Board of Directors

SIS 2017-18 Board

Executive Committee/Officers

Timothy Maus, MD
 

Timothy Maus, MD

President

Dr. Maus graduated from Mayo Medical School in 1981, completed a Diagnostic Radiology residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1985, and subsequently joined the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology. He completed a Neuroradiology Fellowship at Mayo in 1996, and is currently Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Dr. Maus founded a section within Radiology to provide image-guided pain management procedures in 1999, working closely with Anesthesiology, PM&R, Neurology and Surgical colleagues in the Mayo multidisciplinary Spine Center. He has been a Mayo Teacher of the Year in Radiology, the recipient of the Mayo Individual Award for Excellence, and the Carmen Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice in the Department of Radiology. 
 
Dr. Maus has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on spine imaging and interventions.  He is a co-investigator in an NIH funded research laboratory at Mayo examining novel analgesic strategies.  He speaks regularly nationally, and internationally. He has served as the Chair of the SIS Education Division, Treasurer, and is now President of the Society.

Matthew Smuck, MD
 

Matthew Smuck, MD

Vice President

Dr. Matthew Smuck is the Chief of PM&R and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services for Stanford Healthcare where he specializes in the comprehensive conservative management of spine disorders. He has served as Deputy Editor of The Spine Journal, and Co-Editor of the Orthopedics Knowledge Update in Spine, 4th edition. Dr. Smuck is an award-winning researcher and pioneer in the new field of physical performance monitoring. He directs the Wearable Health Lab at Stanford, investigating medical applications of mobile technology to improve musculoskeletal and neurologic disease detection, treatment and prevention. He regularly lectures on his research in the U.S. and abroad. His work has received numerous research society awards and publication awards, including the American Academy of PM&R’s 2014 President’s Citation Award, the PM&R Journal and Foundation for PM&R’s 2015 Best Original Research Award, the 2016 ISSLS Prize, and The Spine Journal’s Outstanding Paper Award in 2013, 2016, and 2017.  


John MacVicar, MB, ChB
 

John MacVicar, MB, ChB

Past President

Dr. MacVicar was born and raised in the Scottish Highlands and educated at the University of Glasgow Medical School. He has lived and worked in Christchurch, New Zealand, since 1980. He is vocationally registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand in musculoskeletal medicine and is the medical director of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinic. His main clinical interest is the evidence-based use of interventional techniques for the investigation and treatment of spinal pain, and he was trained in the application of these techniques through the Department of Clinical Research at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has been a member of the Spine Intervention Society member since 2004 and served as President from 2016-17.


David J. Kennedy, MD
 

David J. Kennedy, MD

Secretary

Dr. Kennedy is a Clinical Associate Professor and the PM&R Residency Program Director at Stanford University where his practice focuses on non-operative and interventional spine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle where he served as Chief Resident, and then a Spine and Sports Fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He currently serves as the Secretary of SIS, and has previously sat on the Research Division and was the Chair of the Standards Division. He also chaired the SIS Annual Meeting Program Committee for several years. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 20 book chapters. He is on the editorial board for Pain Medicine and is a Senior Editor for the PM&R Journal. He is a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).


Josh Rittenberg, MD
 

Josh Rittenberg, MD

Treasurer

Dr. Rittenberg is Chief of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, where he is also co-Chair of Chiefs of PM&R for Northern California. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Pain Medicine.  Dr. Rittenberg attended medical school at New York Medical College and completed his internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. He received his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed a fellowship in Interventional Spine at the Florida Spine Institute. He spent 10 years on faculty at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has published original research, review articles, and book chapters in the areas of interventional and rehabilitative spine care.  He is an SIS Senior Faculty member and has instructed, lectured, and been a course director at numerous of the society's Bio-Skills Workshops. He is the current Treasurer, and previously served as Chair of the Society's Education Division and Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee.


Margaret Klys, MJ, CAE
 

Margaret Klys, MJ, CAE

CEO

Margaret Klys has a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Health Law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Ms. Klys is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and has extensive experience in executive association management. She joined the Spine Intervention Society as the Director of Health Policy in 2010 and was named CEO in 2015. Her previous association experience includes the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) and the American Osteopathic Association. She has spent 20 years working in the healthcare industry and over 15 years working for and advocating on behalf of the physician community.



