2020 Annual Meeting Faculty
Dr. Jennifer Avallone, MD | Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Dr. Avallone is a pediatric neurologist with a specialty in epilepsy. Dr. Avallone is the Medical Director of Neurodiagnostics at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences and is an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Avallone treats children and adolescents with new onset seizures, childhood epilepsy syndromes and refractory epilepsy offering several treatment modalities including medications, surgical, and dietary therapy.
She earned her medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a child neurology residency at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She also completed a clinical neurophysiology/pediatric epilepsy fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Jeremy Bamford, PhD | Tulane University School of Medicine
Dr. Bamford completed a PhD in systems neuroscience at the University of Alberta. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroprosthetics at Duke University. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery at Tulane University School of Medicinte. He resides in New Orleans with the wife and five children.
Dr. Selim Benbadis, MD | University of South Florida Health
Dr. Benbadis is a French citizen, born in Paris. He obtained his MD at the University of Nice (Nice, France), where he completed a residency in Family Medicine. He then moved to the U.S., and completed his Neurology Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he stayed an additional 2 years to complete a fellowship in Epilepsy, EEG, and Sleep Medicine. He is Board-certified in Neurology, Epilepsy & Clinical Neurophysiology, and Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Benbadis is currently Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida. He is Director of the University of South Florida /Tampa General Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, the busiest surgical epilepsy center in Florida with >50 resections per year. His interests are in the diagnosis and management of seizures that are difficult to control, and the misdiagnosis of epilepsy. He has authored over 100 article and book chapters. He also has a strong interest in medical writing and editing, and serves on several Editorial Boards. Finally, he has a strong interest in Education, serves as Faculty on numerous courses each year, and has received several teaching awards.
Dr. Benbadis is a competitive tennis player, plays the “senior” circuit (55s), and is currently ranked #2 in Florida and #10 Nationally.
Dr. Jean Cibula, MD | University of Florida Health
Dr. Cibula is an associate professor of neurology at University of Florida and the medical director of the UF Health Neurodiagnostics Lab. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she did her residency and fellowship at UF, then migrated back north for a few years before returning to UF in 2008.
Rebecca Clark-Bash, R.EEG/EP.T, CNIM, CLTM, FASNM, FASET | Knowledge Plus, Inc
Rebecca has been in the field of neurodiagnostics for over thirty years and is internationally known for her speaking and education in the field. She is the presidnet of Knowledge Plus, an international education company focusing on the use of neurodiagnostic technology in surgery, diagnostic and interventional neurology. She has served on the Board of Directors for ASNM and as former president of CSET. She has received the Baxter Healthcare Outstanding Recognition Award and has served on multiple EEG and IONM missions with UNESCO in Vietnam.
Dr. Alier Franco, PhD, CNIM | SpecialtyCare
Alier J Franco, PhD, CNIM is the Clinical Manager of the Pediatric IONM team in the Philadelphia region with SpecialtyCare. A California native, Alier earned his B.S. in Molecular Biology at the University of California at San Diego. Moving East, Alier continued his development earning his PhD at the University of Cincinnati in Neuroscience with a focus on neurophysiology. On the move, Alier completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans and in 2010 moved up the East Coast for a second fellowship joining Surgical Monitoring Associates. Alier leads a team of 6 neurophysiologists and enjoys working favorite cases such as tethered cords and posterior spinal fusions for deformity correction.
Outside of the OR, Alier stays on the move; hiking, traveling with his family, farming chickens, and brewing beer.
Sabrina Galloway, BS, R.EEG/EP.T, CNIM, CLTM, FASET | Neuromonitoring Technologies
Sabrina is an internationally recognized leader in the neuromonitoring field with over 40 years of experience. She is past president of ASET, SSET and Board of Directors of ASNM. She was an early pioneer in establishing 24/7 long term monitoring (LTM) programs in several university hospital settings in the United States. She is an accomplished medical administrator with a strong background in strategic operations management. Her consulting experience with The Joint Commission accreditations standards provides for a knowledge base of governmental, regulatory and hospital compliance. Sabrina has published numerour peer reviewed articles in neurodiagnostics and authored multiple book chapters. She is a two time recipient of ASET’s Maureen Berkeley award.
Dr. Michelle Mora, DO | Real Time Neuromonitoring Associates
Dr. Mora complete her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University with degrees in chemistry and mathematics. She then completed her medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. Her internship (neurology-tracked) and adult neurology residency were completed through Michigan State University at St. John Providence Health System in the suburbs of Detroit. Dr. Mora has completed fellowships in clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, and intraoperative neuromonitoring, all through the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has been a staff neurologist at Real Time Neuromonitoring Associates, PC and affiliated entities since 2016. Dr. Mora currently resides in Vallejo, CA and frequently monitors in the company of furry, four-legged office mates.
