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Luminary Racz Workshop Physicians

Pain Physicians all over the world have attended Racz Lab to learn or expand their interventional pain skill set under the instruction of Racz workshop physicians. From beginners to advanced skill levels, Racz Lab engenders a healthy and open environment for attending physicians. Our guests learn each phase of a selected procedure from a luminary pain physician and are encouraged to then practice with one-on-one guidance.

Gabor B. Racz, M.D., DABPM, FIPP, DABIPP

Gabor B. Racz, M.D. was born in Hungary and completed M.B. and Ch.B. degrees from the University of Liverpool Medical School in Liverpool, England. He served as house surgeon and physician at the Royal Southern Hospital in Liverpool before coming to the United States in 1963 for an anesthesiology residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York.

Dr. Racz filled numerous assignments, such as respiratory consultant in the neurosurgical head injury unit and Associate Professor at SUNY, until 1977 when he moved to Lubbock, Texas to become the first Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He held that position until March 1, 1999 when, as Director of Pain Services, he focused his full attention on treatment of patients, expanding the operations of pain services, and the future development of an international pain institute in Lubbock, Texas.


Dr. Ira B. Fox founded Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants in June 1996. He has spent more than 30 years treating patients with acute and chronic pain. Dr. Fox did his residency in anesthesiology and pain in New Jersey where he was chief resident.

Dr. Fox maintains five board certifications: American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP); World Institute of Pain (WIP) – Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP); American Board of Pain Medicine (DABPM); and the American Board of Anesthesiology with added certification in Pain Management. Dr. Fox serves as an examiner for the FIPP Board Certification and ABIPP Interventional Practical Examination.

David Spinner, M.D.

Dr. David Spinner is Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine (Mount Sinai) and the Director of Pain Medicine and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (Mount Sinai); he is also the Department’s new Site Director for all Downtown and Brooklyn. Dr. Spinner is the Director of Public Relations at the World Academy of Paine Medicine Ultrasonography and a Board Examiner of Certified Interventional Pain Sonologists.

He is originally from New York City and a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. He went on to attend Emory University. While at Emory, he completed research in the prestigious applied physiology laboratory researching interactions between the musculoskeletal system, spinal cord and central pattern generation. Dr. Spinner went on to attend medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Miles Day, M.D.

Dr. Miles Day serves as the Medical Director of the Grace Health System Pain Management Center. Dr. Day is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Day earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas in Austin and received his medical degree at Texas A&M University Health Science Center. He completed a general surgery internship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as well as an anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship. After wrapping up the fellowship, Dr. Day stayed at Texas Tech to serve on the staff. He currently serves as the Pain Medicine Fellowship program director and Professor of anesthesiology and pain management.

Andrea Trescot, M.D., DABIPP, FIPP, CIPS

Dr. Andrea Trescot is a board certified Interventional Pain Physician and Director of the Pain and Headache Centers, Alaska. Dr. Trescot is the Past President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Her distinguished resume includes Directorship of Pain Fellowships at the University of Washington School Of Medicine and at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. Trescot has authored various publications on the field of Interventional Pain Management and most recently co-authored and published the acclaimed “Pain-Wise, a Patients Guide to Pain Management” and also “Peripheral Nerve Entrapments, Clinical Diagnosis and Management.”

Matthew Rupert, M.D.

Dr. Rupert completed his interventional pain management fellowship under the guidance of world-renowned Gabor Racz, famous for the Racz or Lysis of Adhesions procedure, at Texas Tech University. After finishing his fellowship, Dr. Rupert continued his training to include extensive certification in interventions, coding, compliance, practice management and opioid management (DABIPP). He has also trained through the World Institute of Pain to obtain the precious Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP #280).

Dr. Rupert worked for two years with Total Pain Care in Mississippi and then joined the rebirth of the Vanderbilt University pain management as an assistant professor. He has developed Vertex Spine & Pain in order to expand his outreach into the community. He has been a quiet leader in Neuromodulation for head and face pain.

John W. Nelson, M.D.

