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Robert G. Addison, MD Award

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.

The 2020 Robert G. Addison, MD Award recipients are Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; Sean Mackey, MD PhD; and Winfried Meissner, MD PhD.

Past Recipients

2014: Tanja Erika Schlereth, MD PhD

2015: ChildKind International

2016: Andrew Moore, DSc

2017: Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA

2018: Xue-Jun Song, MD, PhD

2019: Lone Knudsen, MSc Psych PhD

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AAPM Presidential Excellence Award for Education

AAPM 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.

Past Recipients

2012: Lynn R. Webster, MD

2013: Debra K. Weiner, MD

2014: Beth B. Murinson, MD PhD

2015: Michael Cousins, MD, DSc

2016: Gagan Mahajan, MD

2017: Col. Kevin Galloway, U.S. Army (ret), BSN, MHA

2018: Larry C. Driver, MD

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Patient Advocacy Award

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.

Past Recipients

2001: Warner Wood, MD

2002: Robert Biscup, MS DO

2003: None

2004: Kenneth Moritsugu, MD MPH

2005: John (Jack) C. Lewin, MD

2006: None

2007: Louis W. Sullivan, MD

2008: Robert D. Kerns, PhD

2009: None

2010: Myra Christopher

2011: Will Rowe

2012: Robert J. Saner II, JD

2013: Malene Davis, MBA MSN CHPN, and Capital Caring

2014: Edward Bilsky, PhD

2015: Samir K. Ballas, MD, FACP

2016: Penney Cowan and Carmen R. Green, MD

2017: Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN

2018: Paul Christo, MD MBA

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Distinguished Service Award

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.

Past Recipients

1996: Patricia Owen

1998: Paul Gebhard, JD; Kristie Haley

1999: Peter Wilson, MBBS PhD; Ruth Tiernan

2001: Joel R. Saper, MD FACP FAAN

2002: Elliot Krames, MD

2003: Samuel J. Hassenbusch, MD PhD; Jeffrey W. Engle

2004: Albert L. Ray, MD

2005: Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH

2006: Edward C. Covington, MD

2007: Eduardo M. Fraifeld, MD

2008: David A. Fishbain, MD DFAPA

2009: Colleen M. Healy

2010: Scott M. Fishman, MD

2011: Timothy R. Deer, MD

2012: B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH

2013: Philip A. Saigh, Jr.

2014: Charles E. Argoff, MD; Marsha Stanton, PhD RN

2015: Perry G. Fine, MD

2016: Yu “Woody” Lin, MD, PhD

2017: Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

2018: James C. Watson, MD; Jeffrey M. Tiede, MD

2019: Randall Brewer, MD; Michael Osborne, MD

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Founders Award

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.

The 2020 Founders Award recipient is Ru-Rong Ji, PhD, PI.

Past Recipients

1995: Benjamin L. Crue, Jr., MD FACS

1996: Wilbert Fordyce, PhD

1997: Peter Wilson, MBBS PhD

1998: Tony Yaksh, PhD

1999: Steven Feinberg, MD

2000: Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH

2001: Gary J. Bennett, PhD

2002: Russell Portenoy, MD

2003: Donald D. Price, PhD

2004: James C. Eisenach, MD

2005: Edward C. Covington, MD

2006: Gerald F. Gebhart, PhD

2007: Richard B. North, MD


2009: Nikolai Bogduk, MD PhD DSc

2010: David E. Joranson, MSSW

2011: Daniel B. Carr, MD

2012: Howard L. Fields, MD PhD

2013: Allan Basbaum, PhD

2014: Steven P. Cohen, MD

2015: Clifford Wolff, MD, PhD

2016: Daniel J. Clauw, MD

2017: R. Norman Harden, MD

2018: Robert H. Dworkin, PhD

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Philipp M. Lippe, MD Award

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.

The 2020 Philipp M. Lippe, MD, Award recipient is Vanila M. Singh, MD.

Past Recipients

1995: Philipp M. Lippe, MD

1996: Joel Saper, MD

1997: Richard Stieg, MD

1998: Sridhar Vasudevan, MD

1999: Hubert Rosomoff, MD

2000: J. David Haddox, DDS MD

2001: Kathleen M. Foley, MD

2002: Michael Ashburn, MD MPH

2003: Daniel B. Carr, MD

2004: Robert G. Addison, MD

2005: Kenneth A. Follett, MD PhD

2006: Samuel J. Hassenbusch, MD PhD

2007: Scott M. Fishman, MD

2008: Benjamin L. Crue, Jr., MD FACS

2009: Albert Ray, MD

2010: Michel Y. Dubois, MD

2011: Douglas Throckmorton, MD

2012: Philip A. Pizzo, MD

2013: Chester (Trip) Buckenmaier III, MD, COL MC USA

2014: James P. Rathmell, MD

2015: Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD; Major General Richard W. Thomas, MG, DHA.