Dr. Erasmo Passaro, MD | Bayfront Health
Dr. Erasmo A. Passaro is Director of both the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and the Sleep Laboratory at Bayfront Health, St. Petersburg, at the Florida Center for Epilepsy in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is a level 4 epilepsy center, the highest level recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Dr. Passaro also the Director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. Passaro earned his BA degree from the University of Chicago with honors, and his medical degree from Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He completed his internal medicine internship at the University of California – Los Angeles – San Fernando Valley Program, followed by residencies in psychiatry at the University of California – San Diego, and in neurology at Reed Neurological Institute at UCLS. He also completed fellowships in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at UCLS with Jerome Engel, MD, PhD. Dr. of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine; and by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties in the subspecialty of neuroimaging.
He is internationally known for his expertise in surgical mapping of epileptic seizures with cortical stimulation, analysis of seizure networks through correlation of clinical semiology, video-EEG, MRI cerebral sulcal anatomy and cerebral cyto-architecture and connectivity through DTI. He is also known for his skill in 3-D analysis of epileptogenic networks with stereo-EEG and 3-D MRI imaging of malformations of cortical development.
Dr. Passaro is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Epilepsy Society and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, and a member and former board member of the American Society of Neuroimaging and the American Epilepsy Society. He has co-authored 19 peer-reviewed publications, 13 book chapters/case reports, numerous online chapters and 52 abstracts and has delivered more than 140 extramural invited presentations. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for Epileptic Disorders, Epilepsy, the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, and Sleep Medicine. Among his many honors, Dr. Passaro has been recognized annually since 2007 as one of Castle Connolly’s “Best Doctors in America”, and has been honored for his teaching excellence with the UCLS Augustus Rose Award.
Michael Riley, MS, CNIM | Peak Neurophysiology Group
Mike has a background in cellular, systems, and developmental neuroscience; having complete a Master’s thesis utilizing in vivo electrophysiology and neuroimaging of zebrafish motor circuits with direct correlation to behavioral output. After completing a one year fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Surgical Monitoring Associates in Philadelphia, he continued practicing IONM for six years with various groups. Make has personally monitored over 2,000 surgical procedures and has specific interests in lateral spread response, cortical and subcortical motor and sensory mapping, and monitoring of deformity correction. He is a published author of both IONM and basic neuroscience research in top-tier journals. Mike is currently the President and CEO of Peak Neurophysiology Group, where he continues to provide high-level IONM services and train new clinicians in the professional model of IONM delivery.
Dr. Amit Shah, MD | S2 Telehealth Technologies, LLC
Dr. Shah is a Board-Certified neurologist who specializes in intraoperative neuromonitoring. Following successful completion of his neurology residency training at Georgetown University, he specialized in clinical neurophysiology with intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) by completing fellowship training at Stanford University. During his fellowship training, he learned IONM by acting as an IONM technologist in the operating room. He learned to setup cases, program diagnostic tests individualized to surgeons and procedures, interact with surgeons and anesthesiologists, interpret IONM data, and troubleshoot. He was also actively involved in multiple clinical IONM research projects at Stanford University.
Dr. Shah obtained his board certification in neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He then moved to Atlanta, GA and established his own private IONM practice, S2 Telehealth Technologies LLC, where he currently continues to grow and develop his remote neuromonitoring practice. He has served as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director for multiple IONM companies, and he continues to promote clinical excellence in IONM through education and compassionate care.
Dr. Jay Shils, PhD, D.ABNM, FASNM, FACNS | Rush University Medical Center
Jay Shils is currently the director of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring at Rush University Medical School and a Professor in the department of Anesthesiology at Rush Medical Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and both his masters and PhD in Bio-Engineering at The University of Pennsylvania with his thesis dissertation subject – “The bispectrum of the human electroencephalogram” to investigate interactions in the visual system and study EEG in epilepsy. Dr. Shils has been involved in intraoperative neuromonitoring since 1994 specializing in microelectrode neurophysiology for movement disorders. Dr. Shils is the co-editor of one book on intraoperative neuromonitoring and two neuromodulation related books which are his primary interests. Dr, Shils is past president of the ASNM and the ISIN, the ASNM’s present secretary and is the founding secretary of the ISIN. Over the years Dr. Shils has presented at over 100 national and international meetings and has published on MER, DBS, neuromodulation, and intraoperative monitoring techniques.
Dr. Justin Silverstein, D.H.Sc, CNIM, FASET | Neuro Protective Solutions
Dr. Silverstein earned his doctorate degree from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, USA and is board certified in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring. Dr. Silverstein holds more than a decade of expertise in the field of neurophysiology. He was the first neurophysiologist to describe the utility of somatosensory evoked potentials and motor evoked potentials to monitor femoral nerve function in lateral lumbar interbody fusion surgery.
Dr. Silverstein regularly contributes to scientific papers and professional journals. He is a regularly invited lecturer to regional, national, and international symposia. He is currently the co-chair for the IONM interest section for ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society, Board member of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM) and President of the New York Chapter of ASET-The Neurodiagnostic Society.
