The latest updates and information from AAPM regarding its upcoming 36th Annual Meeting and Preconferences in National Harbor, MD.

AAPM 2020 Social Media Ambassadors


Follow AAPM 2020 social media ambassadors to see insights, updates, and photos throughout the meeting.

The following AAPM 2020 faculty members will be tweeting from National Harbor next week. Follow them to keep in touch.

Samer Narouze, MD PhD


Susan Moeschler, MD


Scott Pritzlaff, MD


Eellan Sivanesan, MD


Kevin Vorenkamp


Tag your posts and photos with #AAPM2020

Anyone sharing information about the AAPM Annual Meeting on social media is encouraged to use the meeting hashtag, #AAPM2020. Tag AAPM at @AmerAcadPainMed so that the Academy can like and reshare your posts.

If you aren't already on social media, now is a great time to sign up and join the conversation!

Visit the Twitter help center for a step-by-step guide on how to get started.

AAPM 2020 Events & Meeting Perks for Members


Hundreds of AAPM members set to arrive in National Harbor next week

AAPM is so pleased to have more than 400 members traveling from across the country to attend the Academy's 36th Annual Meeting and preconference courses next week in National Harbor, MD. Educational and networking activities are planned throughout the meeting to make sure that all meeting attendees have an excellent AAPM 2020 experience, and some special activities are in store for members.

The AAPM Member Lounge will offer members a space to connect, relax, and recharge

Stop by the AAPM Member Lounge, located in Maryland Foyer 123, next to the meeting registration desk. This members-only meeting space offers space to take a seat, charge your batteries, have a quick snack, and meet with one another.

AAPM Town Hall/Members' Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 29, to offer chance to discuss state of Academy and pain medicine

AAPM members are encouraged to attend the AAPM Town Hall/Members’ Business Meeting on Saturday, February 29, 5:30-6:30 pm. Bring your questions/concerns and come prepared to join in an active discussion about the future of pain management. 

Members can participate in a meeting raffle for the chance to win $500

Members who use the Refer a Colleague tool throughout AAPM 2020 - and by March 31, 2020 - will be entered into a raffle to win a $500 Amazon giftcard. Get started by logging in to your member account at This referral tool is an excellent way to support the Academy and make the AAPM member community even stronger!

Register and join us!

Advance registration ends February 21. After this date, only on-site registration is available and rates for the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting and preconference courses increase.


Not a member? There's still time to join and participate in these member meeting activities

Join online at, by calling AAPM at 847-375-4731, or by visiting the AAPM membership booth on-site in National Harbor. 

Last Call for AAPM 2020 Advance Registration

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Today, February 21, is the last chance to register for AAPM 2020 in advance.

Once advance registration closes, only on-site registration will be available in National Harbor, MD, and registration rates increase for full meeting and single-day AAPM 36th Annual Meeting registration as well as registration for each of the following AAPM 2020 preconference courses:

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you are unable to register online on February 21. If we hear from you by midnight, we will honor our advance registration rates when you enter you into the system on Monday!

AAPM 2020 features experts speaking on the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care treatments

In addition to preconference courses, more than 40 AAPM 36th Annual Meeting sessions will take place Thursday-Sunday next week. Browse all sessions.

Expert speakers from around the country will present throughout the meeting. View all speakers.

National Harbor's convenient location - just south of Washington D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River - makes it easy to get to.

The area is serviced by both Reagan National Airport as well as Washington Dulles International Airport. Ground transportation options for those arriving by train or car are also available and convenient. Learn more about how to get to National Harbor.



Women in Pain Medicine Reception Features Talk by Dr. Tina Doshi


Attendees at the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting held March 2019 in Denver participated in the inaugural Woman in Pain Medicine SIG Reception

All AAPM 2020 meeting registrants are encouraged to participate in the Woman in Pain Medicine SIG Reception

AAPM Women in Pain Medicine Shared Interest Group (SIG) chairs, Susan Moeschler, MD, and Stephanie Neuman, MD, invite you to participate in the group's 2nd annual reception on Friday, February 28, 6:45-7:45 pm, in National Harbor. This event provides a meeting place for AAPM members and Annual Meeting attendees with an interest in recruiting and nurturing the careers of women in pain medicine to connect and engage in conversation.

Tina Doshi, MD, will present a talk about diversity in pain medicine

This year's reception features a talk by Tina Doshi, MD, who will speak about diversity in pain medicine. Dr. Doshi is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, division of pain medicine, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Thanks to Medtronic for supporting this AAPM Annual Meeting activity

This reception is made possible by funding received from Medtronic, Inc. Thanks to our partners at Medtronic for investing in the AAPM Annual Meeting and in this important meeting activity.

Friday, February 21, is the AAPM 2020 advance registration deadline

After this date, registration rates increase and only on-site registration will be available in National Harbor. We hope to see you there!



AAPM 2020 Mobile App Now Available

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The AAPM Meetings mobile app is the best and most up-to-date resource for the meeting schedule, speaker information, poster abstracts, Gaylord National maps, exhibitors, important meeting alerts, and more.

Click here to download the app or search AAPM Meetings in the App Store or Google Play. You do not need a username or password to access the app. We recommend downloading the app and any handouts you would like to access during meeting sessions prior to arrival at the convention center, where W-Fi may not be as strong as in your hotel room etc.

