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William Porter McRoberts, MD

William Porter McRoberts MD
Telephone: 
(954) 229-7962
Fax: 
(954) 229-7913
Specialty/Specialties: 
Interventional Spine and Pain Medicine
Orthopedics
Pain Management
Holy Cross Medical Group: 
Yes

Office Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8:00am to 5:30pm
Fri: 8:00am to 3:30pm

Click here to view Dr. McRoberts' Video Profile.
Click here to view Dr. McRoberts performing the MILD Procedure for Spinal Stenosis.
Click here to view Dr. McRoberts discussing Spinal Cord Stimulation.
Click here to view an animation of how Dr. McRoberts performs TotalisTM Direct Decompression as a treatment for Spinal Stenosis.

Focus Areas
Back Pain Management, Interventional Spine, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, TotalisTM Direct Decompression, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Intractable Migraine, Intractable Peripheral Neuropathy, Painful Peripheral Nerve Injury, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Post Surgical Pain, Spinal Compression Fractures, Recalcitrant Knee Pain following Knee Replacement, Facial Pain

Specialized Training
Nevro’s Senza® High Frequency Stimulation for intractable back and leg pain 

Education

2005-2006: ACGME Interventional Spine and Pain Medicine Fellowship, Emory University
2001-2005: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, Loma Linda University
2001-2002: Internal Medicine Internship, Loma Linda University 
1997-2001: University of Kentucky School of Medicine
1995-1997: University of Kentucky Department of Medical Anthropology
1989-1993: BA Anthropology and Sociology, Centre College, Danville Kentucky

Board Certifications
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pain Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Notable Work / Leadership Experience 

Developed Interventional Spine, Pain and Neurosurgical Institute

Medical Director of Interventional Spine, Pain, Neurosurgery
Holy Cross Hospital, 2006-Present

Anodyne Research, President, 2014-present

Anodyne Consulting, President, 2016-Present

Institutional Review Board, Holy Cross Hospital, 2008-2011

ACGME Interventional Pain and Spine Fellowship, Chief, 2005-2006 

Emory University
PM&R Residency, 2002-2005 (Chief 2004-2005)

Loma Linda University Medical Center
Internal Medicine Internship, 2001-2002
University Ethics Committee, 2002-2004

Loma Linda University
Resident Advisory Council, 2002-2004
Professional Code Committee, 1999-2001(Chair, 2000-2001)

University of Kentucky Medical School
National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Researcher, 1995-1997

Sanders Brown Center on Aging, Lexington, Ky.
Surgical Assistant & Research Coordinator, 6/91-9/91

University of Kentucky Dept. of Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Lexington, Ky.
Research Assistant & Laboratory Technician, 6/89-9/89, 6/88-9/88

University of Kentucky, Dept. of Gynecological Oncology, Lexington


Current and Completed Research Trials

Currently Ongoing

Principal Investigator: US IDE: NCT02577354 ReActiv8 Implantable Neurostimulation System for Chronic Low Back Pain (ReActiv8-B)

Principal Investigator : US IDE: NCT02412735 Safety and Efficacy Study of Rexlemestrocel-L in Subjects With Chronic Discogenic Lumbar Back Pain (MSB-DR003), Mesoblast. 

Principal Investigator: Vertiflex Totalis STEPS Trial: A Prospective, Multi-center, Randomized Controlled Double-Blind Trial Evaluating the VertiFlex® Totalis™ Direct Decompression System Versus a Sham Surgical Procedure in Patients With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02079038

Principal Investigator: US IDE: Medtronic IND 104850 – “An Open-Label, Sequential, Dose Escalation Study of the Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Preliminary Efficacy of MDT-15 in Subjects with Lumbosacral Radiculopathy” 

Principal Investigator: US IDE: Neuros Medical, Inc. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02221934 Electrical Nerve Block for Amputation Pain. 

Past Trials

Principal Investigator: US IDE: A Prospective, Randomized, Multi-Center, Controlled Clinical Trial to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the Spinal Modulation™ AXIUM™ Neurostimulator System in the Treatment of Chronic Pain (ACCURATE Trial)

Principal Investigator: US IDE: Study to Evaluate the Iovera° Device for Temporary Relief From Knee Pain. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02260921

National Principal Investigator: US IDE: SENSE: St Jude Neuromodulation Prospective Randomized Trial Hybrid Neuromodulation for Pain from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. 

Principal Investigator:  US IDE: Bioness StimRouter: Prospective, Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blinded, Partial Crossover Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the Bioness® StimRouter™ Neuromodulation System in the Treatment for Patients With Chronic Pain of Peripheral Nerve Origin

Principal Investigator: MiDAS ECO: Mild Decompression Alternative to Open Surgery Epidural Steroid Injection Comparative Outcomes Study in patients Diagnosed with Moderate to Severe Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Exhibiting Neurogenic Claudication.

