The Texas Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational conference for pain management physicians in Texas. Each year over 230 physicians attend this one-of-a-kind event.

Register Now!
TPS Members Receive a $150 Discount on Full Conference Registration!

$1,500 – Commercial Businesses Early Bird Rate 
(Before September 20, 2021)

  • $400 Full Conference TPS Member
  • $550 Full Conference Non-Member
  • $275 Nursing Staff Only
  • $175 Administrative Staff Only
  • Can't attend every day? One Day Rates available!
 $1,750 – Commercial Businesses Regular Rate
(September 20, 2021 and after)
Get More CME by Adding On at Pre-Conference Workshop
Friday, October 22nd 8am-11:30am
 Tables are limited this year so register today!
  • $250 Ultrasound Workshop
  • $100 Addiction Medicine Workshop
  • $275 Practice Management for Younge Physicians
  • $100 NP/PA Workshop

Thank you to our Sponsors





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Thursday,  October 21, 2021 
11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
3rd Annual Golf Tournament
Brackenridge Park Golf Course
2315 Avenue B, San Antonio, TX 78215
5 Tee Times available beginning at 1pm
Sign Up by emailing Tournament Director Dr. Richard Hurley 

Friday, October 22, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops  
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast  Earn 3 extra hours of CME by joining 1 of these topics Friday morning
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  Workshops
 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Workshops
  Large Joint & Bursa Injections Dr. John Cianca   Best Practices, Mitigating Risk Kelley Pennell, DNP, ARPN, ACNS-BC  
  Spine Injections Dr. Mag Mina   Interpreting Diagnostic Test Results    
  Upper Extremity Nerve Blocks Dr. Matthew McClure   How to Perform a Proper Low Back Pain Assessment Dr. Graves Owen  
  Lower Extremity Nerve Blocks Dr. Brian Boies   Addiction 101 & How-To Dr. Michael Sprintz  
  30 Minute Rotating Stations          
  Things to consider when setting up a practice Dr. Stephanie Jones   Addiction 101: Key Fundamentals that Every Pain Doc Needs to Know Dr. Lakshmi Koyyalagunta   
  Making Sure Your Practice is Compliant David Vaugh    Hiding in Plain Sight: Identification of Substance Use Disorders in a Busy Pain Practice  Dr. Michael Sprintz  
  Employment Contracts- How to Negotiate & What to Watch For David Vaugh    "We Need to Talk…" How to have effective communications Dr. Michael Sprintz  
  Opioid Compliance Within Your Practice Dr. Ashley Classen    Oh Crap! Now What?! Optimal Management of Chronic Pain Patients with SUD Dr. Peter Mott  
  Payor Contracts- How to Bill, Code & Negotiate Meredith George & Kathy Palmer    The Vital Role of Behavioral Health in Pain and Addiction  Dr. Michael Sprintz   
  How to Read and Interpret MRI's Dr. James Cortez    Withdrawal Ain't Fun…Opioid Tapering options and Tips for Success Dr. Michael Sprintz   


Saturday, October 23, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
TPS Conference Continued
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Early Morning Workshop Tai Chi 
8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Breakfast  

8:25 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Welcome & Pain Syndromes Panels with Q&A

  1. Pelvic Pain
  2. After COVID
  3. Neurologist Central Pain Syndromes
 10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Break  
10:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Panels with Q&A
  1. Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana in Chronic Pain
  2. Downside of Medicinal Marijuana in Chronic Pain
  3. Pro/ Con
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Lunch Presentation 

1:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Other than Spinal Pain Panels with Q&A

  1. Headaches
  2. CRPS
  3. Abdominal

 3:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Break


3:40 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Panels with Q&A

  1. Heavner Basic Science
  2. Integrating Clinical Research into a Private Practice
  3. Mark White Named Award Winner Presentation
  4. TPS Hot Topics & Elections
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception & Fellows Presentations  
Dinner on own  

Sunday, October 24, 2021
8:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 TPS Conference Concludes
 Breakfast on own  
 8:20 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Welcome & Panels 
  1. TMB Update
  2. Pharmacy Board Update
  3. 15 Min refresher on NARX 
  4. Border Patrol
 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break  
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panels with Q&A
  1. Opening Remark
  2. Legislative Update
  3. Legislative Q&A Panel
  4. Legal update

The Texas Pain Society is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Texas Pain Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1tm credits (17 with Pre-Conference Events!). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation in this activity.

This course has been designated by the Texas Pain Society for 2.75 credits of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

Discuss billing and coding updates.
Determine the pros and cons of various emerging technologies of pain treatment modalities.
Learn about psychological diseases common to pain patients and how to test for and refer for treatment.
Discuss management of pain and spasticity after catastrophic neurological injury. 
Explain the risks and benefits of medical marijuana in treating chronic pain.
Diagnose types of pain and pain syndromes outside of spinal care.
Discuss updates from the Texas Medical Board, the Pharmacy Board, and the 2021 legislative session relating to the treatment of pain.
Demonstrate the health benefits of tai chi to pain patients.
Explain the lessons learned from challenging case presentations and pain management hot topics.
Describe how to integrate clinical research into private practice.
Learn about the illicit opioids being funneled into the state and how to test in patients. 

Target Audience
Texas physicians,  advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. 

Disclosures to the Learner

1. Notice of requirements for successful completion of continuing education activity:

  • Register for the course
  • Attend the live presentation in its entirety
  • Complete the Evaluation

2. The Texas Pain Society's live course has received no commercial support. 

3. Disclosure of financial relationships: TBD

4. Non-endorsement Statement: Accredited status does not imply endorsement of any commercial products or services by the Texas Pain Society or the Texas Medical Association.

5. Off-Label Use: TBD

Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk | 123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 78205. To make a room reservation online in the TPS room block CLICK HERE  OR you may call the hotel directly at (210) 222-1234 and tell them you are attending the TPS Annual Scientific Meeting to receive the discounted room rate of $219. The deadline to make a reservation at the Conference Rate September 27, 2021. 

Texas Pain Society Guests within the TPS Guest Room Block will receive a 30% off self and valet parking rates.

We welcome all Fellows or Residents to submit Case Studies for award consideration. Winners will present at the 13th Annual Scientific Conference. 
Hassenbusch Case study information is available online here. Submission open September 6, 2021 through October 7, 2021
Hassenbusch Scholarship information is available online here. Submissions are due October 8, 2021

The Texas Pain Foundation is excited to announce a new award in honor of Mark White, DO, the Mark White Academic Excellence Award in Pain Medicine. 
Find out how you can submit your winning publication. 



TPS offers these guidelines outlining the various steps to be implemented so as to provide a healthy and safe environment during the 13th Annual Scientific Conference 2021. Following these guidelines is the responsibility of all Attendees, Staff and Exhibitors while at the event. 

    • Follow relevant guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), or your local health authority. 
    • Adhere to government-issued travel restrictions and guidance issued by the region you will be traveling to and the region you are traveling from (including compliance required by airlines or other travel services).
    • Evaluate your health and that of people you are in close contact with.
    • Stay home if you feel sick. 

• Follow guidance from local health authorities, for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including:

o Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
o Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
o Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash.
o Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Agree to have your temperature taken before entering the meeting/event venue daily
• Agree to wear a mask or facial covering throughout the event if implemented by the hotel property, the county, the state or the staff
• Adhere to social distance protocols put in place by the event organizers or venue and respect others’ personal space.
• Seek medical attention at any time if you feel unwell or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.