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.

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.