Project directors

Scott M. Fishman, M.D. 
Chief of Pain Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center
Dr. Scott M. Fishman is professor of anesthesiology, chief of the division of pain medicine and vice chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at UC Davis. Dr. Fishman lectures on all aspects of pain control as well as preventing prescription drug abuse throughout the U.S. He has authored “The War on Pain”, “Listening to Pain”, and "Responsible Opioid Prescribing." Dr. Fishman has authored many peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, book chapters and other scholarly reviews as well as co-edited such books as "Bonica’s Management of Pain 4th ed." and "Essentials of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia." Dr. Fishman is the past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, past chairman of the Board for the American Pain Foundation and previously served on the board of directors for the American Pain Society. He advocates for safe use of pain medicines with consumers, regulators and lawmakers. Dr. Fishman was honored with the UC Davis Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the John and Emma Bonica Award for Public Service from the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Medicine/Phillip Lippe Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Social and Political Aspect of Pain Medicine, the Head & Heart Award from the American Academy of Pain Management and, most recently, the Public Service Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Professor and Dean Emerita, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
A nurse leader, educator and scientist and a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care, Dr. Young is associate vice chancellor for nursing, founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and professor of internal medicine. Dr. Young’s research and clinical interest is the promotion of healthy aging with a particular focus on the interface between family and formal health-care systems. Her current research includes the use of telehealth and community-based strategies to promote health for rural older adults. Dr. Young serves as chief scientist for the Center for Information Technology Research for the Interest of Society and co-director of the new Latino Aging Research Resource Center. Her educational focus is the development of an innovative, interprofessional graduate program in nursing science and health-care leadership that advances health and contributes to bold system change.

Associate director

Kate Lorenzen
Kate Lorenzen serves as the associate director at the Center for Advancing Pain Relief, an interprofessional collaboration between the schools of Nursing and Medicine. She brings 20 years of experience in program management, organizational development and relationship building in academic and non-profit settings. Kate previously was an assistant director of professional and continuing education at the University of Washington, where she developed and managed degrees and certificates in Public Health and Social Services. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in Non-profit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Committee members

Executive committee
Executive committee from left: Associate Professor Roger Chou, Professor and Associate Dean Keela A. Herr, Professor Emerita Judy Watt-Watson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing Heather M. Young, Associate Professor Beth Murinson, Professor Scott M. Fishman, and Professor Ellyn Arwood  

Ellyn Arwood, Ed.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P. 
Professor, University of Portland
Ellyn Arwood is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Portland. A distinguished academic in education science, Dr. Arwood’s areas of specialization include language disorders, learning theory, cognition, linguistics, special education and neuroeducation. She has partnered with nurse educators on initiatives examining the neurobiology of learning and learning systems and studied how learning theory is used in simulation nursing education.

Daniel B. Carr, M.D., F.A.B.P.M.
Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Daniel B. Carr is a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and directs its interprofessional program in pain research, education and policy, the only such program based in a department of public health and community medicine. He has an honorary fellowship from the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. As a clinician and investigator, Carr has published in pain research, evidence-based medicine and the social and political aspects of pain relief. He was founding editor of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP): Clinical Updates; lead editor for pain trials in the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care review group; and serves on editorial boards of pain-related journals. Beyond Carr's work with IASP and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, he has had advisory roles for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, the Joint Commission, National Institutes of Health and the American Chronic Pain Association. Carr's honors include American Pain Society's Fordyce, Distinguished Service, and Narcessian (Educational Excellence) Awards, American Association of Physicists in Medicine's Lippe and Founders’ Awards and citations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Roger Chou, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Informatics, Oregon Health and Science University
Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center
Roger Chou is an associate professor of medicine and medical informatics at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Chou is also director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Chou has been the director of the American Pain Society Clinical Practice Guidelines Development Program since 2004. As director, Dr. Chou has led the development of clinical guidelines for the management of lower-back pain and the use of opioids for non-cancer pain. Dr. Chou’s other research interests are systematic review methodology, meta-analysis, screening and preventive services, guideline development and drug effectiveness.

Debra B. Gordon R.N.-B.C., D.N.P., A.C.N.S.-B.C., F.A.A.N.
Teaching Associate, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington
Debra B. Gordon is a teaching associate with the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle. She works in conjunction with the inpatient and outpatient pain relief services, clinics and hospital staff to collaborate on improving systems of care and designing outcome evaluations that benefit patients and populations across the continuum of care. Gordon is a co-investigator for the University of Washington's National Institutes of Health designated Center of Excellence in Pain Education. She has also been involved in a number of national and international projects focused on improving pain management with the American Pain Society's Quality Improvement Guidelines; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Postoperative Pain Management Quality Improvement Project; the Australian National Institute of Clinical Studies evidence-practice gap project on managing acute and cancer pain in hospitalized patients; and the International “Pain-Out” Registry. Gordon has served as a member of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s content expert panel on pain management, the American Medical Association’s Episodes and Costs of Care Low Back Pain Workgroup, and as co-chair for the American Pain Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and Veteran’s Administration- Department of Defense acute postoperative pain guideline. Gordon is active in a number of professional pain management societies and has served as a board member for both the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and the American Pain Society. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Keela A. Herr, Ph.D., R.N., A.G.S.F., F.A.A.N.
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty, University of Iowa College of Nursing
Co-Director, John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
Keela A. Herr, is professor and associate dean for faculty in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Herr has been engaged in a program of research, scholarly and professional activities focused on the problem of pain in older adults, with emphases in assessment strategies, improving practices through translation research and end of life care. Dr. Herr is the co-director of the Iowa John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, recently completed an research project grant funded by the National Institutes of Health on “Facilitating Evidence-based Pain Management Practices in Older Adults with Cancer Pain in Hospices and is co-principal investigator of a National Institute of Nursing Research-funded pre-doctoral clinical research training grant focused on pain and associated symptoms. She presents nationally and internationally on strategies for improving assessment and management of pain in elders and has published extensively on the topic of elder pain. She served on the 1998, 2002 and 2009 American Geriatric Society persistent pain guideline expert panels; served on the board of directors for the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and the American Pain Society. Dr. Herr was honored with the Midwest Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contribution to Research in the Midwest Award (2009) and recently received the John A. Hartford Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Society Award for Leadership in Geriatric Nursing Research. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Geriatric Society.

Beth Murinson, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Beth Murinson is an associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Murinson has participated in a wide range of research investigations including nerve structure and function, immune-mediated neurological disorders such as Stiff-person syndrome and multi-disciplinary studies of pain originating from nerve injury and dysfunction. Dr. Murinson served as Mayday Fellow in 2005-2006 and has focused on examining the inclusion of pain management in medical education. She led a study to assess the scope and scale of pain education programs in the United States and Canada, and developed and evaluated a curriculum within Johns Hopkins that addressed both the affective and cognitive dimensions of pain. She has lead national workshops on pain education (APS, IASP) and was a founding co-chair of the American Pain Society Pain Education Special Interest Group. She currently heads the American Academy of Pain Medicine sub-committee on medical student education.

Judy Watt-Watson, R.N., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto
Judy Watt-Watson is a professor emerita at the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and was inaugural executive director of the Centre for Professional Development. She is the president of the Canadian Pain Society, a member of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain Advisory Committee, faculty associate at University Health Network Hospital, associate scientific staff member of the Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital and chair of the Registered Nurses of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines: Pain Assessment & Management. She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain Education Initiatives Working Group, chair of their Interprofessional Pain Curriculum subgroup and secretary of the new Education Special Interest Group. She was the inaugural chair of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain Interfaculty Pain Curriculum involving six health-science faculties.