Richard Payne, MD

Richard Payne, MD, Medical Director
John B. Francis Chair, Center for Bioethics
Esther Colliflower Professor
Medicine and Divinity, Duke University

Dr. Payne received his B.A. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 1973 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1977. He completed his post-graduate training in medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston in 1979, in neurology at the Cornell Campus of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in 1982, and his fellowship training in pharmacology, neuro-oncology, and pain medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in 1984. He was a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Medical Faculty Development program (now the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program) from 1981-1984. Dr. Payne is board certified in neurology with added qualifications in pain management and palliative medicine.

Prior to his appointment at Duke University, Dr. Payne served as Chief of the Pain and Symptom Management Section in the Department of Neurology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX (1992-1998). He also led the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he held the Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology and was Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University (1998-2004). Among his other appointments, Dr. Payne has served and continues to serve on various boards, federal panels, and committees including:

  • Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA)
  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Institute of Medicine
  • President’s Cancer Panel
  • President of the American Pain Society, 2003-2004
  • Hastings Bioethics Center
  • QRx Pharma
  • Prolong Pharmaceuticals
  • Vitas Innovative Hospice Care

As an internationally known expert in neurology, oncology, pain management, palliative care, and bioethics, Dr. Payne has more than 275 publications, has edited four books, given many endowed lectures, and received numerous awards. Included among his lectures are:

  • The Jules Rominger Lecture, Mercy Health System, Philadelphia
  • The Florence M. Lockhart Nimick Lecture, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • The Humphrey Oei Distinguished Lecture, Lien Palliative Care Center, National Cancer Institute in Singapore
  • The Josephine Magno Lecture, Capital Hospice
  • The Rosemary Flanagan Lecture, Center for Practical Bioethics

Dr. Payne’s awards include:

  • Distinguished Service Award, American Pain Society
  • John. J. Bonica Leadership Award, Eastern Pain Association
  • Humanitarian Service Award, Urban Resources Institute
  • Pioneer Award, Operation Rainbow/PUSH
  • Excellence in Pain Award, Janssen Pharmaceutical
  • Vision to Action Award, Center for Practical Bioethics