Dr. John W. Nelson is in private practice at Advanced Pain Management of Oklahoma, PC, in Okahoma City. Dr. Nelson attended medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and Fellow at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He then completed his anesthesiology residency and Pain Fellow in Kansas City, Missouri. He is Board-Certified in internal medicine, anesthesiology, pain management, and is a Fellow and Examiner for the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Nelson is a founding member of The Texas Pain Society.

Rahul Mishra, DO

Dr. Rahul Mishra is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management. He completed his anesthesia training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX and continued his specialization in its prestigious pain fellowship program.

Dr. Mishra earned a biomedical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and went on to earn his medical degree from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. His background in biomedical engineering and his holistic approach to medicine offer a unique perspective in the care of patients suffering from chronic pain.

Dr. Mishra treats a wide variety of pain disorders and maintains a strong relationship with his patients. He participates with activities of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and American Society of Anesthesiologists while also maintaining an association with Texas Tech University as an adjunct clinical professor.

Matthias H. Wiederholz, M.D.

Dr. Matthias H. Wiederholz is cofounder of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, LLC. He is a fellowship-trained interventional pain physician whose clinical interests include: Interventional Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, Non-Surgical Orthopedics, and Anti-Aging / Functional Medicine.

He received his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management in Marietta, Georgia. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He also received advanced fellowship training through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is board-certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine.

Mert Akbaş, M.D.

Dr. Mert Akbas is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management Physician at Akdeniz University School of Medicine in Turkey. He joined the Akdeniz University faculty in 1993, and is the Associate Professor and Clinical Instructor at Division of Algology.

He earned his medical degree at Akdeniz University School of Medicine in 1999 and started his pain management fellowship program first as an observer doctor at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Pain Management Clinic, Lubbock, TX. Later on he served as a clinical Doctor at Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine, Division of Algology, Istanbul, Turkey.

Dr. Akbas is a Pain Management Board Certified Pain Specialist and is the current Secretary of the World Institute of Pain in Turkey.

Patrick McGowan, M.D.

Dr Patrick McGowan qualified in 1988 and is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr McGowan has been a clinical lead and clinical director, and he currently is an international examiner for the FIPP diploma and lectures internationally.

Dr McGowan sits on several hospital committees and was elected as staff governor in 2014. He regards patient safety, along with the delivery of a high standard of care, to be extremely important.

Arman Taheri, M.D.

Dr. Taheri completed his 7-year course in General Medicine at Shahid Beheshti University from 1985 to 1992. He then went on to study anesthesiology at Shahid Beheshti University and completed the course in 1996 with an anesthesiology degree.

Dr. Taheri is currently a member of the faculty and associate professor of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and works in Amir Al Hospital, Bahman Hospital and Pain Clinic.

Adnan Al-Kaisy, M.D.

Dr. Adnan Al-Kaisy is currently Clinical Lead of the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Trust. Dr. Al-Kaisy has an international reputation as a leading expert in Pain Management and has extensive experience in working toward the advancement of electrical neuromodulation techniques within this specialty. He is the innovator of a number techniques including Transgrade Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation.

Dr. Al-Kaisy continues to teach and lecture on essential and pioneering topics in pain management in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Dr. Al-Kaisy is also the chair of the biannual London Spine Pain Symposium at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital.

Javier De Andres, M.D.

Dr. De Andres has been named Master of Pain Treatment by the Spanish Society for Pain and the European University of Miguel de Crevantes. Since 2010, Dr. De Andres has held the role of Profesor Máster Universitario de Especialista en el Tratamiento del Dolor.

The objective of the Master is to develop a teaching program on the treatment of patients with pain, which allows students to reach the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to make a correct diagnostic approach and establish the right therapeutic plan in the different clinical situations that occur in daily clinical practice.

Dominic Hegarty, M.D.

Dr. Hegarty is recognized as one of the country’s foremost Interventional Pain Physicians. He is the holder (Ph.D., UCC), Master of Science (MSc., Edinburgh) a Fellowships in Ireland, USA (FIPP) and London (Royal College of Medicine) in the area of Pain Management. In addition to his teaching posts, Dr. Hegarty was awarded the unique position of Horary Consultant in Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. He co-founded the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine at Cork University Hospital and South Infirmary and Victoria Hospital, Cork. He served as a consultant for 8 years in the Health Service Executive (HSE) before joining the Mater Private Hospital, Cork. More recently he was the winner of the 2017 Conference Ambassador Award for “Best International Medical Conference” by Failte Ireland.

