Learn about AAPM Annual Meeting speakers, who are experts in the pain medicine field from around the country, below, and view a full list of the planning committee and faculty disclosures.

Steven P. Stanos, DO--Swedish Health System

Steven P. Stanos, DOSwedish Health System

Steven P. Stanos, DO is currently Medical Director of Swedish Pain Services and Medical Director of Occupational Medicine Services at Swedish Health System in Seattle, Washington. At Swedish, besides directing pain management services, he is also working to develop a pain rehabilitation continuum of care for Swedish and the Providence Health System. From 2002 to 2014 Dr Stanos served as medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), as well as directing workers compensation medical services for the hospital system. While in Chicago, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Assistant Program Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and subspecialty boarded by the American Board of Anesthesia.

Dr. Stanos presently serves on the Board of Directors and is President-Elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. As a Board Member of the AAPM, he also chairs the Pain Ethics Committee. He is active with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and has served as the co-chair of education for the Pain and Neuromuscular Council and as a panel member on the academy’s Opioid Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies (REMS) task force. He has also served on a number of committees for the American Pain Society and as a board member for the Midwest Pain Society.

He is active with ongoing educational initiatives for primary care, pain medicine, and physical medicine specialists around the United States and abroad. Dr. Stanos has been involved in the development and publication of treatment guidelines related to rehabilitation approaches for chronic pain and low back pain conditions and serves as a reviewer for pain and PM&R related scientific journals. Dr Stanos has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters related to pain management. A Mayday Foundation Advocacy fellow in 2013, his advocacy project focuses on increasing awareness for multi- and inter-disciplinary pain care.

He has served on numerous FDA panels related to chronic pain management and opioid therapies and presently serves as a panel member on the Public Health Service Delivery and Reimbursement Working Group for the National Pain Strategy (NPS) Task Force. The NPS was tasked to make recommendations to the US Department of Health and Human Services related to improvement in pain assessment, management, and population-based service focusing on increasing coordinated, multidisciplinary care, pain research, and education. He also served as an invited expert to the Centers for Disease Control Opioid Guidelines for Primary Care.

Dr. Stanos received his BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and DO degree from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, FL. He completed an internship in the Department of Medicine at Chicago Osteopathic Hospitals & Medical Centers, a PM&R residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and a pain fellowship at the Northwestern University School Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Steven Stanos is a Pain Management specialist and a current board member and President of AAPM. He was a Co-Chair of the Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling in the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient Preconference at the 2016 and 2017 AAPM Annual Meetings, and has multiple years of involvent with the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Jacob J. Strand, MD--Mayo Clinic

Jacob J. Strand, MDMayo Clinic

Dr. Jacob Strand received his M.D. from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and subsequently completed his residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He remained in Boston for palliative medicine training at the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Jacob Strand is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota and Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Palliative Medicine. Dr. Strand serves as an Associate Editor for the British Medical Journal: Supportive & Palliative Care and has several active research protocols centered exploring the integration of palliative medicine and anesthesia pain disciplines, management of complex cancer-related pain and barriers to cancer pain management.

Mark Sullivan, MD PhD--University of Washington

Mark Sullivan, MD PhDUniversity of Washington

Dr. Mark Sullivan received his M.D. and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. After completing an internship in Family Medicine at University of Missouri, he completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Washington in 1988. He is now Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as well as Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. He has served as attending physician in the UW Center for Pain Relief for 30 years, where he is Co-Director of Behavioral Health Services. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles. He has a new book from Oxford University Press titled, The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care.


Unintended Prolonged Opioid Use: An Under-Recognized Segue to Long-Term Use (310)

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Seattle, WA
Vivianne Tawfik, MD PhD--Stanford University School of Medicine

Vivianne Tawfik, MD PhDStanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Vivianne Tawfik is a physician-scientist practicing clinical pain management in an academic setting and conducting clinically-informed basic science to further understand the mechanisms of chronic pain. Her clinical expertise is in peripheral nerve injury, complex regional pain syndrome and chronic post-surgical pain. Her research uses animal models of these conditions to further understand the neuroimmune contribution to persistent pain.


Basic, Translational, and Clinical Perspectives on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (201)

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Preoperative & Pain Medicine
Redwood City, CA
Patrick J. Tighe, MD MS--University of Florida

Patrick J. Tighe, MD MSUniversity of Florida

Dr. Patrick Tighe serves on an acute and perioperative pain medicine service at the Univsrsity of Florida. His research involves investigations of postoperative pain trajectories, as well as the relationship between acute postoperative pain and postoperative cognitive difficulties. Dr. Tighe's team applies a range of machine learning, deep learning, and process modeling techniques in our research investigations. Dr. Tighe has served on both the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Committee and the Scientific Poster Abstract Committee.

Thomas Van de Ven, MD PhD--Duke University Department of Anesthesiology

Thomas Van de Ven, MD PhDDuke University Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Thomas Van de Ven has a translational pain laboratory at Duke and his main interest is understanding the transition from acute to chronic pain. His work is currently focused on post-amputation pain in both military personnel after traumatic injury and in civilian patients after trauma or secondary to diabetes or vascular disease.

