Advisory Board

Members of our advisory board share their knowledge about pain issues with us and help us reach many of the people who can benefit from our programs. We are grateful for their support and the insights they bring to enrich our services.

Click on an individual’s name below to read their biography.

 

Dennis Turk, Ph.D.
Chairman

Jennifer Bolen, JD
Founder, The Legal Side of Pain

Annmarie Cano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University

Daniel B. Carr, M.D.
New England Medical Center , Professor of Pain Research
Boston, Massachusetts

Edward Covington, M.D.
Director of the Neurological Center for Pain in the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Erin Alice Dannecker, PhD, ATC
School of Health Professions, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Missouri

Robert H. Dworkin, Ph.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurology, Oncology, and Psychiatry and Director of the Anesthesiology Clinical Research Center, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

 

Steve Feinberg, M.D. 
Adjunct Clinical Professor and teaches at the Stanford University Pain Service and in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department


 

J. David Haddox, DDS, M.D., DABPM
Purdue Pharma, Vice President Risk Management and Health Policy

Robert H. Jamison, Ph.D.

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology
Boston, Massachusetts

Gary W. Jay, MD, DAAPM, FAAPM
Archimedes Pharma, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President
Bedminster, NJ
Robert D. Kerns, Ph.D.
Yale University
New Haven, CT 

John D. Loeser, M.D.
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Sean Mackey, M.D.Ph.D.
Chief, Pain Management Division, Stanford University School of Medicine

Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D.
University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor & Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair, Dept. of Physiological Nursing, Univ. of California

Judith A. Paice, R.N., Ph.D.
Cancer Pain Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anesthesiology & Peri-Operative Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Srinivasa N. Raja, M.D
Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology, and Director of the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine , Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lisa Saake RN, MSN, MBA
Strategic Initiative Leader

Steven Stanos, D.O.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Medical Director, Center for Pain Management
Chicago, Illinois

  Knox H. Todd, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
April Hazard Vallerand, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University

Debra K. Weiner, MD
Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Anesthesiology , University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dennis Turk, Ph.D.

Dr. Turk is the John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research and Director of the Fibromyalgia Research Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He was formerly Associated Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he also served as the Director of the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute. A charter member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and a founding member of the American Pain Society, Dr. Turk is a fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association. Dr. Turk has been active for many years in dozens of national and international organizations and is Past President of the American Pain Society. He is a Special Government Employee (Advisor) to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Turk received the John C. Liebeskind Award for Career Contribution to Pain Research from the American Academy of Pain Management, among numerous honors and awards. Dr. Turk is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Clinical Journal of Pain. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics, Mayday Fund, Fetzer Institute, Arthritis Foundation, National Fibromyalgia Association, Raymond and Elizabeth Bloch Charitable Foundation, Jens Brunn ScanDesign Foundation, and several pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Turk has presented hundreds of invited continuing education courses, workshops, and lectures in the United States and abroad. He has contributed over 460 journal articles and book chapters, to the medical literature and has authored or edited 16 volumes. Dr. Turk’s research has focused on the assessment and treatment of a range of chronic pain conditions, clinical trial design, and coping and adaptation.


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Jennifer Bolen, JD

Jennifer Bolen served as an Assistant US Attorney with the US Department of Justice for nearly 14 years. In 2002, Ms. Bolen founded The Legal Side of Pain® and entered into private practice in 2003 to educate health care providers on medico-legal issues on the use of controlled substances to treat pain. She also conducts practice audits and teaches providers how to perform self-audits with the intent of improving pain management documentation practices and patient relationships. She specializes in the creation and implementation of regulatory compliance programs and patient risk management protocols.

Ms. Bolen serves as expert oversight legal counsel on many board and criminal cases nationwide. She has also served as an expert witness for physicians in both board and criminal cases. She maintains one of the nation’s largest databases on expert witnesses and case-related legal materials. Currently, she is working on a study relating to ethical and legal standards relating to expert witness testimony.

