PAINWeek is the largest US pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management.

PAINWeek offers a multidisciplinary faculty and diverse curriculum in the following course concentrations: acute, behavioral, and interventional pain management; chronic pain syndromes; medical/legal issues; neurology; palliative care; and pharmacotherapy, along with over 30 Special Interest Sessions. Full-day programs will be presented by the American Headache Society, the International Pelvic Pain Society, and the International Myopain Society.

2019 Faculty

View the list of faculty for 2019.

Faculty Members

(Faculty names are listed in alphabetical order by last name)


Charles E. Argoff
Sawsan As-Sanie
Timothy J. Atkinson


Miroslav Backonja
Meredith Barad
Michael C. Barnes
Rami Ben-Joseph
Jennifer Bolen
Robert A. Bonakdar
Frank Breve
Abigail T. Brooks
Garry J. Brydges


Keith A. Candiotti
Jorge F. Carrillo
Larry Charleston IV
Martin D. Cheatle
Paul J. Christo
Jamie Clapp
Michael R. Clark
Corinne E. Cooley
David Cosio
Becky L. Curtis


Amanda M. Daniels


Mechele Fillman
Colleen M. Fitzgerald
Maria C. Foy
James R. Fricton
Andrew S. Friedman
Jeffrey Fudin


Mark Garofoli
Jessica Geiger-Hayes
David M. Glick
Debra B. Gordon
Errol M. Gould
Douglas L. Gourlay
Jeffrey A. Gudin
Mayank Gupta


Jennifer M. Hah
Christopher M. Herndon
Emily Hurstak


Gary W. Jay
Jessica D. Johnson
Wayne Boice Jonas


Ming-Chih Kao
Brian F. Kaufman
Courtney M. Kominek
Michael J. Kurisu


Georgine M. Lamvu
Edward S. Lee
Sean Li
Ginevra Liptan
Amanda Locke
Joanne V. Loewy


Theresa Mallick-Searle
Alexandra McPherson
Mary Lynn McPherson
Laura Meyer-Junco
Judith A. Miller
John F. Mondanaro
Collin V. Montgomery
Deborah Morrow


Srinivas Nalamachu


Elizabeth M. Oliva
Einar Ottestad


Sarah Palyo
Sanjog S. Pangarkar
Steven D. Passik
Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr.
Mel Pohl
Heather Poupore-King
Scott Powers
Ravi Prasad


Robert B. Raffa
Bradlee Rea
Nina Riggins
Andrew R. Rossetti
Ethan B. Russo


Friedhelm Sandbrink
Scot H. Sarver
Michael E. Schatman
Kathryn A. Schopmeyer
Beatrice Setnik
Kristen M. Slater
Brett B. Snodgrass
Robert D. Sproul


Robert Towle


Tanya J. Uritsky


Lynn R. Webster
Leigh Ann Wilson
Charles E. Wollmuth
Steven L. Wright


Kevin L. Zacharoff
Stephen J. Ziegler

2019 Special Workshops

Among the 120+ CE/CME hours of content being presented are 3 timely and relevant half-day workshops conducted by our all-star faculty. 

Check back soon for the PAINWeek 2020 Special Workshops!

Workshop: Innovations in Pain Medicine Ultrasonography: Image Guidance, Diagnosis, and Emerging Applications

Registration Fee: $350

Tuesday, 9/3


The field of pain medicine ultrasonography is continually evolving with utility in image guidance, diagnosis or point-of-care assessment, and treatment. Around the world, pain medicine specialists favor the use of ultrasound guidance for its accuracy, portability, direct visualization of vasculature, and decreased radiation exposure. In addition, emerging applications continue to evolve for pain medicine sonography with new developments in peripheral nerve stimulation and regenerative medicine. This hands-on session will cover the latest evidence-based rationale for ultrasound image guidance for interventions vs other modalities including fluoroscopy and CT-guidance. An introduction to diagnostic ultrasonography will be presented covering common pain conditions. Emerging applications for pain medicine ultrasonography particularly relating to peripheral nerve stimulation, regenerative medicine, cryotherapy, and radiofrequency will be discussed.

