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Board of Directors

AAPM Board of Directors

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is governed by its board of directors, which is comprised of members who volunteer their time, energy, and leadership to support AAPM’s mission.

Executive Committee members and Directors-at-Large are elected leaders of the Academy. Voting AAPM members are invited annually to participate in the nomination and voting process to determine who will fill these topmost leadership positions in the Academy.

Board Liaisons are appointed by the Nominating Committee.

2020-2021 Executive Committee

Wasan Ajay


Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc
Vice Chair for Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology & Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Pain Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Hooten Michael


W. Michael Hooten, MD
Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Ahadian Farshad


Farshad M. Ahadian, MD
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Center for Pain Medicine
University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Williams Kayode


Kayode A. Williams, MD MBA
Medical Director Practice Innovations
Vice-Chair for System Integration ACCM
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Gordin Vitaly

Vice President for Scientific Affairs

Vitaly Gordin, MD
Director for Pain Division
Penn State University
Dept of Anesthesiology
Hershey, PA

Lamer Tim

Immediate Past President

Tim J. Lamer, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

2020-2021 Directors-at-Large

Cohen Steven

Steven P. Cohen, MD
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Director, Blaustein Pain Treatment Center
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Gazelka Halena

Halena M. Gazelka, MD
Medical Director, Department of Public Affairs
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Hurley Robert

Robert W. Hurley, MD PhD
Professor / Executive Director of Pain Shared Services
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston Salem, NC

Scheman Judith

Judith Scheman, PhD
Director, Behavioral Medicine
Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Tighe Patrick

Patrick Tighe, MD MS
Associate Professor
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Watson James

James C. Watson, MD
Professor of Neurology and Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Office of Access Management
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

2020-2021 Liaison Directors

Fraifeld Eduardo

Representative of Past Presidents

Eduardo Fraifeld, MD
Danville, VA

Gallagher Rollin

Editor-in-Chief, Pain Medicine Journal

Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA

Wailes Robert

Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates

Robert E. Wailes, MD
Medical Director
Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants
Encinitas, CA

Council of Past Presidents

AAPM is thankful for the dedicated leadership and for all who have served in the organization over the years, especially its Council of Past Presidents.

Shared Interest Group (SIG) Policy

Shared Interest Group Policy and New SIG Creation

AAPM Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum for members to come together and network, discuss, and advance shared interests in a particular field or topic.

Forming a New AAPM SIG

New Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are created by petition signed by a minimum of 12 AAPM members and approval by the AAPM Executive Committee, to ensure alignment with the Academy’s mission.

To suggest a new SIG, fill out the SIG application and submit your application to [email protected].

SIG Leadership and Participants

Chairs are AAPM members approved by the AAPM President. Active members may chair SIGs. Affiliate members may co-chair SIGs with an active member. AAPM members can add their names to the SIG email list by updating their account preferences on the my account page.

SIGs gather during the Annual Meeting to discuss issues of interest to that group. SIGs may make recommendations to the Board. Recommendations will be reviewed for alignment with Academy priorities and budget implications.

Review the list of AAPM SIGs and learn how to become involved.

SIG Expectations and Scope of Work

The following are expectations for SIG participation and what AAPM will provide:

  • AAPM will provide administrative support for each SIG, through a staff liaison.
  • All SIG communications will be distributed through staff liaisons.
  • Each SIG chair will report its activities to the Board for the annual and mid-year board meetings.
  • All SIG activities must align with the overall mission of the Academy.
  • All resources requested and activities proposed in the name of an AAPM SIG will be submitted to the Board for approval prior to expenditure unless already included in the approved budget.
  • The work of any SIG will be considered the work product of the Academy and may not be used in other ways without the Academy’s expressed written consent.
  • AAPM will provide meeting space during the Annual Meeting for each SIG, upon request and as availability allows.
  • SIG meetings during the Annual Meeting are intended to be in-person meetings. Participation is limited to those physically in attendance. No teleconference arrangements will be provided for meetings held at the Annual Meeting.
  • No chemical or biological materials may be used in AAPM provided meeting space, unless previously specifically approved through headquarters staff.
  • SIG emails and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. Unauthorized distribution beyond the originally intended distribution list is prohibited.

See SIG list

Pain Medicine Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

AAPM SIGs bring together members with shared interests.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) recognizes that its members value opportunities to come together for the purpose of sharing their interests as they relate to our specialty. To provide a forum for this, AAPM has created shared interest groups (SIGs). SIGs provide a forum for members to come together and network, discuss, and advance shared interests in a particular field or topic.

How do I get involved in a SIG?

AAPM SIGs meet in-person during the AAPM Annual Meeting and may meet via teleconference at other times throughout the year. SIG meetings at the AAPM Annual Meeting are open to all Annual Meeting attendees. AAPM members can add their names to the SIG e-mail list by updating their account preferences on the my account page.