Ms. Bolen serves on several national advisory boards and committees dedicated to improving legal and regulatory educational efforts for health care providers. She currently serves as special counsel to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Pain Educators. In addition, Ms. Bolen is the legal editor for Pain Medicine News, and she publishes a column in Pain Medicine News and Anesthesiology News. She also serves on the editorial board for the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s journal, Pain Medicine and writes for several other journals and newsletters.

Ms. Bolen lives daily with chronic pain, but actively participates in family activities on her farm in Tennessee, where she and her family breed and train race and show horses.

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Annmarie Cano, Ph.D.

Dr. Cano earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Princeton University and her Master's and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. She is now a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she conducts research on couples and chronic pain. She is particularly interested in how emotional validation and empathy for pain-related distress relates to health and relationship functioning in couples with pain. The long-term goal of her research program is to develop interventions aimed at improving physical and mental health in couples facing chronic pain. To this end, she has conducted several studies in pain clinic and community samples using multiple methods (i.e., questionnaires, interviews, observation) to assess interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and affective dimensions of couples' chronic pain experiences. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct her research program and has published her research in the top pain journals, including Pain and Journal of Pain. Furthermore, she was honored for her work in 2006 with the Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award, given by Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Psychology and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several pain and health journals.


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Daniel B. Carr, M.D.

Daniel B. Carr, M.D., is the Saltonstall Professor of Pain Research in the Departments of Anesthesia and Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, and CMO of Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is known internationally for his contributions to pain research, evidence-based pain medicine, and to the social and political aspects of pain relief.  He co-chaired and drafted major portions of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Clinical Practice Guidelines on Acute and Cancer Pain Management.  He has edited and authored books spanning clinical practice, literature syntheses, and narrative medicine; systematic reviews; and articles in peer-reviewed publications. 

He was the principal technical consultant for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality evidence reports on cancer pain and symptom control prepared by the Evidence-Based Practice Center at Tufts-New England Medical Center; had leadership roles in the formation of comprehensive multidisciplinary pain treatment centers (and their accredited fellowship programs) at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts-New England Medical Center, and Caritas-St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center; and co- developed a novel outcomes instrument (“TOPS”) for patients with chronic pain.  He was the founding editor of the International Association for the Study of Pain's didactic publication for front-line clinicians (Pain: Clinical Updates), has been lead editor for pain trials in the Cochrane collaborative review group on Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care,and serves on the editorial boards of several pain-related journals. 

He is the founding director of the multidisciplinary Master of Science degree program in Pain Research, Education and Policy at Tufts University School of Medicine, the only one of its kind in the Americas.  In addition to his work with AHCPR and AHRQ, he has had consultative or advisory board roles for the US Food and Drug Administration, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Board of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Legislative Task Force on Pain of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Pain and Palliative Care Working Group, and many companies concerned with pain control.

He is the recipient of varied awards, including the Bernard Schoenberg Memorial Award from the American Institute of Life-Threatening Illness and Loss, the Fordyce and Distinguished Service Awards of the American Pain Society, and the Lippe Award of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.  He has received citations from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for co-chairing the Acute and Cancer Pain Guideline Panels.  Carr has delivered Bonica Lectures at the University of Washington, the Eastern Pain association, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; the C. Stratton Hill lecture at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; the June L. Dahl Lecture at the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives; and inaugurated the Benson lecture at Johns Hopkins University and the Dworetz-Levesque lecture at Caritas-St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.  He is an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the College of Anesthetists of Australia and New Zealand.


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Edward Covington, M.D.

Edward Covington is the Director of the Neurological Center for Pain in the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He developed and directs the Clinic's Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Covington is Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Subspecialty Certification in Addiction Psychiatry, and Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine.Dr. Covington received his MD from the University of Tennessee, served his internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, and his Psychiatry residency at The Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, Minnesota.Dr. Covington is past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Ohio Psychiatric Association and the Cleveland Psychiatric Society. He is Secretary of the American Board of Pain Medicine and serves on its Board of Directors.