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD PhD--Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State College of Medicine

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD PhDMilton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State College of Medicine

Dr. Yakov Vorobeychik is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology and the Director of Interventional Pain Management at Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. He attended medical school in Russia and worked as a Neurologist in Moscow for ten years. During that time his special interest was the treatment of neuropathic pain. Upon coming to the United States, he completed the Neurology residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and subsequently worked there as a faculty member of its Neurology department. Dr. Vorobeychik graduated from the Pain Fellowship training program at Massachusetts General Hospital's Anesthesia department, and then I accepted a position at Hershey Medical Center's Anesthesia department, where he was appointed the Director of Interventional Pain Management. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with sub specialization in Pain Medicine. Dr. Vorobeychik is an author of original research articles and book chapters, and is currently actively involved in several research projects. He also serves as the chairman of Standards Division and a Board member of Spine Intervention Society.

Robert E. Wailes, MD--Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants

Robert E. Wailes, MDPacific Pain Medicine Consultants

Dr. Robert Wailesis the Medical Director of Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine; the American Board of Anesthesiology,With Subspecialty Certification in Pain Medicine; and the American Board of Pain Management. He is an Expert Reviewer of the Medical Board of California, a Qualified Medical Examiner, aCalifornia Workers Compensation Chairman, and serves on the CMA Board as a Trustee representing San Diego to the CMA. Dr. Wailes is also Past President of the San Diego County Medical Society, a Delegate to the AMA representing the American Academy of Pain Medicine, on the BOD of the American Academy of Pain Medicine; and a Member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for Noridian Healthcare.

Mark S. Wallace, MD--University of California, San Diego

Mark S. Wallace, MDUniversity of California, San Diego

Dr. Mark Wallace completed a General Surgery internship at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC, an anesthesiology Residency at the University of Maryland, and a Pain Medicine Fellowhip at the University of California, San Diego. He is the current Chair, for the Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology University of California San Diego. He is Director of Clinical Research Services, Clinical and Translational Research Institute, UC San Diego. He was Sub-Investigator, NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award.


Pain Medicine Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges (PME)

Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
La Jolla, CA
Mark A. Ware, MD MSc--McGill University

Mark A. Ware, MD MScMcGill University

Dr. Mark Ware is Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University. He is Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre, Co-Director of the Quebec Pain Research Network, and Executive Director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC).

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc--University of Pittsburgh

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MScUniversity of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ajay Wasan supervises clinical care across seven hospital pain clinics in the UPMC system, 10 clinical faculty members, the Department of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, and all Division of Pain Medicine research. This research is funded from a variety of sources, such as the National Institutes of Health and industry funds. Dr. Wasan’s current research interests are in the areas of tracking pain treatment outcomes using electronic records, mechanism-based treatment studies of negative affect in pain, quantitative sensory testing, and in preventing prescription opioid misuse in patients with chronic pain. His publications are in the general area of pain outcomes research, and cover topics such as opioid treatment, interventional treatments, neuropathic pain assessment, the brain physiology of chronic pain, and the impact of psychiatric factors on pain response. Dr. Wasan serves on AAPM’s Board of Directors, is a past co-chair of the AAPM Annual Meeting, and has served on both the Program Committee and Scientific Poster Abstract committees.

James C. Watson, MD--Mayo Clinic

James C. Watson, MDMayo Clinic

Dr. James Watson is an Associate Professor and serves as a Vice Chair in the Department of Neurology for Analytics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and is the Neurology Practice Chair for the Mayo Clinic Enterprise. He holds a dual appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine. He is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Disease and Pain Medicine. His clinical practice includes interventional pain medicine, electrophysiology - EMG, and a consultative pain practice with special focus on neuropathic pain, spine related disorders, and headache. For the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Dr. Watson chairs the Scientific Abstract Committee and serves on the AAPM Annual Meeting Program Steering Committee, as well as the Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee. He also serves on a national Anesthesia Neurologic Complications Practice Advisory Committee and cofounded an interventional headache special interest group.

Lynn R. Webster, MD--PRA Health Sciences

Lynn R. Webster, MDPRA Health Sciences

Dr. Lynn Webster is an internationally recognized expert in pain and addiction medicine. His mission is to help address the twin crises of chronic pain and addiction in America. He is an ardent advocate for people with disabling pain and deadly addictions. For 25 years, he focused his clinical practice on helping people who experienced devastating pain and addictions. This experience has given Dr. Webster a unique insight into the medical challenges of fighting both diseases. He is devoting the rest of his career to the clinical research of searching for solutions to the dual crisis of pain and addiction. He earned his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and completed his residency in the University of Utah's Department of Anesthesiology. He is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction medicine.He has authored more than 300 scientific publications and abstracts. Dr. Webster is a senior editor of the journal Pain Medicine, is a regular contributor to The Hill, and has contributed editorials and interviews to such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Washington Post, New York Times, Salt Lake City Tribune, and Huffington Post.