Founder & CEO of The Wellness Hour Inc.
In 1999, Randy Alvarez launched The Wellness Hour TV Show. Each week, The Wellness Hour airs on TV in approximately 70 million homes across the United States and Canada, featuring some of the nations leading medical doctors, dentists and other licensed health practitioners. The show airs more than 2,400 episodes each month on cable, satellite and broadcast television. The Wellness Hour has three divisions: Production, Advertising and Practice Management Consulting. In addition, the website has become an extensive online medical resource for both doctors and the public.
Friday, September 4 | 8:10 am – 9:00 am
Marketing for Success in Tough Times: Hope or Hype?
Randy Alvarez – Keynote
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD
Co-Director, Pain Management Centers of America
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, ASIPP and SIPMS
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD is an anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain management, professor, philanthropist, and author. He is the founder of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and the Pain Physician medical journal. He has been credited with advancing the evolution and development of interventional pain management as a specialty. He has served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of ASIPP since 1998.
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Friday, September 4 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Excellence in IPM: Overcoming Obstacles, Opportunities, and Strategies
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD – Keynote
Konstantin Slavin, MD, PhD
Professor, Chief of Section and Fellowship Director for Stereotactic and
Functional Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Dr. Konstantin Slavin's clinical interests are diverse applications of surgical neuromodulation and functional neurosurgery. This includes treatment of pain, movement disorders, epilepsy, and psychiatric diseases with a particular interest in the treatment of facial pain, cancer-related pain, Chiari malformation, stereotactic radiosurgery, brain tumors, and spinal problems. He has received many clinical and professional awards, including "Most Compassionate Doctor," and for many years has been included in the prestigious "Top Surgeons" and "Best Doctors" lists in the USA. Dr. Slavin is published in many books and peer-reviewed journals and is an associate editor or editorial board member for a number of publications, including Neuromodulation, Neurosurgery, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Surgical Neurology International and others.
Friday, September 4 | 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Advances and Excellence in Neuromodulation: Opportunities in New Health
Konstantin Slavin, MD, PhD – Keynote
President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC
The majority of Mr. Laszewski’s time is spent being directly involved in the marketplace as it comes to grips with the health care cost and quality challenge. His company, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC, a Washington, DC policy and marketplace consulting firm specializes in assisting its clients through the significant health policy and marketplace change afoot. Clients include health insurance companies, HMOs, Blue Cross plans, hospitals and physician groups.
Saturday, September 5 | 9:55 am – 10:40 am
Evolving Concepts for Future Health Care Reform: Beyond ACA
Robert Laszewski – Keynote
Arnold Caplan, PhD
Professor of Biology and Director of the Skeletal Research Center
Case Western Reserve University
Professor Caplan has been identified as "The father of the MSCs, now called medicinal signaling cells". He has trained over 150 researchers, has over 400 published papers and manuscripts and has long been supported by the National Institutes of Health and other non-profit and for-profit agencies for his efforts in trying to understand the development, maturation and aging and regeneration of cartilage, bone, skin and other mesenchymal tissues.
Saturday, September 5 | 8:10 am – 9:00 am
MSCs are Not Stem Cells:They are Better
Arnold Caplan, PhD – Keynote
Kevin Pho, MD
Founder and Editor, KevinMD.com, and
Founder, Physician Speaking by KevinMD.
Kevin Pho is a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician, a national media commentator, co-author of the book, Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices, and an acclaimed keynote speaker. Kevin built KevinMD.com platform from scratch in 2004. It now receives over 3 million monthly page views, and exceeds 250,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. Kevin was named the web’s top social media influencer in health care and medicine.
Saturday, September 5 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation:
A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices
Kevin Pho, MD – Keynote
J. Matthew Andry, MD
President of Andry Medical Services
Dr. Andry is a Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and president of Andry Medical Services. He is a leader in the fields of personalized and preventative family medical care, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and hormonal/behavioral weight management.
Sunday, September 6 | 8:10 am – 9:00 am
The Role of Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, and Hormonal Imbalance in Chronic Pain
Matt Andry, MD – Keynote
Journalist and Author on Nutrition
Nina Teicholz is a journalist who became an advocate opposed to the mainstream nutritional principle that saturated fat is unhealthy and should be minimized in the American diet. Her 2014 book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, traced the history of US diet guidelines. The book made The New York Times Best Seller list that year, and was named one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2014 by The Wall Street Journal and one of the year's best science books by The Economist. The book was criticized by nutritionists.
Sunday, September 6 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Evidence-based Dietary Guidelines: Holy Writ or the Big Fat Lie
Nina Teicholtz – Keynote
Bret Scher, MD
Board Certified Cardiologist and Lipidologist
Medical Director and Host, The Diet Doctor Podcast
Dr. Bret Scher is a board certified cardiologist and lipidologist practicing in San Diego. He’s The Diet Doctor Medical Director, writes medical blogs, reviews guides and news stories for medical accuracy and hosts The Diet Doctor Podcast. When he started his own preventative wellness center he was introduced to the whole low-carb world. Being a bit skeptical at first, he was soon convinced by the benefits of a low-carb diet. Dr. Scher is also the author of the book Your best health ever and has a blog and website at lowcarbcardiologist.com.
Sunday, September 6 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Evidence-based Medicine of Preventive Cardiology: Facts and Fiction
Brett Scher, MD – Keynote
Gurpreet Padda, MD
Board-Certified in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology and Age Management
Medical Director, Reversing Diabetes MD
"I’m a clinician. I actually practice medicine every single day. I started off as a physician, treating patients with extremely complex medical problems. I do interventional pain, so I see patients that have just horrendous symptoms and as I started to treat them, I realized that they had a commonality. You know, everybody talks about patients having fibromyalgia, people talk about patients having all of these symptoms, and I kept coming back to, well, what’s the common root cause for all of this? Patients are heavy and diabetic."
Sunday, September 6 | 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Appropriate Use of Low Carb in Chronic Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach
Gurpreet Padda, MD – Keynote