Best Abstract Recognition Awards

All abstracts submitted for the SIS Annual Meeting are evaluated for recognition as Best Clinical Abstract and Best Basic Science Abstract. Fellows and residents are invited to submit research abstracts to be considered for the Best Fellow Abstract Award and the Best Resident Abstract Award.


  • Best Basic Science Abstract - Byron J. Schneider, MD; Reza Ehsanian, MD; David J. Kennedy, MD; Ameet Nagpal, MD; Jaymin Patel, MD; Patricia Zheng, MD; Zachary McCormick, MD - Precision and Accuracy of the Numeric Rating Scale When Benchmarked Against Patient Reported Reductions in Pain: A Basic Science Study on Measuring Pain

  • Best Clinical Abstract - Michael B. Furman, MD, MS; Jesse J. Bernstein, MD; Lelia Gilhool, BA; Ajay R. Kurup, BS; Christopher T. Bednarek, MD; Holden M. Caplan, BA; Byron Schneider, MD - The Incidence of Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Complications Associated with Ceasing vs Maintaining Anticoagulant and /or Antiplatelet Agents for Pain Interventions

  • Best Fellow Abstract - Kevin Barrette, MD; Agnes Martinez-Ith; Patricia Zheng, MD; Matthew Smuck, MD - What Does the Patient with Back Pain Want? A Comparison of Patient Expectations and Physician Assumptions

  • Best Resident Abstract - Quinn Tate, MD; Beau P. Sperry, BA; Aaron Conger, DO; Naomi Kelley, BA; Lucas Anderson, MD; Christopher Pelt, MD; Jeremy Gililland, MD; Christopher Peters, MD; A. Michael Henrie, DO; Richard Kendall, DO; Masaru Teramoto, PhD, MPH; Zachary L. McCormick, MD  – An Expanded Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation Protocol: A Prospective Pilot Study


  • Best Clinical Abstract - Byron J. Schneider, MD, Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd, Jaymin Patel MD, Patricia Zheng, MD, Zachary L. McCormick, MD - Patient-perceived Duration of Effect of Lidocaine and Bupivacaine Following Diagnostic Medial Branch Blocks; A Multicenter Study

  • Best Resident Abstract - Reza Ehsanian MD, PhD, Byron J. Schneider, MD, Renee Rosati DO, Lisa Huynh MD, Josh Levin MD, David J Kennedy, MD – Validity of Physical Exam Maneuvers in Diagnosis of Sacroiliac Joint Pathology; Are Physical Exams Worth the Time?

  • Best Resident Abstract - Iain M. Bailey, MD, William J Beckworth, MD, Benjamin A. Abramoff, MD, Laura A Ward, MSPH, Sook K Yoon, MD, Monica B. Umpierrez, MD, Aparna Kakarala, MD - The Natural History of Cervical Radiculopathy with Soft Disc Herniations and Osteophytes

  • Best Poster - Justin A. Johal, BS, Caroline P. Brennick, DO, Maxim S. Eckmann, MD, Tyler C. Roe, MD, Ameet S. Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd - Thermal Radiofrequency Ablation of Articular Nerve Branches for the Treatment of Chronic Shoulder Pain: First Case Series


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Anand Joshi, MD, Timothy J. Amrhein, MD, Megan Holmes, PhD, Joel Talsma, MS, Megan Shonyo, RT(R), Andrea B. Taylor, PhD - The Source and Course of the Articular Branches to the T4-T8 Zygapophysial Joints

  • Best Clinical Abstract: Zachary L. McCormick, MD, Vance Lehman, MD, Christopher T. Plastaras MD, David R. Walega, MD, MSCI, Paul Huddleston III, MD, Charbel Moussallem, MD, Jennifer R. Geske, MS, David J. Kennedy, MD, Timothy Maus, MD, Carrie Carr, MD - Low-pressure Lumbar Provocation Discography According to International Association for the Study of Pain/Spine Intervention Society Standards Does Not Cause Accelerated Progression of Disc Degeneration in Symptomatic Low Back Pain Patients; A 7 Year Matched Cohort Study

  • Best Fellow Abstract: Ben Marshall, DO, Cynthia Garvan, PhD, Christopher T. Plastaras, MD, Venu Akuthota, MD - Prognostic Imaging Features in Acute Lumbosacral Radiculopathy with Motor Deficits

