Seddon Savage, MD (Co-Chair)
Dartmouth Medical School
Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Recovery and Education
Seddon Savage, MD, is an Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Recovery and Education at Dartmouth Medical School. She is the co-chair of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and other Drugs Opioid Task Force. She is a clinician, educator and consultant in the fields of addiction medicine and pain medicine.
Jianren Mao, MD, PhD (Co-chair)
Jianren Mao, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist with research interests in pain mechanisms, clinical pain management, and opioid-related issues.
Vania Apkarian, PhD
Professor of Physiology, Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A. Vania Apkarian, PhD is a Professor of Physiology, Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research interests include human brain imaging of chronic pain conditions and animal studies of critical dynamics of pain.
David Clark, MD
Palo Alto VA Pain Management Service
David J. Clark, MD, is Director of the Palo Alto VA Pain Management Service, and directs a laboratory whose interests are focused on understanding pain mechanisms as well as developing new treatments.
Daniel Clauw, MD
University of Michigan
Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Psychiatry
Daniel Clauw, MD, is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Psychiatry and Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue research center at the University of Michigan.
Steven P. Cohen, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Steven P. Cohen, MD, is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician with expertise in spinal pain, neuropathic pain, and designing clinical trials to evaluate procedural interventions.
Chuck Inturissi, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine
Professor of Pharmacology
Charles E. Inturrisi, PhD, is professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medicine. He also holds an appointment with the Palliative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Inturrisi's current research activities are examining the long-term outcomes and effectiveness of treatments for chronic cancer and noncancer pain received by patients at two New York City hospital-based outpatient pain clinics.
Robert D. Kerns, PhD *
Professor of Psychiatry
Robert Kerns, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with broad clinical and health services research interests focused primarily on assessment and management of chronic pain and mental health and substance use disorder co-morbidities.
Tonya Palermo, PhD
University of Washington Children’s
Tonya Palermo, PhD, is an expert in childhood chronic pain, in particular, the development and evaluation of psychological treatments for pediatric chronic pain management.
Michael Rowbotham, MD
California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
Senior Scientist and Scientific Director
Michael Rowbotham, MD is a Senior Scientist and Scientific Director of the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. His current research efforts focus on the mechanisms, natural history, and management of chronic neuropathic pain, clinical trial design, opioid analgesic tolerance, and incorporation of human experimental pain models into testing of new analgesic agents.
Kathleen Sluka, PT PhD
University of Iowa
Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA is a Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sluka’s lab studies the peripheral and central mechanisms of chronic musculoskeletal pain, and non-pharmacological treatment for chronic pain.
David Williams, PhD *
University of Michigan
Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology), Psychiatry, and Psychology
Dr. David A. Williams is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Michigan where he serves as the Associate Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, Co-Director of Research Development within the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, and as a senior faculty member within the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation. He is both a clinician and researcher with publications in the areas of chronic illness management, e- and m-health services delivery, patient-reported outcomes instrument development and validation, and mechanisms of pain perception/modulation. He is the immediate past President of the American Pain Society and serves on numerous scientific editorial boards and scientific review committees both nationally and internationally.
Partap Khalsa, PhD (non-voting member)
NIH Pain Consortium
Cheryse Sankar, PhD (non-voting member)
Christin Veasley (non-voting member)
Chronic Pain Research Alliance- Public Member/Steering Committee