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Erin Alice Dannecker, PhD, ATC

Dr. Dannecker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri. Prior to her current position, she was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health at the University of Florida. She was one of 24 researchers from around the world invited to speak at the International Association for the Study of Pain Research Symposium on Musculoskeletal Pain and one of three New Investigators invited to give an oral presentation at the first annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium. Her primary area of research interest is in biopsychosocial factors that influence musculoskeletal pain. More specifically, she primarily studies movement-related pain in both healthy adults with induced pain and people with clinical pain. This line of research capitalizes upon her interdisciplinary training in Exercise Science, Psychology, and Pain.


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Robert H. Dworkin, Ph.D.

Robert H. Dworkin received his B.A. in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in 1977 from Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurology, Oncology, and Psychiatry and Director of the Anesthesiology Clinical Research Center at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Dworkin is Chair of the International Conference on the Mechanisms and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain, which is held annually, Co-chair of the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT), Immediate Past-chair of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and a Special Government Employee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Pain and Journal of Pain, and has previously served as a consultant to and member of the Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and as a member of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Working Group and the Shingles Working Group of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2005, he received the American Pain Society’s Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award for his contributions to the field of clinical pain research.

A primary goal of Dr. Dworkin’s research has been the identification of risk factors for the development of chronic neuropathic pain. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and various pharmaceutical companies, and one of the major results has been that patients with greater acute pain are more likely to develop chronic pain. This suggests that attenuating acute pain might prevent chronic pain, and a primary focus of Dr. Dworkin’s current research is developing approaches to test this hypothesis.


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Steven D. Feinberg, M.D.

Steven Feinberg is a Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a California Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME).

He is a past president (1996) of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery and served as Year 2001 President. He serves on the Board of Directors to the American Chronic Pain Association.

Dr. Feinberg is an Adjunct Clinical Professor and teaches at the Stanford University Pain Service and in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department.

Dr. Feinberg received the 1998 Professional of the year Award from the California Governor's Committee on Employment of the Disabled. He is the recipient of the 1999 American Academy of Pain Medicine Founders Award. In 2006, he received the Silver Scalpel Award by CSIMS and the Stanford Pain Management Center Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Feinberg served on the ACOEM Chronic Pain Guidelines Chapter update for 2008 on the Panel and as an Associate Editor and he serves as a Medical Consultant to the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG).

He is in private practice in Palo Alto & Los Gatos California.

Dr. Feinberg has special interest in the areas of delayed recover and early intervention and in Functional Restoration chronic pain management.

J. David Haddox, DDS, M.D., FACPM

Dr. Haddox is Vice President, Health Policy for Purdue Pharma L.P., where his duties include being a public spokesperson for Purdue, developing and articulating policy positions for the Company, analyzing health policy affecting persons suffering from pain conditions or substance use disorders, and educating health care professionals about pain management, the appropriate use of controlled substances, and the prevention and detection of abuse, addiction and diversion. He trained as a dentist, psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and pain physician. He is certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and pain management. He is also an AAMRO-certified Medical Review Officer. In addition to his work with Purdue, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health & Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, where he lectures in the Master of Science in Pain Research, Education and Policy program. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, which focuses on the treatment of substance use and mental disorders. He is a member of the Board of Advisors to his alma mater, West Virginia University School of Medicine. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Carpe Paddlum Foundation, which hosts Kayak For A Cause, an annual fund-raising event that benefits local charities by pledges in support of people who paddle sea kayaks the 11 miles across Long Island Sound between Norwalk, CT and Huntington, New York. In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT.


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Robert H. Jamison, Ph.D.

Dr.  Jamison is a clinical psychologist with over twenty five year’s experience working with persons with chronic pain.  He is currently an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Departments of Anesthesia, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Jamison is the Chief Psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston where he directs a structured pain management program.  Dr. Jamison has authored 2 books, a CD-ROM, and over 180 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and abstracts in the area of behavioral medicine and chronic pain.  He is active in many national and international organizations and has been on the Board of Directors for the American Pain Society and is Past President of the New England Pain Association.  Dr. Jamison has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has served as Principal Investigator in many government and industry-sponsored research studies. He is currently on the Editorial Board of three journals (Clinical Journal of Pain, the Journal of Pain, and Pain Medicine) and is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for other established medical journals.  Dr. Jamison has served as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Study Section and has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences.


