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Supporting the Southern Headache Society

Dear member of the Southern Pain Society:
The Southern Headache Society is excited about our collaboration with your group, as we plan a jointly-sponsored meeting in 2017 in New Orleans. Meanwhile, we would like to invite you to join us at our annual CME meeting this year, which will be held one week before your own Annual SPS meeting (if you can only attend one, of course you should attend SPS).

We have an outstanding meeting planned this year.

Peter Goadsby MD, the world’s leading researcher in migraine basic sciences, will be our keynote speaker. He is a brilliant lecturer.
There will be numerous talks of clinical interest to the general pain community, including talks on interventional therapies for headache, traumatic brain injury, psychiatric co-morbidities, and resilience. Saturday afternoon offers parallel workshops, one of which will be a practical demonstration of common injection techniques for headache.
Special Bonus: Pre-Meeting Symposium on Friday 9/23, by Dr. Andrew Newberg, author of “How God Changes Your Brain,” speaking on the topic of his most recently released book, “How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain.” This Pre-Meeting Symposium has a separate registration fee.
Take advantage of earlybird registration and register now.
Please book your hotel rooms early. We have a limited room block, and Asheville hotels are usually 100% occupied this time of year.
Hope to see many of you there, Morris Maizels, MD

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Winter Newsletter

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Summer Newsletter

Dr. Mordecai Potash, MD has the lead article on Medical Marijuana in the Southern US.  He is also a featured speaker at our annual meeting coming up in September.  Hope you will join us!     Click here to read the newsletter.

COPE-REMS CME Course Available

We are pleased to offer a free COPE-REMS CME course.  Based at the University of Washington in Seattle, COPE-REMS is an engaging interactive program that used the latest technologies in video and online tools.  We hope you will take advantage of it.

Only 25% of physicians feel very confident in managing patients on opioids. 

When many of today’s physicians were in medical school, they learned that opioids were safe, and no dose seemed too high. Now, evidence-based practice paints a far more nuanced picture. More than 200 million prescriptions a year have contributed to widespread problems:

  • 33% of young adults say that prescription opioids are “easy to get,” with many taking their friends’ or parents’ pills.
  • Nearly 20% of U.S. veterans with PTSD are receiving higher-dose or multiple opioids, or early refills.
  • Increased prescribing to women of childbearing age has contributed to a 4-fold increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome

Take the free COPE-REMS course 
and gain more confidence when treating patients on opioid therapy.

Based at the University of Washington in Seattle, COPE-REMS is an engaging, interactive continuing education program that uses the latest technologies in video and online tools to train medical providers. 

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April Newsletter

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National Pain Strategy

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Office of Pain Policy is soliciting public comment on the draft National Pain Strategy. This is an opportunity for each of us to weigh in on our opinions and thoughts related to this important document. The National Pain Strategy draft is now open for public comment through May 20th, 2015. HHS invites input from a broad range of individuals and organizations that have interests in advancing the fundamental understanding of pain and improving pain-related treatment strategies.

January Newsletter

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Fall Newsletter

Our Fall Newsletter is ready for your review.  We would welcome your comments or suggestions for future material.

October 2014 Newsletter

2014 Rosomoff Award Winner


 Dr. Eduardo Fraifeld was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Rosomoff Award for Excellence in Pain. 

Dr. Fraifeld is a distinguished, nationally recognized leader in the field of Pain Medicine with over 21 years experience in his field.

While earning his undergraduate degree in biology he worked full time as a researcher at the Texas Medical Center in Houston going on to earn his MD at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He did a surgical internship at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. before going on to do his anesthesiology residency at Vanderbilt University hospital in Nashville, TN. where he focused his training in the field of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Fraifeld has gone on to gather many distinguished honors. He has over 1,500 hours of continuing medical education to his credit since finishing his training. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and is also a diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine.

He is a former president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine the leading medical society in his specialty and held numerous other leadership positions and is a sought after lecturer and a published author in his specialty.  

Download the acceptance speech