awards & scholarships
AAPM offers a number of awards and scholarships to promote pain medicine research, recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field, and foster education for pain fellows.
Member Awards

Each year, AAPM chooses to recognize individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Academy or to the field of pain medicine.

Honorees are selected by the AAPM Awards Committee and presented during the AAPM Annual Meeting. Voting members may nominate individuals for the Awards Committee for consideration during the annual call for nominations.

Philipp M. Lippe, MD Award

The Philipp M. Lippe, MD 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.

(2020) Ru-Rong Ji, PhD, PI | (2018) Robert H. Dworkin, PhD | (2017) R. Norman Harden, MD | (2016) Daniel J. Clauw, MD | (2015) Clifford Wolff, MD, PhD | (2014) Steven P. Cohen, MD | (2013) Allan Basbaum, PhD | Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD COL (ret) MC USA | (2012) Howard L. Fields, MD PhD | (2011) Daniel B. Carr, MD | (2010) David E. Joranson, MSSW | (2009) Nikolai Bogduk, MD PhD DSc | (2008) Michael J. Cousins, MD DSc FANZCA FRCA FAChPM(RACP) FFPMANZCA | (2007) Richard B. North, MD | (2006) Gerald F. Gebhart, PhD | (2005) Edward C. Covington, MD | (2004) James C. Eisenach, MD | (2003) Donald D. Price, PhD | (2002) Russell Portenoy, MD | (2001) Gary J. Bennett, PhD | (2000) Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH | (1999) Steven Feinberg, MD | (1998) Tony Yaksh, PhD | (1997) Peter Wilson, MBBS PhD | (1996) Wilbert Fordyce, PhD | (1995) Benjamin L. Crue, Jr., MD FACS

Founders Award

The Founders 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.

(2020) Vanila M. Singh, MD | (2019) Donna Bloodworth, MD | (2018) Robin J. Hamill-Ruth, MD | (2017) Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH | (2016) John D. Loeser, MD | (2015) Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD; Major General Richard W. Thomas, MG, DHA | (2014) James P. Rathmell, MD | (2013) Chester (Trip) Buckenmaier III, MD, COL MC USA | Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD COL (ret) MC USA | (2012) Philip A. Pizzo, MD | (2011) Douglas Throckmorton, MD | (2010) Michel Y. Dubois, MD | (2009) Albert Ray, MD | (2008) Benjamin L. Crue, Jr., MD FACS | (2007) Scott M. Fishman, MD | (2006) Samuel J. Hassenbusch, MD PhD | (2005) Kenneth A. Follett, MD PhD | (2004) Robert G. Addison, MD | (2003) Daniel B. Carr, MD | (2002) Michael Ashburn, MD MPH | (2001) Kathleen M. Foley, MD | (2000) J. David Haddox, DDS MD | (1999) Hubert Rosomoff, MD | (1998) Sridhar Vasudevan, MD | (1997) Richard Stieg, MD | (1996) Joel Saper, MD | (1995) Philipp M. Lippe, MD
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.

(2019) Randall Brewer, MD; Michael Osborne, MD | (2018) James C. Watson, MD; Jeffrey M. Tiede, MD | (2017) Sean Mackey, MD, PhD | (2016) Yu “Woody” Lin, MD, PhD | (2015) Perry G. Fine, MD | (2014) Charles E. Argoff, MD; Marsha Stanton, PhD RN | (2013) Philip A. Saigh, Jr. | Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD COL (ret) MC USA | (2012) B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH | (2011) Timothy R. Deer, MD | (2010) Scott M. Fishman, MD | (2009) Colleen M. Healy | (2008) David A. Fishbain, MD DFAPA | (2007) Eduardo M. Fraifeld, MD | (2006) Edward C. Covington, MD | (2005) Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH | (2004) Albert L. Ray, MD | (2003) Samuel J. Hassenbusch, MD PhD; Jeffrey W. Engle | (2002) Elliot Krames, MD | (2001) Joel R. Saper, MD FACP FAAN | (1999) Peter Wilson, MBBS PhD; Ruth Tiernan | (1998) Paul Gebhard, JD; Kristie Haley | (1996) Patricia Owen
Patient Advocacy Award

The Patient Advocacy Award recognizes the 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.

