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The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)

The practice of Pain Medicine is multidisciplinary in approach, incorporating modalities from various specialties to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pain patient. AAPM members comprise a professional community of clinicians with a sustained interest in pain disorders and their management.
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38th Annual Meeting
March 17th – 20th, 2022
Scottsdale, AZ
📢 2022 Annual Meeting: More information on Abstract Submission and Hotel Registration Coming Soon!
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meet the board…

W. Michael Hooten, MD


Steven P. Stanos, DO


Kayode A. Williams, MD MBA


Ajay D. Wasan,

Immediate Past President

Vitaly Gordin, MD

Vice President

Charles E. Argoff MD

President AAPM Foundation, ex officio

Farshad M. Ahadian, MD


Robert W. Hurley, MD PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Pain Medicine
ex officio

Steven P. Cohen, MD


Beth Darnall, PhD


Robert E. Wailes, MD

Liaison Director

Halena M. Gazelka, MD


Jennifer M. Hah, MD


James C. Watson, MD


Eduardo Fraifeld, MD

Liaison Director

Judith Scheman, PhD


Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH

Liaison Director



a message from our president, dr. hooten

Dear AAPM Members:

It is with great enthusiasm to announce that Dr. Shravani Durbhakula will assume a key leadership role in the design and production of educational media content for AAPM. Dr. Durbhakula will host and produce the new podcast series, will host and produce educational webinar content, and she will leverage her acumen as a cutting-edge video journalist to identify and engage tomorrow’s leaders in pain medicine.

Dr. Durbhakula is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Mike Hooten, MD


Legal Brief: OSHA

How does OSHA obtain your cooperation with their bloodborne regulations? They do that by requiring you to use an appropriate “Exposure Control Plan”. Are there pre-written plans that one can purchase? While there might be templates with blank spaces to fill in, due to the nature of what is required, each will be unique to the practice setting. In fact, the CDC website has such a template named “Model Plans and Programs for the OSHA BOODBORNE PATHOGENS AND HAZARD COMMUNIATIONS STANDARDS.” However, there are minimum requirements for your Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Exposure Control Plan. Your plan must be written specifically for each facility where you are potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Even if the facilities are similar, there may be a different number of employees, rooms, or just a different layout of the office.

Webinar Alert!

Register for This Month’s Myofascial Pain Webinar

Characterization of Local Muscle Fiber in Patients with Chronic Myofascial Pain

Presented by Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD

When: September 23rd, 2021
Time: 12:00pm ET (45 min with 15 min for Q&A)


Join PCSS for Session 1 of the PCSS-Exchange (PCSS-X)

A six-session course focused on prescribing medications for treating opioid use disorder (MOUD) and implementing MOUD into clinical practices in a variety of healthcare settings.

When: Sessions are every other Thursday at 3:00pm | September 23rd, October 7th, October 21st, November 4th, November 18th, and December 2nd

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