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Gary W. Jay, MD, DAAPM, FAAPM

Dr. Jay has worked in Pain medicine since 1980, before it was thought of as a specialty. He worked with Pharma as a consultant, PI and KOL for the first 25 years of his professional career; during that time he was a private practitioner running a tertiary care interdisciplinary pain center. He joined Pharma full time in 2005. He was one of the original thirty founding members of the American Academy of Algology, now the American Academy of Pain Medicine in 1983, and helped to develop the subspecialty of Pain Medicine. Along with Pain, he has multiple certifications including NeuroRehabilitation and Forensic Medicine. Gary founded and was the first president of the Southern California Pain Society (1981). He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Study of Headache (AASH) (now the American Headache Society- 1988-1990) and the Eastern Pain Association (current). Gary is past president of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine (2002-2003) and was elected President of the American Academy of Pain Management (2004). He has published over 75 medical textbook chapters and medical articles in peer reviewed journals dealing with headache, pain of all types, the autonomic nervous system and mild traumatic brain injury. He has published 3 textbooks (CRC Press and Informa Healthcare): The Headache Handbook: Diagnosis and Treatment (1998); Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (2000); and Chronic Pain (2007). His fourth and fifth textbooks, which he is editing (and contributing 17 chapters), Practical Guide to Chronic Pain Syndromes and Clinicians Guide to Chronic Headache and Facial pain will be published in November, 2009 by Informa Healthcare. He has lectured nationally and internationally for 29 years. His current position at Archimedes  is Chief Medical Officer and Vice President.


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Robert D. Kerns, Ph.D. 

Dr. Kerns is VHA National Program Director for Pain Management, Director of the Pain Research, Informatics, Medical Comorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology at Yale University.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia University in 1974 and his doctorate in Bioclinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1980.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and he holds leadership positions in these and other professional and scientific societies.  In his role as National Program Director for Pain Management he has programmatic responsibility for policy development, coordination, and oversight of the VHA National Pain Management Strategy.  At VA Connecticut, in addition to his administrative position, he directs the Comprehensive Pain Management Center, an interdisciplinary clinical, research, and training program.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 Leadership Award from the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders and the 2006 David M. Worthen Award for Academic Excellence and the 2006 Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Leadership from the Veterans Health Administration.  He serves on the editorial board of four scientific journals, The Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Medicine, Psychological Services, and Cancer Pain and Palliative Care.  Dr. Kerns’ primary area of scholarly and academic interest is in the fields of behavioral medicine and health psychology, with a more specific interest and expertise in the area of pain and pain management.

He has published over 150 articles in scientific journals, and he has presented over 175 papers at professional and scientific meetings.  His research has been funded through the VA and through other federal and private sources for over 25 years.  He was recently awarded a VA Health Services Research and Development grant to establish a “Pain Research, Informatics, Medical comorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center” that will build capacity for pain-relevant health services research at VA Connecticut and Yale University.  His current research interests include evaluations of innovative psychological interventions for chronic pain with a specific focus on evaluating refinements in these treatments in order to enhance their overall effectiveness and to demonstrate their efficacy and effectiveness for diverse populations (e.g., the elderly, persons with painful diabetic neuropathy, women with vulvodynia, persons with coprevalent pain and PTSD, and persons with Multiple Sclerosis).  Additional interests focus on the development of strategies for improving the quality of pain clinical trials, the development of integrative models of care for chronic pain and other chronic health problems, strategies for enhancing provider and patient and family education about pain and pain management, and related policy issues.


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John D. Loeser, M.D.

Dr. John D. Loeser is Professor emeritus of Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology, and was the Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center at the University of Washington from 1983 to 1997. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1957) and New York University School of Medicine (1961). He has been active in research, teaching and patient care in the field of Pain Management for over 40 years. He is the Past President of the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain and a former Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia. He was the Assistant Dean for Curriculum at the UW from 1977-1982. His recent clinical interests focus upon health care for low back pain and the management of pains related to injuries of the nervous system. He is particularly interested in multidisciplinary pain management and the development of rational strategies for the treatment of patients with chronic pain.


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Sean Mackey, M.D.Ph.D. 

