Below is the complete list of speakers for the NMPM Inaugural Meeting

Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Vanila Singh is an American physician, educator, policy maker, and patient advocate dedicated to public health and currently tackling one of the nation’s most widespread, expensive, and devastating epidemics of our time: the opioid and greater drug epidemic. As a double-board certified faculty physician in both anesthesiology and pain medicine, she is an expert in understanding the underlying mechanisms of complex acute and chronic pain. Dr. Singh has spent over 15 years at the Stanford University School of Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor where her practice focuses on regional anesthesia with a specialty in advanced ultrasound-guided procedures.

In 2017, Dr. Singh was appointed by the White House to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). She was later concurrently appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Health as the Acting Regional Director for Region 9 (CA, NV, AZ, HI, and the Pacific Islands) and served dual leadership roles through her HHS tenure.

In her role as the U.S. Department of HHS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Singh was integral in shaping the Department’s opioid policy recommendations. She served as Chairperson of the highly regarded Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, for the CARA Legislative Act of 2016, where she brought together and led 29 expert Task Force members in pain medicine, addiction, mental health, minority health, Veterans’ health, as well as professional medical organizations representatives and respected members from FDA, CDC, NIH and others. Under her leadership, the Task Force submitted a comprehensive Report to the U.S. Congress on May 30th 2019, that received over 150 endorsements from various stakeholder organization, included over 500 scholarly references and 10,000 public comments, and utilized machine learning to analyze new and emerging trends in the pain management landscape.

Her work earned widespread praise from the public and private sector across all disciplines – such as with the American Medical Association, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Human Rights Watch, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the American Society of Hematology, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Singh has served in various leadership capacities and has spoke extensively to various professional organizations around the country including the Boys and Girls Club of America, STEM initiatives, panels on women in leadership, and patient advocacy groups.  She has served as Vice President for the National Physicians Council on Health Policy, as a Delegate and IT Subcommittee member for the California Medical Association, as an editorial board member of the Pain Physician Journal, on the board of the Santa Clara County Medical Association, and as a member of the Scientific Planning Committee for the American Society of Regional Anesthesiology. She currently holds a Pain Fellowship appointment at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda with DoD. Dr. Singh is passionate about advancing individualized, patient-centered care; improving clinical outcomes; and empowering patients through education, health policy, economics, and medicine.

Ashley Jarvis, MS, RDN, LDN

Director of Wellness Services, ISPPC

Ashley Jarvis, MS, RDN, LDN is a Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Washington, D.C.  In 2011, she completed her Dietetic Internship and graduated with a Master of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College.  Immediately thereafter, Ashley worked in nutrition research at a non-profit and then at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In 2016, Ashley decided to pursue her passion of working with individuals to make lifestyle changes that improve their overall well-being.

Ashley’s main focus is in two areas: prevention and management of chronic diseases and enhancing physical performance through diet and lifestyle modification.

Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases: The foods and beverages we consume have a direct impact on our health.  Research has shown that diet alone can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, including prostate and breast.  For those already diagnosed with a medical condition, diet, along with prescribed medical treatment,  can help manage symptoms, prevent disease progression, and at times reverse medical conditions. Ashley works with clients to make diet and lifestyle modifications specific to their needs in order to optimize their health and well-being.

Enhancing Physical Performance:  Whether you are a novice marathon runner or seasoned triathlete, proper nutrition is essential to maintaining health and enhancing physical performance.  The type, ratio, and timing of food, beverage, and supplement consumption influences physical performance.  Ashley works with athletes to ensure their needs are met through an individualized nutrition plan.

Geet Paul, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Geet Paul is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Neurology at George Washington University. Dr. Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Notre Dame. He went on to get his MD from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. Dr. Paul completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and fellowship in Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Paul specializes in Musculoskeletal and Spine Medicine.  He has served as team physician for collegiate level athletes as well as ringside physician for USA Boxing. He currently works as one of the physicians for the University of DC Athletic team.  He has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries as well as providing non-operative care for neck and back pain. His expertise includes diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, ultrasound guided joint and tendon injection, platelet rich plasma injections, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar epidural injection, facet joint injection, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation.  

Holly Jonely, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT 

Associate Director of Physical Therapy, ISPPC

Dr. Jonely is a physical therapist with over 20 years of experience treating non-operative orthopedic and persistent pain clients. Currently she teaches graduate physical therapy students full time at The George Washington University and practices one day a week clinically at The International Spine Pain and Performance Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Jonely received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1999 and later her Doctor of Science in 2006. Dr. Jonely has also completed advanced training in manual therapy with the International Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (IAOM-US) and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Jaron A Santelli, MD

Assistant Professor

Jaron A. Santelli, MD, is a board certified emergency medicine physician who completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. She is a team physician for the Division I University of Maryland Terrapins in addition to covering Circuit Of the Americas Racing (Formula One, MotoGP) and IronMan Maryland.  Dr. Santelli received her undergraduate degree from Brown University after which she went to medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Following this, she went on to complete her residency at University of Texas, Austin and fellowship at University of Maryland.

Jeffrey DiLisi, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President, Virginia Hospital Center

Jeffrey DiLisi, MD, MBA, is Virginia Hospital Center’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO). After earning a BS in Mathematics from Duke University, Dr. DiLisi received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and went on to earn an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke.


