Published by Managed Care Magazine

National professional organization is updating, revamping, and expanding programs

The membership of the American Academy of Pain Management has voted to change the organization’s name to the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. For the last 28 years, the Academy was the only national professional organization dedicated to advancing the integrative pain care approaches that now define “best practice” in the National Pain Strategy published by the National Institutes of Health.

“Our mission and our name are finally aligned,” announced Board President Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH. Dr. Katzman is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Director of the University of New Mexico Pain Center, and Co-Director of the UNM Project ECHO Chronic Pain Program. “The board recommended this change because we want all health care professionals who treat people with pain to know our organization is where to learn about effective, safe, and sane approaches to pain management.”

Executive Director Robert Twillman, PhD, who took over leadership of the (now) Academy of Integrative Pain Management in 2015, has been engaged in updating, revamping, and expanding programs across the organization. He now adds rebranding to that list. In addition to reflecting the organization’s mission to advance integrative care, Dr. Twillman also sees the name change as a strategic business decision.

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