Principal Investigator: St. Jude Neuromodulation: DEPTH: A retrospective ultrasound study of electrode depth in peripheral nerve field stimulation and analysis of cross-talk on field size with electrode configurations.

Principal Investigator: St. Jude Neuromodulation: Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trial: Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation for the Management of Localized Chronic Intractable Back Pain

Principal Investigator: St. Jude Neuromodulation: IMPACT Retrospective Evaluation and Data Collection Study to Evaluate the Treatment of Chronic Pain Patients with Neurostimulation using a Combination of Epidural and Subcutaneous Peripheral Field Leads


Publications, Research, Invited Presentations and Posters

McRoberts WP, Hip and Genicular Nerve RFA: Moderator, PAIN 2016, Nassau, Bahamas.

McRoberts WP, Initiation of Research in your Practice, PAIN 2016, Nassau, Bahamas.

McRoberts WP, The Cost of Inaction: Measuring the risk of non-treatment, activity modification and conservative care on patient outcomes, lost wages, morbidity and mortality. PAIN 2016: Nassau Bahamas. 

McRoberts WP, Efficacy, Safety and Patient Selection of devices and drugs in Intrathecal Therapy. PAIN 2016, Nassau, Bahamas.

McRoberts WP, Point / Counterpoint – Patients with existing Intrathecal pain pumps who are due for replacement – logic behind staying with the same system or switching to a new system? PAIN 2016, Nassau, Bahamas.

Amirdelfan K, McRoberts WP, Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome with 10 kHz Spinal Cord Stimulation: Two Case Reports.  World Institute of Pain Meeting, 2016 New York, New York

McRoberts WP, The Cost of Inaction: Measuring the risk of non-treatment, activity modification and conservative care on patient outcomes, lost wages, morbidity and mortality. Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting, 2016

McRoberts WP, Ultra-High frequency peripheral nerve stimulation for post amputation intractable neuroma. Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting, 2016

McRoberts WP, Apostol C, Ashe M, Diagnostic and Treatment Algorithm for Chronic Post Total Knee Arthroplasty Pain. Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting Poster 2nd Place Winner, 2016

McRoberts WP, Non-operative Management of Neck Pain and Cervical Radiculopathy: What treatment protocol is rational and effective? First Annual Marcus Neurosciences Symposium on Degenerative Disease of the Spine: Diagnosis and Management. March, 2016

McRoberts WP, Optimizing Stimulation in a Case of Facial Pain Through 'Cross-Talk' of Peripheral and Central Leads: A Case Report, Neuromodulation, 18 MAY 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/ner.12443

Pope J, Poree L., McRoberts W.P., Falowski S., Deer T., Guest Editorial: 2015 Consent Degree, Physician and Institutional Ramifications? Neuromodulation 2015; 18: 653-656.

McRoberts WP, Emerging Technologies in Neuromodulation, 2015 NANS- North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Las Vegas NV

McRoberts WP, The Evidence for Peripheral Neuromodulation in Back Pain, 2015 NANS- North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Las Vegas NV

Pope J, Provenzano D, McRoberts WP, Deer TR. The Proper Use of Neurostimulation for Hand Pain. Hand Clinics, Hand Clin. 2016 Feb;32(1):81-90.

McRoberts WP, Deer TR, Abejon D, Barolat G. (2016) Stimulation of the Extraspinal Peripheral Nervous System. In T.R. Deer, J.E. Pope (Eds.) Atlas of Implantable Therapies for Pain Management (pp 171-183).  New York, NY: Springer Science.

Deer TR, Pope JE, McRoberts WP , Verrills P, Bowman R. (2016) Peripheral Nerve Stimulation of the Treatment of Knee Pain. In T.R. Deer, J.E. Pope (Eds.) Atlas of Implantable Therapies for Pain Management (pp 185-190).  New York, NY: Springer Science.

McRoberts WP, (2016) X-Ray Safety. In Pope J.E. (Ed) Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions: Comprehensive Quick Reference Handbook New York, NY: Springer Science.

McRoberts WP, (2016) Facet Medial Branch Block. In Pope J.E. (Ed) Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions: Comprehensive Quick Reference Handbook New York, NY: Springer Science.

McRoberts WP, (2016) Facet Medial Branch Ablation. In Pope J.E. (Ed) Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions: Comprehensive Quick Reference Handbook New York, NY: Springer Science.

McRoberts WP. Wu PW, (2016) Percutaneous Image-Guided Lumbar Decompression (PILD) Indications. In Pope J.E. (Ed) Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions: Comprehensive Quick Reference Handbook New York, NY: Springer Science.

