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.

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