  • Best Resident Abstract: Rajiv Reddy, MD, David R. Walega, MD, Marc Korn, MD, David Dayanim, MD, MS, MHA, Raafay Syed, MD, Meghan Bhave, MD, Mikhail Zhukalin, DO, Sarah Choxi, MD, Ali Ebrahimi, MD, Mark C. Kendall, MD, Robert J. McCarthy, PharmD, Dost Khan, MD, Geeta Nagpa, MD, Karina Bouffard, MD, MPH, Zachary L. McCormick, MD - A Prospective Randomized Trial of Prognostic Genicular Nerve Blocks to Determine the Predictive Value for the Outcome of Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Knee Pain Due to Osteoarthritis

  • Best Poster: Anand B. Joshi MD, MHA, Jeffrey Fenoli BS, W. Paul Segars, PhD, Brian Harrawood, Jocelyn Hoye, BS, Steve D. Mann, PhD, Megan Shonyo, RT(R), Anuj Kapadia, PhD - Patient-Specific Radiation Dose in Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Access Using Monte Carlo Simulations


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Georg C. Feigl, MD, Wolfgang Stelzer, MD, Rudolf Likar, MD, Christoph Skias - Anatomical Topographical Investigation of the Dorsal Thoracic Branch of the Spinal Nerve: Are There Consequences for Techniques of Thermocoagulation?

  • Best Clinical Abstract/Best Fellow Abstract: Patricia Zheng, MD, Byron Schneider, MD, Joshua Levin, MD, Lisa Huynh, MD, Matthew Smuck, MD, Agnes Ith, BS, David J. Kennedy, MD - Multi-Institutional Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Prospective Study of Intra-articular Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint Corticosteroid Injection(s) as Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain in a Selected Population

  • Best Resident Abstract: Brittany Bickelhaupt, MD, Maxim Eckmann, MD, Jacob Fehl, MD, Jonathan Benfield, DO, Jonathan Curley, MD, Omid Rahimi, PhD; Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd - Cadaveric Study of the Articular Branches of the Shoulder Joint

  • Outstanding Abstract Award: Srinivas Mallempati, MD, Bradly S. Goodman, MD, Erik A. Davis, MD, John Ye, MD, Kewei Yu, MD - Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Flow Patterns: An Analysis of the Varied Patterns Seen Using Contralateral Oblique View


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Michael DePalma MD, Kasra Amirdelfan MD, Hyun Bae MD, Domagoj Coric MD, Andrew Sumich MD, Tory McJunkin MD, Ken Pettine MD, Hyun Hong MD, Kee Kim MD, William Beckworth, MD, Michael Pullar, MD, Gary Ghiselli, MD, J. Scott Bainbridge, MD, Randall Dryer, MD, Timothy Deer, MD, Roger D. Brown - A Randomized, Controlled Trial Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of Immunoselected, Allogeneic Mesenchymal Precursor Cells for Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain

  • Best Clinical Abstract: Alison Stout DO, Paul Dreyfuss MD, Nathan Swain DO, Shannon Roberts BA, Eldon Loh MD, Anne Agur PhD - Optimal Fluoroscopic Targets for Cooled Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Sacral Lateral Branches: An Anatomical Study

  • Best Fellow Abstract: Zachary L. McCormick MD, Ariana Nelson MD, Meghan Bhave MD, Sarah Choxi MD, Ali Ebrahimi MD, Mikhail Zhukalin DO, Dost Khan MD, Geeta Nagpal MD, David R. Walega, MD - A Prospective Randomized Comparative Trial of Targeted Steroid Injection via Epidural Catheter versus Standard C7-T1 Interlaminar Approach for the Treatment of Unilateral Cervical Radicular Pain: 1-Month Outcomes

  • Best Resident Abstract: Ryan Mattie MD, Zachary McCormick MD, Katri Laimi PhD, MD, Mikhail Saltychev PhD, MD - Using Item Response Theory to Determine the Ability of the Numeric Rating Scale to Accurately Discriminate Between Levels of Pain Severity in Patients with Radicular or Musculoskeletal Pain


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Gaetano Scuderi, MD, Pasquale X Montesano, MD, Jason Cuellar, MD, PhD - Improving Response to Treatment for Patients with DDD by the Use of Molecular Markers

  • Best Clinical Abstract: Allen Burton, MD, Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD, Cong Yu, MD, Matthew W Doust, MD, Bradford E Gliner, MS, Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD, B Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH, Kasra Amirdelfan, MD, Donna M Morgan, MD, Lora L Brown, MD, Thomas L Yearwood, MD, PhD, Richard Bundschu, MD, Thomas Yang, MD, Ramsin Benyamin, MD, Abram H. Burgher, MD, for the SENZA-RCT investigators - Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of 10 kHz High Frequency and Traditional Low Frequency Stimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Back and Leg Pain: 18-Month Results

