Pioneers in Pain Medicine Award
Named for pain medicine pioneer and patient champion John Oakley, the John C. Oakley, MD, Pioneers in Pain Medicine Award given by the National Pain Foundation honors health care professionals who demonstrate a passion for patient care and a commitment to improving pain medicine as a science.
The National Pain Foundation honored Lee A. Fleisher, MD, Robert Dunning Dripps Professor and Chair of the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine and Dwight L. Evans, MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, as the recipients of the 2007 John C. Oakley, MD, Pioneers in Pain Medicine Award.
In the spirit of Dr. Oakley’s commitment to improving care for all patients and his dedication to expanding the science surrounding pain medicine, Drs. Fleisher and Evans have demonstrated inspired leadership and extraordinary vision to combine the resources of several departments to create a new model for training clinicians in pain medicine and for providing a higher level of care for patients with chronic pain disorders and diseases.
Under their direction, the University of Pennsylvania Health System is developing one of the largest interdisciplinary infrastructures for pain management. The Penn Pain Medicine Center is unique in that it not only addresses the state of the science of pain medicine but it also supports research and investigators who are doing groundbreaking research in the area of pain. The Center will provide a home for developing effective interdisciplinary relationships that advance science and clinical practice.
Drs. Fleisher and Evans, because of their genuine concern for helping patients and their dedication to providing excellent patient care, have begun this journey with the ultimate goal of providing patients with the best opportunities for quality care and improved quality of life.