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Four Pain Fellowship Programs Receive Fellowship Excellence Awards from the American Academy of Pain Medicine at its 32nd Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA—The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Awards. The awards recognize Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs that provide an exceptional learning experience, preparing fellows to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain. This year the Academy recognizes four programs: Cleveland Clinic Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, and Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Pain Medicine Fellowship Program.

The Cleveland Clinic Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is the largest and one of the first multidisciplinary pain medicine programs in the United States. The program’s goal is to train future leaders and consultants in pain practice and research. The program accepts 10 fellows each year for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited 12-month training with the option of an additional 12-month advanced training. The Pain Management Department has approximately 30 full-time pain physicians, cares for more than 110,000 patient visits, and performs more than 37,000 procedures annually, using state-of-the-art technology and equipment. The program is in the forefront of practice and research with implantable devices. All fellows rotate through the departments of pain management for chronic pain assessment and treatment, neurology for headaches and facial pain, radiology for neuroimaging, physical medicine and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal pain, palliative care centered on cancer pain, psychiatry and psychology for chronic pain rehabilitation, and anesthesiology for regional anesthesia and acute pain. In the past 6 years, the program underwent two ACGME site visits for program evaluations, each with a commendation by the review committee for achieving a remarkable record of excellence with zero citations. AAPM extends its congratulations to Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD, program director, Cleveland Clinic Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, and its faculty and staff.
The University of California, Davis Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is an advanced center for the evaluation and treatment of all forms of pain. The program has a tradition of providing fellows in training with the broadest experience in pain medicine, including appropriate applications of traditional and novel analgesics and state-of-the-art interventional procedures. The training mission is to help future leaders in pain medicine advance through developing advanced knowledge and skills in managing patients in pain while practicing excellent patient care and participating in a stimulating research environment. Fellows are part of a diverse environment in multidisciplinary pain management where training and staff clinicians are from many specialties, including anesthesia, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, medicine, psychiatry, and other specialty fields. The clinical experiences offered at UC Davis in pain management are exceptionally varied, with patient population ranges from adults to children, inpatients to outpatients, and patients with acute postoperative to chronic cancer and nonmalignant pain. AAPM extends its congratulations to Program Directors Charles Demesa, DO (incoming), and Naileshni Singh, MD (outgoing), the University of California, Davis Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, and its faculty and staff.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is the third program to be honored. It is based in the Department of Anesthesiology. Committed to providing evidence-based, safe, patient-centered care, fellows are part of an interdisciplinary and interactive pain medicine clinical network that ensures high-quality, comprehensive, multimodal pain care. The division is fully electronic, which allows fellows to learn how to capture data efficiently and accurately, using the most up-to-date evidence-based screening and assessment tools. This multidisciplinary program offers services ranging from pain rehabilitation to interventional therapies, affording fellows opportunities to learn from psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and pain medicine physicians as well as from other disciplines, including neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. The program encourages productive research, attracting individuals with an interest in developing an academic career. AAPM extends its congratulations to Scott A. Brancolini, MD MPH, program director, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, and its faculty and staff.


The Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Pain Medicine Fellowship provides exceptional instruction and experience in managing acute, chronic, pediatric, and cancer pain. Fellows have the opportunity to rotate through the Pain Clinics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. With its emphasis on comprehensive, multidisciplinary pain management, a wide range of treatments are offered, including standard nerve block procedures, fluoroscopy-guided blocks, neurolytic blocks, medication management, psychotherapy, physical therapy, RF and cryoanalgesia, implantable technologies, and other interventional techniques. An extensive didactic program covers a wide range of clinical and basic science topics. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the planning and implementation of clinical research involving acute, chronic, pediatric, and cancer pain patients. Extensive support for clinical research is available within the department and through the Medical College of Wisconsin. AAPM extends its congratulations to Meredith C.B. Adams, MD MS, Program Director, the Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Pain Medicine Fellowship and its faculty and staff. 

Top Pain Physicians, Researchers Are Honored with AAPM 2016 Awards and Presidential Commendations

February 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is pleased to announce its Pain Medicine 2016 Awards and Presidential Commendations for exceptional service to the Academy and/or the field of Pain Medicine. Recipients will be honored on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the AAPM’s Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA, where more than 1,000 scientists, physicians, and clinicians convene to share the latest advances in Pain Medicine.

