Scientific Advisory Board

Steven C. Levin

Having graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1990 as well as accomplished his anesthesiology residency and fellowship in pain management, Steven C. Levin is an esteemed doctor who specializes in spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery systems, epiduroscopies, implanted epidural catheters, neurolysis and spinal injections procedures. He is the first place winner of the Resident/Fellow Research Competition for the Western Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiology and has published 13 informative articles, reviews and book chapters as well as taught at both the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Levin has also conducted research on the physical and psychological effects of multiple pain alleviating methods, such as magnet therapy and opioids.

Mykol Larvie

Recipient of 3 Harvard Medical Student Teaching awards in Principal Clinic Experience, Mykol Larvie is currently a radiologist in the Cleveland Clinic's Divisions of Nuclear Medicine and Neuroradiology as well as the director of Functional and Molecular Neuroimaging. With a completed internship in the Department of Medicine as well residency in the Department of Radiology and fellowship in the Division of Neuroradiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Larvie specializes in PET examinations of the brain performed typically for the evaluation of neurodegenerative disease, seizure and tumor. He delivers didactic lectures and case conferences to residents and fellows 6 times per year and serves as a mentor and advisor to medical students, residents and fellows.

Nathan L. Guerette

Nathan L. Guerette currently has many titles : he is the director & president of the Female Pelvic Medicine Institute of Virginia, an associate clinical professor in the division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia, a full clinical professor in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the Riverside Regional Medical Center and the Robotic Surgery director at the Chippenham and Johnston Willis Medical Center. With a completed fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Guerette has won 7 awards in the medical and humanitarian departments. He has made 9 media appearances, some of which were on PBS and NBC News. He has 3 board certifications and has ran a surgical mission trip to Trujillo, Peru through Bon Secours.

Ashling O'Connor

Currently a surgeon at the Comprehensive breast Health Center of the Lahey Medical Center, Dr. O’Connor has won 7 awards in the surgical department. She has completed a surgical internship at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin as well as a breast surgery fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship. She mentors medical students and surgical residents both in the operating room and in a clinical setting and enjoys biking, triathlons as well as trail and marathon running. She is certified in he Hidden Scar technique in Breast Surgery as well as in the Advanced Cardiac Life Support and is a member of the Protocol Review Committee Umass Memorial Medical Center, the New England Surgical Society and the American College of Surgeons.

Roc McCarthy

Roc Mccarthy is a Urological Surgeon in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated with honors from Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. He completed his Urological Surgery residency at Michigan State University in 2009. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Renal Physiology. He has more than 15 years of diverse experiences and is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, J Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital and University of North Carolina Hospital. He is the director of Robotic Surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Peter Novak

Currently affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and specializes in Neurology. He is also the Chief of the Division of Autonomic Neurology and Director of the Autonomic Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a member of American Academy of Neurology, American Autonomic Society and a member of Autonomic Board of United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). He graduated from medical school in Bratislava, Slovakia and completed his neurology residency at the Ohio State University. He also completed postdoctoral studies focusing on cardiovascular and autonomic research at Charles University (Prague), University of Montreal, McGill University (Montreal) and Mayo Clinic. He has special interests in autoimmune, small fiber and autonomic neuropathies, autoimmune, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and multiple system atrophy. He has written over 70 papers and presented at numerous conferences.

Samir Awad

Samir Awad has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2000. He has served as the Operative Care Line associate executive, chief of general surgery, and medical director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the MEDVAMC. Dr. Awad's areas of specialty include liver, pancreas, and acute care surgery, as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures. He is a member of the Association for Academic Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Surgical Infection Society, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Awad has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed and invited publications and is the recipient of numerous awards for surgical and research achievements. Dr. Awad is certified by the American Board of Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Geoffrey Abrams

Dr. Abrams is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon.  He specializes in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow as well as upper extremity joint replacement surgery.  He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), among others.  He is actively involved in research focusing on the role of inflammatory mediators, and microRNA in particular, on cartilage and tendon damage.  Dr. Abrams received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California - San Diego.  He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University and went on to receive additional training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  He currently serves as Head Team Physician for a number of Stanford University varsity athletic teams and Notre Dame de Namur University as well as Assistant Team Physician for the NBA's Golden State Warriors and NFL's San Francisco 49ers.  Dr. Abrams has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, over 20 book chapters, has presented original research at numerous national and international scientific meetings, and serves as a reviewer for numerous Sports Medicine scientific journals.