2016: John D. Loeser, MD

2017: Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH

2018: Robin J. Hamill-Ruth, MD

2019: Donna Bloodworth, MD

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Corporate Support

AAPM Offers Opportunities to Engage with Leaders in Pain Medicine

The American Academy of Pain Medicine provides a variety of opportunities to reach and engage leaders in pain medicine and their team members. AAPM members represent a variety of origins, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, and psychiatry.

Reach this important audience the way you want to.

At the Annual Meeting

Commercial opportunities at the AAPM Annual Meeting and Preconferences include satellite symposia, sponsorship, supporting Fellows and Residents to attend the meeting, and exhibiting

Via the Corporate Relations Council

Benefits of participating in the Corporate Relations Council on various levels include special meetings with AAPM leaders, invitations to the AAPM president’s reception, a subscription to the AAPM journal, and opportunities for visibility and communication

Throughout the Year

AAPM offers year-round opportunities for supporting various program and initiatives. To advertise in AAPM E-News and reach our full membership, please download and fill out our e-news advertisement application

Broaden your impact and help us strive for better patient care.

Through your participation, you will

  • support research collaboration that can lead to optimal treatment for patients in pain
  • connect with thought leaders, renowned experts, and dedicated members
  • promote the advancement of pain management.

Contact Josh Karney, Senior Sales Manager–Professional Relations, at [email protected] to discuss these opportunities.

Press Room

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Press Inquiries

AAPM expert leaders welcome the opportunity to comment on the science and practice of pain medicine with members of the media. To arrange an interview contact AAPM Director of Marketing & Communications Megan Drumm at [email protected] or call 847-375-4731 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm CT (Monday-Friday).

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AAPM Foundation

AAPM Foundation Advances Pain Medicine Education and Research

Since 2011, the AAPM Foundation has worked in conjunction with the American Academy of Pain Medicine to provide innovative and wide-reaching educational programs that improve patient outcomes, elevate standards of implementation in the treatment of pain, and fund research to advance the field.

The Foundation envisions access to optimal pain care that improves the functionality and quality of life for patients with pain, significantly mitigating the widespread problem of pain in the United States. These efforts, in concert with other leading organizations, will lead to promoting quality pain education and training for all physicians, conducting research into the causes and treatment of pain conditions and disease, and supporting best practices to optimize patient outcomes and ensure a comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated system of care.

AAPM Foundation Initiatives

The AAPM Foundation is committed to promoting education to a variety of audiences to achieve maximum impact on the field of pain medicine. The AAPM Foundation’s initiatives recognize the urgent educational priorities of emphasizing patient safety, improving the treatment of pain, educating physicians on new technologies, and understanding best practice methodologies throughout the pain medicine continuum.

Help AAPM Foundation make an impact.

Every gift made to the Foundation has a direct impact on the grants that support education, research, and professional development. Support this important work by making a tax-deductible donation to the AAPM Foundation.

Work with AAPM Foundation.

The AAPM Foundation’s work is made possible by the generous support of our industry partners and individual donors. Contact us directly to partner with the AAPM Foundation on important initiatives.

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Medical Ethics in the Practice of Pain Medicine

AAPM endorses the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics, which guides physicians to meet the ethical challenges of medical practice.

Interactions with Companies

AAPM has signed onto the Council of Medical Specialty Societies’ Code for Interactions with Companies. The purpose of the code is to guide societies in the development of policies and procedures that safeguard the independence of their programs, policies, and advocacy positions.

Accordingly, members of the AAPM Board disclose potential industry and financial conflicts of interest annually and when material changes occur and are expected to rescue themselves from discussions for which they may have a conflict. Further, leaders are asked to divest themselves of any direct financial relationships with industry from the time they take office as president-elect through their term as immediate past president.

Commercial Support

As an ACCME-accredited provider, AAPM follows a policy for all of its commercially supported projects that states that the Academy must make all decisions regarding the disposition and disbursement of the commercial support and ensure that activity planning and implementation are made free of the control of any commercial interest.

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