Dr. Mackey completed his undergraduate and Masters degree studies in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and received a PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, where he subsequently earned his medical degree. He went on to Stanford where he did his Anesthesiology residency and also served as chief resident.  He then completed a fellowship in Pain Management at Stanford and subsequently joined the faculty in the Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology.  While there, he founded and directed the Regional Anesthesia Service which works in concert with the acute pain service to provide optimal perioperative pain management.  Dr. Mackey is currently an Associate Professor at Stanford in the Departments of Anesthesia as well as Neurosciences.  He is the Chief of the Pain Management Division.  Additionally, he is one of the core faculty at the Stanford Pain Management Center providing care to patients with acute, chronic and cancer pain. 

As Director of the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, Dr. Mackey’s primary research interest involves the use of advanced research techniques such as neuroimaging, psychophysics and neurobehavioral assessment, to investigate the neural processing of pain and neuronal plasticity in patients with chronic pain. Dr. Mackey has served as principal investigator and investigator for multiple NIH, foundation and industry-sponsored protocols to investigate chronic pain and evaluating novel analgesics for acute and chronic pain. His current NIH R01 is focused on developing and using fMRI techniques to investigate pain in the human spinal cord. Dr. Mackey is also co-Director of the Stanford Pain Research and Clinical Center – an interdisciplinary initiative within the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford to bring together researchers, clinicians, engineers, patients and their advocacy groups, and industry to work toward solving the problem of chronic pain.  He is a member of several professional organizations and server as a reviewer for scientific journals in the areas of pain, psychology, anaesthesiology, and neurology.   Dr. Mackey has published over 40 articles and book chapters. He annually presents papers and lectures at both national and international Pain Management and Anesthesiology meetings.


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Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D. 

Dr. Jensen is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Jensen’s research program focuses on the development and evaluation of measures of pain, pain beliefs, and pain coping strategies, as well as on the development and evaluation of psychosocial pain interventions.  He has been awarded a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding sources to test and extend biopsychosocial models of chronic pain, and for his work on treatment evaluation.

He is the author or co-author of well over 200 articles and book chapters, is an Associate Editor of the Clinical Journal of Pain and is on the editorial boards of Pain, the Journal of Pain, and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Current research projects include:  (1) clinical trials of hypnotic analgesia for chronic pain conditions; (2) research to understand the effects of psychosocial interventions on pain-related brain activity; and (3) the development and evaluation of other neuromodulatory interventions for chronic pain management.


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Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN 

Dr. Christine Miaskowski is a Professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair, in the School of Nursing at the University of California in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Molloy College in New York. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing from Adelphi University and a Master’s degree in Biology and a PhD in Physiology from St. John’s University in New York. After completing her doctoral degree she traveled to the West Coast where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar.

Dr. Miaskowski is active in numerous professional organizations and has served on the Board of Directors of the Oncology Nursing Society, the American Pain Society, and the International Association for the Study of Pain. She was the first nurse elected President of the American Pain Society. Currently, she is Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Program for the American Pain Society.

Dr. Miaskowski has received numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Oncology Nursing Society, the Distinguished Merit Award from the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, and the Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award from the American Pain Society. In addition, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Oncology Nursing Society and the American Pain Society.

Dr. Miaskowski is an internationally recognized expert in pain and symptom management. She is a prolific writer who has authored over 300 articles and four books. Her program of research focuses on determining which demographic, clinical, and genotypic characteristics predict patients with the most severe symptoms, evaluating the deleterious effects of unrelieved symptoms on patient outcomes, and developing and testing interventions to decrease symptoms in patients with cancer. Currently, she is conducting a study that is determining the prevalence, predictors, and genetic determinants of neuropathic pain and lymphedema in women following breast cancer surgery. In addition, she is conducting a randomized clinical trial that is evaluating the effects of two different “doses” of a psychoeducational intervention to improve cancer pain management. Finally, she is conducting as study to examine the genetic determinants of symptoms in oncology patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.


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Judith A. Paice, R.N., Ph.D.