You can also access the app from any desktop or mobile device at

Presenter-provided handouts are in the mobile app.

All presenter-provided handouts are visible within sessions in the mobile app. Watch for additional and updated handouts, which will be uploaded to sessions as they become available. Using the app, you can download handouts to your device, take personal notes on handouts, and email handout files.

Communicate with fellow meeting attendees via the mobile app.

Create a profile to post to the app's activity feed and to be added to the app attendee list. Individuals who choose to create a profile will also be able to communicate with one another via the mobile app.

Pain Management in Athletes with NCAA CMO, Brian Hainline, MD

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Brian Hainline, MD, is chief medical officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) where he oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development. Dr. Hainline will address AAPM 2020 meeting attendees on Friday, February 28, during General Session II.

Dr. Hainline will draw on his more than 30 years’ experience in sports medicine

Sports-related injuries are a common reason why patients access healthcare and seek out pain medicine professionals. Dr. Hainline’s presentation to AAPM meeting attendees will draw upon his more than 30 years in sports medicine to inform and engage attendees about the interplay of sports injury, pain, and modifiable risk factors for prolonged pain.

The non-pharmacologic pain management toolkit includes psychosocial interventions

From skills training (goal setting, imagery, relaxation, positive self-statements) to psychologically informed physical therapy, Dr. Hainline plans to educate providers about how they can incorporate cognitive-behavioral strategies into their practices as valuable  pain management treatment tools. Dr. Hainline will also discuss the evidence base to support the use of other non-pharmacologic treatment therapies, such as massage, exercise, acupuncture, and more.

Guiding principles for pharmacologic pain management, including opioid prescribing considerations and risk mitigation strategies

Prescription medications are only one component of managing pain, and Dr. Hainline will share considerations and guidelines to help assess if medications would be useful and the manner in which they should be prescribed when treating sports-related pain.

Advance meeting registration – including one-day registration –available through February 21

Don’t miss Dr. Hainline present about Pain Management in Athletes in National Harbor. His talk will be immediately followed by the AAPM 2020 keynote address by U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD MPH.



Browse AAPM 2020 Scientific Poster Abstracts


Review more than 130 scientific poster abstracts that will be presented during AAPM 2020 later this month.

As a catalyst for initiating investigative research critical to the advancement of pain medicine as a specialty, AAPM offers unequaled opportunities for clinicians to advance knowledge and improve skills in the management of pain. AAPM 2020 will highlight the most cutting-edge pain research of the year, including more than 130 scientific poster abstracts.

Browse AAPM 2020 poster abstracts.

Poster categories include: 

  • Basic Science
  • Epidemiology/Healthcare Policy/Education
  • Pharmacological
  • Procedures
  • Psychosocial
  • Rehabilitation
  • Translational
  • Late-breaking

6 award-winning poster authors will present live at the meeting.

From a record number of posters that were submitted for the meeting, the AAPM Poster Committee selected the following six researchers to present their work during live concurrent sessions at the meeting. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the AAPM 2020 call for scientific poster abstracts.

There's still time to register for AAPM 2020 to meet with poster authors live during the meeting.

Advance registration ends Friday, February 21. After this date registration rates will increase and only on-site registration will be available.

U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD MPH, to Discuss Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis During AAPM 2020


The American Academy of Pain Medicine Program Committee is excited to announce that U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD MPH, will deliver a keynote address about the importance of pain management in combating the opioid crisis during General Session II on Friday, February 28, 9:15 am.

Dr. Adams is an inspirational speaker with first-hand knowledge of the intersection of pain, opioid use, and addiction. If there is one meeting you should attend in 2020, this is it!

-Program Committee Co-Chair Steven P. Cohen, MD 

During his tenure as Surgeon General, Dr. Adams has created several initiatives to tackle our nation's most pressing health issues, including the opioid epidemic

Dr. Adams is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States. His mission as the "Nation's Doctor," is to advance the health of the American people.

Dr. Adams issued the first Surgeon General's Advisory in thirteen years, urging more Americas to carry naloxone, an FDA-approved medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Dr. Adams also released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids, and a digital postcard calling for a cultural shift in the way Americans think about, talk about, and respond to the opioid crisis. His Surgeon General's postcard recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse, and promote recovery.

Dr. Adams joins a slate of renowned AAPM 2020 speakers

Browse a full list of meeting faculty, including Eric Schoomaker, MD PhD, the 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General; Brian Hainline, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the NCAA; Francis J. Keefe, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of PAIN; James C. Eisenach, MD, immediate past Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesiology; Mark E. Epstein, DVM CVPP, Chairperson of the Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats; and many others.

Advance meeting registration is available through February 21

Register now! Full conference and single-day registration rates are available. After February 21, on-site registration will be available at the Gaylord National in National Harbor.

2020 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award

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Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program of the University of Chicago Medical Center faculty and fellows will be presented with the 2020 AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award on February 28 in National Harbor, MD.

The Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award was established in 2013 to recognize pain medicine fellowship programs within the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and provide an exceptional learning experience to their fellows, preparing them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain.

The AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 award recipient is the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD, will accept this award on behalf of the University of Chicago on Friday, February 28, during General Session II, 8:45 am-10 am.

Advance registration for the meeting is available through February 21. Register now.

Learn more about this award and past recipients.

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