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AAPM Advocacy Efforts

Affecting Health Care on Behalf of our Specialty and Patients

AAPM supports pain patients and pain medicine clinicians by advocating for a balanced approach to safe and effective pain treatment. AAPM works to influence legislators, payors, and others in a position to set policies that impact patients. The Academy recognizes the need for policies that support effective control of drug abuse without harming the appropriate treatment of pain and works with members and other pain societies to establish programs and to educate public along those lines. AAPM members are sought-after opinion leaders who serve on many key national coalitions and federal agency workgroups.

AMA House of Delegates

AAPM holds a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) and speaks for its members concerning issues critical to their pain practices. Read about AAPM’s AMA activities.

Representation in the HOD is apportioned to medical specialty societies based on the portion of its physician members who also maintains AMA membership. Because you and your peers have joined AMA, your voice is being heard.

If you are not one currently, we encourage you to become an AMA member.

Multisociety Pain Workgroup

AAPM participates in the Multisociety Pain Workgroup, a coalition of medical specialty societies that collectively advocates for continued coverage of important pain treatment options. Collectively, MPW societies represent 100,000 members dedicated in whole or in part to pain management.

National Pain Strategy

AAPM supports the National Pain Strategy (NPS), developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, which many AAPM leaders helped to shape. AAPM believes that successful implementation of the strategic goals in the NPS will create the cultural transformation of pain prevention, care, and education desperately needed for the American public.

Position Statements

AAPM Position Statements

AAPM provides the following position statements to provide guidance on contemporary issues that impact patient care and our membership.

Position on Research into the Use of Cannabinoids for Medical Purposes
May 30, 2019

AAPM Statement on Scope of Practice in Pain Medicine
September 6, 2017

For the Primary Care Provider: When to Refer to a Pain Specialist
December 1, 2016

Minimum Insurance Benefits for Patients with Chronic Pain
March 7, 2014

The Evidence Against Methadone as a “Preferred” Analgesic
March 6, 2014

Use of Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic Pain
March 7, 2013 – Under review for update

AAPM Guidelines for Expert Witness Qualifications and Testimony
June 12, 2012

Questions or contributions?

If there is a topic that you think AAPM should provide a statement for or you are looking for a topic not covered above, please let us know at [email protected].

Awards and Scholarships

AAPM Awards and 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.

AAPM 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. For questions about AAPM Awards, contact [email protected].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Robert G. Addison, MD Award

The Robert G. Addison, MD 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.

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.

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.

AAPM Presidential Commendation

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

Committee and Task Force Policy

AAPM Committee and Task Force Policies

The Purpose of AAPM Committees

AAPM committees exist as defined by the AAPM bylaws or as created by the president. Each committee has a specific ongoing charge, which guides it efforts. Committee chairs and members are AAPM members, appointed annually by the incoming president. Active members may chair committees.

It is expected that committee chairs will guide the committee in directions that are consistent with the published charge. Any proposed change to a committee charge must be submitted to the AAPM Board of Directors for consideration. Affiliate members may co-chair committees with an Active member. Active, Affiliate, Scientific, International, Trainee, Resident, and Student members may serve on committees. Committees meet in person or via teleconference as needed. Committees may make recommendations to the board. Recommendations will be reviewed for alignment with Academy priorities and budget implications.

The Purpose of AAPM Task Forces

AAPM task forces are created by the president to complete a specific, defined task and are limited in duration. Task forces are disbanded when their work is complete. It is expected that task force chairs will guide the task force in directions that are consistent with the published charge.

Chairs and members are AAPM members, appointed by the president. Active members may chair task forces. Affiliate members may co-chair task forces with an Active member. Active, Affiliate, Scientific, International, Trainee, Resident, and Student members may serve on task forces. Task forces meet in person or via teleconference as needed. Task forces may make recommendations to the board. Recommendations will be reviewed for alignment with Academy priorities and budget implications.

AAPM Committee and Task Force Expectations and Scope of Work

The following are expectations for committee and task force participation and what AAPM will provide:

  • AAPM will provide administrative support for each committee, task force and SIG, through a staff liaison.
  • All committee, task force, and SIG communications will be distributed through staff liaisons.
  • Each committee, task force, and SIG chair will submit a written report of its activities to the Board for the annual and mid-year board meetings.
  • All committee, task force, and SIG activities must align with the overall mission of the Academy.
  • All resources requested and activities proposed in the name of an AAPM committee, task force, or SIG will be submitted to the AAPM Board for approval prior to expenditure unless already included in the approved budget.
  • The work of any committee, task force, or SIG shall be considered the work product of the Academy and may not be used in other ways without the Academy’s expressed written consent.
  • AAPM will provide meeting space during the Annual Meeting for each committee, task force, and SIG, upon request and as availability allows.
  • Committee, task force, and SIG meetings during the Annual Meeting are intended to be in-person meetings. Participation is limited to those physically in attendance. No teleconference arrangements will be provided for meetings held at the Annual Meeting.
  • No chemical or biological materials may be used in AAPM provided meeting space, unless previously specifically approved through headquarters staff.
  • Committee, task force, and SIG emails and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. Unauthorized distribution beyond the original intended distribution list is prohibited.

Committee and Task Force List

Committees and Task Forces

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 [email protected].

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.

2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee

Strategic planning and needs assessment related to the overall educational content selection, content review, faculty recruitment and onsite program evaluation of Annual Meeting education related activities.

