NEW YORK CITY (September 13, 2011) – The Mayday Fund today announces the selection of six experts in pain management to be Fellows under The Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship. The new Fellows hail from across the United States and Canada, specializing in a wide range of health care disciplines, including anesthesiology, health care policy, nursing, pediatrics and pharmacy. Six Fellows will be chosen each year through 2015.
Established in 2004, the Fellowship provides leaders in the pain management field with tools and skills to advocate on behalf of better treatment for pain. Fellows learn how to better communicate to media and policymakers and raise visibility for their issues.
“With increased public attention on the individual and societal costs of pain and its treatment, there couldn’t be a better time to prepare more experts in the field for effective work with the media and policymakers,” said Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Chairman of The Mayday Fellowship Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center. “The newly selected Fellows will bring fresh energy and focus to this challenging task, and will greatly expand the ongoing efforts of the other 36 Mayday Fellows.”
The Fellows will develop skills to advocate and communicate on many of the pain issues they deal with everyday, including the under-treatment of pain, pediatric pain, chronic pain, the treatment of pain with prescription pain medications, disparities in pain treatment, and policies to improve pain care.
“The Mayday Fund Trustees are proud of the outstanding cadre of pain leaders who have participated in the Fellowship program, and the Trustees welcome the new six to the group,” said Christina Spellman, Executive Director of The Mayday Fund. “The Mayday Fellows have taken seriously their commitment to educate the public about responsible pain care and management. They are effective in adding a human face to the care of pain, as they help to make a difference and to build the field.”
The new six fellows for 2011-12 are:
David S. Craig, PharmD, BCPS,Clinical Pharmacist Specialist and Residency Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor and Sickle Cell Scholar, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
Denise Harrison, PhD, Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and University of Ottawa
Jennifer N. Stinson, RN, PhD, CPNP, Clinician Scientist and Assistant Professor, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
Gregory W. Terman, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, University of Washington
Robert Twillman, PhD, Director of Policy and Advocacy, American Academy of Pain Management
As part of their training, the new Fellows will attend an intensive four-day workshop in Washington, DC in October 2011, and work closely with Burness Communications, a public relations firm that works solely with non-profit organizations, primarily in health and science. Fellows will learn how to connect with local and national media, write opinion editorials, develop relationships with university public affairs and government relations leaders, and talk with Members of Congress and other policymakers. By improving their communications skills, the candidates will be poised to move the field forward by educating and working with the media, policymakers, advocates, health and business leaders, and their own peers.
Established in 1992, The Mayday Fund is dedicated to further Shirley Steinman Katzenbach’s commitment to social and medical causes. Her special interest in the treatment of pain forms the core of the Fund’s mission. For nearly 20 years, Mayday has supported many different projects, among them, clinical and academic research, surveys of public attitudes toward pain and its treatment, role model and documentation programs, and assistance to public and professional advocacy groups.
The Fellowship Advisory Committee selects the six winners each year. On the Advisory Committee for the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship are Chair Russell K. Portenoy, MD; James N. Campbell, MD, Executive-in-Residence at InterWest Partners, CEO of Arcion Therapeutics, Inc. and Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University; Scott M. Fishman, MD, Chief, Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology, University of California, Davis; Carmen R. Green, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Health Management & Policy at the University of Michigan; Kathleen M. Foley, MD, Medical Director of the International Palliative Care Initiative of the Public Health Program, Open Society Institute and Attending Neurologist in the Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Sandra H. Johnson, JD, Professor Emerita of Law and Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University School of Law; Patrick John McGrath, PhD, Vice President, Research at IWK Health Centre and Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada; and Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, Director of Pediatric Pain Program and Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.