Pain Management through the lens of Whole Person Health


Junior Investigator Poster Abstracts(pdf, 470 KB)

Speaker Bios(pdf, 250 KB)


Co-chairs: Inna Belfer, Md, PhD | NCCIH Melissa Ghim, PhD | NIDCR

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June 1, 2022 11:00am to 5:15pm


Welcome and Opening Remarks Walter Koroshetz, MD | Director, NINDS| Chair, NIH Pain Consortium Executive Committee


Keynote Address - Transforming Healthcare to Whole Health: What Can it Mean for Pain Management? Tracy Gaudet, MD | Former Executive Director of The Whole Health Institute | Former Executive Director of Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation


Panel Session: Complexity of Pain and the Interplay of Comorbidities Moderator: Alex Tuttle, PhD | NINDS


Overview: Complexity of Pain & the Interplay of Comorbidities: Through the Lens of the Military Health System  Tracy Perez Koehlmoos, PhD, MHA | Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Reframing Endometriosis: A Systemic Disease Beyond the Pelvis Sawsan As-Sanie, MD | University of Michigan

How Affective Function Frames the Association of Sleep and Pain Patrick Finan, PhD |Johns Hopkins University  

Treating Chronic Pain in Individuals with Substance Use Disorders Mark Ilgen, PhD | University of Michigan

Orofacial Pain – More Than One System at Play Eli Eliav, DMD, PhD | University of Rochester


Panel Session Q&A




Junior Investigators Session  Moderator: Laura Wandner, PhD| NINDS

Pre-recorded presentations and Q&A


Panel Session: Integration of Whole-Person Tools and Approaches Moderator: Yu Lin, MD, PhD | NIDA


Overview:  Ideas for Designing Pain Research from a Whole Person Perspective Mark Jensen, PhD | University of Washington

Pain, Expectancy, Arousal, and the Role of the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Lauren Atlas, PhD| National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

A Person Oriented Approach to Research on Pain and Pain Management Daniel Bauer, PhD| University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Assessing chronic overlapping pain conditions within individuals. David Williams, PhD | University of Michigan


Panel Session Q&A


Junior Investigator Session Moderator: Sarah Woller, PhD | NINDS

Pre-recorded presentations and Q&A

5:15 pm


June 2, 2022 11:00am to 5:15pm


Opening Remarks and Keynote Introduction Helene Langevin, MD | Director, NCCIH| NIH Pain Consortium Executive Committee


Keynote Address - The Value of Deconstructing Experience to Discover the Whole Person Ruth Wolever, PhD | Vanderbilt University


A Patient's Perspective  Konstanze  E. Snyder, Lt Col, USAFR, Ret. 


Junior Investigator Session Moderator: Leah Pogorzala, PhD | NINDS

Pre-recorded presentations and Q&A


Mitchell Max: The Person Behind the Award Inna Belfer, MD, PhD | Program Director, NCCIH


Mitchell Max Awardee Presentation Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN| Director, NINR| NIH Pain Consortium Executive Committee


Mitchell Max Awardee Presentation




Implementation of Whole-Person Approaches to Pain Management Moderator: Xincheng Zheng, MD, PhD | NIAMS

Memories and Lessons Learned from a Dialysis Graduate David White | Patient Advocate

Whole-person Pain Treatment Implementation: Engaging Stakeholders Ardith Doorenboos, PhD, RN, FAAN| University of Illinois Chicago

Personalized Psychological Approaches to Chronic Pain Informed by Whole Person Health Linsey McKernan, PhD, MPH | Vanderbilt University

Barriers to Implementation of Whole-Person Approaches to Pain Management Wally Smith, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University  


Q&A and Facilitated Panel Discussion Facilitator - Misha Mackonja, MD | NCCIH Leah Discussant - Karen Seal, MD, MPG | University of California, San Francisco | VA, Healthcare system 


Closing Remarks Rena D'Souza, DDS, MS, PhD | Director, NIDCR | NIH Pain Consortium Executive Committee


Networking Session Transition






17th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium Pain Management through the lens of Whole Person Health

Keynote presentation by Dr. Tracy Gaudet and Dr. Ruth Wolever.

The NIH Pain Consortium sponsors an annual symposium on a significant topic relevant to pain. This symposium features NIH supported researchers whose work has made an important contribution to pain research. In addition to speakers and panel sessions the symposium includes a patients' perspective talk and a session featuring early career investigators. 


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