Judith Paice, PhD, RN is the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and a Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Paice served as President of the American Pain Society from 2006-2008 and as a board member of the International Association for the Study of Pain until 2008. Much of Dr Paice's clinical work has been in the relief of pain associated with cancer and HIV disease. Her research interests include chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, adverse effects associated with analgesics, nonpharmacologic approaches, and quality improvement measures to foster pain relief. In 2002, the American Pain Society honored Dr. Paice with the Narcessian Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has traveled within the People's Republic of China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Tanzania, and Tajikistan to educate health care professionals regarding cancer pain relief and palliative care. Dr. Paice serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Supportive Oncology and the Journal of Pain, and serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Pain and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. She is the author of more than 150 scientific manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. She was also one of the original consultants in the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and has continued serving as a faculty member in this program.


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Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D. 

Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D. is a pediatric psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Palermo is an NIH-funded investigator who is currently developing and testing a cognitive-behavioral internet intervention for youth with chronic pain, and conducting a longitudinal study of sleep-wake disturbances in adolescents with chronic pain. She has published over 80 articles in the area of pediatric pain, particularly on the psychosocial and family factors that affect pain perception, daily functioning, and quality of life in children and adolescents. Dr. Palermo is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and is President-elect of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She has been an active member of the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Palermo is the current Chair of the American Pain Society Special Interest Group on Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Dr. Palermo has also served as a clinical and research mentor to numerous doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Palermo received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her predoctoral internship in pediatric psychology at Columbus Children’s Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in pediatric psychology/pain management. Dr. Palermo previously served on faculty in the department of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.


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Srinivasa N. Raja, M.D 

Dr. Raja is Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology, and Director of the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore USA.  He received his early medical training in India, his residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and post-doctoral training at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine.  He was awarded the Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1982, and added Qualifications in Pain Management in 1993 and was recertified in 2002. 

Clinical interests of Dr. Raja’s include management of chronic pain states, such as sympathetically maintained pain, postherpetic neuralgia, and post-amputation pain.  His recent research efforts are aimed at understanding the peripheral and central mechanisms of neuropathic pain and in determining the role of opioid and adrenergic receptor mechanisms in mediating or maintaining chronic neuropathic pain states.  He has also conducted controlled clinical trials to develop better evidence-based practices for the pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain. 

In 1993, Dr. Raja joined the editorial board of the journal, Anesthesiology as an Associate Editor and subsequent served as an Editor from 1998-2006.  He established the section “Classic Papers Revisited” in 2000, for which he served as the Section Editor.  He was also an Associate Editor for the journal Pain.  Dr. Raja is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the 12th World Congress on Pain, 2008 in Glasgow and a member of the Executive Committee of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group and the Steering Committee of Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT)

Dr. Raja and his collaborators have published more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as: Anesthesia and Analgesia, Anesthesiology, Brain, J. of Neurophysiology, J. of Neuroscience, Neurology, Pain, and Science.  He is an Editor of three books and has written numerous book chapters.  He has been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally, and has been invited as a Visiting Professor to several universities.  His awards include the 14th annual Benjamin G. Covino lecture at Harvard University and the John J Bonica lecture at the University of Washington in 2008.  He was the recipient of the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society in May, 2008.


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Lisa Saake RN, MSN, MBA

 Lisa Saake is the former Senior Director of Global Healthcare Policy, Economic Outcomes and Medical Advocacy at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

During her 18 year career with Mallinckrodt, Lisa was responsible for conducting global healthcare policy research, developing and implementing clinical and economic outcome strategies, addressing reimbursement coding, coverage and payment issues/opportunities, providing education on healthcare policy and reimbursement related issues and managing risk mitigation programs. Lisa also assumed responsibility for the Medical Advocacy function at Mallinckrodt and was instrumental in developing and managing medical advocacy relationships, along with representing the company membership interest with professional societies and trade associations.

Lisa became associated with ACPA in 2011 when she assumed responsibility for the management of a Mallinckrodt sponsored initiative called C.A.R.E.S. Alliance, an initiative that brought together national medical, patient, advocacy, safety and anti-drug diversion organizations to focus on responsible prescribing and safe use of opioid pain medications.

