Jason Pope, MD | President
Dr. Pope is the Chief Medical Officer of Evolve Restorative Center in Northern California. He is the President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and serves the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) as a Director-at Large, Advocacy and Policy Committee Co-chair, and is the Annual Meeting Co-Chair. He was recently elected as a Director at Large for the International Neuromodulation and is the founder and Co-Chair for the Special Interest Group in Neuromodulation for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA).
Standiford Helm, MD | Director Emeritus
Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982. Dr. Helm is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine and of the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Helm is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP), the only certifying agency which tests the ability to perform interventional pain procedures. Dr. Helm is also an examiner for FIPP.
Dr. Helm is the Interventional Pain Management representative on the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare in California.
Dr. Helm has published extensively on interventional pain management issues, has lectured internationally and taught pain management procedures.
Dr. Helm has been active in the effort, both on a State and a National basis, to ensure that patients have access to those pain procedures which have been proven effective and to medication. Dr. Helm has had the honor of working with FBI and DEA agents to assist them in discriminating between practitioners who are prescribing medications for a legitimate medical purpose and those who supplying medications used for abuse or diversion.
Joseph Cabaret, MD | Immediate Past President
Dr. Joseph Cabaret, MD is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine, a consultant and speaker for the pharmaceutical industry, an ABIPP Diplomat, and the Immediate past president of CalSIPP. Dr. Cabaret practices Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine in Camarillo, California.
Francis Riegler, MD | Past President
Francis Riegler, MD, QME, is one of the founding physicians of Universal Pain Management. Dr. Riegler earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed his residency training in anesthesia at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, where he was also Chief Resident in his final year. He also has an MBA degree from the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Riegler is an expert in the daily management of chronic pain. He is board-certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine, by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, and by the American Board of Anesthesiology with a special qualification in pain management. He is also a lifetime member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and Past President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Ray H. d’Amours, MD | Past President
An accomplished author, instructor, and physician, Dr. Ray d'Amours earned his medical degree in 1985 with Distinction in Research from the University of Miami School Of Medicine. He then served the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute as a student flight surgeon and the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School as flight surgeon. After his naval service, Dr. d'Amours completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Practicing in pain management since the early '90s, Dr. d'Amours moved to southern California in 2002, when he joined Universal Pain Management. Concurrently with his duties as partner at Universal Pain Management, he works as an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine for the University of Southern California.
Dr. d'Amours is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology with special qualifications in pain management, by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, and by the World Institute of Pain as a fellow in interventional pain practice. Dr. d'Amours has authored several scientific papers and book chapters on pain management, as well as delivered various lectures on the subject across the U.S.
Lynn Cintron, MD | Secretary
Lynn Cintron, MD, MS, is a board certified anesthesiology and pain management physician and was trained in research methodology. She completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego after graduate studies in physiology at UCLA. Dr. Cintron pursued anesthesia training at the University of Iowa, which was followed by an anesthesia/ pain management fellowship at Stanford University. She teaches at Stanford Health Care and University of California and practices both pain and anesthesia in the San Francisco Bay area.
Previously, she was Director of the Pain Service at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a teaching hospital for Stanford.She enjoys teaching, especially in ultrasound techniques. Through working in the operating room and pain clinic, she has seen patients develop chronic postsurgical pain and emphasizes early recognition by all clinicians.
Lance Jackson, MBA | Treasurer
Michelle Byers | Executive Director
Michelle Byers has over 17 years of experience working, training and managing in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology.
She also has extensive experience working with and planning educational programs for multiple professional societies including: West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP), the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians combined program (NY/NJSIPP), and the National Spine and Pain Educational Symposia – “The Business of Pain”, to name a few. She developed and successfully launched “The Napa Pain Conference” for Dr. Eric Grigsby, the “Cancer Pain Conference” for Dr. Lisa Stearns and the annual “PAIN” meeting and charitable fun run for Dr. Timothy Deer. She was also instrumental in having the WVSIPP recognized by the ACCME in 2014 by gaining Certification with Commendation as a national CME provider.
She has a passion for providing education for clinicians and caregivers working with patients in pain. She has proudly served as a committee member for the National Pain Foundation, a National Board Member for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and as President of the Pain Education Society. Michelle’s career focus is to develop societies and continuing medical education programs that are relevant and impactful to clinicians treating patients in pain.
Ripu Arora, MD | Director-at- Large
Dr. Arora is Board certified in Anesthesiology and sub specialty of Pain Management American Board of Anesthesiology and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management with eight years of experience in Orthopedic and Surgical training and practice. Providing chronic and acute pain management services in the South Bay for over ten years. Dr. Arora believes in a multidiscipliary approach to difficult chronic pain problems which include anti-inflammatory drug therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy and nerve blocks, etc. Dr. Arora also does invasive pain management procedures which include Dorsal Column spinal stimulator, intrathecal infusion pumps for cancer pain and other difficult pain problems and radiofrequency thermocoagulation and neurolysis.
Jay Hendrickson, MD | Director-at-Large
Dr. Jay Hendrickson is an anesthesiologist in Folsom, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Mercy Hospital of Folsom and Mercy Medical Center Mount Shasta. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Ruben Kalra, MD | Director-at-Large
Ruben Kalra, MD, is a highly skilled doctor specializing in anesthesiology and pain management. He provides integrative and empathetic care to patients in pain at Pain Medicine Consultants in Pleasant Hill, Corte Madera, and Novato, California.
