Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Anesthesia
(and of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, by courtesy)
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Sean Mackey received a PhD in electrical engineering and subsequently his medical degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He went on to Stanford University where he completed his anesthesiology residency, was chief resident, completed a fellowship in pain management, and then subsequently joined the faculty. While at Stanford, Dr. Mackey co-founded and directed the Regional Anesthesia Program. He is currently the chief of the Stanford Pain Management Division and the Pain Fellowship program director. He is also associate professor of anesthesia (and of neurology & neurological sciences by courtesy) at Stanford.

As director of the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, Dr. Mackey’s primary research interest involves the use of advanced research techniques such as functional and structural neuroimaging, psychophysics, and neurobehavioral assessment to investigate the neural processing of pain and neuronal plasticity in patients with chronic pain. The research mission of the lab is to “Predict, Prevent and Alleviate Pain.” Dr. Mackey has served as principal investigator and investigator for multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) and foundation grants to investigate novel analgesics for acute and chronic pain.

Dr. Mackey is a member of several professional organizations, on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, is a permanent member of the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study section, and serves on the editorial board and is a reviewer for multiple scientific journals. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Mackey annually presents papers and lectures at both national and international pain medicine, neuroscience and anesthesiology meetings and has been interviewed extensively by the press.

Financial Disclosure
Dr. Sean Mackey has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Last modified: June 29, 2012