President’s Message on the American Pain Society

Dear SPS Member:

The members of the Board of Directors of the Southern Pain Society were saddened to read about the possible need for the American Pain Society to cease operations.  We have long appreciated the scientific contributions and clinical guidelines for pain management made by the APS. 

We also want to re-assure members of the Southern Pain Society that, thanks to your support, we continue to be a healthy and viable organization dedicated to “serve people with pain by advancing research and treatment and to increase the knowledge and skill of the regional professional community” of the 18 southern states and Puerto Rico. Although we were considered a regional society by APS, we were and continue to be a separate and distinct entity with our own corporate and tax identity.  There are no legal or financial ties to APS. 

We are finalizing our plans for our annual meeting dedicated to exploring an Integrative Pain Care: New Perspectives, which will be held this year in New Orleans from September 13-15.  Hopefully, you will join us there to learn about a variety of pain management options from our group of expert presenters. 


Ann Quinlan-Colwell, APN, PhD
Southern Pain Society