National Meeting Highlights from the American Academy of Pain Medicine 2013

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Release Date: May 17, 2013
Expiration Date: May 17, 2014

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 60 minutes

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Program Overview

This educational initiative offers highlights from seven key sessions held at the American Academy of Pain Medicine 2013. Experts on pain management and addiction medicine will offer clinical perspectives on the challenges of managing chronic pain.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, and other health care professionals who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in pain management.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate therapeutic implications of new conference data from the American Academy of Pain Medicine 2013 meeting related to pain management


Personalizing Care – Michael J. Brennan, MD

Sex Differences in Pain Response – Roger B. Fillingim, PhD

Appropriate Use of Opioids and the Role of Abuse Deterrents – Perry G. Fine, MD

Advancing Pain Research in Clinical Practice: Essential Clinical Research Considerations – R. Norman Harden, MD

Electronic Pain Treatment-Outcomes Tracking Tools – Robert N. Jamison, PhD

Curbing Opioid Dose Escalation in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Deleterious Effects of Opioid Dose Escalation in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain – Jianren Mao, MD, PhD

Clinical Pearls of Safe Opioid Prescribing – Steven P. Stanos, DO

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This activity is eligible for credit through May 17, 2014. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.
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Faculty Biographies

Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD
Pain Management Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood, New Jersey

Dr. Jeffrey A. Gudin received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Following a transitional internship in surgery, medicine, and anesthesiology at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, he completed a residency in anesthesiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He continued his training with an extended postdoctoral fellowship in pain medicine at the Yale Center for Pain Management, where he was actively involved in research and teaching. He is currently director of the Pain Management Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, an affiliate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Gudin is board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology, and is board eligible in addiction medicine.

An active speaker in the field of pain management, Dr. Gudin has been interviewed on various television news channels, including CBS, and other national news networks. Dr. Gudin has also been quoted in The New York Times and various regional newspapers in New Jersey and Connecticut. His clinical and research focus includes pain management, regional anesthesia, and preemptive analgesia, as well as increasing clinician awareness of pain assessment and management.

Michael J. Brennan, MD
The Pain Center of Fairfield
Fairfield, Connecticut
Senior Attending Physician
Department of Medicine
Bridgeport Hospital
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Dr. Michael J. Brennan received his medical degree at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. While at New York Hospital, Dr. Brennan also served as chief resident at the International Center for the Disabled in New York City. Dr. Brennan is a board certified physiatrist in private practice in Fairfield, Connecticut.

After completing his residency, Dr. Brennan was appointed to the faculty of New York Hospital and Cornell Medical College in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He served as acting chief of the rehabilitation service in the Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After leaving Sloan-Kettering, Dr. Brennan became the medical director of the Rehabilitation Center of Fairfield County and Ahlbin Centers for Rehabilitation Medicine and chief of the section of physical medicine at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is currently a senior attending physician in the Department of Medicine at Bridgeport Hospital and consulting physician at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Dr. Brennan has special interests of the management of pain as well as disability in patients suffering from the acute and long-term effects of musculoskeletal diseases, neurological disorders, and cancer and various cancer treatments. He has published over 30 scholarly articles, abstracts and textbook chapters on the treatment of cancer and noncancer related disabilities including lymphedema and pain. He is a reviewer for several medical journals and has served as guest editor for the Journal of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and as online editor for Recently, Dr. Brennan was awarded the Dr. Elizabeth Narcessian Memorial Award from Kessler Institute, recognizing his commitment to the treatment of patients suffering from chronic pain.

Roger B. Fillingim, PhD
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Roger Fillingim completed his graduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina. He is currently a professor at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, director of the University of Florida Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence, and is president of the American Pain Society.

Dr. Fillingim maintains an active research program investigating individual differences in pain and response to medications. He has received numerous grants from the NIH, has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and has edited/authored several books on pain. Dr. Fillingim has received several awards, including a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship and the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award from the American Pain Society.

Perry G. Fine, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Pain Research Center, School of Medicine
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dr. Perry Fine received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He served an internship at the Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, California, and completed his residency at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City. In addition, Dr. Fine completed a fellowship at the Smythe Pain Clinic of the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. He is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah, where he is on the faculty in the Pain Research Center, and is an attending physician in the Pain Management Center.

Currently, Dr. Fine serves on the board of directors and is president elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, serves on the board of directors of the American Pain Foundation, and is on the steering committee of the Pain Care Coalition, Washington, DC. He also serves as the external strategic advisor for Capital Hospice, Washington, DC developing sustainable models of advanced illness coordinated care in community settings as an integrative component of comprehensive chronic care. He is very pleased to have been selected to serve as the chair of the National Initiative on Pain Control, a broad-reaching pain improvement project of the American Pain Foundation.