Board Members

Alison Stout, DO
 

Alison Stout, DO

Education Division Chair

Dr. Stout is Fellowship Director at Evergreen Sport and Spine Center in Kirkland, Washington where she practices full-time and engages in clinical research. Prior, she was Director of Musculoskeletal and Spine Care for VA Puget Sound and faculty for the PM&R department at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She earned her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing a preliminary year with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Following her PM&R residency at University of Washington, she completed a musculoskeletal medicine and interventional spine fellowship in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Stout is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. She specializes in comprehensive non-operative spine and musculoskeletal care, including fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided interventions. For SIS, she has served on the Education Division, the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, the Patient Safety Task Force and the Standards Division. Other organizational involvement includes the North American Spine Society (Chair of Rehabilitation, Interventional & Medical Spine Section).


Scott Horn, DO

Scott Horn, DO

Health Policy Division Chair

Dr. Horn is an interventional spine and musculoskeletal physiatrist at a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He earned his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill. After completing his fellowship training in Interventional Spine Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he began his service on the Spine Intervention Society's Socioeconomic Committee (now Health Policy Division) and Coding Subcommittee as well as the NASS Coding Committee. He volunteers as faculty for spinal injection and coding courses and holds an appointment as The Spine Intervention Society's Advisor to the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel. He currently serves on the SIS Board of Directors as Chair of the Health Policy Division.


Shihab Ahmed, MD
 

Shihab Ahmed, MD

Research Division Chair

Dr. Ahmed is a board certified Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Specialist. After completing his anesthesiology (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston) and pain medicine training (Massachusetts General Hospital) he began his academic career at the MGH Center for Pain Medicine (MGHCPM). At the MGHCPM he teaches pain fellows, residents and medical students the pathophysiology of pain, specific pain syndromes including cancer pain, and advanced interventional pain therapies such as implantation of indwelling devices. He gives didactic lectures on pain topics to fellows during their training and collaborates with them in his research, case reports and abstracts for presentation at national pain meetings. He is the Multidisciplinary Pain Service Course Director and is responsible for overseeing the medical students’ clerkships at the MGHCPM from the Harvard Medical School. In his clinical practice in the MGH Pain Center he provides care for an average of 50 patients a week. Because of his expertise in interventional pain management techniques, he offers effective and innovative therapy for his challenging patient population. He is an investigator at the MGH Center for Translational Pain Research (CTPR). His current research focuses on the mechanisms of spinal cord stimulation therapy and how pain transitions from acute to chronic pain. He is currently a member of the research committee for North American Spine Society and is the Chair of the Research Division of the Spine Intervention Society.                                  


Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD
 

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD

Standards Division Chair

Dr. Vorobeychik is Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology and the Director of Interventional Pain Management at Hershey Medical Center (HMC) and Penn State College of Medicine. He attended medical school in Russia and worked as a neurologist in Moscow for ten years. During that time his special interest was the treatment of neuropathic pain. Upon coming to the United States, Dr. Vorobeychik completed his neurology residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and subsequently worked there as a faculty member of its Neurology department. Later on, he enrolled in the pain fellowship training program at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Anesthesia department. Having graduated from this program, he accepted a position at HMC Anesthesia department, where he was appointed the Director of Interventional Pain Management. Dr. Vorobeychik is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with sub-specialization in Pain Medicine. He is an author of original research articles and book chapters. He is actively involved in teaching fellows, residents, and medical students at HMC. Dr. Vorobeychik serves as the Chair of the Spine Intervention Society Standards Division.
Zack McCormick, MD  

Zack McCormick, MD

Fundraising Committee Chair

Dr. McCormick is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Board certified Physiatry and Pain Medicine, his practice focuses on both conservative and interventional care of spine pain and related conditions. He eared his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at Northwestern University/ The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. McCormick serves as the chair of the SIS fundraising committee and as a member of the Standards Division, Education Division, and the Patient Safety Committee. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and lectures nationally on his research, which focuses on the safety and effectiveness of spine and pain interventions. He has received research awards from various Pain Medicine and PM&R medical societies, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIH).

