W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh, President
W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh, President, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, where he maintains a private practice in family and palliative medicine. He is also the Medical Director of Comprehensive Primary Care, and of Methodist Hospice and Palliative Services. Dr. Jackson is the Associate Fellowship Director of Palliative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is board certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the treatment of chronic pain. His work has been published in a number of leading academic journals and he is a recipient of numerous teaching honors.
Paul Christo, MD, Vice President
Paul Christo, MD, Vice President, is an is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program for 8 years, and the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center for 5 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He hosts a nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called Aches and Gains. His show has earned him the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society, recognizing distinguished contributions to the field of pain medicine through public education, dissemination of information, and public service. Dr. Christo was also selected as a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow, and a “Hero” by The Pain Community, a patient advocacy association. Dr. Christo is an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, serves on 4 journal editorial boards and reviews for several others, has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, co-edited 3 textbooks on pain, and actively teaches medical students, residents, and pain fellows. He has been a course director or coordinator for many national CME (continuing medical education) conferences that focus on educating both specialists and generalists on important aspects of pain diagnosis and treatment. He has served on Advisory Boards for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society. He has also earned an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Health Care Management.
Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA, Treasurer
Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA, Colonel, US Army (Retired), Treasurer, is a Senior Project Manager at the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVICPM) in Rockville, Maryland. Kevin recently retired from the United States Army after a distinguished 27 year career as an Army Nurse Corps officer. His career included a multitude of clinical and administrative assignments, in fixed facility hospitals and military field hospitals, in Emergency Departments, Ambulatory Care Clinic, and Troop Medical Clinics. He deployed as medical support for combat, humanitarian and peace-keeping operations in Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Iraq, Korea and Honduras. During his last assignment in the Army’s Office of The Surgeon General, he was the Chief of Staff for the 2010 Department of Defense 2010 Pain Management Task Force and subsequently served as Director of the Army’s Comprehensive Pain Management Program from 2011-2014. He is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit and the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency designator, an award used to recognize the accomplishments of senior medical leaders who have made significant contributions to the Army Medical Department.
George Comerci, Jr., MD, FACP, Secretary
George D. Comerci, Jr., MD, FACP, is a professor of internal medicine at the University of New Mexico where he is actively involved in clinical care and teaching. He is also a consultant at the UNM Pain Consultation and Treatment Center and Medical Director of the ECHO Pain and Opioid Management Clinic (as of July 2017). He is an Advanced Diplomate of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management and, with the help of several colleagues, has developed a curriculum and credentialing examination for pain management intended for use by non-interventional physicians. Dr. Comerci is a member of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American College of Physicians.
Michael Kurisu, DO, Director-at-Large
Michael Kurisu, DO, Director-at-Large. The internal capacity to heal is at the cornerstone of Dr. Kurisu’s approach to medicine. He is the Clinical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and in charge of the Osteopathic consult clinics for UC San Diego. He is on faculty on several different medical schools and lectures nationally and internationally on Osteopathic and Integrative medicine. Dr. Kurisu has extensive training in Osteopathic manual techniques and uses a “Hands-on” approach to diagnosis and treatment of his patients.
Joseph Matthews, DDS, MSc, Director At Large
Joseph Mathews, DDS, MSc, practices orofacial pain with Southwest Pain Management Associates in Phoenix. In addition he lectures on orofacial pain management at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and critical appraisal of medical literature at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the Board of Orofacial Pain. His most recent publication is “Sodium hypochlorite-related injury with chronic pain” in the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Orofacial Pain and a member of the American Headache Society.
Maggie Buckley, Patient Liaison
Maggie Buckley, Patient Liaison has been a volunteer patient advocate for more than 20 years while living with the chronic pain condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She currently serves on the board of The Pain Community (PainCommunity.org) and has previously served on the board of American Pain Foundation and Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation. Additionally, she has volunteered with Northern California Pain Care Initiative, EDS Today, National Fibromyalgia Association. She has an MBA in accounting with experience in banking and business management. She has testified at state and federal policy hearings, spoken at conferences and in the media, written articles and coached hundreds of people to self-advocate for better care.
John Garzione, PT, DPT, Director at Large
John E. Garzione, PT, DPT, Director at Large has over 40 years experience as a Physical Therapist. He is the owner of Chenango Therapeutics in Norwich, New York, an outpatient physical therapy clinic; which specializes in the treatment of a variety of persistent pain conditions. He has presented numerous continuing education courses on Pain Management, Electrotherapy, and Iontophoresis. His clinical research focus is with treatment of chronic pain using integrated Neuroplastic approaches. Dr. Garzione is a founding member and past President of the Pain Management Special Interest Group of the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. He has served on the advisory board of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, Ithaca College Physical Therapy Department and is a consultant in Electrotherapy for DJO Global, Vista, California.
Lynette Cederquist, MD
Lynette Cederquist, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at U.C.San Diego in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is also Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Cederquist has a chronic pain focused practice in primary care. She is the founder and director of the chronic pain elective for the Internal Medicine residency program. She serves on the Pain Consortium for UCSD. In addition, Dr. Cederquist is the Director of Clinical Ethics for UCSD, which includes chairing the hospital’s Ethics Committee, running the Ethics Consult service, and providing ongoing education in Ethics for faculty and staff. She also works with UCSD’s PACE program (Physician Assessment and Clinical Education), conducting assessments and monitoring of internists who are referred for evaluation. Dr. Cederquist also teaches in the Primary Care course in the medical school. She developed the chronic pain seminar for this course.
Roger Mignosa, DO
Roger Mignosa, DO is a physical medicine & rehabilitation physician, clinical professor, and an exercise physiologist. He practices at the University California, San Diego and Osteopathic Center San Diego. He teaches at numerous medical schools including the University of Arizona, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to medical school Dr. Mignosa served as a Rotary Goodwill Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Queensland, Australia where he studied clinical exercise science and he led an exercise physiology practice in Orange County, California. Dr. Mignosa has lectured at both national and international medical conferences in the fields of pain, rehabilitation, exercise science, and mental health.