Born and raised in California and trained in anesthesiology and pain management at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kalra is affable and approachable. He completed an anesthesia and critical care residency followed by a pain management fellowship at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. This stellar program enabled him to learn first-hand Brigham's pioneering pain treatment techniques.
Dr. Kalra maintains double board certifications in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He was the chairman of the Cross-Campus Pain Management Team for the John Muir Health Medical Center in Walnut Creek and Concord, California, from 2010-2015. He also served as the director for the pre-eminent functional restoration program in San Francisco and has served as a board member of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians since 2010.
Lisa Kroopf, MD | Director-at-Large
Lisa R. Kroopf, MD, an Interventional Pain and Spine Physician, joined the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic, Orthopedics, Podiatry Spine & Sports Medicine in 2017. She specializes in relieving both chronic and acute pain through a wide range of minimally-invasive surgical and non-surgical techniques She completed her Residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as her Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, School of Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Santa Barbara.
Dr. Kroopf is an Interventional Pain Specialist. Her medical training is deeply rooted in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary (bio-psycho-social) approach, with focus on advanced interventional pain treatments, coupled with patient education and adjuvant therapies to optimally improve the well-being of her patients. She is dedicated to delivering pain care in a patient-centered manner, and her primary goals include the following: improving patients' quality of life and physical function, decreasing reliance on pain medications, and facilitating return to work and daily activities.
Dr. Kroopf has the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. She is an active member of the following medical societies: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Pain Medicine, North American Neuromodulation Society, Women in Neuromodulation, and The Spine Intervention Society.
She is a native Californian and currently resides in Salinas with her husband and two children. Dr. Kroopf is fluent in Spanish. In her leisure time, she enjoys travel, yoga and snowboarding.
Marc Lynch, DO | Director-at-Large
Dr. Marc Lynch is the Corporate Medical Director at Synovation Medical Group and the AOA West Coast spokesperson for Pain Management. Dr. Lynch has been on the CalSIPP board for six years.
Lawrence Poree, MD | Director-at-Large
Dr. Lawrence Poree is a Clinical Associate Professor at the UCSF Department of Anesthesiology, as well as the Medical Director at the Pain Clinic of Monterey Bay. He has been on the CalSIPP board for seven years.
Nikan Khatibi, MD | Director-at-Large
Dr. Nikan Khatibi is a specialist in anesthesiology, pain management and addiction medicine. Involved in health care policy for more than 10 years, Dr. Khatibi serves as an advocate for patients and providers through his work with a variety of organizations, including the California Medical Association, American Medical Association, California Health Professions Education Foundation (Governor Appointee) and American Heart Association. Dr. Khatibi divides his time between clinical practice, research and teaching. He has authored 30 journal articles focusing on traumatic brain injury, stroke and targeted gene medication therapy, especially for those battling with chronic pain. Dr. Khatibi has earned several prestigious awards for his work, including being named a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Scholar by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and receiving the Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association. He serves as a clinical instructor at University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and Western University of Health Sciences. Passionate about giving back to those who protect our country, Dr. Khatibi is a captain and physician at March Air Reserve Base, providing care to military members. He was appointed a CalOptima director in August 2016 and Vice Chair in July 2018.
Ramo Naidu, MD | Director-at-Large
Dr. Ramana (Ramo) Naidu is an anesthesiologist and pain physician who is the medical director of pain management at Marin General Hospital. He helps patients manage, reduce, or eliminate pain that occurs after medical illness, trauma, or surgery and puts an emphasis on preventing pain from becoming chronic or persistent. Naidu is primarily based at California Orthopedics & Spine, serving to help patients with pain before and after surgery. He emphasizes trying to manage pain without relying on opioid medications using a multi-disciplinary approach involving pain psychologists, physical therapists, complementary and integrative approaches. In addition to a range of injection-based procedures using fluoroscopy or ultrasound, Naidu performs advanced interventional procedures such as radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglion, and peripheral nerve stimulation.
Naidu earned a medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison where he was born and raised. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a fellowship in pain management at UCSF where he continued to practice for another five years as an assistant professor. He was a Fulbright Scholar in public health in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. During this time, he studied hospital-acquired infections and the dissemination of information regarding prevention.
The professional societies Naidu belongs to include the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, International Association for the Study of Pain, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, North American Neuromodulation Society, and International Neuromodulation Society
Kasra Amirdelfan, MD | Director-at-Large
Dr. Amirdelfan is one of the founding partners at IPM Medical Group, Inc., in Walnut Creek, California. He received his medical degree from Texas A&M University, College of Medicine. He completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, an affiliated facility with Southwestern School of Medicine. Dr. Amirdelfan completed his fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at Pacific Pain Treatment Centers with Dr. Elliot Krames, in collaboration with California Pacific Medical Centers in San Francisco. He has served as the Department Chair of Pain Medicine at John Muir Medical Center and Doctors Hospitals in his area. He performs extensive research and lectures various cutting edge methods in pain management at the national and international levels. He is regarded as one of the foremost global key opinion leaders in the field of Interventional Pain Management and Neuromodulation. He also continues to be actively involved in conducting research for the development of new technologies to help improve pain management worldwide. Dr. Amirdelfan has a special interest in Spinal diseases, spinal cord stimulation and stem cell technologies.
Eric Lee, MD, MA | Director-at-Large
Dr. Eric Lee MD graduated from Yale University and completed his medical school training at Boston University earning both his MD and MA. He then went on to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University Langone Medical Center at the prestigious Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.Currently, Dr. Lee is Double Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. He has experience with patients who have numerous sports injuries, and as a former athlete, he understands the importance of returning his patients to maximum functional capacity.