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American Pain Foundation

Address: 201 North Charles St, #710
Phone: 888-615-7246
Languages Spoken: english

Founded in 1997, the American Pain Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization serving people with pain through information, advocacy, and support. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by raising public awareness, providing practical information, promoting research, and advocating to remove barriers and increase access to effective pain management.


  • Serve as an information clearinghouse and resource center for people with pain, their families and their caregivers, the general public, health care professionals, policymakers, and the media.

  • Promote recognition of pain as a critical health issue; correcting damaging myths about pain and pain management, and seeking to remove the stigma often experienced by those with pain.

  • Advocate for changes in professional training, regulatory policies, and health delivery systems to ensure that people with pain have access to high quality care.

  • Encourage healthcare professionals to assess pain routinely and provide immediate, ongoing, effective care.

  • Mobilize a national movement of organizations and individuals who care about better pain management.

We accomplish this with a diversified base of support that includes foundations, industry, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations


Our job at the American Pain Foundation is to provide people with pain with practical, up-to-date, scientifically-sound information about pain and pain management. We also encourage people with pain to learn all they can about pain and pain management treatment options, become their own best advocates, and demand the treatment they need and deserve.

If you are a person with pain, you should know that:

  • Pain is a national healthcare crisis. As a person with pain, you are among either the 50 million + Americans suffering from chronic pain, or the 25 million experiencing acute pain as a result of injury or surgery.

  • Although most pain can be managed or greatly eased with proper pain management, the tragedy is that most pain goes untreated, undertreated, or is improperly treated.

  • With proper pain management, your overall health, well-being, and quality of life will improve. Your mind and body will be less stressed. You'll be able to sleep better and enjoy relationships with friends and family. You may also be able to resume your normal activities including going to work and taking part in social activities.

  • Finding good pain care and taking control of pain can be hard work. As a person with pain, you should become your own best advocate. Learn all they can about pain and possible treatments, and insist on the care you need and deserve.


APF was founded in 1997 by three past presidents of the American Pain Society and leaders in pain management: James N. Campbell, MD, our current Board Chairman and Director of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins; Kathleen Foley, MD. Attending Neurologist, Pain & Palliative Care Services, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and John Liebeskind, Ph.D. They recognized that while there were organizations serving health care professionals providing pain management services, and other organizations representing commercial enterprises specializing in pain treatments, there were no grassroots organizations representing strictly the interests of  people in pain. Our current board includes several additional leading experts on pain management.