Faculty Announced For 2016 Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative


Last year, Samueli Institute launched the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative with a plan to assist the many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, and to support the health care leaders working to reverse the opioid epidemic.

With 46 deaths each day from opioid overdoses, it’s clear that providers need more options for their patients. Many of these options are already evidence-based, however, integrating them into practice remains a challenge.

In a special virtual congress on Chronic Pain [watch the recording here] President and CEO Wayne B. Jonas, MD, acknowledged that Samueli Institute plays a special role in the process.

“Samueli Institute’s Chronic Pain Collaborative does the important work so that the research doesn’t just sit on the shelf.”

To continue that work, Samueli Institute has brought together a group of experts to lead the collaborative.

Chronic Pain Collaborative Faculty are the following:

Adam Perlman, M.D., MPH, FACP, Chair

Executive Director, Duke Integrative Medicine

Chair (past) for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

Diane Flynn, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Primary Care Pain Management Advisor
U.S. Army, Madigan Army Medical Center

Vinny Francio, DC, MS

Essential Integrative Health

Doctor of Integrative Spine Care, Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Heather Tick, M.A., M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Departments of Family Medicine, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

The learning collaborative is currently seeking participants to join the expert faculty to identify and implement innovative ways to reduce chronic pain and optimize quality of life through timely delivery of team-based, person-centered, integrative pain management.

If participating in a high-level, results-oriented learning collaborative on integrative pain management would be valuable to you and your organization, please contact us today at SamueliInstitute.org/chronicpain


Who Should Join?

The Collaborative is appropriate for pain practices within organizations and clinical sites that want to offer a more integrative approach to pain management. Typically these organizations are:

  • Health systems with integrative pain clinic sites
  • Hospitals with integrative pain clinic sites
  • Group pain management practices
  • Primary care organizations utilizing at least one integrative modality.

The first collaborative meeting will take place in Spring 2016. Learn more online or schedule a call: kengstrom@siib.org.