Kieran Slevin, MD  

Kieran Slevin, MD

Member-at-Large

Kieran Slevin is currently Medical Director and co-founding partner of North American Spine and Pain Consultants, with multiple offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He was previously in academic Pain Medicine practice at the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years, where he was Assistant Professor and Director of Acute Pain Services and the Interventional Pain Service. He has served as Chief of Pain Medicine at Virtua Health System in New Jersey since 2011.

He was educated at University College in Dublin, Ireland where he trained in Internal Medicine before coming to the University of Pennsylvania for a residency in Anesthesiology, and a fellowship in Critical Care and Interventional Pain Medicine. He was on the Faculty as Assistant Professor and advisor to the Provost at Penn from 2006-11. He is board certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology.

Dr. Slevin lectures frequently in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America and is involved in a number of national and international spine and pain organizations. He is extensively published in peer reviewed literature and has authored multiple book chapters and opinion letters. He is currently a Member-at Large of the Board of Director of SIS, and is active in its Health Policy Division.


Charles Aprill, MD
 

Charles Aprill, MD

Founding Member

Dr. Aprill graduated from LSU Medical School in June 1967, completed his internship at Charity Hospital of Louisiana in 1968, and a radiology residency at Ochsner Medical Foundation in 1971. He was certified in “Radiology” in 1972. After serving in the United States Naval Active Reserves, Dr. Aprill went into private practice of radiation oncology with nuclear medicine and oncologic interventional diagnostic and therapeutic special procedures with Dr. Vincent Collins in Houston.

Dr. Aprill practiced general radiology with emphasis on interventional special procedures for the next decade. In 1986 he opened a solo practice limited to diagnosis and conservative treatment of adult spine disorders. In May 1993 Dr. Aprill established Magnolia Clinic, a solo private interventional pain practice where he remained until Hurricane Katrina closed the doors in September 2005. His current practice, Interventional Spine Specialists, opened in Kenner, Louisiana in January 2006 and continues to this day.

Dr. Aprill is a founding member of the Spine Intervention Society and was recognized in 2003 with an SIS award for outstanding service and dedication as a teacher. He achieved the position of Clinical Professor of Radiology and Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation at Louisiana State University Health Science Center. Dr. Aprill has dedicated time to proctoring physicians in spine interventional procedures through fellowship programs at the University and with SIS education as an instructor since 1990. Clinical work in the private practice has generated about a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Aprill has authored or co-authored about two-dozen more papers and about a dozen chapters on spine related issues.


Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD  

Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD

Founding Member

In 2014, Professor Bogduk retired as Professor of Pain Medicine at the University of Newcastle and Director of Clinical Research at the Newcastle Bone and Joint Institute. He spent 43 years teaching Anatomy and Pain Medicine, and researching the anatomical basis, validity, and effectiveness of techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of spine pain and headache. He remains active in the Standards Division of SIS and serves as the SIS Section Editor for Pain Medicine. Otherwise, he maintains a private conservation park west of Sydney, Australia.


Richard Derby, MD
 

Richard Derby, MD

Founding Member

Dr. Derby is the Medical Director of Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Center and CEO of Comprehensive Spine Diagnostics Medical Group in Daly City, CA. He is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Derby received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Medical Degree from the University of California at Irvine. He completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Derby is currently on the Executive Board as Past President and Founding Member of the Spine Intervention Society. He is an active member of several professional societies including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, North American Spine Society, International Intradiscal Therapy Society and the World Institute of Pain. He holds journal, editorial, and review committee memberships for several professional publications including Pain Medicine, The Spine Journal, Spine, The Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Practice, and Pain Digest. Awards received include: Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Best Doctor in America (2007-2008), Friend of ASIPP Award (2007), and Sofamor-Danek Posterior Award (1998).

Further, Dr. Derby has given more than 250 invited lectures, presentations, and workshops and is a prolific author with over 130 publications including 20 invited book chapters.


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