Prior to joining Mallinckrodt Lisa worked for many years as a Nursing Director at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis Missouri managing the nursing operations of 130 inpatient beds and associated support functions.

Lisa completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing from St. Louis University, and earned a Master Degree in Nursing Administration from St. Louis University. Lisa also holds a Master Degree in Business from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.


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Steven Stanos, D.O. 

Steven P. Stanos, DO, is medical director of the Center for Pain Management of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois. The Center for Pain Management is a tertiary pain care center providing patients with formal interdisciplinary functional restoration based programs and more individualized medical rehabilitation based treatment. Dr. Stanos also practices interventional spine medicine, focusing on lumbar spine conditions. Dr. Stanos is active in resident education and is currently Assistant Fellowship Director for the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine, Dr. Stanos is a member of such organizations as the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, for which he is co-chair of the Pain Task Force. In 2009 the Center for Pain Management was awarded the clinical Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society for its leading work in interdisciplinary care.

As an author, Dr. Stanos has contributed to original articles, books, and abstracts. He is on the editorial board of Pain News and serves as a section editor for the American Pain Society Bulletin. Dr. Stanos has provided presentations on chronic pain management around the country and abroad.
Dr. Stanos is currently involved in studying clinical outcomes in multi- and inter-disciplinary pain treatment and as serves as an investigator in a number of ongoing pharmacological drug trials related to the treatment of chronic pain.  He has been involved in the development and publication of treatment guidelines related to rehabilitation approaches to chronic pain.

Dr. Stanos received his DO degree from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, FL.  He completed his residency in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  Dr. Stanos is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in pain management.


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Knox H. Todd, MD, MPH 

Knox H. Todd, MD, MPH is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Pain and Emergency Medicine Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. Dr. Todd received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, his MPH in Epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He served as founding Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and has held past positions as Medical Director of the Grady Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Atlanta, Medical Officer with the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and Medical Fellow of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He serves on the editorial board for the Annals of Emergency Medicine and on the Board of Directors for the American Chronic Pain Association. His research interests include emergency medicine pain management, palliative care, health disparities, and health services research.

Dr. Todd conducted seminal studies of ethnic disparities in analgesic use in the early 1990’s and his publications have appeared in a variety of scientific journals. His research is supported by grants and contracts from numerous public and private sources. In his current position as Director of the Pain and Emergency Medicine Institute, he works to foster improvements in emergency department pain management practices, and to support the development of a new cadre of emergency nurses and physicians who will become advocates for excellence in this area.


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April Hazard Vallerand, PhD, RN, FAAN

April Hazard Vallerand, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is currently a Professor in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University. Her research interests are focused on the improvement and maintenance of functional status in patients with chronic pain and the identification and reduction of pain-related disparities. She is the Principal Investigator on a study, Improving Functional Status in African Americans with Cancer Pain, funded by the NCI. Dr. Vallerand is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She lectures nationally on the management of pain and has published numerous articles on pain and pain control. Dr. Vallerand has also authored five books on pharmacology for nurses and other health care professionals, including Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, which is in its 13th edition. Dr. Vallerand received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles, her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a three year postdoctoral fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

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Debra K. Weiner, MD

Dr. Weiner is associate professor in the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  She is a geriatrician, rheumatologist, acupuncturist, Director of the Older Adult Pain Management Program and Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is also a faculty member of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She teaches medical students, internal medicine residents, nurse practitioners, and geriatric medicine fellows, as well as lay groups, about comprehensive evaluation and management of persistent pain in community dwelling and institutionalized older adults.  Dr. Weiner is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in pain evaluation and management in the older adult, and through her research efforts over the past decade, she has made unique contributions to the understanding of persistent pain in older adults.  One of her areas of expertise for which she has had NIH funding, is chronic low back pain.  She has been involved in several trials of acupuncture and related modalities for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain and has a currently funded trial examining the efficacy of periosteal stimulation for older adults with chronic knee pain and advanced osteoarthritis.  She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of Pain Medicine as section chief of Pain & Aging.  She has participated in numerous clinical and research expert panels and she has published three books related to pain and aging, two for the medical community and one for the lay community.

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