Workshop: Hitting the Bull’s Eye in Pain Management: Using All the Arrows in Your Quiver

Registration Fee: $165

Wednesday, 9/4


Rarely is one medication or pharmacologic class of drugs the answer to a medical conundrum, including in pain management. While opioids are indisputably valuable in treating acute pain and some forms of chronic pain, they are just one therapeutic option. Participants in this fast paced, case-based session will learn about the appropriate use of different medications in lieu of, or in combination with, opioid therapy. Along the way we will explore contemporary issues in pain management such as the positive and negative implications of gabapentinoid plus opioid therapy, specific evidence that supports the use of cannabinoids in the management of chronic pain (and does it reduce opioid burden?), and other controversial issues. Participants will learn how to deal with difficult pain syndromes including wound pain, complicated neuropathic pain, and functional pain syndromes. Lastly, we will wrestle with cases that illustrate the need to deploy interventional pain management strategies instead of, or in addition, to opioid therapy. Bring your seat belt: this is going to be a crazy ride!

Workshop: Rotate the Molecule! Rationalizing Excessive Opioid Prescribing With Buprenorphine

Registration Fee: $165

Wednesday, 9/4


Buprenorphine is a partial mu agonist that has been clinically available for many years. It was recently made available for the treatment of opioid dependency in the office-based setting. Even more recently, it is enjoying a renewed popularity as an opioid analgesic for the treatment of chronic pain. In this workshop, attendees will explore problematic and sometimes excessively high opioid prescription levels in the context of a treatable clinical condition; case-based examples will be provided. The basics of buprenorphine pharmacology, clinical utility, and the regulatory status of a variety of currently available preparations will be examined through the prism of current as well as past peer reviewed literature. Participants will gain a better understanding of initiation, stabilization, maintenance, and exit strategies.

Satellite Events

For industry professionals interested in sponsoring a satellite event, please click here.

PAINWeek 2020 Satellite Events Will be posted in late-Spring

About Satellite Events and Symposia

Satellite events complement the PAINWeek curriculum.

These events include both certified and noncertified programs. Course descriptions for certified activities, faculty disclosures, and protocol for obtaining CE/CME credit will be provided by individual event organizers. Please contact the organizers for further details.

Seating is strictly limited for all events. Preference may be given to preregistrants. If you are registered, please still plan on arriving at the door no later than 10 minutes prior to start time to ensure that your seat is held for you. A limited number of meals or refreshments will be served where indicated.

Nonmedical professionals or members of industry may only be allowed to participate at the discretion of the program organizers. Typically organizers do not accommodate family members, office staff, or guests of healthcare professionals.

There are no fees to attend any of these educational activities.

Information provided and opinions expressed have not involved any verification of the findings, conclusions, and opinions by PAINWeek. Opinions expressed by speakers do not necessarily reflect those of PAINWeek. No responsibility is assumed by PAINWeek for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instruction, or ideas contained in the material herein. Because of the rapid advances in the medical sciences, PAINWeek recommends that independent verification of diagnoses and medication dosages should be made by each healthcare professional.

2019 Satellite Events

2019 App and Mobile Website

Everything you need to know about PAINWeek is on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Download the 2019 App and View the Mobile Website

3 easy ways to access PAINWeek mobile: 

Download from the App Store

Download from Google Play

Visit m.painweek.org (no download required)
Note: If you have downloaded the app from 2018 or earlier, please delete it and download the new one.

Everything you need to know about PAINWeek is on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop:

  • Get maps of the conference venue
  • Stay up-to-date on PAINWeek announcements
  • Access the conference schedule
  • Link to session slides
  • View course credit procedures
  • View and plan a visit to the Exhibit Hall
  • Complete session evaluations

Poster Abstracts

Scientific Posters to be presented at the 2019 National Conference.