McRoberts WP. Wu PW, (2016) Percutaneous Image-Guided Lumbar Decompression (PILD) Decompression Procedure. In Pope J.E. (Ed) Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions: Comprehensive Quick Reference Handbook New York, NY: Springer Science.

McRoberts WP. Wu PW, (2016) Percutaneous Image-Guided Lumbar Decompression (PILD): Follow-ip and Risk Management. In Pope J.E. (Ed) Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions: Comprehensive Quick Reference Handbook New York, NY: Springer Science.

Reinstituting the Bolus - New Reasoning for an Existing Technique. McRoberts WP, Pope J, Apostol C.

Pope J, McRoberts WP, Deer T, Poree L., Are Bolus Dosing Strategies the Intrathecal Version of Novel Waveforms With Spinal Cord Stimulation? Neuromodulation. 2015 Dec;18(8):776-7. doi: 10.1111/ner.12375.

Pope JE, Deer TR, Amirdelfan K, McRoberts WP, Azeem N. The Pharmacology of Spinal Opioids and Ziconotide for the Treatment of Non-Cancer Pain. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2016 Feb 10

Intrathecal Therapy: The Burden of Being Positioned as a Salvage Therapy. Pope J. Deer T. McRoberts WP. Pain Medicine, April, 2015

“Neuromodulation:  An Evidence Based Update of the Field: Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation” American Academy of Pain Medicine's 31st Annual Meeting, March 19-22, 2015 Washington D.C., MD

“Neuromodulation of the Peripheral Nerves: A Review of the Prospective Literature and Registry Data” W. Porter McRoberts, MD, International Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Montreal, Quebec June 2015

Radiofrequency Rhizotomy for Spinal and Extra-spinal Pain Syndromes. Invited Lecturer, St. Jude.

W. Porter McRoberts, MD, International Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Montreal, Quebec June 201

Amirdelfan K, McRoberts P, Deer TR. The differential diagnosis of low back pain: a primer on the evolving paradigm. Neuromodulation. 2014 Oct;17 Suppl 2:11-7. doi: 10.1111/ner.12173.

N. Mekhail, MD, PhD, S. Brogan, MD, J. Hatheway, MD, P. McRoberts, MD, M. Verdolin, MD, L. Stearns, MD, R. Bolash, MD, T Deer, MD, P. Staats, MD Characterization of Personal Therapy Manager Use by Patients with Chronic Pain, North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Las Vegas 2014

McRoberts WP, Citrin, ML, Whisner S. Axillary Nerve Stimulation for Post-Stroke Shoulder Pain. Poster: North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Las Vegas 2015

Pope JE, McRoberts WP, Deer TR, Randomized, Prospective Study to Assess the Safety of a Novel Intrathecal Bolus-only Delivery Strategy as Compared to Traditional, Simple Slow Continuous Delivery. Poster North Amercian Neuromodulaiton Society Annual Meeting, 2014, Las Vegas NV

McRoberts WP, Whisner S,  Ashe M, Cross Talk Of Spinal Cord Stimulation With Peripheral Nerve Stimulation For The Treatment Of Facial Pain: 21-Month Follow-Up. Poster: North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Las Vegas 2014

McRoberts WP, Whisner S,  Ashe M, Prospective Evaluation Of The Objective Measurement Of Neuromodulation On Function Via Accelerometer. Poster: North American Neuromodulation Society Meeting, Las Vegas 2014

The Data and Rationale for Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Review of the NACC: Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee publications.  October 2014, South Florida Pain Group.

Beal DP, McRoberts WP, Berven SH, Ledlie JT, Tutton SM, Analysis of and Response to an Analysis of Percutaneous Kyphoplasty Published in the Hayes Directory on April 23, 2012, American Journal of Neuroradiology, 2014 awaiting press.

Expert Panel: Lumbar Surgery for Low Back Pain. Who is a Candidate and What Else Can We Do? ,Pain Education Society, Puerto Rico, June 2014

Neuromodulation for Joint Pain, Pain Education Society, WVSIPP, Puerto Rico, June 2014

Expert Panel: The Future of Interventional Pain Management – what is coming on the horizon, what will be covered, what should patients and physicians expect? Pain Education Society, Puerto Rico, June 2014

Expert Panel: Personalized medicine and Pain Therapy – What do we know? What don’t we know? Pain Education Society, Puerto Rico, June 2014

Beall DP, McRoberts WP, Berven SH, Ledlie JT, Tutton SM, Parsons BP. Critique of the Analysis of UpToDate.com on the Treatment of Painful Vertebral Compression Fractures: Time to Update UpToDate. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Nov 20.

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