AAPM Committees and Task Forces

The dedicated efforts of committee members are not only invaluable in attaining AAPM's strategic goals, committee service provides another forum for members to connect with one another and to develop as leaders within the organization.

Get involved in AAPM by joining a committee.

The AAPM committee year runs from Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting. The chairs, members, and charges for each committee are determined in the months preceding the Annual Meeting, at the direction of the incoming president.

Members interested in serving on an AAPM committee are urged to get involved in the Academy by attending the Annual Meeting, submitting an abstract for a scientific session or poster for the Annual Meeting, submitting a manuscript to the Pain Medicine journal and/or joining a Shared Interest Group. To request to be considered for a future committee role, please send an email detailing your interests along with a current CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committees and Members

The following organized committees regularly report to the AAPM Board of Directors on particular areas of focus, such as research, governance and education.

Review AAPM's policies on committees and task forces.

2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee

Strategic planning and needs assessment related to the overall educational content selection (live programming and chair oversight of Scientific Poster Abstract Committee) content review, faculty recruitment and onsite program evaluation of Annual Meeting education related activities.

Committee roster

Steven P. Cohen, MD (Co-Chair)
Patrick J. Tighe, MD, MS (Co-Chair)
Jeremy A. Adler, MS, PA-C
Farshad M. Ahadian, MD
James W. Atchison, DO
Mark Bicket, MD
Robert Bolash, MD
Chester 'Trip' Buckenmaier III, MD COL (ret) MC USA
Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD
May L. Chin, MD
Mitchell Cohen, MD
Beth D. Darnall, PhD
Timothy R. Deer, MD
David Edwards, MD, PhD
Diane M. Flynn, MD, COL (Ret.) MC USA
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Amitabh Gulati, MD
Jennifer Hah, MD
Salim M. Hayak, MD PhD
W. Michael Hooten, MD
Robert W. Hurley, MD PhD
Gagan Mahajan, MD
Dermot P. Maher, MD, MS
Susan Moeschler, MD
Joshua P. Prager, MD
David Provenzano, MD
Taryn M. Reichard, DO
Robert “Chuck” Rich, Jr., MD
Dmitri Souza, MD PhD
Tonhu Vu, MD
David J. Tauben, MD
James C. Watson, MD
Kayode A. Williams, MD, MBA, FFARCSI

Awards Committee

  • Select individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions in the field of pain medicine to receive awards.
  • Develop ideas for new awards, as appropriate, for Board consideration.

Committee roster

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD (Chair)
Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Gagan Mahajan, MD
Kayode A. Williams, MD, MBA, FFARCSI

Behavioral Medicine Committee

  • Address the need for education on behavioral medicine and psychological issues in treating a pain patient.
  • Expand the presence of behavioral pain medicine professionals in AAPM through membership.
  • Monitor and report to the Executive Committee and membership on developments and emerging research in the area of behavioral pain medicine.

Committee roster

Beth D. Darnall, PhD (Co-Chair)
Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc (Co-Chair)
Sara Davin, PhD
Sharon Hsu, PhD
Xavier Jimenez, MD
Aram Mardian, MD
Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD
Judith Scheman, PhD
Christopher D. Sletten, PhD
Jeannie Sperry, PhD
Alison Vargovich, PhD

Bylaws Committee

Review and recommend changes to the Bylaws as necessary.

Committee roster

W. Michael Hooten, MD (Chair)
Jeremy A. Adler, MS, PA-C
Christy Hunt, DO
Beth Minzter, MD
Steven P. Stanos, DO
Jack R. Bierig

Coding & Reimbursement Committee

  • Accurately describe the procedures used in Pain Medicine for the CPT coding process.
  • Survey and recommend relative values to the AMA RUC Committee in its advisory role to CMS.
  • Increase awareness by the RUC Committee of the unique practice and procedural issues facing pain medicine physicians.

Committee roster

Eduardo M. Fraifeld, MD (Chair Person)
Gregory Polston, MD

Education and CME Oversight Committee

  • Identify and evaluate continuing professional development needs of AAPM members.
  • Formulate AAPM's continuing education goals and priorities.
  • Make recommendations to the board regarding new education initiatives, viable collaboration with other professional societies, online learning strategies and other ways to expand funding for the outreach of AAPM volunteers as experts in the field of Pain Medicine.
  • Ensure that all AAPM-sponsored educational CME programming comply with ACCME policy.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of the overall continuing education program.

Committee roster

May L. Chin, MD (Co-Chair)
Susan Moeschler, MD (Co-Chair)
Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD
Donna M. Bloodworth, MD
Bernard Canlas, MD
Robert I. Cohen, MD
Juan B. Firnhaber, MD
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Anthony H. Guarino, MD
Michael E. Harned, MD
Michael S. Leong, MD
Thomas Pittelkow, DO MPH
Meda Raghavendra, MD
Marc Sloan, MD
Carl A. Tandatnick, MD
Armando Villarreal, MD

Ethics Council

Provide input to the Board regarding ethical issues affecting the Academy.

Council roster

James C. Watson, MD (Chair)
Perry G. Fine, MD
Halena Gazelka, MD
Joseph Hendrix, MD
Marilyn S. Jacobs, PhD
Heather Kroll, MD
Edward Michna, JD MD
Srdjan S. Nedeljkovic, MD
Steven Richeimer, MD
Michael Schatman, PhD
Dana L. Simon, MD
Steven P. Stanos, DO
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD

Finance Committee

Note: The composition of this committee is prescribed by the AAPM Bylaws.

