Guy MD, Mentor)

12:15 pm                     New Expensive Therapies vs. Old Cheap Therapies in Headache

                                   Shayna Sanguinetti MD (Ira Turner MD, Mentor)

                                   vs. Laura Ragoonanan MD (Noah Rosen MD, Mentor)

12:45-2:00 pm           Annual Meeting of the Members and Corporate Member Showcase with Depomed -One of the Faces of Neuropathic Pain (Lunch Provided. No CME Provided)

2:00 – 4:00 pm           Session Six – Parallel Sessions

Advanced Interventional Pain Management from Head to Toe - Romanth Waghmarae, Moderator

2:00 pm                       Head/ Facial – Jeffrey Brown MD 

2:30 pm                       Neck/Spine – Edward Rubin MD

3:00 pm                       Chronic Pelvic Pain: Keys to Successful Outcomes – Robert Moldwin MD

3:30 pm                       Pain Addiction – Thomas Jan DO

4:00 – 4:30 pm            Networking Break with Exhibitors


Managing Pain in an Era of Opioid Overuse-Pain Management for the PA, NP and Nurse Lynn Grimaldi Moderator 

2:00 pm                       Resiliency in the Chronic Pain Patient and Those Who Care for Them - Nicole Lopez, MSN, RN, FNP-BC and Megan Greenman, MS, RN, CCNS, CWCN

2:30 pm                       Practical approach to opioid weaning -Mary Carter, MS, ANP-BC, RN-BC

3:00 pm                       Acute Pain Management in the Patient with Chronic Pain - Maureen Cooney, MS, RN, CCNS, CWCN

3:30 pm                       Brief Intervention for Moving Towards Self-Care- Patricia Bruckenthal PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

4:00 pm                       Panel Discussion Q&A

4:30-5:30 pm               Session Seven –Hot Topic with Special Guest Lecturer with Introduction by Robert Duarte MD

4:30 pm                     Orofacial Pain – Lauren Levi DMD                   

5:30 pm                       Adjourn  - Dinner on own


WORKSHOP OPTION SATURDAY Pain Psychology and Neuromodulation Behavioral Examination 10:15 am -5:30 pm  

 (included in meeting fee) - Moderator:  Ralph Ortiz, DO

10:15 am                     The State of the NY Patient and the Opioid Crisis- Ralph Ortiz DO

10:45 am                     Pain Processing - Madeline Gittleman PsyD

11:15 am                     Psychological Approaches - Jeff Dolce PhD

11:45 am                     What’s in the Literature? A review of the Research - Jeff Dolce PhD

12:45-2:00 pm           Annual Meeting of the Members and Corporate Member Showcase with Depomed One of the Faces of Neuropathic Pain with Ricardo Taboada MD   (Lunch Provided. No CME Provided)                       

2:00 pm                       Options for Spinal Cord Stimulation – Devices – Sayed Wahezi MD

3:00 pm                       Basic Trial and Implantation Procedures – Satish Modugu MD

4:00 pm                       Mock Interview – Panel

5:00 pm                       Discussion Q & A

5:30 pm                      Adjourn

5:30 pm                      Dinner on own


7:00 am                       Registration Opens (Breakfast Provided)

7:15-7:45 am               Special Interest Group Discussion

7:45 am                        Yoga Demonstration with Lynn Kirsikapa

8:00 am -12:00 pm      Session Eight:  The Integrative Pain Practice Model - Moderator Charles Argoff MD

8:00 am                       Special Guest Lecture:  Chronic Urological Pelvic Pain: Keys to Successful Outcomes:  Robert Moldwin MD

8:30 am                       What is an Integrative Pain Practice?  Robert Duarte MD

9:00 am                       Pharmaceuticals – Charles Argoff MD

9:30 am                       Interventional Procedures – Romanth Waghmarae MD

10:00 am                     Counseling/ Psychological Interventions/ CBT – Ron Lelito PhD

10:30 am                     Acupuncture – Dody Chang, LAc

11:00 am                     Impact of Stress and Insomnia – David Leopold MD

11:30 pm                     Closing Remarks and Thank you – Charles Argoff MD, 2018-2020 President

See  You In West Harrison!



NYSPS Annual Meeting 2018

  • April 27 - 29, 2018
  • The Renaissance Westchester Hotel
    80 West Red Oak Lane
    West Harrison, New York
    United States