  • Best Fellow Abstract: Nathan Swain, DO, Alison Stout, DO, Paul Dreyfuss, MD, Shannon Roberts, BA, Eldon Loh, MD, Anne Agur, PhD - Determining Optimal Fluoroscopic Imaging and Needle Placement for Cooled RF Neurotomy of Sacral Lateral Branch Nerves: An Anatomical Study

  • Best Resident Abstract: Byron Schneider, MD, Zack McCormick, MD, David J Kennedy, MD - Comparative Effectiveness of Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections With Particulate versus Nonparticulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radicular Pain Due to Intervertebral Disc Herniation: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind Trial: Preliminary 5 Year Follow Up Data


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Josef Pleticha, MD, Andreas S Beutler, MD, W Michael Hooten, MD, Timothy P Maus, MD - Interventional Gene Vector Delivery to the Peripheral Nervous System: Preclinical Testing of CT-Guided Procedures in Pigs and Imaging Based Modeling in Humans

  • Best Clinical Abstract: Janna Friedly, MD, David Sibell, MD, D.J. Kennedy, MD - A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis

  • Best Poster Submission: Vance T Lehman, MD, Robert C Murphy, MD, Louis A Schenck, MS, Rickey E Carter, PhD, Geoff B Johnson, MD, Amy L Kotsenas, MD, Jonathon M Morris, MD, Mark A Nathan, MD, John T Wald, MD, Timothy P Maus, MD - Comparison of Facet Joint Activity on 99mTc-MDP SPECT/CT with Facet Joint Signal Change on MRI with Fat Suppression

  • Best Fellow Abstract: Lisa Huynh, MD, Matthew Smuck, MD, Ma Agnes Ith, D.J. Kennedy MD - Does Fibronectin Aggrecan Complex Predict Response to Epidural Steroid Injection?

  • Best Resident Abstract: Christine A El-Yahchouchi, MD, Christopher T Plastaras, MD, Timothy P Maus, MD, Carrie M Carr, MD, Zack McCormick, MD, Jennifer R Geske, MS, Matthew Smuck, MD, Matthew J Pingree, MD, D.J. Kennedy, MD - Complication Rates of Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Multi-Institutional Study


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: Wenchun Qu, MD, Yuexiang Wang, MD, Michael Hooten, Timothy Maus, MD, & Kent Thielen, MD - Positional Dorsal CSF (dCSF) Thickness as Foundation for Adaptive Spinal Cord Stimulation

  • Best Clinical Abstract: D.J. Kennedy, MD, Christopher Plastaras, MD, Ellen Casey, MD, Christopher Visco, MD, & Matthew Smuck, MD - A Randomized, Double-Blind, Multi-Center, Prospective Study Comparing the Efficacy of Particulate vs Non-Particulate Corticosteroids for Lumbar Radiculitis due to an Acute Herniated Nucleus Pulposus

  • Best Poster Submission: Christine El-Yahchouchi, MD, Timothy P. Maus, MD, & JT Wald, MD - Transforaminal Epidural Steroids Injections: Does Immediate Post-Procedure Response Predict Longer Term Response?

  • Best Fellow Abstract: Susan DiStasio, DO & Boqing Chen, MD, PhD - Vascular Penetration Rate in Kambin's Triangle

  • Best Resident Abstract: Christine El-Yahchouchi, MD & Timothy Maus, MD - Non-inferiority of Dexamethasone in Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections


  • Best Basic Science Abstract: William Jeremy Beckworth, MD, Rajiv Sood, MD, Arin Fredrick Katzer, DO - Anomalous Location of the Vertebral Artery in Relation to the Neural Foramen - Implications for Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Best Clinical Abstract: Ajay Patel, MD, Agnes Martinez-Ith, & Matthew Smuck, MD - A Prospective Analysis of Alternative Needles for Lumbosacral Transforaminal Epidural Injections

  • Best Poster: Chris Reiser, PhD, Farrokh Aghaeepour, MS, & Timothy Stegman, MA - Reducing Lead Migration with the Clik™ Anchor - A Real-World Review

  • Best Fellow Abstract: Scott Hamilton, MD & D.J. Kennedy, MD - Comparison of Live Fluoroscopy and Digital Subtraction Angiography for Detection of Intravascular Injection with Medial Branch Blocks

  • Best Resident Abstract: Casey Fisher, MD, David Fish, MD - Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Spinal Injections (LTFESI) for Lumbar Radiculopathy: Comparing functional outcomes to contrast spread patterns

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