Focused Ultrasound Highlighted at Annual Pain Meeting


WorldAcademyofPainMedicineUltrasonographyThe Foundation’s Director of Clinical Relationships, Suzanne LeBlang, MD, recently attended the World Academy of Pain Medicine United’s (WAPMU) 6th Annual Meeting and Review Workshop in Florida. With the theme of “Innovations in Pain Medicine,” the meeting featured a keynote address by Michael Gofeld, MD, PhD, an Ontario-based anesthesiologist and an expert in treating pain. During his talk, “The King (RFA) is Dead, Long Live the King (HIFU),” Dr. Gofeld discussed his views on how high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) will overtake radiofrequency ablation (RFA) as a standard of care.

Dr. Gofeld is a founder of the WAPMU. The organization was launched in 2009 and evolved into a global educational multidisciplinary society. This year, Dr. Gofeld received the meeting’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the academy’s achievements.

Dr. Leblang commented, “The attendees, who have extensive experience in ultrasound-guided interventional pain management solutions throughout the body, were intrigued by Dr. Gofeld’s presentation. They were excited about the potential to use their knowledge and expertise in providing noninvasive pain management with focused ultrasound, appreciating the many potential benefits to patients as well as providers.”