Dr. Fine is widely published in the fields of pain management and end-of-life care. He serves on several scientific advisory boards and the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed medical journals. As a medical avocation, he has worked as a team physician for the University of Utah football team for the last 18 years and was a medical officer for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He is the recipient of the 2007 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Distinguished Hospice Physician Award, and the 2008 American Pain Society John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award. In addition, in 2008, an endowed lectureship has been created in his name at West Virginia University School of Medicine (Perry G. Fine, MD Annual Lectureship in Pain and Palliative Medicine). Dr. Fine is the recipient of the American Academy of Pain Management's 2010 "Head and Heart" award.

R. Norman Harden, MD
Director, Center for Pain Studies
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Associate Professor
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. R. Norman Harden received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He performed an internship and residency in neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequent training included a fellowship at the Pain Control and Rehabilitation Institute of Georgia. Dr. Harden serves a director of the Center for Pain Studies and founded the Chronic Pain Care Center at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is also an associate professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University.

Past president of the Midwest Pain Society, Dr. Harden is also a member of numerous medical societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Headache Association. He is an honorary life member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Harden is senior editor of Pain Medicine and the American Pain Society Bulletin, and serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for numerous other journals as well. He has edited four books, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and abstracts. As a clinical expert in pain management, Dr. Harden's research is primarily focused on the study of complex regional pain syndrome (RSD), musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, and headaches.

Robert N. Jamison, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Departments of Anesthesiology,
Perioperative and Pain Medicine, and Psychiatry
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Robert Jamison received his PhD in clinical psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. He completed internships in clinical psychology at Bexley Hospital, England, and at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Dr. Jamison is a professor at Harvard Medical School in the Departments of Anesthesia, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has more than 30 years experience working with persons with chronic pain. In addition, he is the chief psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, where he directs a structured pain management program.

Dr. Jamison is active in many national and international organizations and has been on the Board of Directors for the American Pain Society and is past president of the New England Pain Association. He also serves on the editorial boards of five different journals, is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for other established medical journals, has served as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine and NIDA Study Sections, and has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences. Dr. Jamison has received numerous grants from the NIH and has authored two books, a CD-ROM, and over 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and chronic pain. He has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has served as principal investigator in many government and industry-sponsored research studies. Dr. Jamison has a long history of mentoring students, fellows, and junior faculty members.

Jianren Mao, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Research
Director, MGH Center for Translational Pain Research
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Jianren Mao received his medical degree from Suzhou Medical College in China and his PhD in neuroscience/physiology at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. He continued his postdoctoral training with an internship and residency in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital, and a pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is the Richard J. Kitz Professor of Anaesthesia Research at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, and a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist. Dr. Mao is the vice chair for research, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, and director of MGH Center for Translational Pain Research.

Dr. Mao is an associate editor for Pain, a section editor for Pain Medicine (translational research) and Anesthesia & Analgesia (Pain Mechanisms), an editorial board member of the Journal of Pain, Molecular Pain, and Journal of Neuropathic Pain, and a reviewer for over 30 professional journals. He has served on a number of grant-reviewing study sections including US National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Canadian Research Council, Austrian Science Foundation, and Danish Council for Strategic Research. Dr. Mao has authored or co-authored over 130 publications and 80 abstracts and published, as sole editor, three books.

Steven P. Stanos, DO
Medical Director
Center for Pain Management
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Northwestern University Medical School, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Steven Stanos earned his doctor of osteopathy degree from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida and went on to complete his internship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospitals and Medical Centers, Midwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. He completed both his residency and pain fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Medical School, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), where he is currently an assistant professor. In addition, Dr. Stanos is the medical director at the RIC Center for Pain Management in Chicago.

Dr. Stanos is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with subspecialty certification in pain. In addition, he is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, and the Midwest Pain Society, among others. Dr. Stanos has lectured and published numerous manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts on the treatment and management of pain.


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Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Jeffrey Gudin has received honoraria related to speakers’ bureau activities from Alere, Covidien, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Purdue Pharma L.P., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Michael Brennan has received honoraria related to speakers' bureau activities and as a consultant from Covidien; Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Insys Therapeutics, Inc.; Millennium Laboratories, LLC; Purdue Pharma L.P.; Teva Pharmaceuticals; and Zogenix, Inc., as well as speakers’ bureau activities from Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

Dr. Roger Fillingim has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities from WebMD. He has received consultant fees and stock options from Algynomics, Inc.

Dr. Perry Fine has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities from Actavis, Purdue Pharma L.P., and Zogenix, Inc., as well as consultant fees from Johnson & Johnson Services, and Mylan Technologies Inc.

Dr. R. Norman Harden and Dr. Jianren Mao have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Dr. Robert Jamison has received grant support related to research activities from Covidien and Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Steven Stanos has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities and consultant fees from Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., myMatrixx, and Pfizer Inc.

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Drs. Brennan, Gudin, Fillingim, Fine, Harden, Jamison, Mao, and Stanos have indicated that they do not intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the US.

Drs. Brennan, Gudin, Fillingim, Fine, Harden, Jamison, Mao, and Stanos have indicated that they do not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the US.

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