The Pain Medicine 2016 Award recipients are: 
John D. Loeser, MD—Philipp M. Lippe, MD, Award 
This award is given to a physician for outstanding contributions to the social and political aspect of Pain Medicine. Social and political accomplishments could be those that benefit the science, the practice or the recognition of the specialty.
Daniel J. Clauw, MD—Founders Award
This award is given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the science or practice of Pain Medicine. This award is given for continued contributions for the basic or clinical science of Pain Medicine or for demonstration of clinical excellence or innovation in the practice of Pain Medicine.
Yu “Woody” Lin, MD, PhD—Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual for commitment and contributions to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. This award is given to an individual for specific outstanding contributions. 
Penney Cowan and Carmen R. Green, MD—Patient Advocacy Award
This award recognizes activity of an individual in advocating for appropriate evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from pain. This award was created to honor those healthcare professionals whose deeds reflect their recognition of the importance and impact of the specialty of Pain Medicine.
Gagan Mahajan, MD—Presidential Excellence Award for Education
This award honors an individual who has made major contributions to the education of others about Pain Medicine. 
Andrew Moore, DSc—Robert G. Addison, MD Award
This award is given for outstanding contributions that foster international collaboration between the American Academy of Pain Medicine and individuals or organizations that support the development of the specialty on an international scope.
In addition, Presidential Commendations were given to the following individuals:
Daniel B. Carr, MD—In recognition of his representation of the Academy at the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse.
Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD—In recognition of his work as Vice President for Scientific Affairs, Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee Co-chair and thoughtful input on numerous important documents presented to the Academy for review.
Edward C. Covington, MD—In recognition of his work as Chair of AAPM’s Opioid Advisory Task Force.
Eduardo M. Fraifeld, MD—In recognition of his work on behalf of the Academy and the field of pain medicine related to coding and reimbursement, and particularly for service on the CPT Advisory Committee and AMA RVS Update Committee.
Dana L. Simon, MD—In recognition of many years of service to the Academy as Chair of the CME Oversight Committee.
Mike Small—In recognition of his work on the prescription drug monitoring program in California.

Lynn R. Webster, MD—In recognition of his ongoing efforts on behalf pain patients and recent publication of “The Painful Truth” featuring stories of people living with pain. 

American Academy of Pain Medicine Endorses First Comprehensive National Pain Strategy

March 28, 2016, CHICAGO, Ill – The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) enthusiastically endorses the National Pain Strategy (NPS) issued earlier this month by the US Department of Health and Human Services. “For AAPM to issue such a formal endorsement is unusual,” said AAPM President Daniel B. Carr, MD, indicating the importance of this first comprehensive Federal-level plan addressing how pain will be assessed and cared for nationally. The NPS was prepared through an open, public process by an interprofessional committee, including patients and advocates, assembled by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and co-chaired by Linda Porter, PhD, of NIH and Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, of Stanford University.

“The Academy is proud to endorse this influential white paper, to which many of its members have contributed along with – and themselves as – patient advocates, researchers and clinicians,” said Dr. Carr. “More than a dozen AAPM leaders starting with NPS co-chair and AAPM Past President Sean Mackey, helped shape this strategy as members of its oversight panel, work group participants or expert consultants. Every American concerned with pain and its prevention or treatment can view the NPS as a source of priorities including funding decisions now and in years to come.” A multi-year action plan, the NPS spells out specific steps in six dimensions that comprise a system-level approach to improving how pain is addressed in America. These dimensions are population research, prevention and care, disparities, service delivery and reimbursement, professional education and training, and public education and communication.

In its press release accompanying the NPS, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health described it as “a roadmap toward achieving a system of care in which all people achieve appropriate, high quality and evidence-based care for pain.” Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Health noted, “This report identifies the key steps we can take to improve how we prevent, assess and treat pain in this country.” Preparation of the NPS followed a mandate for a comprehensive, coordinated nation-wide action plan called for by the Institute of Medicine (IOM, now National Academy of Medicine) in its landmark 2011 white paper “Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research.” 

“Successful implementation of the strategic goals in the NPS will create the cultural transformation of pain prevention, care and education called for in the IOM Pain Report and desperately needed for the American public,” said Dr. Mackey. He and NPS co-chair Linda Porter guided this diverse interprofessional panel through two years of deliberations and refinement of successive drafts.

The NPS is available at http://iprcc.nih.gov/docs/HHSNational_Pain_Strategy.pdf. In its vision statement, the NPS predicts that if its “objectives…are achieved, the nation would see a decrease in prevalence across the continuum of pain, from acute, to chronic, to high-impact chronic pain, and across the life span from pediatric through geriatric populations, to end of life, which would reduce the burden of pain for individuals, families, and society as a whole. Americans experiencing pain would have timely access to a care system that … takes into account individual preferences, risks, and social contexts.”

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