Fellows Pain Experts

This guide connects you with some of North America’s leading experts in the fields of acute and chronic pain and pain management. Experts from the United States and Canada are listed by subject area and by patient population, and are available to take your call for an interview or discussion. They represent a geographically diverse group from the many pain management medical disciplines.

All of the experts are part of the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship Program.

Pain Experts Guide

Front row, left to right: David Lam, Katherine Barsness, Michael Leong, Rachael Coakley, Andrea Furlan, Fiona Campbell, Dave Walton. Back row, left to right: Sharon Wrona, Robert Gereau, Cheryl Stucky, Alexandre DaSilva, Robert Bonakdar.

2019-20 Mayday Fellows

Samina Ali, MDCM, FRCPC (PEM)
Professor, Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, and Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Tamara Baker, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director of Gerontology, University of Kansas

Edward Bilsky, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Pacific Northwest University

Hance Clarke, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Staff Anesthesiologist; Director, Pain Services; Director, Good Hope Ehlers Danlos Clinic and Transitional Pain Service; and Medical Director, The Pain Research Unit, Toronto General Hospital; Co-chair, Knowledge Translation, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain

Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD
Core Faculty, University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Anschutz Medical Campus

Mary Janevic, MPH, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan

Kate Nicholson, JD
Principal, ADAadept; National Council on Independent Living

Mark Pitcher, PhD
Director, Health Sciences Inter-Professional Research, University of Bridgeport

Pamela Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Founder, Stress Resources

Jody Thomas, PhD
Executive Director, Meg Foundation

Janet Van Cleave, PhD, RN, AOCNP
Assistant Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Erin Young, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas School of Medicine

2018 – 2019 Mayday Fellows

Katherine Barsness, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery and Medical Education, Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Robert Bonakdar, MD, FACN, FAAFP
Director of Pain Management, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Fiona Campbell, BSc, MD
FRCA Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children; Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto

Rachael Coakley, PhD
Director, Clinical Innovation and Outreach in Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; Assistant Professor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital

Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc
Associate Professor, Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort (H.O.P.E.) Lab, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Andrea D. Furlan, MD, PhD
Scientist, Institute for Work & Health; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist and Physician staff, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network (UHN)

Robert Gereau, PhD
Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology; Director, Washington University Pain Center Washington University School of Medicine

David K. Lam, MD, DDS, PhD, FRDC, DABOMS
Professor & Chairman, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Professor, Department of Surgery; Director, LITElab, Stony Brook University; Surgeon-Scientist, Stony Brook Cancer Center

Michael Leong, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford Pain Management Center

Cheryl Stucky, PhD
Marvin Wagner Endowed Professor Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Director, Pain Division, Neuroscience Research Center, Medical College of Wisconsin

David Walton, BScPT, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor Western University of Canada

Sharon Wrona, DNP, RN-BC, PNP, PMHS, AP-PMN
Administrative Director Comprehensive Pain & Palliative Care Services, Nationwide Children’s Hospital


2014 – 2015 Mayday Fellows


Front row, left to right: Jeff Mogil, PhD; Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN; Deirdre Logan, PhD. Back row, left to right: Sean Mackey, MD, PhD; Stephen Ziegler, PhD, JD; Meredith Rockeymoore Brooks, MD, MPH.


Meredith Rockeymoore Brooks, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN, Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist, School of Nursing, Departments of Pediatrics, Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre

Deirdre Logan, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director of Psychological Services for Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, Redlich Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Mogil, PhD, E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies and Canada Research Chair, McGill University

Stephen Ziegler, PhD, JD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy, Indiana University-Purdue University


2013 – 2014 Mayday Fellows


Starting on the left: Karen D. Davis, PhD; Catherine Underwood, MBA, CAE; Brian L. Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD; Steven P. Stanos, DO; Cindy Steinberg; Bill McCarberg, MD


Karen D. Davis, PhD,Head & Senior Scientist, Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience, Toronto Western Research Institute; and Professor, Department of Surgery and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Bill McCarberg, MD,Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California San Diego; Family Medicine Provider, Neighborhood Healthcare; Hospice Provider, Elizabeth Hospice in Escondido, California

Brian L. Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD,Director, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; Director, New York University Oral Cancer Center; Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Professor, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience; and Co-Leader, Epidemiology and Cancer Control, New York University Cancer Institute

Steven P. Stanos, DO, Director, Corporate Pain Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC); Attending Physician, RIC Center for Pain Management; Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Assistant Program Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship; Department of Anesthesia, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, U.S. Pain Foundation; Policy Council Chair, Massachusetts Pain Initiative

Catherine Underwood, MBA, CAE,Chief Executive Officer, American Pain Society


2012 – 2013 Mayday Fellows


Starting on the left: Renee C.B. Manworren, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC; Aaron Gilson, MS, MSSW, PhD; Lisa M. Peters, MN, RN-BC; Jason McDougall, PhD; Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych; Seddon Savage, MD, MS


Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych, Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Aaron Gilson, MS, MSSW, PhD, Research Program Manager and Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin Pain and Policy Studies Group

Renee C.B. Manworren, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, Nurse Scientist, Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Jason McDougall, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University

Lisa M. Peters, MN, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seddon Savage, MD, MS, Medical Director, Chronic Pain and Addiction Treatment Center, Silver Hill Hospital; Director, Dartmouth Center on Addiction Recovery and Education, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


2011 – 2012 Mayday Fellows


Starting on the left: Robert Twillman, PhD; David S. Craig, PharmD, BCPS; Jennifer N. Stinson, RN, PhD, CPNP; Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN; Denise Harrison, PhD; Gregory W. Terman, MD, PhD