  • Develop and monitor the finances of the Academy, both operating and reserve funds.
  • Work with the AAPM staff to develop the annual budget for approval by the Board.
  • Provide oversight of the Academy’s investments, including the selection of an external financial advisor as appropriate, in conjunction with the board and staff.

Committee roster

Donna M. Bloodworth, MD (Chair)
Farshad M. Ahadian, MD
Tim J. Lamer, MD
Steven P. Stanos, DO
Alison Vargovich, PhD
Ajay Wasan, MD MSc
James Watson, MD

Membership Committee

Develop and implement strategic marketing plans for recruiting and retaining members, with a focus on increasing member diversity (age, ethnicity, gender, practice profile, etc.); recommend membership policy to the Board of Directors; conduct periodic needs assessments of the members in order to deliver value to AAPM members based on their current wants and needs; serve as liaison between members/potential members/applicants and AAPM volunteer/staff leadership.

Committee roster

W. Michael Hooten, MD (Co-Chair)
Kayode Williams, MD, MBA, FFARCSI (Co-Chair)
Jeremy A. Adler, MS, PAC
James W. Atchison, DO
Gianna Casini, MD
Elizabeth Casserly, PharmD
Steven D. Feinberg, MD
Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH
Tim J. Lamer, MD
Meghan Nein, MD
Judith Scheman, PhD
Thomas Suchy
Siddarth Thakur, MD
Sayed E. Wahezi, MD

Nominating Committee

Secure candidates for all available positions on the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee and present a slate of qualified candidates to the membership for a vote.

Committee roster

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD (Chair)
Randall Brewer, MD
Halena Gazelka, MD
Tim J. Lamer, MD
Michael Osborne, MD
James C. Watson, MD
Ajay Wasan, MD MSc

Opioid Advisory Committee

  • Monitor developments relating to opioids as addressed in the legislative and regulatory process; consumer media; and professional publications.
  • Provide the AAPM Executive Committee with initial review and analysis of these developments.
  • Working in conjunction with relevant AAPM Committees (Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Education, etc.), propose and/or prepare AAPM responses (including public statements, educational programs, and Academy position statements) to these developments.

Committee roster

Edward C. Covington, MD (Co-Chair)
Halena Gazelka, MD (Co-Chair)
Beth Darnall, PhD
Benjamin Gerson, MD
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Jay Kuchera, MD
Sean Mackey, MD PhD
Mark Sullivan, MD PhD
Ajay Wasan, MD MSc

Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Committee

Develop criteria and select pain medicine fellowship programs to recognize for excellence.

Committee roster

Zahid H. Bajwa, MD (Co-Chair)
Beth Hogans, MD PhD (Co-Chair)
Robert Bolash, MD
Scott Brancolini, MD MPH
Timothy R. Deer, MD
Gagan Mahajan, MD

Research Committee

The Research Committee investigates and identifies opportunities for the Academy to invest, support or participate in research initiatives. It seeks to improve understanding of AAPM members' research needs and interests; improve scientific quality of abstract submissions to the Annual Meeting, including but not limited to improvements to the scientific poster abstract call; collaborate with other organizations on research or scientific initiatives and programs; review nominations for Scientific Membership and recommend eligible candidates to the Board for approval; and operate as the research grant review committee.

Committee roster

R. Norman Harden, MD (Co-Chair)
Robert W. Hurley, MD, PhD (Co-Chair)
Charles E. Argoff, MD
Miroslav Backonja, MD
Steven P. Cohen, MD
Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH
Jennifer Hah, MD
W. Michael Hooten, MD
Sean Mackey, MD PhD
Zack McCormick, MD
Jana Mossey, PhD MPH MSN
Wenchun Qu, MD PhD
Patrick J. Tighe, MD
Ajay D. Wasan, MD
Jijun Xu, MD PhD

Scientific Poster Abstract Committee

Solicit, evaluate, rank, and judge scientific poster abstract submissions.

Committee roster

Robert Bolash, MD (Co-Chair)
Marie Hanna, MD (Co-Chair)
Madhuri Are, MD
Miroslav Backonja, MD
Hersimren Basi
Edward Bilsky, PhD
Leanne R. Cianfrini, PhD
Mark Holtsman, PharmD
Christy Hunt, DO
Mohammed Issa, MD
Michael L. Kent, MD CDR MC USN
Nick Knezevic, MD
Donald Joseph Meyer Jr., MD
Jana Mossey, PhD MPH MSN
Michael Osborne, MD
Vafi Salmasi, MD
Bunty Shah, MD
Patrick J. Tighe, MD
Ajay D. Wasan, MD
Jiang Wu, MD

Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee

  • Review and make recommendations on guidelines and other scientific matters presented to the Academy for consideration (position papers, consensus statements, etc.).
  • Inventory current available practice parameters and guidelines in relation to pain.
  • Develop criterion-based standards for guidelines to guide committee activities.
  • Actively engage other organizations to participate or partner in activities related to practice parameters and guidelines.

Committee roster

Randall Brewer, MD (Co-Chair)
Michael Osborne, MD (Co-Chair)
Robert Bolash, MD
Nancy Bratanow, MD
Hui-Ming Chang, MD MPH
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Narayan R. Kissoon, MD
Beth Minzter, MD
Samer Narouze, MD PhD
James C. Watson, MD

Addison Award Task Force

  • Establish criteria for awarding the Robert G. Addison, MD, Award in memory of the late AAPM Past President.
  • Select the recipient of the Addison Award.

Task force roster

Daniel B. Carr, MD
Michel Y. Dubois, MD
Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH
R. Norman Harden, MD

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