(2018) Paul Christo, MD MBA | (2017) Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN | (2016) Penney Cowan; Carmen R. Green, MD | (2015) Samir K. Ballas, MD, FACP | (2014) Edward Bilsky, PhD | (2013) Malene Davis, MBA MSN CHPN,; Capital Caring | Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD COL (ret) MC USA | (2012) Robert J. Saner II, JD | (2011) Will Rowe | (2010) Myra Christopher | (2008) Robert D. Kerns, PhD | (2007) Louis W. Sullivan, MD | (2005) John (Jack) C. Lewin, MD | (2004) Kenneth Moritsugu, MD MPH | (2002) Robert Biscup, MS DO | (2001) Warner Wood, MD
Presidential Excellence Award for Education
The AAPM Presidential Excellence Award for Education honors an individual who has made major contributions to the education of others about Pain Medicine.
(2018) Larry C. Driver, MD | (2017) Col. Kevin Galloway, U.S. Army (ret), BSN, MHA | (2016) Gagan Mahajan, MD | (2015) Michael Cousins, MD, DSc | (2014) Beth B. Murinson, MD PhD | (2013) Debra K. Weiner, MD | (2012)Lynn R. Webster, MD
Robert G. Addison, MD Award

The Robert G. Addison, MD Award was created to honor the memory of the late AAPM President, Bob Addison. 

The award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding efforts to foster international cooperation and collaboration on behalf of the specialty of Pain Medicine.

(2020) Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; Sean Mackey, MD PhD; Winfried Meissner, MD PhD | (2019) Lone Knudsen, MSc Psych PhD | (2018) Xue-Jun Song, MD, PhD | (2017) Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA | (2016) Andrew Moore, DSc | (2015) ChildKind International | (2014) Tanja Erika Schlereth, MD PhD
Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award
The Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award recognizes Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs that provide exceptional learning experience to their fellows, preparing them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain.

The award is intended to recognize programs whose efforts coincide with AAPM’s mission “To advance and promote the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, education, advocacy, and research to improve function and quality of life for people in Pain.”

Pain medicine fellowship programs within the United States, accredited by ACGME, that meet the following award criteria are encouraged to apply:

Exemplify educational excellence, including, but not limited to:

  • High-quality, comprehensive and interdisciplinary training in both acute and chronic pain, including its evaluation, treatment and management.
  • Development of research opportunities that target fellows’ goals and needs.
  • Receiving feedback on fellows’ performance.

Demonstrate a commitment to providing evidence-based, safe, and patient-centered care.

Facilitate the most rewarding fellowship experience to trainees, including (but not limited to) work-life balance and opportunities to pursue interests and accomplish their professional goals.

📢 Past recipients are eligible to reapply five years after receiving the award.

The 2021 award application is expected to open in Fall 2020. Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs will be notified when the 2021 application process opens.
(2020) Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program of the University of Chicago Medical Center | (2019) University of California San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship Program | (2018) Johns Hopkins Pain Medicine Fellowship Program; NYU Langone Health Pain Medicine Fellowship Program | (2017) Stanford Pain Medicine Fellowship Program | (2016) Cleveland Clinic; Medical College of Wisconsin; University of California, Davis; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center | (2015) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brookline, MA; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN | (2014) Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami (JMH/UM), Miami, FL | (2013) Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Early Investigator Research Grant
The AAPM Early Investigator Research Grant offers grant support of preliminary or pilot research projects relevant to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management.

November 14th, 2019: Request for Applications (RFA) Release Date

January 20th, 2020: Letter of Intent (non-binding) due to [email protected]

February 17th, 2020: Proposal Application due to [email protected]

Mid-May, 2020: Notification of Award (Delayed)

July 1st, 2020: Anticipated start date of funding

Presidential Commendation

Each year, the AAPM President may choose to honor additional worthy individuals with a Presidential Commendation.

Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD; Halena Gazelka, MD; Rollin Gallagher, MD MPH

  • In recognition and appreciation of their work on the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force.

Robert Hurley, MD PhD

  • In recognition and appreciation of his advocacy work in representing AAPM on the AMA Pain Care Task Force.

Patrick Tighe, MD MS; Steven Cohen, MD

  • In recognition and appreciation of their efforts serving not one, but 2 years, as AAPM Annual Meeting Co-Chairs.

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH

  • In recognition and appreciation of his commitment to excellence in patient care and advocacy and his career-long service to the field: Past President of AAPM, Past President of NANS and his service on multiple editorial boards just to name a few.
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