Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA was the founder of the Division of Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the director for 10 years. Dr. Staats is internationally recognized for his work in developing and implementing minimally invasive procedures for chronic pain. He is a past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the World Institute of Pain and the Southern Pain Society. He is currently President and Chairman of the Vagus Nerve Society and continues to serve as Chief Medical Officer for National Spine and Pain Centers, the largest pain practice in the United States. Dr. Staats has written or co-edited 14 books which have been translated in to multiple languages and over 500 articles, abstracts, monographs, and book chapters on pain medicine in publications that include the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA), Pain, Anesthesiology, the Lancet and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He holds multiple patents on novel treatments for pain and neuromodulation. His work has been highlighted on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Newsweek, and CNN. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. He has received numerous awards including the lifetime achievement awards from the the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the North American Neuromodulation Society, the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience, the New York, New Jersey, West Virginia Societies of interventional Pain and the Trailblazer award from the World Institute of Pain.