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Committees & 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.
The Purpose of AAPM 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.Β 

Affiliate members may co-chair committees with an Active member. Active, Affiliate, Scientific, International, Trainee, Resident, and Student members may serve on committees.Β 

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.

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 (SIG).Β 

To request to be considered for a future committee role, please send an email detailing your interests along with a current CV.


The following organized committees regularly report to the AAPM Board of Directors on particular areas of focus, such as research, governance and education.
2021 annual meeting

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.

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 β€œChuck” 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

addison award Task Force

βž₯ Establish criteria for awarding the Robert G. Addison, MD, Award in memory of the late AAPM Past President.

βž₯ Select the recipient of the Addison Award.

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


βž₯ Select individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions in the field of pain medicine to receive awards.

βž₯ Develop ideas for new awards, as appropriate, for Board consideration.

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

βž₯ Address the need for education on behavioral medicine and psychological issues in treating a pain patient.

βž₯ Expand the presence of behavioral pain medicine professionals in AAPM through membership.

βž₯ Monitor and report to the Executive Committee and membership on developments and emerging research in the area of behavioral pain medicine.

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


βž₯ Review and recommend changes to the Bylaws as necessary.
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
& reimbursement

βž₯ Accurately describe the procedures used in Pain Medicine for the CPT coding process.

βž₯ Survey and recommend relative values to the AMA RUC Committee in its advisory role to CMS.

βž₯ Increase awareness by the RUC Committee of the unique practice and procedural issues facing pain medicine physicians.

Eduardo M. Fraifeld, MD (Chair) | Rany T. Abdallah, MBA MD PhD | David Allan Edwards, MD PhD | Gregory Polston, MD | ToNhu Vu, MD

education & cME oversight

βž₯ Identify and evaluate continuing professional development needs of AAPM members.

βž₯ Formulate AAPM’s continuing education goals and priorities.

βž₯ 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.

βž₯ Ensure that all AAPM-sponsored educational CME programming comply with ACCME policy.

βž₯ Evaluate effectiveness of the overall continuing education program.

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


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

βž₯ Develop and monitor the finances of the Academy, both operating and reserve funds.

βž₯ Work with the AAPM staff to develop the annual budget for approval by the Board.

βž₯ Provide oversight of the Academy’s investments, including the selection of an external financial advisor as appropriate, in conjunction with the board and staff.

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


βž₯ Develop and implement strategic marketing plans for recruiting and retaining members, with a focus on increasing member diversity (age, ethnicity, gender, practice profile, etc.).

βž₯ Recommend membership policy to the Board of Directors.

βž₯ Conduct periodic needs assessments of the members in order to deliver value to AAPM members based on their current wants and needs.

βž₯ Serve as liaison between members/potential members/applicants and AAPM volunteer/staff leadership.

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


βž₯ 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.
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

βž₯ Monitor developments relating to opioids as addressed in the legislative and regulatory process; consumer media; and professional publications.

βž₯ Provide the AAPM Executive Committee with initial review and analysis of these developments.

βž₯ 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.

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

fellowship excellence

βž₯ Develop criteria and select Pain Medicine Fellowship programs to recognize for excellence.

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


βž₯ 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.

βž₯ Improve scientific quality of abstract submissions to the Annual Meeting, including but not limited to improvements to the scientific poster abstract call.

βž₯ Collaborate with other organizations on research or scientific initiatives and programs.

βž₯ Review nominations for Scientific Membership and recommend eligible candidates to the Board for approval.

βž₯ Operate as the research grant review Committee.

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

βž₯ Solicit, evaluate, rank, and judge scientific poster abstract submissions.
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
& guidelines

βž₯ Review and make recommendations on guidelines and other scientific matters presented to the Academy for consideration (position papers, consensus statements, etc.).

βž₯ Inventory current available practice parameters and guidelines in relation to pain.

βž₯ Develop criterion-based standards for guidelines to guide committee activities.

βž₯ Actively engage other organizations to participate or partner in activities related to practice parameters and guidelines.

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


βž₯ Serve as ambassadors/liaisons between the Board of Directors and trainees.

βž₯ Provide a forum and voice for residents and fellows in the Academy.

βž₯ Provide trainees with leadership opportunities within the Academy.

βž₯ Increase trainee involvement and interest in the Academy.

βž₯ Expand the reach of AAPM to trainees and the broader medical community.

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

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