2019 Accepted Abstracts

CE/CME and Accreditation

Certified credit for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and more!

Accreditation for PAINWeek 2020 will be available soon.

CE/CME and Accreditation

This activity is provided by Global Education Group.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and social workers involved in the treatment of patients with pain.

Purpose Statement

PAINWeek® provides practical knowledge and tools for busy pain management practitioners to utilize in their daily practice.

Educational Need

"Chronic pain is on the doorstep of every healthcare provider on Main Street. It doesn't matter whether you're in Kentucky or Iowa or Ohio or California or New York, it is everywhere. To me someone who says to a patient 'I don't treat chronic pain because I'm not a pain management physician' is really saying there are 7,000 board certified pain clinicians in the United States. That's a fact. More or less 7,000 vs the number of people in the United States who suffer with chronic pain which, according to the Institute of Medicine, is somewhere around a 100 million people. If you do the math, there's not enough healthcare providers in that 7,000 to see patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year." Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, FACIP, FACPE, FAAP

Over 120 hours of content will be presented!

Learning Objectives

After attending PAINWeek, learners should be better able to:

  • Explain pain terminology
  • Describe the protocols for acute and chronic pain assessment
  • Interpret basic diagnostic procedures for used to identify pain disorders
  • Describe mechanisms by which regular physical activity and exercise decrease pain
  • Identify the specific pain pathways acted upon by certain pharmacotherapies
  • Calculate opioid conversions
  • Cite current medical/legal issues impacting clinical pain management
  • Assess strategies for treating pain and chemical dependency
  • Identify the top prescription drugs of abuse
  • Recognize a patient-centered approach to chronic pain management
  • Apply adult learning theories to patient, provider, and caregiver communications

For full learning objectives, please visit m.painweek.org.

Physician Accreditation Statement

Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 39.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacy Continuing Education
Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation
Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 39.0 contact hours (3.90 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Please see m.painweek.org for full ACPE information and UAN numbers.

Please note: Pharmacy learners will not be eligible to receive partial credit. Individual courses must be attended in their entirety in order to be eligible to receive credit for those 1.0 or 2.0 credit hour sessions.


Instructions for Credit—In order to receive credit, pharmacist participants must attend an entire course and complete the online credit application and evaluation form. An NABP number and date of birth (DOB) will be required to complete these forms and earn credit. Please bring this information with you to the conference for use while completing your evaluations.

Nursing Continuing Education

Global Education Group is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

This educational activity for 39.0 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologist Continuing Education

Global Education Group (Global) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Global maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been approved for a maximum of 39.0 ;CE credits for psychologists. The instructional level of this activity is introductory. Psychologists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note: Attendance of psychology learners will be monitored. As with all conference participants, psychology learners will be required to scan in using their coded badge. Psychology learners must then formally sign out for each session in which they are applying for continuing education credit.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

Global Education Group is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 110121. This activity is approved for 39.0 contact hour(s) which includes 20.90 hour(s) of pharmacology.
Activity ID #2610L.

This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.

Physician Assistants

The AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Social Workers

Due to updates in policies and procedures for the NASW accreditation process, we will not be submitting to them for PAINWeek 2019.

American Academy of Family Physicians Continuing Education

PAINWeek 2019 is pending approval from AAFP.


Instructions for Credit

In order to receive credit, participants must attend the course and complete the online credit application and evaluation form. These forms will be sent by evl@conexsys.com after the meeting concludes. Participants can only claim the hours they were actually in attendance for CME credit. Statements of credit are available to print upon completion of online forms.

Please note that registration fees apply to this conference.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com

Supported in part by an educational grant from St. Jude.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Name of Planner or Manager and Reported Financial Relationship

Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN—Nothing to disclose
Kristen Delisi, NP—Nothing to disclose
Lindsay Borvansky—Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk—Nothing to disclose
Liddy Knight—Nothing to disclose
Kelvin Burton, MD—Nothing to disclose

Americans with Disabilities Act

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (physical, dietary, etc).