Board Members

Timothy Deer, MD, DABPM President

Timothy Deer MD

Dr. Deer is the president and chief executive officer of The Center for Pain Relief in Charleston, West Virginia and president of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP). He is also President Elect INS. He is a clinical professor of anesthesiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he also received his medical degree. He completed his training in anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Virginia. Dr. Deer has published on a range of topics, including injection techniques, minimally invasive disc procedures, intrathecal drug delivery, and spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation. He has lectured at many national and international symposiums and has been involved in the hands-on training of more than a thousand interventional pain specialists. He serves on the board of directors of the North American Neuromodulation Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine. He is the immediate past chair of the committee on pain medicine of the American Society of Anesthsiologists, a member of the editorial board of the journal Neuromodulation – Technology at the Neural Interface and serves on several other boards and committees. Dr. Deer has authored numerous journal articles, chapters and review articles.

Dr. Deer would like to make the following disclosures: He is on the Scientific Advisory Boards for Bioness, Vertos Medical, Spinal Modulation, and Stryker. He is on the Speaker’s Bureau and does scientific research for Vertos Medical and St. Jude Medical. He also does scientific research for Spinal Modulation.

Christopher Kim, MD
Vice President

Christopher Kim, MD

Dr. Kim earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He then completed both an internship and a residency in anesthesiology and earned his board certification in this specialty. Dr. Kim has also served as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the pain management department at the Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Kim has no relevant disclosures.

Nicholas Bremer, MD

Dr. Bremer is an Ivy League, fellowship-trained interventional pain medicine specialist. He completed Pain Medicine fellowship training at the prestigious Columbia University in New York City, and trained in Anesthesiology at New York University, home of the storied Bellevue Hospital. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.

Dr. Bremer is a decorated former active-duty U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He earned his “Wings of Gold” from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in 2008. He has treated Sailors, Marines, and allied forces all over the world in various situations, including during the fallout of the tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan. He ultimately was promoted to Department Head of Navy’s only overseas Aviation Medicine clinic in Japan.

Just as every flight plan in aviation, Dr. Bremer believes each patient deserves his or her own tailor-made, custom treatment plan. He believes in compassionate, patient-centered care, which addresses the emotional impact of pain. He strives to help patients resume an active lifestyle, achieve their individual goals, and improve functionality.

Rudy M. Malayil, MD
Executive Director

Rudy Mathew Malayil, M.D., received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, one of the top medical schools in India. He then
completed his internship in General Surgery at New York Presbyterian/Cornell Hospital in New York City, followed by residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University Medical School. Dr. Malayil further completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center Campus in New York City.
Dr. Malayil is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the North American Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Malayil is also the Executive Director for the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and on the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. He serves on the Executive Board of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience. After fellowship he went to work in private practice in Maryland before practicing at St. Mary's Medical Center's Pain Management Department since January of 2015 where he serves as the Director of Pain Management. Dr. Malayil is a faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.  He also serves as a consultant for Depomed and Abbott.

Michelle Byers
Director of Education

Michelle Byers

President and Chair of the Pain Education Society, Michelle has over a decade of experience working and managing in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology and a passion for providing education for clinicians and caregivers working with patients in pain. She specializes in medical practice management, business management, charitable foundation support and development and has authored training programs and materials for sales forces and physicians. She is also currently President, Medical Education and Strategic Planning, for CMEIA (Continuing Medical Education Interface Associates), and Director of Medical Education for WVSIPP (West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians). In the recent past, she has been proud to serve as a committee member for the National Pain Foundation, as a consultant for the Margaret Dunn Grigsby Foundation, and National Board Member for the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

Richard Vaglienti, MD, MBA, DABA, DABPM
Governmental and Industry Liaison

Jason Pope, MD
Director At Large


Dr. Pope grew up in West Lafayette Indiana where he attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, then continued on to receive his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Pain Doctor Jason Pope then completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as faculty with a dual appointment at the Veteran Affairs Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. He then later completed fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and was subsequently invited to join the faculty as Associate Staff. He holds licensure in WV, VA, OH, TN, and CA. Dr. Pope served as a fellow to a member of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Sub-committee on Health and was the recipient of the first annual American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Fellow’s Advocacy Grant. He served as a member of the West Virginia Pharmacy Board Advisory Panel of Controlled Substances and Opioid Prescribing and is Secretary of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP).

Dr. Pope has also helped foster the educational efforts of NANS, and has helped formalized the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) of NANS, functioning as Co-Chair, and helped create a mentorship program for fellows. He helped develop the NANS Certificate of Attendance (COA) training opportunity to promote safe and efficacious employment of advanced pain care therapies. Dr. Pope is on the Planning Committee and the Scientific Committee for the NANS annual meeting and served as Co-Chair of the Resident and Fellows Section Pre-Conference Workshop, with the development of the first annual RFS Breakout Session during the Conference. Dr. Pope is the co-Chair of the inaugural Neuromodulation Special Interest Group (SIG) for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA). Dr. Pope is well published in peer-reviewed journals, authored many chapters, textbooks and atlases, while presenting at regional, national, and international meetings.

Pain Doctor Jason Pope has massive amounts of expertise and accomplishment in the pain management field. He specializes in treating pain from acute to chronic forms with various treatments and diagnosis methods. Jason currently works out of Northern California in order to keep his practice alive and well while assisting patients with pain and illnesses in order to deliver a life of pain-free balance to those who require it.

Chong H. Kim, MD
Director At Large

Dr. Kim is a graduate of Penn State University and Temple University School of Medicine. He completed residency and fellowship trainings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at UPMC-Mercy and West Penn Hospital, respectively.

Following his training, he was a faculty member at West Virginia University School of Medicine, in the Pain Management Division. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, and continues to hold a clinical faculty position. Dr. Kim also served as chair of the Institutional Review Board at West Virginia University.

Dr. Kim is involved in a variety of pain-related research. He has published extensively and has served as principal investigator on numerous clinical trials. He is on the editorial board of Pain Physician and is a reviewer for many pain-related journals.

Warren Grace, MD
Director At Large

Dr. Grace is from New Martinsville, West Virginia. He studied Biology at West Virginia University for 3 years before being selected for early entrance to the West Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Grace completed his internship and residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center and is a board-certified anesthesiologist. He completed his interventional pain fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Grace employs multimodal strategies for reducing pain including spine and joint injections with ultrasound or fluoroscopy, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, radiofrequency ablation, cryotherapy, minimally invasive therapies, and spinal cord stimulation. His aim is to improve the function and quality of life of his patients.