Dr. DiLisi joined Virginia Hospital Center in 2009 and became CMO in 2011. He is a member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Patient Safety and Quality Committee, where he leads a sub-committee to develop quality metrics for member hospitals to include in public releases. He leads the clinical and quality initiatives that advance the Hospital’s mission to provide low-cost, high-value healthcare in the community. He also oversees Virginia Hospital Center’s resident and student education in affiliation with Georgetown University and MedStar Health.


Under Dr. DiLisi’s leadership, Virginia Hospital Center was named one of the Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for consistently high levels of evidence-based practice, one of the country's Top Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, and one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics for overall organizational performance three years in a row. In addition, he led the implementation of the Advisory Board’s Crimson Clinical Advantage quality improvement initiative, which earned Virginia Hospital Center the Physician Partnership Award for significant clinical performance gains in multiple areas.

Recently, Dr. DiLisi was named in two prestigious lists compiled by Becker’s Hospital Review: “100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know,” for his demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in safety and quality; and “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40,” for professional merit achieved before age 40, as well as potential continued growth and success.

Kyle H Yost, DO

Assistant Professor

Kyle Yost, DO is an Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Maryland specializing in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Yost went to medical school at Lake Erie College of Sports Medicine in Erie, PA. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois followed by a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Maryland. He is now a team physician for University of Maryland Terrapins, UMBC Retrievers, McDonogh Eagles and works with other various high schools throughout the area.

Mehul J Desai, MD, MPH

Medical Director & Meeting Co-Chair

Specializing in the use of cutting edge technologies for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and disease, Mehul J. Desai, MD, MPH is a board-certified physician providing comprehensive care to patients at the International Spine Pain & Performance Center. Available at locations in Washington, D.C and Arlington, Virginia, Dr. Desai has experience treating a number of conditions including tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, and discogenic pain.

Dr. Desai has received extensive training in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, first with a residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C and then a research fellowship with the National Institutes of Health investigating mechanisms of muscle pain. Dr. Desai also completed a fellowship in pain medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Outside the office, Dr. Desai maintains an interest in the field of pain medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Desai currently serves as member of the committee conducting the largest clinical trial on the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation in patients experiencing chronic low back pain after spine surgery. He has been featured in a number of professional publications including the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2018 he published ‘The Spine Handbook’ a comprehensive look into the best practices for spinal disorder care. Dr. Desai also provides annual presentations to medical professional audiences across the globe including Hong Kong, Dubai, China, Italy, and the United States.

Michael Leong, MD

Director of Neuromodulation, Stanford University

Michael S. Leong, MD, is a specialist in pain medicine with clinical foci in radiculopathy; spinal, abdominal, and cancer pain; postherpetic neuralgia; and workers compensation cases. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at University of California, Davis and at Stanford University, where he also completed his fellowship in pain medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Leong is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Stanford University.

Puneet Sayal, MD, MPH

Meeting Co-Chair

Puneet Sayal, MD, MPH, is a board-certified anesthesiologist at the International Spine Pain & Performance Center, with office locations in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Sayal is also director of research at ISPP Center, managing many of the research efforts in musculoskeletal disease already underway at the practice.  

Dr. Sayal attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacology/toxicology and psychology. After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Sayal relocated to England to earn his Master of Science in public health and health services management from the University of London. He then moved to the United States to complete his medical education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he earned his medical degree

In addition to completing a residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Sayal also completed fellowship training in pain medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Specializing in pain medicine, Dr. Sayal takes an integrative approach to treating musculoskeletal disease and pain. Committed to the use of the latest medical technologies, Dr. Sayal’s clinical interests include cancer pain and neuromodulation and he’s authored a number of peer-reviewed publications on musculoskeletal pain and anesthesiology.

Outside the office, Dr. Sayal maintains his commitment to the field of medicine. He’s a current member of the North American Neuromodulation Society as well as the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Steve LaPierre

Vice President of Government Affairs, Boston Scientific


William D. Mauck, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

W. David Mauck, M.D., is a consultant and chair of the Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Mauck joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 2003 and holds the academic rank of assistant professor of anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Mauck earned his B.S. and M.D. at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed an internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center, United States Air Force, Lackland Air Force Base. He subsequently completed a residency in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine and a fellowship in pain medicine at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Mauck’s clinical focus includes cancer-related pain management, neuropathic pain treatment, advanced implantable devices (intrathecal drug delivery systems and spinal cord stimulators) and improving clinical practice quality. His research focuses on spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery systems, and emerging technologies for the treatment of pain. He has given presentations on his work to both national and international audiences and has authored numerous journal articles, abstracts and other written publications. He has also held reviewer responsibilities for prominent scientific publications

In addition to his clinical and research activities, Dr. Mauck is active in education and provides mentorship to many pain medicine fellows and anesthesia residents, among others.

Dr. Mauck’s memberships in professional organizations include the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American Neuromodulation Society, and Spine Intervention Society.

William B Young, MD, FAHS, FAAN, FANA

Professor of Neurology, Jefferson University

Dr. William B. Young, Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of Inpatient Program at Jefferson Headache Center, is dedicated to migraine and headache advocacy and has worked tirelessly to increase understanding of headache disorders on behalf of the patient community.