Sean Mackey, MD PhDStanford University, School of Medicine

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, is Redlich Professor and Chief of the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. He received his BSE and MSE in Bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as MD from University of Arizona. He is author of over 200 journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and popular press pieces in addition to numerous national and international lectures. Dr. Mackey uses research tools such as big data, psychophysical, neurobehavioral and neuroimaging tools to investigate chronic pain and opioids. He is developer of an open-source learning health system—CHOIR (—to transform the care of people with pain, and serve as a platform for research in real-world clinic patients. He has served as principle investigator on multiple NIH awards. Under Dr. Mackey’s leadership, the Stanford Pain Management Center has been twice designated a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society for the Center’s innovative approach in comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and outcomes-based care. He was a member of the Institutes of Medicine committee that issued the report on Relieving Pain in America. Recently, he was Co-Chair of the Oversight Committee for the NIH/Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy (NPS). While working with Dr. Sean Mackey, researchers at the Stanford Pain Management Center and the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) have made major advances in the understanding of chronic pain as a disease in its own right, one that fundamentally alters the nervous system. He has overseen efforts to map the specific brain and spinal cord regions that perceive and process pain, which has led to the development of a multidisciplinary treatment model that translates basic science research into innovative therapies to provide more effective, personalized treatments for patients with chronic pain.


The 'Newish' Skill of Measuring Pain Care in Routine Clinical Practice and Outcomes So Far

Redlich Professor
Redwood City, CA