AAPM Shared Interest Groups

Academic Pain Medicine

Dedicated to supporting academic pain medicine through:

  • Deliberate mentorship of academic pain clinicians, under the rubric of faculty development
  • Programmatic and ongoing career development of pain medicine researchers, educators, and academic leaders throughout their careers
  • The organization of an outstanding academic meeting session at the AAPM Annual Meeting with targeted provision of networking opportunities to academic pain medicine clinicians.

Chair: Sean Mackey, MD PhD

Acute Pain Medicine

Lead in developing systems, methods, and interventions to obviate suffering from perioperative and acute pain. The SIG will advocate for effective perioperative and acute pain management to limit its chronification, whether from trauma, medical conditions, and/or surgical operations by advancing the science and practice of acute pain medicine.

Co-Chairs: Jennifer Hah, MD; Marie Hanna, MD; Cameron Smith, MD 

APRNs/PAs in Pain Medicine

A professional meeting place at the annual conference for APRNs/PAs and other clinicians with an interest in interprofessional pain management. A key goal is to advance and promote the education, research and clinical role of APRNs/PAs functioning in interprofessional pain management.

Co-Chairs: Sean Mackey, MD PhD; Theresa (Tracey) Mallick-Searle, MS RN-BC ANP-BC; Jeremy Adler, MS PAC

Behavioral Medicine/Pain Psychology

Give pain psychology a specific home at the Annual Meeting; allow for the development of focused goals deemed important by the group; be the unified voice of the growing pain psychology contingency, and non-psychologist friends of said contingency; potentially serve as a draw for new psychologist AAPM members.

Co-chairs: Ted Jones, PhD; Sean Mackey, MD PhD; Judith Scheman, PhD

Disparities in Pain Management

The AAPM Disparities in Pain Management SIG seeks to equalize access to treatment for chronic pain in racial and ethnic minorities and people living in poverty by:

  • Creating a forum for sharing knowledge and expanding awareness of existing disparities in pain care
  • Promoting and participating in research efforts and programs to help improve access to pain treatment in the United States and globally
  • Creating opportunities for mentorship and partnership to improve medical education in pain management

Co-chairs: Natacha Telusca, MD MPH; Juliet Gaisey, MD; Sean Mackey, MD PhD; James Khan, MD MSc; Fabienne Saint-Preux, MD; Charonn D. Woods, MD

Federal Medicine

A meeting place for Annual Meeting attendees from the military or VA.

Co-Chair: Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD; Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD

Headache and Orofacial Pain Medicine

A meeting place for people who are interested in headache and orofacial pain, a group intended to bring together pain practitioners from different specialties including anesthesia, neurology, primary care, psychology, and dentistry to promote interdisciplinary idea exchange and research collaboration and education.

Chair: Meredith Barad, MD

Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine

A group that itself is interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on supporting research that identifies best practices across disciplines; assessing and overcoming barriers to delivery of interdisciplinary pain treatment; and educating providers on interdisciplinary pain treatment approaches.

Co-Chair: James W. Atchison, DO; Ravi Prasad, PhD

Interventional Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation

The mission of the Interventional Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation Shared Interest Group is to support interventional pain medicine through:

  • Research and evaluation by identifying knowledge gaps and providing a framework for projects to improve these gaps.
  • Educational programming for various AAPM endeavors including the annual meeting. The programming initiative focuses on a comprehensive approach to identify indications and outcomes for interventions as part of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary pain medicine strategy.
  • Mentorship for younger practitioners through a program for faculty and career development and networking.
  • The development of a comprehensive evaluation of interventions, non-invasive and invasive techniques, used in the multitude of specialties represented in AAPM.
  • An inclusive leadership strategy with numerous co-chairs representing the myriad of interventions in this space.

Chair: Amitabh Gulati, MD

Primary Care

Meeting place for primary care providers. Current AAPM primary care-related activities: drafting a white paper on when to refer to a pain specialist.

Chair: Karl Haake, MD
Vice-chair: David J. Tauben, MD FACP

Resident Fellow Education

Develop potential projects and initiatives within pain at the graduate medical education level, and oversee the pain medicine fellowship scholarship program.

Co-chairs: Mark Bicket, MD; Scott G. Pritzlaff, MD CIPS FIPP

Substance Use Disorder

The mission of the Substance Use Disorder Shared Interest Group is to improve clinical care for those with comorbid pain and substance use disorder.

Co-chairs: Jay Kuchera, MD FASAM; Aleksandra Zgierska, MD PhD

Women in Pain Medicine

The Women in Pain Medicine SIG aims to recruit women to the subspecialty. In addition it will work with AAPM to ensure diversity within committees, panels, and leadership. Furthermore, the SIG will consider professional offerings, such as a speed mentoring session, at the annual AAPM meeting to recruit more early career, and diverse individuals to participate more fully within AAPM.

Co-chairs: Susan Moeschler, MD; Stephanie Neuman, MD

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