Leaders in
Cancer Pain

Discuss evidence-based medicine and best practices with foremost experts to improve access to and quality of care for patients. There will be ample opportunity to attend educational sessions and network with colleagues. 


Subject to change.

Day 1




The State of Cancer Pain Research in 2019
Heather Basara Richter, PhD


The Use of Hypophysectomy for Cancer Pain: Current Understanding, Patient Selection, Complication Profiles & Monitoring
William Rosenberg, MD


Lunch Symposium: Targeted Drug Delivery for Cancer Pain


Clinician Researchers
So You Want to be a Principal Investigator?
Heather Basara Richter, PhD
Designing a Clinical Study
P. Joshua Smith, MD
STROBE: STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology
Todd Weaver, PhD




Clinical Care for Young Adults & Pediatric Patients
Advancements in Pediatric End of Life & Pain Care
Isabelle N. King, MD
Addressing the Unique Needs of Adolescents & Young Adults with Cancer
Nathan Fairman, MD, MPH

To IRB or Not IRB: That is the Question
Krisstin Hammond
Maria Zeringue




Pelvic, Abdominal Visceral Related Cancer, Small Bowel & Colon Cancer
Celiac Block/Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block vs TDD
Sanjeet Narang, MD

Cingulotomy for Medically Refractory Cancer Pain & Dorsal Punctate Myelotomy (DPM)
Sharona Ben-Haim, MD


Education Ends for the Day


CPRC Annual Business Meeting
Open to CPRC Members


Welcome Reception
Open to All Attendees

Day 2


Heather Basara Richter, PhD  2019 Conference Co-Chair




The Trigeminocervico Complex: How the Intricate Anatomy in the Head, Face & Neck Applies to Treating Head & Neck Cancer
Frank H. Willard, PhD  Professor of Anatomy, University of New England




Treating Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
Eric Helm, MD
P. Joshua Smith, MD

Publishing in Journals
Conducting a Literature Review
Maria Zeringue
Evaluating Scientific Research
Heather Basara Richter, PhD
The Authorship Process & Identifying the Right Publication for Your Research 
Lisa J. Stearns, MD & Krisstin Hammond




Medication Management
Controlling and Disposing of Medications after End of Life
Avinash Ramchandani, MD, MBA

Compounded Therapy Preparations in Craniofacial Pain
Charles De Mesa, DO

Tools of the Research Trade
Statistical Modeling
Heather Basara Richter, PhD
Minimizing Clinical Disruption
Krisstin Hammond




Novel Strategies to Treat Vertibral Compression Fracture/ Osteoporotic Compression Fracture in the Setting of Cancer
Charles De Mesa, DO
Frank H. Willard, PhD

Tools of the Research Trade
Emerging Targets for Clinical Research
Heather Basara Richter, PhD
Securing Funding & Writing Grant Applications
Jennifer Kiser, PA




Therapies for Treating Pain Resulting from Head & Neck Cancer
Ommaya Reservoir Placement for Facial Pain
Sharona Ben-Haim, MD

Dorsal Column Stimulation at C2
Zaman Mirzadeh, MD, PhD


Heather Basara Richter, PhD  2019 Conference Co-Chair


We-Ko-Pa Conference Center

10438 N. Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85264

Located 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the We-Ko-Pa’s lushly landscaped oasis offers spectacular views of Arizona’s majestic Four Peaks and iconic Red Mountains alongside the free-flowing Verde River.

Discounted rooms for conference attendees

$159 per night

and up, + taxes & fees


Pain is the most common symptom of cancer at diagnosis and rises in prevalence throughout and beyond cancer treatment.

Join leading clinicians and researchers to discover the latest treatments, learn how to become involved in research, and improve care for your patients.

Learn the most relevant data and treatment options in a forum for designed for engagement.

Continuing Medical Education


SpectrumCare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

SpectrumCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. SpectrumCare is accredited to provide CME for physicians and will provide nurse practitioners who successfully complete each activity with a certificate of participation indicating the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Nurse Practitioners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

However, please be mindful that certain states have their own rules and regulations for what they find acceptable as Continuing Nursing Education Activities (CNE’s). Remember to check your state governing body to ensure that participating in CME is acceptable. State licensure and state certification are separate and distinct from registration or certification.

Clinical Nurse Specialists
& Registered Nurses

Nurses may claim credit for educational activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in most states, for up to 50% of the nursing requirements for recertification. Please check with the state association where you are licensed for more information.

Physician Assistants

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.