James Watt, BS, CNIM, R.EP.T | Advanced Monitoring Services
James has served on many boards within the neurodiagnostics community and is currently President-Elect for the Southern Chapter of ASET (SSET) and will serve as President of the Chapter from 2021-2023. In the past he has served as a board member for ASNM, editor of ASNM’s publication “The Monitor”, chair of ASNM’s Applied Philanthropy Committee, and a member of ASNM’s Online Education Committee. Additionally, he is an internationally known presenter in the field of IONM.
Currently, James serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for Advanced Monitoring Services in Northwest Arkansas. His past roles include the VP of Neuromonitoring Services for Comprehensive Neuro Monitoirng, co-owner of LHI Online, & Clinical Product Designer and Regional Director at Biotronic NeuroNetwork. When he is not working, James enjoys traveling with his lovely wife Lisa, gardening, reading and running.
In addition to his passion for education, James believes that it is extremely important to volunteer both in and out of the field of neurodiagnostics. He has traveled to Ghana, Barbados, and Malawi to volunteer as a neuromonitorist and educator. Whenever possible, James volunteers his time traveling around the country to speak and teach for regional and national neurodiagnostic societies. He has been fortunate to learn from many experts in the field, and he tries to share what he has learned with new and developing technologists.
Dr. Lawrence Wierzbowski, AuD, D.ABNM, FASNM | Avatrode, LLC
Dr. Lawrence Wierzbowski, practicing clinical neurophysiology for over 30 years has several published peer reviewed articles and has contributed to book chapters on IONM. He earned his doctorate from the University of Florida. He is a frequent invited speaker, organizer, and faculty member for several organizations. Last year, he was the keynote speaker for the International Meeting on Medical Simulation. He has earned three board certifications (D.ABNM, ABA and BCS-IOM). He has reviewed for the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. He was awarded fellowship in ASNM and this year presented with the ASNM Founder’s Award for his research and service to the profession. He has served as IONM faculty in both Canada and Australia for college level IONM courses. He served three times on the ASNM Board of Directors and was the past chair of the ASNM Webinar and Government Relations Committees.
Dr. Parrish Winesett, MD | University of Florida Health
Dr. Winesett is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida. He did his pediatric residency and later worked at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, his Pediatric Neurology residency at Vanderbilt University and his epilepsy fellowship under Drs. Benbadis and Tatum at the University of South Florida.
2020 Annual Meeting Moderators
Clare Gale, CNIM, R.EEG/EP.T, FASNM, FASET | eWaveForm, LLC
Clare has been in the field of neurodiagnostics for over thirty-nine years and owns eWaveForm, LLC, serves as a neurodiagnostic consultant for several companies, and has served on multiple society boards over her career. She has been involved with SSET for over eight years and has served as president from 2016-2018. She is currently a board member of ASNM and adjunct faculty for Laboure College in Massachesetts
Cindy Jenkinson, R.EEG.T, CLTM, CNIM | Brainwave Works
Cindy has been in the neurodiagnostics field for over thirty-six years and has been involved with SSET for the past eight years. She is the current SSET President and lives in Largo, Florida with her husband ant two dogs. She enjoys traveling and time with her grandchildren.
Cindy works for Brainwave Works as a neurodiagnostic consultant.
Brett Netherton, MS, CNIM, FASNM, FASET, FACNS | Signal Gear, LLC
Brett considers himself lucky to have been able to study Electrical Engineering and Physiology too. He also considers himself super lucky to get into IONM and have the ability to study electrical and electrode stuff related to neurodiagnostics. Brett is also the founder of Signal Gear, LLC and his contributed to the advancement of the field of neurodiagnostics.
We consider ourselves lucky to have Brett as a contributor. Ask him a question; he enjoys talking neurodiagnostic technical talk.
Lorenzo Randall, CNIM | University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Lorenzo has been in the neurodiagnotic field for over twenty-two years and has been involved with SSET for the past several years. He lives in Wylie, Texas and works at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a neurodiagnostic technologist and teaches at Concorde Career College.
He enjoys hunting and fishing when he is not working.
Patty Warf, RN, CNIM, FASNM, FASET | National Neuromonitoring Services
Patty Warf is a Chicago Area Native who earned her Bachelors of Science Degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana. Patty started her career as a Surgical RN at Loyola Medical Center. The Anesthesia Department offered her the opportunity to establish a neuromonitoring division and do research. After earning her Masters in Management, Patty started offering Mobile IONM services at health facilities in the Midwest. Patty has the pleasure of working as a QA Analyst at National Neuromonitoring Services. It is also a distinct privledge to advance the IONM Education through local and national associations.
Patty currently serves as a CSET and ASNM Board member, Chair of the ASET Social Marketing Committee, and has been awarded ASNM and ASET Fellowship Status.