AAP 2018

Innovations in Outcome Measures for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Saturday, February 17
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Room: Learning Center

Learning Objectives:

Byron Schneider

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Schneider is currently an assistant professor with the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to this, he completed his PM&R residency and Interventional Spine Fellowship at Stanford University. Born in Canada before moving to Lexington, Kentucky in 2002, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and then completed medical school at the University of Kentucky. His research publications has focused on safety and outcomes related to spine interventions. He has presented at a variety of national meetings the past five years for the American Acedemy of PM&R, North American Spine Society, and Spine Intverention Society, as well as serves on multiple committees committee’s for these same societies.


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Christy Tomkins-Lane

Associate Professor
Mount Royal University

Dr. Christy Tomkins-Lane is a tenured Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. She is an exercise physiologist with a PhD in Rehabiliation Medicine from the University of Alberta, and Postdoctoral training in spine care from the University of Michigan. Dr. Tomkins-Lane's research focuses on lifestyle medicine, as well as the application of wearable sensors and big data in musculoskeletal care. She has won numerous international awards for her research, including the Clinical Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), and multiple North American Spine Society (NASS) Best Paper Awards.


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David Kennedy

Associate Professor
Stanford University


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Charles A. Odonkor

Resident Physician
Johns Hopkins University

Charles A. Odonkor, MD, MA is in his final year of PM&R residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a 1-year fellowship in health systems management, patient safety and quality improvement science at the Armstrong Institute and Leadership Academy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, and completed graduate training in cell, molecular and developmental biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Odonkor has served in various national leadership roles including being the 2015-2016 Vice Chair then 2016-2017 Chair of the AAP Resident and Fellow Council, a past member of the AAP Public Policy Committee, and the 2016 Resident delegate to the Quality Practice, Policy and Research Committee (QPPR) of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).

He received the 2013 AAP Best Paper Award as a Medical Student at Yale, the 2017 AAP Best Paper Award as a resident at Johns Hopkins, the American Pain Society Young Investigator Award, and the 2016 Johns Hopkins University, Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service.

He is keenly interested in developing novel paradigms for global rehabilitation and reverse-innovation strategies for outcomes-based research in low resource settings. He is a pre-applicant in the AAP’s RMST program and hopes to gain a better understanding of the neuromorphology of various chronic back pain phenotypes, how to use wearable devices and neuroimaging for more objective measures of chronic low back pain and related functional outcomes. Long-term, he would like to develop expertise in regenerative therapies as well as comparative effectiveness research interventions for chronic low back pain. He believes that these emerging tools will move the field towards a more personalized and robust approach to pain management.


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