Stanford Pain Department chair Sean Mackey, MD,
PhD, held a key leadership role in developing the NIH Health and
Human Services National
Pain Strategy. Mackey, who is chief of Stanford's Division of
Pain Medicine and Redlich Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative
and Pain Medicine, Neurosciences and Neurology, served as co-chair of
the committee that produced the National Pain Strategy report.
The report outlines a comprehensive plan to improve the assessment
and care of people in pain. It aims to better educate health care
providers about pain, change reimbursements to pay for what works,
break down barriers to reduce disparities in care, collect data to
determine what works and spur research to better understand the impact
and underlying causes of pain—and how to stop it.
"Achieving the goals outlined in the National Pain Strategy
will require us all to work together," said Mackey.
Mackey was awarded the highly prestigious National Institutes of
Health Director's Award in recognition of his leadership role on the
National Pain Strategy. The NIH Director's Award recognizes superior
performance and leadership that has promoted the advancement,
understanding or application of scientific principles directly related
to fulfilling the mission of the National Institutes of Health. This
is the first time a specialist in pain medicine won this distinguished award.
Under Mackey's leadership, researchers at the Stanford Pain
Management Center and the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain
Laboratory have made major advances in the understanding of chronic
pain as a disease in its own right, one that fundamentally alters the
nervous system. Mackey has overseen efforts to map the specific brain
and spinal cord regions that perceive and process pain, which has led
to the development of a multidisciplinary treatment model that
translates basic science research into innovative therapies to provide
more effective, personalized treatments for patients with chronic pain.
The Stanford Pain
Management Center, under Mackey's leadership has been designated
a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society, one of only two
centers in the United States to receive this honor twice.
National Pain Strategy report