Andreas Veihelmann, Prof. Dr. Med.

Dr. Andreas Veihelmann is active in the fields of research and teaching; for example, he presided over the conference at the “Spinal Treatment 2020 – Evidence and Efficiency” event in March 2020 at the 16th Annual Conference of the German Society for Spinal Treatment (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wirbelsäulentherapie e.V.). He has also gained expertise by studying at the University of Ulm, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and New York University Medical Center. At present, he teaches in Munich.

Professor Veihelmann is a member of various associations and specialist organisations. These include the German Society of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Orthopädische Chirurgie) and the German Pain Organisation (Deutsche Schmerzliga e.V.). He is also the President of the German Society for Spinal Treatment (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wirbelsäulentherapie e.V.) and carries out advisory work. Multiple specialist journals rely on his expert opinion as a reviewer.

Agnes Stogicza, M.D., FIPP, CIPS, ASRA-PMUC

Dr. Agnes Stogicza is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain physician with 15+ years of experience in interventional pain management. She completed her pain fellowship at the University of Washington, where she was on faculty from 2010 to 2017. As a clinician-educator she treated pain patients and taught fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided minimally invasive interventional pain procedures, regional anesthesia techniques and medication management for complex chronic pain patients to pain fellows and residents.

Massimo Barbieri, M.D., FIPP

Dr. Barbieri is a chronic pain specialist from Milan. He graduated from the University of Milan with honours in 1992 and specialized in Anesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Therapy. After a few years of scientific research, he decided to dedicate himself to treating patients living with chronic pain. He has trained and taken courses in London, Houston and Lausanne, and brought back techniques to Italy not yet available for patients in the country.

Edit Racz, M.D., FIPP

Dr. Edit Racz has 32 years of experience in chronic pain management, with an anesthesia and critical care background. She became involved with the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in 1994 and initiated the yearly Budapest Congress with Profs Prithvy Raj, Gabor Racz and Jim Heavner. She was one of the first to establish chronic pain care in Hungary, and was the first Hungarian Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice. She is the President of the Hungarian Chapter of the WIP, and since 2013 she serves as a board examiner for WIP.

Alexandra Raffaini, M.D., FIPP

  • Coordinator of the Postgraduate Course in Interventional Pain Medicine at Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital
  • Physician, Pain Treatment Team, Anesthesiology Division, Hospital das Clínicas de São Paulo / Cancer Institute of the State of São Paulo – FMUSP
  • Physician of the Pain Management Team at Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital
  • International Title – “FIPP – Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice” – World Institute of Pain
    Pain Practice Area by the Brazilian Medical Association
  • Member of the World Institute of Pain
    Member of the Brazilian Society of Pain Interventional Physicians

Tibor Racz, M.D.

Dr. Tibor Racz finished his residency in anesthesiology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then went on to complete a fellowship in pain management at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. There he learned under the tutelage of his father, Dr. Gabor Racz, who is an internationally recognized specialist in the sub-specialty of pain management. Dr. Racz has a special interest in neuromodulation for pain and intrathecal pump therapy for both pain and spasticity. He is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Manuel Herrero Trujillano, M.D., FIPP, CIPS, EDPM

  • European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM). European Pain Federation EFIC, Brussels 2018
  • Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist (CIPS). World Institute of Pain, Miami 2018
  • Diploma en Ecografia avanzada en Dolor, Sociedad Española del Dolor, Murcia 2017
  • Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP). World Institute Of Pain, Budapest 2015
  • Tutor honorífico del Master de Dolor de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid
  • Vocal de la Sociedad Madrileña de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapia del Dolor (SAR Madrid), responsable del área de Dolor Crónico
  • Miembro de la Sociedad Española de Dolor (SED)
  • Miembro de la Sociedad Madrileña de Dolor (SMD)
  • Miembro de la World Institute of Pain (WIP)
  • Miembro de la International Neuromodulation Society (INS)

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