Committee roster

Halena M. Gazelka, MD (Co-Chair)
Gagan Mahajan, MD (Co-Chair)
Jeremy A. Adler, MS PA-C
Farshad M. Ahadian, MD
James W. Atchison, DO
Mark Bicket, MD
Robert Bolash, MD
Gary Brenner, MD PhD
Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD COL (ret) MC USA
Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD
May L. Chin, MD
Steven P. Cohen, MD
Beth D. Darnall, PhD
Timothy R. Deer, MD
Larry Driver, MD
David Edwards, MD PhD
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Amitabh Gulati, MD
Jennifer Hah, MD
Salim M. Hayek, MD PhD
W. Michael Hooten, MD
Robert W. Hurley, MD PhD
Dermot P. Maher, MD MS
Zachary McCormick, MD
Susan Moeschler, MD
Vwaire Orhurhu, MD MPH
Ravi Prasad, PhD
David Provenzano, MD
Taryn M. Reichard, DO
Robert “Chuck” Rich, Jr., MD
Dmitri Souza, MD PhD FASA
To-Nhu Vu, MD
Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc
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

Tim Lamer, MD (Chair)
Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD
Rollin McCulloch Gallagher, MD MPH
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
Anne Marie Fras, MD
Sharon Hsu, PhD
Susan Jarquin, PhD
Xavier Jimenez, MD
Aram Mardian, MD
Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD
Judith Scheman, PhD
Amit Singh, DO
Christopher D. Sletten, PhD
Jeannie Sperry, PhD
Alison Vargovich, PhD

Bylaws Committee

Review and recommend changes to the Bylaws as necessary.

Committee roster

Kayode Williams, MD MBA FFARCSI (Chair)
Jeremy A. Adler, DMSc 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)
Rany T. Abdallah, MBA MD PhD
David Allan Edwards, MD PhD
Gregory Polston, MD
ToNhu Vu, 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)
Rany T. Abdallah, MBA MD PhD
Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD
Donna M. Bloodworth, MD
Bernard Canlas, MD
Robert I. Cohen, MD
David Allan Edwards, MD PhD
Juan B. Firnhaber, MD
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Michael E. Harned, MD
Michael S. Leong, MD
Monika Patel, MD
Thomas Pittelkow, DO MPH
Meda Raghavendra, MD
Marc Sloan, MD
Carl A. Tandatnick, MD
Armando Villarreal, MD
ToNhu Vu, MD

Ethics Council

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

Council roster

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 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

Farshad M. Ahadian, MD (Chair)
Donna M. Bloodworth, MD
W. Michael Hooten, MD
Nathaniel Marc Schuster, MD
Steven Stanos, DO
Alison Vargovich, PhD
Ajay D. Wasan, MD
James C. 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
Chester Church Buckenmaier III, MD
Gianna Casini, MD
Jonathan Hagedorn, MD
Salman Hirani, MD
Tim J. Lamer, MD
Judith Scheman, PhD
Thomas Suchy, MD
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

Tim J. Lamer, MD (Chair)
Randall Brewer, MD
W. Michael Hooten, MD
Sean Mackey, MD PhD
Zachary McCormick, MD
Michael Osborne, MD
Ajay D. Wasan, MD

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

Antje M. Barreveld, MD (Chair)
Beth Darnall, PhD
Trent David Emerick, MBA MD
Benjamin Gerson, MD
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Mark Sullivan, MD PhD
Ajay D. Wasan, MD

Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Committee

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

Committee roster

Robert Bolash, MD (Chair)
Meridith Adams, MD
Scott Brancolini, MD MPH
Timothy R. Deer, MD
Tim Furnish, MD
Gagan Mahajan, MD
Srdjan Nedeljkovic, MD
James C. Watson, 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

Jennifer Hah, MD (Co-Chair)
R. Norman Harden, MD (Co-Chair)
Charles E. Argoff, MD
Miroslav Backonja, MD
Steven P. Cohen, MD
Rollin McCulloch Gallagher, MD MPH
W. Michael Hooten, MD
Sean Mackey, MD PhD
Zachary McCormick, MD
Jana Mossey, MPH MSN PhD
Wenchun Qu, MD PhD
Patrick James Tighe, MD MS
Nafisseh Warner, 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)
Benedict Alter, MD
Madhuri Are, MD
Miroslav Backonja, MD
Hersimren Basi, MD
Nancy Bratanow, MD
Leanne R. Cianfrini, PhD
Lisa Doan, MD
Mark Holtsman, PharmD
Christy Hunt, DO
Nick Knezevic, MD
Donald Joseph Meyer Jr., MD PhD
Jana Mossey, MPH MSN PhD
Michael Osborne, MD
Hassan Rayaz, MD
Vafi Salmasi, MD
Kara Segna, MD
Bunty J. Shah, MD
Patrick James Tighe, MD MS
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
Monika Patel, MD
Steven Stanos, DO
James C. Watson, MD

Trainee Committee

  • Serve as ambassadors/liaisons between the Board of Directors and trainees
  • Provide a forum and voice for residents and fellows in the Academy
  • Provide trainees with leadership opportunities within the Academy
  • Increase trainee involvement and interest in the Academy
  • Expand the reach of AAPM to trainees and the broader medical community

Committee roster

Anuj Aggarwal, MD (Co-Chair)
Nafisseh Warner, MD (Co-Chair)
Cole Cheney, MD
Salman Hirani, MD
Maryam Hosseini, MD
Olga Komargodski, MD
Theresa Lii, MD
Desimir Mijatovic, MD
Taif Mukhdomi, MD
Junaid Mukhdomi, MD
Sabrina Oukil, MD
Ankur Patel, MD
Afrin Sagir, MD
Daniel Sainburg, DO
Scott Sandy, MD
Neal Shah, MD
Kishan A. Sitapara, MD
Ashley Wong, DO

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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