David S. Craig, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist and Residency Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor and Sickle Cell Scholar, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

Denise Harrison, PhD, Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and University of Ottawa

Jennifer N. Stinson, RN, PhD, CPNP, Clinician Scientist and Assistant Professor, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto

Gregory W. Terman, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, University of Washington

Robert Twillman, PhD, Director of Policy and Advocacy, American Academy of Pain Management


2010 – 2011 Mayday Fellows


Starting on the left: Lynn Webster, M.D., FACPM, FASAM; Mary Lynn McPherson, BCPS, CPE; Elliot Krane, M.D.; Anita Gupta, D.O., PharmD; Corita Grudzen, M.D., MSHS; Patricia Tabloski, Ph.D., CNP-BC, FAAN, FGSA


Anita Gupta, D.O., PharmD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania

Corita R. Grudzen, M.D., MSHS, Assistant Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Elliot J. Krane, M.D., Professor of Anesthesia & Pediatrics, Head of Pediatric Pain Management, Stanford University School of Medicine and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Patricia A. Tabloski, Ph.D., GNP-BC, FAAN, FGSA, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College

Lynn R. Webster, M.D., FACPM, FASAM, Medical Director, Lifetree Clinical Research and Pain Clinic


2008 – 2009 Mayday Fellows


Starting on the left: William Zempsky, M.D.; Bonnie Stevens, M.S.N., Ph.D.; Scott Strassels, PharmD., Ph.D., B.C.P.S.; Lisa Robin; Paul Christo, M.D., M.B.A.; Anna Taddio, Ph.D.


Paul Christo, M.D., M.B.A., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Lisa Robin, Senior Vice President, Federation of State Medical Boards.

Bonnie Stevens, M.S.N., Ph.D., Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children.

Scott Strassels, PharmD., Ph.D., B.C.P.S., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus.

Anna Taddio, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.

William Zempsky, M.D., Head, Division of Pain Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine.


2007 – 2008 Mayday Fellows


Starting on the leftt: Mary Elizabeth Lynch, MD; Elizabeth Ely, RN, PhD; Annie Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD; Jennie Tsao, PhD; Paula Tanabe, RN, PhD; Edward Michna, MD, JD.


Elizabeth Ely, Ph.D., R.N., Nurse Researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Mary Elizabeth Lynch, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Anesthesia and Pharmacology at Dalhousie University and Director of the Pain Management Unit at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and Capital District Health Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Edward Michna, M.D., J.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Pain Trials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Anne Louise Oaklander, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Neurology and Pathology Departments at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Paula Tanabe, R.N., Ph.D., MPH, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Institute for Healthcare Studies in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Jennie Ching-I Tsao, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


2006 – 2007 Mayday Fellows


Starting on the left: Paul M. Arnstein, R.N., PhD.; Steven D. Passik, Ph.D.; Terry Altilio, LCSW; Steven J Weisman, M.D.; Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C; James Patrick Murphy, M.D.


Terry Altilio, LCSW, Department of Pain Medicine & Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center.

Paul M. Arnstein, R.N., PhD., Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pain Relief, Director MGH Cares About Pain Relief at Massachusetts General Hospital.

James Patrick Murphy, M.D., Medical Director, Murphy Pain Center, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Steven D. Passik, Ph.D., Associate Attending Psychologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Associate professor of Psychiatry, Weill College of Cornell Medical Center.

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C, Senior Research Specialist, Nursing Research and Education Department, City of Hope National Medical Center.

Steven J Weisman, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin and Jane B. Pettit Chair in Pain Management, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.


2005 – 2006 Mayday Fellows


Front row, left to right: Beth B. Murinson, M.D., Ph.D.; Georgia L. Brown, MS, R.N.; Gary A. Walco, Ph.D.; Back row, left to right: Walter B. Forman, M.D.; G. Allen Finley, M.D., FRCPC, FAAP ; Larry C. Driver, M.D.


Georgia L. Brown, MS, R.N., Instructor, Department of Public Health Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and Director of the Pennsylvania Cancer Pain Initiative

Larry C. Driver, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

G. Allen Finley, M.D., FRCPC, FAAP, Professor of Anesthesia & Psychology at Dalhousie University, Dr. Stewart Wenning Chair in Pediatric Pain Management, and Director, Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, IWK Health Centre

Walter B. Forman, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Beth B. Murinson, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Pain Education and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Gary A. Walco, Ph.D., Director of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Professor of Anesthesiology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Washington College of Medicine


2004 – 2005 Mayday Fellows


Front row, left to right: Carmen R. Green, M.D.; Celeste Johnston, R.N., DEd; Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D.; Back row, left to right: Jerome Kurent, M.D.; Allen Lebovits, Ph.D.; Patrick Coyne, R.N.


Patrick Coyne, R.N., Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Director of the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals/Virginia Commonwealth Health Systems

Carmen R. Green, M.D., Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Medical Director for Acute Pain Services at the University of Michigan Medical School

Celeste Johnston, R.N., DEd, Professor in the School of Nursing at McGill University, Quebec

Jerome Kurent, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine & Neurology at Medical University of South Carolina

Allen Lebovits, Ph.D., Director, Psychological Services, Division of Neurology and Integrative Pain Medicine at ProHEALTH Care Associates, LLP; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, NYU School of Medicine; and Allied Health Professional, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System

Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D., Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Director of the Pediatric Pain Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles